The Rundown-Mon 4/23/18: Flipping Cohen, Protecting Mueller, Passing Pompeo

Mini-me is dead: https://www.npr.org/2018/04/21/604663270/verne-troyer-actor-who-portrayed-mini-me-in-austin-powers-dies-at-49

There was a huge amount of talk on the Sunday shows about whether President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who is being investigated by federal prosecutors, will "flip" on Donald Trump. The ways the media is reacting -- seeming to goad him into doing just that -- and the counterpunch by President Trump are truly fascinating political theater.

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At 7:06, I'll talk with Liz Mair, a long-time Republican strategist, about whether Republicans should support Congress passing a bill to "protect" Special Counsel Mueller. I agree with Liz on many things but not on this. 

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Speaking of politics, a big-picture question: I am very much struggling with the question of whether people will "vote their pocketbooks" in 2018 and 2020 (which, at least for now, would seem to be strongly in favor of Republicans, or vote against Donald Trump simply because he can't stop demonstrating his egregious personality. History suggests the former; I think it will be the latter. And I think the country will suffer greatly when Democrats take control of the House. I hope I'm wrong.

This is an unbelievable story. Actually, the problem is that it's totally believable...Donald Trump apparently lied his way on to the Forbes 400 list, a move which may have actually helped him get as rich as he claimed to be.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-lied-to-me-about-his-wealth-to-get-onto-the-forbes-400-here-are-the-tapes/2018/04/20/ac762b08-4287-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html

Senators are about to refuse to give Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo a positive recommendation from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee despite his obvious qualifications. This is shameful, beyond anything intended by the Founders, and likely to result in the destruction in what's left of a functional Senate.

On Saturday, pro-2nd Amendment protesters came out on the streets of Boulder against the radical proposal of the city council to ban "assault weapons" -- a ban which I still believe will pass, unfortunately. I admire the "I will not comply" signs...but the power of an angry leftist government is a fearsome thing.

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