NEW YORK — Wall Street collapsed again on Friday, extending a brutal market rout that threatens to dent Democrats’ chances in 2016 and give a boost to Republicans who say the world is an increasingly dangerous mess.
The Dow dropped 390 points on Friday amid falling oil prices, weak U.S. economic data and more fear of a major slowdown in China. The blue chip index is off over 8 percent so far in 2016, fueling arguments from Republicans that despite consistent job growth, the U.S. economy is in deep trouble.
As President Obama moves closer to using executive action to tighten regulations on gun purchases, the Republican presidential candidates hoping to succeed him are accusing him of abusing power and promising to reverse such measures if elected.
Mr. Obama is meeting with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch this week to discuss what moves he can take to curb gun violence. One possibility is focusing on who could be considered a high-volume dealer for an executive action that could expand background checks.
In a biting statement issued after the event concluded, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that while he was “proud of our candidates and the way they handled tonight’s debate, the performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates, and voters.”
Since March of 2015, Clinton’s favorable rating in Michigan has dropped by 15 points and her unfavorable rating has jumped 15 points according to a survey of 600 likely general election voters conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG). In April of 2015, 45 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of Clinton and 44 percent viewed her unfavorably. In September her favorable rating went down to 30 percent and her unfavorable rating climbed to 59 percent.
With this change in her perception, Clinton now trails both Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina 39 percent to 40 percent. Clinton leads Donald Trump 43 percent to 40 percent despite Trump’s abysmal favorable rating of only 28 percent and unfavorable of 56 percent.
There are reports from political insiders that Mitt Romney is considering a 2016 run for the Presidency.
Former Trump adviser Roger Stone recently sent out a tweet, regarding the rumor, stating, “With the weak performance of @JebBush my sources tell me @MittRomney is reconsidering getting in.”
Stone appeared on CNN to discuss his theory that Romney could enter the race.
“I have a very good Rolodex when it comes to the Republican Party, confirmed by a New York Times reporter who, by the way, told me this morning that she hears the same thing,” Stone told CNN’s Michael Smerconish.
Three months into what allies once confidently described as a “shock and awe” drive to overcome his rivals and dominate the Republican presidential field, Jeb Bush’s early campaigning looks like the juggernaut that wasn’t.
He is grappling with the Republican Party’s prickly and demanding ideological blocs, particularly evangelical leaders and pro-Israel hawks. He is struggling to win over grass-roots activists in Iowa and New Hampshire, states he has visited only a handful of times. And Mr. Bush’s undisputed advantage — the millions of dollars streaming rapidly into his political organization — may not be enough to knock out other contenders.