Between fundraisers in California, President Obama stopped by Hollywood Boulevard on Monday to tape an episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," where he touched on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, talked about having a cellphone in the White House and responded to some mean tweets.
The show is filmed at the El Capitan Entertainment Center – right across the street from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As is to be expected two weeks out from the election, Trump's name came up repeatedly. Obama is in Los Angeles for a $100,000-per-person roundtable for the Hillary Victory Fund. Some of the money will go to the Democratic National Committee and state-level campaigns. (The event was closed to the news media.)
Amid speculation that Donald Trump will launch a media network after the election, the GOP presidential nominee started a nightly online show from his campaign’s war room on Monday.
The hosts of "Trump Tower Live," a half-hour show broadcast on Trump’s Facebook page, said it allowed them to circumvent the mainstream media and communicate directly with the American people.
“This is our campaign and most importantly our candidate being out there and speaking directly to the voters, directly to the viewers,” said Boris Epshteyn, a co-host of the show, adding that it was not some sort of dry run for a future Trump TV network. “We are excited to be bypassing the left-wing media, which screws everything up.”
Political strategists have long known that some issues can be important to voters but have little effect on who they vote for. Other issues can motivate both sides in an election, while still others move partisans on one side more than the other.
Democrats who once fretted over the prospect of Donald Trump winning the White House now have a different message on the campaign trail: Let's run up the score.
"We want to win big," President Obama said Monday as he spoke at a campaign fundraiser in La Jolla. "We don't just want to eke it out, particularly when the other guy's already started to gripe about how the game is rigged."
Obama's remarks speak to the remaining imperatives for the party: Keep a fire lit under Democratic voters as some polls show an increasingly large Clinton lead, and try to build a wave that will help carry a significant number of down-ballot Democrats with her to help her govern.
Donald Trump on Monday added to his list of all that's wrong with the country: tens of thousands of California veterans being forced to repay their post-Sept. 11 signing bonuses.
A Los Angeles Times investigation cracked open the problem that lawmakers from both parties have since criticized as a massive failure in the military's recruitment operations. GOP leaders on Capitol Hill promised to investigate.
Trump blamed "incompetent" leaders for the mismanagement that left veterans forced to repay bonuses given out improperly during the military recruitment blitz after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He called it another in a long list of wrongdoings in a corrupt political system.
Donald Trump on Monday defended himself against the latest allegations of sexual misconduct by pointing out that the accuser worked as an adult film actress.
"One said, 'He grabbed me on the arm.' And she's a porn star,” Trump said in an interview with a New Hampshire radio station. “Now you know, this one that came out recently, 'He grabbed me and he grabbed me on the arm.' Oh, I'm sure she's never been grabbed before."
Once again, Hillary Clinton has turned one of Donald Trump's tweets into political fodder.
This time it was the Republican presidential nominee's criticism of the Iraqi-led military offensive in Mosul, which is intended to dislodge Islamic State terrorists from their stronghold there. Iraqi government forces, backed by the U.S. military, launched their assault last week after months of preparation and are moving in on the city.
Trump, however, called the operation "a total disaster." He cited no evidence.
The attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster. We gave them months of notice. U.S. is looking so dumb. VOTE TRUMP and WIN AGAIN!