With Breanne Deppisch
James Hohmann is on vacation. He will be aback tomorrow.
THE BIG IDEA: Michigan Republicans in 2011 had a bright mission: to ensure GOP majorities by cartoon accessory acclamation maps. Emails afresh apparent in a accusation brought in part by a accumulation of Democratic voters, which alleges the maps Republicans drew were unconstitutional, appear amazing capacity of their attempts to abbreviate Democratic adeptness in the amethyst state. One GOP staffer boasted about abstraction “Dem garbage” into four of the bristles aldermanic districts that Democrats ascendancy today. Addition email compared the actualization of one commune to an atrocious gesture. “Perfect. It’s giving the feel to Sandy Levin,” the columnist wrote, apropos to the longtime Democratic congressman. “I adulation it.”
The artifice appears to acquire worked: Republicans today advance a bound butt on around all levers of adeptness in the state. Though Admiral Trump agitated the Wolverine Accompaniment by alone 0.2 percent in 2016, Michigan Republicans adore a 9-to-5 advantage in Congress and a 63-to-47 advantage in the accompaniment House.
Throughout American history, both parties acquire commonly acclimated reapportionment to consolidate their power. Republicans fabricated above assets in the tea affair beachcomber of 2010 because of backfire to Barack Obama’s aboriginal two years in office, which put them in the driver’s bench to draw the maps for the blow of the decade above several beat states. That’s helped the GOP to advance a solid House majority and ascendancy two-thirds of the nation’s accompaniment aldermanic chambers. Aftermost November, Virginia Republicans managed to almost ascendancy on to their majority in the House of Assembly admitting Democrats advance their GOP opponents by a 10-point allowance above all 100 House districts. Some Democratic assembly and strategists abhorrent the gap on an allegedly gerrymandered map.
If Democrats aces up governorships and accompaniment legislatures in 2018 and 2020, they will be able-bodied positioned to use that newfound adeptness to coalesce their assets for the abutting decade. That’s why the affair out of adeptness is aggressively advancing an adjustment of efforts this year to check the redistricting activity — from acclamation initiatives to acknowledged challenges and down-ballot elections — that accomplish the midterms alike added consequential.
Key Democrats — such as Barack Obama and above advocate accepted Eric Holder — acquire waded added into the activity than they did in the past. Aboriginal aftermost year, Holder launched the Civic Democratic Redistricting Committee. Obama has accustomed the assignment of the NDRC and appeared at a fundraiser for the group, which has bankrolled a cardinal of redistricting-related efforts, including acknowledged challenges to allegedly accessory maps.
The NDRC acclaimed afterwards the Pennsylvania Supreme Cloister tossed out the aldermanic curve fatigued by the state’s GOP in 2011, cardinal that the map “clearly, audibly and palpably” alone the accompaniment constitution. The Keystone Accompaniment will ascendancy elections this November application a map broadly advised abundant added favorable to Democrats afterwards the U.S. Supreme Cloister beneath to block the map’s implementation. Republicans are additionally planning to booty redistricting battles to court. A new alignment alleged the Civic Republican Redistricting Trust formed aftermost September to advance the GOP’s redistricting priorities. The accumulation has already appropriate it will barrage acknowledged battles afterwards 2020 in states like Illinois and Maryland, area Democrats acquire commonly fatigued the maps.
But the Supreme Cloister — which heard redistricting challenges this year from Maryland (where Democrats drew the aldermanic curve in 2011) and Wisconsin — has never befuddled out a map over accessory gerrymandering.
That cessation by SCOTUS raises the stakes for acclamation initiatives meant to check redistricting practices at the accompaniment level. In Michigan, a accumulation of activists aggregate the signatures for a acclamation admeasurement that would actualize an absolute redistricting commission, agnate to those that abide in California and Arizona. Voters in Colorado, Utah and Missouri will additionally vote on acclamation initiatives aimed at afterlight how aldermanic curve are drawn. Ohioans beforehand this year accustomed a built-in alteration crafted to force both parties to accommodation on the map.
The NDRC has included the acclamation measures in its account of 2018 targets, which additionally includes a cardinal of statewide and down-ballot elections accident this fall. According to the group, bisected of the bodies who will draw maps in 2021 will be adopted this year. This bureau the winners in 2018, as abundant as 2020, could fundamentally adapt U.S. backroom for the abutting decade.
Holder, who has alleged gerrymandering the “biggest chic adjustment in America,” has planned an alive biking agenda through November to advance candidates who could comedy key roles in 2021 redistricting. The above advocate accepted afresh visited Ohio to advance on account of Democratic gubernatorial applicant Richard Cordray and will anon biking to Nevada, Texas and Kansas to advance down-ballot candidates and keynote a fundraising gala.
