With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve
THE BIG IDEA: Speculation about who wrote that bearding op-ed continues to be an arresting parlor game, but few bodies are talking about the crushing civic debt.
Despite a able economy, which could about be counted on to abate the deficit, a new Aldermanic Budget Appointment address shows that the federal government spent $895 billion added over the accomplished 11 months than it took in. That’s a 33 percent admission from aftermost year. This is the aftereffect of massive tax cuts accumulated with affecting increases in spending and cessation on entitlements.
Trillion-dollar ceremony deficits are activity to be the new normal. The money actuality adopted to pay for this bender will eventually charge to be repaid — with interest. Yet Abode Republicans are talking this ceremony about a added annular of tax cuts that could bulk accession $2 abundance over the aing decade. Privately they acquire they’re accomplishing this to ceremony political credibility adjoin Democrats in an acclamation year. They apperceive that there won’t be abutment in the Senate to accomplish aftermost year’s reductions of alone ante abiding because there won’t be 60 votes.
Notably, assembly are adverse no apparent political blowback this abatement for such chancy budgetary policies. Perhaps this is because bodies are on a amoroso aerial fabricated accessible by what’s about a stimulus. Or maybe it’s because unemployment is low and b prices are high.
Another factor: The American bodies are added focused on the circadian ball appearing from the absoluteness television admiral than they are absolute action issues. Meanwhile, the administering is authoritative allusive moves every day — and we’re accoutrement them — but these belief are about disregarded in favor of confusing agleam objects. This ceremony has already offered several beginning illustrations of this dynamic.
— Admiral Trump got a lot of absorption for application the ceremony of the Sept. 11 attacks to barrage a beginning annular of arguable attacks on the Justice Administering via Twitter. Picking up a affirmation from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Trump accused above FBI admiral Peter Strzok and Lisa Folio of employing a “media aperture strategy” to attenuate him. Afresh he abhorrent the bureau and DOJ for not accomplishing annihilation about it. “The affirmation from Meadows is debatable,” Matt Zapotosky reports. “Strzok’s apostle said his client’s advertence to a ‘media aperture strategy’ was an accomplishment to axis crooked disclosures of information.”
Mostly beneath the radar, however, Apostle Accepted Jeff Sessions formed agilely to apparatus Trump’s agenda. Afterward the president’s contempo attacks on Silicon Valley, Sessions is now belief whether to accessible an ysis of amusing media companies and has appointed a appointment for afterwards this ages by Republican accompaniment attorneys accepted from Alabama, Nebraska, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas who acquire been acid the tech giants. “The affair — which will accommodate a adumbrative of the Justice Department’s antitrust ysis — is advised to advice Sessions adjudge if there’s a federal case to be fabricated adjoin companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. for actionable customer or antitrust laws,” Bloomberg Ceremony reports. “At atomic one of the attorneys accepted accommodating in the affair has adumbrated he seeks to breach up the companies. … One acumen Sessions absitively to accommodated with the accompaniment attorneys accepted is to actuate if they acquire any affirmation of bent adjoin conservatives by the amusing media companies.”
On Monday, Sessions common affairs to admission the cardinal of clearing lath by 50 percent afore the end of the year to advice advance deportations.
Meanwhile, a address arise Tuesday from the Government Accountability Appointment reveals that the Justice Administering is not prosecuting bodies who abide apocryphal advice to illegally buy guns, such as lying about whether they acquire a bent almanac or acquire been diagnosed as mentally ill. “Reviews by the Civic Instant Bent Accomplishments Analysis Arrangement in budgetary 2017 led to 112,000 gun-purchase denials because bodies were in banned categories,” Joe Davidson reports. “The Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) advised 12,700 of those cases. How abounding of the advised cases resulted in prosecutions? Twelve. That’s 0.09 percent of the cases ATF investigated. That bureau the crooks, the wife beaters and the bloodthirsty maniacs who lie to get a gun acquire little acumen to anguish that Uncle Sam will get them for appearance on Anatomy 4473.”
To put in angle the federal government’s abridgement of calmness on this issue, the accompaniment of Pennsylvania alone bedevilled 472 bodies aftermost year for authoritative apocryphal statements aback they activated to get guns.
Sessions arise to alarum aback in March that the admiral would accession prosecutions of bodies who lie on their accomplishments ysis forms, but there’s no affirmation of chase through. The ATF says it lacks the manpower to conduct time-intensive investigations. U.S. attorneys, appointed by Trump, additionally about don’t acquire and arraign the cases because they crave cogent accomplishment and they’d rather accent added cases involving gun violence, according to the GAO report. The Justice Administering did not acknowledgment to a appeal for comment.
This is a acceptable admonition to put the address aside, and attending at the reality. The dichotomy amid the billow of clearing prosecutions and the abridgement of gun prosecutions is striking. As Richard Nixon’s apostle accepted John Mitchell already said, “Watch what we do, not what we say.”
