Michael Cohen Sues Trump Organization: Politics Daily
Voting Issues: Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is unveiling a proposal intended to expand voting rights across America. Disenfranchisement, he told Vann Newkirk in an interview, is one of the “three biggest issues” facing the country—and one that Democrats will campaign on in 2020, with pushes for universal registration and D.C. statehood. (The other “big” issues Schumer notes are climate change and income inequality.)
Three Little Words: Trump’s remarks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference show that the essence of his 2020 reelection strategy can be neatly synthesized into three words: “I’ll protect you.” And with those words, the president has confirmed that, even as an incumbent, he is more interested in running on fear than hope, writes Ron Brownstein.
Moumina Houssein Darar of Djibouti poses with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and First Lady Melania Trump as she is awarded the 2019 International Women of Courage award at the Department of State. (Andrew Harnik / AP)
Ideas From The Atlantic
I’ve Faced the Charge of Dual Loyalty (Rahm Emanuel)
“In 2002, well before Donald Trump and other ‘birthers’ questioned Barack Obama’s citizenship, I had to produce my U.S. birth certificate in my first run for Congress to disprove false assertions about my background and loyalties.” → Read on.
Clarence Thomas Is in the Wrong Line of Work (Garrett Epps)
“So idiosyncratic is his approach that he often found himself at odds with the godfather of judicial originalism, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia, it’s been reported, took a slap at Thomas in his famous statement that ‘I am an originalist, but I am not a nut.’ The conservative legal movement, while praising Thomas on ceremonial occasions, tends to both quote and follow Scalia.” → Read on.
Five Unanswered Questions About Paul Manafort (Franklin Foer)
“The collected documents from the Manafort trials make it obvious that prosecutors believe that Manafort attempted, on many occasions, to leverage his leadership of the Trump campaign to salvage his disastrous personal finances. What they have described is a state of desperation, but they haven’t fully articulated where, precisely, this desperation led him.” → Read on.
Trump Just Gave Himself More Power to Kill in Secret (Conor Friedersdorf)
“The president wants the power to kill people in secret far from any battlefield without having to disclose how often he exercises it or how many innocents die.” → Read on.
What Else We’re Reading
‣ Of Course Democrats Shouldn’t Let Fox News Host a Primary Debate (Eric Levitz, New York) (🔒Paywall)
‣ In Search of a New Center in the Culture War (Damon Linker, The Week)
‣ U.S. Cancels Journalist’s Award Over Her Criticism of Trump (Reid Standish and Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy)
‣ Biden’s 2020 Plan Is Almost Complete. Democrats Are Impatient. (Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, The New York Times) (🔒Paywall)
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