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The agency, Wieden + Kennedy, served bologna sandwiches full of Trump’s baloney

A satire in the form of a food truck.

This past weekend, advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy weighed in on the coming election with a “Donald Trump’s BS” food truck serving "baloney" sandwiches with fact-checked wrappers of some of Trump’s infamous comments.

The food truck was parked in the Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon, on Friday and Saturday. Donald Trump’s BS came equipped with a concierge to take orders, a chef to make the sandwiches, and menus printed on gold paper.

"We've debunked some of Donald Trump's remarks on eight custom designed sandwich wrappers, across five different types of — you guessed it — baloney sandwiches,” the agency told Adweek.

Sandwich names included Working-Class Hero, Middle-Class Hero, America-First Hero, Border-Security Hero, and Tell-It-Like-It-Is Hero.

It’s not the first time the agency has spoken out about political issues, having previously endorsed a book written by its employees advocating increased gun control after the Orlando nightclub shootings.

“We pride ourselves on being a place where we can be our true selves regardless of our beliefs and backgrounds. That applies to political affiliation,” a Wieden + Kennedy spokesperson told MUNCHIES.


AP analysis: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

In this July 9 photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at McGregor Industries in Dunmore.

NEW YORK &mdashWith fewer than 100 days before polls open across America, President Donald Trump is running short on time to reset his beleaguered reelection bid. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is surging again, the economic recovery appears to be slipping backward and racial divisions are still exploding.

More Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Even a significant portion of Republicans have soured on his handling of the coronavirus.

After spending much of the year playing down the crises, Trump has adopted a more serious tone in the latest round of White House pandemic briefings. He canceled the Republican National Convention events in Florida and even tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask.

His track record, however, suggests his newfound discipline likely won&rsquot last.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, seems content to remain an afterthought right now as he rolls out new policies, narrows his search for a running mate and enjoys a discernible lead in most polls.

The big questions

Is Trump turning it around?

Trump last week briefly demonstrated the kind of responsible leadership swing voters have craved. He signaled new public support for masks, offered a less combative tone with reporters during coronavirus briefings and canceled his party&rsquos presidential nominating convention events in virus-infested Florida.

Such discipline has been rare throughout Trump&rsquos presidency, which has been defined by bombast, division and chaos. It may be too little too late. But if the Republican president can continue to provide the kind of mature leadership this nation so badly needs, it can only help his political future.

It can&rsquot get much worse. As of last week, only 32% of Americans supported his handling of the pandemic, according to the AP-NORC poll. What&rsquos more, only 68% of Republicans approved.

Does Trump have an October surprise in the works?

Trump is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that&rsquos working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While medical experts suggest a vaccine is probably several months away, some in Trump&rsquos orbit say the unexpected production of a vaccine weeks before the election could be the October surprise he needs to win.

Voters are desperate for significant progress on the pandemic, although it&rsquos hard to imagine a vaccine clearing the necessary testing hurdles so quickly. Still, if anyone has demonstrated a willingness to play by his own rules, it&rsquos Trump. If it&rsquos not vaccines, expect something else.

Does Biden need to close the enthusiasm gap?

Democrats aren&rsquot that excited about their presidential nominee. An AP-NORC poll found Biden supporters are being driven much more by anxiety and frustration than pure excitement over Biden, while Trump supporters are more likely to say they&rsquore feeling excited.

Biden&rsquos team has shrugged off the enthusiasm gap, suggesting a vote for the Democrat counts the same whether it&rsquos motivated by opposition to Trump or excitement for Biden. Yet some Biden allies, such as the digital firm PACRONYM, warn Democrats to take the enthusiasm deficit seriously.

It&rsquos unlikely all the disparate factions in the Democratic coalition will suddenly discover a new passion for the 77-year-old career politician in the coming weeks, which puts some pressure on him to pick a more exciting running mate. Still, the threat of a second Trump term may be all the excitement Biden&rsquos team needs.

Will any sitting Republicans endorse Biden?

We reported last week that ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is expected to speak at next month&rsquos Democratic National Convention on Biden&rsquos behalf. And while Biden has attracted the support of many more Republican operatives (see the Lincoln Project), we&rsquove yet to see a Republican official currently in federal or statewide office support the Democrat&rsquos 2020 campaign.

We recently caught up with a frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who acknowledged a different political calculus for Republicans still in office. The Republican governor played down the prospect of a Biden endorsement, but he didn&rsquot rule it out: &ldquoI don&rsquot see that happening. But, you know, we have a long time between now and November.&rdquo

On speaking at the Democratic convention, he was more blunt.

&ldquoNo, I would have no interest whatsoever in doing that,&rdquo Hogan told the AP.

Will Trump keep pushing for school openings?

Trump has acknowledged the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but he and his administration continue to encourage schools across America to open in the coming weeks. Politically and practically, it&rsquos a dangerous position in a no-win debate that&rsquoll probably leave many people unhappy no matter what happens.

Trump acknowledged last week schools in some hot spots may need to delay opening, but he&rsquos also threatening to withhold federal education dollars from schools that don&rsquot open. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of his administration, released new guidelines calling on schools to reopen.

He also has yet to square why he was willing to let state and local officials decide how to manage the pandemic on their own for much of the year, yet not be willing to do the same for school reopening.

The final thought

Public opinion was sharply against Trump&rsquos handling of the social unrest that followed George Floyd&rsquos death, but increasingly violent protests in cities like Portland, Oregon, could shift the politics of the debate.

Portland protesters breached the fence around a federal courthouse early Sunday as local officials declared the situation a riot. At roughly the same time, authorities said protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

Such violence could strengthen Trump&rsquos case for federal intervention and cloud the debate against police brutality.


AP analysis: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

In this July 9 photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at McGregor Industries in Dunmore.