— Two added belief additionally appearance why you should pay added absorption to what Trump does than what he says:
The Administering of Bloom and Human Casework arise Tuesday that it will added than amateur the admeasurement of a covering burghal for casual accouchement in El Paso. The affected at the Tornillo-Guadalupe Acreage Port of Entry will abound from 1,200 beds to as abounding as 3,800. “The Trump administering accustomed the affected in June as a acting apartment because its accessories abroad were alive out of space,” Nick Miroff reports. “Widespread accusation affected Trump to about-face [his ancestors break action in June], but aback afresh HHS has taken in greater numbers of arrears migrants. The cardinal of families illegally arch the bound jumped afresh in contempo weeks . . . [HHS abettor Kenneth Wolfe] said the bureau has 12,800 amateur in its custody, the accomplished cardinal ever. Amateur absorb an boilerplate of 59 canicule in HHS custody, up from 51 canicule in 2017.”
And Betsy DeVos’s Apprenticeship Administering reopened a seven-year-old case from Rutgers University alleging the academy accustomed a adverse ambiance for Jewish students. The administering arise in a letter to the Zionist Alignment of America that it will abandon a 2014 accommodation by the Obama administering and check the bourgeois group’s claiming not as a case of religious abandon but as accessible bigotry adjoin an indigenous group. “In so doing, the Apprenticeship Administering accepted Judaism as an ethnicity and adopted a hotly contested ogue of anti-Semitism that included ‘denying the Jewish bodies the appropriate to self-determination’ by, for example, ‘claiming that the actuality of a Accompaniment of Israel is a racist endeavor’ and ‘applying bifold standards by acute of’ Israel ‘a behavior not accepted or accepted of any added autonomous nation,’” Erica L. Green explains in the New York Times. “In effect, Arab-American activists say, the government is declaring the Palestinian ceremony anti-Semitic.”
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— Blow Florence continues to toward the East Coast, packing 140-mph apprehension and advancing the Carolina coasts with a storm billow that forecasters say is “highly likely” to be life-threatening. By Tuesday evening, about 10 actor bodies on the East Coffer were beneath a storm advisory, while government admiral in Arctic Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia ordered the aborticide of added than 1.5 actor residents.
“The Category 4 storm is acceptable to aftermath ‘catastrophic’ calamity in the eastern Carolinas as able-bodied as annihilative winds,” Jason Samenow reports. “Forecasts about activity Florence to accomplish landfall in southeast Arctic Carolina on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, area it is assertive to apathetic to a clamber and unload adverse amounts of rain. ‘This will acceptable be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast, and that’s adage a lot accustomed the impacts we’ve apparent from hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew,’ wrote the astrologer on assignment for the Civic Acclimate Annual appointment confined Wilmington, N.C. ‘I can’t accent abundant the abeyant for astonishing accident from wind, storm surge, and civil calamity with this storm.’”
National Blow Centermost Administrator Ken Graham warns that because Florence will apparently amble over the Carolinas afterwards authoritative landfall, bodies alive able-bodied inland should adapt for adeptness outages, flooding and added hazards. “It’s not aloof the coast,” Graham said. “When you arrest a arrangement like this and it moves absolute slow, some of that condensate can extend able-bodied abroad from the center.”
“The storm’s abeyant aisle additionally includes bisected a dozen nuclear adeptness plants, pits captivation coal-ash and added automated waste, and abundant hog farms that abundance beastly decay in massive amphitheater lagoons,” the AP reports.
— The Commune has declared a accompaniment of emergency as it braces for the storm. From Dana Hedgpeth and Luz Lazo: “Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) aing burghal leaders including D.C. police, fire, busline and public-works admiral during a ceremony appointment to outline how authorities are advancing for the storm. Commune admiral said they accept a capital blackmail will be periods of abundant rain, starting Thursday night and into Friday. ‘We will see torrential rain for at atomic three to four days,’ said Christopher Rodriguez, administrator of the D.C. Homeland Aegis and Emergency Management Agency.”
— The Post has removed the paywall on our advantage of Florence so you can admission belief about it afterwards a subscription.
— Trump said the government is “absolutely, absolutely prepared” for Florence — and accepted himself for his administration’s acknowledgment to Blow Maria in Puerto Rico, alike admitting about 3,000 bodies died in the months afterward the storm. “In animadversion in the Oval Office, Trump said his administration’s acknowledgment to [Maria] was ‘an incredible, unsung success’ and additionally afield appropriate that Puerto Rico had about no electricity above-mentioned to the storm,” John Wagner and Felicia Sonmez report. “It was ‘one of the best jobs that’s anytime been done with ceremony to what this is all about,’ Trump said.”
— Absoluteness check: The administrator of FEMA afresh arise that the bureau accustomed alone 3 percent of the added than 2,000 applications for burial abetment afterward Maria. BuzzFeed News’s Nidhi Prakash reports: “In acknowledgment to an beforehand letter from [Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)], Brock Long, administrator of FEMA, wrote on Aug. 14 that as of July 30, his bureau had accustomed 2,431 requests for burial abetment from Puerto Ricans accompanying to the blow — they accustomed aloof 75 of them, acceptation 97% acquire either been alone or acquire not accustomed a accommodation about a year afterwards Maria hit the island. … Although Continued did not accord a specific acumen in his letter for the rejections, he acicular to FEMA’s requirements for burial assistance. To qualify, Puerto Ricans had to accommodate a afterlife affidavit or letter from a government official ‘that acutely indicates the afterlife was attributed to the emergency or disaster, either anon or indirectly,’ Continued wrote … But accepting that advice was absurd for abounding families because, as the Puerto Rican government afresh admitted, admiral were not counting hurricane-related deaths correctly.”
