Donald Trump's new campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, brings with him from conservative news operation Breitbart News a combative and feisty personality.
Bloomberg News has a good look at Bannon, its reporter having spent time with him last year just as the wild Republican primary season was heating up. Bannon did stints as a Hollywood producer and investment banker before getting into politics, spurred in part by the 9/11 attacks; he met website founder Andrew Breitbart at a screening of a documentary Bannon made about former President Reagan, "In the Face of Evil."
His ascension into Trump's inner circle comes from his full-throated backing of the nominee; during Trump's campaign, Bannon has steered Breitbart to a decidedly pro-Trump bent, and not without controversy.
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We have the unique ability to actually stand up for what it is that the American people want, what everyday people want.
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, during a CNN town hall on Wednesday
Battered by falling poll numbers and an erratic message, Donald Trump tried to right his presidential campaign Wednesday by adding two senior advisors and effectively demoting his campaign manager.
The overhaul marked Trump’s second top-level shakeup in two months and comes as the GOP nominee faces what increasingly appears to be an uphill general election race against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump has been fined $10,000 for improper use of a Trump Tower atrium for campaign events in violation of an agreement intended to preserve public space.
The New York City Department of Buildings started an investigation this summer after the public atrium in Trump Tower was repeatedly closed and used for campaign events, according to Reuters, which first reported the investigation.
Hillary Clinton took some time off the campaign trail in Ohio on Wednesday to visit with Paul McCartney.
The Democratic presidential nominee greeted McCartney backstage at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, according to a campaign aide. Reporters were not allowed to see their interaction, but were told after the meeting.
The legendary member of the Beatles is playing two nights as part of his "One on One" tour.
Michael Cohen, a lawyer for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, on Wednesday afternoon was on CNN, where he repeatedly pushed back against the fact that Trump is down in the polls to the Democrats' presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Richard J. Cross III is a former political communications aide and speechwriter who lives in Baltimore. He wrote this for the Baltimore Sun:
I am a lifelong political animal and a longtime Maryland Republican. I worked on the staffs of Maryland Congresswoman Helen Bentley and Congressman/Gov. Bob Ehrlich. I also served on the GOP staff of the House Financial Services Committee.
I have lived my life, proudly, as a political moderate striving to make a positive contribution in and around the political arena — not an easy feat in deep blue Maryland, where an insular Democratic establishment has dominated state politics until very recently. But I have always been GOP to the core.
He's never met Donald Trump or talked with the Republican nominee on the phone.
Yet Peter Navarro, a 67-year-old UC Irvine professor who ran unsuccessfully four times for public office as a Democrat, is now one of the leading voices on Trump’s economic advisory team.
After Trump’s big economic speech in Detroit this month, it was Navarro who launched the most public defense of Trumponomics, sparring with Hillary Clinton backers in a series of national news programs.
Hillary Clinton dismissed Donald Trump's campaign restructuring as incidental, saying the real problem is the candidate himself.
At a campaign event in Cleveland on Wednesday, the Democrat cited poet Maya Angelou -- as she has often throughout the campaign during various Trump controversies: "When someone shows you who they are, believe them."
"I think it's fair to say that Donald Trump has shown us who he is," Clinton continued. "He can hire and fire anyone he wants from his campaign; they can make him read new words from a teleprompter. But he is still the same man who insults Gold Star families, demeans women, mocks people with disabilities, and thinks he knows more about ISIS than our generals."
The Clinton campaign said it was now expecting more of the kind of ugly, conspiracy-theory driven attacks from the Republicans that they have faced throughout the campaign, calling the shake-up a sign that Trump has "decided to double down on his most small, nasty and divisive instincts."
Speaking with reporters, campaign manager Robby Mook focused most on Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon's role in the campaign, noting the Southern Poverty Law Center's rebuke of his "so-called news site" for veering into racist and anti-Semitic postings.
"No matter how much the establishment wants to clean Donald Trump up, get him on teleprompter and get him on message, he has officially won the fight to let Trump be Trump," Mook said. "He keeps telling us who he is. It is time for us to believe him."