Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
Not enough bags for all these barfs, as the saying goes.
- Our Strong and Illustrious Leader recalled in an interview with Reuters how an allegedly 20-to-25-minute segment of his bizarre multi-hour meeting with Putin went, allegedly, and it sure sounds like Russia is never gonna try and hack us again: “I said, did you do it? And he said no, I did not. Absolutely not. I then asked him a second time in a totally different way. He said absolutely not.” [Reuters]
- In the same interview, Trump continued to defend his son’s Russia admission, stating “I think many people would have held that meeting.” Though he also said that he didn’t know about the meeting “until a couple of days ago.” [Reuters]
- Speaking of Trump, Jr., this fellow sure seems to enjoy visiting Moscow. [Politico]
- The latest in a set of disease-ridden Russian dolls, a brand new Senate health care bill is coming, with reports indicating that deep Medicaid cuts remain in place. [NBC News]
- But you’d better fucking pass this glistening political carcinogen, senators—otherwise, daddy says he “will be very angry.” [Talking Points Memo]
- The Secretary of Homeland Security will not commit to defending DACA in court. [Politico]
- Here’s a rundown on Christopher Wray’s somewhat chummy FBI confirmation hearing today. [Politico]
- The White House misspelled the word “inaccurate.” [The Hill]
- So the State Department spent over $15,000 at a Trump property, what’s the big frickin’ deal? [Washington Post]
- EarthJustice-led environmental groups are suing the EPA for delaying an ozone pollution regulation. [The Hill]
- According to current and former US officials, Russian officials were overheard talking about Trump associates before his campaign even began, although it’s not clear who specifically, or whether discussions were related to Trump’s political career. [WSJ]
- Three-quarters of Americans believe they have too little influence in Washington. [Talking Points Memo]
- Trump is visiting Macron in Paris tomorrow for a Bastille Day parade, where experts anticipate the feuding leaders will pull down their pants and grimace politely at each other’s wieners. [Bloomberg]
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