2020 Democrats top Trump in poll: The top Democratic presidential hopefuls have bested President Donald Trump in national head-to-head matchups in a new Quinnipiac University poll, notes a CNN report.
The poll shows 53% of voters said they would support former Vice President Joe Biden vs. 40% said Trump, while Sen. Bernie Sanders beat the president by 51% to 42% and both Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren got 49% vs. Trump’s 41% or 42%. A CNN producer offered details in this tweet:
In a separate development related to polling, Trump on Wednesday criticized reports that claimed he’s in denial about his campaign’s internal polling that shows him trailing Biden in key states.
Former Republican congressmen lead marijuana lobbying: Ex-lawmakers from the GOP are becoming the face of a new marijuana lobbying blitz, says a Hill article.
This year, both former Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of California and Carlos Curbelo of Florida have signed on with marijuana companies, following in the footsteps of former House Speaker John Boehner, who has become an active advocate for the cannabis industry. For the booming industry, turning to former GOP lawmakers is an important step in expanding its support in Congress, the article adds.
Related: Washington moves closer to delivering protections for banks that work with the pot industry
Google overhauls lobbying operations: Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG, -0.46%GOOGL, -0.52% Google business has fired about a half-dozen of its largest lobbying firms as part of a major overhaul of its global government affairs and policy operations amid the prospect of greater government scrutiny of its businesses, says a Wall Street Journal story.
In the past few months, the company has shaken up its roster of lobbying firms, restructured its Washington policy team and lost two senior officials who helped build its influence operation into one of the largest in the nation’s capital. The firms Google has dumped make up about half of its more than $20 million annual lobbying bill.
Related: Amazon tops Facebook and Google in first-quarter lobbying spending
And see: DOJ antitrust chief warns Big Tech, noting Standard Oil parallel
Trump administration signals support for controversial uranium mining: The Trump administration is signaling a renewed push to consider uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, a move that would undoubtedly ignite a political fight involving environmentalists and the mining industry, says a Hill report.
The president’s decision to declare uranium a critical mineral for national security purposes, coupled with a Commerce Department recommendation to mine reserves of a key component to nuclear weapons, has environmentalists worried, according to the report. They fear an imminent reversal of an Obama-era ban on mining near the cherished national park.
Source: Read Full Article