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• Will the past trump the future in 2016?
• RNC trying to pick up the slack
• Clintons rake it in from ‘blood minerals’ firm
• They always look bigger in Dickeyville
WILL THE PAST TRUMP THE FUTURE IN 2016?
Can Donald Trump do to Hillary Clinton what he did to his Republican rivals?
He’s certainly giving it his best shot.
For several days, Trump has been going through a sort of greatest hits compilation of Clinton scandals. He’s raised accusations of rape against Bill Clinton and called the 1993 suicide of Clinton aide Vince Foster “very fishy.”
Clintonland is doing its part to help keep the scandal pot simmering, with veteran Clinton cash man turned Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe under investigation for his ties to a Chinese oligarch whom he met, you guessed it, through his work on the Clintons’ foundation.
And now we even have former Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr weighing in.
Even if the attacks are something of a departure for Trump as it relates to the Clintons, the idea is to keep the scandal cycle cooking and keep the free publicity machine cranking out TV segments and articles. Whether they are praising Trump for “taking the gloves off” or bashing him for recycling tabloid junk hardly matters. If he can get murder, rape and corruption associated with his rival, its good news for him.
Clinton isn’t holding back on bringing up the past either, however, hitting the real estate mogul for filing for bankruptcy several times over the past 30 years. The Democratic frontrunner said at a rally with union members in Detroit on Monday, “I mean ask yourself, how could anybody lose money running a casino? Really?”
The Clinton campaign is also getting ready to roll out some rough stuff about Trump selling subprime mortgages prior to the housing crash while simultaneously saying he hoped to profit from any bust that did occur.
We see this focus on the past mainly because the future is also problematic for both candidates.
Trump is working hard to avoid policy specifics, now deeming core parts of his primary message simply "suggestions." Clinton, meanwhile, has no particular vision or stated goal for her administration. She is about tinkering and small changes, essentially offering a more technocratic version of President Obama’s presidency.
Her slogan “stronger together” is the cipher-like soul of empty political rhetoric, surpassing even Trump’s “make America great again” and Obama’s “hope.”
As the two candidates get ready for many weeks of savage character attacks designed to render each other unelectable, we are forced to consider the likely reality in which the two least-popular major party nominees in history could, amazingly, be liked even less.
WITH YOUR SECOND CUP OF COFFEE…
Today in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world” opened over the East River. History: “Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Designed by the late John A. Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date…The two granite foundations of the Brooklyn Bridge were built in timber caissons, or watertight chambers, sunk to depths of 44 feet on the Brooklyn side and 78 feet on the New York side. Compressed air pressurized the caissons, allowing underwater construction. At that time, little was known of the risks of working under such conditions, and more than a hundred workers suffered from cases of compression sickness.”
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Real Clear Politics Averages
General Election: Clinton vs. Trump: Trump +0.2 points
Generic congressional vote: Democrats +2.2
RNC TRYING TO PICK UP THE SLACK
David Drucker describes the organization being built for Trump by the RNC: “The Republican Party is racing to build a presidential campaign for Donald Trump. The presumptive GOP nominee enters the general election with an organization even thinner than Mitt Romney’s four years ago. Trump won the primary by dominating media coverage. He didn’t bother to develop a ground game or data analytics program, believing those modern tools overrated. The Republican National Committee is filling the void. The party invested more than $100 million, and counting, since 2012 to construct and refine cutting edge voter turnout and digital operations after being outclassed by President Obama. The plan was to create a turnkey operation for the 2016 nominee that could compete with the Democrats. The GOP largely succeeded. Yet, despite their advances, the Republicans still find themselves where they didn’t want to be (again) at this point in a presidential campaign: Behind.”
Trump holds first fundraiser with the RNC - The Hill: “Donald Trump will headline his first campaign fundraiser in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday with the Republican National Committee (RNC), according to The Washington Post. The fundraiser, hosted by GOP donor Kevin R. Daniels, requires a $10,000 contribution and up to 25 people are planning to attend. Daniels told the Post the event was requested by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.”
Clintons rake it in from ‘blood minerals’ firm - Daily Caller: “A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces “blood minerals” is among the Clinton Foundation’s biggest donors, thanks to a $100 million pledge in 2007, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found. ‘Blood minerals’ are related to ‘blood diamonds,’ which are allegedly mined in war zones or sold as commodities to help finance political insurgencies or despotic warlords. When the Vancouver, Canada-based Lundin Group gave its $100 million commitment to the ‘Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative,’ the company had long been cutting deals with warlords, Marxist rebels, military strongmen and dictatorships in the war-torn African countries of Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia.”
Poll: Clinton and Trump tied in Virginia - WDBJ
Asian -American voters take a dim view of Trump - Politico
Clinton hacker reaches plea deal - Fox News
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn reportedly on Trump’s shortlist - NY Post
Sen. Bob Corker auditions for Trump - USA Today
Al Gore still not ready to endorse - The Hill
Bernie picks pro-Palestinian activist to Dem policy platform - WaPo
Team Clinton wants to meet with billionaire Mark Cuban - Daily Beast
“I’m not the person to be giving you the breakdown of Donald Trump. That’s not my job and responsibility.” – House Speaker Paul Ryan to Politico
THEY ALWAYS LOOK BIGGER IN DICKEYVILLE
WBAY: “The Grant County Sheriff’s Office warned parents and pet owners to be alert for a very large snake on the loose in southwestern Wisconsin. But it turned out to be a fish tale. The snake was spotted May 22 crossing Highway 61 in Grant County’s Village of Dickeyville. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page says the snake was described ‘as long as the width of both lanes of traffic.’ Sheriff’s officials first thought it might be an escaped python…Authorities now say a photo snapped by a resident shows it’s a bull snake between 50 and 70 inches long. The species is native to the area.”
Chris Stirewalt is digital politics editor for Fox News. Sally Persons contributed to this report. Want FOX News First in your inbox every day? Sign up here.
Chris Stirewalt joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in July of 2010 and serves as politics editor based in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he authors the daily Fox News Halftime Report political news note and co-hosts the hit podcast, Perino & Stirewalt: I'll Tell You What. He also is the host of Power Play, a feature video series on FoxNews.com. Stirewalt makes frequent appearances on network programs, including America’s Newsroom, Special Report with Bret Baier and Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. He also provides expert political analysis for FNC’s coverage of state, congressional and presidential elections.