The Daily 202: The democratic establishment is afraid that the economy, complacency and ism Sandersism 'could let Trump win

The Daily 202: The democratic establishment is afraid that the economy, complacency and ism Sandersism 'could let Trump win

With Joanie Greve and Mariana Alfaro


CHARLESTON, S.C. – As President Trump prepared the stage to take in Florida last night for his 2020 kickoff, Barack Obama's campaign manager 2012 warned the top Democrats room here to prepare for a very close election. Jim Messina said that a national Trump trump rating can be on the low level until the mid 40's, but a small majority of voters in the state states allow it to deal with the economy.

“The thing that keeps me at night is that President Trump relies on us in terrible money in the battle states doing what we did in 2011 about driving an economic message,” said Messina, 49. “Winner the the last six presidential races the one who won the single question out: Who is better at the economy? … While this primary school is in a 917-way, we must remain focused on moving forward against Trump on these economic issues in the states that matter, and we need to be laser-focused because of it. . … I promise you that we will sit there on Election Day, not to be sure who to win. ”

Messina's comments came at the end of a two-day conference sponsored by Third Way, the mid-left think tank, on how the Democrats can win in 2020. Approximately 250 out of 30 states attended panels and rest sessions, from state party chairs to the leaders of the large women's groups, pollsters and presenters of presidential campaigns.

– Bernie Sanders may have infringed some of the polls as the field grew, but Third Way continues to look at Vermont's senator and his ideas as exclusive threats to the Democratic Party. Jon Cowan, president and co-founder of the moderate group, said that many of the 23 candidates who run for a president can stimulate the party's base and appeal to Trump supporters. “I believe a Midwestern gay mayor can beat Trump,” he said in a speech on Tuesday morning. “I believe that an American senator in Africa can hit Trump. I believe that the Western Governor, female senator, Latin Texan or former Vice President can meet with Trump. But I do not believe that democratic self-reported socialists can win, or that they can be easily defined and labeled by a Democratic Party that encompasses these views. ”

– Sandra's campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, replied in an email that this argument is wrongly usable and attacked the Third Route: “It is true that there are many qualified candidates, but the Democrats will be weaker if we accept Third Way's advice on a strategy that impedes anyone, stands on anyone and does not change anything,” he wrote. it. “This is Washington's think-tank that takes money from Wall Street, so if the Third Way is against Bernie Sanders' campaign, which leads Trump in over two dozen polls, we welcome the contrast.” T

– Cowan expresses that Hillary Clinton introduced a trump in 2016 at 7 million combined votes in California, New York and Massachusetts – two million more than Obama met Mitt Romney by 2012. But she made nearly 3 million votes in the other 47 states. “The blue state's passion is not enough to win the presidency,” he said.

He presented a survey survey which showed the breakdown by situation of how many people recognize that they are liberal, conservative and moderate to make the case that Democrats must convince moderators. Across Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – Clinton lost about 77,000 votes in total – 26 percent of voters recognize that they are liberal, 34 percent say they are conservative, and 39 percent say they are moderate. Cowan said that this means that the Democratic candidate must 61 percent of the moderations to win across the blue-walled states that crushed in 2016 prevailing in 2020. He argued that a greater share of the t moderations from Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. . “This is not a whole strategy: This is a joint-to-persuadables strategy,” he said.

– The moderators think they are again roller inside the party after a long stretch where the left side appeared. Having made all the burial during the year following the 2016 elections, they feel that they delivered the Democratic House in the middle of the country by picking up swing areas. Third Way leaders note that the Democratic Party had won races of governors in the presidential battlefield as phragmatists. While liturgical trials have created a lurch on the left, even the liberal candidates recognize more as capitalists, while some of the Democratic presidential candidates supported Medicare-for-all for the different stages. It is also noted that former vice-president Joe Biden is in charge shortly. Even if they do not support it, these are seen as a measure of voters' attitudes.

– But the tension is real, and it is likely that the deep divisions in the party will be displayed at the debates next week. Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper got booed earlier this month when he said “socialism isn't the answer” during the California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco.

– For race and gender, the crowd was at this week's meeting. Joe centberman's centrism style is not. The conference was co-sponsored by the Black Economic Alliance and selected South Carolina organizers – where most of the African African Democratic voters – are one of the first four states to vote. Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, S.C., said he is advising all 2020 candidates who seek his advice without stereotyping as voters., especially in Palmetto State. “South Carolinians are stars and pragmatists,” he said.

Two moderators of house seating in the panels spoke on a panel led by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee executive director from the last cycle: Joe Cunningham, who won the conference area including Charleston after Mark Sanford lost Trump lover in a Primary School. GOP, and Abigail Spanberger, were disappointed by Dave Brat – a man who preached Eric Cantor – in the suburbs of Richmond.

– Heidi Heitkamp, ​​a former North Dakota senator, who lost his relelection in November, warned that the Democrats must progress at least with rural voters to overcome Trump. “Even if we continue with our success in suburbs in18, we cannot win the US Senate and we cannot win the presidency,” she said. “We stopped talking to the middle of the country. Many of the people who helped build this party have been voluntarily accepted. ”

Heitkamp created a new group called One Country Project to take the beat of rural voters and help Democratic candidates connect better. “We need an economic message, and it's not just about free things,” she said. “People feel that we have abandoned the bread and butter issues, and people in rural America feel it is more accurate. It is difficult to find a Democratic in rural America that will go to the coffee shop and stand up for the Democrats. … I'm not picking on anyone, but if it's a coffee shop [in my state] and you said writing down the three biggest problems in rural America, one would not say consolidation. No one claimed 's sympathy. They say we can't pay for prescription drugs, and we can't live on the farm. "

– A number of democratic workers from Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania made a presentation on the reconstruction of the blue wall. Everyone stressed the importance of winning back some rural voters.

Martha Laning, who chaired the Wisconsin Democratic Party in 2018, said the liberal base in Madison and Milwaukee went in the middle of the country, but she said. Tony Evers' winning margin came on Gov. Scott Walker from improving 2014 Democratic nominee, Mary Burke, in the state's 19 worst counties. Laning said that issues could be addressed such as existing conditions and roads.