— Trump’s description of Florence as “tremendously big and abundantly wet” reflects his addiction of “narrating alike baleful crises in accomplished agreement that cede him added a boring eyewitness than a accepted administrator in chief,” Ashley Parker writes. “Trump has continued struggled with accessible displays of affinity and with ascent to the role of consoler in chief. In a ambit of situations — from baleful shootings and accustomed disasters to Tuesday’s ceremony of the 9/11 attacks — Trump has responded in agency that, at best, assume ill-fitted to the somberness of the events. ‘Fundamentally he’s a showman, not a statesman, and he sees every befalling as an admirers to be afflicted or rallied, not as capacity in his affliction to be comforted and inspired,’ said Jon Meacham, a historian and columnist of ‘The Soul of America.’ ‘It allotment to the abstraction that he’s a apostle added than he is a president.’”
— Trump took to Twitter this morning to acclaim his administration’s “unappreciated abundant job in Puerto Rico” afterwards Blow Maria:
GET SMART FAST:
The cyclist who got accursed afterwards flipping off Trump’s motorcade plans to run for bounded appointment in Northern Virginia. Juli Briskman, who absent her job at a government application aing because of her baby protest, said she will claiming Republican Suzanne M. Volpe, the Algonkian District’s adumbrative on the Loudoun County Lath of Supervisors, in 2019. (Jenna Portnoy)
Just 13.7 percent of top Abode staffers are bodies of color, according to a new report, but 23 percent of Abode assembly and 38 percent of the all-embracing citizenry are bodies of color. (New York Times)
Tennis armchair umpires are because the achievability of boycotting Serena Williams’s matches and alike basic a union. The idea grew out of annoyance with how the U.S. Tennis Association handled Williams’s altercation with armchair adjudicator Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Accessible final. (Des Bieler)
— New Hampshire is assertive to accelerate its aboriginal aboveboard gay or aboriginal African American adumbrative to Congress afterwards aftermost night’s primaries in the 1st Aldermanic District. David Weigel reports: “Democrats best aboveboard gay Maner baby-kisser Chris Pappas . . . while Republicans went with Eddie Edwards, a atramentous above badge chief, in their primary. The district, which includes Maner and the state’s coastline, has frequently afflicted calmly amid the parties; in 2016, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) agitated it by aloof 1.4 credibility while Hillary Clinton absent it by about the aforementioned margin.”
Pappas, the enactment favorite, calmly cruised to achievement over Iraq War adept Maura Sullivan, assault her 42 percent to 30 percent in an 11-way Autonomous primary. Levi Sanders, the son of Bernie Sanders, accomplished in seventh place, with 1.7 percent (or 1,059 votes). The Vermont senator, who won the state’s presidential primary two years ago, beneath to endorse or advice his son, who does not alike alive in the district. (I wrote about the action amid Pappas and Sullivan from Portsmouth in Monday’s Circadian 202.)
— New Hampshire Democrats additionally chose above accompaniment abettor Molly Kelly as their gubernatorial nominee. From the New York Times’s Sydney Ember: “Ms. Kelly’s achievement brings to 15 the cardinal of women who acquire won governor’s nominations in this primary season, a record. Backed by the bounded political enactment — she was accustomed by both of the state’s United States senators — Ms. Kelly, 68, defeated Steve Marchand, a above ambassador of Portsmouth who ran to her larboard … [But] Ms. Kelly’s aisle to achievement in November is a arduous one: In the accepted election, she will face the Republican incumbent, Chris Sununu, who is one of the best accepted governors in the country.”
— New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears acceptable to win his Autonomous primary adjoin Cynthia Nixon tomorrow, admitting a cord of last-minute controversies. From Weigel: “But the messiness of his accepted win demonstrates the political about-face in his accompaniment — about-face that in a federal primary in June claimed Rep. Joseph Crowley, the top Abode Democrat in New York. Cuomo’s advance to defeat [Nixon] has suffered from stumbles, from a party-funded mailer band the amateur to anti-Semitism to a rushed august aperture for a arch alleged afterwards his father, above governor Mario Cuomo … While that adventure may fade, Cuomo has had to contemplate a new Albany area Autonomous insurgents may alter some of his political allies. Cuomo’s abettor governor and his adopted appointee for apostle accepted are adverse primaries adjoin left-wing challengers. … The aftereffect has been a abnormally angled primary, with Autonomous voters abundantly abetment Cuomo while they coquette with electing added left-wing candidates to change how he governs.”
— Accession altercation for Cuomo: One of the governor’s top aides pitched a adventure about Nixon’s action to Israeli settlements a day afore the mailer emerged band her to anti-Semitism, potentially casting agnosticism on Cuomo’s again claims he had annihilation to do with the advance strategy. The New York Post’s Anna Sanders and Bruce Golding report: “The smoking-gun email, beatific Friday afternoon from an official ‘andrewcuomo.com’ account, appropriate that The Post advertisement a adventure about Nixon’s abutment of the pro-Palestinian ‘Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions’ movement adjoin Israel. … Nixon’s abutment of the BDS movement is amid three credibility aloft in the pro-Cuomo mailer, beatific out by the accompaniment Autonomous lath aloof canicule afore Thursday’s primary, which warns, ‘With anti-Semitism and bigotry on the rise, we can’t booty a adventitious with amateur Cynthia Nixon, who won’t angle able for our Jewish communities.’”
— Top Republicans — including Mitch McConnell — complete added afraid they will lose their Senate majority in November. Sean Sullivan reports: “[The Senate majority leader] on Tuesday articulate some of the best ambiguous addendum of Trump’s admiral that Republicans will accumulate the aerial alcove of Congress, cogent reporters, ‘I achievement aback the smoke clears, we’ll still acquire a majority.’ His comments came as Republican strategists and admiral ashen over a beginning annular of clandestine polling on the Senate races, while accessible acclamation registered added abrasion in Americans’ approval of Trump. ‘Shipwreck’ was how one arch architect declared the situation, abacus an curse to accentuate the severity of the party’s problems. One of the best abrupt fights is in anxiously GOP Texas, area Sen. Ted Cruz is aggravating to bulwark off Autonomous Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Republicans are so aflutter about accident the bench that they are breach assets to Texas …
“At the alpha of Trump’s tenure, some Republicans envisioned abundant wins to dedicated a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats, assured they could adios abounding of the 10 Democrats alive in states Trump won in 2016. Alike a few weeks ago, Republicans were talking added absolutely about flipping seats. But beneath than two months till the Nov. 6 election, Republicans about acknowledgment Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — states Trump won — as opportunities to beating out a Democrat, while McConnell common that nine seats, added Texas, were at stake. ‘Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, Montana, Arctic Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia and Florida. All of them too aing to call, and every one of them like a knife action in an alley; I mean, aloof a affray in every one of those places,’ McConnell told reporters in Louisville.”
— Some GOP strategists and assembly in Texas acquire accused Cruz of aloofness the race, causing it to get as aing as it is. The New York Times’s Manny Fernandez and Mitchell Ferman report: “Mr. Cruz has been criticized by his adolescent affair assembly for abandonment time months ago aback he should acquire been alive and adopting money. ‘I anticipate he array of took it for granted,’ one abstinent Republican lawmaker, Accompaniment Adumbrative Lyle Larson of San Antonio, said of Mr. Cruz. ‘He’s got a action on his hands. I can acquaint you there’s Beto signs all over my commune and there are Beto signs all over deep-red genitalia of Texas that are unexplainable.”
— McConnell may accumulate the Senate in affair for best of if not all of October, depriving accessible Democrats of admired campaign time. Politico’s Burgess Everett reports: “The Kentucky Republican wants to accumulate cranking through as abounding lifetime administrative nominations and controlling nominations as he can with his majority in the antithesis and the GOP still with the unilateral adeptness to affirm [Trump’s] picks. … The Abode is accepted to arch home for the blow of the acclamation ysis afterwards casual a spending bill afterwards this month. But with the Senate’s altered role acknowledging the president’s nominees and little political downside to blockage in session, McConnell affairs to coin advanced into October afterwards slashing the August alcove bottomward to little added than two weeks.”
— George W. Bush will activate an advancing fundraising advance today to advice save his party’s aldermanic majorities. From Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “Bush’s bout will activate Wednesday morning, aback he holds a closed-door accident in Fort Worth, Texas, for GOP Rep. Will Hurd, a second-term abettor who faces the hurdle of gluttonous reelection in a West Texas commune that [Trump] absent in 2016.”
— An appeals console in California disqualified the Koch-backed accumulation Americans for Prosperity Foundation charge acknowledge its donors to the accompaniment apostle general, ambience up a abeyant Supreme Cloister fight. Michelle Ye Hee Lee reports: “Charities are appropriate to address their donors to the [IRS], but the advice is kept arcane from the public. California requires charities to address the aforementioned advice to the accompaniment apostle accepted that it does to the IRS. … The case could ysis the adeptness of accompaniment agencies to bulldoze nonprofits to acknowledge the identities of their donors, decidedly ones that are angry to ‘social welfare’ nonprofits, frequently referred to as ‘dark money’ groups by critics, that acquire proliferated aback the 2010 Citizens United decision.”
— Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Senate campaign used his clandestine jet to fly to a stop on his “bus tour.” Politico’s Marc Caputo reports: “Scott’s advance said the use of his alike was a charge because the governor couldn’t get from an official audition of the Clemency Lath in Tallahassee to the Republican-rich Villages retirement association in time. … But [Scott’s spokesman] said he didn’t apperceive whether Scott has or will use his alike on added occasions to get about instead of benumbed the bus. In Missouri’s advancing Senate chase beforehand this year, Autonomous bounden Claire McCaskill was criticized for accomplishing the aforementioned thing. Scott has removed his jet’s appendage numbers from accessible flight-tracking services, authoritative his abode and biking calendar so abstruse that one advancement accumulation went to cloister aftermost ceremony to force him to acknowledge his itinerary.”
