Today is July 8, and here are the stories I am watching.
1-Trump faults Democrats for crowded border detention centers.
President Trump on Sunday accused the “Fake News Media” of spreading “phony and exaggerated accounts of the Border Detention Centers” while blaming Democrats for the crowded conditions of the holding facilities.
DML: Lots of blame from both sides, but nothing is getting fixed.
2-Border bill battle underscores Democrats in meltdown.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Sunday joined Democrats who took issue with a recent interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who criticized the influence of the four freshmen lawmakers who voted against the $4.6 billion border bill signed into law last week by President Trump. In a New York Times interview, Pelosi downplayed the influence of Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. to “their public whatever” and Twitter following. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to explain to Pelosi, 79, that “public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment.” “And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country,” she continued. Omar wrote in response to Ocasio-Cortez, “Patetico! You know they’re just salty about WHO is wielding the power to shift “public sentiment” these days, sis. Sorry not sorry.”
DML: The 3 blind mice (Omar, AOC, Tlaib) are the greatest gift to conservatives. They highlight how dysfunctional the party has become.
3-Trump: ‘Iran better be careful’
President Trump lobbed a strong warning to Iran on Sunday after the rogue nation announced it had ratcheted up its uranium enrichment beyond the limit allowed by the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. “Iran better be careful. … Iran is doing a lot of bad things,” Trump said. “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.” Iran has said it was inching its program closer toward weapons-grade levels, while calling for a diplomatic solution to a crisis that has raised tensions with the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Sunday that Iran’s actions would “lead to further isolation and sanctions.”
DML: Sanction everything possible, and do it yesterday. Leave no sanction on the table.
4-Democrats in Iowa and Nevada will be able to vote over the phone instead of showing up at traditional caucus meetings next February.
The tele-caucus systems, the result of a DNC mandate, are aimed at opening the local-level political gatherings to more people, especially evening shift-workers and people with disabilities. The changes are expected to boost voter participation, presenting a new opportunity for 2020 candidates. In Iowa, polls show as many as 20% of Democrats will participate virtually.
DML: Fraud. Gone. Wild.
5-Julian Castro revives campaign, thank Fox News.
The open borders advocate plans to unveil at least two new policy proposals before the end of the month, including on climate change and gun violence prevention. Now Castro has media embeds traveling everywhere he goes. Just a few weeks ago, the campaign had to beg for attention. Fox News gave him what he was begging for, and since then he’s emerged as a real player. Fox provided Castro with a hour-long town hall program completely dedicated to the radical Democrat. Since then it’s been great for for Castro’s campaign. Herecently announced “an intimate meet-and-greet” for 100 people at a Texas mall. 350 people showed up.
DML: This is what TeamDML went on a massive campaign to have Fox News stop holding town hall meeting for Democratic candidates. Many of the hosts at Fox responded to our emails. It appears we need to step on the peddle again. Go to DennisMichaelLynch.com/Fox to participate.