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Much of the nation’s political and commentary class had a near-nervous breakdown when 48 Venezuelans who had crossed illegally into the United States arrived at Martha’s Vineyard Airport, not far from the summer homes of some of the country’s wealthiest and best-connected people. When they realized what had happened, many Democrats and allied voices in the media expressed white-hot anger at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who arranged the immigrants’ trip. Meanwhile, Martha’s Vineyard residents volunteered to feed and care for the immigrants for 24 hours, after which the National Guard whisked them off the exclusive island.
Vice President Kamala Harris appeared in a pre-taped interview on NBC’s Meet the Press last weekend. As is often the case with her interviews, Harris said a few awkward, ill-informed, or downright odd things. For example, she claimed that the U.S.-Mexico border is “secure.” When asked if she was confident of that, Harris answered, “We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration.” It’s hard to figure out what that meant.
It wasn’t terribly big news on March 7, 2021. President Joe Biden, then less than two months in office, signed an executive order “promoting voting rights,” in the words of the Washington Post, to “make voting easier,” in the words of the New York Times. Both papers played the story as a modest Democratic measure to push back against Republican efforts to “roll back voting access,” as the Washington Post put it, and to counter former President Donald Trump’s “months-long assault on the voting process,” as the New York Times said.
The Justice Department has charged more than 870 people in the Capitol riot investigation. According to DOJ numbers released last month, 264 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers. Of those, 90 have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury. About 55 have been charged with destruction of government property.
President Joe Biden’s job approval rating hit its low point, 36.8%, in the RealClearPolitics average of polls on July 21. At the same time, his disapproval rating was 57.5%. Both were unhappy records for Biden, and also for any president at that point in his term. That’s how low Biden sank.
Why did President Joe Biden give the speech he gave Thursday night in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia? Was it a 2022 midterm speech? Was it a 2024 presidential campaign speech? Was he preparing the country for the possible arrest of his predecessor, former President Donald Trump? What was he doing?
Once given up for dead, Democrats are increasingly optimistic about their chances in November’s midterm elections. The race for the House is narrowing, although Republicans are still predicted to win control, while the race for the Senate is a toss-up. Formerly pessimistic Democrats now think November will not be an unmitigated disaster for their party.
There have been dozens of headlines in recent months suggesting that radical supporters of former President Donald Trump hope to start a new civil war in the United States. The dangerous threats and rhetoric reached a new peak after the unprecedented Aug. 8 FBI raid on Trump’s winter home at Mar-a-Lago, followed by revelations that the Biden Justice Department is pursuing an unprecedented criminal case against the former president, apparently over the alleged mishandling of classified information.
Beginning in the months before Donald Trump took office, and extending well into his presidency, the media and political world took a set of vague but serious accusations of wrongdoing involving the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia and created a 24/7 frenzy of talk about secret evidence, possible criminal charges, and allegedly grave damage to national security.
Republicans and conservatives have loudly protested the Democratic plan to expand the IRS vastly, and especially its enforcement arm, with an infusion of $80 billion included in the misleadingly named Inflation Reduction Act. The $80 billion is, by many accounts, far more than the IRS needs, and Republicans are suspicious about how it will be spent.
In addition to reporting the nuts and bolts of the FBI’s unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, much media coverage has also focused on angry Trump supporters, who are portrayed as being whipped up by Republican politicians and MAGA agitators.
Here’s a line at the end of an Axios newsletter that sums up everything that is wrong about media coverage and public discussion of the FBI’s unprecedented raid on the home of former President Donald Trump. “These investigations are top secret,” Axios’s Mike Allen wrote. “So more likely than not, we won’t get the full picture any time soon.”
You’ve probably heard Republicans say the Inflation Reduction Act, the massive spending bill just passed by Senate Democrats, includes provisions to hire 87,000 new IRS agents. The number seems too big to believe. The IRS has just 93,654 employees, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
There are less than two weeks to go before Wyoming’s Republican primary, pitting incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney, of Jan. 6 Committee fame, against challenger Harriet Hageman. There’s never much polling in House races, but there was one big one in Wyoming three weeks ago, and it was terrible for Cheney.