Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had quite a day at the Aspen Security Forum, where she defended white supremacists (“It’s not that one side is right, one side is wrong”), hedged on whether the Trump administration will meet its July 26 deadline to reunite all families separated under its “zero tolerance” policy (“We will do our best, but we will not cut corners”), and denied that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 elections in support of Trump (“I haven’t seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party”). [ThinkProgress, Politico, The New York Times]
- Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Stormy Daniels and self-proclaimed “street fighter,” may run for president in 2020. Hadouken! [The Hill]
- Though according to the walking hormonal cyst that is Steve Bannon, it’s Oprah that Trump should be worried about. [The Washington Post]
- When they go low, we go... vote? Michelle Obama’s new initiative wants us to register in time for the midterms. [Politico]
- RIP to this very bad idea. [Reuters]
- In case we didn’t already know that Republicans loooooooove ICE and terrorizing immigrants, here’s more proof. [The Washington Post]
- Brett Kavanaugh is the least popular Supreme Court nominee since Robert Bork. [Gallup]
- DHS has spent at least $40 million in the past two months to incarcerate migrant children separated from their families. [Politico]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:
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