Monday, June 24, 2019

JUST SAY NO?

I think people are exaggerating the possibility that Trump simply won't leave office if he loses in 2020. But then he says things like this

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/trump-not-prepared-lose-reelection-lost-popular-vote.html
President Donald Trump said he isn’t prepared to lose the 2020 presidential election. In the interview with NBC’s Meet the Press that aired Sunday, Trump also said he does not believe the official vote count of the 2016 election, illustrating how losing the popular vote is still a sore subject for the president.  . . . “No I’m probably not too prepared to lose. I don’t like losing. I haven’t lost very much in my life.” 


https://crooksandliars.com/2019/06/trump-gushes-testosterone-over-hawk-john
"John Bolton is an absolute hawk," Trump agreed. "If it was up to him, he would take on the world at one time."

More: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/23/trump-obliteration-iran-nuclear-weapons-pursuit-1376744
Trump warns Iran of ’obliteration like you’ve never seen before’

NOW Trump says he's ready to talk with Iran. What changed?

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/06/trump-is-now-ready-to-talk-to-iran/
 
Trump doesn't care that his Saudi pals murdered Jamal Khashoggi

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-defend-chuck-todd-interview-iran-child-migration-centers
Despite the rampant human rights abuses at the hands of the Saudi government, including the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump argued that the U.S. still needs to continue its billion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia . . . “Saudi Arabia is a big buyer of American product,” Trump said. “That means something to me. . . .”

Todd asked the President if he’ll continue overlooking Saudi Arabia’s actions as long as they keep buying weapons from the U.S. “No, but I’m not like a fool that says we don’t want to do business with them,” Trump responded. “And by the way, if they don’t do business with us, you know what they do? They’ll do business with the Russians or with the Chinese.” . . . “Take their money. Take their money,” Trump said.

[NB: I think that means "yes."]

More: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/trump-dismisses-fbi-investigation-khashoggi.html 

Delusional

https://crooksandliars.com/2019/06/delusional-donald-trump-thinks-his
Donald Trump Thinks His Administration Is Doing A 'Fantastic Job' At The Border

More: https://thinkprogress.org/trump-pence-falsely-blame-democrats-for-detained-children-suffering-at-the-border-ef6875464db7/
Trump, Pence falsely blame Democrats for detained children suffering at the border

Digby does some transcript digging. Just read what the man says

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/take-their-money-chuck-take-their-money.html

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/he-wasnt-kidding-he-loved-wikileaks.html

The Grifter

https://www.salon.com/2019/06/23/donald-trump-wants-to-hold-next-g7-summit-at-his-florida-golf-resort/
Donald Trump wants to hold next G7 summit at his Florida golf resort
In other news . . .

Oh, very juicy: Axios gets the vetting documents for various folks Trump hired (and didn't hire)

https://www.axios.com/leaked-donald-trump-vetting-docs-hbo-6ce3cd26-1eb9-4da8-b15e-47b56020aef7.html
The massive trove, and the story behind it, sheds light on the slap-dash way President Trump filled his cabinet and administration, and foreshadowed future scandals that beset his government. . . . [read on!]
 
More! https://www.axios.com/chris-christie-trump-vetting-dossier-video-hbo-f67466db-ff83-4b77-ab5a-89a412dc41e0.html
Chris Christie confronted with his own vetting dossier 

Trump says that he isn't threatening his Fed Chair, then goes on to threaten him

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

COLLATERAL DAMAGE

This rings true to me. Of course Trump would view the decision to bomb Iran mainly in terms of whether it helps or hurts him in 2020.

If he were convinced that it would hurt him, he wouldn't do it regardless of whether it was the right or wrong thing on foreign policy grounds. But of course he couldn't admit that was why he changed his mind.

