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Mulvaney to file his own impeachment lawsuit, lawyers say  

White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney plans to file his own lawsuit over testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, withdrawing his bid to join a separate case filed … Click to Continue »

The Atlantic Politics Daily: Trump All By Himself  

It’s Thursday, November 7. The president of Turkey will visit the White House next week, one month after the Syria chaos. Michael Bloomberg has reportedly taken steps to enter the Democratic presidential primary.

In today’s newsletter: ¶ People. Trump dining alone; Rudy Giuliani. ¶ Places. Capitol Hill.  ¶ Things. Warren’s wealth tax.



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Trump is dealing with impeachment—and the presidency—all by himself.

“He just has no life,” one person close to President Trump recently told our White House reporter Peter Nicholas.

“It’s all politics, all the time,” one former Trump White House official told him. “And that can be warping to anybody.”

Since the impeachment inquiry ramped up, Peter has been reporting out concerns both current Trump associates and former White House aides have had about how the president is handling things in the White House.

His latest reporting paints a picture of president unraveling fast, and a diminished staff around him:

It’s not just “adults in the room” (e.g., Jim Mattis, John Kelly). Many confidants have departed, including two of his closest aides, former communications director Hope Hicks and former press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Those still in the administration are focused on their own survival—or ambitions. Trump has an acting chief of staff (Mick Mulvaney) who is already on the outs, a secretary of state who hasn’t ruled out a Senate run in Kansas, a Vice President who’s popular with the GOP establishment on the Hill.

Read Peter’s full report here.

Christian Paz




Why hasn’t Trump thrown Rudy Giuliani under the bus?

In keeping with the theme of people who aren’t doing Trump any favor: David Graham asks why Trump doesn’t consciously uncouple with America’s Mayor.

To cut him off, he’d have to acknowledge that Giuliani was doing something improper, and the president has refused to admit that anything in the Ukraine scandal was inappropriate.

Read David’s argument here.



With what looks like a political upset in the Kentucky governor’s race this week, I was fascinated by this piece on the conservative activist group that poured money into the state focusing on areas of conflict over transgender rights, such as bathroom use and school sports. It’s not clear what conclusions they’ll draw from Republican Governor Matt Bevin’s apparent loss, but this may be a sign of what's to come in races ahead.
—Emma Green, a staff writer who covers religion and politics

I was struck by this piece by my colleague Uri Friedman. The story detailed the confusion surrounding the Trump administration’s policy in Ukraine. It also vividly illustrated the danger of conducting diplomacy through presidential loyalists focused on Trump's political interests.
—Peter Nicholas



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This is life in one of the whitest towns in Illinois.

Logan Jaffe, a reporter with ProPublica Illinois, revisits a “sundown town” with a long history of discrimination against black people.

I took a seat at the bar. A man two stools over from me struck up a conversation. I told him I was a journalist from Chicago and asked him to tell me about this town. “You know how this town is called Anna?” he started. “That’s for ‘Ain’t No Niggers Allowed.’” He laughed, shook his head, and took a sip of his beer.

Read the full story.


« Before You Go »

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What does Bill Gates get right and wrong about Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax? Ian Bogost evaluates Gates’ $100 billion tax complaint:

This is a duplicitous way to talk about Warren’s proposal, because taxing $100 billion out of $106.8 billion would amount to a 94 percent tax; Warren has proposed an annual 3 percent wealth tax on assets over $1 billion.

Read the full analysis.



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Democrats release new batch of testimony from Trump impeachment inquiry   20%

A senior Pentagon official detailed confusion and concern in the U.S. national security apparatus after the White House blocked aid to Ukraine without explanation, according to testimony released on Monday by the congressional impeachment panel into U.S. President Donald Trump.

White House's Mulvaney to sue over House impeachment subpoenas  

White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Monday withdrew his request to join a lawsuit seeking a court ruling on whether witnesses must testify in the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, saying he would bring his own case, according to a court document.

Trump says will probably release second Ukraine transcript on Tuesday  

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the White House would probably release a transcript of a second call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday.

Trump promotes #MAGACHALLENGE rap contest to make liberals cry  

President invites winners of contest to spit their bars at the White House

Roger Stone viewed as Trumps access point to WikiLeaks, Steve Bannon says  

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Trump declares himself resident of Florida in move that could help him pay less tax, says report   -5%

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American politics got a jolt last week when voters in the staunchly Republican state of Kentucky apparently opted for a Democratic governor, throwing out Governor Matt Bevin in an off-year election seen by many as a harbinger of next year’s battle for the White House. A day before the election, President Donald Trump showed up in Kentucky to stump for Bevin, warning voters there about the onslaught of corruption and general hellfire that would ensue if the statehouse went blue. While the…

Donald Trump denies agreeing to roll back trade war tariffs on China, despite earlier reports   6%

US President Donald Trump denied a claim by Beijing that he was willing to roll back tariffs on Chinese goods as part of an interim trade deal.Asked by reporters at the White House on Friday if he would cancel punitive tariffs, Trump said: “They'd like to have a rollback. I haven't agreed to anything.”“China would like to get somewhat of a rollback, not a complete rollback, because they know I won't do it,” he said. “Frankly, they want to make a deal a lot more than I do.”Ministry spokesman Gao…

Kim Jong-un doesnt deserve Donald Trumps compliments, North Korean defector Grace Jo says after meeting US president   14%

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Trade negotiator who got China into WTO is rooting for Trumps re-election because Twitterer in Chief is easy to read   9%

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Donald Trump, the Fear-Based President, Asks Children to Build the Wall  

Masha Gessen writes about Donald Trump’s fear-based Presidency and this year’s White House Halloween party, where the children of Administration staff members were greeted with a “Build the Wall” mural.

White House infighting flares amid impeachment inquiry  

A dispute erupts between Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone over how to counter House Democrats’ impeachment push.

Juul halts sales of mint-flavored e-cigarettes, its most popular product   25%

Juul announced it will selling mint, its most popular e-cigarette flavor. The move comes ahead of an expected White House ban on flavored e-cigarettes except for menthol and tobacco.

Judge shuts out public from Mick Mulvaney hearing on House impeachment subpoena  

The public couldn't listen to a public court hearing Monday night over acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's House impeachment subpoena, a federal judge in Washington said.

Washington Post: Nikki Haley says top Trump aides tried to recruit her to undermine President  

Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley divulged in her forthcoming memoir that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House chief of staff John Kelly attempted to recruit her to undermine President Donald Trump in an effort to "save the country," according to The Washington Post.

Washington Nationals visit Trump at White House, with a few notable absences   25%

President Donald Trump mostly stuck to sports on Monday while honouring the World Series champion Washington Nationals, who had a handful of players skip the White House visit.

Trump to host World Series champion Nationals at White House   40%

President Donald Trump will welcome the come-from-behind Washington Nationals baseball team who will celebrate their World Series victory Monday on the South Lawn of the White House.

Sondland testimony raises new questions on Perrys role  

Sondland appeared to contradict Perry’s statements that he was unaware that the White House was pressing Ukraine.

Defense Dept. Official Testified Trump Questioned Ukraine Aid in June   -5%

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