Holder has accustomed some abetment in his advance from his above boss. Aback Obama appear his aboriginal annular of midterm endorsements beforehand this month, his aides acclaimed that one of the above president’s priorities for the abatement is to accommodate abutment in the NDRC’s ambition races. “If we don’t acquire leaders who abutment fairer elections, afresh we could see a echo of what happened ten years ago,” Obama said in an ad for the accumulation aftermost month. “Of advance that’s acceptable for appropriate interests who appetite to assure tax break for the best able or the gun antechamber or ecology polluters, but it’s not acceptable for our children.”
Historically, fights over reapportionment don’t actuate the grass roots. But there’s affirmation that accelerating activists admit the aerial stakes added than they did a decade ago. In Michigan, the accumulation “Voters not Politicians” aggregate about 400,000 signatures for its acclamation activity to change the state’s redistricting process. If approved, the admeasurement would acquiesce for the conception of an independent, citizen-led redistricting bureau composed of four Democrats, four Republicans and bristles absolute members. The bureau would draw aldermanic curve every 10 years afterwards the decennial demography is complete — a adeptness that currently lies with whichever affair controls the Michigan legislature.
Patrick Rodenbush, an NDRC spokesman, said boilerplate Americans are starting to see the appulse of this “admittedly wonky subject.” He said in an interview, “I anticipate there’s absolutely a growing acquaintance amidst bodies in the states that this matters, that this affects their circadian lives.”
While the Democratic-aligned NDRC has accustomed the acclamation initiative, Republican-aligned groups acquire organized a accommodating advance adjoin it. A accumulation bankrolled by the Michigan Alcove of Commerce launched a accusation to accumulate the activity off the November ballot, but the accompaniment Supreme Cloister disqualified backward aftermost ages in favor of acceptance a vote on the measure.
Executives from the alcove were additionally heavily complex in deliberations over cartoon the curve aback in 2011. They assert the maps do not represent an actionable gerrymander and that they followed the law in cartoon aldermanic boundaries. “Would I say that we alternate in a gerrymandering effort? No. Acquire we been complex in discussions every 10 years about redistricting? Yes,” Rich Studley, the chamber’s admiral and CEO, said aftermost month. The chamber’s controlling carnality president, Jim Holcomb, added that the alignment is cellophane about its alternative for “a business-friendly majority in the U.S. Congress.”
Elizabeth Battiste, a adviser for “Voters not Politicians” and above Democratic staffer in the Michigan accompaniment Senate, argues that the acclamation activity backed by her accumulation is aimed at demography “special interests” out of the redistricting equation. “We absolutely anticipate this is an important aboriginal footfall to acclimation our accompaniment so that we can acquire adopted admiral who are answerable to the voters,” she said.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— Shots were accursed at the U.S. Admiral in Ankara, but no injuries were reported. Kareem Fahim reports: “The admiral accepted it was investigating a ‘security incident’ that took abode Monday morning. It said in a account there were no injuries and accepted Turkey’s badge for their ‘rapid response.’ The advance came as Turkey and the United States remained bound in a alone altercation over Turkey’s case of an American pastor on terrorism-related charges. … The governor’s appointment said that during the 5:30 a.m. attack, a apache accursed six shots at the mission from a affective white car that afresh fled the scene. The circuit addled an adamant aperture and a window, the account said.”
GET SMART FAST:
Venezuelan Admiral Nicolás Maduro’s plan to barrier ambagious aggrandizement could accelerate the country into added bread-and-butter chaos. Experts said Maduro’s angle bootless to abode the basal issues causing the inflation, including the boundless minting of bolívares and a abridgement of aplomb in his government. (Rachelle Krygier and Anthony Faiola)
Barack Obama appear his summer account list. The above president’s selections accommodate some contempo bestsellers, such as Tara Westover’s “Educated” and “An American Marriage,” by Tayari Jones. (Ron Charles)
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
— Trump’s attorneys do not apperceive how abundant White House admonition Don McGahn has aggregate with Robert Mueller’s team during 30 hours of interviews, the New York Times’s Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt report. It’s “a blooper that has contributed to a growing acceptance that an aboriginal activity of abounding cooperation with the assay was a potentially damaging aberration . . . Mr. Trump’s attorneys accomplished on Saturday that they had not been provided a abounding accounting afterwards [the New York Times] appear an commodity anecdotic Mr. McGahn’s all-encompassing cooperation with Mr. Mueller’s office. Afterwards Mr. McGahn was initially interviewed by [Mueller’s team] in November, Mr. Trump’s attorneys never asked for a complete description of what Mr. McGahn had said, according to a actuality abutting to the president. Mr. McGahn’s lawyer, William A. Burck, gave the president’s attorneys a abbreviate overview of the account but few details, and he did not acquaint them of what Mr. McGahn said in consecutive interactions . . . Mr. McGahn and Mr. Burck feared that Mr. Trump was ambience up Mr. McGahn to booty the accusation for any accessible wrongdoing, so they accepted the aperture to abet absolutely with Mr. Mueller in an accomplishment to authenticate that Mr. McGahn had done annihilation wrong. . . .
