As Donald Trump continues to struggle in attracting African-American and Hispanic voters, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus contended Sunday morning that the GOP’s post-2012 election “autopsy” report was meant for the “long term, not the short term.”
The so-called Growth and Opportunity Report stressed, among other things, the importance for GOP outreach to minority communities and a change in rhetoric when discussing issues such as immigration reform.
Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Priebus said Trump deserves credit for visiting inner cities and speaking about school choice and economic growth. Despite Trump’s outreach efforts, though, recent polls have shown that he would attract significantly fewer Hispanics and African-Americans in the general election than Mitt Romney did in 2012. Priebus accused Democats of failing to “follow up” on these issues with black and Hispanic communities after they are elected.
“We’ve put money in Hispanic and black engagement for four straight years like no party in modern history has ever done,” Priebus said, adding he is confident that Trump will do better with African-American voters in particular. “What this prescription is—it’s a prescription for the long term, not the short term.”
At least 13 people were killed early Sunday morning in a tour bus crash near Palm Springs, California, the Riverside County Coroner said. The bus is believed to have collided with a big rig just after 5:00 a.m. local time. At least 31 others, including the driver of the bus, were injured and taken to local hospitals. The bus was so badly mangled that firefighters took hours to remove bodies and injured victims. “The intrusion into the bus compartment is significant,” California Highway Patrol officer Stephanie Hamilton said. The bus was traveling from a casino in Salton City en route to Los Angeles. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to the crash site to investigate.
Former Arizona Gov. and Donald Trump supporter Jan Brewer defended the Republican nominee Sunday morning for threatening to sue the women accusing him of sexual assault. And she did so with some unfortunate imagery. “He’s been waterboarded by these issues,” Brewer said on CNN's State of the Union, prompting uncomfortable laughter from her fellow panelists. “It seems like it’s been somewhat of a put-up impression on Donald Trump from all these people lining up. It’s just unbelievable. And anybody that’s been under those kinds of assaults, I think would want to defend themselves.”
Speaking in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Trump delivered a speech that was intended to lay out his plans for a potential first 100 days in office. But he spent nearly 15 minutes railing against the now 11 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct as well as the media for reporting their stories. Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday morning whether she knew Trump would open his speech this way, his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said, “He delivers his own speeches, this is his candidacy.”
The Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, on Saturday night in game 6 of the National League Championship Series to advance to the team’s first World Series since 1945. The team will face the Cleveland Indians in the Fall Classic beginning on Tuesday in Ohio. Pitcher Jon Lester and infielder Javier Baez shared co-MVP honors. The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908, while the Indians haven’t clinched a championship since 1948.
AT&T and Time Warner have agreed to a purchase by the telecoms giant for more than $80 billion, according to reports. The deal would put media properties including CNN, HBO, and Warner Bros. under the second largest telecom in the U.S. Shortly after the news broke on Saturday, Donald Trump declared at a speech in Pennsylvania that he would block it. "As an example of the power structure I am fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN — a deal we will not approve in my administration because it's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few," he said. The federal goverment would likely put the deal under heavy scrutiny.
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Former Major League Baseball star pitcher Curt Schilling is joining Breitbart as he weighs whether to to run for Senate in Massachusetts. According to New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, Breitbart will officially announce on Monday that Schilling will host a daily online radio show. Schilling was fired from ESPN after sharing a Facebook post that maligned transgender individuals, and recently confirmed rumors that he is mulling a challenge to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018. “He got kicked off ESPN for his conservative views. He’s a really talented broadcaster,” Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow said.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump secured his first major newspaper endorsement when the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s editorial board decided to back him. Characterizing this year as a “change election,” the newspaper said a Hillary Clinton presidency would mean the elimination of some of our basic rights under the Constitution. “Mr. Trump understands and appreciates the conditions that lead to prosperity and job creation and would be a friend to small business and entrepreneurship,” the editorial board wrote. “Mrs. Clinton has spent most of her adult life on the public payroll.” The newspaper is owned by Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, and is often referred to as “The Adelson News.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the American election is essentially a choice between “bad or worse,” and that “morality” doesn’t exist in the U.S. “America claims it has more than 200 years of democracy, and they have had 50 presidential elections, but there is no morality in that country,” Rouhani said in a speech. “You saw the presidential debates, how they talk ... how they accuse and mock [each other.]” On who he would prefer in the Oval Office, Rouhani added: “I said should I prefer bad over worse or worse over bad?” He did not say which of the two major candidates was “bad” and which was “worse.”
A search operation is underway in Nashua, N.H., for a teenager who is believed to have fallen into a storm drain during a torrential downpour on Friday night. Jacob Goulet, 16, was reported missing on Saturday. He was last seen on Friday night when he was walking home from a friend’s house. A witness who reported the incident found various personal items believed to be owned by Goulet that were in the area of a storm drain. Some storm drain covers came off as the town was under a flash flood warning.
Junko Tabei, the first woman to successfully climb Mount Everest, died on Thursday. She was 77. In 1975, when she was 35 years old, Tabei became the first woman to reach the top of the 29,000-foot peak. She was diagnosed with cancer four years ago. Beyond climbing Everest, Tabei also was the first woman to climb the highest mountains on seven continents. She last scaled a mountain in 2011 when she climbed Mt. Fuji, according to Japan’s public broadcasting service.