Speaker of the House/Dan’s Favorite Politician Paul Ryan retires, Donald Trump has a televised meltdown over Mueller, and the Republican media goes all in on a conspiracy to obstruct justice. Then Stoneman Douglas students Delaney Tarr and Diego Pfeiffer talk to Dan and Tommy about the next steps in their efforts to prevent gun violence.
Paul Ryan –
NYT: Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, Will Not Seek Re-election in November
WaPo: House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek reelection
Politico: Paul Ryan rocks Republicans with retirement
Axios: Paul Ryan won’t run for re-election
WSJ: House Speaker Paul Ryan Won’t Seek Re-Election
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Paul Ryan announcement has Republicans scrambling in race to replace him as Dems cheer
Roll Call: Paul Ryan intends to serve out term as speaker, hints at endorsing potential successor
The Atlantic – Paul Ryan personifies the devil’s bargain the GOP made with Donald Trump
Daily Beast: Paul Ryan’s Retirement Gives a Big Boost to the Most Prominent White Nationalist in U.S. Politics
Next Stop: Constitutional Crisis –
NYT: F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen; Trump Calls It ‘Disgraceful’
Vox: Michael Cohen, Trump’s fix-it guy and FBI raid subject, explained
NYT: Raid on Trump’s lawyer sought records on Access Hollywood tape
NYT: Michael Cohen, the ultimate Trump loyalist, now in the sights of the FBI
NYT: Trump Sought to Fire Mueller in December
CNN: Trump considering firing Rosenstein to check Mueller
Lawfare Blog – Ben Wittes – How Cohen raid and Trump’s reaction push us toward confrontation
New Yorker: What Michael Cohen Knows About the Trump Organization
Politico: Republicans warn Trump against axing Mueller
NY Mag – Chill out on the whole Mueller getting fired thing, Republicans say
Vox: What Republicans are saying about passing a bill to protect Robert Mueller
CNN: Ryan says Mueller, Rosenstein should be allowed to do their jobs, despite Trump threats
The Hill: McConnell – Legislation to protect Mueller not needed
Politico: Bipartisan bill to protect Mueller set to advance
NYT: Bill to Protect Special Counsel Mueller Is Headed for a Committee Vote
Politico: Nunes threatens to impeach Wray and Rosenstein over document that launched Russia probe
Bloomberg: How to Stop Trump From Crossing the Line
Fast Company: “Zuckerberg Just Proved Once Again That Congress Doesn’t Understand The Internet
Trump goes on a media tour to rev up the base, Republicans admit that they’re coming after health care and retirement programs if they win, and Democrats look to flip a slew of key governorships. Then Democratic congressional candidate Lucy McBath talks about the gun violence that took her son’s life, and her campaign to win the Georgia 6th.
Tommy and Lovett discuss Senator Elizabeth Warren's October surprise, Democrats carping about Beto O'Rourke's fundraising, GOP voter suppression tactics, Kushner's taxes and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Then they talk with the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 26th congressional district, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.
Tommy and Lovett talk about Nikki Haley’s abrupt departure from her UN role, a frightening new report about climate change, and where the battles for the House and Senate stand with just a few weeks before Election Day. Then they speak with Kansas congressional candidate Sharice Davids.
In the aftermath of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Republicans feel energized, Democrats debate what’s next, and both parties hone their messages in the final month of the midterms. Then Democratic candidates Jesse Colvin, Abigail Spanberger, and Lauren Baer talk to Tommy about running for Congress with national security and military backgrounds.
The President mocks and lies about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a political rally, Republicans energize their base by attacking #MeToo, and Trump is exposed as a tax cheat by the New York Times. Then Democratic candidate Katie Hill talks to Dan and Alyssa Mastromonaco about her race to become the next Congresswoman for California’s 25th district.