Our Media Problem Is Bigger Than Sean Hannity

Adele Stan, The American Prospect
Since news broke on April 16 of the attorney-client relationship between Fox News star Sean Hannity and Michael Cohen, the lawyer known as the personal “fixer” for President Donald J. Trump, stories questioning Hannity’s journalistic ethics proliferate.

Blackness Means You’re a Problem, Not a Customer

Jamelle Bouie et al., Slate
Last Thursday, an employee at a Philadelphia Starbucks called the police on two black men who were waiting for the arrival of a business partner without having ordered anything at the counter. When police arrived, the men were arrested for trespassing. A bystander caught the encounter on video, which showed the men resigned to their fate as other white patrons protested the arrest, and the incident went viral.

People Are Losing Their Minds Over Starbucks

Kyle Smith, National Review Online
We can all easily imagine circumstances in which a manager of a coffee shop or restaurant might properly call the police to ask them to remove loiterers. These are places of business. There’s nothing wrong in principle with calling the cops on non-customers who are taking up space. And there’s nothing wrong with police asking people to leave private property where they aren’t welcome, given that trespassing is a crime. When such people refuse, that’s unfortunate, but what can the police do but arrest them?

The Coming Mexican Election: It’s Not All About Trump

Jackson & Young, RCP
On July 1, the Mexican voters will choose a new president. Coverage in Mexico describes this election as a historic occasion with more offices on the ballot than ever before. To a casual American observer, however, the election sounds like it is being shaped by Mexican antipathy for Donald Trump. Virtually every story in the U.S. media about Mexico references some outrageous demand from President Trump and an equally over-the-top response from a Mexican political figure.

Ryan Shows Fundraising Vigor Amid Retirement Concerns

James Arkin, RCP
Paul Ryan headlined three fundraisers for Republican congressional candidates in Washington Wednesday, a demonstration of strength a week after his surprise retirement announcement set off concerns about whether the speaker could continue his pace as the House GOP’s top fundraiser.Ryan headlined an event for Debbie Lesko, a state senator running in an Arizona special election next week, that was expected to bring in around $70,000 for her campaign, according to sources familiar with the event.“Early voting is looking good, but they’re throwing all this money at her,...

Protecting Defenseless Kids Is No Immigration ‘Loophole’

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, WP
I remember watching the nightly television news in the 1990s and seeing a 15-year-old Chinese girl trembling before a U.S. immigration judge. Despite having committed no crime, she was shackled and sobbing. She couldn’t speak English, and it was clear she had no understanding of what the judge was saying or what would happen to her.

Democrats Finally Discover Federalism

David Davenport, Washington Examiner
After decades of neglect, a federalism bandwagon is rolling across the country, carrying not only conservatives who have long believed in states’ rights, but also gathering up progressives who are out of power in Washington and have rediscovered the appeal of localism. In fact, many of today’s big political battles are, at their base, a federalism tug of war pitting the federal government against state and local governments.

The GOP’s Road to Electoral Disaster

John Cassidy, The New Yorker
Back in January, the Pennsylvania congressman Charlie Dent—who co-chairs the Tuesday Group, a caucus of about fifty moderate Republican House members—offered up a bleak analysis of his party’s prospects, in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon. “I believe that 2018 will be a year that will be analogous to 1994, 2006, and 2010,” Dent said, referring to previous wave election years. “My advice to my colleagues is, You’d better prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”

Remembering the Formidable Matriarch, Barbara Bush

Peter Robinson, New York Post
I first came to her attention after a 1982 event in Minneapolis at which George H.W. Bush, then vice president, delivered a speech I had written. Aboard Air Force II, Barbara Bush came back to speak to the staff. “Who wrote that speech?” she asked.

Comey and Brennan, Leaders of the Coup

George Neumayr, The American Spectator
Even as Jim Comey and John Brennan lecture the American people on what is “normal,” they adopt an astonishingly abnormal role for former heads of the CIA and FBI — the role of coup leaders whose partisanship grows more reckless by the day.

The Syria Strikes and What Bashar al-Assad Wants

Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker
Somewhere, deep in his concrete labyrinth, the dictator is smiling. Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s President, gambled that he could use chemical weapons to seal a victory in an offensive just outside his country’s capital, and that he and his regime could survive whatever the world would do in response. And he was right.

Comey friend hints forthcoming report could be damning for Loretta Lynch

A "good friend" of former FBI Director James Comey's said he is "very much" looking forward to what the upcoming Justice Department inspector general report on the Clinton email investigation has to say about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch — the former Obama administration official now engaged in a war of words with Comey.

Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination

Democrats are navigating a political minefield as they weigh their support for Mike Pompeo's nomination as secretary of State.With Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) opposed and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) absent, Democrats hav...

Some doubt McCarthy or Scalise will ever lead House GOP

Here's a twist: Some congressional Republicans say it's possible neither Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) nor Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) will be serving in House leadership after the November midterm ele...

Cohen would turn on Trump if charged, counselor warns Trump

One of President Donald Trump’s longtime legal advisers said he warned the president in a phone call Friday that Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer and close friend, would turn against the president and cooperate with federal prosecutors if faced with criminal charges.

Lawsuit challenges ban of handguns in home day cares

CHICAGO (AP) - Several gun rights groups have joined a central Illinois couple in a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on handguns in home day cares.

The lawsuit filed against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services contends the prohibition violates the rights of home day care operators.

Jennifer ...