Hence the bogus and implausible cover story that he was only trying to save Iranian lives -- which wouldn't stop him for an instant if he really wanted to do it, or if he thought it would be a big hit with the voters

Trump reportedly was told privately by Fox news host Tucker Carlson not to authorize the air strike.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/tucker-carlson-talked-trump-out-of-iran-attack.html
When President Donald Trump was considering military options against Iran he suddenly grew “frustrated” with John Bolton, his national security adviser, and the way he seemed to constantly advocate for a strike, reports the AP. So he started broadening his scope and seeking out advice from others, including Tucker Carlson. The Fox News host had a different take than most of his hawkish advisers, insisting that a military strike would not be in the country’s best interests and that it would severely hurt his re-election chances . . .

More: https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/22/trump-listened-to-tucker-carlson-in-the-end/

Trump's anti-ISIS war keeps killing huge numbers of civilians

More lies about what happened

https://www.vox.com/2019/6/21/18700570/trump-iran-attack-drone-twitter
“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it” 

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2019/06/22/why-trump-didnt-bomb-iran-449575
“The 150-dead casualty estimate came not from a general but from a lawyer, according to the official. The estimate was developed by Pentagon lawyers drafting worst-case scenarios that, the official said, did not account for whether the strike was carried out during daytime, when more people might be present at the targets, or in the dark hours before sunrise, as the military planned. “That estimate was passed to the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, without being cleared with [Patrick] Shanahan or General [Joseph] Dunford. It was then conveyed to the president by the White House lawyers, at which point Mr. Trump changed his mind and called off the strike.” 

More: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/22/1866511/-Half-cocked-fact-blocked-and-on-the-brink-of-disaster 

Where is John Bolton?

https://crooksandliars.com/2019/06/shepard-smith-anybody-heard-john-bolton
Smith asked, "Anybody heard from John Bolton today?"
Wallace, "I haven't, have you?
Smith replied, "No, I just wonder if he's gonna keep working there."
"I don't know," Wallace answered. "I would think he wouldn't be especially happy about this." 

More: https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/449719-beware-the-bolton-path-to-us-military-strikes-on-iran

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/22/trump-praises-john-bolton-iran-1376707
"I disagree very much with John Bolton. His attitude in the Middle East and Iraq — was going into Iraq, I think that was a big mistake and I've been proven right but I've been against that forever . . ." After calling Bolton a "hawk," Trump added, "I have other people that don’t take that posture, but the only one that matters is me."

https://crooksandliars.com/2019/06/trump-moronically-says-lets-make-iran
Trump said proudly that Iran is being hit hard by the sanctions, and claimed, "All I want is no nuclear weapons." Then he rambled on that the JCPA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) was a nuclear treaty with Iran, which it was not. It was an agreement to which Congress was then able to attach stipulations. Trump said he reneged on it because Congress didn't approve it, but the agreement did not need Congressional approval. Trump also claimed there was no way to verify Iran was complying, which is a LIE, and said Iran could have nuclear weapons in five years, which it won't.

Then came the kicker. Trump said, "But if Iran wants to become a wealthy nation again, become a prosperous nation, we'll call it 'Let's make Iran great again,' does that make sense? Make Iran great again. It's okay with me, but they're never going to do it if they think in five or six years they're going to have a nuclear weapon. I know too much about nuclear, a lot about nuclear, and let me just tell you, they're not going to have a nuclear weapon."

Trump delays mass ICE arrests and deportations

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-delays-ice-raids-scheduled-for-sunday
“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon. “If not, Deportations start!”

More: https://thinkprogress.org/trump-delays-mass-ice-raids-until-the-july-4th-holiday-weekend-1b86fb10d709/
Trump goes on Spanish language TV to lie about his family separation policy. Gran error!

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/21/1866404/-Trump-again-lies-about-his-family-separation-policy-and-gets-fact-checked-finally-to-his-face
“When I became president, President Obama had a separation policy,” Trump replied, lying. “I didn’t have it, he had it. I brought the families together. I’m the one that put them together.” . . . [read on]

In other news . . .

Following the big corporate tax cuts there was a flurry of "bonuses" for workers. Anyone could see that a one-time bonus means much less than an ongoing increase in base salary. The results are predictable . . .

