Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) listens as Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in 2013 in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

This post has been updated to correct the party affiliation of Sen. Mark Warner.

He’s got a point. “Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said on Sunday that President Trump doesn’t appear to be interested in Russian election meddling despite the ongoing probe into alleged ties between his campaign and Moscow.”

We should point out that this is largely of Trump’s own making. “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia and obstruction of justice is ‘only getting started,’ the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.”

They cannot point to a single policy win. “Some 300 business leaders have met with Mr. Trump since he took office promising the nation’s top executives a direct line to the Oval Office and a chance to shape economic policy. The discussions have helped the president project an image of CEO-in-chief as he awaits a major legislative victory and have given CEOs a voice in initiatives like the administration’s push to expand apprenticeship programs. But corporate leaders are learning about the limits of their clout.” They’re props for Trump.

Democrats won’t be able to point to lack of funds if they lose the Georgia 6th Congressional District race. “Progressives who have pumped more than $23 million into [Jon] Ossoff’s campaign have long viewed the race as their best chance to use a special election to deliver a political blow to Trump — and to send a message to House Republicans that aiding Trump will come at a price by capturing what for decades has been a reliably Republican seat.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) points out how ludicrous the process is. “Now, in the Senate what you have is you have I believe it is 10 Republicans working behind closed doors to address 1/6th of the American economy. That’s what health care is. Republicans. The average Republican doesn’t even know what’s in that legislation. My understanding is that it will be brought forth just immediately before we have to vote on it. This is completely unacceptable. I mean, nobody can defend a process which will impact tens of millions of Americans and nobody even knows what’s in the legislation.”

Fearing someone will point out that Trump signed onto “amnesty,” Trump tries to hide from the anti-immigrant hawks. “The Trump Administration quietly surrendered Thursday on a core and divisive campaign promise to deport young undocumented immigrants, a move that both reflects a policy shift and the complex internal politics of a divided White House. A little after 10 pm ET, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it had put the final nail in Obama’s stalled second administrative action on immigration, an order intended to shield millions of undocumented parents from deportation — but was stuck in a years-long state of legal limbo.”

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) makes a key point: “What the Russians did in 2016 in the United States, the Russians have also done in the French elections, they will do in the German elections. And, as a state that has statewide elections this year, I’m concerned about their ongoing efforts to try to, frankly, sow chaos in our democratic process . . . .  It’s not about the Russians being for Republicans or Democrats. The Russians are for their own interests. And we have to be careful about this new form of conflict.” Well, in 2016 they were for Trump.

 



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