The Note: Democrats threaten Democrats in Tuesday’s California primary

The Note: Democrats threaten Democrats in Tuesday’s California primary

5:30am, 5th June, 2018
The TAKE with Rick Klein If there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing in politics, we’re about to find out — courtesy of the state that’s the de facto headquarters of “the resistance.” Democrats’ biggest threat to a California sweep – which itself could be vital to hopes for a blue wave - comes not from President Donald Trump but from Democrats themselves. Blame the state’s unusual all-party “jungle primary” system, or blame Democratic leaders for not being able to sort out intramural fights, or for not knowing enough about all the candidates running and what it all would mean. Either way, there are simply too many Democrats running for too few competitive seats going into Tuesday’s primary. And it’s not like there aren’t plenty of competitive seats on the ballot Tuesday. California and New Jersey alone – two of the eight states voting on Tuesday - have enough vulnerable House Republicans in office to provide Democrats more than half of the 23 pick-ups they’d need to take...
The Note: Trump's stunning claims of executive power

The Note: Trump's stunning claims of executive power

7:01am, 4th June, 2018
The TAKE with Rick Klein "At any time and for any reason." That's the standard asserted by President Donald Trump's attorney regarding his power to terminate a Justice Department or FBI investigation, according to the letter sent to Robert Mueller that was revealed over the weekend. That is a stunning claim of executive power, coming from a president who is acting more emboldened – think pardon powers and tariff impositions – in exerting his powers virtually by the week. It's telling that prominent Trump backers and even some of his own attorneys aren't necessarily in sync on this assertion. "I would not go that far," Rudy Giuliani told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week," when asked if the president could end a bribery or murder case against him. Giuliani also pointed to another reason for Trump not to sit down with Mueller. Asked why official accounts regarding Donald Trump Jr.'s infamous Trump Tower meeting have changed as frequently as they have, Giuliani responded:...