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“America’s grief vs. Trump’s grievances.”

The President lashed out at multiple politicians and media figures while visiting mass shooting victims in Dayton and El Paso, Democrats in Congress make a renewed push for gun safety, and a number of House Republicans are heading for the exits before 2020. Then the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer talks to Dan about Fox News.

Show Notes


  • NYT: Trump Visits Dayton and El Paso
  • WaPo: Trump attacks local leaders as he visits two cities grieving from mass shootings
  • WaPo: Trump arrives in El Paso after staying largely out of public view in Dayton as he visits two cities grieving from mass shootings
  • NBC News – Trump turns day of grieving for El Paso and Dayton shooting victims into day of grievances
  • WaPo: Trump’s bizarre credit-seeking for his Ohio hospital visit
  • CNN: Fact check: Trump falsely accuses Sherrod Brown, Dayton mayor of misrepresenting his hospital visit
  • The Atlantic – The Baggage Trump Brought to Dayton
  • The Atlantic – Trump Says There Are Some Very Bad People on Both Sides
  • Politico: Trump dismisses critics after shootings, says they’re ‘looking for political gain’
  • Texas Tribune – El Paso says Donald Trump still owes $569,204 for his February rally
  • WaPo: A mother died shielding her infant in El Paso. The father died shielding them both, family says.
  • Politico: White House to meet with internet companies after shootings
  • WaPo: ICE agents raid Miss. work sites, arrest 680 people in largest single-state immigration enforcement action in U.S. history
  • Texas Tribune – Ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso where 22 are dead, the president tells Beto O’Rourke to be “quiet”
  • The Nation – Beto O’Rourke Is Doing What Donald Trump Is Simply Incapable Of
  • New Yorker – How Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro Respond to Trump’s War on Immigrants
  • CNN: Dayton shooter had an obsession with violence and mass shootings, police say
  • The Hill  Warren campaign: Effort to link her to Dayton shooter a distraction from Trump’s ‘direct line’ to El Paso killings
  • Salon – Kellyanne Conway “hopping mad” that Elizabeth Warren did not shoulder blame for Dayton shooting
  • CNN: Exclusive: White House rebuffed attempts by DHS to make combating domestic terrorism a higher priority
  • WaPo: Latinos grapple with Trump’s views after El Paso shootings
  • Daily Beast – Trump Praises New York Times for Retracted ‘Unity Vs. Racism’ Headline
  • NYT: A Times Headline About Trump Stoked Anger. A Top Editor Explains.
  • The Atlantic – ‘I Know People Want a Richer, More Thoughtful Explanation’
  • Politico Magazine – What Liberals Are Getting Wrong About the Times Headline
  • NYT:  Cory Booker on White Supremacy: ‘There Is No Neutrality in This Fight’
  • WaPo: Biden, in Iowa speech, says Trump has ‘fanned the flames of white supremacy’
  • NYT: 2020 Democrats Say Trump Is Fostering Hatred, Not Fighting It
  • CNN: Rep. Tim Ryan says he’ll lead a ‘caravan’ to McConnell’s home state to protest for gun control
  • Des Moines Register – Gun policy activists organize Des Moines forum following mass shootings; Democratic presidential candidates will attend

Politics of Guns

  • Axios: Focus group: Minnesota swing voters want stronger gun control
  • WaPo: Have we arrived at an inflection point in the gun debate? – By Amber Philips
  • NYT: How Gun Control Groups Are Catching Up to the N.R.A.
  • WaPo: Leaders must listen to Americans, not a minority of gun extremists
  • Boston Globe – While Washington stalls, activists see optimism in gun control efforts at the state level
  • Politico: String of gun deaths reshapes Democratic primary
  • FiveThirtyEight – How Views On Gun Control Have Changed In The Last 30 Years
  • WaPo: The Daily 202: Ohio congressman joins a group of Republicans who flipped on guns after violence hit close to home
  • WaPo: NRA chief sought purchase of $6 million mansion in wake of Parkland shooting
  • The Atlantic – ‘There Will Be a Next Time’: A GOP Congressman Talks About Gun Violence
  • New Yorker – Donald Trump and Lax Gun Laws Are Tearing America Apart
  • Bloomberg – Republicans Fear ‘Extinction in the Suburbs’ Over Gun Control
  • WaPo: Trump will knuckle under to the NRA. And Republicans will pay the price.
  • FiveThirtyEight – By Perry Bacon Jr. – GOP Politicians Are Much More Resistant To Gun Control Than GOP Voters Are
  • Politico: Schumer warns GOP against settling for ‘tepid’ red flag laws
  • NYT: Democrats Warn That Federal ‘Red Flag’ Law Would Not Be Enough
  • WaPo: House Democrats tell McConnell: Pass stricter gun laws now
  • Politico: Trump claims ‘great appetite’ for background checks as GOP looks elsewhere
  • Politico: Trump quietly used regulations to expand gun access
  • WaPo: Proponents of stricter gun control face a reality check in the Senate
  • WaPo: Texas, reeling after El Paso shooting, is about to loosen gun laws
  • Politico: Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying ‘no appetite’
  • Daily Beast – Fox Business Host Calls on Trump to Ban Assault Weapons, Battles Ex-NRA Spokeswoman
  • Politico Magazine – The Next Big Vote on Gun Control May Be in the Supreme Court
  • WaPo: Democrats turn to emotional language on gun issues
  • WaPo: Cummings calls for end to ‘hateful rhetoric’ that inspires mass shooters


