May 24, 2018

Trump doubles down on "Spygate"

President Trump is keeping up his attacks on the FBI for placing an informant inside his campaign to investigation possible Russian collusion.

Fact check: James Clapper did not say the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign during an appearance on ABC's The View last week: "No, they were not. They were spying on, a term I don't particularly like, but on what the Russians were doing. Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage or influence which is what they do."

Where it's coming from: "Trump told one ally this week that he wanted 'to brand' the [FBI's 2016 campaign] informant a 'spy,' believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public," AP reports.

  • CNN's Brian Stelter points out: "In many of President Trump's comments about an alleged 'spy' in his presidential campaign, there's a tell. Usually it's the word 'if.' Sometimes it's the word 'maybe.' Or 'possibly.' Or the word 'or!'
  • "The caveats give him some wiggle room while he's promoting a full-fledged conspiracy theory."

Go deeper: Trump's torch-it-all media strategy.

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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 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.