Rhode Island bill would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases his tax returns


Rhode Island’s state Senate passed a bill this week that would keep candidates off the presidential ballot in their state if they don’t release five years’ worth of tax returns, according to the Providence Journal.

Source: Rhode Island bill would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases his tax returns

Cox: Italy’s new Caesars have outdone Donald Trump | Reuters


In less than a month the odd-couple coalition backing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has outdone even Trump.

Leaders of the right-wing League and quixotic 5-Star Movement have insulted neighbors and cast away migrants.

The derisory English term “fake news” rolls off their tongues more fluently than “buongiorno”.

Like Trump, the Italian government has even managed to pick a fight with Canada.

But making Rome great again, as it were, is proving difficult.

Source: Breakingviews – Cox: Italy’s new Caesars have outdone Donald Trump | Reuters

Party polarization top issue as voters more energized about midterms than previous years | TheHill


The partisan wars that have ground Washington to a halt, on display each day on cable news channels, are having a stronger effect on the electorate, a new survey from the Pew Research Center shows.

More voters say they will use their ballot to send a message for or against the president than in recent midterm elections.

Source: Party polarization top issue as voters more energized about midterms than previous years | TheHill

Stephen Miller believes in controversy as political strategy. | Vox


To understand what the Trump administration is thinking about separating families and locking kids up at the border, you have to understand Stephen Miller’s foundational political belief: It’s better to stir controversy, at any price, than it is to engage constructively.

o Miller, there’s no reason to moderate a view or a policy, especially not when it comes to his deepest passion: immigration restrictionism. It’s a subject he was passionate about even in high school and one over which he bonded with his former boss, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, a longtime immigration hardliner.

It’s no wonder, then, that Miller designed the initial version of Trump’s travel ban, barring people from several majority-Muslim countries from entering the US for 90 days, and refugees for 120 days.

As Republicans are beginning to call the Trump policy of separating children and parents at the border utterly cruel, Miller’s response is a reminder that not only does he not care but the cruelty is by design.

Source: Stephen Miller believes in controversy as political strategy. – Vox

Trump’s midterm suicide plan: Make children cry and mothers mad | TheHill


He should ask for forgiveness after his attorney general sunk to quoting scripture in defense of his cruelty to immigrant children.

He should pray for forgiveness for his brazen and sickening lie that President Obama or Democrats are responsible for the cruelty and abuse he imposes on immigrant children.

America is now led by a man who often waives the Bible in support of actions that violate core teachings of the Sermon on the Mount and guiding principles of the great faiths of the world.

Source: Trump’s midterm suicide plan: Make children cry and mothers mad | TheHill

Religious right hits Trump on border crisis | TheHill


Some experts believe their dissent could build, eroding approval for Trump among a group that has been reliably in his corner up till now. But others caution that the depth and durability of the religious right’s support for the president has been underestimated before.

The Trump administration has been enveloped by a growing sense of self-inflicted crisis on the issue.

Source: The Memo: Religious right hits Trump on border crisis | TheHill

SCOTUS as Lucy van Pelt: The court once again pulls the ball out from under hopeful reformers


Yesterday, the Supreme Court once again decided not to decide the merits of two partisan redistricting cases.

The major case decided was Gill v. Whitford, a Democratic challenge to the gerrymander of the entire map of Wisconsin’s state legislative districts following the 2010 Census that reaped Republicans an exceedingly rich harvest of seats relative to the votes they won in the subsequent elections.

The challenge succeeded in getting a full hearing before the district court and then winning a 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel, which ordered that a remedial map be put in place in time for the next election. The defendants appealed the order to the Supreme Court, which both stayed the district court order and postponed consideration of its own jurisdiction. Yesterday all nine justices found that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring its constitutional challenge and therefore vacated the order of the district court.

Source: SCOTUS as Lucy van Pelt: The court once again pulls the ball out from under hopeful reformers

The Memo: Child separation crisis risks ‘Katrina moment’ for Trump | TheHill


The administration’s actions have drawn fire across party lines, including from former first ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.

They have caused unease among stalwart supporters of the president — among them, evangelist Franklin Graham and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci

Democrats are incandescent about what they see as a grave abuse of human rights. And the news media is bearing down on the issue. Monday’s “NBC Nightly News” was anchored by Lester Holt from McAllen, Texas, where hundreds of young people are being held.

Some observers wonder if this issue could cause him deep damage because of its emotional resonance.

Source: The Memo: Child separation crisis risks ‘Katrina moment’ for Trump | TheHill

Trump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy | TheHill


The Trump administration is digging in, defending its stance while many Republicans on Capitol Hill are worried that the White House’s policy will become a huge election year issue. The immigration story has dominated headlines over the last several days and fractured the GOP.

The political problem facing the White House is that pressure will mount on Republican leaders to pass a narrow immigration bill reversing the administration’s policy at the border.

The thousands of children separated from their families in the weeks since Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled the policy caused an uproar among activists, Democrats and many Republicans, including some close to the president.

Source: Trump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy | TheHill

Trump aides plan fresh immigration crackdowns before midterms | POLITICO


Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and a team of officials from the departments of Justice, Labor, Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget have been quietly meeting for months to find ways to use executive authority and under-the-radar rule changes to strengthen hard-line U.S. immigration policies, according to interviews with half a dozen current and former administration officials and Republicans close to the White House.

The goal for Miller and his team is to arm Trump with enough data and statistics by early September to show voters that he fulfilled his immigration promises — even without a border wall or any other congressional measure, said one Republican close to the White House.

Source: Trump aides plan fresh immigration crackdowns before midterms – POLITICO