11/29/18 -
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#1: Trump May Pardon Manafort 🚓


In an interview with the NY Post yesterday, President Trump said that - while he has never discussed pardoning his former campaign manager (who is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the US) - he “wouldn’t take it off the table”.

Angling for a pardon?

Manafort has already been convicted of tax fraud, but he made a plea deal with the government: he’d cooperate with Mueller's Russia investigation in exchange for leniency. That deal blew up this week when Mueller accused Manafort of violating the plea deal by lying to investigators about Trump/Russia/etc.

The left believe a pardon for Manafort would be a mistake or even a crime - argue that if the President does issue a pardon, he’ll likely be impeached. Articles from this side argue that even discussing the possibility of a pardon with Manafort or his lawyers would be evidence of witness tampering and/or obstruction of justice by the president.

The right reports on what the president said, but does not editorialize whether a pardon would be acceptable. They mostly echo the arguments the President made in the NY Post interview in a way that implies they agree that a pardon shouldn't be taken off the table.


What's going on here?

It's starting to feel like the Mueller investigation may yield an outcome soon. Pardoning Manafort could be Trump's version of Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre: the spark that lit the fire that ended his presidency. If Trump chooses to pardon Manafort, he’ll need to make sure he can put out the fire.

If Trump pardon's Manafort
#2: Pelosi Problems? ✋
Democrats back in power

This week the Democratic caucus selected Nancy Pelosi to be the next Speaker of the House. If confirmed by a full House vote, Pelosi will return a position she last held in 2011 when Dems controlled the House. 

What's the problem?

A faction of Democrats did not vote for Pelosi because they want to usher in a new class of leadership in the party. Many, if not all, Republicans will vote against Pelosi when she seeks her full House confirmation. It is possible that Pelosi could fall short in her confirmation if the dissenting Democrats don't support her.


The left believes Pelosi will get the votes necessary for confirmation. They remind readers that Pelosi lost 63 votes to a challenger for her minority leadership in 2016, yet she still won the seat. This side concedes that Pelosi does have to win some votes over, but claim her political tact will help her secure the Speakership.


The right stresses the fact that Pelosi ran unopposed in the Democratic nomination and still received 32 "no" votes. They emphasize the disagreement within the Democratic party. This side claims that Pelosi and her generation of Democrats upset others in the caucus by not listening to their concerns.

So what are the odds?

Both sides admit that Pelosi ultimately has the skill to win over any opposition within her party. Recent confirmations (e.g. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh) have demonstrated that party members would rather confirm their own than risk screwing things up. 

When you screw up big time
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Project Dragonfly. 400 Google employees sign a petition to oppose the development of a censored version of Google search for China (The Verge)

Sounds hard. EU announces plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 (BBC)

Faster and easier? FDA is looking to modernize the ways that medical devices are brought to market (CNBC)

Alotta Switches. Nintendo reports $250 million in sales between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (GeekWire)
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