Good morning, today is May 3, and these are the stories I am watching:
FROM THE RIGHT
FOX NEWS reports Trump tells Dems ‘it’s over,’ says McGahn won’t testify, hits Biden’s ‘very dumb statement’ in Fox News interview
President Trump told Fox News in an exclusive wide-ranging interview Thursday evening that the White House has lost patience with congressional Democrats, and forcefully dismissed their efforts to subpoena former White House counsel Don McGahn and other administration officials to testify.
“They’ve testified for many hours, all of them. I would say, it’s done,” Trump told Fox News’ Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge. “Nobody has ever done what I’ve done. I’ve given total transparency. It’s never happened before like this. They shouldn’t be looking anymore. It’s done.”
Attorney General Bill Barr made the right call in deciding not to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Trump said, following his testimony Wednesday in the Senate. House Democrats had insisted that committee counsel, rather than members of Congress, question Barr.
MY TAKE: The Russia story is dead, but the liberals will keep it alive until Trump is no longer in the White House.
ALSO… Ukraine embassy says DNC operative reached out for dirt on Trump in 2016
Ukraine’s embassy wrote that a Democratic National Committee (DNC) insider reached out in 2016 seeking dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump’s team, according to a bombshell new report Thursday that further fueled Republican allegations that Democrats were the ones improperly colluding with foreign agents during the campaign. Ambassador Valeriy Chaly said DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa pushed for Ukraine’s then-President Petro Poroshenko to mention Paul Manafort’s ties to Ukraine publicly during a visit to the U.S., and sought detailed financial information on his dealings in the country, the Hill reported. At the time, Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman.
MY TAKE: I will always believe that Obama and Hillary are behind the Russia collusion story, and until real evidence is presented I will not let go of the idea that Seth Rich was murdered in connection to the DNC.
FROM THE LEFT
AXIOS reports…. Grassroots activists are gaining growing power over Democratic debates, nominating contests and the 2020 convention — all of which used to be completely controlled by the national party, Axios’ Alexi McCammond writes.
The rules to qualify for debates, which begin in Miami next month, include an emphasis on small donors, who helped Dems take back the House in 2018. That has allowed a virtual unknown like Andrew Yang to be propelled by a small but loud group of 65,000 donors to qualify for the debate — before former HUD Secretary Julián Castro met the donations threshold. It has also helped someone like Pete Buttigieg get a spot on the debate stage after a viral town hall moment led to a surge in donations.
That’s also a reason the debate stages will overflow with candidates. “They came up with what seems to be reasonable thresholds to reach, but it turns out it’s too easy to reach them,” said Matt Bennett, a co-founder of the centrist think tank Third Way. As a sign of shifting leverage, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee will urge the DNC to change the debate format to include bottom-up questions. According to a first look at the plans that was provided to Axios, audience members would be allowed to submit questions to the moderators, “so that regular people have more of a say in the questions asked.”
Party rules changes, including a move to exclude superdelegates on the first convention ballot, are designed to reduce the sway of establishment insiders. DNC chairman Tom Perez “wants to make sure that all voters have a voice in our party, and that is exactly why he has empowered the grassroots — because it makes our party stronger,” said Adrienne Watson, the DNC’s national press secretary.
MY TAKE: I often slam the left, but this is the smartest thing they have ever done. The GOP should do the same.
ALSO...Two new tent cities — in El Paso and in the Rio Grande Valley — will hold 1,000 parents and families, expanding the Border Patrol’s capacity to process the surge of immigrants who have arrived in recent months.
MY TAKE: The left will complain about this, saying it is inhumane. I agree, lets send them all back home where they can apply the right way.
FROM THE MIDDLE
The WSJ reports: Facebook to build a cryptocurrency-based payments system. The effort threatens to upend the traditional, lucrative plumbing of e-commerce and would likely be the most mainstream application yet of cryptocurrency. It comes as the social-media giant is under intense pressure from regulators, users and shareholders to address privacy shortcomings.
MY TAKE: A cashless society would help stop illegal immigration.
ALSO...Foxconn chairman meets with Trump as plant falls behind. Terry Gou reaffirmed his commitment to a planned Wisconsin factory, a day after meeting with President Trump at the White House. The Taiwanese Apple supplier is lagging behind its projections for the factory, where it pledged two years ago to invest $10 billion and hire 13,000 people by 2032.
MY TAKE: The left will be all over this one.