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Daily Briefing: Bush Eats French Fries In Bed With Ruskies

Bush tells Europeans "no power on earth will ever divide us"; urges EU to support democratic reform in Russia: "We must always remind Russia, however, that our alliance stands for a free press, a vital opposition, the sharing of power, and the rule of law." Chirac speaks of "common values and common vision." [WP, NYT, WSJ, USAT]


Rehnquist expected to resign by June. [NYT]

Conservatives consider possibility of tax increases. Gingrich: "At the end of the [Social Security] fight, there will be a tax increase on the core Republican base." (!!!) [WSJ]

NATO announces increased involvement in Iraqi affairs: "All 26 allies are working together to respond to the Iraqi government's request for support by training Iraqi security forces, providing equipment and helping to fund NATO's efforts." [AP]

Bush, dining with Chirac, welcomes return of French fries; French headline reads, "The mission: a night kiss for Chirac before bedtime." [NYT, USAT]

Budget cuts guided by three pillars: "'Does the program meet the nation's priorities'? Is it an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars? And does it 'produce the intended results?'" Budget includes 50% cut in housing budget for people with disabilities. [WP, NYT]

Lawmakers find constituents skeptical of ideas for Social Security. [WP, NYT]

Hillary's negative ratings among New York residents down to 2 in 10; approval rating at 69%. [NYT]

Idea of private accounts credited to "persistence of conservative operatives, the explosive growth of the stock market in the 1990s and the eventual adoption of the idea by big business." [WP]

Some Republicans rethink restrictions on emissions. [WSJ]

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Donald Trump's immigration goon squads were all set to start mass arrests and deportations of families in multiple cities Sunday, but before the raids started, he tweeted Saturday that he'd decided to delay the operation by two weeks -- to allow Democrats a chance to join Republicans in trashing US asylum law. Trump took a phone call Friday evening from Nancy Pelosi urging him to hold off on the raids, although it's also possible that internal disagreements about the operation at the Department of Homeland Security may have been part of the reason for the delay, too. In the meantime, Trump gets to terrify undocumented families some more and rant about deporting "millions," although the planned operation was actually targeted only at a couple thousand people who have already received deportation orders.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been gearing up to start raids in 10 US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Baltimore, to show how tough America is, and never mind that the sweeps would certainly have led to more family separations, as ICE scooped up at least some undocumented parents of children born in the US. The news also comes while the media is reporting filthy, inhuman conditions at the border camps where newly arrested immigrants, including babies, are being packed in, leading to plenty of awkward questions about why the government suddenly wants to arrest more people in the interior of the country? (Hint: President Eichmann just announced his reelection bid.)

The Great Deporter announced the delay of the operation Saturday by Twitter, as if that were normal, then followed up with more bluster Sunday.

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Kamala Harris was holding it down at the South Carolina Democratic Convention this weekend, and she wasn't just there to kick it at Clyburn's Fish Fry, hang out with Berndog Sanders, and just look extra good. No. She fucking running for President, and she's actually got a chance, unlike the many Mayo Casserole Men who keep jumping into the damn race. Why did they jump in after Kamala and Elizabeth Warren, the only people who are even running, clearly said, "We got it from here, boys"? Not sure, but regardless, it was unnecessary. Doesn't matter anyway because who is gonna remember Dadface McDorksky when Kamala is turning it the fuck out with speeches indicting Trump?

Do you believe in America? Kamala Harris believes in America, and her Saturday speech calls out for justice, and righteousness; where Barack Obama struck hopeful, dulcet, aspirational tones, Harris strikes sharp chords of urgency. To say that she read Trump the riot act would be, and is, an understatement; what she did here raised a crucial reality that some Dems refuse to see. Trump MUST be prosecuted. The Democratic nominee will wear many hats, and one of the most important of those hats is that of a prosecutor. There is a case to be made against Donald J. Trump, hell, there are so many cases, and as far as Harris is concerned, who better to make that case, but a COP? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Kamala Harris at the South Carolina Democratic Convention June, 22 2019 youtu.be

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