More Comey, More Problems for Trump: PDB for June 10, 2017

I’ve finally come up with a name for this roundup of news stories I’ve been writing.

You probably know that in D.C. they call the President’s Daily Briefing the “PDB.” Well, I figured that might work here, too. Only, this is your “Politics in Polite Company Daily Briefing.”

I know. I left out some initials. But I’m hoping you’ll work with me.

Anyhow, so in today’s PDB we are talking the continuation of the fallout from former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony. First, the president’s attorney threatened to sue Comey for revealing “privileged conversations.” That’s laughable considering the president tweeted about them himself. Vox has an amazing piece where they interviewed 10 legal scholars who basically say the same thing.

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The Day After Comey Roundup

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.

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Karma, karma, karma Comey-leon day roundup 

Lest you be confused about how central politics is to life in D.C., bars around town are opening at 9:30 a.m Eastern today for people to gather to watch former FBI Director James Comey testify in open session before Congress. At least one pub apparently wants to go bankrupt because it’s offering a free round of drinks each time the President Trump tweets. The hearings start at 10 a.m. Eastern/9 a.m. Central Time and will be carried on most networks, but just in case you are at work—here’s the link to CSPAN.

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Morning roundup of news for June 7

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.

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Remembering our neighborhood

After the Manchester attacks, like after so many of the other tragic incidents of domestic and international terrorism lately, the Mr. Rogers quote about looking for the helpers started circulating across social media.

Not long after, this tweetstorm surfaced from journalist and author Anthony Breznican about meeting Fred Rogers during a particularly sad time in his life. You should read the entire tweetstorm here, but grab some Kleenex first.

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Paris Agreement: Changing what we can

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.

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Health care is not a free market

A few years ago, I ran the Marine Corp Marathon. It was not a brag-worthy performance, but I finished and that’s all I really have to say about it. I’ve checked it off the bucket list and I’ll probably never go that long of a distance without the assistance of a car ever again.

In the weeks after, I developed a pain in my hip. I went to my primary care doctor who couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Concerned I could have torn something, the doctor referred me to a specialist who recommended an MRI.

I had a terrible insurance plan with a ridiculously high deductible compared to my salary. When I called to make the appointment, the receptionist told me I would need to have the payment for the MRI at the time of service.

“How much will that cost?” I asked.

“We don’t know,” she replied.

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Ad Astra Per Aspera: Why the Democrats need Kansas

Kansas’s state motto, Ad Astra per Aspera, is one of my favorites. The Latin translation “to the stars through difficulty” reflects the history of my home state while also accurately describing the people I know back home. Kansans are not afraid of hard work and fighting adversity to achieve their goals.

National publications keep interviewing Trump voters, trying to understand why they would vote against their own interest and they’re missing the bigger story. This is the story I see brewing in the Heartland: The people who normally are not involved in politics, are now energized. I’ve seen friends (both moderate Republicans and Democrats) form PACs, canvas for the first time, and in many cases, consider running for office.

Maybe after the near-win in the Kansas 4th Congressional District special election last night, they’ll take notice.

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What to think about the airstrikes in Syria

Just more than 12 hours after I published my post about WWI and Syria, President Trump launched an air strike against the Shayrat Airfield in Syria. There is certainly no shortage of hot or bad takes on social media right now about whether that was a logical decision.

I’m not an expert, nor am I confident in what the right decision is regarding Syria. I’m a little unsettled that this administration changed course in a 12-hour period. However, the Syrian people have been waiting for years for someone, anyone, to help end the conflict.

I have a lot of thoughts swirling in my head right now so here’s a rundown of them by hot take topics on social media:

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