The campaign for Britain to leave the European Union saw its lead narrow slightly over the rival “In” campaign, according to a weekly online poll published by opinion poll firm ICM on Tuesday.Forty-five percent of voters were in favor of a so-called Brexit against 44 percent who believe Britain should remain in the 28-member bloc, not counting undecided voters, ICM said.A similar poll published last week by ICM found 44 percent of voters wanted to remain in the EU compared with 46 percent who wanted to leave.The latest survey, which was conducted between April 29 and May 3, was weighted to take into account the likelihood of respondents actually voting in the June 23 EU membership referendum, based on their comments, the polling firm said.
Trump Praises Sanders But May Struggle To Win Over His Voters
As Donald Trump moves closer to clinching the Republican presidential nomination, he has offered lavish praise for Bernie Sanders, who faces increasingly slim chances in his battle with Hillary Clinton in the Democratic race.Trump has begun calling for Sanders to run as an independent if he does not win the Democratic nomination and said he may borrow talking points from Sanders’ speeches criticizing Clinton to use in a possible matchup with the former secretary of state in the Nov. 8 general election.“He said some things about her that were so incredible – incredible – and so incredibly bad,” Trump said on Tuesday after sweeping five Northeastern primaries, adding Sanders had “been telling the truth.”
Yet data and interviews with Sanders supporters suggest that winning over large numbers of them may be difficult for the New York billionaire businessman.Even though Trump, 69, and Sanders, 74, a U.S. senator from Vermont, emphasize some common themes such as criticism of Wall Street and international trade agreements, there is only limited crossover appeal between the two candidates, according to Reuters/Ipsos data.
Among voters who back Trump, just 12 percent said Sanders would be their second choice if Trump were not in the race, only slightly higher than the 7 percent who said Clinton would be their next pick.Sanders supporters were even less willing than Trump backers to consider crossing over. Just 8 percent of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Trump as their second choice, roughly the same as the portion of voters who listed Trump’s Republican rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich as their second choice.
Sanders supporter Joseph Hayes, 37, of Oregon, still has hope for his candidate. But if it comes down to Trump or Clinton, Hayes said it was an easy, if unpleasant, choice.“I would have to vote for Hillary. Reluctantly so, but I would,” he said.People who outwardly back both Sanders and Trump are even more of a rarity. Donor rolls show just over two dozen voters willing to support both Trump and Sanders financially.“I think Bernie Sanders is too poor to be bought, and I think Donald Trump is too rich to be bought by special interests,” said Royce Gourley, a real estate investor, who gave $2,500 to Sanders and $2,700 to Trump, Federal Election Commission filings show.
But Trump could find an opening as both he and Sanders have gained strong followings among voters looking for an outsider candidate who will shake up the Washington establishment.
Both have made significant inroads among laborers and union members who support their opposition to U.S. trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics say threaten U.S. jobs.But the two are far apart on many issues, especially immigration. Trump has proposed building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and has proposed a temporary ban on Muslims seeking to enter the country.
Sanders has called such proposals “crap” and often criticizes what he calls “inhumane” deportation programs.For Sanders supporters like Dave Berry, 62, of Tacoma, Washington, the wooing may pay off as voters weigh the decision to stick with their party or stir things up in Washington.“I will probably put a check in Trump’s column (in the general election),” Berry said of a possible Trump-Clinton general election contest.
He said he did not think the former reality TV star could win, but felt good about making Clinton uneasy about her prospects of securing an easy win.One risk for Clinton is Sanders voters who may sit out the election or choose a third-party candidate if their favorite is not on the ballot.Valerie Benson, 80, of Cleveland, said that if it came down to Trump against Clinton, “I don’t know that I would vote for anybody then.”
U.S. Capitol Reopens After Brief Lockdown Due To Police Activity
Police briefly ordered a lockdown of the U.S. Capitol because of police activity on Friday, and a Senate aide said officers were searching for a woman who may have a weapon in a basement area near the U.S. House of Representatives.Police gave an all-clear notice to reopen the Capitol building shortly after 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT), about a half an hour after the lockdown began. It was not immediately clear whether the police had found the person they were seeking.
One Capitol Police officer said the lockdown was because an “event” was under way and authorities were searching for someone. The lockdown meant people in the building were required to remain in their offices with locked doors and windows. The U.S. Capitol visitor’s center also was temporarily closed.A Senate aide said he heard on Capitol Police officers’ radios that authorities were searching for a “possible female who could be armed in the subway of the Rayburn Building.” That building is connected by a subway to the U.S. Capitol and has offices and hearing rooms for U.S. representatives.The aide said he heard the radio traffic about the search for the woman shortly before 9 a.m.. Police put up yellow tape preventing reporters and others from entering any part of the Capitol.
In Defending Trump Im Not Capitulating
My friend Jonah Goldberg has written a column entitled “Conservative Purists Are Capitulating with Support of Trump.” In this piece, Jonah goes after me and Stephen Moore for allegedly giving up our free-market principles for what he calls “purely consequentialist reasons.” I am not sure of the full meaning of this phrase, but it sounds like we’ve changed our beliefs because Trump is the leading candidate in the GOP presidential race.
Jonah is an old and valued friend, and I respect and admire him enormously. In fact, I wish I could write as well as he does — even when he comes after me. But I want to set the record straight on a number of points where I think Jonah gets it wrong.First, Steve Moore and I continue to oppose Donald Trump’s trade policies. Even if his 45 percent tariff threat on China is simply a negotiating card, as Trump told me in recent interviews, we still think that’s the wrong way to go.
Speaking for myself, I believe China is a major trade violator. The Chinese break all the rules. They counterfeit our goods, steal our international property rights, and cyber-hack our industries and government. Something must be done about it.But a 45 percent tariff would be a major tax on American consumers and businesses. It would probably do more damage to the U.S. economy than to China’s.
Now, I think we need a very strong U.S. president to enforce current trading laws between the U.S., China, and the World Trade Organization. And perhaps some targeted economic sanctions on Chinese companies could work. For example, the U.S. has decided to sanction Chinese telecom giant ZTE for trade violations with Iran. This is a more precise response to trade violations than a 45 percent tax. Trump may well have the presidential leadership skills to solve the China problem without resorting to economy-wrecking tariffs. But at the moment Steve Moore and I disagree with him on this topic.Second, Jonah argues that I have moved markedly in Trump’s direction on immigration.
Here are the facts: I wrote a piece in mid-December where I announced a much tougher position on immigration — a big change in my thinking. But this had nothing to do with Trump. It was all about the war against ISIS.
The full title: “I’ve Changed. This Is War. Seal the Borders. Stop the Visas.” I argued for a wartime moratorium on new visas and new immigrants because of the substantial danger of ISIS terrorists infiltrating our system. The piece was written just after the horrific attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. I argued that until FBI director James Comey gives a green light to new visas, and not until we completely reform the vetting process for new foreign visitors, that the borders should be sealed. Special: Viagra\\\'s Newest Replacement Is Cheaper, Safer and Faster Buy Now!War brought me to this position. My only mention of Trump was when I disagreed with him for singling out Muslims. My proposal was not based on religion, but on the threat of ISIS infiltration into the United States. There was nothing “consequentialist” about it.
Finally, I have for many months endorsed Trump’s tax-cut plan. In particular, I like his business-tax-cut strategy, which includes a 15 percent rate for large C-corps and small S-corps along with easier repatriation and cash-expensing write-offs for new business investment. I think it’s an excellent plan that would substantially grow the American economy and bring trillions of dollars in overseas capital back to the U.S., which in turn would foster millions of new jobs and faster growth.What’s more, a number of think tanks believe the biggest beneficiaries of a significant corporate tax cut would be middle- and lower-middle-income wage earners. They, by the way, have not had a raise since 2000, which is probably why they’re opposed to trade deals, and illegal immigrants too.
In the Michigan Republican primary exit poll, 33 percent said trade expansion would create more U.S. jobs while 54 percent said it would take away U.S. jobs. But I prefer an economic-growth solution to this middle-class angst, not a protectionist program. And I think Trump’s business-tax-cut package would lessen trade fears by providing wage earners with a significant pay boost.
So, yes. I have endorsed Trump’s tax-cut plan.On the other hand, I have not endorsed any GOP candidate. As a commentator on this race, I think it would be inappropriate to do so at this time. So, in answer to my friend Jonah Goldberg, I believe I am sticking to my pro-growth, supply-side strategies of lower tax rates and free-trade. Regarding immigration, where I have changed my view, that’s all about the war against ISIS.
Obama Skewers Media Over Trump Coverage
President Barack Obama on Monday challenged the US media stop chasing ratings and take on 2016 election candidates who are willing to \\\"lie out loud\\\" and whose campaigns are \\\"untethered from reason.\\\"Without calling out Donald Trump by name, Obama used a journalism award ceremony in Washington to deliver his toughest condemnation yet of the caustic tone of the presidential election campaign and the media coverage of it.
Training fire on television networks\\\' often breathless coverage of Trump\\\'s campaign and wall-to-wall interviews with the controversial businessman, Obama said \\\"a job well done is about more than just handing someone a microphone.\\\"
He said the electorate would be better served if the media were to \\\"probe and to question and to dig deeper and demand more.\\\"It would be better served if billions of dollars in free media (coverage) came with serious accountability,\\\" he added.That was one in a string of clear references to the former reality TV star, who has leveraged his fame to appear almost constantly on television news.
\\\"What we are seeing right now does corrode our democracy and our society,\\\" Obama in remarks that were notable for their frankness and how much they reveal about the White House\\\'s unease.\\\"I\\\'m not one who is faint of heart,\\\" Obama insisted. \\\"But when our elected officials and our political campaigns become entirely untethered from reason and facts and analysis, when it doesn\\\'t matter what\\\'s true and what\\\'s not that makes it all but impossible for us to make good decisions on behalf of future generations.\\\"
The outgoing president dismissed disdain for political correctness -- another common theme in Trump\\\'s campaign -- as \\\"increasingly just an excuse to say offensive things or lie out loud.\\\"Obama pointed to the success of Oscar-wining journalism film \\\"Spotlight\\\" as evidence that the public still had a hunger for truth and respect for reporting.He also indicated that the tone of the debate, which has included harsh rhetoric against several foreign countries, was already having an impact.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനങ്ങള്ക്കോ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങള്ക്കോ അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങള്ക്കോ 24ന്യൂസ്ലൈവ്.കോം , അമ്മത്തൊട്ടിൽ.കോം ഉത്തരവാദിയായിരിക്കില്ല.