Today is May 11, and here are the 5 big stories I am watching.
1) July 4 and Trump. President Trump has apparently taken charge of this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., and will possibly give a personal address, angering some Democrats who fear the president will politicize the holiday.
City officials in the nation’s capital were notified of Trump’s plan to address the nation on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and move the traditional fireworks display from the Capitol Reflecting Pool to the nearby West Potomac Park, the Washington Post reported.
MY TAKE: Brilliant move.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan gave the green light to move the USS Arlington and the Patriot battery, according to a statement. The latter is “a long-range, all-weather air defense system to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft,” the Pentagon said.
MY TAKE: Pressure. Pressure. Pressure wins the game.
3) Rush losing it? Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Friday that former Vice President Joe Biden may have already won the Democratic presidential primary and that President Trump may benefit from disenfranchised Bernie Sanders voters.
“Do you realize it may well be the Democrat primary race is over? In New Hampshire, Joe Biden is blowing out Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders was up 30 points nationally, he was up 25 or 30 points in New Hampshire, the last poll, and Biden has just launched over Bernie Sanders,” Limbaugh said on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”
MY TAKE: Two weeks ago, during an appearance on FOX, Rush said Biden had the best chance to beat Trump in the general election. But he chuckled in saying Biden would never get there because he had no chance to win the Democratic primary. Two weeks sure does make a difference in the world of Rush.
4) Mandatory e-Verify.An immigration plan being drafted by the White House is likely to include a provision that mandates, nationally, the E-Verify system that prevents businesses from hiring illegal aliens over American citizens.
Sources close to Breitbart News said President Trump’s administration is looking to include provisions of former Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) Legal Workforce Act, which makes the E-Verify system mandatory across the country, to ensure that U.S. jobs are reserved for Americans and U.S. wages are protected from illegal, cheaper foreign competition.
MY TAKE: Amen.
5) Uber flop. Uber skidded into the public markets, falling 7.6% below the ride-hailing giant’s already conservative offering price in a bleak debut for the nation’s most valuable startup.
MY TAKE: Look at my briefing from Friday, and I said Uber would be a flop. How I love my crystal ball.