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“A largely accurate affair.”

The President kisses the asses of three different murderous dictators during his trip abroad, Kamala Harris is having a moment, Joe Biden is having some issues, and strategists and pundits are worried that the Democratic Party is moving too far to the left. Then Ari Berman of Mother Jones talks to Jon Lovett about the Supreme Court’s gerrymandering decision.

Show Notes

Trump’s foreign trip

  • NYT: Trump Steps Into North Korea and Agrees With Kim Jong-un to Resume Talks
  • NYT: 4 Takeaways From the Trump-Kim Meeting at the DMZ
  • New Yorker: Trump’s Curious Rendezvous with Kim Jong Un at the D.M.Z.
  • WaPo: Trump becomes first sitting president to set foot into North Korea
  • Politico: Trump takes historic step into North Korea with Kim Jong Un – After the theatrical gesture, both leaders pledged to restart stalled nuclear negotiations between the two countries.
  • The Atlantic: The Normalization of Meeting Kim Jong Un
  • WaPo: Trump’s apparent ignorance of basic political terms is on full display overseas
  • WaPo: Democratic presidential contenders slam Trump for his meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
  • NY Mag: Everything We Know About Trump’s DMZ Meeting With Kim Jong-un
  • WaPo: ‘Surreal’: Ivanka Trump plays a prominent role in her father’s historic Korea trip
  • WaPo: Beyond ‘Freedom’s Frontier,’ Trump scores his biggest live show yet in North Korea
  • Politico: Trump’s made-for-TV moment in North Korea
  • WaPo: ‘It’s only fake news’: Even on a historic day, Trump complains about media coverage
  • AP: Like old pals, Trump, Putin make light of election meddling
  • NYT: Trump and Putin Share Joke About Election Meddling, Sparking New Furor
  • WaPo: Trump appears more at ease with strongmen than democratic leaders at G-20 summit
  • Axios: Trump to Putin: “Don’t meddle in the election”
  • Politico: Trump can’t help himself when it comes to Putin
  • Politico: Trump praises Saudi crown prince, ignores questions on Khashoggi killing
  • NYT: A Breakfast Invitation Helps Rebuild a Crown Prince’s Standing
  • New Yorker: Kamala Harris Won in Miami, but Vladimir Putin Won in Osaka
  • Axios: Report: U.S. is underestimating Putin’s “grand strategy” for Russian dominance
  • NY Mag: Trump Thinks Putin’s Attack on ‘Western-Style Liberalism’ Was About California
  • WaPo: Our next election is dangerously vulnerable, a top Democrat warns. Does Trump care?
  • The Atlantic: ‘If You Want, I’ll Go On’: Trump’s Rambling News Conference
  • WaPo: In Japan, Trump calls Jimmy Carter a ‘terrible president’ and says Kamala Harris got ‘too much credit’ in debate
  • Financial Times: Ivanka Trump’s G20 performance puzzles world leaders
  • Vanity Fair: “BEING SOMEONE’S DAUGHTER ISN’T A CAREER QUALIFICATION”: AOC RIPS IVANKA AT G20
  • NYT: Trump and Xi Agree to Restart Trade Talks, Avoiding Escalation in Tariff War
  • NYT: The U.S. and China Are Talking Trade Again. But They’re Still Far Apart.
  • NYT: 5 Takeaways From the G20 Summit: Easing Off Trump’s China Trade War, for Now
  • WaPo: ‘I have lost hope for my life’: Iranians describe hardships as Trump expands sanctions
  • Politico: How Trump’s ‘weaponized’ use of foreign aid is backfiring
  • Medium: By Elizabeth Warren – Revitalizing Diplomacy: A 21st Century Foreign Service
  • Vox: How Elizabeth Warren plans to revamp the State Department – Of course she has a plan for this, too.