“We didn't talk about Donald Trump,” she said. “People are tired of fighting people, and they want to know what to do for them. … We must continue to work on our brand. It's a big issue. ”

Pennsylvania Democratic chairman Nancy Patton Mills said she will finally encourage the nominee for a president to visit each county in her state. “Our Rural Democrats in Pennsylvania have been neglected,” she said. “Of course, you go to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh… but we didn't truly spend with our rural Pennsylvanians how they are treated. So we are saying that we will see all the counties. ”

– Jen Psaki, who was a communications director in the White House under Obama, said that the Democrats would not have to speak to those who voted for Trump in 2016 but Obama in 2012 if they are to win them back. “We need to give them a ramp,” she said. “We will not go to victory by saying, tú You are immoral and stupid, but come to my partner. '”

“There are many exciting candidates. If we do not nominate a self-advertised socialist, we will probably be OK. I hope so, ”Psaki said. “What I am most concerned about, however, is complacency. … I don't know there is a lot of urgency happening now. And I think it needs to be upgraded. ”

– Austin Keyser, director of political and legislative affairs for International Electrical Workers' Brotherhood, said that many members feel “threatened” by liberal policy ideas, in particular the Green New Deal. He said that fewer IBEW members recognize they are a Democratic Party than they used to be, but Republicans are not yet recognizing them. “People don't want free leaflets and things,” he said. “They need a level playing field.”

– Other speakers argued that it is necessary to reject the general approach that encourages Sanders to win constituencies like Latinos. Anna Tovar, Democratic Mayor of Tolleson, Ariz., Addressed the progress made by the party in Arizona. She recalled being in the state legislature when Republicans were very acute. She said that they called themselves the “pizza caucus” as all Democrats could share one pizza. To win Latinos in her state, she said, the Democrats must claim what they give to people. “When you talk about giving something, as a culture that we are very proud of and want to work hard and earn our retention,” she said. “So I want to say that the message is unlikely to conflict with our community. They do not need leaflets. ”

During a panel on how to discuss the economy in 2020, Jill Normington's pollster urged the Democrats not to minimize the top line strength but instead focus on how costs are rising for housing, health care and other goods. . “2020 is not a postal election,” she said. “The cost of every other election is. And on top of that there is health care. … We must admit the facts on the ground. We are folly to say that the economy is not in good shape. … Bring back to what things cost. For most of these voters, it is about the money they leave their pocket – not the money that comes in. ”

– Third Way says that it strongly rejects the "Nordic-style Socialism of the 1960s" but is opposed to "themes over the 1990s." Some Third Way officials are alumni of Bill Clinton's administration. (I wrote about a dozen of the group's policy ideas for the future last year.)

“No democracy is satisfied with the status quo,” said Cowan, who was chief executive of Andrew Cuomo when he was secretary of housing and urban development. “Everyone agrees that we need to offer great ideas to deal with the huge disruption we face. But synonyms are not 'big and heavy'.

– Third Way establishing the 2020 nomination competition as a fundamental option: Do the Democrats want to end capitalism? Cowan married Medicare-for-all-do-all, who described it as “the original recommendation of Sandersism” and said it would end private health insurance. He tried Andrew Yang's idea of ​​universal basic income and federal job disqualifications guarantees. “We shouldn't be running these ideas,” said Cowan. “We should be running away from them.”

– Another central theme of the conference is that the conversation on Twitter is not true. Third Way commissioned a poll that only 1 out of 10 Democratic primary voters were posted on average. Three-quarters of the main democratic voters have never posted. Only 30 per cent of Democratic voters on Twitter recognize that they are moderate and 50 per cent of actual primary voters actually do. Five times as many Democratic voters on Twitter challenged over the past year than it was. “If you're talking to your thumbs,” said Cowan, “you're probably not talking to the people who make the majority.”


– Trump launched a reelection offering with scientific promises and resolute efforts to keep its main assistants a day full of headlines that could be very unusual for any other administration. Olorunnipa Toluse Report, Chelsea Janes and Anne Gury's report from Orlando: “But while the high-drama and enduring controversies that Trump White House defined continued as it did its successful campaign in 2016, it is now a duty to take action. affected people's lives and their stability. … Trump said to the crowd that his election in 2016 was the result of a political movement that was ever attacked since, despite what he said as a major success of his presidency. 'We managed to achieve more than one other president in the first 2½ years of Presidency and under no circumstances were any president dealing with them before,' he said, using the bubble he has marked much of his career. Trump's argument for the second term quickly changed grievances and false claims from his first campaign, as well as a striking parade of lines clamping Trump… t

Trump's trumpet performance in his own right, highly personalized and non-disciplined was a portrait of his presidency. That is the approach that enjoys supporters like Michelle Best, who is 36 years of age, who described Trump as a great illiant. ‘‘ He knows how to encourage people. He is very clever. He knows how to go to them, 'Best said, a Brandon, Fla., A resident who traveled here for a Trump rally. Mp Trump knows weaknesses, and knows how to use them. Is the man steeper? Things are not done nicely. I do not want a nice president. I want to make president do things. And he's doing things. '…… Trump chose a 20,000 seat sports field in central Florida for his formal reelection announcement and said he could fill it much more. … Before the arrival of Trump, his son, Donald Trump pulled Jr, brackets and cheers when he was mocking [Joe] Biden and the other Democrats… ‘You're not happy to win yet, are you? 'The younger Trump asked, and the crowd denying signs reading ‘Four Years More' '

– Outside the Amway Center, a sea of ​​people who were fighting MAGA hats accompanied “God Bless of the U.S.” “Who don't like Trump? Trump likes everyone. I wear my hat to the Home Depot, Walmart. Everyone comes to me and shake my hand, ”said Ryan Farley, who drove from West Palm Beach and slept in his car overnight to be there.

“At around 1:30 per hour, clouds were cut in, and heavy winds left sellers trying to keep their tents on the ground,” report Chelsea Janes, Anne Gearan and Felicia Sonmez. “There were forecasts in the whole evening's forecast, threatening that the campaign would stimulate the Trump campaign earned thousands outside the field. It came and went rain, but thousands were not coming. In the late afternoon, the area outside the field was virtually unoccupied to be replaced by folders and coolers who had to attend. As the officers put in place a few miles per hour – they could move more safely through security – the scene remained quite quiet. The Proud Boys, the Western Chauvinist self-proclaimed group, made integration outside the field. The police blocked their way forward. A couple of anti-trump protesters together on the streets around the place. By the time Trump took to the stage, less than 200 people gathered outside, choosing many of them without going into the field, which was still letting his entrants just before the speech. ”

– At the rally, Trump spiritual adviser Paula White said she is trying to get protection from "demonic networks." Meagan Flynn reports: “She asked the crowd to connect her hands, and after a few minutes, she interrupted her prayer to speak to the crowd instead of God, like an actress breaking the fourth wall. . , Now I need you really go here, 'she said to a big crowd. ‘Right now, let every demonic network that has aligned it to the objective, against President Trump to call, break it, let him be broken down in the name of Jesus! ‘… I confirm that President Trump will exceed all strategies from hell and all strategies from the enemy – all strategies – and will fulfill his call and fate.

– Sometimes before sending Trump, the Orlando Sentinel published editing announcing the newspaper and will not support the president's reassurance. The Sentinel editorial board writes: “After two and a half years we have seen a lot. Much of the chaos, of the division, insults of the school yard, the self-sharpening, the corruption, and the particular lies. … The Trump nation must last another year and a half. However, there is no need for a further four. We can do better. We need to do better. ”

While Hillary Clinton's paper over Trump endorsed in 2016, the editorial board has a long history of supporting Republicans, including Mitt Romney in 2012. In fact, with the exception of LBJ in 1964, the Sentinel endorsed all Republican nominees since 1952 through 2004. The paper noted that Trump's non-endorsement is “defaulting to whosoever chooses the Democrats.” T

Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, predicted that the president would achieve an “electoral landslide”. Kathryn Watson reports CBS News: “She was asked to define an electoral landslide, Parscale replied,“ I think there are more election points than it did last time. “… Parscale refused to comment on the controversy of the poll… 'I think the country is now too complicated to call a few hundred people and ask them, according to Parsale. There are so many different ways and people now showing and voting. How the voting now works. The capabilities we now have to put voters out. This poll cannot be understood. And that's why the poll was so wrong in 2016. It was 100% wrong. No one got it right – not just a public poll. The reason – it's not in 1962 anymore. '”

MORE 2020:

– The stage is set for Democratic debates, based on polling data. Elizabeth Warren and Beto ORourke will be at the center of the first night, and Biden and Sanders will take on these roles on the second night. Meanwhile, former governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, between the self-help author Marianne Williamson and high-tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang will be on the second night, highlighting the 2020 area. (NBC News)

– Trump plans to exchange live responses during the Democratic debates next week. The President's advisers had previously wanted to stay away from social media during the two nights of debates, allowing candidates to go without success. But Trump's campaign seems to be embracing his institution, especially when he comes to raise Biden by attacking him. (Wall Street Journal)

– Biden claimed defending himself against proposals that he is too old-fashioned during a high-dollar cash compiler in New York, two segmented senators while remembering the previous “society” . Katie Glueck reports the Times: “Mr. Biden noted that he had served with the late Senators James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge from Georgia, the two Democratic Parties who were opposed to the separation. Mr Eastland was the powerful chairman of the Seanad Judicial Committee when Mr Biden joined the room in 1973. 'I was in a cage with James O. Eastland, Mr Biden said, briefly slipping into the Southern dialect, according to a pooled report from the fund-collector. 'It didn't give; I never had a boy,; he always gave me 'son.' '; He brought Mr Talmadge to one of the worst people I ever knew, you go down the list of all these men. Mr Biden continued. Laghad At least there was some satisfaction. We got things. We did not agree on a lot of anything. We got things done. '”

– As the 2020 Democratic Party reveals openness to examine the idea of ​​slave repairs, Mitch McConnell argued that “it would be quite difficult to compensate.” T Felicia Sonmez reports: “McConnell (R-Ky.) Made the statements at his weekly news conference with reporters before the House subcommittee heard on the question on Wednesday. I don't think there is compensation for what happened 150 years ago – for [which] none of us currently lives responsible – it is a good idea, 'McConnell said when asked whether he supports repayments or, if not, whether he would support the idea of ​​a public apology from Conference. Hearing of the House of Justice Sub-Committee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, entitled R H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice, 'evidence from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover, among other things. ”

– Roy Moore will announce tomorrow whether he intends to run the Alabama Senate seat again. Moore, who lost his old Sen now. Doug Jones (D) in 2017 would be among allegations of sexual misconduct against young girls, working with GOP's primary field which already has some major names. (Politico)

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– A US investigator asked that Saudi's high-level officials, including Crown Crown Mohammed bin Salman, be examined further in relation to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi journalist. Carol Morello and Kareem Fahim's report: “Agnes Callamard, a human rights expert who is the special rapporteur for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a 101 page report on her month-long inquiry into death. Khashoggi by Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Callamard said that the offense of khashoggi killing the 11 anonymous Saudis which is tried in a judicial proceeding for a closed door. She asked for an extrajudicial killing, involving torture, and for which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible, and said that the Arabian authorities were involved in the abolition of evidence. … Callamard's account of Khashoggi's death is the most positive to date, although Saudi Arabia's refusal to allow her to visit the kingdom to cancel interviews. So far the United States launched the apportionment of blame, saying it is still learning data. ”


  1. Four Indiana treasury employees have practiced filing against GOP State's general attorney, Curtis Hill, for alleged sexual harassment. The 11-federal federal law alleges sexual harassment, retaliation, gender discrimination, battery, defamation and invasion of privacy. (Daily beast)

  2. Some rescue drugs cost so low that patients have shortages. Without the high profit margins, a number of pharmaceutical giants are slow to produce drugs that can fight diseases such as early stage bladder cancer. (Laurie McGinley)

  3. Air quality in America is falling after years of improvement. 15 per cent more days with unhealthy air in the US, both in 2018 and 2017 than on average from 2013 to 2016. (AP)

  4. Charitable donations in the United States fell last year, which many organizations blame for GOP tax reform. After a new report showed that subscriptions fell by 1.7 per cent in inflation in 2018, t Some charities cited provision in the law that kept millions of Americans from qualifying for the charitable deduction. (Todd C. Frankel)

  5. The former president was arrested on an influential European soccer control body. Former UEFA president Michel Platini was retained as an investigator investigating whether Qatar's 2010 offer had been illegally pursued. (Rick Noack)

