Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
- Republicans spent the day tweeting and talking about the tax code, everyone’s favorite subject. Look at Paul Ryan just beaming during a press conference on the tax code and enjoy Cathy McMorris Rodgers doing a little shimmy while talking about taxes. [Twitter]
- Donald Trump used a photo op with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to promote Mar-a-Lago, calling the Palm Beach club “the Southern White House.” “Many, many people want to be here,” Trump added. “Many of the leaders want to be here. They request specifically.” [Talking Points Memo]
- Trump also said that he has given “my blessing” to “very high level” talks between North and South Korea. [Washington Post]
- Marco Rubio (maybe) thinks he still has a chance to be the President of the United States. [New York Times]
- The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that made it easier to deport some immigrants convicted of a crime, ruling that it was unconstitutionally vague. Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices to form the majority. His decision came as a surprise to some since the ruling will limit the Trump administration’s stricter approach to immigration enforcement. [Associated Press]
- In a long profile at GQ, Kirsten Gillibrand defended her decision to call for former Senator Al Franken’s resignation. “Senator Franken is entitled to whatever process he wants, that’s his decision,” Gillibrand told the magazine. “He’s not entitled to my silence, and so I wanted to be heard on that issue, and I was, and that’s my right and responsibility. He has his own rights and responsibilities.” Let’s take a moment to appreciate the perspective of Gillibrand ally Alyssa Mastromonaco who pointed out that 30 senators eagerly followed Gillibrand’s lead, even as they now distance themselves from the New York Senator. “No one’s mad at them,” Mastromonaco said. “They’re just pussies who didn’t want to do it first.”[GQ]
- Ethics adverse EPA head Scott Pruitt accepted a speaking engagement from the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs. The homebuilders association paid for Pruitt’s flight, as well as a stay in a “lakeside golf resort.” Shortly after, representatives from the group were invited to a meeting at EPA headquarters. A watchdog group described Pruitt’s paid accommodations as “an abuse” of federal travel rules. [Politico]
- Missouri’s Attorney General said that his office found evidence that Governor Eric Greitens committed a felony through his charity. [ABC News]
- After Michael Cohen’s Monday court hearing during which it was revealed that Sean Hannity was his third unknown client. In a statement following the news, Fox News said though they were “unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday,” that he has the network’s “full support.” [The Hill]
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