The inquiry could eventually reveal if the administration failed to follow regular procedures after Congress requested the president's tax records.
Donald Trump keeps saying we don’t have any good trade deals, but tell that to the guy in Massachusetts who just got a penis transplant. Trump and David Cameron are in the midst of a trans-Atlantic feud, exhibiting the sort of intra floppy-haired-white-guy hostility usually only found during a prep school lacrosse match. HARRY REID FUNDRAISING OFF SPAT WITH ALAN GRAYSON - Amanda Terkel: "Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was unusually candid about his feelings toward Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) in a fundraising appeal for Grayson’s Senate opponent.
Trump-inclined voters lurched America ever closer to some ponderous “Draft Scarborough” Medium posts that’ll crop up around June’s Aspen Ideas Festival. DONALD TRUMP IS THE FLORIDA MAN CANDIDATE - Eliot, who's in the Sunshine State covering the primary, sends this dispatch: "There are a lot of reasons why Donald Trump is expected to triumph in Tuesday's Florida primary... But there's a very crucial one that shouldn't be overlooked: Trump is Florida Man … well, the candidate for that type of voter, at least. Just switch [Trump's] name for Florida Man and you'll see what we mean: Florida Man purchases a private jet and enjoys watching Jean Claude Van Damme's 'Bloodsport' while airborne.
Rosie Gray and McKay Coppins: "Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields and editor-at-large Ben Shapiro are resigning from the company over the site’s handling of Donald Trump’s campaign manager’s alleged assault on Fields, BuzzFeed News has learned. Fields and Shapiro informed Breitbart News chair Steve Bannon of their decision Sunday night.
Donald Trump got in a fight with the Pope, since it would be P.C. to go soft on the Vicar of Christ on Earth. Marco Rubio didn't show up for work when he was in the Florida legislature, either, which demonstrates the kind of consistency we need in a president.
John Boehner struggled to get Republicans to cut deals with Democrats, but Paul Ryan is one-upping him by struggling to get Republicans to agree on an imaginary budget blueprint that defunds ACORN. Paul LePage said asylum-seekers could bring "the ziki fly" into the United States, which is a type of fly that impregnates white women. OBAMA MAKES BOLD GAMBIT TO SHAME THE SHAMELESS - The most powerful tool the president possesses to pressure Senate Republicans to at least pretend to consider his Supreme Court nominee is public shaming.
Republicans have asked President Obama not to nominate a replacement for Antonin Scalia, and also to consider their request to just stop being president and let someone else have a turn. Donald Trump is talking an independent run again, the GOP is preparing for a brokered convention, and this is all going to end in tears. OBAMA BEGINS SEARCH FOR PERSON WILLING TO ENDURE A LIVING HELL FOR UP TO 11 MONTHS - Just because our system of government is a smoldering ruin doesn't mean Obama can't nominate somebody to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
Veterans groups haven't received any of that money Donald Trump said he raised for them, though Trump said he got a deferment because of some problem with his foot. John Kasich and Jeb Bush are having a huge fight over Medicaid, and it's just kinda sad because what they're basically fighting over is which one will get called a pussy by The Donald. WATCH CORPORATE AMERICA TURN A ROOMFUL OF WORKERS INTO SANDERS AND TRUMP SUPPORTERS - Zach Carter and Ryan Grim: "The past few years have been very good for United Technologies.
Marco Rubio broke his tooth on a Twix, though at press time it was unclear if it was the Left Twix or the Right Twix. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both want you to know some of their best friends are black. SNACK DELIBERATELY WEAKENED MARCO RUBIO'S TOOTH - In an unfortunate incident that Marco Rubio's manufacturer should have anticipated when choosing what to build his teeth from, the GOP establishment's favorite android suffered his biggest setback Wednesday since all those other ones.
Lindsey Graham endorsed Jeb Bush this morning, giving Jeb just the kind of establishment credibility boost he'd been looking for. Ted Cruz said Donald Trump has "New York values," which Trump then proved true by making a Texan look foolish.
President Obama promised he'd deliver a shorter-than-usual State of the Union address, but he didn't, because if you like your long speech, you can keep it. Steve King said Nikki Haley's not "a principled conservative" but it doesn't matter because she's "beautiful," since being principled means compromising for superficial reasons. APOLOGYGATE - Barbara Starr, Tom LoBianco, Holly Yan and Jim Sciutto: "A video aired Wednesday by Iranian state television shows an American sailor apologizing for entering Iranian waters, an embarrassing development for a U.S. administration trying to paint the service members' quick release as a diplomatic victory.
Republican presidential candidates could face tough questions during tonight's debate, but we hope they will have created a safe space where their opinions won't be challenged. Donald Trump suggested boycotting Starbucks over its red holiday cups, breaking an earlier vow not to put boots on the ground in the War on Christmas. CAN BEN CARSON HAVE IT ALL?
Hillary Clinton once emailed an aide to find out if she could get emojis on her Blackberry, because digital symbols can be useful for conveying emotion in a lighthearted way. MEET THE NEW WAR - As Dwight Eisenhower said, "Small wars are very useful and effective." Reuters: "The United States will deploy dozens of special operations forces to northern Syria to advise opposition forces in their fight against Islamic State, a major policy shift for President Barack Obama and a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East.
Ben Carson said it's important to remember professionals built the Titanic while amateurs built the Ark, though it's probably even more important to remember that amateurs also built this terrible skateboard ramp. RAND PAUL FILIBUSTER BUST - As Fake Patrick Henry once said, "Give me brevity or give me death!" Stephen Dinan: "Mr. Paul, a Kentucky Republican seeking his party’s presidential nomination, vowed during a campaign debate Wednesday night to filibuster, and came to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to lay out his objections. BOEHNER DELIVERS FABULOUSLY BOEHNER-ESQUE FAREWELL - These are the best parts: "I leave with no regrets or burdens.
House Republicans nominated Paul Ryan as their speaker, a soaring new height for a man who was washing pots and pans in a soup kitchen just three years ago. Ryan only got 200 votes, but we're sure the House Freedom Caucus has reasonable demands before they deliver the rest. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) announced before the vote that $3 billion worth of crop insurance cuts have been taken out.
President Obama praised police for falling crime rates, hoping to atone for his mild support of people who are mad about police killing them so much. Paul Ryan said he thinks the process behind the new budget deal "stinks," a rude comment considering John Boehner hasn't finished cleaning the barn yet. Ever the gentleman, Boehner conceded that it still stinks, adding that "this is not the way to run a railroad." Wait, what happened to the barn?
Bernie Sanders said he has an "ample supply" of underwear, but the reason he's running for president is that the vast majority of undergarments have accrued to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. Jim Webb said he's considering an independent run for president, because that's what we get for not letting him talk more at the debate. Jonathan Alter: "The U.S. House of Representatives lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s disbursement of subsidy payments to insurance companies that the House claims were never appropriated will proceed to the merits in federal district court.
Aaron Schock spent nearly $1 million on legal fees this summer, hopefully enough to save the estate and get Scotland Yard to quit harassing the help. Dennis Hastert is pleading guilty over hush money payments, so maybe the "Hastert Rule" will now mean "don't do whatever Dennis Hastert did" instead of "shut down the government out of stubborn principle." And Donald Trump is threatening to pull out of the next Republican debate unless it maxes out at two hours, because inside that suit Trump is really two kids stacked on top of each other and the bottom kid got really tired at the last debate.