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Biden Bounces Back As Harris Slumps Among U.S. Dems, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds

Quinnpiac Polling Institute

Former Vice President Joseph Biden reverses his slump following the first Democratic presidential debate and now leads the pack with 34 percent of Democrats and independent voters who lean Democratic, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has 15 percent, with 12 percent for California Sen. Kamala Harris and 11 percent for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

This compares to results of a July 2 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University National Poll, showing Biden with 22 percent, Harris with 20 percent, Warren with 14 percent and Sanders with 13 percent.

In today's results:
- Biden gets 53 percent of black Democrats, with 8 percent for Sanders, 7 percent for Harris and 4 percent for Warren;
- Women Democrats go 34 percent for Biden, 15 percent for Warren, 14 percent for Harris and 10 percent for Sanders;
- Very liberal Democrats go 29 percent for Warren, 25 percent for Biden, 15 percent for Sanders and 12 percent for Harris;
- Somewhat liberal Democrats go 34 percent for Biden, 16 percent for Sanders, 14 percent for Warren and 10 percent for Harris;
- Moderate/conservative Democrats go 39 percent for Biden, 12 percent for Harris, 9 percent for Warren and 8 percent for Sanders.

Rounding out the Democratic field are South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 6 percent, and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and entrepreneur Andrew Yang with 2 percent each. There are four candidates with 1 percent each and 14 candidates at less than 1 percent each.

DCCC executive director resigns

Source: Roll Call

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Allison Jaslow has resigned.

She announced her departure at all-staff meeting on Monday. Politico first reported the news, which a DCCC source confirmed to CQ Roll Call. DCCC leadership had come under fire from some lawmakers for not including more diverse staffers among its top brass.


Jaslow was close to Bustos, having served as chief of staff in her House office and having worked on her first campaign in 2012. An Iraq veteran, Jaslow was the executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America before coming to the DCCC.

Texas Reps. Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela had called for Jaslow to step down over the weekend.

Read more: https://www.rollcall.com/news/campaigns/dccc-executive-director-resigns

Some people seem to feel that stories like this are just "stirring the pot". They not, if it puts our ability to fundraise for the next House election.

How an early Biden crime bill created the sentencing disparity for crack and cocaine trafficking

Washington Post

The new form of cocaine was called crack, and by the summer of 1986 it was fueling fears of a drug epidemic.

Mayors pleaded for federal help to protect inner-city neighborhoods from traffickers. Black clergy members held vigils on street corners in New York City, calling cocaine a “new form of genocide.” In Washington, Democrats charged that the Reagan administration was surrendering the fight.

A 44-year-old Democratic senator from Delaware with a growing national profile stepped forward with a bill aimed at heading off the crisis.

The bipartisan legislation crafted by Joe Biden, which authorized new funding for drug treatment programs and stricter penalties for drug offenses, passed overwhelmingly, with the support of most black lawmakers, and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.

Later, a little-noticed provision in the law came to be viewed as one of the most racially slanted sentencing policies on record: a rule that treated crack cocaine as significantly worse than powder cocaine and ended up disproportionately punishing African Americans.

Cuomo signs law decriminalizing marijuana use

Source: WNBC-TV

Gov. Cuomo signed legislation Monday decriminalizing marijuana use in the state of New York.

The law reduces unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation punishable by a fine.

Additionally, it also creates a process for individuals convicted of certain marijuana offenses to have their records expunged.

The governor's office said that New York's existing marijuana laws disproportionately affects African American and Latino communities, and the legislation addresses the racial and ethnic disparities.

Read more: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Cuomo-Signs-Law-Decriminalizing-Marijuana-Use-New-York-513335641.html?akmobile=o

DCCC in 'complete chaos' as uproar over diversity intensifies


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is in full-blown turmoil.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) was set to make an unplanned trip to Washington from her district Monday amid an outcry from top black and Latino lawmakers over a lack of diversity in the campaign arm's senior management ranks.

Bustos’ sudden return to D.C., just days after Congress left for a six-week-long August recess, comes as aides and lawmakers are calling for systematic changes to the DCCC, the party’s main election organ.

POLITICO reported last week that black and Hispanic lawmakers are furious with Bustos’ stewardship of the campaign arm. They say the upper echelon of the DCCC is bereft of diversity, and it is not doing enough to reach Latino voters and hire consultants of color. In addition, several of Bustos’ senior aides have left in the first six months of her tenure, including her chief of staff — a black woman — and her director of mail and polling director, both women.

'He realizes now that he screwed up': Biden scrambles to recover from debate flop


Not long after his anemic performance in the first presidential debate, as his poll numbers began to slide, Joe Biden had conversations with nervous donors and personally assured them his campaign was on track.

“People were raising serious questions about his ability to be very aggressive against Trump,” said one person who spoke with Biden.“He’s listening. He seems to be more sure of himself after that first fiasco. I think he realizes now that he screwed up.”

Many Democrats — including his own donors and admirers — continue to question whether he’s capable of recovering from a damaging first performance. They wonder whether he can exercise the discipline necessary to execute a debate plan on Wednesday, when several rivals will have an interest in taking him down.

Seldom has a candidate so well-equipped for a debate projected so much uncertainty.

“The big question he has to resolve is if he’s up to this thing, if he’s vigorous and if he’s engaged,” said David Axelrod, a former Obama advisor.

Author of Christian relationship guide says he has lost his faith

The Guardian

The American author of a bestselling Christian guide to relationships for young people has announced that his marriage is over and he has lost his faith.

Joshua Harris, whose biblical guide to relationships I Kissed Dating Goodbye sold nearly 1m copies around the world after it was published in 1997, has also apologised to LGBT+ people for contributing to a “culture of exclusion and bigotry”.

In his book, Harris, a former pastor at a US megachurch, urged young Christians to reject dating for “courtship” under the guidance of parents and observing sexual abstinence. Young couples should not kiss, hold hands or spend time alone together before marriage, he said. Dating was spiritually unhealthy and a “training ground for divorce”, the book argued.

The book, written by Harris when he was 21, was widely circulated within evangelical Christian youth groups, helping to promote a “purity culture” and vows to preserve virginity until marriage.

Good morning! Donald Trump has found someone new to attack.


American Airlines flight Philadelphia to London diverts to Boston: "Multiple passengers, crew ill"


Shots fired outside North Miami synagogue hit man in leg, being investigated as possible hate crime

Source: New York Daily News

A shooting outside a North Miami Beach synagogue left one person wounded and is being investigated as a possible hate crime, according to reports.

A shooter fired six shots from a car driven past Young Israel of North Miami Beach Sunday evening, hitting an Orthodox Jewish man who was sitting outside, police told WPLG-TV.

A person affiliated with Hatzolah, a volunteer medical service focused on Jewish communities worldwide, was on hand and assisted the victim, WPLG reported.

The victim, who was hit in the leg four times, was in stable condition at a local hospital.

Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-shooting-outside-young-israel-synagogue-north-miami-one-wounded-20190729-z333bslgcbfnjnmbe2l6jmhzm4-story.html
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