Trump in private: what really happens
- Once Trump arrives and the phone is set down, the audio reveals a President who can speak with more coherence than we hear from him in public, but whose talking points and jokes don't vary much from his greatest hits.
- However, the recording also offers not only a new window into a world of sycophants and operators, but also disturbing proof that the President is just as narcissistic, erratic and ill-informed in private as he is in public.
- It's the craziest thing; since I've said that I don't hear from her anymore.") Like the public Trump, the private one also lies about America's share of the NATO budget, pegging it at 90% when it's really 22%.
- Although the President didn't promise to take action on behalf of the others at the dinner, after Parnas talked, Trump said, "Get rid of her.
Energy Department releases more than 100 pages of Ukraine documents
- The public records release Tuesday evening -- initially given to transparency group American Oversight as a part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and then released publicly by the group -- marks the first set of documents the Department of Energy has made public that could flesh out impeachment allegations against President Donald Trump, as well as possibly offer a window into one of the highest ranking administration officials involved in the Ukraine quid pro quo aside from Trump himself.
- The set of documents includes Perry's briefing book in advance of his May trip, with State Department officials, to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a trip that played a sizable role in Trump's pressure campaign to dangle a meeting with Zelensky in exchange for political help.
How the House is slipping away from Republicans
- (And far worse.) But his boast about "easily" winning back control of the House his party lost in 2018 looks like one of his bigger fibs.
- Here's why: To win back a congressional majority, you need two things -- opportunities and money.
- Add it up and you get this: not enough opportunities to win back the 20 seats Republicans need for the majority and not enough money to put further seats in play -- as of right now, at least.
- But the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates only 18 Democratic seats as "toss ups" or worse for the majority party while ranking eight Republican seats that way.
- That's simply not enough districts -- even if Republicans keep every one of their own seats -- to make good on Trump's boasts.
20 people who Trump has personally known and then claimed he didn't
- After Parnas came forward in a number of interviews detailing his involvement in the efforts led by Trump's associates, the president vehemently denied ever knowing Parnas.
- And Parnas' lawyers released a video showing Trump and Parnas at a dinner together in 2018, which showed the president telling his associates to "take out" the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
- Trump tweeted that he didn't know Taylor after the diplomat testified to impeachment committees that he understood the president would release military aid on the condition that the Ukrainian president was willing to announce investigations into Trump's political rivals.
- The former Ukraine Ambassador testified that Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, led a campaign to remove her over claims that she disrespected president Trump and was seeking to stop Ukraine from opening an investigation into Trump's political rivals.
Condoleezza Rice to helm Stanford public policy think tank
- Rice, who will begin her new position on September 1, has been a longstanding fixture both in national security policy and at Stanford, where she was first appointed to the faculty as a professor of political science in 1981.
- Trump's attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden and Joe Biden, his potential political rival, are at the center of the President's impeachment trial.
- She served under Bush as national security adviser from 2001 to 2005 -- the first woman to hold the post -- during which time she headed the Iraqi Stabilization Group and testified in public and under oath before the 9/11 Commission after weeks of requests.
- Prior to that, Rice served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and senior director of Soviet and East European affairs in the National Security Council.
In these polarized times, people see even fonts as liberal or conservative
- Because the phrase that participants were shown was neutral and didn't contain a political message in itself, researchers were able to test whether the font itself was actually influencing people's perceptions.
- For the second experiment, 1,069 participants were shown either the phrase "A large fawn jumped quickly" or the name "Scott Williams" in one serif font (Jubilat or Times New Roman), one sans serif font (Gill Sans or Century Gothic) and one display font (Sunrise, Birds of Paradise or Cloister Black Light).
- Researchers didn't look at why exactly people viewed certain fonts as more liberal or conservative, but Haenschen said that's something that could be explored in future studies.
- The choice of font could, however, make a difference for a new candidate, like someone running for school board, town council or state legislature, Haenschen said.
As Trump's impeachment focuses on corruption in Ukraine, a Ukrainian activist says Americans are the ones 'eager to take dirty money'
- And therefore, it came to me as a huge disappointment and surprise, the fact that the president of the United States and his allies, specifically Rudy Giuliani, were expecting from Ukrainian newly elected President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to actually interfere into the work of the Ukrainian prosecutor general office and to pursue a very specific investigation, which would favor political interests of these people in the United States.
- And that makes me very angry, because those who are telling the truth and those who are protecting, actually, the national interests of the United States from Russian disinformation and from the corrupt kleptocrats, from oligarchs, they are under attack in their homeland.
- Kaleniuk: Blue Star Strategies — this is the PR firm from the United States, which had an order to discredit our organization.
GOP senator just said the quiet part out loud about the impeachment trial
- Remember that Republicans -- including Ernst -- have been arguing for months and months that Trump's effort to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into the activities of Biden and his son, Hunter, in Ukraine had nothing to do with the fact that the former vice president was a) running for the 2020 Democratic nomination and b) was a front-running candidate to be the nominee.
- What Ernst is saying is that she hopes that the focus by the Trump legal team on Biden -- which included the airing of all sorts of entirely disproven rumors about both him and his son -- will change minds of Iowa Democrats when they go to their caucus on Monday night.
- It's impossible to separate Ernst's hope that the White House legal team did Biden political damage from the fact that the former vice president, in virtually every national poll, runs best against Trump in a hypothetical general election matchup.
Trump legal team dismisses Bolton book storm
- Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump's legal team will wrap up its defense of the President in a short two-hour summing-up on Tuesday after arguing that new revelations by former national security adviser John Bolton are irrelevant to the impeachment trial despite Democratic demands that he be called to testify.
- In a manuscript of his forthcoming book first reported by The New York Times, the former national security adviser says Trump ordered him to maintain a hold on US military aid to Ukraine until it agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
- At the end of a long day of trial arguments on Monday that largely ignored the new Bolton drama, Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard emeritus professor who joined Trump's defense team, argued that even if Bolton's reported claim was true, it would not amount to an impeachable offense.
William Watson: Conservatives’ three problems: Leader, platform, meaning
- For political junkies it was disappointing to see Jean Charest, Rona Ambrose and Pierre Poilievre all rule themselves out of the Conservative leadership race last week.
- “Is this a prime minister?” the Conservatives asked in 1993, voicing-over an unflattering portrait of Jean Chrétien.
- To a distressing degree the discussion has centred around question two, the platform question, what voters would like to see in the Conservative party policy lineup.
- So it has been a source of concern that in “Right Now” conservatives have been asked to embrace state power gladly and use it for conservative ends such as fostering the family or engaging in interventionist industrial policy to encourage innovation.
- Because they owe much to the small-government political economy of Mill’s time they are commonly criticized for viewing humans as being mainly consumers rather than citizens.