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Young people might doom Trump and the GOP as soon as 2020 — here’s why

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From the activism of the Parkland shooting survivors, to young people alarmed by climate change, it appears clear that millennials and Generation Z skew progressive.

As New York magazine points out, that trend—alongside several others—might destroy Trump in 2020 and bury the GOP in the long term.

“Republicans have long known that millennials were going to be a problem for their party. The only questions were ‘How big?’ and ‘How soon?'”

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Columnist Eric Levitz points to several trends that bode poorly for Republicans.

“The bulk of Americans born between 1981 and 1996 saw Bill Clinton preside over an age of (relative) peace and prosperity — and then George W. Bush steer their nation into failed wars and economic collapse,” Levitz writes. “Political science research suggests that a voter’s partisan preferences tend to be deeply informed by their evaluations of presidential performance in adolescence and early adulthood.”

A few major set backs for Democrats, including Republicans’ resurgence in the Senate and the rise of Trump, could be explained by the fact that young people generally tend to vote at lower rates than older voters—and older voters skew conservative.

But the youngest voters, Levitz points out, voted at higher rates in 2018 than is standard for their age. So Republicans have much to fear in 2020.

“In sum: If late-life reality doesn’t bite Generation X hard enough to turn those slackers into reactionaries — and if swing-voting boomers start worrying more about prescription costs than Central American migrants — millennials and Gen-Zers could make the conservative movement noncompetitive in national elections as soon as 2020.”

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McEnany claims to not have ‘exact details’ on Roger Stone clemency after federal judge orders review

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday claimed to not have "exact details" President Donald Trump's order to commute Roger Stone's sentence.

At a press briefing, McEnany was asked about a federal judge's demand to see Trump's order of clemency for Stone because there are questions about how it was crafted.

"I don't, um, have the exact details on that," McEnany insisted. "The Roger Stone clemency was a very important moment for justice. You had a completely bogus Russia witch hunt that found nothing and in order to justify the waste of taxpayers dollars."

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GOP donors will have second thoughts about backing another Trump after four disastrous years: conservative

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According to conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin, many Republican donors are not hardcore ideologues and base their giving on specific policies that may benefit them and, with that in mind, may balk at supporting another unknown quantity like Donald Trump who has created nothing less than chaos since becoming president.

The Republican Rubin -- who has become one of the president's most ardent critics -- explained in her Washington Post column that many donors are "transactional donors" making them different from some of the president's more vocal supporters in the press and in office.

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Trump is shockingly losing voters in these 4 red states

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Recent polls have given President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign very little reason for optimism. Poll after poll has shown Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. Biden is quite competitive in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Arizona and Virginia, but the most shocking part is how well the centrist Democrat is performing in some red states that Trump decisively won in 2016. Of course, any smart Democratic strategist realizes that the last thing Biden should become is overconfident, and one should never underestimate the GOP’s capacity for voter suppression — especially when it comes to communities of color. But if recent polls are any indication, Biden has a shot at victory even in some red states.

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