The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. This week in Washington, the President hit the campaign trail hard, and found a little time to help Saudi Arabia clean up the mess it made over a disappeared journalist. In Minnesota and elsewhere, midterms are in full swing, and Democrats finally have more money than Republicans, which they will definitely not waste on bad ideas. This week in Washington Good afternoon from Washington, where nothing is happening, really — it’s Midterm Season! And with 19 days until those elections, it’s all hands on deck at the MinnPost MINN-DECISION 2K18 Desk™️, and we’ll head there first to recap what was a big, consequential week on the campaign trail. First off: candidates for U.S. House and Senate released their fundraising reports for 2018’s third quarter this week, … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: Everything old is Newt again
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close Video Gingrich: Do any Dems have the guts to vote for Kavanaugh? Newt Gingrich slams Democrats' handling of Kavanaugh allegations and Senate hearing; the former House speaker weighs in on 'The Ingraham Angle.' America has witnessed an unbelievably savage and despicable effort by Democrats and their media allies to destroy Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh through false and dishonest personal attacks. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday voted to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate, and now the burden of proof should be on Democrats to show why he should not be confirmed. Kavanaugh has clearly, unequivocally and convincingly denied all charges of sexual misconduct against him. The New Yorker magazine’s smear against Kavanaugh was an absurdity. A woman could only remember a self-described drunken event, which supposedly took place over 30 years ago, after she spent six days in discussions with her attorney. … [Read more...] about Newt Gingrich: Is there even one Democrat decent enough or disgusted enough to end this Kavanaugh travesty?
close Video NYT: White House counsel Don McGahn cooperating with Mueller New York Times reports that White House counsel Don McGahn is cooperating extensively with special counsel Robert Mueller. There is now no excuse for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to ask to interview President Trump. In fact, it is now clear the investigators have been given so much information about the president’s actions and had such remarkably open access, they should just close shop and write their final report. They no longer have any grounds for going to court to get a subpoena to compel the president to testify. Mueller’s fatal mistake was revealed Saturday in The New York Times story titled, “White House Counsel, Don McGahn, Has Cooperated Extensively in Mueller Inquiry.” Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman reported that there were at least 30 hours of interviews between the Mueller team and the White House Counsel. Don McGahn asserted throughout the interviews … [Read more...] about Newt Gingrich: Mueller’s fatal mistake
Religious freedom remains under threat globally and is a high-priority national security issue, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich says. "Christian pastors and Bahá’ís are jailed in Iran. Russian authorities continue to target religious minorities. Muslim groups like the Ahmadis are routinely persecuted in Pakistan. Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world," Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who was appointed by President Donald Trump, said in an interview John Allen Jr., editor of the Catholic news blog Crux Now. "The list goes on and on. There’s no doubt that religious freedom is under threat globally ... Religious freedom is a fundamental, universal human right. Unfortunately in nearly every region of the world, this right is under threat or restricted entirely. Global crises require global responses." Gingrich called the right to worship freely "America’s first freedom." "It was codified in the First Amendment … [Read more...] about Vatican Envoy Gingrich: Religious Freedom National Security Issue
POLITICS 04/18/2018 04:41 pm ET The former House Speaker went straight to Ryan Zinke upon learning of an effort to display the statue on the National Mall. By Chris D'Angelo WASHINGTON — Three weeks before the National Park Service denied an activist group’s request to erect a giant statue of a nude woman on the National Mall, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke received an email from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). The Oct. 3 message forwarded an exchange between Gingrich, his wife, Callista, and Claire Christensen, the co-author of his 2016 book about the election of President Donald Trump. In it, the three seemed perturbed by the proposal to place the sculpture near the Washington Monument for three months. “Have you heard about this?” Callista Gingrich, now the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, wrote to her husband. Newt Gingrich asked Christensen in an email later that day whether it was real. “Unfortunately, yes … [Read more...] about The Gingriches Were Very Alarmed About A 45-Foot-Tall Naked Sculpture