Today's Situational Awareness
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Here are the stories you should pay attention to this morning:
- Bishop raised no money, but still could run again in 2020
- SLC mayoral hopefuls debate
- BLM HQ moving west
- Trump doubles down on his racist attack
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"Go back" day 2
- President Donald Trump doubled down on his racist attack on four Democratic congresswomen on Monday. He falsely claimed Rep. Ilhan Omar sympathized with Al Qaeda and said the four women should apologize to him for their foul language [NYT].
- The four congresswomen tore into Trump during a news conference on Monday, slamming the "bile of garbage" that comes from his mouth [Politico].
- The House is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution condemning Trump for his comments [CNN].
- Texas Democrat Al Green says he will force a vote on impeachment in the House over Trump's bigotry [The Hill].
- Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden slammed Trump's "flat racist" tweets, saying "he should go home" [Politico].
Debt crisis. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot down a White House plan for a short-term increase in the debt ceiling if Congress can't agree to a spending deal. Congress has just 7 working days left before leaving town for the August recess [WaPo].
- Nearly half of the Democratic presidential hopefuls spent more money than they raised during the last quarter, a reality that may end up winnowing the huge field [Politico].
- GOP mega-donors are pouring money into the Trump re-election effort [Politico].
- President Trump's re-election campaign is spending heavily to attract small donors [NYT].
Immigration. A new Trump administration rule would block most migrants coming to the U.S. from seeking asylum [NYT].
Boring but important. The White House says the federal deficit will pass $1 trillion this year. It will be the first time in the nation's history the deficit has exceeded that level [The Hill].
White House vs. Congress. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defied a congressional subpoena on Monday and refused to show up for a hearing with the House Oversight Committee. Conway ignored the summons at the direction of President Trump [Politico].
Trade. The tariffs collected by the U.S. from China is not enough to cover the money the Trump administration is spending to bail out farmers who are impacted by the trade war [NYT].
North Korea. Officials warned that country may resume missile tests in response to planned military exercises involving the U.S. and North Korea [WaPo].
Climate. A terrifying new study says hundreds of U.S. cities could see an entire month each year with heat-index temperatures soaring above 100 degrees by 2050 if global warming continues unchecked [USA Today].
“Anyone can be a good guy. Anyone can be a bad guy. Not everyone can be both,” said the host. “He’s the kind of guy who sets the timer on the bomb, then turns around, and is like: ‘Jesus, this sicko only gave us three minutes. We have to get out of here.’” Trevor Noah