Short Takes …

The never ending drive to make the President look bad goes on as Robert Mueller will testify in open session on July 17. He will testify before two committees. The chairs are Representatives Nadler and Schiff.
Democrats will try and get him to say he would have prosecuted the President if he could.
Republicans will press him on his staff and why he didn’t investigate the dossier and its origins.
Mueller will want to say nothing and refer to the report over and over.
How do you think these ratings will be?

The President:
Heads to the G20 and there will be lots of news over the next week.

First South Korea:
He’s stopping in Seoul first to meet with President Moon, who today said:
“The U.S. and North Korea have been engaged in informal talks about a third nuclear summit between the two countries’ leaders”.

The President really wants a deal with N. Korea before the election, and the Democrats really hope he doesn’t succeed.

Then on to China:
“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC Wednesday that the U.S. and China were almost there on a trade deal. “We were about 90% of the way there (with a deal) and I think there’s a path to complete this”.
He added:
That he’s confident President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping can make progress in stalled trade talks at the forthcoming Group of 20 (G-20) meeting this weekend. ‘The message we want to hear is that they want to come back to the table and continue because I think there is a good outcome for their economy and the U.S. economy to get balanced trade and to continue to build on this relationship.'”

THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC DEBATE is tonight in Miami at 9 p.m. on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. On night one the debaters are:
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Julián Castro, John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Good Luck To:
Stephanie Grisham has signed up to be the new administration Press Secretary.
Imagine you wake up everyday and your job is to be the person between the President and the Press.

Backing Down:
Steny Hoyer the Democrat Majority Leader announced yesterday he was cancelling the plan to vote on a pay raise for congress. He said he “didn’t have the votes”.
We asked weeks ago if he thought the American people thought congress deserved a raise. Now even their own members know better than to pass it. They’ll wait until the election is over and do it.

There is a crisis:
Five months after calling the border a “manufactured” crisis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led Democrats on Tuesday to approve a $4.5 billion humanitarian assistance package that the President had requested to deal with the record surge of illegal immigrants.

But Democrats took their pound of flesh in the vote, deleting some of the president’s priorities from the final bill, such as money for investigators to stop human traffickers or more detention beds for ICE. Instead, they packed the measure with new rules on how the administration can spend the money, and on the conditions migrants can face when they arrive at the border.

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