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Mitch McConnell left President Trump an open door to fire Robert Mueller
On @TeamCavuto, McConnell shuts the door on the bipartisan bill to protect Mueller: “I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor, that’s my responsibility as majority leader, we’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate.”
Why did Trump block additional Russia sanctions after U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley announced them publicly?
Larry Kudlow—Trump’s top economic adviser—says Haley’s “momentary confusion” is to blame.
Haley responded, “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”
CONGRATS, YOU’RE…NOT A TARGET…YET? [From Crooked.com newsletter, “What a Day“, April 4, 2018]
Late Tuesday, the Washington Post published a story that contained multiple scoops.
1. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reportedly told Trump’s lawyers that Trump is a subject, but not at this point a target, of their investigation. To translate: They are investigating his conduct but have not yet determined whether they are prepared to charge him with crimes.
2. They’re working on a series of reports on their investigation, starting with one (slated for this summer) on whether Trump obstructed justice. They want him to submit to an interview before then in order “to answer the public’s questions.”
3. Trump “has repeatedly expressed an eagerness” to be interviewed by Mueller. This is what drove his lawyer, John Dowd, to resign (and also do that thing where you rub your whole face and sigh because you can’t believe this is both your client and the president.)
Beat the NRA – Pod Save America
[From Wiki] Pod Save America is an American progressive political podcast produced and distributed by Crooked Media. The podcast debuted in January 2017 and airs twice weekly, with the Monday edition hosted by former Barack Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett, and the Thursday edition by Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer.
It is the flagship podcast of Crooked Media, the progressive media company founded by Favreau, Vietor and Lovett. The show averages more than 1.5 million listeners an episode, and had been downloaded more than 120 million times by November 2017.
Four Pod Save America one hour HBO TV specials are planned to air in Fall 2018 to cover the upcoming US Midterm elections.
In the meantime, browse their episodes on your favorite podcasting device. A great one to start with features an interview with Marisa Franco, described by NEA.org as an “Activist, Agitator, Advocate”.