As progressive Democrats introduced single-payer healthcare legislation this week, many in the party are shaking their heads at what proponents are calling a “litmus test” for 2020 candidates. The dead-on-arrival bill has more than a dozen Democratic supporters in the Senate—and its support among the general public is far from enthusiastic—but the measure represents the lasting influence of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on the party, shifting it leftward at a time of great opportunity. With Republicans deeply divided over President Trump, Democrats may create a new rift among their supporters and candidates. As seemingly every Democrat with a pulse is keeping their eyes on the next presidential race, the party is risking putting primary politics ahead of national success.
Trump brings back ‘both sides.’ Harvard’s Chelsea Manning controversy. Tech worries about anti-trafficking bill. And Schumer is caught on a hot mic.
Here are your must reads:
Rank-and-File Remain Skeptical of DACA Deal
‘He’ll Go Back on His Word.’ [TIME]
Conservative Firebrand Roils Berkeley
”The University Has Coddled Students Too Long.’ [TIME]
Google and Facebook Fret Over Anti-Prostitution Bill’s Fallout
Measure said to boost risk for putting users’ content online [Bloomberg]
Trump Humiliated Jeff Sessions After Mueller Appointment
Was refrained from accepting resignation [New York Times]
Despite Trump Promises, There Are Still No Plans for a Mexican Border Wall
Rhetoric doesn’t match facts [NBC]
Trump and Democrats Strike DACA Deal. Yes? No? Sort of?
Trump’s world can be confusing. [Washington Post]
“DACA now and the wall very soon, but the wall will happen” — President Trump to reporters Thursday
“If the Republicans don’t stick together then I’m going to have to do more and more.” — Trump sending a warning to his party that he may cut more deal with Democrats
BONUS: “People in Kentucky took this stuff very seriously. Being a New Yorker, I don’t have any interest in watching the eclipse.” —Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, under fire for requesting a government plane for his European honeymoon, defending himself from questions about whether he used a government plane to view the eclipse last month.
Bits and Bites
Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’ [ProPublica]
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- The Key Role a Local Newspaper Played in the Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery's Murder
- TIME's Top 100 Photos of 2021
- 2021: The Year the Grift Kept Giving