Jun 4, 2018

Trump tweets: "I have the absolute right to PARDON myself"

President Trump addressed the question of whether or not his pardoning power extends to himself and the Mueller investigation on Twitter Monday morning.

The backdrop: In a memo written by Trump's legal team and first obtained by the New York Times, the president's lawyers say he has the constitutional right to “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.”

Yes, but: Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, "The president of the United States pardoning himself would just be unthinkable. And it would lead to probably an immediate impeachment."

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The coronavirus is Trump's slow-burn crisis

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At 6:30 p.m. from the White House press room, President Trump will publicly make himself the face of America's response to the coronavirus crisis.

Why it matters: This is exactly the situation where a president needs the credibility to truthfully explain a tough situation to the public.

Obama demands South Carolina stations stop airing misleading anti-Biden ad

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Former President Obama's office is calling on South Carolina TV stations to stop running a misleading attack ad by a pro-Trump super PAC that uses Obama's voice out of context to make it appear as if he is criticizing Joe Biden and Democrats on race.

Why it matters: It's a rare intervention by Obama, whose former vice president Joe Biden is facing a critical primary in South Carolina on Saturday. Obama has said he has no plans to endorse in the Democratic field.

The megatrends that will shape the 21st century

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An enormous amount of change has been crammed into the first two decades of the 21st century — but what’s coming next will break every speed record.

The big picture: The world is being buffeted by rapid yet uneven advances in technology that will revamp work and what it means to be human. At the same time, fundamental demographic changes will alter democracies and autocracies alike while the effects of climate change accumulate, physically redrawing our globe.