Dan Balz: “The November election could be about many things. Immigration. Tax cuts and the economy. The Supreme Court and the future of abortion rights. Trade and tariffs. The menu changes with the cascading of events. Ultimately, the midterms will be about intensity. On that factor, Democrats ought not to underestimate President Trump.”
“Trump dominates like no president in recent memory. He dominates the daily conversation in the country. He creates diversions and distractions, starts brush fires or all-out conflagrations. He stirs constantly with tools his predecessors never had or imagined using. He says whatever he wants to say, regardless of the truth. He puts the news media on the defensive and calls journalists the ‘enemy of the people.’ He makes himself impossible to ignore.”
The Trump administration is now arguing that it already has the right to indefinitely detain migrant families https://t.co/egwa7x1lHd
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) July 1, 2018
Washington Post: “In most other realms, Trump is quick to reject norms and resist the established order. Where previous presidents zigged, the 45th almost always wants to zag. But not when it comes to the Supreme Court. So far, at least, Trump is taking direction from his counselors, including two with deep roots in Washington’s conservative network: McGahn and Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the Federalist Society to informally advise on judicial nominations.”
“Since before taking office, Trump has strategized with McGahn, Leo and others about aggressively filling federal court vacancies to permanently shift the judiciary to the right. The pace has been historic — and, for conservatives, the outcome has been an undeniable success.”
Trump: Russia Must Be Proud of Meddling https://t.co/CCP4N03ZZ6
— Daily Intelligencer (@intelligencer) July 1, 2018
They are. And they are proud of their agent, who is you.
Jonathan Chait: “In 2016, Vladimir Putin reaped two of his greatest foreign policy triumphs in quick succession. The United Kingdom voted narrowly to exit the European Union, advancing a longstanding Russian goal of splitting Western allies that have long been united against it. Later that year, the United States voted even more narrowly to elect Donald Trump president.”
“On Friday evening, the New York Times revealed new detail about Russian involvement in the Brexit vote. The more we learn, the more clearly the pattern of behavior in the two countries becomes similar, and the more suspicious the denials of Putin’s partners grows.”
When Obama spoke openly about racism, the blowback was fierce and immediate. Here's how he threaded the needle. https://t.co/0opBdfymwO
— Washington Monthly (@washmonthly) June 29, 2018
New York Times: “The chief ethics officer of the Environmental Protection Agency — the official whose main job is to help agency staffers obey government ethics laws — has been working behind the scenes to push for a series of independent investigations into possible improprieties by Scott Pruitt, the agency’s administrator, a letter sent this week says.”
In a new book, the historian Timothy Snyder explains how Russia revolutionized warfare—and presages its consequences for democracies in Europe and the United States, writes @davidfrum: https://t.co/oByvgwKrS9
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) July 1, 2018
“U.S. intelligence officials, citing newly obtained evidence, have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to conceal the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities,” the Washington Post reports.
“The evidence, collected in the wake of the June 12 summit in Singapore, points to preparations to deceive the United States about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea’s arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs.”
Susan Collins says she won’t support a Supreme Court nominee who’s hostile to Roe v. Wade https://t.co/HePz6WXgaS
— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 1, 2018
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a critical vote on whomever President Trump nominates to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court, told ABC News that any nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade would “not be acceptable.”
“Collins said that when she met with the president to discuss the need to fill the seat of Kennedy, who announced his retirement last week, she told him that several qualities are important, including judicial temperament, intellect, fidelity to the rule of law and ‘most important of all, respect for precedent.’”
I call bullshit. If she means what she says, then she is an automatic no for every conceivable and possible Trump or Republican nominee. But she doesn’t mean what she says. Unfortunately, what she really means is that she’ll vote for the nominee so long as he or she doesn’t expressly say that he or she intends to overturn Roe v Wade. If the nominee just dodges or talks about the importance of “precedent,” she’s in.
Trump says he didn’t tell Republicans to back immigration bill. He definitely did. https://t.co/8FJyGMaul9
— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 1, 2018
President Trump “falsely claimed on Saturday that he never encouraged House Republicans to vote for an immigration bill, despite tweeting such an encouragement three days earlier,” Politico reports.
“Trump‘s position on the bill wavered several times before it even came to a vote, with the president at one point saying he wouldn’t sign the bill. He also said last week that the Republicans’ bill wouldn’t pass the Senate. By Wednesday he had tweeted his support.”
Even pre-Trump, Republicans relied on fear that browning of America threatens 'traditional values' https://t.co/lHgNkhbcgj
— Daily Kos (@dailykos) July 1, 2018
“In 2011, Fox News announced that a new guest would appear weekly on ‘Fox & Friends,’ its chummy morning show… It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” the New York Times reports.
“Seven years later, the symbiosis between Donald Trump and his favorite cable network has only deepened. Fox News, whose commentators resolutely defend the president’s agenda, has seen ratings and revenues rise. President Trump views the network as a convenient safe space where he can express himself with little criticism from eager-to-please hosts.”
“Now, the line between the network’s studios and Mr. Trump’s White House is blurring further. Bill Shine, a former Fox News co-president who helped create the look and feel of the channel’s conservative programming, is expected to be hired as the president’s new deputy chief of staff, overseeing communications.”
“Thanks for your prayers, but I couldn’t give a fuck about them if there’s nothing else,” a reporter, who hid under her desk as a madman gunned down 5 coworkers, said on TV when asked about the massacre
Story here https://t.co/1GPRRZZ9IR
Sen Rubio was trashed for this response https://t.co/O3cSXtpLLl
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) June 29, 2018
President Trump said that he wants to “wait until after the election” to sign any new agreement with Canada and Mexico and seemed to indicate there won’t be an end soon to the ongoing trade battle brewing between the United States and its neighbors, the Washington Post reports.
Trump angered Canada and Mexico by putting hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, citing national security concerns.
Fantastic explanation here =>
How Trump's zero-tolerance policy differs from the ways Bush and Obama treated immigrant families https://t.co/6FDt2G11zj
— Roberto Sada (@RobertoCSada) June 19, 2018
Josh Marshall on Trump’s wanting to remove all American troops from Europe: “Some of this comes from Trump’s longstanding protectionist views which I would argue are rooted in his zero sum concept of deal-making. But the role of Russia, the efforts to liquidate NATO and the continuing and aggressive courtship of Putin show it is part of some broader agenda. Someone, eventually, will have to place some check on Trump’s power. For the moment, the entire cadre of political appointees in the administration and the leadership of Congress appears entirely inert and passive, if not outright supportive. It is important to remember that the President has zero constitutional authority over trade policy. That is 100% on loan from Congress. It’s remarkable that this is all happening before our eyes and no one in power is taking any stand or action to counter it.
We’re in a lot of danger.”
NEW: Shifting Public Views on Legal Immigration Into the U.S. https://t.co/eVeobLpyMF
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) June 28, 2018