With the indictments coming down against Paul Manafort and his partner, Rick Gates, I turned on CNN just in time to see Mr. Manafort’s attorney, Kevin Downing, stating that few people have been prosecuted by the Department of Justice for failing to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
I almost hate to tempt fate at this point… but all has been quiet on the Twitter front since former FBI Director Jim Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (If for some reason you missed it, The New York Times has the full transcript.) I realize the moment I post this the president could decide to take out his phone and fire off some hot takes, but at this moment, we have been more than 24 hours without a presidential tweet.
Let’s savor that for a moment. BREAKING: The President has tweeted.
Well, that was short lived.
Still pinching myself that this happened, but last night the Kansas Legislature overrode Governor Sam Brownback’s veto ending his key legislation: income tax cuts. It’s been a tough few years as, month after month, Kansas’ revenue has fallen short of economic projections. Each year, the legislature has scrambled to fund the Constitution’s priority, education, while scraping money from highway and retirement funds. It’s pretty incredible that the Republican majority legislature took this action, but also a very good step to get the state back on track and make sure Kansas kids get a great education.
As I’ve aged, I’ve really started to love hiking. There’s something about wandering through nature with a friend, cut off from technology and surrounded by all of Mother Nature’s glory that just centers you.
It seems fitting that a year ago today I was spending a carefree June day hiking to the Kjenndal Glacier in Norway. I can still feel the crisp air that surrounded me as the sun shone in such a way that every drop of water and blade of grass seemed in technicolor.
My trip to Brussels ended over the weekend and I am back in D.C. now. It was quite an experience and I am so grateful for the chance to learn more about the EU, as well as get so many foreign policy briefings and observe the historic exercise.
Along with being in Brussels during British Prime Minister Theresa May’s historic triggering of Article 50 to begin Britain’s exit from the European Union, I was also in Brussels during the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Brussels airport and metro.
With all the winning in D.C. this week, it’s hard to believe we could win any bigger. But, I have some great news! Just in time for my latest podcast, Politics in Polite Company has finally made it on iTunes! Make sure you subscribe!
This week—I’m talking to Joy Namunoga with the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda. Yep! We’re calling Joy in Uganda to talk to her about corruption and what she learned while she was a U.S. State Department fellow. We worked together at the Sunlight Foundation and I thought you might enjoy hearing her perspective. I wrote last week about my experience with these programs and I thought you might benefit from hearing from somebody who is not an American.
When the box showed up at my desk with a return address from Mexico, I was nervous. Should I open this? Just a month earlier, the floor above ours was shut down after someone sent an anthrax threat to a group with ties to a certain presidential candidate’s family charity.
Would it be safe to open it?
I hesitated. I didn’t recognize the name on the return address for the rather large box. It wasn’t suspicious in any way—just was unexpected. I think I told my coworkers to call 911 if anything went wrong as I cut open the box.
I want to use Fridays as a day to do a roundup of the important or interesting things happening in Washington that you might have missed in the regular news coverage.
But man, where do I even start after this week? I have a long list of links! This may be a lot, but hopefully you can skim and find some things that interest you.
One of my favorite movies when I was a kid was “The NeverEnding Story.”
If you don’t know it, it’s the story of a boy named Sebastian who finds a magical book. Bullied by other kids, he skips school to read the adventure of the brave warrior Atreyu’s quest to save the world from destruction by The Nothing.
With so much happening right now I thought I’d just do a roundup of the news under different headings.
Here’s what’s making news in Washington: