COLLEGE STATION, TX - APRIL 10: Former Governor of Massachusetts and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (R) walks with his wife Ann (L) and former U.S. George H.W. Bush at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University April 10, 2007 in College Station, Texas. Romney was the featured speaker during the William Waldo Cameron Forum on Public Affairs hosted by former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** George H.W. Bush;Mitt Romney
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As predicted by a spokesman on Thursday, the elder former President Bush has been moved out of Houston Methodist Hospital’s intensive care unit, where he has been fighting complications related to bronchitis since last Sunday. Apparently, Bush’s condition has been improving since Friday, and he is now in a regular room where he is “alert and in good spirits and even doing some singing.” No harp playing, though.
Trump now seems fully uninterested in making any sensible gun-reform moves
Trump, talking to WH pool, again backs away from stronger gun background check legislation. “We have very strong background checks now,” he says – while parroting NRA talking points about how tougher gun laws are a “slippery slope” toward confiscation.
Corporations are undermining the White House’s battle for more car pollution
The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Trump’s auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more companies from joining the other side.
Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors were all summoned by a senior Trump adviser to a White House meeting last month where he pressed them to stand by the president’s own initiative, according to four people familiar with the talks.
But even as the White House was working to do this, it was losing ground. Yet another company, Mercedes-Benz, is preparing to join the four automakers already in the California agreement — Honda, Ford, Volkswagen and BMW — according to two people familiar with the German company’s plans.
Joe Biden’s brain surgeon defends Joe Biden’s brain
BIDEN’S BRAIN SURGEON: Dr. Neal Kassell, who performed surgery on @JoeBiden after 2 aneurysms in 1988 says the former VP “is every bit as sharp as he was 31 years ago…he had no brain damage, either from the hemorrhage or from the operations.” https://t.co/3Tqp3vprrT
BREAKING: Italian PM Conte says he will resign; says his right-wing coalition partner, the anti-immigration League party, led by Matteo Salvini, has decided to yank its support for the populist government. https://t.co/rdZ1QX6gQM
A fifth member of the National Rifle Association’s board of directors has resigned, the latest in a string of high-profile defections within the powerful gun rights group in recent weeks.
NRA board member Richard Childress, a former NASCAR driver and the owner of a self-titled car racing enterprise, submitted his resignation to the board, John Frazer—the organization’s secretary—and NRA President Carolyn Meadows on Monday, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Newsweek.
This marks the fifth resignation from the NRA’s board of directors since August 1, when three board members quit after they allege they were sidelined for raising questions about apparently lavish spending and mismanagement by top executives.
For all the damage he’s done, Trump hasn’t been a very influential policy president
A great deal of President Trump’s policy record — on issues like health care, energy and even immigration — would need a second term to fully take root, and could be easily reversed if he doesn’t get one.
Why it matters: Trump is doing a lot: He has upended American politics, and his appointment of conservative judges will reverberate well beyond his presidency. But if — if — he were to be a one-term president, the substantive policy changes he’d leave behind could be short-lived.
The big picture: Trump has scored few big legislative wins so far, and will instead head into 2020 with a policy record that comes largely from executive action, like regulations to expand bare-bones health insurance plans and roll back Obama-era energy standards.