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Spygate and Other Fictions

Can You Believe?

Can you believe Trump claiming that “Spygate” was this biggest threat ever but wanting to share the evidence only with his Congressional stooges?

Can you believe Trump claiming to have won his trade war with China? After he gave up his sanctions and got nothing but vague promises in return? No wonder Mr. Art of the Deal went bankrupt six times.

Can you believe Dana Rohrabacher calling Wikileaks’ Julian Assange “an honorable man”? Honor among thieves, more like.

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

Hit of the Week: U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald’s ruling that the Trump cannot block critics from responding to his Twitter feed. Of course, if Trump knew or cared anything at all about the Constitution, he wouldn’t need a court to tell him that he is hosting a public discussion, not a private conversation.

Miss of the Week: Spygate and everything connected with it. Not since Joseph McCarthy’s infamous list of subversives in the Army has anyone used such pure fiction to undermine our national security for political gain.

Hot House Race of the Week

The good news: With Rohrabacher on the ropes, California’s 48th Congressional District is up for grabs. The bad news: With two top Democrats splitting the primary vote, former GOP Assemblyman Scott Baugh could wind up in second place and shut us out of the runoff. As in the 49th, Democratic turnout is crucial: If enough Democrats go to the polls in June, we can win in November.

Fighting Back

In this week’s Fight Back with Barbara Boxer podcast, my daughter Nicole and I discuss Russiagate (as Trump takes a page out of How to Be a Dictator) and the optimism of the coming Blue Wave. Then I talk with the Senate’s former “dean of women,” the great Barbara Mikulski, about the importance and history of women in Congress and what their future looks like.