Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks with Maria Isabel Bueso after her testimony about her ongoing medical care in the U.S. at a House Oversight and Reform Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee hearing.
🏛️ From the White House
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Banning flavors, for the youth: In response to weeks of alarming news about illnesses and deaths linked to e-cigarettes, the president announced the FDA will issue “very strong” recommendations to cut down on nicotine consumption, including a total ban on flavored e-cigarettes. It’s the most sweeping anti-vaping measure of the year, because the popularity of products like Juul’s packets have erased a 20-year decline in youth tobacco usage, Amanda Mull writes.
What started as Sharpiegate … has turned into something more worrisome, Quinta Jurecic argues: “The saga of Dorian is a snapshot of Trump’s refusal to accept the reality of a world that looks any different from what he wants to be true, and a demonstration of how such an instinct in a leader is incompatible with the requirements of democracy.”
🇺🇸 2020 Watch
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It’s Biden’s debate to lose: Tales of Joe Biden’s demise may or may not be greatly exaggerated, but he continues to hold a comfortable lead in the Democratic primary as the candidates head into the third debate, Edward-Isaac Dovere writes. So why is he still flying high? “Many Democratic voters don’t just have PTSD from 2016—they have a daily, constantly refreshed panic about 2020.”
👓 JOHN BOLTIN’
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Bolton’s days were numbered from the start: People who work for the president know what the plan is: They can stick around as long as Trump needs them, and when he doesn’t, they can be fired by tweet, Peter Nicholas writes. The only way to survive is to be a yes-man, and Bolton was not.
Juanita Broaddrick doesn’t believe all women. Amanda Fitzsimmons writes in her portrait of the woman who alleged Bill Clinton raped her in 1978:
Twitter augments the snarkier side of almost everyone’s personality, but the gulf between Broaddrick’s social-media persona and her actual one is especially wide. In the days after Broaddrick denigrated E. Jean Carroll, the woman who accused Trump of rape in her new book, tweeting that she looked like the Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, I called her to request an interview. To hear Broaddrick’s genial, alto drawl was jarring, as was the contrast between the vitriolic @atensnut (Broaddrick is a huge tennis fan) and the woman who later greeted me with a bear hug when we met in the lobby of a Days Inn near her home. I’d mentioned on the phone that I’d forgotten my toothbrush, and, though it was a Sunday morning, she’d come over to transport me to the nearest drugstore. She hadn’t been planning on church that day anyway, she assured me. Even the story of how she’d launched her Twitter activism—her grandson had helped; she’d barely known how the thing worked—was endearing.
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