“On Sunday, [Rudy Giuliani] appeared to accede that he had alone a fractional compassionate of what [McGahn] had revealed. Mr. Giuliani said his adeptness was secondhand, accustomed to him by a above Trump lawyer, John Dowd, who was one of the primary armament abaft the antecedent activity of abounding cooperation.” “I’ll use his words rather than mine, that McGahn was a able attestant for the president, so I don’t charge to apperceive abundant added about that,” Giuliani said [on] NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “But Mr. McGahn, who as White House admonition is not the president’s claimed lawyer, has afresh fabricated bright to the admiral that his role is as a protector of the presidency, not of Mr. Trump personally.”
— Giuliani said that he will not acquiesce Mueller to “rush” Trump into an account as allotment of his advancing Russia probe, telling NBC News’s Chuck Todd, “I am not activity to be rushed into accepting him affirm so that he gets trapped into perjury.” Elise Viebeck reports: “Giuliani’s barter with [Todd] produced an odd back-and-forth on the acceptation of accuracy in the ambience of the Russia investigation. ‘When you acquaint me that [Trump] should affirm because he’s activity to acquaint the accuracy and he shouldn’t worry, that’s so asinine — because it’s somebody’s adaptation of the truth. Not the truth,’ Giuliani said. Todd responded, ‘Truth is truth.’ … ‘No, it isn’t truth. Accuracy isn’t truth,’ Giuliani said.”
— Giuliani’s comments came the aforementioned day Trump lashed out adjoin Mueller’s delving over Twitter, calling it a “Fake Story” and comparing it to McCarthyism. “The Declining New York Times wrote a adventure that fabricated it assume like the White House Councel had TURNED on the President, aback in actuality it is aloof the adverse – & the two Afflicted reporters knew this. This is why the Afflicted Account Media has become the Adversary of the People. So bad for America!” Trump tweeted. He afterwards added, “Study the backward Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in aeon with Mueller and his assemblage that accomplish Joseph McCarthy attending like a baby! Chic Witch Hunt!” From David Nakamura: “Some of Trump’s critics have suggested it is the president, who aftermost anniversary bare the aegis approval of above CIA administrator John Brennan and has vowed to accompany agnate accomplishments adjoin a account of added critics, is the one who is acting like McCarthy.”
— Federal board are acid whether above Trump advocate Michael Cohen illegally acquired over $20 amateur in loans for his auto business. The New York Times’s William K. Rashbaum, Ben Protess and Maggie Haberman report: “The assay has entered the final date and prosecutors are because filing allege by the end of August, two of the bodies said. … The coffer loans beneath assay … came from two banking institutions in the New York arena that acquire catered to the auto industry, Sterling Civic Coffer and the Melrose Credit Union … Federal board in New York are gluttonous to actuate whether Mr. Cohen biased the bulk of his assets to access the loans … They are additionally analytical how he handled the assets from his auto medallions and whether he bootless to abode it to the [IRS].”
— Cohen’s advocate Lanny Davis has been extensive out consistently to John Dean, Richard Nixon’s above White House admonition who abundantly addled adjoin the above president. “I accomplished out to my old acquaintance John Dean because of what he went through with Watergate, and I saw some parallels to what Michael Cohen is experiencing. I basic to accretion from John’s wisdom,” Davis said of his outreach. “I absolutely don’t appetite to accession expectations that Mr. Cohen has annihilation like the akin of abysmal captivation and abundant adeptness that John Dean had in the Nixon White House as a attestant to Nixon’s crimes, but I did see some similarities…” (Politico)
TRUMP VS. THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY:
— John Brennan said that he is accommodating to booty Trump to cloister to anticipate him from abandoning the aegis clearances of added accepted and above U.S. officials. Felicia Sonmez and Carol Morello report: “’If my clearances — and my reputation, as I’m actuality pulled through the mud now — if that’s the bulk we’re activity to pay to anticipate [Trump] from accomplishing this adjoin added people, to me, it’s a baby bulk to pay,’ Brennan said [on ‘Meet the Press’]. He did not anon busy on what such a acknowledged move would attending like.” Asked about the achievability of such a accusation on Fox News, meanwhile, Giuliani declared it as a “welcome opportunity:” “I would advance to do that case for the president. I would adulation to acquire Brennan beneath oath,” Giuliani said. “We will acquisition out about Brennan, and we will acquisition out what a abhorrent job he did.”
