West Wing Reports

West Wing Reports


Paul Brandus: Keynote speaker: 7 presidential libraries, Fortune 500 cos. Author 3 books. USAToday, DowJones/MarketWatch columnist. Ex Russia NBC pbrandus@gmail

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A very rare sight: A sitting president testifying before Congress. Gerald Ford chose to do so - this day 1974 - on why he pardoned his predecessor, Richard Nixon for crimes "he committed or may have committed" during Watergate (more)

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The one and only news conf. Mulvaney has ever/will likely ever hold is another reminder of how poor this White House is about its messenging, its discipline, its coordination. They give so few briefings, but what they lack in quantity they make up for in incompetence

President's rally in Dallas tonight comes amid warnings from GOP operatives - in Texas and elsewhere - that Trump cannot take the Lone Star State for granted. Net approval (per Morning Consult) is just +2. He'll have to spend time/money there that is needed elsewhere

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Road to the Civil War: This day in 1859, President Buchanan ordered Army Lt. Col Robert E. Lee to retake Harper’s Ferry. The Virginia (now West Virginia) town had been seized by abolitionist John Brown - who was hopng to spark a nationwide revolt of slaves

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"Our children are our living messengers — to a world that we will never see..." -Elijah Cummings, 1951-2019

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Preparing for a talk in a few days in Switzerland, in same venue where Churchill spoke in 1946. He warned that the world, torn apart, had been saved from even greater terror by “that great republic across the Atlantic.” Today, Sir Winston would be unable to offer such assurance

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. is an Orwellian manufacturer of "Fake News." On - of all days - Sept. 11, he posted this photo showing his staff honoring the tragic anniversary. But: 1) It was raining today and 2) it includes the long-departed Hope Hicks and Omarosa (h/t )

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As Coast Guard saves lives in TX, good time to remember that @realDonaldTrump  earlier this year proposed to slash its budget 14%

A First Lady has the power to make people think. In 1989 Barbara Bush visited a Washington hospice where abandoned infants with the AIDS virus were being cared for. Some folks were ignorant and thought you could get AIDS from touching someone. Mrs. Bush hugged and kissed the kids

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Former chairman of RNC Steele told WWR at lunch that Trump will not finish his term; advises clients to bolster ties w/VP Pence

Just a reminder to those who want the #whistleblower  outed: It is a felony, punishable by up to three years in prison. We can thank President Reagan for signing the IIPA - the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1981 - to protect the brave patriots who serve our nation

Senator (R-Iowa) says millions of Americans are lower-income because they “are just spending every darn penny they have whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

. claims U.S. is the most taxed country. Actually, it's 28th. Making policy is hard when policymakers don’t know the facts

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1. Elephants are nearing extinction in much of the world (yes, really) 2. Trump admin. is nevertheless planning to lift restrictions on importing "African elephant trophies" (i.e. parts of elephants) from parts of Africa

@realDonaldTrump  is lying to you and counting on you to not know any better: 1) The poll he is referring to says 25% of REPUBLICANS want him gone. One in four - and it appears to be rising quickly 2) Last week a Reuters/IPSOS poll said 17% 3) Week before that: 12%

@realDonaldTrump  Sir: how can you find time to tweet on Apprentice ratings - but not receive an intelligence briefing?

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