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
— Above Trump advance administrator Paul Manafort is in talks with Robert Mueller’s aggregation about a accessible appeal deal, two weeks afore his added balloon is slated to activate in D.C., on accuse of money bed-making and adopted lobbying violations. Tom Hamburger, Devlin Barrett and Spencer S. Hsu report: “[People accustomed with the discussions], cautioned that the negotiations may not aftereffect in a accord … But the discussions announce a accessible about-face in action for Manafort, who beforehand this year chose to go to balloon in Virginia, alone to be bedevilled [on eight counts of tax and coffer fraud]. He had derided his above business partner, Rick Gates, for arresting a accord with prosecutors that provided him charity in barter for affidavit adjoin Manafort. The specifics of Manafort’s accepted negotiations with prosecutors were unclear, including whether he would accommodate any advice about the president.”
— Russian soldiers were aing by bags of Chinese and Mongolian troops in Siberia as the Kremlin kicked off its ceremony “war games,” the better Russian advancing assignment to action aback the abatement of the Soviet Union. Anton Troianovski, Anna Fifield and Paul Sonne report: “In Vladivostok, Russian Admiral Vladimir Putin accustomed Chinese Admiral Xi Jinping as the banderole bedfellow at an ceremony appointment focused on Russia’s Far East. They fabricated pancakes calm on the waterfront. This year’s Vostok (‘east’) drills … [involve] about 300,000 Russian annual members, added than 1,000 aircraft, 36,000 tanks and array of ships over the aing week. China and Russia consistently abet in mutual exercises. But this is the aboriginal time that Moscow has chip Chinese armament into its ceremony cardinal contest about aloof for Russia’s aing allies: drones, paratroopers, arms and warplanes deployed in apish battles.”
— Putin insisted two men British authorities acquire answerable with accustomed out a assumption abettor advance on their clay as agents of the Russian government are “just accustomed civilians.” Amie Ferris-Rotman reports: “British prosecutors aftermost ceremony answerable in absentia two men they articular as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for application a advancing brand assumption abettor in Britain adjoin Sergei Skripal and his babe Yulia. ‘We apperceive who they are, we begin them. There is annihilation bent about them. They are aloof accustomed civilians,’ Putin told a affair at an bread-and-er appointment in Vladivostok advertisement on accompaniment TV. He added with a smirk, ‘I achievement they will anon arise and acquaint their own story.’ Russia had ahead said the names accustomed to them by British prosecutors were meaningless.”
— The arch of Russia’s Civic Guard, Viktor Zolotov, took to YouTube this ceremony to claiming action baton Alexey Navalny to a duel. The blackmail comes as Navalny serves an approximate 30-day bastille sentence, which he says was advised to bar him from accommodating in accumulation protests over Putin adopting Russia’s retirement age. (Bloomberg News)
— Administering officials have able a abstract controlling order allowing them to affair sanctions adjoin adopted citizens accused of acclamation interference. The New York Times’s Julian E. Barnes and Katie Benner report: “The order, a abridged certificate of beneath than two abounding pages, would accord the administrator of civic intelligence, alive with added agencies, the adeptness to yze aback adopted arrest in an acclamation had taken abode . . . The Treasury Administering would be amenable for administering the sanctions adjoin individuals and adopted entities. The Justice Department, the F.B.I. and intelligence agencies would be complex in investigating allegations of interference.” Admiral say Trump could assurance it as anon as Wednesday.
THE NEW WORLD ORDER:
— Trump canceled his planned cruise to Ireland this fall following a beachcomber of planned demonstrations there to beef his altitude policies, all-embracing relations and ysis of immigrants. Anne Gearan and Adam Taylor report: “The appointment had been projected for November, aback Trump is appointed to be in Europe for a French celebration of the 100th ceremony of the end of Apple War I. … [Sarah Huckabee Sanders said] that Trump still affairs to biking to Paris. ‘We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip,’ she said. The abandoning [came afterwards bounded letters that Irish] political parties, including Labour and the Greens, had planned to beef the Nov. 12 appointment … Aback the cruise was announced, Ireland’s Labour Affair tweeted[:] ‘Trump’s belief are not our values, and there should be no acceptable mat laid out for a man of his worldview.’ … Such able accepted action to a U.S. baton is abnormal for Ireland, area a U.S. presidential appointment is usually a adventitious to appropriately mark the aing ties amid Ireland and the United States, sometimes over a Guinness.” Said Labour baton Brendan Howlin: “We will consistently be aing accompany of the American people, but Ireland will not acceptable a man with Trump’s almanac of discrimination, sexism and lies.”
— “Europe’s Conservatives Anticipation They Could Ascendancy Viktor Orban. They Were Wrong,” by the New York Times’s Patrick Kingsley: “As Prime Minister Viktor Orban steadily accustomed an ‘illiberal state’ in Hungary, dismantling the country’s checks and balances, stacking its built-in cloister with loyalists and creating a arrangement for added far-right leaders, a able accumulation of European politicians took note. And said little. Mr. Orban is now apparent as a blackmail to Europe’s boilerplate leadership, abnormally the bourgeois accord that for years chose to apartment him. Leaders of the Europe’s bourgeois political parties — including [Angela Merkel] — refrained from reining him in, abundantly because he was allotment of their affiliation in Brussels, and because they anticipation they could ascendancy him. Now some leaders in the accord [have] assured that was a mistake.”
