May 26, 2017

Latest on White House reshuffling

Corey Lewandowski, then campaign manager, joins Trump onstage at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 15, the night of the Florida primary / AP's Gerald Herbert

The Wall Street Journal is saying President Trump "is actively discussing major changes in the White House, including a shakeup of his senior team" in response to the Russia crisis. The Journal says the president may bring back three former campaign officials: "Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to handle communications and political duties related to the investigation, and David Urban, for a senior White House job."

Our thought bubbles:

  • Lewandowski is likely to be involved but probably from outside the White House. While Trump still likes Lewandowski and talks to him regularly, he's not liked by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and neither Jared nor Ivanka trust him.
  • This "shake-up" is more about addition than subtraction, multiple sources inside have told me. Top White House officials have recognized that they're ill-equipped to deal with damaging stories landing every day.
  • Bossie is close to Steve Bannon and is more likely to be brought inside the building than Lewandowski.
  • Trump loves Urban, who ran his Pennsylvania operation, and he's widely viewed internally as a tough operator, well-connected in D.C. from his days working as a Capitol Hill chief of staff and as a lobbyist.

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 8th day

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The National Park Service said in a statement Tuesday that while it "is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights," it "cannot tolerate violence to citizens or officers or damage to our nation’s resources that we are entrusted to protect."

American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.