  • FiveThirtyEight: “Why So Many House Republicans Are Retiring, And Why More Could Be On The Way.”
  • WaPo: “Rep. Kenny Marchant calls it quits, becomes 12th House Republican to retire.”
  • WSJ: “Wave of House GOP Retirements Crests in Texas.” – August 6th 
  • Alton Telegraph: “More House Republicans bail on re-election ahead of 2020.”
  • FiveThirtyEight: “Why So Many House Republicans Are Retiring, And Why More Could Be On The Way.”
  • CNN: “Hurd announcement latest House GOP retirement to roll in.”
  • NYT: “Deprived of Power, House Republicans Head for the Exits.”
  • Vox: “Rep. Will Hurd’s retirement reflects GOP’s biggest electoral struggle in the House: Trump.”
  • NYT: “The Republican Exodus From Congress.”
  • NBC: “Republican departures will make it hard for the GOP to win the House for so many reasons.”
  • FiveThirthyEight: Nine ‘pure’ GOP retirements so far in the 2020 cycle
  • NYT: “How the El Paso Shooting Exposes the Rifts in Texas Politics.”
  • Texas Tribune: “Analysis: A small, but ill-timed exodus of Texas Republicans from Congress.”
  • Vox: ““Texodus,” House Democrats’ favorite new 2020 phenomenon, explained.”
  • Vox: A Texas Democrat’s radical experiment in turning out Asian-American voters could become a model for the party
  • RCP: “Texas’s sprawling suburban geography is increasingly a path forward for Democrats.”
  • NYT: “Why Texas Is Nearing Battleground Status (It’s Not Just About Beto)”
  • WaPo: ‘Take Texas seriously’: GOP anxiety spikes after retirements, Democratic gains.
  • Texas Tribune: “Republicans see a silver lining in retirements of Texas GOP congressmen. Democrats do, too.”
  • WaPo: “John Cornyn is choosing Trump over Texas.”
  • Austin Statesman: “Will John Cornyn face reelection headwinds in 2020?”
  • Texas Observer: “John Cornyn’s Democratic Challengers Feel a Little Familiar.”
  • Texas Tribune: “After El Paso shooting, some Texas Republican leaders decry “white” terror.”
  • Texas Tribune: Texas Democrats settle in for crowded U.S. Senate primary to decide who challenges Cornyn.
  • Prospect: Beto or Not, Here Democrats Come in Texas.
  • WaPo: The most diverse counties that supported Trump in 2016
  • FiveThirtyEight – Polls Since The Second Debate Show Kamala Harris Slipping
  • Vox: Mike Gravel drops out of 2020 race. He never wanted to be president anyway.
  • WaPo: The Trailer: Democratic socialists consider how to use their clout

Jane Mayer

  • Jane Mayer for The New Yorker: “The Making of the Fox News White House.” – March 4th
  • Jane Mayer for The New Yorker: “Fox News’ Fake Fight with Democrats.” – April 24th
  • Jane Mayer for The New Yorker: “The Case of Al Franken.” – July 29th
  • Jane Mayer for The New Yorker: “What Joe Biden Hasn’t Owned Up to About Anita Hill.” – April 27th
  • Jane Mayer for The New Yorker: “In the Mueller Report, Erik Prince Funds a Covert Effort to Obtain Clinton’s E-mails from a Foreign State” – April 18th
  • Slate: “What Jane Mayer Gets Wrong About Al Franken: and what she fails to understand about the MeToo movement.” 
  • Salon: “What drove the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer into Al Franken denialism?”
  • National Review: “Jane Mayer’s Hollow Defense of Al Franken.”
  • Vox: “Al Franken did the right thing by resigning.”
  • Vox: “You’re watching Fox News. You just don’t know it.” – May 24th
  • Vox: “The Trump-Fox & Friends feedback loop, explained.” – February 9th
  • Vox: “Fox News keeps forcing Trump into shutdowns.” – February 14th
  • Vox: “Fox News keeps breaking its own rules.” – November 2018
  • The Atlantic: “Where Does Trump’s ‘Invasion’ Rhetoric Come From?” – August 6th
  • Media Matters: “Fox News’ “invasion” rhetoric by the numbers.” – August 6th
  • Vox: “Tucker Carlson’s claim that white supremacy is a “hoax” is false — but revealing.” – August 7th
  • WaPo: “Tucker Carlson’s claim that white supremacy is a hoax is easy to prove wrong. Just watch his show.” – August 7th
  • NYT: “The El Paso Shooting Is the Violence Latinos Have Been Dreading.” – August 7th
  • CNN: “Lemon calls out Fox News for defending Trump’s rhetoric.” – August 7th
  • Vox: “Trump would rather blame Democrats than grapple with his “invasion” rhetoric.” – August 7th
  • Vox: “Fox & Friends pushes incendiary “invasion” conspiracy theory — even after El Paso shooting.” – August 7th
  • MoJo: “On His Way to Commemorate Shootings, Trump Evokes His “Both Sides” Defense of White Supremacists.” – August 7th
  • NYT: “The Long History of the El Paso Attack.” – August 7th
  • MoJo: ““Right Now We’re Powerless”: El Paso’s Worst Nightmare Is the Chilling Result of Anti-Immigrant Hate.” – August 7th
  • Rolling Stone: “They Are All MS-13 to Trump.” – May 18th 2018
  • Media Matters: “Ahead of Trump’s El Paso rally, Fox & Friends pushes lie that crime went down after border fencing went up.” – February 2019
  • The Intercept – Donald Trump and Fox News Warned of a Migrant “Invasion” Before El Paso Gunman Struck – By Robert Makes
  • WaPo: Donald Trump Jr. goes on Fox to talk media objectivity — and to compare a Democrat to a mass shooter

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