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Frank Luntz: ‘No room’ for Palin in GOP field

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Republican pollster Frank Luntz said Sunday that there was “no room” in the Republican presidential race for Sarah Palin, but there was space for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

“Karl Rove has said that he thinks Sarah Palin is going to run,” ABC’s Jake Tapper told Luntz. “Do you think Sarah Palin is going to run?”

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“I don’t think she can,” Luntz replied. “Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin operate in the exact same space. They have similar personalities. They attract similar voters. There’s no space for her right now. There’s a space for Chris Christie, if he decided to do it, or for Paul Ryan. But I don’t see it for Sarah Palin.”

“Chris Christie has the advantage he’s basically a blue-collar Republican. He says what he means, he’s in your face and Republicans love that. They see what he’s doing in New Jersey and they want to see that happen in Washington. And Paul Ryan’s case, they regard him as one of the smartest candidates, the intellectual capacity, and he’s got a plan.”

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Trump-Biden race could hinge on how this one Florida county swings

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Betty Jones voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but the lifelong Republican has her doubts she will do it again this year.

The federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed about 200,000 Americans and forced older adults to restrict their activities has her contemplating a leadership change.

It “makes me unsure,” said Jones, 78, of Largo, in Pinellas County, Florida. Before COVID-19, she said, she would have definitely voted for Trump.

Polls show that many people will have the pandemic and its public health and economic consequences on their minds when they cast their votes — whether by mail or in person — this fall. Early in-person voting starts Oct. 19 in most Florida counties, including Pinellas.

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Muckraker’s fight to unseal FBI files on Jeffrey Epstein kept alive by judge

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday kept alive a citizen muckraker’s quest to pry loose for the public’s benefit tens of thousands of FBI documents about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, including his time as a government informant.Self-styled public information crusader Angela Clemente sued in May, seeking to force the FBI to release the documents on the grounds that Epstein is now dead, albeit under mysterious circumstances, and that there is an overarching public interest in releasing documents. The Justice Department, representing the FBI, is fighting the effort.In a status hearing... (more…)

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Mark David Chapman says he was seeking ‘glory’ when he murdered John Lennon

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ALBANY, N.Y. — John Lennon’s killer said he was seeking “glory” when he shot the Beatles star in cold blood 40 years ago but now thinks he deserved the death penalty for his “despicable act,” according to a transcript of his most recent parole hearing obtained by the Daily News.Mark David Chapman, who shot Lennon four times outside of his Upper West Side apartment building on Dec. 8, 1980, was denied parole for the 11th time last month.During his appearance before the State Parole Board, Chapman expressed remorse for his actions that night, saying he killed the famed songwriter because he was ... (more…)

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