What we’re reading: The return of Clinton…maybe


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at Georgetown Law’s second annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By Grace Amiss

We’re back and we’re reading – everything from “ABC News” to “BBC News.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and policy. Today we’ve got Hillary Clinton’s latest plan for 2020, Trump’s travel plans and more suspicious packages.

Third times the charm?

President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may face-off against each other once again in the 2020 presidential election.

The former Democratic presidential nominee said during an event that even though she didn’t want to run, she’d still “like to be president.” However, it’s not set in stone that Clinton’s name will be on the ballot – she said she’s not going to think about a possible run until after the midterm elections.

If she were to run in 2020, her competition could potentially include contenders such as Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Michael Avenatti and Elizabeth Warren.

More peculiar packages 

An Atlanta post office stopped a suspicious package addressed to CNN, the third mailed to the network in a week, officials said Monday.

Law enforcement described the recent package as similar in appearance to the ones allegedly sent by Cesar Sayoc. Sayoc has been nick-named the “mail-bomber” after supposedly sending more than a dozen pipe bombs to various Democrats and media figures — all of whom have been critics of President Donald Trump.

Sayoc had a list of more than 100 possible targets, including political figures, journalists and entertainers, law enforcement officials said.
Although the packages were intended to cause chaos and discord, former Vice President Joe Biden said he hopes the event could inspire a national healing.

“Folks, we don’t have all the facts yet,” said Biden Thursday night at the State University of New York at Buffalo. “My hope is this recent spate of who knows what they were, pipe bombs being mailed, might wake everybody in my business up a little bit and we will begin to put this nation back together again.”

Trump’s Travels 

“Trump Force One.” Dec. 16, 2015.

In the wake of Saturday’s Tree of Life massacre, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit Pittsburgh, PA today, the White House announced.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that they will “express the support of the American people and grieve with the Pittsburgh community.”

Some leaders of the Jewish community expressed their disinterest in the president’s visit until he “fully denounces white nationalism.”

The assailant, identified as Robert D. Bowers, opened fire on the synagogue killing at least 11 congregants and wounding four police officers and two others, authorities said.  He was armed with at least three handguns and an AR-15-style assault rifle — the same weapon that has killed at least 173 people in mass shootings in the U.S. since 2007.

Talk the talk, walk the walk

President Trump’s latest tweet against fake news where he referred to the free press as “the true enemy of the people” prompted a journalist to ask a question the White House couldn’t answer: “Who exactly are the enemies?”

CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta grilled White House press secretary Sarah Sanders during a press briefing Monday. But when asked who exactly these outlets were, Sanders couldn’t name a single one.

Here’s the exchange:
ACOSTA: “The President said this morning the fake news media, the true enemy of the people, must stop. They have a responsibility to report the news accurately and fairly. Can you state for the record which outlets you and the President regard as the enemy of the people?”
SANDERS: “I’m not going to walk through a list but I think those individuals probably know who they are.”
ACOSTA: “Would that include my outlet, which received pipe bombs last week?”
SANDERS: “I don’t think it’s necessarily specific to a broad generalization of a full outlet, at times, I think there’s individuals that the President would be referencing.”

Put your money where your mouth is — or maybe, don’t

President Donald Trump may not be on the ballot for the Nov. 6 midterm election, but that doesn’t mean he’s not campaigning.

Trump’s team launched a $6 million ad buy on television and digital media in support of Republicans. It was paid for by his own 2020 campaign.

The ad revolves around the booming economy, with flashbacks to the economic crisis that started 10 years ago, warning that it “could all go away if we don’t remember where we came from.”

That’s all we have for today. Check back in tomorrow for more.