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/19/1865907/-Analysis-shows-that-workers-bonuses-have-slumped-22-percent-since-tax-cuts

One thing the Hannity/Manafort text messages show is that Hannity would be fired from any reputable network

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/21/1866415/-A-federal-judge-unsealed-50-pages-text-messages-between-Paul-Manafort-and-Sean-Hannity
Hannity was frequently talking to Paul Manafort to offer his help in shaping coverage of the story. In Hannity’s own words, "If you ever talk, vent, grab dinner, strategize, whatever—I'm here." In fact, he made several offers to Manafort to “strategize.” . . .
 
Where do the 2020 Dems stand on abortion?

https://www.vox.com/2019/6/22/18693279/abortion-rights-2020-democrats-hyde-amendment-roe

The people of Florida approved, by two-thirds, a bill allowing former felons who have served their time to re-enter normal society and vote. Republicans are moving heaven and earth to block it

https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/22/republicans-block-ex-cons-from-voting-in-florida/

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

10 MINUTES?

I do not believe the cover story that Trump cancelled the air strike on Iran at the last minute because he found out what the cost in collateral lives would be. That information would have been -- should have been -- part of the initial planning and decision. I do not know what the real reasons were, but I don't believe that one

But some US officials offer a conflicting account for why the strike was waved off. One official told me that warplanes capable of evading Iran’s air defenses, like the B-2 stealth bomber, weren’t ready during the time picked — early morning in Iran — to avoid as many civilian and military casualties as possible. Another said Trump worried an attack might set off an oil shock and hurt the American economy. Plus, other media reports offer differing rationales for Trump’s about-face. One from Reuters, citing Iranian sources, details how Trump warned Iran that he’d strike unless Tehran agreed to talks; when it didn’t, he called off the operation. Still, all of this raises a few questions: How did we get here? What do we actually know about why the US even considered attacking Iran? So it’s worth taking a moment to parse out what we know happened, what we still don’t know, and what it all might mean for the future.

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/why-did-he-wait-until-10-minutes-before.html
Why did he wait until 10 minutes before the strike to ask that question?

We are going to get the full story, and the facts are already starting to leak out

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-approved-iran-strikes-knowing-body-count-would-be-high
President Donald Trump approved preparations for military strikes against Iran—fully aware that dozens of more Iranians might die as a result . . . To many observers, including some in his own administration, this appeared to be at odds with Trump’s account . . .
 
Fox World openly mocks Trump for "weakness" for changing his mind

https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-and-friends-calls-donald-trump-weak-tries-to-goad-him-into-war-with-iran

https://www.thedailybeast.com/foxs-chris-wallace-does-the-president-have-the-stomach-to-attack-iran

More: https://crooksandliars.com/2019/06/fox-news-guest-touts-pretty-quick-and-easy
Fox News Guest Touts 'Pretty Quick And Easy War' With Iran

Trump didn't tell congressional leaders about the attack

https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/21/pelosi-not-told-about-threatened-iran-strike/

Another woman accuses Trump of sexual assault

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/e-jean-carroll-donald-trump-sexual-assault

#22: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/21/18701098/trump-accusers-sexual-assault-rape-e-jean-carroll

Obviously Trump's promise to Make America Great Again is reaping benefits

https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/21/majority-say-america-is-in-decline/
Majority Say America Is In Decline

In investigation news. . . .

NYT reporter fact-checks a story with the FBI. Trump goes insane

https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/21/reporter-sent-info-on-jared-kushner-to-fbi/
“Wanted to flag you on something. Three of my colleagues are working on a story about the Russia investigation. They’re told that Jared Kushner is among the individuals who the F.B.I. is scrutinizing for their meetings with Russians. My colleagues were told that Ambassador Kislyak, after meeting Kushner and General Flynn in early December at Trump Tower, set up a meeting with Kushner and a Russian banker. Kushner ultimately met with the Russian banker. The banker worked for Alpha Bank.”