  6. In recent years, there have been hundreds of years of prison suffering for the abuse of mental health residents. De réir imscrúdaithe, de bharr na ndlíthe a bhain le féinmharú, líomhnaítear gur diúltaíodh leigheasanna do thart ar aon trian de na príosúnaigh a úsáideadh chun tinneas meabhrach a bhainistiú sula ndearna siad iarracht féinmharú a dhéanamh nó a saol féin a thógáil. (AP)

  7. Tá Alex Jones, an teoirice comhcheilg as an eite dheis a dúirt go raibh lámhach Sandy Hook 2012 ar stáitse, ag tabhairt aghaidh ar smachtbhannaí tar éis dó a éileamh go ndearna dlíodóir do thuismitheoirí na n-íospartach iarracht é a chumadh mar phorografaí leanaí. Mhaígh Jones gur chuir an dlíodóir na híomhánna i ríomhphoist a d’éirigh le foireann Jones dul chuig gearánaithe mar chuid den phróiseas fionnachtana le haghaidh lawsuit a thug tuismitheoirí Sandy Hook. (CNN)
  8. Tá iar-oibrí Poblachtach agus comhlach de náisiúnach bán Richard Spencer ag foilsiú píosaí tuairime sa Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Tá Marcus Epstein, iar-rannpháirtí i suíomh VDare, náisiúnach bán, tar éis a bheith ag scríobh faoin ainm “Mark Epstein” le dhá bhliain anuas, agus ní luann a chuid píosaí don Iris an t-am a chuaigh thart, lena n-áirítear muirir a thug sé ar dhubh bean. (Nuacht BuzzFeed)

  9. Tosóidh ceantar scoile Nebraska ag tástáil mic léinn go randamach ar nicitín chun dul i ngleic le gal. D’fhéadfadh daltaí i ngráid a seacht go 12 a dteipeann orthu tástáil a bheith coiscthe ó pháirt a ghlacadh i ngníomhaíochtaí seach-churaclaim, rogha a d&#39;fhéadfaí a dhéanamh le rialú ón gCúirt Uachtarach 2002 a sheasann le beartas comhchosúil ar thástáil drugaí in Oklahoma. (Antonia Noori Farzan)
  10. Tá San Francisco ag iarraidh cosc ​​a chur ar r-thoitíní, ach tá plean ag Juul – an comhlacht e-toitíní is mó san náisiún – cheana féin chun troid ar ais. Tá an chuideachta ag bailiú sínithe le haghaidh beart ballóide a sháródh an cosc. (San Francisco Chronicle)

  11. Dúirt New Murphy Gov Phil Murphy (D) go bhfuil córas dreasachta cánach corparáidí an stáit “rite” agus deartha chun leasanna speisialta a chur chun sochair, agus gheall sé aon bhille a chuir an reachtas stáit air a chrosadh chun an clár luath-éagtha a shíneadh . Dúirt Murphy nach ligfidh sé don chóras “leanúint ar aghaidh ar feadh lá amháin tar éis 30 Meitheamh,” nuair a bheidh sé in éag. (

  12. Deir ionchúisitheoirí cónaidhme Jerry Lundergan, tacaí láidir ó Pháirtí Daonlathach Kentucky, a chuir ranníocaíochtaí corparáideacha le tairiscintí a iníne in 2011 agus 2015 le haghaidh Kentucky rúnaí stáit. Níor gearradh lón ar Lundergan maidir le ranníocaíochtaí mídhleathacha líomhnaithe, rud a líomhnaíonn ionchúisitheoirí cónaidhme go raibh níos mó ná $ 300,000 acu ar rudaí cosúil le maoir feachtais. (Lexington Herald Leader)

  13. Dúirt Google go ndéanfaidh sé $ 1 billiún a infheistiú i dtalamh agus airgead chun tithe a thógáil i Limistéar an Bhá chun géarchéim tithíochta atá ag dul i méid a mhaolú. Tá sé beartaithe ag an gcuideachta luach $ 750 milliún ar a laghad de thalamh criosaithe tráchtála a athdhéanamh sna 10 mbliana atá romhainn agus cruthóidh sé ciste infheistíochta $ 250 milliún chun dreasachtaí a sholáthar chun tithe níos inacmhainne a chruthú. (New York Times)


– Tharraing Pádraig Shanahan siar ó bhreithniú chun bheith ina rúnaí cosanta agus fágfaidh sé an Pentagon. Dúirt Aaron C. Davis agus Shawn Boburg: “Sna míonna a chaith sé mar rúnaí cosanta ag gníomhú do Trump, d&#39;oibrigh Shanahan chun eachtraí foréigin teaghlaigh a choinneáil príobháideach. Gabhadh a bhean chéile tar éis di é a phionósú ina aghaidh, agus gabhadh a mhac tar éis eachtra ar leith inar bhuail sé a mháthair le cadhbóg. Ar an Máirt, d’fhógair Trump i dtweetáil nach mbeadh Shanahan ag dul tríd an bpróiseas ainmniúcháin – rud a chuir moill ar sheiceáil chúlra neamhghnách FBI – ‘ionas gur féidir leis níos mó ama a chaitheamh lena theaghlach.

Labhair Shanahan go poiblí faoi na heachtraí in agallaimh le The Washington Post Dé Luain agus Dé Máirt. ‘Is féidir le droch-rudaí tarlú do theaghlaigh mhaithe… agus is tragóid é seo, i ndáiríre, &#39;a dúirt Shanahan. Dúirt sé, agus é ag cur suas le heachtra an phobail go poiblí, go gcaillfeadh a saol mo mhic. ’ D&#39;fhág an t-ionsaí iar-bhean gan aithne Patrick Shanahan i linn fola, bhriseadh a cloigeann agus le gortuithe inmheánacha a raibh máinliacht ag teastáil uathu, de réir taifid na cúirte agus na bpóilíní. Dhá sheachtain ina dhiaidh sin, sheol Shanahan meamram dá dheartháir sean-bhean chéile ag argóint gur ghníomhaigh a mhac i gcosaint féin. ‘Is dócha go mbreathnófar ar ialtóg féin-chosanta a úsáid mar éagothroime i bhfeidhm, &#39;a scríobh Shanahan. ‘However, Will’s mother harassed him for nearly three hours before the incident.’ … As he wrote in an ongoing custody battle stemming from their divorce, Shanahan said Monday that he does not believe there can be any justification for an assault with a baseball bat, but he went further in the interview, saying he now regrets writing the passage.”

