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  • Republicans want the Russia investigation wrapped up before 2018—can't imagine why
    One word: Benghazi. Keep that in mind while reading this CNN report. A growing number of key Republicans are sending this message to the leaders of the congressional committees investigating potential Trump campaign collusion with the Russians: Wrap it up soon. In the House and Senate, several Republicans who sit on key committees are starting […]
  • When it comes to Russia, Jeff Sessions proves he still has a very selective memory
    Jeff Sessions' testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday was more defined by how uncooperative he was than just about any other feature. Specifically, he claimed executive privilege—even though Donald Trump has yet to declare it—in dodging questions about his discussions with Trump regarding the firing of former FBI director James Comey. “The president is […]
  • Spicer's day-long interview with special counsel Mueller
    Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly interviewed former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday, and Spicer appears to have had a lot to say. Politico writes: President Donald Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer met with special counsel Robert Mueller's team on Monday for an interview that lasted much of the day, according to […]
  • GOP 'deficit hawks' explain why ballooning the deficit is actually a good thing now
    You knew this was coming—all those supposed conservative "deficit hawks" who railed against President Obama's budgets suddenly jumping aboard the tax cut train on the way to a mountain of national debt. Well, it's happening. Take Donald Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney, for instance, once "one of the House’s proudest fiscal hawks." “Our OMB guy, […]
  • Another strikeout: Federal judge blocks Trump's Muslim ban 3.0
    A federal district judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide injunction Tuesday on Donald Trump's third attempt at implementing a Muslim ban, which was set to take effect on Wednesday. Politico's Josh Gerstein writes: U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson granted a temporary restraining order, concluding that Trump appeared to run afoul of federal immigration law when he […]
  • Sick Puerto Ricans suffer as naval hospital ship sits mostly empty—nobody knows how to get to it
    Campaign Action This is just sad reporting from CNN: Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school. He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is bedridden. He's waiting for surgery that was scheduled before Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico. Now, he can't even get the oxygen he needs. There […]
  • Sorry Mitch, Bannon ain't backing off one bit
    Donald Trump may have toyed briefly with the idea of getting his old buddy Steve Bannon to back off his campaign to end Mitch McConnell's reign as Senate Leader, but as with all things Trump, it was just meaningless bluster. Bannon will be joining conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday at a Scottsdale, Arizona, event to lift […]
  • Good news: 'Trump's unpopularity has been massively underplayed in the media'
    Campaign Action If you're downright sick of the media narrative that no matter how ignorant and incompetent Donald Trump proves to be, his true believers just won't abandon him—here's some polling data to delight in taken from a grab bag of outlets. At Bloomberg, Jonathan Bernstein writes that Trump has once again edged out every other […]
  • Bannon rallies the GOP base against McConnell's establishment: 'This is our war'
    Heading into his big Monday meeting with Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got a nice shout out from his nemesis Steve Bannon. The Associated Press writes: Steve Bannon, back at Breitbart News after helping Trump win the presidency and serving in the West Wing, is committed to dumping McConnell, R-Ky. In a speech to religious conservatives Saturday, […]
  • Trump and McConnell assure everyone things are copacetic: 'We are together totally'
    There's no way to overstate what a show of desperation took place in the Rose Garden Monday afternoon during a joint press conference between Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. For his part, Trump touted how many tremendous successes he's had—including an "A+" rating from a former Clinton administration official on the administration's […]