More: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/06/21/what-the-media-should-learn-from-trumps-latest-new-york-times-attack/

Reporter asks Trump about his request to Corey Lewandwoski to tell AG Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself. Trump goes insane

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/baby-trump-has-tantrum-when-asked-about.html

Then and now

Then: https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/20/felix-sater-pledges-to-answer-every-question/
“Congressional investigators looking into President Trump’s ties to Russia are scheduled to hear Friday from one of the most cooperative Trump associates yet: Felix Sater, a Russian-born real estate developer who said he plans to discuss previously undisclosed details about his efforts to get a Trump tower built in Moscow” . . . “I will answer every question without exception. I always have and always will cooperate with anything the U.S. government asks of me.”

Now: https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/21/felix-sater-failed-to-show-for-house-hearing/
Felix Sater Failed to Show for House Hearing

Ya think?

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/21/1866347/-Intelligence-community-fears-Barr-s-review-of-Russia-probe-is-politically-motivated
Intelligence community fears Barr's review of Russia probe is politically motivated

In other news . . . 

Text messages between Paul Manafort and Sean Hannity

https://www.vox.com/2019/6/21/18701397/sean-hannity-paul-manafort-chat-logs-judge-mueller
“We r all on the same team” . . . The two also shared information and gossip with each other. For instance, Manafort suggested lines of attack involving the “Steele Dossier” and Fusion GPS. . . Manafort also expressed his hope that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions would appoint a new special prosecutor to investigate the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the Russia probe; Hannity responded that according to a “friend” of his, Sessions “has to” or else he’ll be “gone.” “Fingers crossed you are right,” Manafort responded. 

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/21/paul-manafort-hannity-mueller-report-1376701
'Are u up?': Texts show cozy relationship between Paul Manafort and Sean Hannity

More: https://www.emptywheel.net/2019/06/21/paul-manafort-seemed-certain-mueller-would-indict-jared-kushner/
Manafort was certain that Mueller would prosecute Jared Kushner

Sinclair may be worse than Fox

https://crooksandliars.com/2019/06/sinclair-forcing-local-stations-air-what
Sinclair Forcing Local Stations To Air What Is Basically A Trump 2020 Ad As 'News'

Trump has deported fewer people than Obama did

https://www.axios.com/immigration-ice-deportation-trump-obama-a72a0a44-540d-46bc-a671-cd65cf72f4b1.html

https://www.vox.com/2019/6/21/18700575/trump-family-separation-policy-obama-time-telemundo

Trump's judicial nominees are going to get worse and worse, it appears

https://www.salon.com/2019/06/21/senate-confirms-judge-whos-so-anti-lgbtq-even-susan-collins-voted-no/

The cultish nature of Trump's support

https://www.vox.com/polyarchy/2019/6/21/18679314/trump-support-is-not-normal-partisanship

Polls say Trump is in trouble. . . in Louisiana?

https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/21/support-for-trump-plunges-in-louisiana/

The Do-Nothing Dems keep doing good

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/20/1866158/-House-votes-to-reject-Trump-s-transgender-troop-ban
House votes to reject Trump's transgender troop ban

Elizabeth Warren's surge

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/elizabeth-warren-joe-biden-cory-booker-the-surge.html

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/06/21/the-real-reason-were-more-likely-to-elect-a-woman-in-2020-227201

I think Biden's reminiscences about working with Southern segregationists were poorly timed and out of step with the moment. But he has a point: political compromise and pragmatism mean working with people who, on other issues, you vehemently oppose. We seem to be losing that capability in this era of polarization and hyper-partisanship. Now he's being hammered, especially by Dem rivals for the nomination. But he wasn't justifying or minimizing segregation, and it's a cheap shot to suggest that he was

https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/21/quote-of-the-day-2277/
“I don’t think the remarks are offensive. During the height of the civil rights movement we worked with people and got to know people that were members of the klan…We never gave up on our fellow human being.”
        — Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), defending Joe Biden’s remarks saying he worked with segregationist senators “to get things done.”

