Former CIA director and retired four-star general General David Petraeus applauds as he makes his first public speech since resigning as CIA director at University of Southern California dinner for students Veterans and ROTC students on March 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Petraeus apologized in his speech for his actions that lead to him resigning from the CIA. LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 26: Former CIA director and retired four-star general General David Petraeus applauds as he makes his first public speech since resigning as CIA director at University of Southern California dinner for students Veterans and ROTC students on March 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Petraeus apologized in his speech for his actions that lead to him resigning from the CIA. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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As we’ve noted, David Petraeus is doing just fine in civilian life, teaching with CUNY and USC and working with the private equity group KKR. But on Monday, CUNY and the former CIA director announced the college wouldn’t be adding to his bankroll after all, reducing his salary from $200,000 to $1. Petraeus’s lawyer told the Times it was the general’s own idea to lower his salary, “to remove money as a point of controversy.” It’s a significant pay cut, yes, but given everything else Petraeus still has going on, he’s not going tostarve.
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.