vision 2020
vision 2020
Inside Trump’s 2020 Campaign Launch in Orlando, It’s Still 2016
Trump called this rally “45 Fest,” and it was billed as the official start to his reelection. It’s not clear yet what — if anything — this means.
climate change
climate change
New York State to Approve Climate Bill to Zero Out Carbon Emissions by 2050
The bill requires New York to get 70 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and includes stipulations similar to the Green New Deal.

That’s a hard campaign promise to keep after November 2020

My favorite Trump quote of the night: “We will come up with the cures for many, many, problems, many diseases, including cancer and others.”

You have to protect the brand

CNN cut away from its coverage of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign kickoff Tuesday night shortly after he spurred the crowd to chant “CNN sucks.”

Just minutes into his rally speech Tuesday at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., Trump referred to his 2015 campaign announcement as “a defining moment in America history,” adding to “ask them right there” as he pointed to the media covering the event.

The crowd then chanted “CNN sucks,” a line that has become a staple at Trump campaign events, before Trump said that “there is a lot of fake news back there” and that the “amount of press we have tonight reminds me of the Academy Awards before it went political and their ratings went down the tubes.”

CNN then cut away from its live broadcast roughly six minutes in.

Greatest hits night in Orlando

The crowd is chanting “LOCK HER UP” because the president is relitigating nearly his entire, brief political career. 2016 was 3 years ago. Trump announced his last campaign 4 years ago.

The Trump rally in Orlando is going well for everyone on the team

Trump jokes that his campaign staff “cost a fortune, and they never give me any ideas.”

Judging by this speech, that may be true.
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vision 2020
The Billionaire Mercer Family Has Reportedly Bailed on Trump in 2020
The reported loss of the Mercers — vital to Trump’s 2016 run — compounds campaign fears that the GOP’s big-ticket donors won’t show up in 2020.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Warren, Beto, Biden, and Bernie Get Center-Stage Positions at First Debates
O’Rourke, who hasn’t been polling that well, got lucky with his debate placement.

Hopefully her husband Sebastian will be a moderating influence

Katharine Gorka, a political appointee at the Department of Homeland Security who has stirred controversy for her views on terrorism and her role in the department’s efforts to combat violent extremism in the US, is expected to be the new press secretary at Customs and Border Protection.

Acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders told CNN Tuesday that Gorka is expected to take the position and he advocated for her to join the agency.

The move comes as President Donald Trump continues his rhetoric against undocumented immigrants and the increasing number of migrants crossing the southern border and claiming asylum.

No previous president would have dared utter anything like this

I just asked President Trump if he still wants to demote Jay Powell at the Fed. He said: “Let’s see what he does.” Says he wants a “level playing field” from the Fed.

The “both sides” thing has always served Trump well

Wow– April Ryan: “Mr. President, will you apologize for the Central Park 5?

Trump: “You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt … we’ll leave it at that.”

Everything is fine

This Far-Right Activist Will Now Lead a Major U.S. Religious Freedom Body
Tony Perkins has claimed that Islam is not a religion. Now he’s helming the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

That is a whole lot of cocaine

BREAKING: Officials say they’ve seized over 16 tons of cocaine worth more than $1 billion at a Philadelphia port in one of the largest drug busts in US history.
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vision 2020
Buttigieg Has a Police Shooting Problem
Mayor Pete’s struggle to gain minority support isn’t being helped by the shooting of a black South Bend citizen by a white police officer.
What Kyle Kashuv Gets Wrong About Harvard and Growth
Kashuv says that Harvard is betraying its commitment to growth by rescinding his admission. Maybe Harvard’s own growth requires it.

We haven’t had a permanent Secretary of Defense since December

Senate Republicans have privately told WH that they don’t have time on calendar/political capital for a difficult SecDef confirmation fight this summer/fall. So, for now, Army Sec. Mark Esper will take over as acting, as WH/GOP consider next steps.

McConnell says election of president he undermined at every turn is a reason not to go forward with reparations

moments ago, @SenateMajLdr McConnell on #Reparations: “I don’t want reparations for something that happened 150 years ago…we’ve tried to deal with the original sin of slavery by passing civil rights legislation and electing an African American president….”

Promising that you will personally direct Trump’s prosecution does not seem like the correct way to answer this question

.@MSNBC: “If you were elected, would you direct your Justice Department to prosecute then former President Trump?”

Rep. Tim Ryan: “I think you have to. I do, I think you have to. You can’t allow this to happen. He’s not a king.”
medicare for all
medicare for all
Polls: Voters Want Medicare for All — But Don’t Know What It Is
A majority of Americans think Medicare for All is a public option that would preserve private insurance, premiums, and deductibles. And they love it.