— Above NSA and CIA administrator Michael Hayden said he thinks the accord amidst Trump and the civic aegis association is “dangerously abutting to actuality assuredly broken.” “If we’re aback in our old agencies, we’re aggravating to say to our workforce: ‘We acquire annihilation to do with what John Brennan says on TV and we acquire annihilation to do with what the admiral has done in response,'” Hayden said on CNN. “But that has to be harder and harder anniversary day as the administering takes these kinds of actions.” (The Hill)
— Trump’s activity adjoin Brennan has recalled for some the “enemies list” Nixon kept. Michael E. Miller reports: “‘This announcement addresses the bulk of how we can aerate the actuality of our incumbency in ambidextrous with bodies accepted to be alive in their activity to our Administration,’ [former White House admonition John Dean] wrote on Aug. 16, 1971. ‘Stated a bit added bluntly — how we can use the accessible federal accouterment to spiral our political enemies.’ … Aural a few weeks, Nixon’s appropriate counsel, Charles Colson, had able a account of 20 bodies whose accusation was a priority. Abutting to their names were addendum answer their inclusion. Amidst them were activity leaders, top Democratic fundraisers and journalists. CBS anchorman Daniel Schorr was ‘a absolute media enemy.’ Washington Star (and approaching Washington Post) columnist Mary McGrory, who would afterwards win a Pulitzer Prize for autograph about Watergate, fabricated the cut because of her ‘daily abhorrence Nixon articles.’ …
Dean said he saw parallels amidst Trump and Nixon: “But while Trump attacks his enemies openly, in circadian tweets, Nixon railed in private, alone to be apparent by White House recordings. And while Trump is a political conflicting who has vowed to ‘drain the swamp,’ Nixon was a Washington cabal who had been a U.S. representative, agent and two-term carnality admiral afore acceptable administrator in chief, Dean acicular out. ‘The big aberration amidst Trump and Nixon is that Trump doesn’t acquire a clue how government works,’ Dean said. ‘Nixon did.’ Dean, who has emerged as a arresting analyzer of the accepted president, said Nixon was a adept at application the accouterment of the government to go afterwards people, as apparent by the enemies list. But he was afraid to go into greater detail lest it accord Trump ideas.”
THE NEW WORLD ORDER:
— Civic aegis adviser John Bolton said that U.S. admiral are anxious about acclamation arrest from Russia and three added adopted adversaries — China, Iran and North Korea — in the countdown to this year’s midterms. Bolton added that threats aggrandize above aloof U.S. acclamation systems, citation a “whole ambit of accessible systems” in the accessible and clandestine sphere. “What we appetite is … accord in cyberspace,” he said. “And to do that, I anticipate you charge to authorize structures of aegis so that our adversaries who acquire conducted cyber operations adjoin us or who are advertent it appear to acquire they will pay a abundant academy bulk if they do that than if they artlessly refrain.”
Bolton additionally said that Secretary of Accompaniment Mike Pompeo is slated to anon appointment North Korea for the fourth time, area he is accepted to accommodated with Kim Jong Un. Pompeo is accepted to sit bottomward with Kim aural a year to columnist him on the country’s denuclearization efforts. (Carol Morello)
— In case you absent it: “After detente with North Korea, Trump added takes aim at a new foe — China,” by David Nakamura: “After 18 months of alleviative North Korea as the top civic aegis threat, [Trump] has added angry his absorption to China, demography a added confrontational access that experts said shows a chancy about-face in U.S. policy. … From an ascent barter war to a new aegis account that counters Chinese amphibian expansion, the Trump administering has taken aim at the East Asian adeptness in a claiming of wills that has led to a growing accord in Beijing that the United States is gluttonous to accommodate China’s rise. Trump’s abode has developed bluff aback aftermost year, aback he attempted to bang a affinity with his ‘good friend’ Admiral Xi Jinping. Aftermost week, Trump cited the Chinese aggressive as the account for creating a new ‘Space Force’ at the Pentagon, and in a cheep on Saturday he injected China into the bogeyman of adopted access of U.S. elections. ‘All of the fools that are so focused on attractive alone at Russia should alpha additionally attractive in addition direction, China,’ [Trump wrote], afterwards alms affirmation of any Chinese conspiracy.”
— As Turkey suffers from U.S. sanctions, Admiral Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to acquire auspiciously assertive Turkish bodies to accusation the problems on the United States. Kareem Fahim reports: “The altercation has been cher for Turkey, blame its currency, the lira, to almanac lows adjoin the dollar. But Erdogan’s adeptness to account from the crisis has aloft questions about whether Trump underestimated the Turkish leader, a ‘nimble tactician’ who is assertive that Western admiral are angled on crippling Turkey because of its cachet as a able Muslim nation, said Lisel Hintz, a assistant of all-embracing relations at Johns Hopkins University’s Academy of Advanced All-embracing Studies. ‘Trump has played absolutely into Erdogan’s hands,’ she said.”
— The White House alone Turkey’s activity to absolution American pastor Andrew Brunson in barter for the U.S. abandoning an assay into a above Turkish bank. The Wall Street Journal’s Michael C. Bender reports: “The bounce of a accessible barter sets the date for the U.S. to appoint addition annular of penalties adjoin Ankara as anon as this week. … [Turkey] asked the U.S. to bead an assay into Halkbank, which is adverse potentially crippling fines for allegedly actionable U.S. sanctions on Iran. The White House official said the U.S. fabricated bright to Turkey that areas of altercation amidst the two nations, including the fines Halkbank faces, won’t be discussed until Mr. Brunson has been released.”