— A accumulation of bounded leaders who vowed to apostle the Paris altitude deal, afterwards Trump pulled out the U.S., is affair this ceremony for a appointment in San Francisco. “We’re seeing signs of accretion aloofness worldwide,” said Paul Bledsoe, a Clinton-era White Abode altitude adviser. “And a lot of bodies are acquisitive that what’s accident in places like California could be the antidote.” (New York Times)
WEST WING INTRIGUE:
— Rob Porter and Gary Cohn issued statements criticizing Bob Woodward’s new book chronicling anarchy in the White House, area they ahead worked. But they beneath to altercation any specific incidents. Felicia Sonmez reports: “In one nut … Trump ordered Porter to abstract a letter on abandoning the United States from [NAFTA] … Fearing that such a move would advance to bread-and-er and adept calamity, Porter reportedly batten with Cohn, who told him he would ‘just booty the cardboard off his desk,’ apropos to Trump. In his statement, Porter … said the advancement that abstracts were ‘stolen’ from Trump’s lath ‘misunderstands how the White Abode certificate ysis action works.’ He additionally dedicated his role as agents secretary, which he [said] appropriate him to ‘ensure that accordant viewpoints were considered’ by Trump.” “Fulfilling this albatross does not accomplish accession allotment of a ‘resistance’ or beggarly they are gluttonous to ‘thwart’ the President’s agenda. Quite the opposite,” Porter said.
— Trump is aptitude adjoin Emmet Flood to alter White Abode admonition Don McGahn, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Peter Nicholas and Michael C. Bender. “Mr. Trump told assembly over the weekend that he wants Mr. Flood, currently confined as White Abode appropriate counsel, to accomplish [McGahn] … Mr. Flood wants abandon to appoint his own agents and abandon to restructure the appointment as he sees fit, according to bodies accustomed with the matter. One being characterized Mr. Flood’s wishes for the appointment as: ‘I appetite to be able to run the show.’ … Mr. Flood would accompany to the counsel’s appointment a abundance of acquaintance fending off aldermanic investigations of the White Abode … ”
— An appeals cloister absolved a accusation adjoin Trump in which three protesters who were afflicted at one of his 2016 advance rallies accused him of “inciting to riot.” From Reuters’s Jonathan Stempel: “By a 3-0 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Cloister of Appeals said the protesters did not accompaniment a authentic affirmation beneath Kentucky law adjoin Trump or his campaign, and Trump’s accent was adequate by the Aboriginal Amendment because he did not accurately apostle violence. … [The protesters] claimed they were assaulted, pushed and shoved, with [one of them] punched in the stomach, and unceremoniously removed afterwards Trump again exhorted supporters to ‘get ‘em out of here.’ But in acclimation the adjournment of the incitement-to-riot claim, a misdemeanor, Circuit Adjudicator David McKeague acclaimed that Trump said ‘don’t aching ‘em.’”
— In an annual with WIVB in Buffalo, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) insisted he was innocent of the cabal trading accuse filed adjoin him. From Felicia Sonmez: “Collins additionally accustomed letters that he had alone a appeal accord from federal prosecutors in April, months afore his Aug. 8 indictment. ‘I am innocent and I’m activity to action this appropriate to the end in court. And I will be exonerated,’ Collins said in the interview. … Collins additionally abundant the arena on the morning of April 25, aback he said federal agents agape on his aperture at 6 a.m. ‘saying they aloof appetite to talk.’ He declared it as ‘the shock of all shocks.’ ‘I’m in a bathrobe and bald anxiety and aloof got out of bed, and I chatted with them for 45 annual or so,’ Collins said. ‘They capital to apperceive about my involvement, and I aggregate aggregate from A to Z. And afresh at the end of it all, they said, ‘Oh by the way, we acquire a amendment for you.’ ’”
— The clergyman at a abbey in Santa Monica, Calif., area Stephen Miller grew up, denounced the White Abode adviser for his role in the casual ancestors break policy. “The accomplishments that you now animate Admiral Trump to booty accomplish it accessible to me that you didn’t get my or our Jewish message,” Clergyman Neil Comess-Daniels said in his address for Rosh Hashanah. “That angle is absolutely adverse to aggregate I apperceive about Judaism, Jewish law and Jewish values.” The clergyman said Miller’s ancestors belonged to his synagogue, Beth Shir Shalom, aback Miller was about 9 or 10 years old. “What is alarming to me is that some of my colleagues and others are anxious what I ability acquire accomplished you aback you were a affiliate of our community,” Comess-Daniels said. (Eli Rosenberg)
THE SUPREME COURT:
— Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) criticized a fundraising advance for her closing 2020 amateur if she votes in favor of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. Eli Rosenberg reports: “[A accumulation of advanced activists] raised money in the anatomy of pledges that they said they would accord to whoever absitively to claiming Collins in 2020 if she voted for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. If she votes no, the money will never be aloof from donors. … The abnormal fundraising accomplishment … had aloft added than $1 actor by Tuesday — a not bush bulk for a political chase in the baby state. But amidst the absorption it was accepting were signs that its efforts could be backfiring. At atomic one belief [expert] said that it may actual able-bodied breach federal bribery statutes …. And Collins issued a acutely worded acknowledgment through a backer that alleged it an advance at extortion.” “Senator Collins will accomplish up her apperception based on the claim of the nomination. Threats or added attempts to annoyer her will not comedy a agency in her accommodation authoritative whatsoever,” backer Annie Clark said.
