Political cartoon of the day
As expected, El Chapo gets hefty sentence
This should be a spectacle
This explanation for a slow-and-steady approach is unlikely to satisfy liberals who want Dems to hurry up
House Democrats have kicked and screamed about the White House’s refusal to allow key Trump officials to come before Congress. But they haven’t done the one thing they can do to force the issue: Go to court.
Democrats have handed out procedural slaps on the wrist — from subpoenas to contempt citations — and all have been summarily blown off by a White House claiming “absolute immunity” from congressional testimony.
The seeming lack of results has fueled criticism among progressive lawmakers and activists. But there are real reasons for the go-slow approach: An overstretched team of House lawyers along with Democrats’ fear of an adverse court ruling that could have long-lasting ramifications.
Trump’s attacks on “the squad” aren’t going over well with the American public
A clear majority of Americans say President Trump’s tweets targeting four minority congresswomen were “un-American,” according to a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll. But most Republicans say they agreed with his comments, an illustration of the nation’s sharp partisan divide on issues of patriotism and race.
More than two-thirds of those aware of the controversy, 68%, called Trump’s tweets offensive. Among Republicans alone, however, 57% said they agreed with tweets that told the congresswomen to go back to their “original” countries, and a third “strongly” agreed with them. All four lawmakers are American citizens; three were born in the United States.
That finding may help explain the reluctance of GOP leaders and most GOP members of Congress to castigate the president for tweets and comments in recent days targeting the congresswomen, outspoken progressives who are among his sharpest critics on Capitol Hill. Only four Republicans joined House Democrats Tuesday in passing a resolution condemning Trump’s comments as “racist.”
A top tier has solidified (for now) in California’s primary
Justice Stevens has reportedly died at the age of 99
The take everyone needed today
You know, they talk about people of color. I’m a person of color. I’m white. I’m an Anglo Saxon. People say things all the time. But I don’t get offended.
Feels more immediate when the dial is stuck at 90 for the week
Arrest in murder case that has hit Baton Rouge hard
A former tenant of the founder of an African American history museum in Louisiana was charged Tuesday with her murder, authorities said.
Ronn Bell was arrested for allegedly killing Sadie Roberts-Joseph, who was found dead in the trunk of her car on Friday, Baton Rouge police announced. He was charged with first degree murder.
A preliminary autopsy conducted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office showed Roberts-Joseph, 75, died of traumatic asphyxia.
Yes, Mitch, this is definitely a “both sides” kind of thing
The Mooch has really been on a journey today
Trump’s “turning into” a racist? Come on, Mooch
Scaramucci told the BBC’s “Today” program on Tuesday that the president’s recent Twitter tirade — in which he told progressive Democratic congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” — was “racially charged.”
“He’s blowing very hard on a dog-whistle,” he said, but stopped short of calling his former boss a racist — for now, at least.
“I don’t think the president is a racist,” said Scaramucci, who lasted just 10 days in his White House job, before adding: “But here’s the thing, if you continue to say and act in that manner, then we all have to look at him and say, OK, well, maybe you weren’t a racist, but now you’re turning into one.”
Trump is finished now