He got his passport back today. [NYP]
He got his passport back today. [NYP]
Dems force some rare cooperation from the Trump White House
You’re out of your element, Donny
DONALD TRUMP JR. has signed a book deal with Center Street Books, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, for a book “that will focus on politics, current events and the future of the MAGA movement,” according to a source close to him. Publisher Rolf Zettersten and Center Street editorial director Kate Hartson negotiated the deal with attorney and literary agent Tom Winters, who represented the president’s son. The book is expected to publish late this year.
North Korea hasn’t lost its penchant for flowery language
North Korea criticized Joe Biden as a “fool of low IQ”after the presidential hopeful called the country’s leader Kim Jong Un a “dictator and tyrant.”
The country’s official state news agency released a statement that said Biden was “an imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being.”
“The presidential candidate from the Democratic Party during his recent election campaigning reeled off rhetoric slandering the supreme leadership of [North Korea],” the Korean Central News Agency said.
“What he uttered is just sophism of an imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being, let alone a politician.”
The Kentucky governor’s race for November is set
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will face Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear in a closely watched general election this November after both men won competitive primaries Tuesday.
Beshear, the son of former Gov. Steve Beshear, prevailed over two main challengers for the Democratic nomination: state House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and former state Auditor Adam Edelen. When The Associated Press called the race, Andy Beshear had 38 percent of the vote, Adkins was at 32 percent and Edelen had 28 percent.
Adkins, a conservative Democrat who opposes abortion rights, ran up big margins in rural counties in Eastern Kentucky, his political base. But he had little support in the Democratic-leaning cities of Louisville and Lexington, and Beshear ran stronger in rural counties in Western Kentucky, too.
Meanwhile, on the Republican side, Bevin defeated state Rep. Robert Goforth in a closer-than-expected primary race, winning with 52 percent of the vote. Bevin was weakest in the eastern part of the state, parts of which Goforth, who finished with 39 percent of the vote, represents in the state House.
Care to guess the president’s next move?
A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Washington Post.
Trump has refused to turn over his tax returns but has not invoked executive privilege. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has instead denied the returns by arguing there is no legislative purpose for demanding them.
But, according to the IRS memo, which has not been previously reported, the disclosure of tax returns to the committee “is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.”
That’s one way for de Blasio to stand out in the crowd
A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday showed that 35 percent of Democratic primary voters viewed de Blasio unfavorably — the highest figure of any Democrat seeking the 2020 nomination. The next highest unfavorability number was 20 percent, belonging to Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent. However, Sanders’ favorability was 73 percent, easily dwarfing de Blasio’s 14 percent favorability rating.
At -21, de Blasio was the least liked Democratic candidate by net favorability as well.
There was a silver lining for de Blasio in the poll as with 49 percent of respondents having an opinion on him, his name recognition was far higher than roughly three-quarters of the Democrats seeking office.
The House is getting the original Trump administration gang back together, one at a time
Farage’s new Brexit Party is already a force to be reckoned with
Trump can only dream of coming up with insults this clever
Look on the bright side – plenty of room to grow!
Latest poll: Biden slightly down, Warren slightly up
“Prudent” and Mike Pompeo don’t really go together
Having to pay off the people you’re trying to protect does not seem ideal
The haggling over a possible Mueller appearance continues
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are pushing back on limited terms offered by Justice Department officials for special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony, objecting to a proposal for him to give a public opening statement before answering questions behind closed doors, according to multiple sources familiar with the negotiations.
The ongoing back-and-forth over the special counsel’s highly anticipated appearance to discuss the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any efforts to obstruct the probe continues as Democrats battle with the administration over access to documents and witness testimony. A Justice Department official said Mueller’s team is “directly negotiating with the Hill.”
While House Democrats aren’t ruling out having closed-door testimony for portions of the report, they want to have Mueller answer at least some questions in a public setting.
Ok, this upstanding citizen routine has gone a bit too far
Maybe opt for the pool today
A sub-adult great white shark measuring nearly 10 feet long has been tracked in Long Island Sound off the Connecticut shore for the first time ever, marine researchers said on Monday.
The great white was being tracked Monday by the ocean research group Ocearch, which has been tracking the shark since last year, Chris Fischer, founder of the research group, told ABC News.
“Be advised! For the first time ever, we are tracking a white shark in the Long Island Sound,” Ocearch researchers tweeted Monday