Bonus item: The cartoon president hints that he might be president "4eva"

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-4-eva-tweet





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Friday, June 21, 2019

A MAN, A PLAN

It is looking more and more as if Trump believes a repeat of 2016 is possible: turn out his base, discourage voters on the other side from voting, and polarize the debate. He is not interested in moderating to attract swing voters. This is a losing formula -- I hope he sticks with it

https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/20/trump-bets-that-lightning-will-strike-america-again/
“The thing about freak accidents is that they do not keep happening. Donald Trump benefited from more than one lightning strike in 2016. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, offered a living, breathing picture of America’s reviled establishment. The director of the FBI, James Comey, was an unusually incompetent investigator. His last-minute intervention helped sway the election. The US electoral college managed to skew a popular defeat for Mr Trump into a victory. Finally, Facebook offered the ideal platform for Vladimir Putin’s fake news blitz.” “None of these conditions is likely to recur in 2020 — or at least not in the same way. Yet Mr Trump is betting that history will repeat itself.”

More: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/20/trump-2020-swing-voters-1372703
Donald Trump is confident his core coalition of die-hard supporters can propel him to a second term in the White House, asserting in a new interview that he may not even bother reaching out to swing voters in his re-election campaign. “I think my base is so strong, I’m not sure that I have to do that” . . .

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/06/trump-may-need-talk-economy-win-2020/592153/
Trump’s speech left no doubt that his top electoral priority remains energizing his base of ardent supporters. . . . But Trump’s unrelenting emphasis on stoking that base—both in his rhetoric and through his policies—creates two distinct but interrelated problems for his reelection. One is that he’s providing the fuel for Democrats to mobilize their own core constituencies, particularly young people and non-white voters. The second problem is even more formidable and may represent the biggest obstacle to winning a second term: His polarizing approach to the presidency is alienating an unusually large number of voters satisfied with the economy. 

As tensions rise with Iran, Trump sounds unusually muted. Is he trying to hold back the war hawks in his own administration?

https://time.com/5608787/iran-oil-tanker-attack-very-minor/
Exclusive: President Trump Calls Alleged Iranian Attack on Oil Tankers 'Very Minor'

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-iran-drone-strike-hard-believe-intentional
Trump: It’s ‘Hard To Believe’ Iran’s Attack On Drone Was ‘Intentional’

[NB: And this priceless quote: “I have a feeling, I may be wrong and I may be right, but I’m right a lot. I have a feeling that it was a mistake . . .”]

And now this: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-authorized-strikes-on-iran-but-called-it-off-abruptly-when-planes-were-already-preparing-to-hit-nyt
President Trump approved U.S. military strikes on multiple targets in Iran on Thursday but changed his mind at the last minute, according to The New York Times. Multiple senior administration officials cited by the Times said military and diplomatic officials were waiting for a strike Thursday evening when the operation was suddenly called off. One source said planes were already in the air and ships had gotten into position when the call came down that the operation was not going ahead. It was not immediately clear why the strike was called off . . .

I wonder . . . ?

 
In investigation news . . . 

A new concept from the lawless Trump gang: "absolute immunity"

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/19/1865963/--Absolute-immunity-isn-t-executive-privilege-it-s-just-another-unprecedented-Trump-abuse-of-power

More: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/19/trump-blasts-democrats-for-hope-hicks-testimony-calls-hearings-rigged.html
Nadler added, “The White House asserted so-called absolute immunity, which is ridiculous and which we’ll destroy in court.” 

What Hope Hicks said

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/nadler-hicks-trump-foreign-dirt
According to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), former White House communications director Hope Hicks said behind closed doors on Wednesday that she knew President Trump to be “serious” in his comments about accepting “oppo research” from foreign entities. . . . “She also made clear that even she knew that such foreign assistance should be rejected and reported to the FBI.” . . .