2020

  • NYT: Kamala Harris Raises $2 Million in 24 Hours After Debate
  • Politico: Harris surges to third place in national poll after debate
  • Axios: Kamala Harris sees 6-point polling bump after taking on Joe Biden
  • NYT: Kamala Harris Has Been Gearing Up for a Biden Showdown
  • NYT: Republicans Revel in Biden’s Debate Troubles, but See a New Threat in Harris
  • The Atlantic: Kamala Harris Knew What She Was Doing
  • NYT: Kamala Harris Makes the Case That Joe Biden Should Pass That Torch to Her
  • The Atlantic: Kamala Harris Seizes the Moment. Again.
  • NY Mag: Kamala Harris Ends the Era of Coddling Joe Biden on Race
  • NY Mag: Kamala Harris Just Jumped Into the Top Tier
  • Politico: ‘Her ambition got it wrong about Joe’: Harris faces debate backlash
  • NYT: Kamala Harris Is Supported by Rivals After Trump Jr. Questions Her Race
  • Vox: Democrats rally behind Kamala Harris following Donald Trump Jr.’s “birther-style” tweet
  • CNN: ‘It won’t work:’ Kamala Harris’ campaign slams online attacks on her race
  • BuzzFeed:  A New Racist Campaign Against Kamala Harris Is Taking Shape
  • Daily Beast: Kamala Harris Is Surging and Birtherism Is Back
  • NYT: A Day After Bruising Debate, Biden Pushes Back Against Criticism on Civil Rights
  • Politico: Biden tries to stanch the bleeding with full Obama embrace
  • The RootAtlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Endorses Joe Biden for President
  • New Yorker: Democratic Debate 2019: Kamala Harris Exposed the Biden Weaknesses That Trump Will Exploit
  • CNN: Why Kamala Harris’ Biden attack worked – Op-Ed
  • WaPo: Joe Biden called busing a ‘liberal train wreck.’ Now his stance on school integration is an issue.
  • Politico: Booker: Biden’s words ‘causing a lot of frustration and even pain’
  • CBS: Biden campaign accuses Trump of “coddling” dictators on overseas trip
  • CNN: Biden’s ‘gay waiter’ comment on LGBTQ rights falls flat in Seattle
  • NBC News: Cory Booker takes aim at Joe Biden’s ‘hoodie’ language about race
  • Politico: Biden rejects ‘old guy’ label at Bay Area fundraiser
  • LA Times: Joe Biden struggles and Kamala Harris surges after clash over race and busing
  • NPR: LISTEN: Biden Supported A Constitutional Amendment To End Mandated Busing In 1975
  • CNN: Joe Biden in 1981 CNN interview: Busing is ‘the least effective remedy’ to desegregate schools
  • CNBC: Joe Biden loses support of top campaign fundraiser in Bay Area after comments on segregationists and Hyde amendment
  • WaPo: Kamala Harris’s takedown of Joe Biden was more brutal than it seems
  • NYT: Trump Consultant Is Trolling Democrats With Biden Site That Isn’t Biden’s
  • WaPo: The Trailer: What the busing fight shows us about the Democratic Party
  • WaPo: Buttigieg seeks a relaunch after his candidacy gets mired in fallout from police shooting
  • NY Mag: Will the Debate Put Mayor Pete’s Campaign Back on Track?
  • WaPo: Yang blames his debate performance on his mic being off. NBC denies his claim.
  • Vox: The Democratic debates helped demonstrate the dubiousness of online polls 
  • Politico Magazine: Unhappy With Their 2016 Coronation, the Democrats Start a 2020 Circus
  • WaPo: Democratic candidates veer left, leaving behind successful midterm strategy
  • NYT: Liberal Democrats Ruled the Debates. Will Moderates Regain Their Voices?
  • NYT: Democrats Veer Left on Immigration at Debates, Pleasing Base (and Trump)
  • NYT: For All the Talk of a Tea Party of the Left, Moderates Emerge as a Democratic Power
  • WaPo: Who can beat Trump? The answer is no clearer after Miami.
  • The Atlantic: By Ron Brownstein – A Single Day Exposed the Central Tension Driving American Politics 
  • New Yorker: The Democratic Primary’s Moving Margins
  • New Yorker: The Democratic Divide on the Future of Health Care
  • NYT: Democrat vs. Democrat: How Health Care Is Dividing the Party
  • New Yorker: Democrats’ Cautious Return to the War on Poverty
  • FiveThirtyEight: Yes, Democrats Are Paying Plenty Of Attention To The 2020 Election
  • WaPo: Democrats signal a turn toward liberal ambitions and government activism
  • The Atlantic: Democrats Don’t Want to Talk About the Economy
  • WaPo: In troubled Florida, Democrats reckon with the presidential debates and an economy that can seem cruel
  • Daily Beast: Hey Dems, Take It From This Ex-Centrist: We Blew It
  • Politico: Jesse Jackson opens up on 2020 and the changing Democratic Party
  • NY Mag: Elizabeth Warren Takes a Huge Risk by Calling to End Private Health Insurance
  • NYT: Op-Ed By Brett Stephens – A Wretched Start for Democrats
  • WSJ: The 2020 Democrats Lack Hindsight
  • NYT: Op-Ed – By David Brooks – Dems, Please Don’t Drive Me Away

