Photo: House Speaker Paul Ryan addresses the Comey memo at a press conference on May 18, 2017.
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Even before he appointed Michael Flynn as his first National Security Advisor, his transition team knew Flynn was being investigated for possibly breaking the law as a paid lobbyist for Turkey. Flynn told them. That's according to Mark Mazzetti, who co-wrote the story for the New York Times.
The GOP has been too divided to enact its program, despite majorities on Capitol Hill. How long can it remain united in support of President Trump? Two vulnerable members have already used the "i word" on national TV, although impeachment is unlikely any time soon. A special counsel to investigate Russian ties relieves some of the pressure, even though Trump says it’s part of "The greatest witch hunt…in history." But, as damaging revelations keep coming, is support from his own party beginning to fade away?
Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post (@edatpost)
Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)
Ed Kilgore, New York magazine / Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)
Julia Azari, Marquette University (@julia_azari)
Paul Ryan press conference on special prosecutor, Comey memo (video)
Washington Post on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarty's comments about Putin paying Trump
Galen on the "i word"
Kilgore on who a special counsel might be a win for Trump
Azari on history, political scandals and party loyalty
Julia R. Azari
The President's promised border wall and the travel ban from some Muslim-majority countries haven't worked out as yet. But some executive orders have produced stunning results. That's according to the ICE — Immigration and Customs Enforcement — which released numbers yesterdays. There have been 41,318 arrests of undocumented immigrants since January. That's 400 people a day — an increase of almost 40% since the same period last year, as we hear from Caitlin Dickerson, who reports on immigration for the New York Times.
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The Jewish State of Israel: Democracy or Apartheid? Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy? Jews in both countries are sharply divided over a question that goes to the founding of the “Jewish State.”
Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
Cartoons, Comic Strips and Opinions Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his job. Fired for harsh portrayals of President Trump. We’ll talk with him and look at another kind of cartooning: comic strips. Even when the kids don’t realize it, they’re political, too. They’re a highly sophisticated artform and a barometer of social change.
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