FROM Rick Wilson
Trump v. Muller and the DOJ NBC News reports that the FBI warned President Trump in 2016 that Russians would try to infiltrate his campaign. That was after he became the Republican nominee. How will this affect the president’s narrative that says there was no Russian collusion?
E-mail shows Trump Jr. sought info from Kremlin-connected lawyer There are new revelations about Donald Trump, Jr. and his meeting with a Russian lawyer. Today he released an e-mail chain , including the invitation to a meeting to hear evidence that would "incriminate Hillary" Clinton as part of the Russian government's support for his father. Trump the younger replied within minutes: "If it's what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer." But when asked about Russian interference in the election he told CNN, "They'll say anything in order to win this. I mean this is time and time again, lie after lie. You notice, he won't say 'I say this.' We hear experts. His house cat at home once said that this is what's happening with the Russians. It's disgusting." Rick Wilson, a Republican political strategist and columnist for the Daily Beast, says the tweets indicate it's likely that President Trump knew about the meeting and recognizes now that he made a mistake.
Donald Trump: Conspiracy theories and the 'war against women' Republicans have always sneered when Democrats claim they're conducting a "war against women." Now Donald Trump has inspired a war between women Republicans. Some are so offended by reports of his sexual aggressiveness they no longer support him. Others say that's old news, timed by the media to do maximum damage, and they're still backing their Party's nominee for the White House. With women constituting a majority of American voters, it's a dispute with consequences for the future of the GOP. One veteran consultant is already brand-testing names for a new conservative Party.
The presidential campaign goes back to the future America's founding fathers accused each other of crimes, hypocrisy and sexual misbehavior, but times had changed — until last night in St. Louis. As expected, Donald Trump’s comments about groping women, recorded some ten years ago, came up early last night in St. Louis. It was billed as a Town Hall, but some of the toughest questions came from the moderators.
The road to the White House: "Brass knuckles and back-alley brawls" Donald Trump's been sounding mellower lately, reading prepared speeches off a tele-prompter, but traditional GOP leaders are braced for what might come next. The campaign's latest CEO is Steve Bannon, who transformed the conservative website Breitbart by catering to the so-called "alt-right." That's the domain of white nationalism, misogynism, and anti-Semitism — anathema to mainstream Republicans. Breitbart has also published rumors about Hillary Clinton's health, adding false reports to the very real issues about e-mails, the Clinton Foundation — and trust.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.