NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Congressman Charles Rangel speaks after declaring himself the winner in the race for the Democratic primary challenge in New York’s 15th congressional district on June 26, 2012 in New York City. After a more than four-decades-long congressional career, Rangel fought for the Democratic nomination in a newly re-drawn congressional district that is no longer dominated by African Americans. The 82-year-old Rangel was locked in a race Tuesday for the nomination in his Harlem-area district with New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Espaillat, a 57-year-old Dominican-American, showed growing popularity in a district that now has more Latino-Americans than African-Americans. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images
Representative Charlie Rangel is heading into a rematch of the 2012 race that nearly cost him his 22nd term in office, so he needs all the help he can get. But as the June 24 primary draws closer, Rangel is wondering why he can’t even get a meeting with Mayor de Blasio and President Obama to ask for their endorsement. He suspects de Blasio, who ran his 1994 campaign, might be miffed because he backed Bill Thompson for mayor. Rangel also endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2008, but Obama assured him he isn’t holding a grudge, so that can’t be it. Maybe Rangel should think a little harder about that time he was censured by the House for ethics violations, which Obama called “verytroubling.”
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.
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.
Farage’s new Brexit Party is already a force to be reckoned with
This is pure Trump. Nigel Farage speaks in front of a 40 feet long huge banner saying “CHANGE POLITICS FOR GOOD”. Farage is pacing the stage. He is portrayed on two enormous screens either side of the stage. The Press are even in held in a pen behind the [seated] supporters.
Latest poll: Biden slightly down, Warren slightly up
If the Democratic primary for president were being held today … [top responses] Biden 35% Sanders 16% Warren 13% Harris 8% Buttigieg 5% Booker 3% Klobuchar 2% O’Rourke 2% Castro 1% Gabbard 1% Yang 1% (Quinnipiac U. Poll, Democrats/leaners, 5/16-20/19)https://t.co/Ia9DLzNsgc
“Prudent” and Mike Pompeo don’t really go together
Going to the Hill shortly to have a serious discussion with lawmakers about 40 years of unprovoked aggression from the Iranian regime and to explain the prudent steps we’re taking to deter violence, protect American interests, and support the brave Iranian people.
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
NEWS: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has expressed reticence to him testifying publicly in front of the House Judiciary Committee, according to sources familiar with the matter. His team has expressed that he does not want to appear political. w/@LauraAJarrett@jeremyherb
Trump appears to have found his new immigration czar
President Trump is expected to name Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a former attorney general of Virginia and an immigration hard-liner, as his choice to coordinate the administration’s immigration policies, a White House official confirmed on Tuesday.
The specifics of the role —- including the title and the scope of duties — are still being hashed out, according to the official. But Mr. Cuccinelli is expected to be based in the Department of Homeland Security, not in the White House.
Nadler: “Let me be clear: this Committee will hear Mr McGahn’s testimony, even if we have to go to court to secure it. We will not allow the President to prevent the American people from hearing from this witness. We will not allow the President to block congressional subpoenas.”