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Giuliani and His Unholy Mess

Can You Believe?

Can you believe the unholy mess that Rudy Giuliani has created for his new client?

Can you believe that Trump had his bodyguard and another thug raid his doctor’s office? Can you believe Trump himself dictated the doctor’s infamous 2015 statement that he’d be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”? Of course you can – who else on earth would ever say this?

Can you believe how Paul Ryan caved to pressure from evangelical extremists to fire the House chaplain, then rehired him when others complained? Some thought Ryan’s impending retirement would allow him to be his real self – you like what you see?

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Miss of the Week: The House Freedom Caucus’s clumsy but dangerous effort to thwart the Mueller investigation by drafting articles of impeachment against Mueller’s boss, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.

Hit of the Week: Rosenstein’s forceful response that “the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted.”

Hot Race of the Week

Senator Jon Tester already faced a tough reelection fight in Montana, a state Trump carried by 20 points. The fight got even tougher this week as the Koch brothers poured money into the race, Trump attacked Jon with a tweetstorm & speech, and the NRSC launched an ad slamming him for opposing Trump’s failed nominee for VA Secretary. As Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Jon just did his duty, giving Dr. Ronny Jackson the kind of careful vetting that the Trump administration failed to conduct. Now the GOP is smearing Jon in hopes of turning some of Montana’s 100,000 veterans (10% of the state’s population) against him, despite his peerless record as a champion of vets – including two major bills (the Veterans Choice Improvement Act and the VA Accountability & Whistleblower Protection Act) that Trump signed into law. Jon will need our help to withstand the GOP onslaught, and we will be there for him.

Finally…

If you haven’t already tuned in to my weekly podcast, “Fight Back with Barbara Boxer,” I hope you will join me and my daughter, Nicole Boxer, for a deeper look at the news and trends in politics. This week we discuss the drama of Trump’s doctors. Then I speak with Dr. John Gartner about Trump’s mental health.