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Republican members of Congress said nothing when President Trump told minority congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from.
Between the lines: Trump knows he can say whatever he likes and face no consequences from the party he has conquered.
What's new: Tim Alberta, the chief political correspondent for Politico Magazine, has a book out this week that documents Trump's conquest of the Republican Party — the domination evidenced above. Axios obtained an advance copy of the book, "American Carnage," which is deeply reported and engrossing. The book reveals Trump's delight in tormenting Republicans who he views as weak or disloyal, and it helps explain the partywide silence on days like today.
Two exclusive excerpts are especially revealing:
1. The tormenting of Diane Black
"Not everyone was lucky enough to land Trump's support. Diane Black, the Tennessee congresswoman, was running in a crowded GOP primary to become the state's governor.
During a meeting with several House Republicans ... she pulled the president aside. 'You really need to endorse me,' she told him, stabbing a finger at his chest. Trump found her rude and presumptuous. 'She got in my personal space,' he told aides afterward. 'Big mistake.' ....
The White House political director Bill Stepien ... asked an intern to aggregate a full record of everything Black had ever said about Trump, good and bad. The list was printed out and carried over to the Oval Office.
Trump scanned the document, picking out the negative remarks, then pulled out a Sharpie. 'Diane,' he wrote. 'This is NOT good!' He furiously underlined the word 'NOT,' then asked Stepien to hand-deliver the document to Black. [Note: Black lost in the Republican primary race.]"
2. The tormenting of Erik Paulsen
"In one case, Trump endorsed as a means of punishment. Having heard that Minnesota congressman Erik Paulsen was distancing himself from the White House in the hope of holding his seat in the Twin Cities' suburbs, the president stewed and asked that the political shop send a tweet of support for Paulsen — thereby sabotaging the moderate Republican's efforts.
When his aides demurred, Trump sent the tweet himself, issuing a 'Strong Endorsement!' of the congressman in a late-night post that left Paulsen fuming and his Democratic opponent giddy. [Note: Paulsen lost his re-elect.]"
Trump at a rally in Florida to officially launch his 2020 campaign, June 18. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
"President Donald Trump trails the top Democratic contenders in hypothetical matchups, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll's first ballot tests of the 2020 general election," per NBC News' Mark Murray.
By the numbers:
The big picture: "With more than 200 days until Iowa caucuses and more than 470 days until Election Day 2020, the poll is a very early snapshot of the general election, and much can change. But Trump is faring worse than Barack Obama at this same stage of his re-election race."
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The 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunners have accepted President Trump's Jerusalem move, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
Why it matters: Many prominent Democrats, including most of the presidential contenders, chastised Trump for moving the embassy to Jerusalem in 2017, claiming it would escalate tensions in the region and destroy any chance for a peace deal between the Palestinians and the Israelis. But now, none say they would reverse Trump's decision.
State of play: In addition to Biden, Sens. Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as former Rep. Beto O'Rourke and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, said they would not reverse Trump's decision.
What they're saying:
Go deeper: Read Alayna's full piece, which includes new reporting from Axios Israel contributor Barak Ravid, who has interviewed Democratic foreign policy advisers about this sensitive subject.
President Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden. Photos: Darren Hauck, Mandel Ngan, David McNew, Scott Eisen/Getty Images
The leaders of the Democratic presidential field are divided about whether to ax a decades-old rule barring the indictment of a sitting president because of President Trump, Alayna reports.
Why it matters: The candidates are grappling with the same issues facing Democrats in Congress: how to hold Trump accountable despite the precedent their actions will set.
State of play:
Context: In 1973, in the heat of the Watergate scandal, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued an internal memo saying a sitting president cannot be indicted. In 2000, former President Bill Clinton's DOJ reaffirmed that finding. The memo cited Constitutional concerns and said impeachment was the appropriate way to remove a sitting president who committed crimes.
Go deeper: Read Alayna's full piece, which includes some skeptical responses to these Democrats' claims.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
A behind-the-scenes battle to shape Capitol Hill scrutiny of Big Tech's power will burst into public view this week in the most significant way yet, Axios' David McCabe reports.
Driving the news: Representatives of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple will face questions Tuesday from members of the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee as part of its investigation into their market power.
What we're hearing: The companies — all of which have briefed committee staff in the last month — are bringing antitrust heavy hitters to the hearing.
Behind the scenes: Competitors and critics hoping to turn the heat up on the tech giants have been making the rounds in Washington.
The bigger picture: Numerous congressional committees and members are scrutinizing the major tech players, after several years of mounting criticism of the companies on different fronts.
What to watch: Whether the Justice Department or Federal Trade Commission pursue formal cases against any of the four companies testifying on Tuesday.
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The House will consider H.R. 3494 — The Intelligence Authorization Act. The bill would authorize funding and enable congressional oversight of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
The Senate will process 4 tax treaties that were reported out of the Foreign Relations committee in late June, as well as confirm the following nominees, in this order, per a Republican leadership aide:
President Trump's schedule, per a White House official: