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New French President Macron Shakes Trump’s Hand Last At NATO

  • During Donald Trump’s first meeting with NATO allies at the summit in Brussels this week, Trump finally met new French president Emmanuel Macron.
  • In a video shared on Macron’s Twitter feed, you can see Macron approaching the gaggle of world leaders, apparently making a beeline for Trump.
  • When Macron finally got to Trump, Trump tried his bizarre shake-and-grab handshake he uses to dominate people.
  • As an aside, Trump reportedly told Macron that he always wanted Macron to win, which is a lie.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog | May 26, 2017, 5:19 pm

<i>The Atlantic </i> Politics & Policy Daily: Like A G7

  • ‘Losing Planned Parenthood’: The organization is closing one-third of its clinics in Iowa, offering a preview of what might happen nationally if Republicans succeed in defunding it.
  • A Day to Remember: David Frum explains how four events that happened on May 25 define the Trump era.
  • AHCA and the Opioid Crisis: In its current form, the Republican health-care bill would worsen America’s opioid epidemic by “diminishing both the prevention and the crisis-response functions of public health.” (Vann R.
  • Follow stories throughout the day with our Politics & Policy portal.SnapshotGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump before talks at the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy.
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic | May 26, 2017, 4:59 pm

Anti-choice Media Continue Circulating Smear Video After Court Orders Footage Removed

  • On May 25, the discredited anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) circulated an unlisted link to a smear video on YouTube that was quickly picked up by anti-choice media.
  • CMP founder David Daleiden is the subject of multiple legal actions for his role in producing deceptively edited smear videos attacking Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation (NAF).
  • As a result of these risks, federal Judge William Orrick issued a preliminary injunction against the release of any footage depicting NAF members or meetings, writing, “It is not speculative to expect that harassment, threats, and violent acts will continue to rise if defendants [CMP] were to release NAF materials.” 
  • Typically, CMP videos have been posted on the organization’s YouTube page and announced with a press release on its website.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 26, 2017, 4:18 pm

Midday Open Thread: Senators Ask Trump To Abandon Paris Climate Pact; JFK's Wild Last Birthday Party

  • ‘Because people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook, by Susan Grigsby
  • There’s so much wrong with Trumpcare that it’s hard to know where to start, by Ian Reifowitz
  • As Americans learn how policies affect their personal economies, they will activate, by Egberto Willies
  • • Trump regime wants to gut DOE energy research: Through its basic research at a network of 17 national laboratories, the Energy Department has for nearly 40 years helped to commercialize innovative technologies in solar, wind, batteries, and carbon capture. (Meteor Blades) / Daily Kos | May 26, 2017, 3:48 pm

Jared Kushner Is “Focus” Of F.B.I. Investigation

  • The Washington Post revealed late yesterday that President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is a “focus” of the F.B.I’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether or not there was collusion between people close to Trump and Russian officials:
  • Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation.
  • Kushner, who held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, is being investigated because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians, the people said.
  • The Washington Post reported last week that a senior White House official close to the president was a significant focus of the high-stakes investigation, though it did not name Kushner.
Doug Mataconis / Outside The Beltway | May 26, 2017, 2:55 pm

Trump's Moral Holiday

  • First and foremost, we have reaffirmed the central mission of the Alliance.  Article 5 enshrines our solemn duty to each other—“an armed attack against one … shall be considered an attack against them all.” This is a binding, treaty obligation.  It is non-negotiable.
  • Nations in the family of NATO, old or new, know this: Anyone who would choose you for an enemy also chooses us for an enemy.
  • As a candidate, Donald Trump had expressed doubt about the point of both NATO  and Article 5.
  • The FBI is focusing on a series of conversations that Kushner had in December with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
David Frum / The Atlantic | May 26, 2017, 1:54 pm

Before Ben Jacobs, There Was Jorge Ramos

  • Journalists reacted in disbelief after reports surfaced that Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for Montana’s House seat, allegedly “body-slammed” and punched Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs after he asked Gianforte a question.
  • Gianforte’s alleged assault on Jacobs has spurred a national outcry from journalists.
  • In August 2015, Jorge Ramos was another of these examples, when he was forcibly removed from a news conference after pressing candidate Trump on his proposals to build a physical wall across the southern border of the United States and to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.
  • Later, Ramos was harassed by an unidentified man who told him, “Get out of my country.” In response to the confrontation, Ramos commented, “It’s the first time in my life anywhere in the world in which I’ve been escorted out of a press conference.”
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 26, 2017, 1:15 pm

Hillary Compares Trump To Nixon In Wellesley Commencent

  • Hillary Clinton is giving the commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesely College, as I write this.
  • In a portion of her speech reminiscing on her days in college, Hillary talks about how incensed her generation was about the election of a president who ended up being impeached for obstruction of justice after firing the man who was investigating him.
  • It’s clear that while Hillary is speaking about Nixon, she’s also speaking about Donald Trump.
  • Hillary compares Trump to Nixon in Wellesley commencement –
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog | May 26, 2017, 1:13 pm