NEW YORK &mdashWith fewer than 100 days before polls open across America, President Donald Trump is running short on time to reset his beleaguered reelection bid. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is surging again, the economic recovery appears to be slipping backward and racial divisions are still exploding.

More Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Even a significant portion of Republicans have soured on his handling of the coronavirus.

After spending much of the year playing down the crises, Trump has adopted a more serious tone in the latest round of White House pandemic briefings. He canceled the Republican National Convention events in Florida and even tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask.

His track record, however, suggests his newfound discipline likely won&rsquot last.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, seems content to remain an afterthought right now as he rolls out new policies, narrows his search for a running mate and enjoys a discernible lead in most polls.

The big questions

Is Trump turning it around?

Trump last week briefly demonstrated the kind of responsible leadership swing voters have craved. He signaled new public support for masks, offered a less combative tone with reporters during coronavirus briefings and canceled his party&rsquos presidential nominating convention events in virus-infested Florida.

Such discipline has been rare throughout Trump&rsquos presidency, which has been defined by bombast, division and chaos. It may be too little too late. But if the Republican president can continue to provide the kind of mature leadership this nation so badly needs, it can only help his political future.

It can&rsquot get much worse. As of last week, only 32% of Americans supported his handling of the pandemic, according to the AP-NORC poll. What&rsquos more, only 68% of Republicans approved.

Does Trump have an October surprise in the works?

Trump is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that&rsquos working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While medical experts suggest a vaccine is probably several months away, some in Trump&rsquos orbit say the unexpected production of a vaccine weeks before the election could be the October surprise he needs to win.

Voters are desperate for significant progress on the pandemic, although it&rsquos hard to imagine a vaccine clearing the necessary testing hurdles so quickly. Still, if anyone has demonstrated a willingness to play by his own rules, it&rsquos Trump. If it&rsquos not vaccines, expect something else.

Does Biden need to close the enthusiasm gap?

Democrats aren&rsquot that excited about their presidential nominee. An AP-NORC poll found Biden supporters are being driven much more by anxiety and frustration than pure excitement over Biden, while Trump supporters are more likely to say they&rsquore feeling excited.

Biden&rsquos team has shrugged off the enthusiasm gap, suggesting a vote for the Democrat counts the same whether it&rsquos motivated by opposition to Trump or excitement for Biden. Yet some Biden allies, such as the digital firm PACRONYM, warn Democrats to take the enthusiasm deficit seriously.

It&rsquos unlikely all the disparate factions in the Democratic coalition will suddenly discover a new passion for the 77-year-old career politician in the coming weeks, which puts some pressure on him to pick a more exciting running mate. Still, the threat of a second Trump term may be all the excitement Biden&rsquos team needs.

Will any sitting Republicans endorse Biden?

We reported last week that ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is expected to speak at next month&rsquos Democratic National Convention on Biden&rsquos behalf. And while Biden has attracted the support of many more Republican operatives (see the Lincoln Project), we&rsquove yet to see a Republican official currently in federal or statewide office support the Democrat&rsquos 2020 campaign.

We recently caught up with a frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who acknowledged a different political calculus for Republicans still in office. The Republican governor played down the prospect of a Biden endorsement, but he didn&rsquot rule it out: &ldquoI don&rsquot see that happening. But, you know, we have a long time between now and November.&rdquo

On speaking at the Democratic convention, he was more blunt.

&ldquoNo, I would have no interest whatsoever in doing that,&rdquo Hogan told the AP.

Will Trump keep pushing for school openings?

Trump has acknowledged the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but he and his administration continue to encourage schools across America to open in the coming weeks. Politically and practically, it&rsquos a dangerous position in a no-win debate that&rsquoll probably leave many people unhappy no matter what happens.

Trump acknowledged last week schools in some hot spots may need to delay opening, but he&rsquos also threatening to withhold federal education dollars from schools that don&rsquot open. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of his administration, released new guidelines calling on schools to reopen.

He also has yet to square why he was willing to let state and local officials decide how to manage the pandemic on their own for much of the year, yet not be willing to do the same for school reopening.

The final thought

Public opinion was sharply against Trump&rsquos handling of the social unrest that followed George Floyd&rsquos death, but increasingly violent protests in cities like Portland, Oregon, could shift the politics of the debate.

Portland protesters breached the fence around a federal courthouse early Sunday as local officials declared the situation a riot. At roughly the same time, authorities said protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

Such violence could strengthen Trump&rsquos case for federal intervention and cloud the debate against police brutality.


AP analysis: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

In this July 9 photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at McGregor Industries in Dunmore.

NEW YORK &mdashWith fewer than 100 days before polls open across America, President Donald Trump is running short on time to reset his beleaguered reelection bid. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is surging again, the economic recovery appears to be slipping backward and racial divisions are still exploding.

More Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Even a significant portion of Republicans have soured on his handling of the coronavirus.

After spending much of the year playing down the crises, Trump has adopted a more serious tone in the latest round of White House pandemic briefings. He canceled the Republican National Convention events in Florida and even tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask.

His track record, however, suggests his newfound discipline likely won&rsquot last.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, seems content to remain an afterthought right now as he rolls out new policies, narrows his search for a running mate and enjoys a discernible lead in most polls.

The big questions

Is Trump turning it around?

Trump last week briefly demonstrated the kind of responsible leadership swing voters have craved. He signaled new public support for masks, offered a less combative tone with reporters during coronavirus briefings and canceled his party&rsquos presidential nominating convention events in virus-infested Florida.

Such discipline has been rare throughout Trump&rsquos presidency, which has been defined by bombast, division and chaos. It may be too little too late. But if the Republican president can continue to provide the kind of mature leadership this nation so badly needs, it can only help his political future.

It can&rsquot get much worse. As of last week, only 32% of Americans supported his handling of the pandemic, according to the AP-NORC poll. What&rsquos more, only 68% of Republicans approved.

Does Trump have an October surprise in the works?