— Democratic lawmakers said the revelations about Shanahan demonstrated the Trump administration’s failures to properly vet candidates for high-level positions, while Republicans expressed a desire to simply move on. Karoun Demirjian reports: “With his withdrawal and resignation, Shanahan joins several other former candidates for prominent Cabinet and military leadership positions in the Trump administration who bowed out after compromising details came to light. That list includes Trump’s first picks to lead the Army and Navy, and previous nominees to head the departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs. … There was particular consternation among some senators that Congress was not apprised of the incidents by the administration, the FBI or Shanahan himself. As some lawmakers noted, a background check would have accompanied Shanahan’s nomination in 2017 to become the deputy defense secretary, a post he held until the departure of Trump’s first Pentagon chief, Jim Mattis, in December.”

— Army Secretary Mark Esper, a former Raytheon executive, will take over Shanahan’s post at the helm of the Pentagon. Missy Ryan, Dan Lamothe and Paul Sonne report: “Esper served 25 years in the Army and the Virginia National Guard and was a deputy assistant secretary of defense under President George W. Bush. He was also national security adviser to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and legislative director to then-Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb). Esper will officially take over responsibilities on Monday. … But it was uncertain whether Trump intends to nominate Esper to be confirmed in the job. Individuals familiar with the conversations said other people were also being discussed, including Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie and retired Army Gen. Jack Keane. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has been considered previously, but it’s unclear whether he would leave the Senate for the post.”

— Trump suggested he might fire Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell as the central bank prepared for an announcement today on whether it would hike interest rates. Heather Long reports: “‘Let’s see what he does,’ Trump said when a reporter asked him whether Powell should be removed as chair. … The White House counsel looked into whether Trump could remove Powell as Fed chair in February, according to a Bloomberg News report Tuesday. Trump started asking advisers whether he could fire Powell in December after markets dipped on fears of the escalating trade war with China and the Fed’s plans for more rate hikes in 2019. Trump’s top economic advisers have told him it’s not legally possible to get rid of Powell and National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow insisted Tuesday that there was no White House push to remove the Fed chair. But the president’s ire about Powell has not subsided. ‘I want to be given a level playing field, and so far I haven’t been,’ Trump said before boarding a plane to Florida to launch his reelection campaign.”

— Trump’s aides are quarreling with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, an ongoing battle that could derail the president’s health-care agenda. Politico’s Dan Diamond, Anita Kumar, Rachana Pradhan and Adam Cancryn report: “Despite the recent tensions, Azar is not perceived to be at risk of losing his job — although the president is famously fickle and, by some accounts, Trump’s trust in his health secretary has eroded. … Azar has spent months battling White House domestic policy chief Joe Grogan, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and other officials over proposals targeting high drug prices, Medicaid and Obamacare, individuals inside and outside the administration said. … &#39;You have two teams with two visions,’ said an individual who’s been in heated meetings with HHS and the White House. ‘Alex is outnumbered and keeps losing.’ HHS downplayed policy disputes between Azar and White House officials.”

— Ann Marie Buerkle, the chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, will step down after criticism that she took too much of a hands-off role. Todd C. Frankel reports: “The head of the nation’s product safety regulator says she’s stepping down when her term ends in October, a surprise announcement that follows criticism for how the agency handled a recall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play and its decision to not force a recall of a jogging stroller. … Buerkle’s decision comes as she was waiting for Senate confirmation of her renomination by Trump to continue in her role at the CPSC for another seven years. She said in an email to agency staff she had notified the White House that she is withdrawing her pending nomination and plans to step down as acting chairwoman on Sept. 30 and depart entirely on Oct. 27. … In Buerkle’s first two years as chairwoman, the number of companies fined for misconduct declined to five in 2017-2018 from 12 in 2015-2016.”

— Consolidating his power base in the White House, national security adviser John Bolton is elevating staffers he brought with him to the NSC as some officials who predate him depart. Josh Rogin reports on the most vivid example yet: “The NSC’s top official dealing with Russia, Fiona Hill, will return to the Brookings Institution … She will be replaced by Tim Morrison, who currently serves as NSC senior director for weapons of mass destruction and nonproliferation-related issues. Anthony Ruggiero, who joined the NSC last year to work on Asia, will take the helm of the WMD bureau as senior director. … Bolton has slowly but surely changed the makeup of the NSC staff and tightened its structure since assuming office. He has replaced senior staff gradually as their details expire, and he now wants his senior team in place to establish stability in the run-up to the 2020 election.”

— Controversial DHS appointee Katharine Gorka is expected to become the new press secretary for Customs and Border Protection. Gorka, who is married to fired Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, has stirred controversy with her past Breitbart writings on terrorism. “To date, American and Western leaders have preemptively shut down any debate within Islam by declaring that Islam is the religion of peace and that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam,” she wrote in 2014. Gorka also said in 2014 that the Obama administration had “narrowly defined the enemy as only the most violent jihadists: first Al Qaeda and now ISIS. … This inaccurate assessment of the enemy has its roots in left-wing theories about social movements," she wrote. (CNN)

— Sarah Sanders is “extremely serious” about running for Arkansas governor. Politico’s Andrew Restuccia and Daniel Lippman report: “Sanders and her allies have started making calls to donors and Republican operatives in the state. Though neither Sanders nor her associates have directly sought support for a potential campaign, some who have spoken with them see the outreach as a sign that she’s weighing a run. … Some of Sanders’ allies countered that she’s just checking in with longtime friends ahead of her upcoming return to the state, and they insisted that she would be making these calls whether she wanted to run for governor or not.”


— Mike Pompeo privately warned Iran that any attack by Tehran or its proxies resulting in the death of even one American service member will lead to a military counterattack. Missy Ryan, Greg Jaffe and John Hudson report: “One such message about retaliation was delivered during a hastily arranged visit to Baghdad by Pompeo in May after officials detected a spike in intelligence indicating that Iran’s militia proxies might resume assaults on U.S. forces operating in proximity to them across Iraq. While such attacks were common during the Iraq War, Pompeo told Iraqi leaders in a message he knew would be relayed to Tehran that a single American fatality would prompt the United States to hit back. That specific warning has not been previously reported. … Speaking during a visit to U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa on Tuesday, Pompeo said Trump ‘does not want war’ but stressed the United States would act if assaulted. ‘We are there to deter aggression,’ he said. Trump himself has sent mixed messages about the seriousness of Iran’s actions and how he would respond to them.”