— In a set of added questions submitted to Kavanaugh, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) asked the federal adjudicator whether he has a coffer problem. From HuffPost’s Paul Blumenthal: “‘Have you anytime accustomed ysis for a coffer addiction?’ Whitehouse asks advisedly as allotment of a alternation of questions submitted this ceremony about Kavanaugh’s alien claimed debts. In 2016, Kavanaugh appear acclaim agenda and claimed accommodation debts of amid $60,000 and $200,000. The Trump White Abode said these debts were the aftereffect of Kavanaugh affairs baseball tickets for accompany who afterwards paid him back, as able-bodied as some spending on home improvements. … In accession to the baseball tickets, Whitehouse is allurement Kavanaugh about his associates at an big-ticket country club, whether he consistently plays poker and how he paid for his house. Whitehouse’s coffer questions stem, in part, from a about arise email from 2001 area Kavanaugh apologizes to his accompany for ‘growing advancing afterwards alarming still accession d of dice’ on a weekend vacation in the Chesapeake Bay.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) criticized Trump’s comments about his administration’s acknowledgment to Blow Maria:
One Senate Democrat explained why he would be voting adjoin Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination:
A Daily Beast biographer airish this question:
Eric Holder reacted to Trump’s allegory of his administering of the DOJ to Jeff Sessions’s:
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Two Trump allies are advancing a book on the “deep state” allegedly disappointment Trump’s agenda:
Actress Amy Schumer flipped on her best for New York’s Autonomous gubernatorial primary:
Some criticized Trump’s Twitter messages on 9/11:
An NBC Ceremony anchorman mocked Trump’s cheep about Rudy Giuliani:
Trump struck a altered accent than his predecessors:
A New York Times columnist tweeted this annual of Trump as he landed in Pennsylvania for a canonizing service:
A managing administrator at the alignment Emerson Collective aggregate this arresting photo:
A adventure about 9/11 accomplishment dogs broadcast on amusing media:
And actuality is The Post’s advanced folio 17 years ago today:
GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:
— New York Times Magazine, “Americans Appetite to Accept Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not,” by Matthew Desmond: “These days, we’re told that the American abridgement is strong. Unemployment is down, the Dow Jones automated boilerplate is arctic of 25,000 and millions of jobs are activity unfilled. But for bodies like [Vanessa Solivan], the catechism is not, Can I acreage a job? (The acknowledgment is about certainly, Yes, you can.) Instead the catechism is, What kinds of jobs are accessible to bodies afterwards abundant education? By and large, the acknowledgment is: jobs that do not pay abundant to alive on.”
— Skilled hackers acquire breached the UIDAI’s Aadhaar character database — or the arguable software absolute the biometrics and claimed abstracts of over 1 billion Indians. HuffPost’s Rachna Khaira, Aman Sethi and Gopal Sathe report: “[Hackers developed a software patch], advisedly accessible for as little as … $35 … [that] allows unauthorised persons, based anywhere in the world, to accomplish Aadhaar numbers at will …This has cogent implications for civic aegis at a time aback the Indian government has accustomed to accomplish Aadhaar numbers the gold accepted for aborigine identification, and binding for aggregate from application a adaptable buzz to accessing a coffer account. The application [lets a user bypass ytical aegis appearance and] disables the enrolment software’s congenital GPS aegis affection … which bureau anyone anywhere in the apple — say, Beijing, Karachi or Kabul — can use the software to [enroll] users. The application [also] reduces the acuteness of the enrolment software’s iris-recognition system, authoritative it easier to bluff the software with a photograph of a registered operator, rather than acute the abettor to be present in person.”
— The Civic Association of Manufacturers is “fighting adjoin Trump’s barter war from within,” Politico’s Lorraine Woellert and Marianne LeVine report: “[As] added admiral and barter associations booty a accessible angle adjoin the president, [NAM] and its president, Jay Timmons, acquire addled a aing — if still afraid — affiliation with Trump, action it’s wiser to be on the central than out as the administering accomplishment a chancy action with the all-around business community. … Timmons has emerged as an absurd Washington adeptness centermost beneath the Trump administration, adequate accessible West Wing admission and a band with a admiral whose approach acquire debilitated NAM’s better assembly alike as Trump plays industry booster on a civic stage. During Trump’s presidency, the 123-year-old barter accumulation has flourished, announcement able associates and acquirement growth. Timmons has redirected assets to booty advantage of NAM’s new belvedere and amped up hiring …” Asked in an annual about accumulated pushback on Trump’s tariffs, Timmons said: “You can scream and bawl all you want. I’ve never decidedly begin that to be effective.”
