It might seem logical and politically predictable for Senate Democrats to use Comey’s abrupt dismissal to demand some sort of special investigation into possible connections between Russia and the Donald Trump presidential campaign. But the ones up for re-election in states President Trump won could make themselves more vulnerable to losing their seats by doing so. Besides, Democrats have diminished power in exerting pressure while in the minority. … [Read more...] about Which Republicans will be brave enough to call for outside Russia probe?
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9:59 a.m. Education secretary doubles down on punishing schools: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday pressed President Trump’s threat to withhold federal funding from schools that don’t have in-person instruction in the fall. In a Fox News interview, Chris Wallace pointed out that Congress enacted the money mostly to help disadvantaged kids, and asked if it wouldn’t be preferable to help schools with safety measures so they could open. DeVos replied: “American investment in education is a promise to students and their families. If schools aren’t going to reopen and not fulfill that promise, they shouldn’t get the funds.” Asked what authority Trump had to withhold money without congressional approval, DeVos said, “We’re looking at all the options.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: July 12-13
The House meets for a pro forma session on Thursday at noon and returns to legislative business on Monday. House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer70 progressive groups call for next Foreign Affairs chair to reflect 'progressive realism' House to vote next week on ridding Capitol of Confederate statues Overnight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze MORE (D-Md.) announced that the House will take up the National Defense Authorization Act on Monday and Tuesday, with plans to consider legislation to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol and pass 11 of 12 appropriations bills by the end of July (excluding the homeland security funding bill) (The Hill). … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Argentum – California a coronavirus cautionary tale as it retrenches to stave off infections
Strategy B can be characterized as a limited rollback and was actually advocated by Trump’s first secretary of state, Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet How the US could respond to Russia's support of the Taliban Trump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report MORE, during his confirmation hearing. Asked about U.S. policy in the South and East China Seas, he stated: “China's activity in this area is extremely worrisome and … a failure of a response has allowed them just to keep pushing the envelope on this.” … [Read more...] about The four China strategies Trump or Biden will need to consider
A ceremonial soldier wears a face mask during Russia's Victory Day parade in Moscow on June 24. A major celebration was originally planned to take place in May, with world leaders invited to attend, but it was postponed by the Kremlin after veterans organizations voiced concerns about the health risks such an event might pose amid the coronavirus crisis. … [Read more...] about India could soon reach 1 million coronavirus cases as it struggles to contain outbreak