Trump

  • WaPo: Trump plans ticketed-access area for VIPs, friends and family at July 4 celebration
  • WaPo: Trump campaign looks to gain support with Latino voters despite president’s harsh approach to immigration

Ari Berman

  • Mother Jones – By Ari Berman – The Supreme Court’s Gerrymandering Ruling Is a Doomsday Scenario for Voting Rights
  • Vox: The Supreme Court just said federal courts can’t stop partisan gerrymandering
  • NYT: Supreme Court Bars Challenges to Partisan Gerrymandering
  • Daily Beast – Dems Torn Over Whether to Now Go Nuts Gerrymandering Their Own Maps
  • NYT: With No Supreme Court End to Gerrymandering, Will States Make It More Extreme?
  • Reuters: Electoral map bias may worsen as U.S. gerrymandering battle shifts to states
  • Talking Points Memo – The Supreme Court Won’t Stop Partisan Gerrymandering. Now What?
  • Politico: The nationwide battle over gerrymandering is far from over – Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling merely moves the battlefield to the states.
  • PBS News Hour – What the Supreme Court’s gerrymandering decision means for 2020
  • NYT – Op-Ed by Richard Hasen – The Gerrymandering Decision Drags the Supreme Court Further Into the Mud
  • NYT: Voting Rights Were Already a Big 2020 Issue. Then Came the Gerrymandering Ruling.
  • FiveThirtyEight – Partisan Gerrymandering Isn’t The Supreme Court’s Problem Anymore
  • Wired: BIG DATA SUPERCHARGED GERRYMANDERING. IT COULD HELP STOP IT TOO
  • The Atlantic – The Gerrymandering Ruling Was Bad, but the Alternatives Were Worse
  • Vox: The Supreme Court, gerrymandering, and the Republican turn against democracy
  • NY Mag – Should Blue States Start Gerrymandering More Shamelessly?
  • AP: Court decision could set up fights over race gerrymandering
  • HuffPo: John Roberts, Somehow, Thinks The Solution To Gerrymandering Is Politics
  • Slate: The Supreme Court’s Partisan Gerrymandering Ruling Is a Body Blow to Our Democracy
  • AP: GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share
  • Pro Publica (2017) – ‘Partisan’ Gerrymandering Is Still About Race
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Wisconsin Democrats drop gerrymandering case as Republicans say they may seek fees for taxpayers
  • Mother Jones – Why It’s Almost Impossible for the Citizenship Question to Make It Onto the Census – By Ari Berman   
  • Vox: The citizenship question is blocked for now. But demographers are still worried about the census.
  • NYT: Why the Trump Administration Is Running Out of Time to Print the Census
  • The Atlantic – By Ron Brownstein – A Single Day Exposed the Central Tension Driving American Politics
  • Mother Jones – 7 Months After Florida Approved an Expansion of Voting Rights, the Governor Just Gutted It – By Ari Berman
  • WeGotTheVote.org – Help Returning Citizens Pay Fines & Fees