Today is May 22, and here are the stories I am watching.
1) Pelosi facing increasing pressure to support impeaching Trump.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to have a special caucus-wide meeting of House Democrats on Wednesday morning as she faces growing calls within her party to impeach President Trump. Prior meetings involving Pelosi and top Democrats have escalated into heated exchanges, with the party torn over how to address Trump controversies. Pelosi has been reluctant to support impeaching Trump and has warned Democrats that impeachment could distract from the focus needed to win in the 2020 presidential election.
The House speaker has also warned colleagues that voters may not support impeaching Trump and that the party could suffer voter backlash if Trump was ultimately acquitted in the Republican-led Senate. Still, former White House counsel Donald McGahn’s refusal, on Trump’s orders, to appear at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday has escalated tension between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration. A growing number of Democrats say they are dealing with a “lawless president” and that impeachment, not numerous investigations, may be the only way to hold the president accountable.
DML: I am watching the Southern District of NY. They are too quiet right now. That scares me. They are investigating the Trump businesses, and that’s where the pain for Trump resides.
2)Dozens of tornadoes slam the Midwest.
Dozens of storms and tornadoes in the Midwest on Tuesday damaged multiple buildings — including a racetrack grandstand — but were expected to weaken by Wednesday. Missouri and parts of Illinois already have been hit with severe weather in the second consecutive day of severe storms and were blamed for at least two deaths. St. Louis was largely spared from the powerful storm system, but baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals called off their Tuesday game against their cross-state rivals, the Kansas City Royals, as the rumbling of an approaching storm could be heard downtown. The city’s Lambert Airport shut down for an hour Tuesday but resumed flights a short time later.
DML: Who will be the first Dem to blame this on climate change?
3)Beverly Hills tobacco ban advances.
The exclusive community of Beverly Hills, Calif., took a step Tuesday toward becoming the first city in the United States to ban the sale of tobacco products. The city council approved an ordinance that would ban the sale of cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products at all retail locations within the tony Southern California city, including gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies and newsstands. However, hotels and several high-end cigar lounges — including the Grand Havana Room, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s favorite cigar club – would be exempt from the rule. The second reading and final vote on the ordinance is expected to take place in early June. If passed, the ordinance will be reviewed by the council in three years. Beverly Hills wasn’t the only place to make history Tuesday: Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that allows the composting of human bodies as an alternative to burials and cremations.
4)Cannes film poster depicts decapitated Trump.
A B-movie poster courted controversy at the Cannes Film Festival’s Market by featuring a bikini-clad woman resembling first lady Melania Trump holding two decapitated heads — one of them a President Trump-like character wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap. The poster, for a 90-minute sci-fi thriller called “When Women Rule the World,” featured the tagline: “Meet the first lady of the future with her HEADS OF STATE!” The film was being promoted at the Cannes Market, part of the international film festival held each May in France.
DML: Great way of promoting a movie, but I won’t bite the bait. I ain’t posting the poster.
5)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today will take to social media to push his bipartisan bill — which he released Monday and called one of his “highest priorities” — to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. The measure also applies to e-cigarettes and vape products.
DML: Ditto to what I wrote above.
6)Harley-Davidson tries revving up sales with loans. The motorcycle maker is introducing 100 new models through 2027, to find new customers outside a pack of aging riders in the U.S. Harley expects those buyers to be younger and less wealthy than the baby boomers who drove its sales in recent decades, making financing more important to securing their business.
DML: As white America perishes so will Harley. I think I will short the stock.