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A pair of tweets by President Trump this morning add high drama to a joint Capitol Hill appearance next week by Facebook, Google and Twitter:
In a 5:24 a.m. wake-up call for Big Tech, Trump began:
Be smart: Trump has been whacking social media, on social media, to shift next week's hearings to how he’s a victim of social media.
Big Tech testifies a week from tomorrow (Sept. 5) about censorship and election interference.
All politics may be local, but the money comes from afar:
What we found:
Amid anticipation of a blue wave that could give Democrats control of the House, Dems are raising slightly more from outside their districts this cycle than GOP candidates — 70% for Ds; 63% for Rs.
Most and least:
Struggling in a strong economy ... 40% of American families struggled to meet a basic need last year — food, health care, housing or utilities — according to an Urban Institute survey of 7,600 adults (reported by AP's Sarah Skidmore Sell):
Be smart, from Jonathan Swan: The Trump administration is trying to bully Canada into agreeing quickly to its demands and wants to use the press, and the spectacle of the Mexico announcement, to get Canada to comply.
In an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll, almost two-thirds of Americans (64%) believe Michael Cohen's claim that President Trump ordered him to make illegal payments to two women to keep them quiet.
Three key subgroups — white suburban women, "Never Hillary" independents and rural voters — are strongly against impeachment.
U.N. investigators said the military in Myanmar (borders Thailand) "carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with 'genocidal intent,' and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted ... under international law," Reuters reports from Geneva:
The report "could serve as a major catalyst for change in how the world’s big social media companies [blamed for incitement] handle hate speech in parts of the world where they have limited direct presence but their platforms command huge influence."
Amy Chozick — N.Y. Times writer-at-large, and author of "Chasing Hillary" — writes in the October issue of Vogue that Stormy Daniels is "globally known by a single name: Stormy, the unlikely, embattled symbol of our tempestuous times."
"Daniels argues that her nondisclosure agreement is invalid because Trump himself didn’t sign it. ... Daniels’s individual case — who signed what; who defamed whom — could be a catalyst of historic proportions."
"'Not once did I ever feel like I was in any sort of physical danger. I’m sure if I would’ve taken off running, he wouldn’t have given chase. And even if I had, there’s no way he could’ve caught me.' Avenatti laughs in the background at this. Then Daniels says, 'He’s even less likely to catch me now.'"
One of the fall's great political dramas will be the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation votes by Democratic senators up for reelection in red states.
A polling memo from WPA Intelligence and Definers Public Affairs, "Political Peril Facing Red State Democrats On SCOTUS Obstruction," shows how Republicans will try to make the issue an albatross:
Alice, "whose father contributes 'spot illustrations,' said ... she hoped her book would inspire girls 'to be bold and brave.'"
"The roiling politicization of the game ... seems ... unlikely to abate as long as Trump remains in office. As a Trump hobbyhorse, the anthem protests pack all the key elements: They provide a grand spectacle, undercut an institution that Trump feels personal spite toward and highlight an issue that he believes he can exploit for political gain. ...
"As with so many of Trump’s fixations, this one came with a back story of personal grievance: repeated rejection in his efforts across four decades to buy an N.F.L. team. ...
"A collision between Trump and pro football was probably inevitable: There was only so much room in the national head space for these dueling soap operas of American carnage. Now Trump gets to terrorize the club that would not have him as a member.
"It must give him immense satisfaction to know that the N.F.L. — on the eve of a new season — has no clue how to handle him or what to do about the national-anthem protests that a few players are still engaging in. ...
"It’s an interesting thought experiment: What if Trump had got a team after all? Would he still have felt the need to run for president?"
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