It started with Charlottesville. The pardon of Joe Arpaio sped it up.
Until now, most Republicans on the Hill have either backed Trump, or mostly stayed silent about their differences.
Now, he's being openly defied.
Several of the best-known names in the Republican Party broke over the pardon, including Sen. John McCain, Jeb Bush and — most surprisingly and consequentially — Speaker Paul Ryan.
Even in the early days of his presidency, when his leverage was at its peak, Trump never had more than a handful of loyalists on Capitol Hill, Axios' Jonathan Swan points out:
All that will hamper Trump's ability to help muscle tax reform through Congress. But the endgame is Special Counsel Bob Mueller:
While praised by the establishment, Ryan could pay a grassroots price for the brushback on Arpaio:
Joe Biden for The Atlantic this morning, "'We Are Living Through a Battle for the Soul of This Nation': The former vice president calls on Americans to do what President Trump has not":
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, 66, a retired Marine four-star general, in impromptu remarks to troops abroad, in a Facebook video:
It's good to see you all out here, young men and women. For those of you that I haven't met, my name's Mattis. I work at the Department of Defense, obviously. ... And thank you for being out here, OK? I know at times you wonder if anybody knows ... The only way this great big experiment you and I call America is going to survive is if we got tough hombres like you. ...
You're a great example for our country right now. It's got a few problems. You know it and I know it. It's got problems that we don't have in the military.
And you just hold the line, my fine young soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines.
Just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other, and showing it — of being friendly to one another, you know, that Americans owe to one another. ...
The only reason I came back is to serve alongside young people like you who are so selfless and, frankly, so rambunctious. It's a pleasure to be around you all. Take care of each other out here, OK?
"As Harvey's winds die down, trouble for Texas may have just begun with forecasts for unprecedented flooding across the heart of U.S. energy production and in Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city," per Bloomberg:
"The president asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions [this spring] whether it would be possible for the government to drop the criminal case against Arpaio, but was advised that would be inappropriate," the WashPost's Phil Rucker and Ellen Nakashima report on the front page, at the top of column 1:
N.Y. Times front-pager, "President's Pardon of Arpaio Follows the Law, Yet Challenges It," by Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak: "Trump ... used his constitutional power to block a federal judge's effort to enforce the Constitution. Legal experts said they found this to be the most troubling aspect of the pardon, given that it excused the lawlessness of an official who had sworn to defend the constitutional structure."
"NRA's video message to 'elites': 'We're coming for you,'" by AP's Lisa Marie Pane in Atlanta:
"The Worst (and Best) Places to Be Gay in America: If the Trump administration won't protect gay people, we're at the mercy of our ZIP codes," by N.Y. Times' Frank Bruni:
A study using phone cases on Amazon.com found that we're more likely to favor a product based on the quantity of reviews, rather than what they say, per the news service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science:
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Fight Night in Vegas turned out to be more competitive and go more rounds than we expected.
But in the final rounds, a fading Conor McGregor could barely stand as the older Floyd "Money" Mayweather won by technical knockout: