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President Donald Trump and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke for about 30 minutes aboard Air Force One on Monday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters traveling with the president.
The conversation between Trump and Rosenstein followed remarks from the president earlier Monday, when he told reporters that he did not intend to fire the deputy attorney general. The president said he “didn’t know Rod before, but I’ve gotten to know him and I get along very well with him.”Politico
“I look forward to being with him. That’ll be very nice,” Trump said ahead of the flight. Rosenstein accompanied the president to Orlando, where he was scheduled to address the annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Asked directly if he had plans to fire Rosenstein, Trump replied, “no, I don’t.”
Meghan McCain, in her return to “The View” following the death of Sen. John McCain, remembered her father Monday as a man full of important ideals that she said still exist throughout the country.
“It made me so inspired that the ideals that my father espoused through his career are the ideals of America,” she said, fighting back tears after an emotional welcome from her co-hosts.
“I think there was a lot of talk about what died with him. And I am here to tell you: it didn’t. It is alive, and I need us to remember that,” she continued. “He believed in American exceptionalism. He believed that America is the greatest country in the history of the world.”
McCain, who passed away in August after fighting brain cancer, said that her father “would have loved” the tributes that were paid to him throughout the state of Arizona before he was laid to rest in Maryland.CNN
Top officials inside the White House have taken their first steps to prepare for an onslaught of investigations if Democrats win the House.
What we’re hearing: According to a source with direct knowledge, Chief of Staff John Kelly recently formed a small working group to start preparing for the possibility that Democrats will soon sic Congress’ top investigators on Trumpworld. Senior White House staff have an offsite weekend retreat scheduled for late October. The agenda is expected to include a discussion of investigations under a Democratic-controlled House, according to the source.
To be clear: Team Trump is still trying to prevent a House flip from happening. They’re ramping up political activities leading into the midterm — including a blitz of rallies from the president — to give Republicans their best chance of saving the House.
Why this matters: Polls show Republicans will probably lose the House in November. And Trump’s team, including the understaffed White House Counsel’s Office, must batten down the hatches for an onslaught from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Pop star Taylor Swift endorsed two Democrats on Sunday who are seeking federal office in her home state of Tennessee, shaking off her long-standing policy of steering clear of politics in her public statements.
In a post to Instagram, Swift told her followers that she intends to vote for Democrat Phil Bredesen, who is running to replace GOP Sen. Bob Corker, and Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), who is seeking reelection to his Nashville-based congressional seat.
“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” Swift wrote in a post to Instagram. “I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country.”
The pop star has famously eschewed taking political stands in the past, occasionally frustrating fans who pined for her to take a more vocal position, in particular against President Donald Trump. In an editorial published last November, the left-leaning British newspaper The Guardian suggested that Swift’s political silence in the Trump era made her “not simply a product of the age of Trump, but a musical envoy for the president’s values.”Politico
Millennials could be one of the biggest political forces in America today, if they wanted.
Defined by Pew as those born between 1981 to 1996, millennials make up about 22% of the US population, and at some point between November’s midterms and the 2020 election, they’re expected to surpass baby boomers as America’s largest living generation. They’re a massive voting bloc, capable of setting policy priorities and swinging elections.
They’re also grossly underrepresented in American politics.
In Congress, there are currently only eight millennials in the House and none in the Senate, according to Quorum, a public affairs software company. And millennials’ vote at lower rates than older generations. In 2016, just more than half of eligible millennials voted. In 2014, less than a quarter voted.CNN
“Our generation is at the beginning of becoming legislators in this country,” said Steven Olikara, founder of the nonpartisan group Millennial Action Project.