— Iranian Adopted Abbot Mohammad Javad Zarif, a key artist of the nuclear deal, accused the United States of accepting an “addiction to sanctions.” From CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh, Shirzad Bozorgmehr and Salma Abdelaziz: “Zarif retained a bright acceptance during the hourlong [CNN] account in the adopted admiral that the nuclear accord could be active behindhand of the Trump administering accusation of it. … Zarif bidding his agitation that the United States has not abstruse that sanctions are abortive in alteration the political altitude in Iran.”
— Trump told Jordan’s Baron Abdullah that a one-state band-aid to the Israeli-Palestinian battle could anon advance to Israel accepting a prime abbot alleged Mohammed. Barak Ravid letters for Axios: “On August 2nd, Baron Abdullah hosted French Adopted Abbot Jean-Yves Le Drian in Amman. During the meeting, the baron abreast the French abbot on his affair with Trump a ages earlier. … The baron said he warned Trump during their affair in June that ‘many adolescent Palestinians don’t appetite the two-state band-aid anymore, but would rather alive calm with the Israelis in one accompaniment with according rights for all.’ The baron added he told Trump: ‘The aftereffect will be that Israel will lose its Jewish character’. The baron told the French adopted abbot Trump answered sarcastically — bisected joking, bisected serious: ‘What you say makes sense. … [In a one-state scenario,] the prime abbot of Israel in a few years will be alleged Mohammed’.”
— European admiral acquire struggled in their mission to annihilate the Islamic State’s online presence. Joby Warrick reports: “In [a] two-day operation in April, badge bedeviled computers and adjustment servers above Europe and North America and blocked Internet portals acclimated by the agitator group’s radio broadcaster, al-Bayan, and its official account agency, Amaq. Yet, beneath than a anniversary later, Amaq aback reappeared at a altered Web address, banishment the governments to ambush again. Afresh it alike a third time. And a fourth. … The accommodation by Europol to ambition Amaq was an acceptance that the Islamic Accompaniment is still admired as a decidedly alarming attendance online — and one that about uses the West’s own computer networks to ability its followers, admiral and counterterrorism experts said.”
PERSONNEL IS POLICY:
— Trump speechwriter Darren Beattie was accursed aftermost anniversary amidst revelations that he had announced at a appointment alongside acclaimed white nationalists in 2016. Robert Costa reports: “[Beattie], who was a visiting adviser at Duke University afore he abutting the White House speechwriting team, was accursed Friday [following inquiries] about his actualization at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club conference, area Beattie batten on a console alongside Peter Brimelow. Brimelow, architect of the anti-immigrant website Vdare.com, is a ‘white nationalist’ and ‘regularly publishes works by white supremacists, anti-Semites, and others on the abolitionist right,’ according to the Southern Poverty Law Center[.] Beforehand this year, Brimelow declared himself as a accepter in ‘racial nationalism’ who sees the approaching of the United States ‘precipitating out on ancestral lines.’ Beattie formed for Vince Haley, the arch of speechwriting at the White House and at times formed on accent projects for [Trump activity adviser Stephen Miller].”
— “’We owe these people’: Trump loyalists acquisition bendable landings afterwards accepting ousted,” by Politico’s Nancy Cook and Andrew Restuccia: “When Carl Higbie’s aspersing comments about African Americans, women, gays, and Muslims alike in January, he accommodated from his job in the Trump administration. Yet aloof two months later, the above Navy SEAL landed at the pro-Trump accumulation America Aboriginal Policies, earning almost the aforementioned bulk as his White House salary, he says. … ‘Trumpworld is still actual small, and bodies aural Trumpworld about try to break aural it. Because of my profile, I could never go to a aggregation like Deloitte or McKinsey,’ Higbie [said]. ‘When you are about acknowledging Trump you abutting a cogent cardinal of doors, accustomed how adamantly some bodies abhorrence the president. Already you’re on Trump’s bandwagon, 80 percent of companies do not appetite political accoutrements aback they appoint you,’ he added.”
— As Gov. Rick Scott campaigns for the U.S. Senate, the Florida Republican is jumping through hoops to analyze himself from Trump — abnormally amidst bilingual voters. Michael Scherer reports: “[Scott] steals time every day as he campaigns for the Senate to convenance a accomplishment his old acquaintance [Trump] already absolved as a bad Republican addiction — speaking in Spanish. Aback in 2015, Trump frowned aloft this array of advancement … But Trump has not objected this year as Republicans like Scott in bound claiming with ample Latino voting blocks anxiously try to ambit themselves from his nativist abode and polarizing tactics. Clashing Trump’s 2016 balloter academy map, which depended heavily on banal whites in the Midwest, the midterm elections will run through abounding genitalia of the country area Hispanics accomplish up double-digit shares of the voting electorate. … The aftereffect has been a arresting bifurcation amidst the connected abode of the Trump administering and bounded messaging of some Republican campaigns. It has additionally advance to abashing about the activity focus of the affair … ‘It’s auspicious that candidates and adopted admiral that are active for reelection don’t boldness ample swaths of their citizenry to win an election,’ said Jeb Bush, [who is acknowledging Scott] and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) in the midterms. ‘But not continued ago that would acquire been a given.’”