“Florida will be close” is always a safe bet in a presidential election

2020 Florida GE:

Biden 50
Trump 41

Sanders 48
Trump 42

Warren 47
Trump 43

Harris 45
Trump 44

O’Rourke 45
Trump 44

Buttigieg 44
Trump 43@QuinnipiacPoll

Shanahan makes clear that withdrawal from SecDef consideration was tied to violent incident involving son, ex-wife

Shanahan: “I believe my continuing in the confirmation process would force my three children to relive a traumatic chapter in our family’s life and reopen wounds we have worked years to heal. Ultimately, their safety and well-being is my highest priority.”

The Washington Post has the details on a horrific incident that may have tripped up Patrick Shanahan’s nomination

In November 2011, Shanahan rushed to defend his then 17-year-old son, William Shanahan, in the days after the teenager brutally beat his mother. The attack had left Shanahan’s ex-wife unconscious in a pool of blood, her skull fractured and with internal injuries that required surgery, according to court and police records.

Two weeks later, Shanahan sent his ex-wife’s brother a memo arguing that his son had acted in self-defense.

“Use of a baseball bat in self-defense will likely be viewed as an imbalance of force,” Shanahan wrote. “However, Will’s mother harassed him for nearly three hours before the incident.”

Details of the incidents have started to emerge in media reports about his nomination, including a USA Today report Tuesday about the punching incident in 2010.

In an hour-long interview Monday night at his apartment in Virginia, Shanahan, who has been responding to questions from The Post about the incidents since January, said he wrote the memo in the hours after his son’s attack, before he knew the full extent of his ex-wife’s injuries. He said it was to prepare for his son’s initial court appearance and that he never intended for anyone other than his son’s attorneys to read it.

Trump dumps Shanahan

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family….

I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!

the national interest
the national interest
Leftists Have Turned Obama Into Mitt Romney
Obama has been accused of redistributing wealth upward and undercutting Elizabeth Warren’s attacks on business. Both claims are false.

What a mess

Montana @GovernorBullock has qualified for the second Democratic debates in July, after the DNC confirms that the three CBS/YouGov polls count as qualifying polls.

21 candidates have now qualified for the Detroit debates, triggering the tiebreaker rules.

The Orlando Sentinel does not seem enthused about Trump’s re-election campaign kickoff

Trump’s characteristic blunder gives immigrants and advocates time to prepare for whatever’s coming

DHS is planning to target “families” as part of stepped up effort to deport undocumented immigrants, a senior admin official told me, in response to Trump’s tweet last night. But the official said there are “not a lot of happy faces” at DHS, as Trump revealed plans in the works.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Amy Klobuchar Needs a Plan to Enact Her 137 Plans
The Minnesotan now has more specific plans than the wonky Elizabeth Warren. But she could use some priorities and a strategy for enacting legislation.
paul manafort
paul manafort
Paul Manafort Rescued From Rikers by Deputy Attorney General
“Calling this highly unusual doesn’t even begin to capture” it, one legal expert tweeted.
life in pixels
life in pixels
Facebook’s New Competition: The U.S. Dollar
Facebook just introduced Libra, a new cryptocurrency designed to blow up the global financial system.

The ship with the whimsical name is doing some serious work

Boaty McBoatface’s maiden outing has made a major discovery about how climate change is causing rising sea levels. Scientists say that data collected from the yellow submarines’s first expedition will help them build more accurate predictions in order to combat the problem.

The mission has uncovered a key process linking increasing Antarctic winds to higher sea temperatures, which in turn is fuelling increasing levels.

Researchers found that the increasing winds are cooling water on the bottom of the ocean, forcing it to travel faster, creating turbulance as it mixed with warmer waters above.

Stocks are surging on this news

Had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi of China. We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan. Our respective teams will begin talks prior to our meeting.

Hopefully this will not be reminiscent of the 2011 quake

TOKYO (AP) – Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits off northwestern Japan, tsunami warning issued.

Tonight’s rally will be even more of a spectacle than usual

President Trump will announce his reelection campaign Tuesday in Orlando, where he will be greeted by a tailgate party as well as protesters and the orange “Baby Trump” balloon loved by his critics.

Trump and Vice President Pence are making their 2020 candidacy official with a rally expected to pack a 20,000-seat arena, with thousands more outside. Supporters began lining up a day early, local news outlets said Monday.

