DOJ Still Trying to Block Release of Memo About Trump and Obstruction

Kim Wehle on the Barr Memo and what might happen.

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DOJ Still Trying to Block Release of Memo About Trump and Obstruction

KIMBERLY WEHLE: The memo was aimed at “getting a jump on public relations,” judge says.

🎧 On the Pods… 🎧

James Wigderson on WTF Happened to Wisconsin

On today’s Bulwark podcast, James Wigderson of Right Wisconsin joins Charlie Sykes to dissect the breakdown of Wisconsin Republican politics.

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MORNING SHOTS: The Same Old Playbook 🔓

CHARLIE SYKES: The GOP goes through the motions.

THE TRIAD: A Tale of Three Hostage Videos 🔓

JVL: This is why democracy is in decline and the dictators are winning.

THE NEXT LEVEL: Democracy Fight Club 🔐

How are we going to save democracy when Americans aren’t even sure they like democracy?

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🚨OVERTIME 🚨

Stormy Wednesday… The D.C. area is under severe thunderstorm watch, so I am glad I finally got the opportunity to make the chimichurri steak (it was excellent). But up where I used to live, it’s expected to get pretty dicey:

You know this guy is going to eventually run for even higher office, right?

Read the story. It’s insane.

Been a while since I’ve thought about “Snarlin’ Arlen” Specter… Whose office was one of two other Republican offices on the 7th floor of the Hart SOB when I worked there.

The details in this story are quite interesting, and why we’re only finding out about it now is quite another.

RIP Senator John Warner. If you’ve ever tuned into one of our TNB livestreams and seen a brief appearance from me, odds are you didn’t parse my potpourri office wall behind me.

When I worked in the Senate, I always looked up to Senator Warner, who, as a Virginia resident, represented me. He was a gentleman and a legislator. When he retired, one of his staff put in the hallway (for trash) this old campaign poster from 1984, perfectly framed and in mint condition. So, I took it home. That was 12 years ago. Not very long, but it feels like ancient history, as we’ve seen how the party has changed since then.

But, like many of us at The Bulwark and in our orbit, Warner spoke up and said the truth about the direction the party was headed. Some of the other politicians on my office wall have disappointed me at some point: John Warner never did. And that’s why he has a place of honor on the wall.

I think Rep. Spanberger had a worthwhile remembrance that’s worth a read.

A few years after he retired, I was taking the D.C. Metro back to where I lived in Alexandria, and sure enough, there was John Warner riding the rails. I saw him a few more times and always got a kick out of it. If you don’t know much about the man, read up.

Shut up and take my money, Peacock… One of my favorite Dan Brown novels was The Lost Symbol and for obvious reasons, and if this trailer is any indication, hokey as the filming appears to look, they have done their due diligence on what the U.S. Capitol complex is like in semi-granular detail. (You cannot film commercial movies on Capitol grounds.)

A note on the weirdness of ads… If you read JVL’s newsletter earlier, an addition on data and ads. This past weekend when I was visiting my friend in southern Maryland, I was wearing a “Royal Purple” t-shirt I got for free. Royal Purple is a motor oil company. After my phone backed up the weekend’s photos to the cloud, later that day, ads started populating on my browser for Royal Purple and I just assumed that was why, but it was still creepy! I get why most of my browser ads are for grills or other devices I hope my wife will let me buy, but I never ever would buy or research motor oil. That’s why I pay the fine professionals at Jiffy Lube.

Will GOP Senators listen to Mrs. Sicknick on the 1/6 Commission?

Because earlier today, Sen. John Cornyn was whining about how the confirmation hearings were set up by Democrats (obstruction has consequences, Senator!).

I’ll be looking to see who is too busy on the GOP side of the aisle to meet with the mother of a hero who died defending their place of work, because I’m not seeing a lot of constructive legislating from them.

Oh, is that a tear I spot in your mugshot? Good. Enjoy the consequences.

That’s it for me for today. We’ll see you back here tomorrow. Tech support questions? Email support@substack.com. Questions for me? Drop me a line: swift@thebulwark.com

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