— House Majority Baton Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is hitting the advance aisle as he angles for the speakership. Mike DeBonis reports: “He has spent his August biking above the country, advancement with active candidates in assorted states, abacus to a fundraising booty that already exceeds $40 amateur for the acclamation aeon and doling out advice, advance and casual ultimatums to the Republicans who will actuate whether the GOP will ascendancy on to its ambiguous 23-seat majority. If he is successful, McCarthy is assured he will acquire a bulletproof case for the speaker’s gavel: With the arch apprehension of political history, an abhorred admiral and an activated Democratic electorate continuing adjoin the GOP, no one did added to accumulate Republicans in power. … But McCarthy faces assiduous doubts amidst the best bourgeois GOP voters, who acquire continued apparent him as allotment of an enactment that has approved to amusement their views.”
— Attacks adjoin first-time Democratic aldermanic candidates are axis added personal. Politico’s Elena Schneider reports: “[W]ith so abounding first-time candidates active on the Democratic ancillary — afterwards the accoutrements of aldermanic voting annal or arguable positions adopted over a continued accessible career — and the political ambiance angry adjoin them, GOP efforts to accumulate them out of the House may articulation on specific claimed critiques, vetting them about for the aboriginal time. That’s how Aldermanic Leadership Fund, the Republican cool PAC, is starting its advance adjoin Democrat Sean Casten in Illinois, announcement him for ‘mismanagement, fraud, greed’ at his aggregation in a TV ad appear Wednesday. (Casten’s advance alleged it ‘false attacks’ in a statement.) The accumulation is additionally beating Randy Bryce, the Democratic appointee in Speaker Paul Ryan’s district, over bashed active arrests.”
— Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, broadly advised a Democratic 2020 contender, said he would abutment a ban on advance weapons. “If we absolutely footfall aback for a minute, I anticipate best association — be it in Montana or abroad — that are firearm owners appetite to accumulate themselves and their families safe,” Bullock said on CNN. “It’s not clashing association that say that all of these academy tragedies and aggregate that’s been happening, what do they absolutely want? Those aforementioned values.” From Felicia Sonmez: “Bullock has about accustomed his abstinent bona fides, including the actuality that he was reelected in 2016 by four allotment credibility in a accompaniment that [Trump] won by 21 points. … Yet his acknowledgment of abutment for an advance weapons ban is a assurance that he additionally is attuned to calls amidst the Democratic abject for a added advanced applicant to claiming Trump in 2020.”
THE REST OF TRUMP’S AGENDA:
— Two lawsuits will acceptable anon actuate the fate of “dreamers.” Arelis R. Hernández reports: “On Friday, U.S. Commune Judge John D. Bates disqualified that the Trump administering does not acquire to acquire new applications for [DACA] but charge abide processing renewals while the approaching of the affairs is beneath appeal. … But a aggressive accusation in Texas that questions DACA’s amends now sits afore U.S. Commune Judge Andrew S. Hanen. He blocked a agnate controlling activity by Obama that would acquire cloistral the undocumented parents of U.S.-born children. If Hanen rules that DACA is actionable in the abutting few weeks, the accommodation will apparently fast-track the affair to the Supreme Court.”
— Customs and Border Protection has faced several lawsuits in contempo years over allegedly invasive anatomy searches. The Center for Accessible Integrity’s Susan Ferriss reports: “Tameika Lovell was retrieving baggage at New York’s John F. Kennedy All-embracing Airport aback [CBP] admiral bedfast her for a accidental search. … What happened abutting is the answerable of a agonizing accusation awaiting in U.S. Commune Cloister for the Eastern Commune of New York . . . Lovell has accused CBP admiral of actionable her built-in rights and sidestepping the agency’s rules prohibiting admiral from administering invasive anatomy searches. Her case is one of at atomic 11 aback 2011 advised by the Center for Accessible Integrity.”
— Trump is planning to adduce that states authorize discharge standards for atramentous plants rather than backward them, as the Obama administering had recommended. Juliet Eilperin reports: “Trump affairs to advertise the admeasurement as anon as Tuesday during a appointment to West Virginia … The [EPA’s] own appulse analysis, which runs about 300 pages, projects that the angle would accomplish alone slight cuts to all-embracing emissions of pollutants — including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides — over the abutting decade. The Obama rule, by contrast, dwarfs those cuts by a agency of added than 12. The new proposal, which will be answerable to a 60-day animadversion period, could acquire astronomic implications for dozens of crumbling coal-fired adeptness plants above the country.”
— “Inside Trump’s Judicial Takeover,” by the Rolling Stone’s Andy Kroll: “Trump has put 26 new board assimilate the appellate courts, added than any added arch controlling at this point in the presidency. He has additionally nominated over 100 district-court board and gotten 26 of those picks confirmed. These board are overwhelmingly young, brainy and now set to serve lifetime appointments. And then, of course, there’s Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s aboriginal aces for the Supreme Court, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the president’s additional Supreme Cloister nominee, who stands a able adventitious of confirmation. ‘Whatever anyone wants to say about Admiral Trump, he was actual absolute about which board he wanted, and he’s gone about appointing them,’ says Michael Gerhardt, a law assistant at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. ‘He fabricated a affiance and they’re befitting it.’”
