News Potpourri for 500, Alex
Top Washington Post story:
My take: It doesn’t take an advanced degree in psychology to know that this is one issue where Trump feels both mentally and politically vulnerable. It is amazing that no Republican took him on over this matter in 2016. You can bet Republican opposition researchers are going to try to Swift Boat Trump’s critics. But in the end, Trump is going to likely have to defend himself, and he won’t find it easy.
Top Politico story:
My take: If there were any doubt before, we now know Amash is not going to tip toe around his position. Of all the data points making it harder for Nancy Pelosi to stave off impeachment proceedings, Amash’s vocal and detailed call to impeach Trump is right at the top. The irony of a lone Republican putting more pressure on Pelosi than the millions of Democrats who are demanding the move is not lost on anyone.
Top New York Times story:
My take: In a normal administration this would not be a big deal — it would be unfathomable. But in the Trump administration, a president undercutting his top national security aide on two of the world’s biggest hot spots is called “Tuesday.” Bolton won’t quit over this, world governments will yawn and shake their heads in ceremonial disbelief, and the parade of mixed signals will continue.
Top Wall Street Journal story:
My take: There will be more endless speculation about what the Roberts court wants to do about Roe versus Wade. The truth is no one outside the High Court really knows. In the short term, it is clear there aren’t five votes to do away with the precedent expeditiously. The current court hasn’t showed its hand on how it wants to have this play out. What IS clear is that if Trump gets to replace a Democratic-nominated justice, Roe would almost certainly be undermined, and perhaps outright overturned.
Top NBCNews.com story:
My take: Specific, left-of-center plan aimed to spend more Washington dollars to improve education, especially in underserved areas. Nothing super innovative here but in keeping with Biden’s vision of the role of Washington and the priority he puts on education policy.
Top Daily Mail story:
My take: Amidst passage of all these new state laws restricting abortion, the symbolism of a large state literally having no legal clinic to perform abortions is likely to galvanize abortion rights supporters in a way no other development has so far.
Top New York Post story:
My take: The question must be asked: why did the president back down on this jibe, of all the insults he has issued? There is more going on here than is apparent on the surface. Keep watching this one.
Top sports story:
A dramatic look inside the aftermath of the Laker’s failed reboot
Top business story:
Despite trade war, consumer confidence rises
Wall Street Journal
Top entertainment story:
Infuriating rivals, Ari Emanuel’s firm files for IPO during WGA dispute