Russian Relations: While discussing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the 2016 election, President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed not only that collusion with Russia would not have been a crime, but also that none had occurred. David A. Graham explains why these talking points don’t add up. And Natasha Bertrand reports that the Department of Homeland Security has paid increasing deference to Red Notices that Russia has issued through Interpol—effectively allowing Russia to use U.S. courts to prosecute its dissidents.
Agricultural Allegiance: The $12 billion aid package that the Trump administration announced last week isn’t enough to alleviate some farmers’ concerns about the impact of Trump’s trade war on their business, Olivia Paschal reports. Rural voters’ dissatisfaction with the trade war could leave an opening for candidates like Abby Finkenauer—a progressive Millennial from Iowa who hopes to convince voters in her home state that the Democratic Party is the voice of the white working class.
It was midway through a sticky Georgia Saturday, and Jessica Byrd was dispelling myths about the way black women are supposed to run for office in 2018 …
“Y’all, it’s fake,” she said, referring to the received wisdom she was now telling [the students] to ignore. “We made it up. It’s fake.”
“It doesn’t mean that our folks, especially our elders, our community leaders who believe these things, are wrong,” Byrd continued. “It means that it is a new day. It is 2018. Everything has been building to the point where we get to rewrite what we want it to be.”
Medicare and Medicaid were created on this day 53 years ago, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 into law. In 2017, Vann R. Newkirk II wrote about the close connection between health care and civil rights:
The law’s effects on segregation were felt immediately. Since Medicare’s universal coverage of elderly people brought federal funds to about every hospital in America, it also bound them by Title VI’s nondiscrimination clauses, which essentially ended segregation in those hospitals—some of the last public arenas in which Jim Crow legally held sway. Medicare was the final federal legal blow for de jure segregation, and without it, there would still be few legal mechanisms to force hospitals to integrate. It’s hard to overstate how much Medicare and Medicaid themselves did to end formal segregation.
He believes that I think his children are bad kids, and that it is my fault that our household is not in harmony. I think my fiancé needs to step up and be more forceful about setting household standards and have a more realistic view of his children. In his view, they never knowingly lie, they never purposefully disobey him, and any time Johnny stays up past his bedtime playing games is merely the result of a misunderstanding of what bedtime was, not disobedience on Johnny’s part. (Bedtime is always the same.)
Happy birthday to Mark’s wife, Jodi (the same age as Celine Dion); to Jane (the same age as the U.S. national motto, “In God We Trust”); and to Barrett (who turned 18 around the time of the first moon landing). And from yesterday, happy birthday to Edinn’s brother (a year younger than Toy Story).