Today is the last day of July, and here are the stories I am watching.
1-Democratic Party divide in Detroit
It was a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party on stage in the Motor City. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — the presidential primary field’s liberal standard-bearers — were pulled into what was essentially a two-and-a-half-hour fight with their more moderate rivals Tuesday night at the second round of Democratic nomination debates. The result was the party’s divide on full display, with the center-left (and lower-polling) contenders fiercely arguing that policies like “Medicare-for-all” and the Green New Deal will “FedEx the election” to President Trump, and the higher-profile candidates on the left flank just as fiercely arguing that their policies are the kind of bold solutions America needs.
DML: The best moment was when U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio told Bernie Sanders he didn’t have to yell when explained his so-called “Medicare-for-all” plan. Yeah…. that was the highlight. Sorta tells you how sad things are in donkeyville.
2-Dem debate Round II
The sharp divisions within the Democratic Party may become even more visible during Wednesday’s second Democratic debate in Detroit. The evening will feature: former Vice President Joe Biden; U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado; Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Cory Booker of New Jersey; and Kamala Harris of California; businessman Andrew Yang; U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; and former Obama Cabinet member Julián Castro.
DML: Look for Harris to break out and break away from the pack. It will be her versus Biden in the months ahead.
3-Fed prepared to cut interest rates for the first time in a decade
For the first time since the start of the recession more than a decade ago, the Federal Reserve is poised to cut interest rates in hopes of shielding the 11-year economic expansion from growing global uncertainties. The central bank is expected to announce its decision on interest rates at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday. The gradual decrease in the benchmark federal funds rate — economists anticipate the U.S. central bank to lower it by a modest quarter of a percentage point — would end an era of monetary tightening by policymakers, who have voted nine times since 2015 to raise interest rates, as recently as December.
DML: Trump2020 becomes far easier if this happens today, which it will.
4-Judge dismisses DNC hacking lawsuit against Trump campaign
A federal judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against key members of the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over hacked DNC documents, saying they “did not participate in any wrongdoing in obtaining the materials in the first place” and therefore bore no legal liability for disseminating the information. The ruling came as Democrats increasingly have sought to tie the Trump team to illegal activity in Russia, in spite of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings that the campaign in fact refused multiple offers by Russians to involve them in hacking and disinformation efforts.
DML: Can we focus on the border, healthcare, Iran… you get it, but DC does not.
5- CBD said to help women feel great again with sex.
Forbes reports that women claim CBD products, such as DML PURE, are helping improve vaginal dryness or pelvic inflammation. Thus, CBD is helping females realize an “awakening” of greater stimulation and “erotic feelings” during intercourse.
DML: It’s a matter of time before big pharma tries to control the market. I will be fighting against that from happening. No way we can allow pharma to make CBD unaffordable. Get going with feeling great again, go to DMLcbd.com
6- Baltimore overload.
Trump sent a hard-hitting message Tuesday to House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., saying the real oversight is needed in the congressman’s home district. Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn, Trump was asked about the ongoing feud between him and Cummings since Trump made derogatory remarks about Baltimore, which Cummings represents. “Take your Oversight Committee and go to Baltimore, you’ll learn a lot,” Trump said.