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Daily Briefing: A Perfect Demographic Storm

White House quietly projects steep cuts if promise of reining in discretionary spending is to be met; popular programs at stake. [NYT]


Democrats call for investigation into Gannon/Guckert: Who? How? Gay? Huh? [NYT]

Dean to make victory official tomorrow. Kerry: "This great party of ours doesn't need a makeover. This party of ours doesn't need a massive shift." [WP, NYT, WSJ]

Major revision of class-action lawsuits passes Senate 72-26; limits such suits to federal courts. [WP, NYT, LAT, WSJ]

Administration pressured to release full report on failure to avert 9/11 attacks. [NYT]

Bush pushes Social Security plan in North Carolina, Pennsylvania. Santorum on looming crisis: "We are facing a perfect storm, a perfect demographic storm." [WP, NYT, LAT]

House bill to tighten security and ease environmental laws along borders passes 261-161. [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT]

Democrats turn to consultants to hone message and appeal to values voters. Richardson: "We're talking about values including better schools, access to health care, personal behavior, and I add a Western value, and that is protecting God's creation, which is land and water." Luntz: "They are picking up the language, but they don't have the genuine emotion behind it." [NYT]

Many senators express discontent about proposed Defense Department budget. [NYT, LAT]

Passage of bill restricting personal bankruptcy filings seems likely; supported by credit card industry, opposed by consumer groups. [WP]

Democrats pick up fighting mentality. Schumer: "This is a new Democratic Party." Pariser of MoveOn: "We want to be in a position to give a backbone to the Democratic Party." [LAT, LAT, WT, USAT]

McAuliffe milks final moments at top with blow-out party. Clinton: "We've got to stop beating on each other and redirect our fire against the people we disagree with." [WP]

Democratic leadership question removal of House ethics committee members; switch favored DeLay. [WP, USAT]

Dean inspired by Christian Coalition; drew from extensive research on organization. [BG]

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How do you do, fellow libs? We come together tonight to cheer and clap and cry and laugh, with our leader, Elizabeth Warren, and her fellow nice people Jay Inslee (the gold standard in climate action), Beto O'Rourke (excellent on being a good ally mostly), Cory Booker (best corny love hippie but also Wall Street, it's weird), Julian Castro (I don't know, people are super into him despite his creepy twinness and his too much pomade), Amy Klobuchar (bad bitch), Bill de Blasio ( ... ), John Delaney (???), and Tim Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard.

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We know, the thing we said in our headline is a thing you can say every day, but it's really intense today, maybe because Donald Trump is now filled with fear of the inescapable reality that millions of Americans who have not read the Mueller Report are going to see Robert Mueller testify on live TV on July 17, and Donald Trump will be exposed. Maybe the Big Mac vending machine next to his golden toilet is on the fritz and he hasn't had gotten to eat a Big Mac on the poop chair since last night. Maybe he's just a weak and sad person, a collection of shithole cells God meant to throw in the garbage, but accidentally implanted in Mary Trump's turkey incubator. We imagine that'd lead to a pretty constant state of anxiety and ennui.

Whatever it is, he's totally fucked right now. We were going to write a nice post about Trump's batshit interview on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo, but we were busy, and by the time we got to it, he had performed so many batshit feats that we're just going to stick them all in this one post.

Let's start with the fight he's trying to wage with US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who in a now-viral video stated that she has no fuckin' interest in going to the White House to meet that idiot. He got into a quarrel with her on Twitter ... or at least with a Twitter account that didn't belong to her. It's now been replaced, in order that the adult president may shit-tweet at the soccer superstar who hurt his feelings, but Splinter grabbed the original:

The rant continued:

Right. And Megan Rapinoe just said win or lose, she has no interest in meeting your crusty ass, because no decent American would consider that an honor.

Besides, she has already been to the White House to meet a legitimately elected president:

By the by, the owner of the incorrect Megan Rapinoe account saw Trump's whining and told him to grow a dick and set it on fire:

Ya burnt!

But as we said, it was a whole day of batshit from Trump, so let's continue.

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