On Thursday, Harry Reid sported a lapel pin on his suit jacket that was the image of Nancy Pelosi departing the White House after a 2018 meeting with Trump, donning her sunglasses in a manner that turned into a meme. It was a gift from Christine Pelosi.
Cass Sunstein: "Congress should transform the Justice Dept. into an independent agency, legally immunized from the president’s day-to-day control."
"[D]oes it really make sense to say that the attorney general of the U.S. serves at the president's whim?"
The U.S. has joined several countries in accusing Russia of a major cyberattack in the Republic of Georgia, pledging to hold the Kremlin accountable.
The Oct. 28 attack knocked thousands of gov't and private websites offline and interrupted TV broadcasts.
One more U.S. service member has been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury following Iran's missile strike in Iraq, the Pentagon announced. The new diagnosis brings the total number of service members who suffered brain injuries in the attack to 110.
Trump has instructed his White House to identify and force out officials who are not seen as sufficiently loyal. The National Security Council, the State Department and the Justice Dept. are targets of particular focus, according to two admin officials.
Inbox: The Nevada State Democratic Party announced today that more than 10,000 Nevadans registered to vote as Democrats to participate during the early voting period. Over the course of four days of early voting, nearly 75,000 Nevadans turned out to participate in the caucus.
Interested to see down the line if Republicans canceling primaries and caucuses to protect Trump could hurt in registering new voters. Dems just got 10K in Nevada. Republicans didn't hold a caucus. Seems like a lost opportunity there.
"I was a prosecutor in the Michael Milken case. I'm outraged at the pardon process."
"In as guileless an admission as I have ever seen ... the W.H. bolstered its decision by listing a murderer's row of Republican donors ... [supporting] Milken's pardon."
"It is hard," Sonia Sotomayor wrote, "to say what is more troubling: that the Government would seek this extraordinary relief seemingly as a matter of course, or that the Court would grant it."
Sonia Sotomayor: "Claiming one emergency after another, the Government has recently sought stays in an unprecedented number of cases, demanding immediate attention ... And with each successive application, of course, its cries of urgency ring increasingly hollow."
When Trump national security adviser Robert O'Brien convenes meetings with NSC officials, he sometimes opens by distributing printouts of Trump's tweets on the subject at hand. Their job is to find ways of justifying, enacting or explaining Trump's policy.
Trump's new intel chief wasn't always a Trump supporter: In 2016, Richard Grenell called Trump "dangerous" and spoke regularly in favor of John Kasich, according to deleted tweets.
"He's dangerous!" read one deleted tweet after Trump called NATO obsolete.
Elizabeth Warren: Bloomberg's decision to release three women from NDAs with his company is not enough and she asked "how many other women are out there?"
"If there truly are only three women, then why won't he sign a general release? Think through that."
Ret. Navy admiral William McRaven: "As Americans, we should be frightened — deeply afraid for the future of the nation. When good men and women can’t speak the truth, when facts are inconvenient ... then there is nothing left to stop the triumph of evil."
Trump has directly weighed in on the WH review of the book by John Bolton, telling his staff that he views Bolton as "a traitor," that everything he uttered to him about national security is classified and that he will seek to block the book's publication.
A federal judge has tossed out a racketeering lawsuit Devin Nunes filed last year against the private investigation firm Fusion GPS.
The judge also signaled that pressing on with the legal battle could result in sanctions against Nunes and his attorney.