Ratcliffe, Nauert, Puzder, Viola, Marino, McFarland, Jackson, Moore, Cain, Shanahan....
63 Trump nominees have withdrawn or had nominations pulled, compared to 32 for Obama at same point in presidency.
Trump 2018: “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired he not only lost his job he lost his mind.”
2019: "Nice to see that one of my best pupils is still a giant Trump fan. Steve joined me after I won the primaries, but I loved working with him!"
Just a day in the Trump White House:
* Reagan treaty terminated
* Spy chief nominee pulled
* North Korea given pass for illegal missile launches
* Rapper freed in Sweden
* Trump signs deficit-raising spending bill
* Top State official fired
And it's not even 3 pm yet.
Identity politics are roiling the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, prompting a huge shake-up this week and an intense scramble to include more minority staff members at the top echelons of the organization. @juliehdavis nytimes.com/2019/08/02/us/…
Trump brushes off latest North Korean missile launches without any criticism, saying that even though they violate United Nations restrictions, they do not violate his personal understanding with Kim Jong-UN.
The INF Treaty, signed by Reagan and Gorbachev and a longtime bedrock of Russian-American arms control, is terminated after Trump administration concludes that Russian cheating makes it untenable to remain in the accord. @SangerNYT@ewongnytimes.com/2019/08/01/wor…
The economy added 164,000 jobs last month, almost exactly as forecast, signaling that the labor market is maintaining its energy during a record-long hiring streak. @PatcohenNYT nytimes.com/2019/08/02/bus…
2) Booker touted praise he got from the ACLU, late in his mayoral term, over Newark police reform...while not mentioning that this was after the ACLU filed a long complaint about policing in Newark, which was followed by a DOJ investigation that found major Booker-era violations.
While arguing with each other, Biden and Booker both omitted important context:
1) Biden touted his 2007-onward push to kill the 100-to-1 crack/cocaine sentencing disparity...while not mentioning he was a leading figure behind the 1986 law that created the disparity.
Trump spoke with Putin by phone today. The White House says they discussed "the vast wildfires afflicting Siberia" and "trade between the two countries." No mention in the readout of Putin's crackdown on dissent that led to the arrest of more than 1,000 peaceful protesters.
Once again Trump claims Obama was the one who had a policy of family separation at the border and that he, Trump, ended it. It's no more true today than it was when @YLindaQiu debunked it in April. nytimes.com/2019/04/09/us/…
They were colleagues on Bill Clinton’s campaign and Rahm Emanuel used to live in Stan Greenberg’s basement. But they have different views of how Democrats should approach next year’s election. @harrispoliticopolitico.com/magazine/story…
Under pressure from Trump, Federal Reserve cuts interest rates for the first time in more than a decade, an effort to guard the record-long economic expansion against mounting global risks. @jeannasmialek nytimes.com/2019/07/31/bus…
Biden, who would be 82 at the end of a first term, faces questions about his age as he takes the debate stage tomorrow. Interviews with more than 50 Democratic voters, officials, strategists and donors showed significant unease. @katieglueck@jmartNYTnytimes.com/2019/07/29/us/…
Kamala Harris can be unsteady addressing litmus-test questions. It can be "challenging for me as a candidate, because it can be misinterpreted, I think, as being evasive, or, ‘Is she sure? Is she wiffly-waffling?’ Or whatever,” Ms. Harris said. nyti.ms/2SMXkHc
Trump this morning:
- Says he has no regrets for his attacks on Cummings/Baltimore
- Doubles down on blaming Cummings for the state of some neighborhoods in Baltimore.
- Claims ambiguously that Baltimore residents have called to thank him for his comments
At the Democratic debates starting tonight, one name not likely to be heard from any candidate not named Joe Biden? Barack Obama. Despite his high poll numbers, Democrats are oddly conflicted about Obama’s legacy, writes @billscherpolitico.com/magazine/story…
Several White House officials agreed during a senior staff meeting that Trump's attacks on Cummings were a bad move, but they were uncertain who could intervene with him — or if anyone would even dare try. @maggieNYT nytimes.com/2019/07/29/us/…
I spent much of 2015 and 2016 in Baltimore, covering the death of Freddie Gray and its aftermath. I fell in love with the city. I went back today to talk about Trump’s attacks. Here’s what I heard: “If you had a Mt. Rushmore for hate, he would be on it.” nytimes.com/2019/07/29/us/…
Three days later, White House discloses that Trump spoke with Boris Johnson on Friday for their first talk since Britain’s new prime minister was installed. “They agreed to immediately deepen and expand the bilateral economic relationship” once UK leaves the EU, White House says.
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