Trump is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that&rsquos working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While medical experts suggest a vaccine is probably several months away, some in Trump&rsquos orbit say the unexpected production of a vaccine weeks before the election could be the October surprise he needs to win.

Voters are desperate for significant progress on the pandemic, although it&rsquos hard to imagine a vaccine clearing the necessary testing hurdles so quickly. Still, if anyone has demonstrated a willingness to play by his own rules, it&rsquos Trump. If it&rsquos not vaccines, expect something else.

Does Biden need to close the enthusiasm gap?

Democrats aren&rsquot that excited about their presidential nominee. An AP-NORC poll found Biden supporters are being driven much more by anxiety and frustration than pure excitement over Biden, while Trump supporters are more likely to say they&rsquore feeling excited.

Biden&rsquos team has shrugged off the enthusiasm gap, suggesting a vote for the Democrat counts the same whether it&rsquos motivated by opposition to Trump or excitement for Biden. Yet some Biden allies, such as the digital firm PACRONYM, warn Democrats to take the enthusiasm deficit seriously.

It&rsquos unlikely all the disparate factions in the Democratic coalition will suddenly discover a new passion for the 77-year-old career politician in the coming weeks, which puts some pressure on him to pick a more exciting running mate. Still, the threat of a second Trump term may be all the excitement Biden&rsquos team needs.

Will any sitting Republicans endorse Biden?

We reported last week that ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is expected to speak at next month&rsquos Democratic National Convention on Biden&rsquos behalf. And while Biden has attracted the support of many more Republican operatives (see the Lincoln Project), we&rsquove yet to see a Republican official currently in federal or statewide office support the Democrat&rsquos 2020 campaign.

We recently caught up with a frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who acknowledged a different political calculus for Republicans still in office. The Republican governor played down the prospect of a Biden endorsement, but he didn&rsquot rule it out: &ldquoI don&rsquot see that happening. But, you know, we have a long time between now and November.&rdquo

On speaking at the Democratic convention, he was more blunt.

&ldquoNo, I would have no interest whatsoever in doing that,&rdquo Hogan told the AP.

Will Trump keep pushing for school openings?

Trump has acknowledged the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but he and his administration continue to encourage schools across America to open in the coming weeks. Politically and practically, it&rsquos a dangerous position in a no-win debate that&rsquoll probably leave many people unhappy no matter what happens.

Trump acknowledged last week schools in some hot spots may need to delay opening, but he&rsquos also threatening to withhold federal education dollars from schools that don&rsquot open. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of his administration, released new guidelines calling on schools to reopen.

He also has yet to square why he was willing to let state and local officials decide how to manage the pandemic on their own for much of the year, yet not be willing to do the same for school reopening.

The final thought

Public opinion was sharply against Trump&rsquos handling of the social unrest that followed George Floyd&rsquos death, but increasingly violent protests in cities like Portland, Oregon, could shift the politics of the debate.

Portland protesters breached the fence around a federal courthouse early Sunday as local officials declared the situation a riot. At roughly the same time, authorities said protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

Such violence could strengthen Trump&rsquos case for federal intervention and cloud the debate against police brutality.


AP analysis: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

In this July 9 photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at McGregor Industries in Dunmore.

NEW YORK &mdashWith fewer than 100 days before polls open across America, President Donald Trump is running short on time to reset his beleaguered reelection bid. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is surging again, the economic recovery appears to be slipping backward and racial divisions are still exploding.

More Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Even a significant portion of Republicans have soured on his handling of the coronavirus.

After spending much of the year playing down the crises, Trump has adopted a more serious tone in the latest round of White House pandemic briefings. He canceled the Republican National Convention events in Florida and even tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask.

His track record, however, suggests his newfound discipline likely won&rsquot last.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, seems content to remain an afterthought right now as he rolls out new policies, narrows his search for a running mate and enjoys a discernible lead in most polls.

The big questions

Is Trump turning it around?

Trump last week briefly demonstrated the kind of responsible leadership swing voters have craved. He signaled new public support for masks, offered a less combative tone with reporters during coronavirus briefings and canceled his party&rsquos presidential nominating convention events in virus-infested Florida.

Such discipline has been rare throughout Trump&rsquos presidency, which has been defined by bombast, division and chaos. It may be too little too late. But if the Republican president can continue to provide the kind of mature leadership this nation so badly needs, it can only help his political future.

It can&rsquot get much worse. As of last week, only 32% of Americans supported his handling of the pandemic, according to the AP-NORC poll. What&rsquos more, only 68% of Republicans approved.

Does Trump have an October surprise in the works?

Trump is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that&rsquos working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While medical experts suggest a vaccine is probably several months away, some in Trump&rsquos orbit say the unexpected production of a vaccine weeks before the election could be the October surprise he needs to win.

Voters are desperate for significant progress on the pandemic, although it&rsquos hard to imagine a vaccine clearing the necessary testing hurdles so quickly. Still, if anyone has demonstrated a willingness to play by his own rules, it&rsquos Trump. If it&rsquos not vaccines, expect something else.

Does Biden need to close the enthusiasm gap?

Democrats aren&rsquot that excited about their presidential nominee. An AP-NORC poll found Biden supporters are being driven much more by anxiety and frustration than pure excitement over Biden, while Trump supporters are more likely to say they&rsquore feeling excited.

Biden&rsquos team has shrugged off the enthusiasm gap, suggesting a vote for the Democrat counts the same whether it&rsquos motivated by opposition to Trump or excitement for Biden. Yet some Biden allies, such as the digital firm PACRONYM, warn Democrats to take the enthusiasm deficit seriously.

It&rsquos unlikely all the disparate factions in the Democratic coalition will suddenly discover a new passion for the 77-year-old career politician in the coming weeks, which puts some pressure on him to pick a more exciting running mate. Still, the threat of a second Trump term may be all the excitement Biden&rsquos team needs.

