Daily Briefing: Doug Wead, A Tease and A Tool

Bush, in shift, is amenable to incentives for Iran: today's talking point is "Diplomacy is just beginning. Iran is not Iraq." Oh, could you change its name then, so we don't get confused anymore? [NYT, WSJ, USAT]

Doug Wead decides against further publicity, will not release more tapes, and will direct proceeds to charity: "Contrary to a statement that I made to The New York Times, I know very well that personal relationships are more important than history... History can wait." How come... oh never mind. We're SO over this jackanape. 'Here, listen to my juicy secret tapes -- no hold on, I'm keeping the rest. Oh, whoops, everything I said to the New York Times was a lie. Blah blah blah.' Alright, ya douche, ya got yer 15 minutes, now slink off. We hope his kids record Britney remixes over his precious Bush tapes. [NYT, WT]

Administration predicts health spending will double to $3.6t within 10 years; will be 18.7% of the 2014 economy and 49.5% will be government spending. [NYT, LAT, USAT]

Bush, Putin reveal pact to curb nuclear terrorism. [WP]

Bush faces challenge of reviving democracy in Russia. Expert: "There is a shared concern on both sides of the Atlantic, in Europe and the U.S., about recent trends in Russia." [WP]

European leaders adjust to dealing with the post-"hyperpower" of the U.S. [WP, USAT]

Bipartisan report sees No Child Left Behind as "flawed, convoluted and unconstitutional education reform initiative that had usurped state and local control of public schools." [NYT]

Republicans playing wait-and-see with Social Security plan, avoiding the political hot potato. Snow: "We're at the early stages of this education process and engagement process. We're going to hit this hard." [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT]

Alternative plans for Social Security come out of the woodwork. [WP]

Governors likely to vent over Medicaid costs at upcoming meeting with Bush. [WSJ]

Europe eyes Chinese economy, for sale of weapons and beyond: "Its nonmilitary economic objectives weigh far more in this decision than any gains it would get from selling arms." [NYT]

Demonstrators in Germany distanced from Bush: "Most Germans are still emotionally averse to what Bush stands for - going it alone, not paying attention to due process, which we love in Europe." [NYT]

Dean embarks on nationwide speaking tour to energize base. [WT]

Pence, Kirk, Harris, Leahy publish "extremely tame" live blogs from Congress. Ana Marie Cox: "Do we want government to define what blogging is?" Oh sure ya do, kitten. [NYT]

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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

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