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 Department of Justice effectively accuses the President of directing an illegal scheme to manipulate the 2016 election, Mueller uncovers more connections between the Russian government and Trump’s campaign, and the President struggles to keep his Administration staffed. Then Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar talks to Tommy about Democratic plans for the new Congress, and her support for the BDS movement.
Michael Flynn’s cooperation is rewarded, Republicans subvert democracy in Wisconsin, Trump’s tweets tank the markets, and Democrats begin the battle for the 2020 nomination. Then Senator Sherrod Brown joins Jon and Dan to discuss his conversation with Trump about GM, the Green New Deal, how he won Ohio, and his plans for 2020.
George H.W. Bush leaves a complicated legacy, Michael Cohen’s guilty plea pieces together a conspiracy that implicates Trump, and Republicans respond to their midterm defeats with power grabs in Wisconsin and Michigan. Then Congressman Hakeem Jeffries talks to Jon F. about his new position as Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, as well as the party’s message and strategy in 2019.
Marcy Wheeler joins Jon and Dan to break down Individual-1’s very bad day and discuss the future of the Trump investigation, Pelosi wins her caucus vote for Speaker, Schumer kicks off shutdown negotiations, and Sherrod Brown shows Democrats how to talk about Trump and the economy.
The Border Patrol fires tear gas at unarmed migrants, Trump threatens to shut down the government over the wall, Mike Espy looks to pull an upset in Mississippi, and Democrats ponder their rural strategy. Then Vox’s Dave Roberts talks to Jon L. about the Trump Administration’s climate report, and the push for a Green New Deal.