Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Politics A.M.: Supreme Court pick’s remarks on Nixon case open new front in confirmation fight

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Supreme Court pick's remarks on Nixon case open new front in confirmation fight
Democrats seized upon Kavanaugh questioning the decision that forced President Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes and will press for his views on executive power.
Fact Checker • Analysis
Over four days, false claims dominated Trump's Twitter feed
We rounded up 14 false or misleading tweets, ranging from the Russia investigation to NATO funding to North Korea to the price of soybeans.
Trump stokes Iran tensions with threats of dire consequences for Tehran
The president's warning exposes a disconnect on Iran strategy, which has focused on the nuclear deal and sanctions rather than military action.
The Fix • Analysis
The Trump White House's hypocritical, slippery slope on purging its critics' security clearances
It's clear what this is about: Cracking down on dissent.
White House says Trump wants to revoke security clearances for former officials critical of him over Russia
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the officials have made "baseless" claims about Trump's relationship and contacts with the Russian government.
McFaul expected to meet with Trump's top adviser on Russia at White House
Two people familiar with the plan said former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will visit Fiona Hill on Tuesday.
Florida governor candidate DeSantis mocks 'this girl' Ocasio-Cortez
"You look at this girl, Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is, I mean, she's in a totally different universe," the Republican lawmaker said, according to a video that surfaced Monday.
Why is Trump so much more popular with Republicans than past presidents?
Is it because moderates are leaving the party? Or is it something else?
Georgia runoffs: GOP picks governor candidate in test of Trump endorsement
Also Tuesday, Democrats will pick their nominees in two in-play suburban Atlanta congressional districts.
While Democrats peer left, Hoyer tries to keep his eye on the center
In an interview, the No. 2 House Democrat urged colleagues and candidates to emulate centrist Conor Lamb ahead of the midterms -- not the leftist agenda of New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Monkey Cage • Analysis
This 1950 political science report keeps popping up in the news. Here's the story behind it.
Some of the ideas might improve U.S. political institutions.
Rep. Barbara Lee announces bid for Democratic Caucus chair
"The strength of our caucus lies in our diversity of experiences and ideas," the California Democrat said in a statement announcing her candidacy.
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