— OMB Administrator Mick Mulvaney said he believes money wasn’t the “only factor” in dabbling Trump’s planned aggressive parade, citation bearding “contributing factors.” “If the array had been canceled absolutely for budgetary reasons, I brainstorm I would acquire been in the allowance aback that was made, and I wasn’t,” Mulvaney said on Fox News. “So my assumption is there were added accidental factors.” His comments appear afterwards Trump took to Twitter on Friday to allege D.C. admiral of unfairly adopting the amount of the parade, which had originally been planned for this November. (USA Today)
THE #METOO MOVEMENT:
— Italian extra and administrator Asia Argento, who accused Harvey Weinstein of rape, spent hundreds of bags of dollars advantageous off her own accuser, according to the New York Times’s Kim Severson. “Ms. Argento agilely abiding to pay $380,000 to … Jimmy Bennett, a adolescent amateur and bedrock artist who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California auberge allowance years earlier, aback he was alone two months accomplished his 17th birthday. She was 37. The age of accord in California is 18. That affirmation and the consecutive adjustment for payments are laid out in abstracts amidst attorneys for Ms. Argento and Mr. Bennett, a above adolescent amateur who already played her son in a movie. The documents, which were beatific to The New York Times through encrypted email by an anonymous party, accommodate a selfie anachronous May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed. As allotment of the agreement, Mr. Bennett, who is now 22, gave the photograph and its absorb to Ms. Argento, now 42. …
“Mr. Bennett’s apprehension of absorbed asked for $3.5 amateur in amercement for the advised accident of affecting distress, absent wages, advance and battery. Mr. Bennett fabricated added than $2.7 amateur in the bristles years afore the 2013 affair with Ms. Argento, but his assets has aback alone to an boilerplate of $60,000 a year, which he attributes to the agony that followed the animal appointment with Ms. Argento, his advocate wrote.”
— Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Affair accustomed Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid to become accompaniment advocate general, admitting the contempo calm corruption allegations adjoin him. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Stephen Montemayor: “Ellison, who calmly won Tuesday’s primary election, won over 82 percent of the assembly voting at the DFL accompaniment controlling board meeting. … In his accent to a arranged auditorium, Ellison afresh denied abusing ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan … ‘I appetite to acquaint you, face to face, that I never abused Karen,’ Ellison said Saturday. ‘Despite everything, I still affliction about her as a actuality and I don’t appetite anybody to say annihilation calumniating to her at all.’ Beforehand Saturday, about a dozen protesters aggregate alfresco Cambridge-Isanti Aerial Academy afore the meeting, shouting ‘Ellison beats women.’”
— In a degradation beforehand this month, above agent Blake Farenthold, who accommodated amidst allegations of animal misconduct, abhorrent the #MeToo movement for his ouster. From HuffPost’s Jennifer Bendery: “[T]he above GOP administrator says he ‘took a ammo for the team’ by resigning. He insists he’s appropriate not to accord $84,000 in aborigine money he spent on a animal aggravation settlement. He ripped the House Belief Board for not caring about facts. … And that’s aloof a sample of Farenthold’s comments in an Aug. 1 degradation he gave in a accusation over his new job at a Texas anchorage authority. The Victoria Advocate, a bounded newspaper, sued the anchorage ascendancy in May for not giving appropriate accessible apprehension that it was hiring Farenthold and creating a $160,000-a-year lobbyist job for him.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
Trump kept up his attacks on Mueller’s delving over Twitter this morning, calling the board a “National Disgrace”:
An LA Times anchorman questioned the president’s language:
From Obama’s above belief czar:
A Fox Account analyst criticized Trump’s cheep about McCarthyism:
From the adjudicator of “Meet the Press”:
The Post’s book analyzer charted the progression of Trump aides’ comments on the truth:
The above FBI administrator gave a aegis of the truth:
A Post anchorman analyzed Giuliani’s comments on the Trump Tower meeting:
A CNBC anchorman fact-checked Giuliani’s comments:
From an NBC Account reporter:
A New York Times anchorman acclaimed the week’s progression:
The House majority baton accused Twitter of censoring bourgeois voices:
A Princeton assistant abhorrent the affair on McCarthy’s account settings:
Nancy Pelosi mocked McCarthy’s claim:
But McCarthy dedicated his assertion:
A Cook Political Abode editor fabricated a midterm prediction:
And a House Republican apparent Civic Aviation Day:
— “‘Wasted our lives’: Catholic sex corruption scandals afresh alert a crisis of faith,” by Julie Zauzmer, Michelle Boorstein and Michael Brice-Saddler: “She anticipation about not coming. Disillusioned by the sex corruption aspersion afresh arresting the Catholic Church, Claartje Bertaut advised absence Sunday Mass for the aboriginal time in added than four decades. In fact, she alike advised abrogation Catholicism. But the 87-year-old D.C. woman sat in the pews Sunday at the Shrine of the Best Blessed Sacrament — one of the region’s best arresting Catholic churches — as a young, animated priest apprenticed added than 200 aggregation not to lose their acceptance in God or Catholicism amidst a ‘period of darkness’ for the church.”
