The House GOP’s Antagonism Caucus
Plus: Why the Trump Tape Matters for the Mar-a-Lago Case
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WILLIAM SALETAN: The House GOP’s Antagonism Caucus.
ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, the House of Representatives passed legislation to raise the national debt ceiling. The bill, which imposed spending restraints and other changes sought by conservatives, was a compromise worked out between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Everything in the bill, other than the debt-limit increase, was a concession to House Republicans. Despite this, 71 Republicans, nearly a third of the House GOP, voted against the legislation. More Democrats than Republicans voted for it.
Why did so many Democrats support the bill? And why did so many Republicans reject it? Those two questions are perversely related. On the Republican right, there’s a cluster of lawmakers who voted no—or who urged their colleagues to vote no—in part because Democrats endorsed the bill. To these lawmakers, anything the other party supports is suspect.
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KIMBERLY WEHLE: Why the Trump Tape Matters for the Mar-a-Lago Case.
ON WEDNESDAY, news broke that Special Counsel Jack Smith has obtained an audio recording of a July 2021 meeting at Donald Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club in which the former president acknowledges having a classified document about a potential attack on Iran. He then reportedly goes on to suggest, for about two minutes in total, that he would like to share the document with those present at the meeting, but is aware that he cannot declassify documents after leaving the White House. Although the actual recording is not public, “multiple sources” described it to CNN’s reporters. It seems to be, as Charlie Sykes put it, a “smoking tape”—about as close to a smoking gun as prosecutors could hope for because it goes directly to Trump’s state of mind.
Happy Friday! It’s good to be home again and on my own WiFi. (PSA: Do not rely on a tethered phone on I-66 in the rural parts to upload Twitter videos!) The country was beautiful and I can’t say I miss the 90 degree D.C. area heat. The dogs are happy to be home, too.
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