“The Fake News doesn’t report it, but Republican enthusiasm is at an all time high,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “Look what is going on in Orlando, Florida, right now! People have never seen anything like it (unless you play a guitar). Going to be wild - See you later!”

Trump campaign spokesman Marc Lotter said Tuesday morning that the campaign had set up an “outdoor festival area” that will feature live bands before the event.

Trump the peacenik

Facing twin challenges in the Persian Gulf, President Donald Trump said in an interview with TIME Monday that he might take military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but cast doubt on going to war to protect international oil supplies.

“I would certainly go over nuclear weapons,” the president said when asked what moves would lead him to consider going to war with Iran, “and I would keep the other a question mark.”

Just hours earlier, Iran announced an escalation of its nuclear program, saying that within 10 days it will breach the limit on its stockpile of enriched uranium that was set under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Last week, U.S. officials blamed Iran for attacks against Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Trump described those and other recent attacks attributed by administration officials to Iran as limited. “So far, it’s been very minor,” Trump told TIME.

How Police Brutality Can Function as Terrorism
These incidents, like Phoenix cops drawing guns on a young family, have psychological effects that mirror living under the threat of terrorism.

What kid is going to vape if they know it’ll keep them out of the National Honor Society?!

So one small Nebraska school district is trying an aggressive new approach: Forcing students in grades seven through 12 to submit to random nicotine testing if they want to take part in extracurricular activities such as speech competitions and the National Honor Society.

… Though teenagers and privacy-rights advocates might find it extreme, the new policy is legal thanks to a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld an Oklahoma school district’s policy of randomly drug testing students who participate in “competitive” extracurricular activities ranging from cheerleading to choir. In 1997, the Supreme Court had determined that testing high school athletes for illegal drugs was constitutional.

Fairbury Junior-Senior High School, where roughly 60 percent of the 387 students participate in after-school activities, has had a random drug-testing system for two years. Students and their parents are required to sign a consent form agreeing to the urinalysis tests, which are randomly assigned to 10 percent of the students in extracurriculars each month, the Journal Star reported.

Reinstating Obama’s environmental policies? Raising the minimum wage for federal contractors? Let’s not get too ambitious here

Sen. Amy Klobuchar wants to reenter the Climate Paris Accords, raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 and require publicly traded companies to disclose all political spending over $10,000 to their shareholders — and that’s just three out of 137 ideas she wants to put forward in her first 100 days as president.

On Tuesday, the Democratic presidential candidate released an exhaustive list of policy prescriptions — more than 137 bullet points, extending over 17 single-spaced pages — that she would prioritize in the first months of her administration. Klobuchar’s plans run from extending veterans’ benefits to their newborn babies to restoring the Clean Power Plan, a set of Obama-era environmental protections.

Steve Bullock doesn’t need the Democrats’ stinking debate. His campaign has town halls and unexpected profanity

Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, after failing to qualify for the first Democratic presidential debates, announced on Tuesday morning that he would be participating in locally televised town halls in Iowa and New Hampshire on the days of the dueling events next week.

Bullock will appear June 26 on Iowa’s WHO-TV with Dave Price, and June 27 on New Hampshire’s WMUR with Adam Sexton. The appearances will be televised ahead of the debates in Miami rather than concurrently.

Bullock and his campaign have been hustling to turn his debate-outcast status into an advantage, with a round of free media coverage prompted by his willingness to attack the Democratic National Committee for its rules on polling and donor thresholds.

“DNC is saying Governor Bullock doesn’t qualify for the debates. That’s horses**t,” one Montana voter said in a campaign web ad released last Friday.

New York narrowly passes law that gives undocumented driver’s licenses

The New York State Senate approved a bill on Monday to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, a deeply polarizing issue that had splintered Democrats and stirred a backlash among Republicans in New York and beyond, who have already vowed to highlight it during next year’s elections.

The vote, together with the Assembly’s passage last week, thrust New York into the center of the explosive national debate over immigration. It would reverse a nearly 20-year-old ban and end years of political paralysis on the issue.

It also signaled the strength of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, which for months had pressed moderate legislators to support the bill despite concerns about alienating swing voters, especially among first-term Democrats who flipped seats on Long Island and helped their party win a majority last year.

mueller report
mueller report
This Summer’s Hot Beach Read: The Mueller Report
With more than 300,000 copies sold, the damning document is a certified publishing sensation.