Battlelines Are Being Drawn Between Republican Senators On Pre-existing Conditions

  • The Congressional Budget Office score on the House Zombie Trumpcare bill was scathing when it came to amendment that got Speaker Paul Ryan the votes he needed to pass it, the waivers for states to decide whether or not to keep protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • “I think there will be some authorities for states because, like the House, we want to give the states as much flexibility as possible,” said Thune, the No.
  • Asked how the Senate would avoid raising costs for people with pre-existing conditions, Thune said: “That’s what we have to try and do is come up with options in our version of the bill that prevent those types of outcomes.”
  • How you do that is how Obamacare did it—you don't allow insurance companies (or states) to discriminate on the basis of health history. (Joan McCarter) / Daily Kos | May 26, 2017, 12:47 pm

Sheriff Clarke Ordered 6 Deputies To Harass Plane Passenger And Verbal Exchange

  • Newly-released text messages show Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke directing six sheriff deputies to stop and harass an American Airlines passenger for having had a verbal altercation with Clarke on board a flight.
  • Clarke recently claimed he has been chosen for a senior position at Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security.
  • In the text, Clarke tells his deputies to conduct “just a field interview, no arrest unless he becomes an @sshole with your guys.
  • What’s particularly astounding is that Clarke ordered his deputies to stop the man simply because “he said anything to me.” Since when is it a crime to “say something” to a sheriff?
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog | May 26, 2017, 11:09 am

Jeff Sessions's Agenda For The Civil-Rights Division

  • President Trump’s proposed budget assumes a major reduction of staff in the civil-rights division, the section of the Justice Department charged with enforcing laws against discrimination and protecting the right to vote.“This is especially troubling as communities continue to be hit hard by issues such as voter suppression, hate crimes, police shootings of unarmed civilians and other problems that call for a strong and robust civil rights enforcement agenda,” said Kristen Clarke, a former civil-rights division attorney who now runs the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.Funding for the division remains virtually flat, with an increase of only $168,000 to its $148 million dollar budget.
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic | May 26, 2017, 10:52 am

Everyone But <em>Fox & Friends</em> reported That The FBI Is Looking At Jared Kushner In The Russia Probe

  • Fox News' Fox & Friends was the only morning show on May 26 not to report that Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, has become part of the FBI's investivation into Russian influence in the 2016 election and related matters.
  • Fox has consistently tried to ignore, mislead, downplay, distract, and create an alternate reality around the FBI's probe.
  • He is a font of information even if he himself isn’t under any pressure for something he may have done.
  • "This person has significant information about the issues under inquiry.” -@AriMelber
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 26, 2017, 10:14 am

CBO Estimates For Trumpcare Leave Healthcare Providers Deeply Worried

  • The nation's healthcare providers are watching a Republican White House and Congress actively sabotage Obamacare and mess around creating a slap-dash, cut-and-paste "replacement" plan that would upend one-sixth of the nation's economy—their entire industry.
  • The House's version of the Affordable Care Act repeal-and-replace bill would leave 23 million more people uninsured and save the federal government $119 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
  • Rick Pollack, president of the American Hospital Association, issued a statement that said: "We cannot support legislation that the CBO clearly indicates would jeopardize coverage for millions of Americans."
  • "We understand the Republican point of view that the current escalation (in Medicaid spending) is unsustainable for the country," said Dr. (Joan McCarter) / Daily Kos | May 26, 2017, 9:46 am

Republican Greg Gianforte Wins Montana House Seat Despite Assault Charge

  • Notwithstanding an election eve encounter with a reporter that resulted in a misdemeanor assault charge, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte ended up winning yesterday’s Special Election in Montana to fill the vacancy left by Ryan Zinke when he became Secretary of the Interior:
  • “You deserve a congressman who stays out of the limelight and just gets the job done,” he said to a group of supporters at a hotel in Bozeman, who repeatedly yelled out that they forgave him.
  • Voters here shrugged off the episode and handed Republicans a convincing victory.
  • “Montana sent a strong message tonight that we want a congressman who will work with President Trump to make America and Montana great again,” Mr.
Doug Mataconis / Outside The Beltway | May 26, 2017, 8:52 am

Only The Supreme Court Can Save Trump's Travel Ban Now

  • Updated at 5:48 p.m.The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals largely upheld a lower court’s injunction that blocks the Trump administration from enforcing a key provision of the controversial travel ban on Thursday, handing the president a major legal defeat on his signature national-security policy.Writing for the majority in International Refugee Assistance Project v.
Matt Ford / The Atlantic | May 26, 2017, 7:49 am