HOT ON THE LEFT:
“Facebook’s abstraction of ‘fact-checking’: Censoring ThinkProgress because bourgeois armpit told them to,” from ThinkProgress: “Last year, Facebook arise that it would accomplice with The Weekly Standard, a bourgeois magazine, to ‘fact check’ ceremony accessories that are aggregate on Facebook. [But] The Weekly Accepted has a history of agreement bourgeois credo afore authentic reporting. Amid added things … it ran an commodity in 2017 labeling altitude science ‘Dadaist Science’ … The Weekly Accepted brought its third-party ‘fact-checking’ adeptness to buck adjoin ThinkProgress on Monday, aback the aperture bent a ThinkProgress adventure about [Brett Kavanaugh] was ‘false’ … The commodity in catechism … acicular out that, aback you apprehend a annual Kavanaugh fabricated during his acceptance audition alongside a annual he fabricated in a 2017, it becomes bright he is communicating that he opposes Roe v. Wade. There are austere after-effects for publishing an commodity that one of Facebook’s third-party actuality checkers decrees to be false. As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg afresh wrote[:] ‘we bench posts rated as false, which bureau they lose 80 percent of approaching traffic.’”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough hit for adage Trump hurts ‘dream of America’ added than 9/11 terrorists,” from Fox News: “MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ namesake Joe Scarborough was airtight on Tuesday for tweeting that ‘Trump is damaging the dream of America added than any agitator advance anytime could’ in announcement a cavalcade he wrote one day afore the 17th ceremony of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which dead about 3,000 people. Scarborough … bound a cavalcade in the Washington Post headlined, ‘Trump is harming the dream of America added than any adopted antagonist anytime could.’ …. Donald Trump Jr. dedicated his father, cogent the MSNBC ballast that he should apologize to the families who absent admired ones during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. ‘Injecting backroom today is blameworthy and alone shows how extraneous and deranged you’ve become,’ Trump Jr. wrote. Several arresting pundits took to Twitter, announcement Scarborough for the column. Columnist Ben Howe wrote, ‘What’s it like to apperceive you spent years allowance drag accession that you now say is added alarming than 9/11 terrorists, Joe?’”
Trump will acquire cafeteria with Secretary of Accompaniment Mike Pompeo and afterwards accord a accent at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Reception. He will bear accession accent at a fundraiser in D.C. tonight.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“I anticipate there are bodies in there that he can trust, it’s aloof — it’s a abundant abate accumulation than I would like it to be. … It would be easier to get things done if you’re able to absolutely assurance anybody about you. I anticipate that’s a shame.” — Donald Trump Jr. on who his ancestor can assurance in the White Abode afterwards the advertisement of the bearding Times op-ed. (John Wagner)
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— Added of the same: Washington will acceptable see blurred acclimate today accumulated with accessible showers or a casual storm. The Capital Acclimate Gang forecasts: “Onshore breeze keeps us mostly blurred with some drizzle, and a adjourned advanced could activate alone showers or a thunderstorm through the advance of the day. Temperatures top out a 80 with aerial clamminess and ablaze apprehension from the east.”
— The Nationals swept the Phillies in a doubleheader, affairs the aggregation aback over .500 and alone 1 ½ amateur aback from added abode in their division. Washington won the aboriginal d 3-1 and the added d 7-6 in the tenth inning. (Chelsea Janes)
— The Virginia chase for GOP Rep. Dave Brat’s aldermanic bench is axis on his adversary Abigail Spanberger’s time spent as a acting abecedary at a Saudi-funded Islamic school. Laura Vozzella reports: “The Aldermanic Administering Fund … aired an anti-Spanberger ad aftermost ceremony that centered on her assignment at the school. ‘What is Abigail Spanberger hiding?’ a narrator asks as apocalyptic music plays in the background. ‘Spanberger doesn’t appetite us to apperceive that she accomplished at an Islamic academy nicknamed ‘Terror High,’ a agitator ancestry ground.’ … Spanberger responded with two ads of her own. ‘Dave Brat and his allies will do annihilation to accumulate power, like beating Abigail Spanberger, a CIA administrator who risked her activity angry terrorists,’ begins the aboriginal 30-second spot, launched backward aftermost week.”
— Lawyers for the man accused of killing the Savopoulos ancestors and their charwoman told a lath that their client’s brothers absolutely agitated out the murders. From Keith L. Alexander and Michael Brice-Saddler: “Jeffrey Stein, with the District’s Accessible Defender Service, said in cloister that his client, 36-year-old Daron Wint, was set up by his brothers, who ‘deceived him, alone him and larboard him to booty the fall’ in a robbery that angry deadly. The beauteous accusation came in the aperture statements Tuesday in the balloon for Wint, the alone being arrested in the May 2015 killings.”
— The lath for Montgomery County schools, Maryland’s better academy system, absolutely accustomed a plan to action condoms in the bloom apartment of added than 20 aerial schools. (Donna St. George)
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
The Actuality Checker begin about 7 in 10 of Trump’s claims at his contempo Montana assemblage to be false, ambiguous or defective evidence:
The Backward Appearance aggregate a five-minute video showing Barack Obama’s continued pauses during his accent aftermost week:
Jimmy Fallon fabricated a anticipation about how continued Bob Woodward’s book would abide aloft album lists:
Two apple leaders enjoyed acceptable Russian pancakes, vodka and caviar afterwards their meeting:
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