— Pompeo also blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia in the U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, despite expert findings saying a Saudi-led coalition has been using underage fighters in Yemen’s civil war. Reuters’s Jonathan Landay and Matt Spetalnick report: “State Department experts recommended adding Saudi Arabia to the soon-to-be released list based in part on news reports and human rights groups’ assessments that the desert kingdom has hired child fighters from Sudan to fight for the U.S.-backed coalition in Yemen … The experts’ recommendation faced resistance from some other State Department officials who … argued that it was not clear whether the Sudanese forces were under the control of Sudanese officers or directed by the Saudi-led coalition.”

— Hunger and sickness are afflicting the children living in one of the last remaining camps of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Liz Sly reports: “Shortages of food, clean water and medicine combined with the early arrival of the scorching summer heat have contributed to worsening conditions in the camp, which houses more than 73,000 family members of the Islamic State fighters who made their last stand in Baghouz, the last village of their self-proclaimed caliphate in March. The vast majority of those — 49,000 — are children, and 95 percent of them are under the age of 12, according to Kurdish and United Nations officials.”

— The U.N. joined a call for an independent investigation into the death of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, after he collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom. Sudarsan Raghaan and Claire Parker report: “&#39;Concerns have been raised regarding the conditions of Mr. Morsi’s detention, including access to adequate medical care, as well as sufficient access to his lawyers and family, during his nearly six years in custody,’ said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. Morsi, who suffered from diabetes and liver disease, was held in solitary confinement for six years. He had complained during earlier court proceedings that he was denied the insulin dosage and special diet he required and that as a result had experienced diabetic comas.”

— A Muslim family sought help at the Belgian Embassy in Beijing before police officers dragged them out, as China’s government continues cracking down on the Uighur Muslim minority group. The Times’s Jane Perlez reports: “The last time Abdulhamid Tursun spoke to his wife, she was huddled in a Beijing hotel room with their four children, frightened after being evicted from the Belgian Embassy in the dead of night. … Instead of finding protection, Ms. Abula and her children, ages 5 to 17, were dragged away after the Chinese police were allowed to enter the embassy. Now the case is raising alarms back in Belgium, where lawmakers are asking how it could have happened and where Mr. Tursun’s family has been taken.”


— The House Judiciary Committee will question Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director, about hush-money payments made to women alleging affairs with Trump. Rachael Bade reports: “The session constitutes a breakthrough for Democrats, their first interview with a former White House official since Trump has asserted executive privilege to bar current and former aides’ cooperation. A White House lawyer will be present to keep Hicks from answering questions they say should be kept secret under the broad claims of executive privilege. The committee fully expects Hicks to decline to answer questions about her time at the White House, speaking only about the campaign. … Hicks, however, is of key interest to Democrats because of her closeness to the president. She worked for Trump before he declared his bid for office, served as press secretary on the Trump campaign and then served as White House communications director.”

— Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. was expected to endorse Ted Cruz in the 2016 election but chose Trump instead. New details surrounding the behind-the-scenes maneuvering paint a complicated picture. From The Times’s Frances Robles and Jim Rutenberg: “That backstory, in true Trump-tabloid fashion, features the friendship between Mr. Falwell, his wife and a former pool attendant at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach; the family’s investment in a gay-friendly youth hostel; purported sexually revealing photographs involving the Falwells; and an attempted hush-money arrangement engineered by the president’s former fixer, Michael Cohen. The revelations have arisen from a lawsuit filed against the Falwells in Florida; the investigation into Mr. Cohen by federal prosecutors in New York; and the gonzo-style tactics of the comedian and actor Tom Arnold.”

— Trump appealed a ruling that would’ve cleared the way for the release of his banking records. Renae Merle reports: “The 54-page appeal filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit challenges a decision last month by U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos that cleared the way for Deutsche Bank, the president’s biggest creditor, and Capital One to hand over years of financial records from Trump, his three eldest children and the Trump Organization to two House committees. … Trump’s attorneys argued in the appeal that the committees were pushing the boundaries of their powers and that the subpoenas didn’t serve a legitimate legislative purpose. ‘The Committees’ subpoenas are sweeping and unprecedented attempts to obtain the private financial information of a sitting President,’ the appeal said.”

— Trump said the Mueller investigation hurt his approval ratings but fired up his base. From Time’s Tessa Berenson: “’Based on the economy, I should be up 15 or 20 points higher,’ Trump told TIME, arguing that he has a natural base of 45% or 46%. ‘The thing that I have that nobody’s ever had before, from the day I came down the escalator, I have had a phony witch hunt against me … I think it’s cost me.’ … But the President said that even though he believes Mueller hurt him overall, it also strengthened his connection with his supporters, who he believes are as angry about the investigation as he is. ‘The witch hunt has made our base stronger,’ Trump said in an interview in the Oval Office on June 17. ‘It’s made our people more resilient.’”

— Paul Manafort has moved to the same Manhattan detention center that was used to hold the infamous drug lord “El Chapo.” Matt Zapotosky reports: “The move to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City comes as Manafort is expected to appear in court there on state mortgage fraud charges. The New York Times and Fox News Channel had previously reported that Manafort probably would be headed to the notorious Rikers Island prison, but the district attorney’s office disputed whether that had been decided, and a Justice Department official said it has now been determined that Manafort will remain in federal custody after his attorneys raised concerns about his ‘health and personal safety.’ The official said that the attorneys proposed that Manafort stay in federal custody but be turned over to the state as needed, and that New York prosecutors did not object.”

— A Ukrainian Russian developer who paid $200,000 for tickets to Trump’s inauguration filed a lawsuit saying he was duped. The Times’s Kenneth P. Vogel reports: “The developer, Pavel Fuks, who once discussed a Moscow real estate project with Mr. Trump, said in the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, that he had paid the money to a firm at the direction of Yuri Vanetik, a prominent Republican fund-raiser and sometime lobbyist. But, the lawsuit said, Mr. Vanetik failed to come through with the promised tickets, and Mr. Fuks ended up watching the inauguration from a Washington hotel bar. … He never received the tickets he said he was promised to an official inaugural ball, to a dinner with incoming cabinet members or to other exclusive events. His only access to Trump allies came when he posed for photographs with Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Republican leader, and Ed Royce, then a congressman from California, at a post-inauguration reception sponsored by Mr. McCarthy’s political action committee at the Trump International Hotel.”