Will any sitting Republicans endorse Biden?

We reported last week that ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is expected to speak at next month&rsquos Democratic National Convention on Biden&rsquos behalf. And while Biden has attracted the support of many more Republican operatives (see the Lincoln Project), we&rsquove yet to see a Republican official currently in federal or statewide office support the Democrat&rsquos 2020 campaign.

We recently caught up with a frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who acknowledged a different political calculus for Republicans still in office. The Republican governor played down the prospect of a Biden endorsement, but he didn&rsquot rule it out: &ldquoI don&rsquot see that happening. But, you know, we have a long time between now and November.&rdquo

On speaking at the Democratic convention, he was more blunt.

&ldquoNo, I would have no interest whatsoever in doing that,&rdquo Hogan told the AP.

Will Trump keep pushing for school openings?

Trump has acknowledged the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but he and his administration continue to encourage schools across America to open in the coming weeks. Politically and practically, it&rsquos a dangerous position in a no-win debate that&rsquoll probably leave many people unhappy no matter what happens.

Trump acknowledged last week schools in some hot spots may need to delay opening, but he&rsquos also threatening to withhold federal education dollars from schools that don&rsquot open. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of his administration, released new guidelines calling on schools to reopen.

He also has yet to square why he was willing to let state and local officials decide how to manage the pandemic on their own for much of the year, yet not be willing to do the same for school reopening.

The final thought

Public opinion was sharply against Trump&rsquos handling of the social unrest that followed George Floyd&rsquos death, but increasingly violent protests in cities like Portland, Oregon, could shift the politics of the debate.

Portland protesters breached the fence around a federal courthouse early Sunday as local officials declared the situation a riot. At roughly the same time, authorities said protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

Such violence could strengthen Trump&rsquos case for federal intervention and cloud the debate against police brutality.


AP analysis: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

In this July 9 photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at McGregor Industries in Dunmore.

NEW YORK &mdashWith fewer than 100 days before polls open across America, President Donald Trump is running short on time to reset his beleaguered reelection bid. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is surging again, the economic recovery appears to be slipping backward and racial divisions are still exploding.

More Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Even a significant portion of Republicans have soured on his handling of the coronavirus.

After spending much of the year playing down the crises, Trump has adopted a more serious tone in the latest round of White House pandemic briefings. He canceled the Republican National Convention events in Florida and even tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask.

His track record, however, suggests his newfound discipline likely won&rsquot last.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, seems content to remain an afterthought right now as he rolls out new policies, narrows his search for a running mate and enjoys a discernible lead in most polls.

The big questions

Is Trump turning it around?

Trump last week briefly demonstrated the kind of responsible leadership swing voters have craved. He signaled new public support for masks, offered a less combative tone with reporters during coronavirus briefings and canceled his party&rsquos presidential nominating convention events in virus-infested Florida.

Such discipline has been rare throughout Trump&rsquos presidency, which has been defined by bombast, division and chaos. It may be too little too late. But if the Republican president can continue to provide the kind of mature leadership this nation so badly needs, it can only help his political future.

It can&rsquot get much worse. As of last week, only 32% of Americans supported his handling of the pandemic, according to the AP-NORC poll. What&rsquos more, only 68% of Republicans approved.

Does Trump have an October surprise in the works?

Trump is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that&rsquos working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While medical experts suggest a vaccine is probably several months away, some in Trump&rsquos orbit say the unexpected production of a vaccine weeks before the election could be the October surprise he needs to win.

Voters are desperate for significant progress on the pandemic, although it&rsquos hard to imagine a vaccine clearing the necessary testing hurdles so quickly. Still, if anyone has demonstrated a willingness to play by his own rules, it&rsquos Trump. If it&rsquos not vaccines, expect something else.

Does Biden need to close the enthusiasm gap?

Democrats aren&rsquot that excited about their presidential nominee. An AP-NORC poll found Biden supporters are being driven much more by anxiety and frustration than pure excitement over Biden, while Trump supporters are more likely to say they&rsquore feeling excited.

Biden&rsquos team has shrugged off the enthusiasm gap, suggesting a vote for the Democrat counts the same whether it&rsquos motivated by opposition to Trump or excitement for Biden. Yet some Biden allies, such as the digital firm PACRONYM, warn Democrats to take the enthusiasm deficit seriously.

It&rsquos unlikely all the disparate factions in the Democratic coalition will suddenly discover a new passion for the 77-year-old career politician in the coming weeks, which puts some pressure on him to pick a more exciting running mate. Still, the threat of a second Trump term may be all the excitement Biden&rsquos team needs.

Will any sitting Republicans endorse Biden?

We reported last week that ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is expected to speak at next month&rsquos Democratic National Convention on Biden&rsquos behalf. And while Biden has attracted the support of many more Republican operatives (see the Lincoln Project), we&rsquove yet to see a Republican official currently in federal or statewide office support the Democrat&rsquos 2020 campaign.

We recently caught up with a frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who acknowledged a different political calculus for Republicans still in office. The Republican governor played down the prospect of a Biden endorsement, but he didn&rsquot rule it out: &ldquoI don&rsquot see that happening. But, you know, we have a long time between now and November.&rdquo

On speaking at the Democratic convention, he was more blunt.

&ldquoNo, I would have no interest whatsoever in doing that,&rdquo Hogan told the AP.

Will Trump keep pushing for school openings?

Trump has acknowledged the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but he and his administration continue to encourage schools across America to open in the coming weeks. Politically and practically, it&rsquos a dangerous position in a no-win debate that&rsquoll probably leave many people unhappy no matter what happens.

Trump acknowledged last week schools in some hot spots may need to delay opening, but he&rsquos also threatening to withhold federal education dollars from schools that don&rsquot open. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of his administration, released new guidelines calling on schools to reopen.

