These are the stories I am watching May 23:
1)Trump halts bipartisan effort until probes end. The president told Democratic leaders he would work with them on infrastructure and other efforts only when they finish investigating him, casting fresh doubt on Washington’s ability to complete big-ticket legislation in the next 18 months.
DML: The president feels handcuffed, and he is. It’s the price of losing the midterms. People really need to get active in pushing for Trump 2020 or the Democrats will break out the champagne sooner than later.
2)Second judge rules against the president on subpoenas. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos said Congress has broad powers to conduct investigations and that subpoenas for documents related to Mr. Trump’s business and family had a legitimate legislative purpose.
DML: I have been warning TeamDML how the Trump business was going to be the ace in the hole for prosecutors. It turns out, I am correct.
3)House panel to see more of Robert Mueller’s documents. The House Intelligence Committee and the Trump administration stepped back from a collision course after the Justice Department agreed to turn over some materials connected to the special counsel’s investigation.
DML: This is nothing but a sideshow to keep the president frazzled.
4)Facebook ends commissions for political ad sales. Once seen as a growth area, political ads are now viewed within Facebook as more of a headache, according to former employees. The company debated whether to cease running political adverts entirely but the new approach eliminates incentives for employees to push a more-is-better strategy.
DML: It must be nice to have an account manager at Facebook.
5)American Taliban’ to be released from prison Thursday
John Walker Lindh, the Islamic militant who became known as the infamous “American Taliban,” is set to be released from a U.S. federal prison Thursday despite lawmakers’ concerns. Lindh, who has been behind bars in Terre Haute, Ind., is set to be discharged several years before he would complete the 20-year prison sentence he received for joining and supporting the Taliban. The former Islamist fighter and enemy combatant was arrested in 2001, just months after the Sept. 11 attacks and the start of the war in Afghanistan, along with a group of Taliban fighters who were captured by U.S. forces.
In a letter last week to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, lawmakers expressed concerns about the “security and safety implications” of freeing an unrepentant terrorist who officials say continues to “openly call for extremist violence.” They also sought details on how the agency is working to prevent prisoners such as Lindh from committing additional crimes after their release and asked which other “terrorist offenders” are next in line to be freed.
DML: This is a prime example of why the world often laughs at us. Why release this guy?
6)Former staffer for Michelle Obama evades subpoena in Smollett case
Tina Tchen, the former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, declined Wednesday to be served with a subpoena by a retired Illinois judge seeking the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case, according to the process server. In an email to former Illinois appellate judge Sheila O’Brien obtained by Fox News, the process server wrote that a security guard at the Chicago law firm where Tchen is a partner “called up to her and spoke with her and she said that she in [sic] never going to accept service and to not allow me up to their Law firm.” The subpoena would have required Tchen to appear at a May 31 hearing on O’Brien’s request for a special prosecutor and provide “any and all documents, notes, phone records, texts, tape recordings made or received at any time, concerning your conversations with [Cook County State’s Attorney] Kim Foxx in re: Jussie Smollett.”
DML: And they say there’s white privilege. Hmmmm.
7)The Pentagon today will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, AP’s Lolita Baldor and Bob Burns report. The move is not in response to a new threat from Iran, the officials said. The troops would be defensive forces, aimed at reinforcing security in the region. Discussions include additional Patriot missile batteries, more ships and increased efforts to monitor Iran.
DML: During my daily 10am show on TeamDML.com, I explain on a daily basis how the Trump administration will want a war with Iran just before election time. Join us.
8)Spending on homelessness in New York City has more than doubled to $3.2 billion from fiscal year 2014 to 2019, according to a report released Wednesday by Comptroller Scott Stringer.
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