Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, long viewed as a rising star, is now on the outs in Washington after leading a faction that unsuccessfully sought to topple House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. And he’s struggling to gain traction with a potential presidential bid, the Boston Globe reports.
Moulton made a trip to South Carolina this week, where the Globe reports he drew an audience of 22 students at a time when even longshot candidates have drawn crowds of hundreds.
“Moulton may have a bright future. I am not sure if now is the moment,” said Sean Carrigan, a former congressional candidate who attended a roundtable discussion for veterans that the congressman hosted during the trip.
The Supreme Court is set to consider North Carolina’s congressional district maps next week, in a case opponents hope will lead to the court’s first-ever ruling striking down a map is too partisan.
Bloomberg News reports on the case, which has arguments scheduled for Tuesday. The justices will consider both the North Carolina map, drawn by Republicans, and a Maryland map drawn by Democrats.
North Carolina Republicans openly said they were drawing the districts in 2016 to give the party an electoral advantage, according to Bloomberg.
“I propose that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and three Democrats because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats,” state Representative David Lewis, who led the redistricting effort, said at the time.
But the odds are probably against the parties challenging the maps. The court refused to strike down partisan gerrymanders in a Wisconsin case a year ago.
He compared it to his decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, noting past presidents have promised during their campaigns to move the embassy and recognize the Golan Heights but never followed through.
“It’s been a very hard decision for every president,” he said in an interview on Fox Business.
“They all campaigned on it. They never did it, and I understand why,” he said of the embassy move. “When I got elected, I was inundated with calls from all over the world, the leaders, mostly the leaders saying please, don’t do it, don’t do it. I did it, and it’s been done, and it’s fine. Golan Heights is the same thing. For years, other presidents have campaigned. They said they’d do it. This is sovereignty. This is security. This is about regional security.”
Trump denied it had anything to do with boosting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is up for re-election in three weeks. “I wouldn’t even know about that,” he said.
Also in the interview, Trump hit the federal reserve for raising interest rates and said he believes he can work with Congressional Democrats on an infrastructure bill.
“The easiest thing is infrastructure. They want it, I want it. I spoke to Nancy Pelosi about it the other day. We agree on it,” he said.
Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand pitched her ideas to improve the asylum process while touring a law clinic at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that helps immigrants with legal matters.
The Associated Press reports this morning on Thursday’s events:
The senator from New York kicked off her first presidential campaign trip to Nevada by meeting with immigration law students. The 2020 White House hopeful took notes while the students described the cases they’ve worked on and the problems they’ve encountered in the U.S. legal system as they try to help immigrants, including unaccompanied minors.
Gillibrand, who has stressed her role as a mother on the campaign trail, spoke to the students while she picked up and examined several small pieces of canvass with painted handprints of those unaccompanied children whose cases were handled by the clinic.
The Democrat said she’s working on legislation that would guarantee asylum seekers a lawyer, create a system for Americans to foster immigrant children and break out immigration judges from under the U.S. Department of Justice so they can be independent.
“We want unbiased judges that are appointed for life so they can do the right thing, not the political thing,” she told reporters.
Immigration reform is a prime issue in Nevada, which has a sizeable population of immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission and 13,000 young immigrants seeking protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“I think this is a huge issue for all of America,” Gillibrand said. “I think we have a crisis at the border that has been literally manufactured by President Trump, entirely creating a humanitarian crisis of separating families.”
She met Thursday afternoon with former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and spoke to voters at a downtown Las Vegas bar Thursday night.
A close reading of Donald Trump’s interview with Fox Business Network, where he again went after John McCain, suggests he may have been given some kind indication the network would not ask about the issue.
Donald Trump ripped the Green New Deal as the “most preposterous thing” and said he hopes Democrats will move forward with it because it will hurt them politically.
Trump tore into the proposal to combat climate change in an interview with Fox Business Network that aired Friday morning.
“It’s the most preposterous thing,” Trump said. “I really hope they keep going forward with it… because I think it’s going to be very easy to beat.”
Trump said Democrats are becoming “a far-left party.”
“They are radicalized,” he said.
A federal judge in San Francisco will scrutinize the Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico during a court hearing Friday to help him decide whether to block the practice. The Associated Press reports:
Civil rights groups have asked Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco to put the asylum policy on hold while their lawsuit moves forward. Seeborg was not expected to rule immediately.
The policy began in January at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego, marking an unprecedented change to the U.S. asylum system . Families seeking asylum are typically released in the U.S. with notices to appear in immigration court.
The administration later expanded the policy to the Calexico port of entry, about 120 miles east of the San Ysidro crossing.
The lawsuit on behalf of 11 asylum seekers from Central America and legal advocacy groups says the administration is violating U.S. law by failing to adequately evaluate the dangers that migrants face in Mexico.
Donald Trump is heading for his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida Friday, where he’ll meet with Caribbean leaders to discuss the crisis in Venezuela.
Trump is scheduled to depart the White House at 9:30am and arrive at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida at 12:25pm.
He’ll meet with the leaders of the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and St. Lucia, and the Associated Press reports that the political and economic crisis in Venezuela tops the agenda. Trump will be showing his support for Caribbean countries that back democratic transition in the crisis-racked South American country, where Nicolas Maduro has clung to power despite international pressure.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hinted last year that the Mueller report would not include harsh condemnation of anyone who has not been charged with a crime.
Talking Points Memo obtained a letter Rosenstein sent to Senator Chuck Grassley on June 27, 2018.
“Punishing wrongdoers through judicial proceedings is only one part of the Department’s mission,” Rosenstein wrote. “We also have a duty to prevent the disclosure of information that would unfairly tarnish people who are not charged with crimes. … In fact, disclosing uncharged allegations against American citizens without a law-enforcement need is considered to be a violation of a prosecutor’s trust.”
Trump warns ‘people will not stand’ for Mueller report
As Washington braces yet again for the possible release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Donald Trump is warning that “people will not stand for it” if the report portrays him badly.
The ominous warning came in an interview with Fox Business Network released Friday morning.
“It’s always interesting to me because a deputy, that didn’t get any votes, appoints a man that didn’t get any votes, he’s going to write a report on me,” Trump said, referring to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein’s decision to nominate Mueller. “I have a deputy, appoints a man to write a report on me, to make a determination on my presidency? People will not stand for it.
“For two years we’ve gone through this nonsense. There’s no collusion,” Trump said.
No one knows for sure when the report on Russian election interference is coming, but there is again buzz it could be imminent.
Reporters are staking out Mueller’s office Friday morning.
“We’re tea leaf reading like everyone else,” one White House official told CNN.