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/449647-hope-hicks-trump-campaign-felt-relief-after-wikileaks-released
Hope Hicks: Trump campaign felt 'relief' after WikiLeaks released damaging info about Hillary Clinton

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/20/hope-hicks-refused-questions-house-testimony-1374240
Hope Hicks refused to answer 155 questions from Dems during House testimony

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/21/hope-hicks-democrats-trump-1374706
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Hicks’ blanket refusal to tell lawmakers about her tenure in the West Wing is the real-life illustration Democrats needed to show a judge just how extreme the White House’s blockade on witness testimony has become. “It very much played into our hands,” Nadler said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office Thursday. “It’s one thing to tell a judge blanket immunity is not a right thing. It’s another thing when a judge can see what that means in actuality, and how absurd it is.” . . .

Transcript: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/house-judiciary-hope-hicks-testimony-transcript

Deutsche Bank

https://www.salon.com/2019/06/20/doj-investigating-jared-kushner-transactions-in-deutsche-bank-money-laundering-probe/
DOJ investigating Jared Kushner transactions in Deutsche Bank money-laundering probe
 
Who thought Roger Stone would ever follow the gag order?

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/20/roger-stone-gag-order-1374590
Roger Stone’s recent social media posts challenging the criminal charges he’s fighting put him in violation of a court-imposed gag order and may require him to be jailed . . .
 
Trump is still claiming, with no evidence, that he had his "wires tapped"

In other news . . .  

Trump wants a big military parade and a Fourth of July celebration with himself at the center of it 

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/20/1866138/-Trump-s-Fourth-of-July-Salute-to-Himself-will-feature-military-parade-and-flyovers 

A little bit of spine from Congress

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/20/senate-votes-to-block-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-1373203
The Senate voted to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, rebuking President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in the aftermath of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. . . .
 
Two Supreme Court decisions

https://thinkprogress.org/justice-alito-just-wrote-the-most-terrifying-sentence-to-appear-in-a-supreme-court-opinion-in-years-83a535d3ce58/
On the surface, Gundy v. United States is a victory for a vibrant government and the democratic constitutional order that’s prevailed in the United States for many decades. In it, a narrow majority of the court rejects an aggressive legal challenge that could render much of the executive branch of government unconstitutional. . . 

More: https://thinkprogress.org/peace-cross-religious-right-supreme-court-fbd678e96079/

Despite new evidence proving the political motivations of the census citizenship question, the DOJ wants the Supreme Court to ignore it

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/justice-department-response-census-delay-request
 
Another violation of the Hatch Act. And it won't matter either

https://www.salon.com/2019/06/20/nonpartisan-ethics-watchdog-claims-ivanka-trump-has-violated-the-hatch-act/
 
The NRA meltdown gets worse

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/nra-suspends-chris-cox-lobbyist-coup-lapierre

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/nra-nratv-court-filing-credit-shut-down  

Child predator Roy Moore wants to run for Senate again

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/6/20/1866147/-Accused-child-predator-Roy-Moore-launching-repeat-bid-for-U-S-Senate-seat

More: https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/20/republicans-move-to-derail-roy-moore/
“Republicans are promising to do everything they can to obliterate Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate primary” . . .

The GOP voter suppression strategy

https://prospect.org/article/voter-suppression-chronicles

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/republican-decade-voter-suppression-efforts

Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg have had a sharp rise -- but both are vulnerable on race issues. One of my political principles is, you can make mistakes but you can't make mistakes that reinforce the one doubt people have about you. And minority vote turnout is going to be crucial in this election. As the Dem contest starts to heat up, other candidates are going to make an issue of this. . . and they should

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/06/is-joe-biden-toast/

https://politicalwire.com/2019/06/20/buttigieg-faces-challenge-with-police-shooting/

Bonus item: Sam Bee to the presidential also-rans: run for Senate, dammit!

https://www.thedailybeast.com/samantha-bee-begs-longshot-2020-democrats-to-drop-out-now-stop-wasting-your-time

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