He also has yet to square why he was willing to let state and local officials decide how to manage the pandemic on their own for much of the year, yet not be willing to do the same for school reopening.

The final thought

Public opinion was sharply against Trump&rsquos handling of the social unrest that followed George Floyd&rsquos death, but increasingly violent protests in cities like Portland, Oregon, could shift the politics of the debate.

Portland protesters breached the fence around a federal courthouse early Sunday as local officials declared the situation a riot. At roughly the same time, authorities said protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

Such violence could strengthen Trump&rsquos case for federal intervention and cloud the debate against police brutality.


AP analysis: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

In this July 9 photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at McGregor Industries in Dunmore.

NEW YORK &mdashWith fewer than 100 days before polls open across America, President Donald Trump is running short on time to reset his beleaguered reelection bid. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is surging again, the economic recovery appears to be slipping backward and racial divisions are still exploding.

More Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Even a significant portion of Republicans have soured on his handling of the coronavirus.

After spending much of the year playing down the crises, Trump has adopted a more serious tone in the latest round of White House pandemic briefings. He canceled the Republican National Convention events in Florida and even tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask.

His track record, however, suggests his newfound discipline likely won&rsquot last.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, seems content to remain an afterthought right now as he rolls out new policies, narrows his search for a running mate and enjoys a discernible lead in most polls.

The big questions

Is Trump turning it around?

Trump last week briefly demonstrated the kind of responsible leadership swing voters have craved. He signaled new public support for masks, offered a less combative tone with reporters during coronavirus briefings and canceled his party&rsquos presidential nominating convention events in virus-infested Florida.

Such discipline has been rare throughout Trump&rsquos presidency, which has been defined by bombast, division and chaos. It may be too little too late. But if the Republican president can continue to provide the kind of mature leadership this nation so badly needs, it can only help his political future.

It can&rsquot get much worse. As of last week, only 32% of Americans supported his handling of the pandemic, according to the AP-NORC poll. What&rsquos more, only 68% of Republicans approved.

Does Trump have an October surprise in the works?

Trump is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that&rsquos working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While medical experts suggest a vaccine is probably several months away, some in Trump&rsquos orbit say the unexpected production of a vaccine weeks before the election could be the October surprise he needs to win.

Voters are desperate for significant progress on the pandemic, although it&rsquos hard to imagine a vaccine clearing the necessary testing hurdles so quickly. Still, if anyone has demonstrated a willingness to play by his own rules, it&rsquos Trump. If it&rsquos not vaccines, expect something else.

Does Biden need to close the enthusiasm gap?

Democrats aren&rsquot that excited about their presidential nominee. An AP-NORC poll found Biden supporters are being driven much more by anxiety and frustration than pure excitement over Biden, while Trump supporters are more likely to say they&rsquore feeling excited.

Biden&rsquos team has shrugged off the enthusiasm gap, suggesting a vote for the Democrat counts the same whether it&rsquos motivated by opposition to Trump or excitement for Biden. Yet some Biden allies, such as the digital firm PACRONYM, warn Democrats to take the enthusiasm deficit seriously.

It&rsquos unlikely all the disparate factions in the Democratic coalition will suddenly discover a new passion for the 77-year-old career politician in the coming weeks, which puts some pressure on him to pick a more exciting running mate. Still, the threat of a second Trump term may be all the excitement Biden&rsquos team needs.

Will any sitting Republicans endorse Biden?

We reported last week that ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is expected to speak at next month&rsquos Democratic National Convention on Biden&rsquos behalf. And while Biden has attracted the support of many more Republican operatives (see the Lincoln Project), we&rsquove yet to see a Republican official currently in federal or statewide office support the Democrat&rsquos 2020 campaign.

We recently caught up with a frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who acknowledged a different political calculus for Republicans still in office. The Republican governor played down the prospect of a Biden endorsement, but he didn&rsquot rule it out: &ldquoI don&rsquot see that happening. But, you know, we have a long time between now and November.&rdquo

On speaking at the Democratic convention, he was more blunt.

&ldquoNo, I would have no interest whatsoever in doing that,&rdquo Hogan told the AP.

Will Trump keep pushing for school openings?

Trump has acknowledged the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but he and his administration continue to encourage schools across America to open in the coming weeks. Politically and practically, it&rsquos a dangerous position in a no-win debate that&rsquoll probably leave many people unhappy no matter what happens.

Trump acknowledged last week schools in some hot spots may need to delay opening, but he&rsquos also threatening to withhold federal education dollars from schools that don&rsquot open. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of his administration, released new guidelines calling on schools to reopen.

He also has yet to square why he was willing to let state and local officials decide how to manage the pandemic on their own for much of the year, yet not be willing to do the same for school reopening.

The final thought

Public opinion was sharply against Trump&rsquos handling of the social unrest that followed George Floyd&rsquos death, but increasingly violent protests in cities like Portland, Oregon, could shift the politics of the debate.

Portland protesters breached the fence around a federal courthouse early Sunday as local officials declared the situation a riot. At roughly the same time, authorities said protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

Such violence could strengthen Trump&rsquos case for federal intervention and cloud the debate against police brutality.


AP analysis: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

In this July 9 photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at McGregor Industries in Dunmore.

NEW YORK &mdashWith fewer than 100 days before polls open across America, President Donald Trump is running short on time to reset his beleaguered reelection bid. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is surging again, the economic recovery appears to be slipping backward and racial divisions are still exploding.

More Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Even a significant portion of Republicans have soured on his handling of the coronavirus.

After spending much of the year playing down the crises, Trump has adopted a more serious tone in the latest round of White House pandemic briefings. He canceled the Republican National Convention events in Florida and even tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask.

His track record, however, suggests his newfound discipline likely won&rsquot last.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, seems content to remain an afterthought right now as he rolls out new policies, narrows his search for a running mate and enjoys a discernible lead in most polls.

The big questions

Is Trump turning it around?

Trump last week briefly demonstrated the kind of responsible leadership swing voters have craved. He signaled new public support for masks, offered a less combative tone with reporters during coronavirus briefings and canceled his party&rsquos presidential nominating convention events in virus-infested Florida.

Such discipline has been rare throughout Trump&rsquos presidency, which has been defined by bombast, division and chaos. It may be too little too late. But if the Republican president can continue to provide the kind of mature leadership this nation so badly needs, it can only help his political future.

It can&rsquot get much worse. As of last week, only 32% of Americans supported his handling of the pandemic, according to the AP-NORC poll. What&rsquos more, only 68% of Republicans approved.

Does Trump have an October surprise in the works?

Trump is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that&rsquos working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While medical experts suggest a vaccine is probably several months away, some in Trump&rsquos orbit say the unexpected production of a vaccine weeks before the election could be the October surprise he needs to win.

Voters are desperate for significant progress on the pandemic, although it&rsquos hard to imagine a vaccine clearing the necessary testing hurdles so quickly. Still, if anyone has demonstrated a willingness to play by his own rules, it&rsquos Trump. If it&rsquos not vaccines, expect something else.

Does Biden need to close the enthusiasm gap?

Democrats aren&rsquot that excited about their presidential nominee. An AP-NORC poll found Biden supporters are being driven much more by anxiety and frustration than pure excitement over Biden, while Trump supporters are more likely to say they&rsquore feeling excited.

Biden&rsquos team has shrugged off the enthusiasm gap, suggesting a vote for the Democrat counts the same whether it&rsquos motivated by opposition to Trump or excitement for Biden. Yet some Biden allies, such as the digital firm PACRONYM, warn Democrats to take the enthusiasm deficit seriously.

It&rsquos unlikely all the disparate factions in the Democratic coalition will suddenly discover a new passion for the 77-year-old career politician in the coming weeks, which puts some pressure on him to pick a more exciting running mate. Still, the threat of a second Trump term may be all the excitement Biden&rsquos team needs.

Will any sitting Republicans endorse Biden?

We reported last week that ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is expected to speak at next month&rsquos Democratic National Convention on Biden&rsquos behalf. And while Biden has attracted the support of many more Republican operatives (see the Lincoln Project), we&rsquove yet to see a Republican official currently in federal or statewide office support the Democrat&rsquos 2020 campaign.

We recently caught up with a frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who acknowledged a different political calculus for Republicans still in office. The Republican governor played down the prospect of a Biden endorsement, but he didn&rsquot rule it out: &ldquoI don&rsquot see that happening. But, you know, we have a long time between now and November.&rdquo

On speaking at the Democratic convention, he was more blunt.

&ldquoNo, I would have no interest whatsoever in doing that,&rdquo Hogan told the AP.

Will Trump keep pushing for school openings?

Trump has acknowledged the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but he and his administration continue to encourage schools across America to open in the coming weeks. Politically and practically, it&rsquos a dangerous position in a no-win debate that&rsquoll probably leave many people unhappy no matter what happens.

Trump acknowledged last week schools in some hot spots may need to delay opening, but he&rsquos also threatening to withhold federal education dollars from schools that don&rsquot open. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of his administration, released new guidelines calling on schools to reopen.

He also has yet to square why he was willing to let state and local officials decide how to manage the pandemic on their own for much of the year, yet not be willing to do the same for school reopening.

The final thought

Public opinion was sharply against Trump&rsquos handling of the social unrest that followed George Floyd&rsquos death, but increasingly violent protests in cities like Portland, Oregon, could shift the politics of the debate.

Portland protesters breached the fence around a federal courthouse early Sunday as local officials declared the situation a riot. At roughly the same time, authorities said protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

Such violence could strengthen Trump&rsquos case for federal intervention and cloud the debate against police brutality.


AP analysis: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

In this July 9 photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at McGregor Industries in Dunmore.

NEW YORK &mdashWith fewer than 100 days before polls open across America, President Donald Trump is running short on time to reset his beleaguered reelection bid. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is surging again, the economic recovery appears to be slipping backward and racial divisions are still exploding.

More Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Even a significant portion of Republicans have soured on his handling of the coronavirus.

After spending much of the year playing down the crises, Trump has adopted a more serious tone in the latest round of White House pandemic briefings. He canceled the Republican National Convention events in Florida and even tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask.

His track record, however, suggests his newfound discipline likely won&rsquot last.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, seems content to remain an afterthought right now as he rolls out new policies, narrows his search for a running mate and enjoys a discernible lead in most polls.

The big questions

Is Trump turning it around?

Trump last week briefly demonstrated the kind of responsible leadership swing voters have craved. He signaled new public support for masks, offered a less combative tone with reporters during coronavirus briefings and canceled his party&rsquos presidential nominating convention events in virus-infested Florida.

Such discipline has been rare throughout Trump&rsquos presidency, which has been defined by bombast, division and chaos. It may be too little too late. But if the Republican president can continue to provide the kind of mature leadership this nation so badly needs, it can only help his political future.

It can&rsquot get much worse. As of last week, only 32% of Americans supported his handling of the pandemic, according to the AP-NORC poll. What&rsquos more, only 68% of Republicans approved.

Does Trump have an October surprise in the works?

Trump is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that&rsquos working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While medical experts suggest a vaccine is probably several months away, some in Trump&rsquos orbit say the unexpected production of a vaccine weeks before the election could be the October surprise he needs to win.

Voters are desperate for significant progress on the pandemic, although it&rsquos hard to imagine a vaccine clearing the necessary testing hurdles so quickly. Still, if anyone has demonstrated a willingness to play by his own rules, it&rsquos Trump. If it&rsquos not vaccines, expect something else.

Does Biden need to close the enthusiasm gap?