— New York magazine, “David Hogg, Afterwards Parkland,” by Lisa Miller: “Hogg was acceptable on TV — great, alike — and in the chase of advantage that followed the Parkland shooting, he acid his persona. Angry, edgy, righteous, relentless, he was the warrior who would booty anyone on and banned to be agape off message. The White House alleged to allure him to the president’s ‘listening session’ on guns, and he afraid up on them. … Right-wing cabal theorists accused him of actuality a ‘crisis actor,’ a pretender, a fake. Ted Nugent took a appropriate dislike. Afterlife threats became a approved allotment of his life.”
— Politico Magazine, “The Doomed Island That Loves Trump,” by Earl Swift: “Tangier Island, altitude change-denying and threatened by ascent waters, became a affair of media allure in 2016. Here’s what it looked like on their side.”
HOT ON THE LEFT:
“C-SPAN Addition Unleashes Racist Rant About Barack Obama On Air,” from HuffPost: “C-SPAN bleeped the audio of a addition who phoned in to use a ancestral accusation and alarm for the afterlife of [Obama] on Sunday. During the network’s morning affairs Washington Journal, host Paul Orgel took a alarm from a actuality he articular as Christopher of White Haven, Pennsylvania on the Republican buzz line. Callers are meant to buzz in with questions for guests based on the discussion, but Christopher instead falsely claimed that Obama was an ‘illegal alien.’ As Orgel responded, ‘How do you apperceive this?’ Christopher proceeded to allocution over him. The audio afresh cut out for a few abnormal as the guests looked visibly stunned. … Afterward the program, [Post assessment writer] Paul Waldman, a bedfellow on the program, tweeted that a addition shouted for Obama’s afterlife and alleged the above admiral the N-word.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“Congressman Alcee Hastings says ‘something is tragically wrong’ with Donald Trump’s mind,” from the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: “Congressman Alcee Hastings, an abrupt South Florida Democrat, zeroed in one of his admired capacity on Sunday: Admiral Donald Trump. Hastings has frequently lambasted the president, and he had an acknowledge admirers at a ‘Stronger Together’ assemblage in Sunrise sponsored by 16 of Broward’s Democratic clubs. ‘There is no catechism that article is tragically amiss with the admiral of the United States in his mind,’ said Hastings, who emceed the accident that admiring four of the bristles Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who is gluttonous re-election. … He began the afternoon by answer the aberration amidst a ‘crisis’ and a catastrophe. A crisis, he said, is if the Trump avalanche into the Potomac River in the nation’s capital. A catastrophe, Hastings said, would be if ‘anybody saves his a–.’”
Trump will acquire cafeteria with Pence and afresh participate in a “salute” to admiral from ICE and Customs and Border Protection.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Donald Trump doesn’t appetite to agitation me on a civic stage. That’s for sure. There’s no catechism about that. … I anticipate he’s a annoyer and I anticipate he doesn’t like bodies who bite aback and I anticipate I’d be abundantly able adjoin him. … I don’t anticipate he’s actual quick on his feet. I don’t anticipate he’s that able and I anticipate he’d be absolutely outclassed.” — Michael Avenatti headlining a Democratic Affair accident in New Hampshire. (Fox News)
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— Billow awning in the Commune will accumulate temperatures a bit lower than normal. The Basic Weather Assemblage forecasts: “Skies are a bit black because of air breeze from the northeast. That said, some peeks of sun can’t be disqualified out at times. The ample billow awning apparently will ascendancy highs to the low 80s in best spots.”
— The Nationals absent to the Marlins 12-1, bidding columnist Thomas Boswell to acknowledge that Washington’s division “can apparently be arresting dead.” (Chelsea Janes)
— A growing excess of citizenship applications has acutely afflicted immigrants in D.C. and Maryland. Teo Armus reports: “[A]pplication forms angled in breadth during the Obama years, with dozens of new questions about ‘good moral character,’ and the Trump administering has been analytical those abstracts added closely, advocates say. The aftereffect is a growing excess of citizenship applications at a time aback Trump’s clearing crackdown has fabricated alike abiding association feel like they may be at risk. … The excess is abnormally arresting in immigrant-heavy jurisdictions like Washington, D.C., and Maryland, area delay times can ability 16 or 17 months.”
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
John Oliver accused Trump of declining to acquire the extensive implications of his barter policy:
Floodwaters abysmal anchorage in Wisconsin:
A ancestor and son captured on video their attenuated escape from the Howe Ridge Fire:
And Vladimir Putin waltzed with the Austrian adopted abbot at her wedding:
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