Trump Revs Up Crowd at Daytona 500 First President Grand Marshall

President Trump and First Lady Melania arrived in style at the Daytona 500 NASCAR Race on Sunday. Air Force One flew overhead, some mere 800 feet or so above the speedway. While it was the fifth time Donald Trump has attended the Daytona race, it was the first time Trump attended as president. The commander-in-chief made history on Sunday as the first president ever tapped as Grand Marshall to kickoff The Great American Race. 

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After jetting over the raceway on Air Force One, the president and Melania then entered the Daytona International Speedway and made a lap around the track in the president's 10-ton armored Cadillac sedan, dubbed "The Beast."  

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More Than 1 100 Former DOJ Officials Press For Attorney General Barr To Step Down

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The officials warned William Barr’s interference in criminal cases for Trump’s personal benefit is behavior one would expect to see in an autocracy.

More than 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials are calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign following reports Barr and President Donald Trump intervened in the criminal prosecution of Trump’s friend Roger Stone. 

In an open letter released Sunday, the former officials say Barr broke Justice Department rules when he overruled federal prosecutors in Stone’s criminal case, seeking a far more lenient sentence than the potential nine years prosecutors originally recommended. 

“It is unheard of for the Department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the President,” they said. 

In their call for Barr’s resignation, the former Justice Department officials suggested his behavior is a threat to democracy.

“Governments that use the enormous power of law enforcement to punish their enemies and reward their allies are not constitutional republics; they are autocracies,” they wrote.

Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering in order to impede investigators looking into the Trump campaign. He was one of the highest-profile Trump allies to face prosecution resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

After prosecutors in the Stone case filed a sentencing request on Monday seeking up to nine years in prison, Trump called the decision a “miscarriage of justice” on Twitter. 

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The following day, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia filed a new recommendation that didn’t suggest any particular length of time. The move led all four prosecutors in the Stone trial to drop out of the case. 

In their open letter, the

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Trump in a landslide This historically accurate model predicts exactly that

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President Donald Trump has a love/hate relationship with polls, surveys and predictions. He loves the ones that paint him in a positive light, and, of course, he hates all those “fake” ones that don’t.

He’s going to absolutely adore this one.

According to Moody’s Analytics, Trump is headed toward another four years in the White House. And, if the numbers are right, it won’t even be close.

In fact, his Electoral College victory could very well be wider than the 304-227 margin he enjoyed over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Since 1980, Moody’s has managed to nail the outcome every time but once — like many, it didn’t see Trump coming.

“In our post-mortem of the 2016 presidential election model,” the report said, “we determined that unexpected turnout patterns were one of the factors that contributed to the model’s first incorrect election prediction.” Here’s Moody’s track record, including a 2016 adjustment for the turnout variable:

Will it return to its winning ways? The team takes into account how consumers feel about their finances, the performance of the stock market SPX, +0.18% and their job prospects. Essentially, today, they’re feeling pretty good.

“Under the current Moody’s Analytics baseline economic outlook, which does not forecast any recession, the 2020 election looks like Trump’s to lose,” the authors wrote. “Democrats can still win if they are able to turn out the vote at record levels, but, under normal turnout conditions, the president is projected to win.”

From the MarketWatch archives (August 2016): To professional economists, Trump isn’t even the second best candidate in the 2016 presidential election

Moody’s uses three models to come up with its forecast. In each case, Trump gets at

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Former Trump aide Hope Hicks is returning to the White House

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Hope Hicks, the president's top former aide and White House communications director, is returning to the White House as a counselor to the president, The New York Times reported Thursday.  Hicks, 31, will report to the president's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, and will work with White House political director, Brian Jack.  Hicks was one of the president's longest-serving aides and closest confidantes. She began working for the Trump Organization in 2014, served as press secretary for the Trump campaign, and ultimately became the communications chief at the White House.  She left the White House in March 2018 and began a job at Fox as the head of communications in early 2019.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Hope Hicks, the president's top former aide and White House communications director, is returning to the White House as a counselor to the president after a stint at Fox, The New York Times reported Thursday. 

Hicks, 31, will report to the president's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, and will work with White House political director, Brian Jack, The Times reported. 

"There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump's agenda than Hope Hicks," Kushner said in a statement. "We are excited to have her back on the team."

Hicks was one of the president's longest-serving aides and closest confidantes. She began working for the Trump Organization in 2014, served as press secretary for the Trump campaign, and ultimately became the communications chief at the White House. 

Hicks left the White House in March 2018 amid increasing scrutiny of the president's handling of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia. She also faced media scrutiny over her romantic relationship with former White House aide Rob Porter, who was accused by both of his ex-wives of verbal and physical abuse in early 2018. 

She announced her resignation a day after she testified behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee last June as part of its investigation into whether the president obstructed justice. She refused to answer the committee's questions or provide any documents pertain

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