Democrats aren&rsquot that excited about their presidential nominee. An AP-NORC poll found Biden supporters are being driven much more by anxiety and frustration than pure excitement over Biden, while Trump supporters are more likely to say they&rsquore feeling excited.

Biden&rsquos team has shrugged off the enthusiasm gap, suggesting a vote for the Democrat counts the same whether it&rsquos motivated by opposition to Trump or excitement for Biden. Yet some Biden allies, such as the digital firm PACRONYM, warn Democrats to take the enthusiasm deficit seriously.

It&rsquos unlikely all the disparate factions in the Democratic coalition will suddenly discover a new passion for the 77-year-old career politician in the coming weeks, which puts some pressure on him to pick a more exciting running mate. Still, the threat of a second Trump term may be all the excitement Biden&rsquos team needs.

Will any sitting Republicans endorse Biden?

We reported last week that ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is expected to speak at next month&rsquos Democratic National Convention on Biden&rsquos behalf. And while Biden has attracted the support of many more Republican operatives (see the Lincoln Project), we&rsquove yet to see a Republican official currently in federal or statewide office support the Democrat&rsquos 2020 campaign.

We recently caught up with a frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who acknowledged a different political calculus for Republicans still in office. The Republican governor played down the prospect of a Biden endorsement, but he didn&rsquot rule it out: &ldquoI don&rsquot see that happening. But, you know, we have a long time between now and November.&rdquo

On speaking at the Democratic convention, he was more blunt.

&ldquoNo, I would have no interest whatsoever in doing that,&rdquo Hogan told the AP.

Will Trump keep pushing for school openings?

Trump has acknowledged the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but he and his administration continue to encourage schools across America to open in the coming weeks. Politically and practically, it&rsquos a dangerous position in a no-win debate that&rsquoll probably leave many people unhappy no matter what happens.

Trump acknowledged last week schools in some hot spots may need to delay opening, but he&rsquos also threatening to withhold federal education dollars from schools that don&rsquot open. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of his administration, released new guidelines calling on schools to reopen.

He also has yet to square why he was willing to let state and local officials decide how to manage the pandemic on their own for much of the year, yet not be willing to do the same for school reopening.

The final thought

Public opinion was sharply against Trump&rsquos handling of the social unrest that followed George Floyd&rsquos death, but increasingly violent protests in cities like Portland, Oregon, could shift the politics of the debate.

Portland protesters breached the fence around a federal courthouse early Sunday as local officials declared the situation a riot. At roughly the same time, authorities said protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

Such violence could strengthen Trump&rsquos case for federal intervention and cloud the debate against police brutality.


AP analysis: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

In this July 9 photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at McGregor Industries in Dunmore.

NEW YORK &mdashWith fewer than 100 days before polls open across America, President Donald Trump is running short on time to reset his beleaguered reelection bid. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is surging again, the economic recovery appears to be slipping backward and racial divisions are still exploding.

More Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Even a significant portion of Republicans have soured on his handling of the coronavirus.

After spending much of the year playing down the crises, Trump has adopted a more serious tone in the latest round of White House pandemic briefings. He canceled the Republican National Convention events in Florida and even tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask.

His track record, however, suggests his newfound discipline likely won&rsquot last.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, seems content to remain an afterthought right now as he rolls out new policies, narrows his search for a running mate and enjoys a discernible lead in most polls.

The big questions

Is Trump turning it around?

Trump last week briefly demonstrated the kind of responsible leadership swing voters have craved. He signaled new public support for masks, offered a less combative tone with reporters during coronavirus briefings and canceled his party&rsquos presidential nominating convention events in virus-infested Florida.

Such discipline has been rare throughout Trump&rsquos presidency, which has been defined by bombast, division and chaos. It may be too little too late. But if the Republican president can continue to provide the kind of mature leadership this nation so badly needs, it can only help his political future.

It can&rsquot get much worse. As of last week, only 32% of Americans supported his handling of the pandemic, according to the AP-NORC poll. What&rsquos more, only 68% of Republicans approved.

Does Trump have an October surprise in the works?

Trump is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that&rsquos working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While medical experts suggest a vaccine is probably several months away, some in Trump&rsquos orbit say the unexpected production of a vaccine weeks before the election could be the October surprise he needs to win.

Voters are desperate for significant progress on the pandemic, although it&rsquos hard to imagine a vaccine clearing the necessary testing hurdles so quickly. Still, if anyone has demonstrated a willingness to play by his own rules, it&rsquos Trump. If it&rsquos not vaccines, expect something else.

Does Biden need to close the enthusiasm gap?

Democrats aren&rsquot that excited about their presidential nominee. An AP-NORC poll found Biden supporters are being driven much more by anxiety and frustration than pure excitement over Biden, while Trump supporters are more likely to say they&rsquore feeling excited.

Biden&rsquos team has shrugged off the enthusiasm gap, suggesting a vote for the Democrat counts the same whether it&rsquos motivated by opposition to Trump or excitement for Biden. Yet some Biden allies, such as the digital firm PACRONYM, warn Democrats to take the enthusiasm deficit seriously.

It&rsquos unlikely all the disparate factions in the Democratic coalition will suddenly discover a new passion for the 77-year-old career politician in the coming weeks, which puts some pressure on him to pick a more exciting running mate. Still, the threat of a second Trump term may be all the excitement Biden&rsquos team needs.

Will any sitting Republicans endorse Biden?

We reported last week that ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is expected to speak at next month&rsquos Democratic National Convention on Biden&rsquos behalf. And while Biden has attracted the support of many more Republican operatives (see the Lincoln Project), we&rsquove yet to see a Republican official currently in federal or statewide office support the Democrat&rsquos 2020 campaign.

We recently caught up with a frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who acknowledged a different political calculus for Republicans still in office. The Republican governor played down the prospect of a Biden endorsement, but he didn&rsquot rule it out: &ldquoI don&rsquot see that happening. But, you know, we have a long time between now and November.&rdquo

On speaking at the Democratic convention, he was more blunt.

