Sep 16, 2017

Trump won't reveal who visits him at Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Photo: Gerald Herbert / AP

The Trump administration (with the help of the Department of Justice) has decided it won't release the complete Mar-a-Lago visitor logs, per NYT. "The government believes that presidential schedule information is not subject to FOIA," said Chad Readler, acting assistant attorney general.

DOJ turned over a list of just 22 names yesterday, all of them Japanese diplomats who met with Trump on the same day at Mar-a-Lago. The rest, it claims, are relevant to the president's schedule and therefore don't need to be released. The White House is exempt from FOIA requests, per federal law.

One big question: Why does the administration want to withhold visitor logs, especially if they could reveal private meetings with the president that might present possible conflicts of interest?

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American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd

Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are "anguished" by the death of George Floyd, and said that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."

Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.