TCG Weekly Digest – August 7th, 2015



Week ending August 7, 2015

Weekly roundup about our democracy and The Common Good community


Clinton still leads by 36:  Clinton 52, Sanders 16, Biden 12, O’Malley 2, Webb 2, Chafee 0
Monmouth Poll

Sorry – There is no reliable post-debate poll available yet for Republicans, but Trump, Bush and Walker went into the debate with double digit numbers.

2016 Presidential Campaign

The Donald’s Threat: Donald Trump refused to rule out an independent White House bid and bristled at questions about his attitudes toward women, leaving his rivals struggling for attention on Thursday during a feisty first Republican presidential debate… Trump’s response drew boos from the crowd and a rebuke from [Rand] Paul.”   Steve Holland and James Oliphant, Reuters [More]

And “The Others” at the GOP Debate: “If [Bush] doesn’t show that he can be an especially strong candidate in the general election, and if there are equal or better and more conservative alternatives, it’s hard to imagine today’s conservative Republican Party ultimately coalescing behind him.  There were many equal or better and more conservative alternatives. All of his top three rivals — Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and John Kasich — had good performances.” Nate Cohn, The Upshot, New York Times [More]

Fox Focus Group Disappointed in Trump: “‘You know, what happened, I liked him when I came in here because he wasn’t a politician. But right now, he skirted around questions better than a lifelong politician ever had,’ one respondent told Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who conducted the focus group.”   Maxwell Tani and Brett Logiurato, Business Insider [More]

Carly Fiorina a stand out in the Cocktail hour Debate: Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, was the clear winner of the 5 p.m. debate. Her knowledge and the forceful way she made her case made me wish she were a part of the Big 10 — even more so after seeing the Big 10. “
Jonathan Capehart, (TCG speaker), Washington Post [More]

Heilemann’s Debate Take Aways: “1. Donald Trump was Donald Trump … and that was a problem… 2. Jeb Bush did nothing to reclaim the front-runner’s mantle… 3. The night’s big winners were John Kasich, Marco Rubio … and Carly Fiorina… 4. The night’s big losers were Ben Carson and Rand Paul … for different reasons… 5. The Fox News moderators killed…”
John Heilemann (TCG Speaker), Bloomberg Politics [More]

Joe Biden’s Schrödinger’s Cat Campaign: “Biden has little rationale to enter the race this late except as a break-glass-in-case-of-Clinton-emergency candidate. His formal entry into the race would imply that Clinton’s campaign was under serious threat. The party establishment, most of which is extremely supportive of Clinton, wouldn’t like the signal that sends out. So instead, Biden is left running a Schrödinger’s cat campaign, neither wholly in the race or wholly out of it.”
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight [More]

Balz: Trump still counts: “How long the Trump moment lasts is anybody’s guess. Those who hoped he would disappear quickly have been disappointed. Those who think he will yet fade away or blow himself up might still be proved correct. Those who fear for the party the longer he is a candidate have more to worry about.  There are any number of candidates who wait and hope to rise if he falls. But for now, Trump remains a force to be reckoned with.”
Dan Balz (TCG Speaker), Washington Post [More]

Foreign Affairs/National Security Spotlight

Obama Looks to Legacy on Climate Change: “On Monday afternoon, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan, formalizing some tough new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that are aimed at reducing the carbon emitted by power companies. There is no bigger source of carbon pollution; the goal is that by 2030, carbon emissions will be reduced by 32 percent from their 2005 level. In the fight against climate change, nothing is more important. Once again, opponents are up in arms, forecasting calamity for the utility industry if the rules are allowed to stand, with at least a dozen states planning to sue the E.P.A.”
Joe Nocera (TCG Speaker), New York Times  [More]

Schumer – “No” on Iran Deal: “‘Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot simply be dismissed.. This has made evaluating the agreement a difficult and deliberate endeavor, and after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval.’ (Senator Chuck Schumer)”  Jennifer Steinhauer and Jonathan Weisman, The New York Times [More]

More TCG Community in the News

Wall Street Reform:  Former Governor Martin O’Malley (TCG Speaker), running for the Democratic nomination for President, has adopted a reform measure outlined by Joseph Fichera (TCG Member) to  create an increasingly punitive point system at the SEC to penalize financial firms’ transgressions.” [More] [More]

Challenging Voter Suppression: “What can be done? The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, introduced in Congress in June, would compel states with a recent history of voting discrimination to once again clear election changes with the federal government and would require approval for specific measures that often target minority voters today.”
Upcoming TCG Speaker, Ari Berman, The New York Times [More]

Encryption Fears: “If the United States is to maintain its global role and influence, protecting business interests from massive economic espionage is essential. And that imperative may outweigh the tactical benefit of making encrypted communications more easily accessible to Western authorities.”
Op-Ed by Mike McConnell, Michael Chertoff (TCG Speaker), and William Lynn, Washington Post [More]