&ldquoNo, I would have no interest whatsoever in doing that,&rdquo Hogan told the AP.

Will Trump keep pushing for school openings?

Trump has acknowledged the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but he and his administration continue to encourage schools across America to open in the coming weeks. Politically and practically, it&rsquos a dangerous position in a no-win debate that&rsquoll probably leave many people unhappy no matter what happens.

Trump acknowledged last week schools in some hot spots may need to delay opening, but he&rsquos also threatening to withhold federal education dollars from schools that don&rsquot open. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of his administration, released new guidelines calling on schools to reopen.

He also has yet to square why he was willing to let state and local officials decide how to manage the pandemic on their own for much of the year, yet not be willing to do the same for school reopening.

The final thought

Public opinion was sharply against Trump&rsquos handling of the social unrest that followed George Floyd&rsquos death, but increasingly violent protests in cities like Portland, Oregon, could shift the politics of the debate.

Portland protesters breached the fence around a federal courthouse early Sunday as local officials declared the situation a riot. At roughly the same time, authorities said protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

Such violence could strengthen Trump&rsquos case for federal intervention and cloud the debate against police brutality.


AP analysis: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

In this July 9 photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at McGregor Industries in Dunmore.

NEW YORK &mdashWith fewer than 100 days before polls open across America, President Donald Trump is running short on time to reset his beleaguered reelection bid. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is surging again, the economic recovery appears to be slipping backward and racial divisions are still exploding.

More Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Even a significant portion of Republicans have soured on his handling of the coronavirus.

After spending much of the year playing down the crises, Trump has adopted a more serious tone in the latest round of White House pandemic briefings. He canceled the Republican National Convention events in Florida and even tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask.

His track record, however, suggests his newfound discipline likely won&rsquot last.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, seems content to remain an afterthought right now as he rolls out new policies, narrows his search for a running mate and enjoys a discernible lead in most polls.

The big questions

Is Trump turning it around?

Trump last week briefly demonstrated the kind of responsible leadership swing voters have craved. He signaled new public support for masks, offered a less combative tone with reporters during coronavirus briefings and canceled his party&rsquos presidential nominating convention events in virus-infested Florida.

Such discipline has been rare throughout Trump&rsquos presidency, which has been defined by bombast, division and chaos. It may be too little too late. But if the Republican president can continue to provide the kind of mature leadership this nation so badly needs, it can only help his political future.

It can&rsquot get much worse. As of last week, only 32% of Americans supported his handling of the pandemic, according to the AP-NORC poll. What&rsquos more, only 68% of Republicans approved.

Does Trump have an October surprise in the works?

Trump is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that&rsquos working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While medical experts suggest a vaccine is probably several months away, some in Trump&rsquos orbit say the unexpected production of a vaccine weeks before the election could be the October surprise he needs to win.

Voters are desperate for significant progress on the pandemic, although it&rsquos hard to imagine a vaccine clearing the necessary testing hurdles so quickly. Still, if anyone has demonstrated a willingness to play by his own rules, it&rsquos Trump. If it&rsquos not vaccines, expect something else.

Does Biden need to close the enthusiasm gap?

Democrats aren&rsquot that excited about their presidential nominee. An AP-NORC poll found Biden supporters are being driven much more by anxiety and frustration than pure excitement over Biden, while Trump supporters are more likely to say they&rsquore feeling excited.

Biden&rsquos team has shrugged off the enthusiasm gap, suggesting a vote for the Democrat counts the same whether it&rsquos motivated by opposition to Trump or excitement for Biden. Yet some Biden allies, such as the digital firm PACRONYM, warn Democrats to take the enthusiasm deficit seriously.

It&rsquos unlikely all the disparate factions in the Democratic coalition will suddenly discover a new passion for the 77-year-old career politician in the coming weeks, which puts some pressure on him to pick a more exciting running mate. Still, the threat of a second Trump term may be all the excitement Biden&rsquos team needs.

Will any sitting Republicans endorse Biden?

We reported last week that ex-Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is expected to speak at next month&rsquos Democratic National Convention on Biden&rsquos behalf. And while Biden has attracted the support of many more Republican operatives (see the Lincoln Project), we&rsquove yet to see a Republican official currently in federal or statewide office support the Democrat&rsquos 2020 campaign.

We recently caught up with a frequent Trump critic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who acknowledged a different political calculus for Republicans still in office. The Republican governor played down the prospect of a Biden endorsement, but he didn&rsquot rule it out: &ldquoI don&rsquot see that happening. But, you know, we have a long time between now and November.&rdquo

On speaking at the Democratic convention, he was more blunt.

&ldquoNo, I would have no interest whatsoever in doing that,&rdquo Hogan told the AP.

Will Trump keep pushing for school openings?

Trump has acknowledged the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but he and his administration continue to encourage schools across America to open in the coming weeks. Politically and practically, it&rsquos a dangerous position in a no-win debate that&rsquoll probably leave many people unhappy no matter what happens.

Trump acknowledged last week schools in some hot spots may need to delay opening, but he&rsquos also threatening to withhold federal education dollars from schools that don&rsquot open. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of his administration, released new guidelines calling on schools to reopen.

He also has yet to square why he was willing to let state and local officials decide how to manage the pandemic on their own for much of the year, yet not be willing to do the same for school reopening.

The final thought

Public opinion was sharply against Trump&rsquos handling of the social unrest that followed George Floyd&rsquos death, but increasingly violent protests in cities like Portland, Oregon, could shift the politics of the debate.

Portland protesters breached the fence around a federal courthouse early Sunday as local officials declared the situation a riot. At roughly the same time, authorities said protesters in Oakland, California, set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers.

Such violence could strengthen Trump&rsquos case for federal intervention and cloud the debate against police brutality.


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