DML Briefing: Aug 8

Today is Aug 8, and here are the stories I am watching.

1-Trump has conversation with NRA’s LaPierre
President Trump had a phone conversation Tuesday with Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association, just days after two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Trump did not publicly acknowledge the phone call and it was unclear who initiated the conversation. The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that LaPierre told Trump that endorsing tougher background checks — which the president has reportedly done in private since the February 2018 massacre in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead, would not be popular with his voter base.

DML: “The Washington Post” and unnamed sources…. that says it all.

2-New protests expected in Puerto Rico 
Puerto Rico is bracing for renewed demonstrations after Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez was sworn in as the island’s new governor Wednesday, hours after its Supreme Court ruled that last week’s inauguration of Pedro Pierluisi as governor was against the law and overturned it. The unpopular Vázquez had said last month she didn’t want the job amid weeks of political turmoil that saw thousands of protesters demand the resignation of former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. Many Puerto Ricans see her as an extension of Rosselló. Vázquez sought to calm the anger in a televised statement late Wednesday, saying she feels the pain Puerto Ricans have experienced in recent weeks and vowing to unify the island.

DML: Why do we need this island?  We don’t. PR’s greatest value to us is a military base. Can’t we just rent it? Heaven knows they need the money.

3-ICE raids in Mississippi net approximately 680 arrests
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Wednesday that its officers had raided seven food processing plants in Mississippi and detained approximately 680 “removable aliens” in what a federal prosecutor described as “the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation’s history.” Nearly 600 ICE agents swarmed the plants in Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastapol, surrounding the perimeters to keep workers from fleeing. “The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout our great country,” U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a statement.

DML: Great.  Now why now do it again today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that…and…. you get it.

4. Axios reports that David Plouffemanager of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and a pioneer in grassroots organizing, will be out March 3 with “A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump”, including his advice to 2020 voters and campaigns. Plouffe’s message: “The only way change happens, especially on scale, is one human being talking to another. … [I]t won’t happen because of debates and conventions, it won’t happen because of ads. It will happen because citizens take action.”

DML: His little pocket manual will be going up against an army called TeamDML. I put the money on us.

More than 200 mayors are urging Senate leaders to return to Washington to act on bipartisan gun safety legislation.

DML: Never happens, Senators love August on the beach.

A man who was “full of anger” went on a two-hour stabbing and robbery rampage in Southern California, killing four people and wounding two others.

DML: Geez, I wonder if we should ban knives?

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