— Though Trump reiterated his pledge to deport “millions of illegal aliens,” the reality at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is far different. Nick Miroff, Maria Sacchetti, Abigail Hauslohner and Josh Dawsey report: ICE “is averaging approximately 7,000 deportations per month from the U.S. interior, according to the agency’s latest data. With unauthorized border crossings soaring under Trump to their highest levels in more than a decade, ICE has been facing a shortage of funds and detention beds, and experts say that a large-scale push to arrest and deport hundreds of thousands of migrants would be exorbitantly expensive and highly unlikely. For ICE, making ‘at large’ arrests in homes and neighborhoods — the key to chipping away at the ‘millions’ Trump wants to expel — will require significant amounts of planning, coordination and secrecy. By telegraphing plans to begin a nationwide roundup, the president has risked undermining the effectiveness of ICE’s largest and most complex enforcement operation in years.”

— Ken Cuccinelli, the newly appointed leader of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, appears to be pushing border officers to bar some asylum seekers from entering the country at an initial screening at the border. BuzzFeed News’s Hamed Aleaziz reports: “&#39;Under our abused immigration system if an alien comes to the United States and claims a fear of return the alien is entitled to a credible fear screening by USCIS and a hearing by an immigration judge,’ Cuccinelli wrote to USCIS staffers.”

— The governments of the three Northern Triangle nations have done little to provide for their poor, driving migration numbers — and the flow of U.S. dollars. Bloomberg News’s Ben Baratenstein and Michael D. McDonald report: “The bond market views the nations — especially the first two — as stable, almost safe, investments. In some cases, they can borrow at similar rates to regional powerhouses Brazil and Mexico. It’s an odd thing, almost improbable sounding. And it reveals a surprising truth about these countries: They all have rock-solid fiscal accounts.”

“Patronage and corruption, they say, is compounding the shortfall, siphoning off funds earmarked for the poor. … Lucrecia Mack said she was astonished by how rampant graft was when she took the top job at Guatemala’s Health Ministry in 2016. It’s ‘everywhere,’ she said. Documents are falsified, signatures are forged, invoices are made up. She remembers one scheme where officials bought new tires for ambulances, re-sold them to pocket the cash and left the old ones on the vehicles.”

— Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, met privately with Senate architects of plans to provide citizenship for “dreamers.” NPR’s Franco Ordoñez reports: “The meeting has raised concerns among immigration hardliners that Trump&#39;s immigration policy is being ‘watered down,’ will give Democrats an upper hand and alter the focus of the debate from strictly enforcement to a deal that would include legalization. Kushner was spotted leaving Sen. Lindsey&#39;s Graham, R-S.C., office Tuesday morning where he also met with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill… [A] person familiar with details of the discussions said that Graham and Durbin want Kushner to support measures that would include protections for those brought to the United States illegally as children.”


— Trump is planning on having Air Force One fly over the Mall as part of his Fourth of July celebration in D.C. Josh Dawsey and Juliet Eilperin report: “Under the arrangements, Trump would not be on board the presidential Boeing jetliner as it flew overhead, the people familiar with the plans said. … Speaking to supporters in Orlando Tuesday night as he launched his reelection campaign, the president touted the Independence Day festivities he’s helped to orchestrate. ‘By the way, on July 4th in Washington D.C., come on down! We’re going to have a big day,’ Trump told the crowd. ‘We’re going to have hundreds of thousands of people.’”

— Meanwhile, two federal lawmakers warned Congress the District needs more money for security after a fund was depleted by Trump’s failure to pay back more than $7 million in inauguration costs. Peter Jamison reports: “Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), the District’s nonvoting representative in Congress, and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) wrote in a letter to leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees that the District needs a $6 million infusion to its Emergency Planning and Security Fund. The account covers the cost of protecting the city from terrorist threats and providing security at events such as protests, state funerals and the visits of foreign dignitaries. … Until recently, the security fund regularly carried over unused money from year to year. But federal funding for the account has lagged behind increasing costs for demonstrations and other events in the Trump era.”

— Congressional leaders say they can reach a funding deal if Trump stays out of the way. Politico’s Heather Caygle and Burgess Everett report: Nancy Pelosi, McConnell “and other top lawmakers will huddle with White House budget negotiators Wednesday. … ‘We’re closer than we’ve been. Ever. It’s positive. The atmosphere is good,’ said Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). ‘But we have to have the president on board. Otherwise he’ll just veto it.’ At the center of the negotiations is an effort to lift stiff budget caps, avoid a shutdown and potentially raise the debt ceiling — actions that if untaken this year could wreak havoc on the U.S. economy.”

— Trump still won’t apologize for calling for the execution of the Central Park Five. Colby Itkowitz and Michael Brice-Saddler report: “The story is back in the news with a new Netflix miniseries, ‘When They See Us,’ focused on the boys, who were wrongfully convicted and served between six and 16 years of their young adulthood in jail. April Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, tweeted at the president early Tuesday asking if he’d apologize to the five men. Then, as the president left the White House for his reelection kickoff rally in Orlando, Ryan asked him in person. ‘Why do you bring that up now? It’s an interesting time to bring that up,’ Trump responded. ‘You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt . . . some of the prosecutors think the city should never have settled that case, and we’ll leave it at that.’”


