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I think Mike Pence is putting towel charms on all of the Pence family’s towels in preparation for a Saturday at the pool.

  • Remember Scott Pruitt? Remember his very expensive desk? Staffers at the Environmental Protection Agency worried that the desk had toxic levels of formaldehyde. A perfect send-off from a once powerful grifter. [Politico]
  • In addition to being a misogynist, Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN) is a racist. During a radio show Lewis hosted from 2004-2012, he ‚Äúregularly expressed a belief that African-Americans had an ‚Äėentitlement mentality,‚Äô‚ÄĚ CNN reports. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a cultural problem in the African-American community that is leading to this. The entitlement mentality,‚ÄĚ Lewis said in a 2012 episode. Lewis also warned of the ‚Äúwelfare state,‚ÄĚ single mothers, black crime, and ‚Äúracial violence‚ÄĚ inflicted on white people. [CNN]
  • Ten Republican senators joined with Democrats and called on the Trump administration to ‚Äúuse all available resources currently at its disposal to reunite families as soon as possible.‚ÄĚ [Talking Points Memo]
  • Mike Pompeo said that the White House‚Äôs invitation to Russian president Vladimir Putin ‚Äúmakes enormous sense.‚ÄĚ He added: ‚ÄúIt is incredibly valuable to the people of the United States of America that President Putin and President Trump continue to engage in dialogue.‚ÄĚ [NBC News]
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle is leaving Fox News to work for pro-Trump PAC America First. She will also join her boyfriend, cursed son Donald Trump Jr., on the campaign trail. [Politico]
  • The 2020 Republican National Convention will be in Charlotte, North Carolina. Too bad for Charlotte, an otherwise very nice city. [Washington Post]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:



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