Daily Briefing: What 'Man-Handing' Means for America

Bad numbers for Bush and Republicans in new WP-ABC poll; public generally disagrees with proposed ban on filibusters, Social Security plan, Bush's handling of the economy and situation in Iraq. [WP]

Reid proposes concessions to avert ban on filibusters: "There is a way to avoid the nuclear shutdown, and I'm working with my colleagues to put that plan in place." [WP, NYT, LAT]

Senate Finance Committee to debate Social Security overhaul this week; private accounts not set in stone. Grassley: "I'd rather bring something up in the committee and fail than tell my grandchildren I wasn't concerned at all about their Social Security benefits." [WP, NYT]

Rove is "absolutely confident" Bolton will be confirmed; says DeLay will keep his job. [USAT]

Lawmakers scramble to check their travel records in wake of DeLay scandal. [WP, USAT]

Special interests and inertia prove more powerful than 9/11 Commission. [WSJ]

Bolton reportedly "sought to push his public assertions [on Syria] beyond the views endorsed by intelligence agencies." [NYT]

Bush, Prince Abdullah talk oil; Bush: "One thing is for certain: I need to sign an energy bill." James Zogby: "The fact that President Bush confidently took the crown prince's hand and held it all the way into the office said to Americans, 'This is my friend and I am going to walk with him.'" [WSJ, WP, NYT, WT, USAT, USAT]

Recently-approved federal appellate court judge says faithful are waging "war" on secular people who threaten America's religious foundation. Justice Janice Rogers Brown: "There seems to have been no time since the Civil War that this country was so bitterly divided. It's not a shooting war, but it is a war." [LAT]

Moderate Republicans expand distance from Bush. Wittmann: "Now that he's no longer going to be on the ballot, they are putting their own interest somewhat before the White House's." [LAT]

Republicans concerned Specter will vote with Democrats on filibuster ban. [WT]

Bush invites DeLay on AF1 trip back to Washington. [WT]

Trouble with Bolton illustrates "long-standing tensions among Republicans over the thrust of U.S. foreign policy." [WP, WT]

Conservatives angered Frist doesn't support DeLay's prescription for "retaliation" against judges. [WT]

Ambassador under Bush-41 says Bolton has "no diplomatic bone in his body" and is "unworthy." [LAT]

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DHS photo (Every damn ICE pic looks like this)

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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