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
The President loses his wall but keeps the issue, kicks off his re-election campaign in El Paso with a new screed against Democrats, and gets a boost from potential independent candidate Howard Schultz. Then journalist Marcy Wheeler talks to Dan about the latest Paul Manafort revelations, Andrew McCabe’s return to the spotlight, and whether we’ll see a Mueller report. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
Shutdown negotiations falter as Trump takes his demagoguery to El Paso, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar formally launch their presidential campaigns, and “The Best of Enemies” star Taraji P. Henson joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan live on stage in Durham, North Carolina.
We like Stacey Abrams’s speech more than Trump’s. Virginia’s political scandals throw control of the statehouse into question. The Democratic presidential field takes shape. And Jaime Harrison joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Brittany Packnett live on stage in Charleston, South Carolina to announce his exploratory committee to challenge Senator Lindsey Graham.
The President prepares to deliver a not-very-anticipated State of the Union, Governor Ralph Northam refuses to resign after a racist photo of him surfaces, and Senator Cory Booker announces his campaign for president. Then Adam Serwer of The Atlantic talks to Jon Favreau about the Northam fallout, as well as race and politics in the Trump Era. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.