According to the Federal Election Commission filings, Donald Trump's presidential campaign has spent $1.8 million on polling from June 2015 through September of this year (the most recent month for which data are available). The report also lists $3.2 million spent on hats.
Trump has probably spent more on hats than he has spent on direct mail. The campaign filings occasionally aggregate a few things from the same vendor under one line-item, so some of the hat spending was on collateral generally that includes some hats. (His campaign spent more than $2 million on a line-item that was exclusively hats, though.) Overall, Trump's spent about $15.3 million on collateral -- shirts, hats, signs, etc. -- more than he has spent on field consulting and voter lists and data.
More on hats than polls and more on collateral than get-out-the-vote tools. The campaign in a nutshell. read more
Divisive sheriff Joe Arpaio is back in the news again, charged with federal criminal contempt just two weeks before he stands for reelection, seeking his seventh term.
Prosecutors promised two weeks ago that they would charge Arapio, the 84-year-old sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, and he already ran television ads boasting that the Obama administration's Justice Department had plans to prosecute him for his hardline stance on immigration.
If found guilty he could be spending the next six months in jail, an eventuality that has seriously complicated his election prospects.
By next summer it is estimated that Phoenix tax-payers will have shelled out $72 million defending the sheriff from the charges. read more
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) campaigned with Hillary Clinton on Monday, arguing that women "have had it" with Donald Trump's misogyny. Speaking at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Warren sharply criticized Trump's boasts about sexually assaulting women, his disparaging remarks about women's appearances, and other sexist comments he's made over the years. "Donald Trump aggressively disrespects more than half the human beings in this country," Warren said. "He thinks that because he has money, that he can call women fat pigs and bimbos. He thinks that because he is a celebrity that he can rate women's bodies from 1 to 10. He thinks that because he has a mouth full of Tic-Tacs, he can force himself on any women within groping distance. ... Well I've got news for you, Donald Trump. Women have had it with guys like you. And nasty women have really had it with guys like you." read more
Visions of hairy "man-apes" speak to something deep in the human psyche. read more
The United States has put artificial intelligence at the center of its defense strategy, with weapons that can identify targets and make decisions.
The challenge is to ensure that the weapons are reliable partners and not potential threats. read more