Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
Remember when Russia was just a punchline in a Sarah Palin joke?
- According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, special counsel Robert Mueller has “impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections.” Mueller’s decision is likely a sign that his investigation is “growing in intensity.” According to the report, Mueller’s decision will allow him greater leverage to seek subpoenas. [Wall Street Journal]
- Speaking of subpoenas, a grand jury has issued subpoenas over Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian officials. Reuters is reporting that the subpoenas were issued by a grand jury convened by Mueller. [Reuters]
- One more Russia story! Investigators found communications in which Russians spoke of possible collaboration with Paul Manafort. Apparently, former Trump advisor Carter Page has been under a FISA (United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) warrant since 2014. [CNN]
- The President will spend seventeen days vacationing in New Jersey. Maybe Chris Christie will invite him to the beach...or a baseball game. [Associated Press]
- Before heading to the Garden State, Trump will hold a rally in West Virginia tonight. Earlier on Thursday, the president promised “a very big announcement,” at the rally. It looks like the news is that West Virginia Governor Jim Justice will switch parties from Democrat to Republican. [New York Times]
- Listening to Sebastian Gorka tell Fox News that the“President’s Twitter feed” can compel China to act on North Kora is in no way reassuring. [Fox News]
- New Hampshirites are upset that Donald Trump called their state a “drug-infested den.” Live free or die, I guess. [Politico]
- Marco Rubio is still spineless. [The Hill]
- Nancy Pelosi might be seeing her influence wane. [McClatchy]
- Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke figured it out over a beer. [Talking Points Memo]
- The Senate has passed a “right-to-try” bill, a controversial bill that would allow terminal patients to try treatments that haven’t been approved by the FDA. [Axios]
- Sarah Sanders apparently has “relatable” style. [New York Times]
This has been Barf Bag.