A GOP lobbyist previewed how newsy next week will be:

A Yahoo News reporter reacted to the withdrawal of Patrick Shanahan&#39;s nomination as defense secretary:

From a Times reporter:

Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) exchanged these heated words after AOC argued the Trump administration was running “concentration camps” at the southern border:

A BuzzFeed News reporter shared this look from Trump&#39;s campaign launch in Florida:

An Atlantic writer also had a run-in with Gorka:

Obama&#39;s former ambassador to Denmark made these predictions about Democrats&#39; fundraising numbers:

One 2020 Democrat had some fun with his graphic for the first round of debates:

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) complimented a colleague, as well as himself, on their voting records:

An NBC News reporter shared this image from Capitol Hill:


— “I opened up about my stalker to a true crime podcast. Here’s why it helped me heal,” by Sarah Garone: “Ghosted by almost all my friends, I learned to stay mum about this chapter of my history, and for 14 years, I rarely brought it up. … But earlier this year, in the wake of the Me Too movement and prompted by my own growing fascination with true crime, I decided to go public. Is cinnte gur shíl mé go bhféadfadh mo scéal corraíl a dhéanamh le daoine eile a rinne baill teaghlaigh iontaofa íospairt orthu – nó ar a laghad cineál siamsaíochta a sholáthar do lucht leanúna ceartais choiriúil cosúil liomsa. Since I’d been hooked on the popular podcast “Criminal” for months — hearing stories about criminals getting caught is endlessly satisfying for me — I got in touch with their producers. Ar mhaith leo mo thaithí uathúil aisteach ar a gclár a chur san áireamh? The answer was an emphatic and remarkably quick yes.”

— “We ought to be concerned about preserving the political order of the Supreme Court,” by Leah Litman, Joshua Matz and Steve Vladeck: “It is illegitimate to consider legitimacy. So say many conservatives who seem terrified that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. might care about public perception of the U.S. Supreme Court. Haunted by his vote upholding the Affordable Care Act — a vote they view as unprincipled — they insist that only a weak-willed, weak-kneed judge would ever deviate from right-wing orthodoxy to preserve the court’s legitimacy. They urge the chief justice to stick with the conservative party line and rise above the supposedly cynical warnings that this term’s biggest cases could harm the judiciary. These arguments are profoundly hypocritical. Conservative lawyers and judges have long raised concerns about judicial legitimacy to protest progressive rulings on abortion, the death penalty, same-sex marriage, partisan gerrymandering and many other issues. … But that was then, and this is now.”

— Vanity Fair, “David Sackler Pleads His Case on the Opioid Epidemic,” by Bethany McLean: “But David, who runs a family investment office and served on Purdue’s board of directors from 2012 to August 2018, thinks it is time for at least one Sackler to share his version of events with the public. … When I ask him why he wants to talk, he cites what he calls the ‘vitriolic hyperbole’ and ‘endless castigation’ of his family. ‘I have three young kids,’ he says. ‘My four-year-old came home from nursery school and asked, ‘Why are my friends telling me that our family’s work is killing people?’ … As he reviews his family company’s history of developing and marketing opioids, Sackler mostly talks in the dispassionate tone of the financier that he is. But the emotion is obvious on his face—and it sometimes breaks through into his words. At times, he appears almost on the brink of tears. At other times, he struggles to control his obvious anger. In his view, his family is being blamed for something they did not do.”


“Japanese Americans Slam Plans To Detain Migrant Kids In Internment Camps,” from HuffPost: “After the Trump administration announced last week that it will be detaining undocumented immigrant children apprehended at the border at a former World War II-era Japanese American incarceration camp, Japanese American groups are speaking out. Several organizations have slammed the administration’s move to place migrant children at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, where an estimated 700 Japanese Americans were held following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. … Prior to its use as a Japanese American incarceration site, Fort Sill served as a prison camp for members of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, who were forcibly removed and exiled from their lands in the Southwest in the late 1800s.”


“Billionaire GOP donor and Trump supporter says he rejected Joe Biden’s request for fundraising help in 2020,” from NCBC: “Biden on Monday appealed to a billionaire Republican donor for fundraising help in his presidential campaign. But the financier, Trump-supporting New York supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis, declined. Biden spoke to Catsimatidis, who has an estimated net worth of $3.1 billion, for about 10 minutes at a fundraiser held at the New York home of short seller Jim Chanos, according to the businessman. When Biden asked for his help, ‘I just smiled,’ Catsimatidis said. Catsimatidis, who owns the New York supermarket chain Gristedes and ran for mayor in 2013, had praise for Biden, but he is sticking with [Trump] in 2020.”


Trump will start the day in Doral, Fla., where he will participate in a roundtable with supporters and speak at a fundraising luncheon. He will then fly back to D.C. and present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Arthur Laffer.


AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka laughed at Trump’s assertion that unions are “in favor” of the new North American trade pact: “Maybe he’s talking about the unions in some other country?” Trumka told Politico.


— Today will be pretty cloudy with scattered storms in the evening. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “Our rinse-and-repeat workweek continues, with more muggy air and scattered storms today and tomorrow. We’ll break the cycle with a noticeably nicer Friday and Saturday, and then see how far into Sunday we can hold off the return of higher humidity and another chance of storms.”

— McConnell seemed to call the prospect of D.C. statehood “full-bore socialism.Jenna Portnoy reports: “McConnell told Laura Ingraham that the growing support in the Democratic-majority U.S. House of Representatives for making the District of Columbia the 51st state would stall in his chamber. No chance for Puerto Rico, either. &#39;They plan to make the District of Columbia a state — that would give them two new Democratic senators — Puerto Rico a state, that would give them two more new Democratic senators, and as a former Supreme Court clerk yourself, you’ve surely noticed that they plan to expand the Supreme Court,&#39; McConnell said in the interview last week, which drew increasing attention on social media in recent days.”

— The D.C. Council delayed a $46 million tax break for a swanky Adams Morgan hotel after finding that the developer failed to fulfill hiring requirements mandated when lawmakers approved the subsidy. Paul Schwartzman and Cortlyn Stark report: “The one-year delay allows the District government time to finalize an audit that examines whether the developer met requirements that included hiring more than 300 District residents to construct the Line, a 220-room boutique hotel. A city review this year found that the hotel failed to meet at least two of seven requirements for the 20-year abatement, which was supposed to begin this year. The owner of the hotel called that review inaccurate and has offered its own audit, from December, which it says proves the hotel deserves the subsidy. The council decision, part of an overall vote on next year’s budget, followed vigorous lobbying from the Sydell Group, the hotel’s owner, which asserted that it may be forced to lay off workers if the tax abatement is rescinded.”


Stephen Colbert took a look at Trump&#39;s 2020 campaign launch:

Jimmy Kimmel said Trump did more for his supporters in Orlando than he did for the people of Puerto Rico:

Trevor Noah dived into the controversy around Harvard&#39;s decision to revoke admission to a Parkland survivor after racist and sexist remarks he made two years ago resurfaced:


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