Not a great sign for the easing of tensions

JUST IN: US sending 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid Iran tensions
migrant crisis
migrant crisis
Trump Announces ‘Removal’ of ‘Millions of Illegal Aliens’ Starting Next Week
Trump announced by tweet that ICE will begin removing “millions of illegal aliens,” surprising officials who didn’t know he would broadcast the plan.
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last night on late night
Jon Stewart Stops by Late Show to Yell at Mitch McConnell Over 9/11 Survivors
If we’re being honest, Jon Stewart does seem “bent out of shape” about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

As of April, Bernie Sanders was leading Democrats with $20,688,027

Per pool report from Biden’s NYC fundraiser tonight, Biden told donors his campaign had 360,000 donors with an average contribution of $55.

If correct, that math comes out to about $19.8 million since he joined the race on April 25.
Mitch McConnell Calls Statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico ‘Full-Bore Socialism’
The quote is certainly consistent with Mitch McConnell’s block-anything-blue legacy, but not all Republicans agree with their leader in the Senate.
intelligencer chats
intelligencer chats
How Worried Should We Be About Escalation With Iran?
Intelligencer staffers discuss whether tit-for-tat provocations between the two countries will lead to something much scarier.
presidential pardons
presidential pardons
Supreme Court Won’t Stop States From Prosecuting Federal Defendants
By leaving an exception to double-jeopardy rules in place, the Court did not make it easier for Trump to keep people out of jail via pardons.
past is prologue
past is prologue
How the 1969 Mayoral Primary Changed New York City Politics
Liberal icons in both the Republican and Democratic primaries both lost to conservatives, leading to a sea change in party politics.

There was a shooting at the Raptors’ victory celebration in Toronto

Nathan Phillip’s Square
-Bay St and Albert St
-Police have located 2 victims
-Injuries serious but not life threatening
-2 people in custody
-2 firearms recovered

A reminder that many of the presidential contenders also have day-to-day jobs to do

News: Pete Buttigieg will no longer travel to CA for a series of big fundraisers on Tuesday & Wednesday in order to handle the fallout from an officer involved shooting that happened in South Bend early on Sunday morning, a spox for the campaign tells CNN w/ @vyurkevich & @DJJudd
West Virginia Republicans Are Still Trying to Punish Striking Teachers
West Virginia teachers demonstrated again on Monday as GOP lawmakers pushed school choice and penalties for striking teachers after recent walkouts.
the tweet beat
the tweet beat
Elon Musk Has Deleted His Twitter Account, According to … His Tweets
Uh, buddy.

BuzzFeed workers put pressure on management to recognize union

BuzzFeed News employees on Monday afternoon staged a walkout in an attempt to pressure the company to recognize their union.

Approximately 115 to 125 employees were expected to participate in the demonstration, a representative for the NewsGuild of New York, which represents the staffers, told CNN Business.

The walkout took place at all four of BuzzFeed News’ US bureaus in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, the NewsGuild of New York said in its press release.

Incredible and frightening image of the man who was killed in a shootout with police in Dallas today

donald trump
donald trump
All the Weird New Details About Trump’s Infamous Escalator Ride
Four years later, Trump’s campaign launch sounds even stranger. But at least Michael Cohen’s call for elephants and bikini-clad women was scrapped.
Supreme Court Dashes Virginia GOP’s Hopes for New Map in Racial Gerrymander Case
An unusual 5-4 majority held that Virginia’s GOP legislature did not have standing to sue to overturn a gerrymandering decision that helped Democrats.

Dallas gunman appears to have trafficked in right-wing conspiracies

In a post from a day before the attempted shooting, Clyde posted a picture of a sword, saying that he was a “gladius” about to “defend the modern Republic.” His last post before the shooting featured a picture of his bare legs.

Clyde’s Facebook page is otherwise filled with vague warnings of an upcoming attack, conspiracy theories about the U.S. government, memes from far-right internet subcultures like 4chan, and misogynist memes.

In a video posted June 9, he warned that “the storm is coming,” a phrase frequently used by anti-government internet conspiracy theorists, and said he didn’t know how much time he had left. The video ends with Clyde saying he’s “ready,” and holding up a long gun.

References to incels, or the “involuntary celibate” internet community that is prominent on extreme misogynist message boards, are frequently posted in memes on Clyde’s page.

Tragedy averted

A man in a mask, combat gear and glasses who opened fire Monday morning at the Earle Cabell federal courthouse in downtown Dallas was shot and killed by officers before he could injure anyone.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno identified the shooter as Brian Isaack Clyde, 22 at a news conference on a street corner outside the federal building. Clyde died at the scene and was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, after police responded to an active shooter call, officials said.

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vision 2020
Harris and Booker Lagging in Must-Win South Carolina
The two major African-American candidates in the Democratic primary are struggling to chip away at Biden’s strong support from black voters.