We start todayPatrick Marley, Josh Dawsey, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, and Carol D. Leonnigof The Washington Post and their report of the charges that are about to be brought against Number 45 for his position on Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol,
The growing number of lawsuits and pending lawsuits show a serious effort to hold back those who tried to help Trump stay in office after losing the election. And because it comes as the former president is proving to be a key pillar of his 2024 campaign, experts say it will present a surprising test of the country’s judiciary and political institutions. […]
Smith’s investigation on January 6 involved many of Trump’s advisers, Republican officials, lawyers and other allies appearing before the grand jury that meets Tuesday and Thursday in Washington. These sessions have often been used as a way to get Trump’s people to challenge his 2020 campaign promises.
The grand jury was presented with unfounded conspiracy theories promoted by Trump, as well as reports from his team that contradicted his claims. One person with direct knowledge of the grand jury’s activities, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, said some of the sessions appeared to be aimed at debunking Trump’s election fraud once and for all.
Josh Marshallof Talking Points Memo says the January 6 lawsuits are the last thing the GOP wants to hear.
Now it seems all but certain that Trump will A) win the Republican presidential nomination without real opposition and B) face four different sets of charges in four different areas for crimes ranging from petty fraud to the most serious crime. , trying to overthrow the government and the laws themselves.
The two possibilities – seemingly completely opposite – reinforce each other. A normal person would be kicked out of the race. For Trump they become more evidence of a great battle that confirms his position not only as a leader but as the inevitable leader of the Republican Party. His position as a victim convinces any serious opponent of the election.[…]
One consequence of Trump’s decision on January 6 is to remove the central role and power that Judge Aileen Cannon has in Florida. They could effectively delay Trump’s impeachment until 2024 in time for Trump to close the case and boost him if re-elected. But with another federal indictment in DC and two other cases pending, his scrutiny of Trump’s legal team has little news.
As I have seen above it is Trump’s version of reality. But for all his bravery and “lots of criticism, I love this!” protests, the reality is that this amounts to an unmitigated disaster for the GOP.
Charles BlowThe New York Times considers that Trump’s criticism is “anticlimactic”.
It should be seen as a fulfillment of America’s commitment to justice that Trump is finally being held accountable for his recklessness and brutality, for his disregard for the Constitution and his contempt for the law.
So why does it seem impossible? Why does the feeling of sadness persist? Why is there no concept of an end in space?
It feels that way because there is no guarantee that we are reaching the end of the Trump era of terror. In fact, there is every indication that they have no intention of bending or breaking – that they would destroy our democracy rather than respond.
America is trying hard, and no one knows how it will turn out.
John CassidyThe New Yorker says there could be a lot of good economic news for the Biden Administration.
In the coming months, there could be a lot of good news for the White House. Declines in home prices and used car prices should also be reflected in other indicators of inflation, including the core Consumer Price Index, or CPI, which the Federal Reserve monitors closely because it excludes energy and food prices. “We appreciate that information can be distorted by inflation forecasts, even a few months into the future, but you should not think too hard and cross your fingers for the lowest CPI records in the summer and early fall,” Ian Shepherdson, chief US economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in a client circular last week. In the months of July and August, the main CPI can increase by 0.1 percent every month, Shepherdson told me, and if this happens, he added, the main rate of inflation for the year will drop from 4.8 percent in June to 4.1 percent in August.
With inflation running much better than most economists expected, the White House is determined to avoid what every president wants to fear in the run-up to the election: an election-year recession. On Monday, the investment team at Goldman Sachs put the potential for the economy over the next twelve months — meaning a sharp drop in income, employment, and GDP — at just twenty percent. “Recent developments have strengthened our confidence that bringing inflation to normal does not require a recession,” said Jan Hatzius, chief economist at Goldman.