Inside Trump - July 18th, 2019

Inside Trump (Jul 18th, 2019)

Campaign Crowd Chants "Send Her Back" / Impeachment Effort Fails / Opioid Overdoses Fall

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1. As President Trump discussed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at a campaign rally in North Carolina last night, the crowd broke into chants of "send her back." It's the latest development in the controversy started by one of the president's tweets on Sunday, in which he told four American congresswomen of color—three of whom were born in the U.S.—to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The statement echoes the country's long and troubled history of racism. In response, the House passed an historic resolution condemning the president's "racist comments that have legitimized fear and hatred of New Americans and people of color." Four Republicans and the House's lone Independent joined Democrats in passing the bill. – CBS

2. Those racist comments inspired Rep. Al Green (D-TX) to propose a resolution that would've started the impeachment process, but it found little support on the House floor. The final vote was supported by only 95 Democrats, with the remaining 332 representatives voting to kill the bill. President Trump responded to the vote by calling it "the most ridiculous project ... That's the end of it, it's time to get back to work." – NBC

3. Another House vote this week, concerning efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, didn't end up going the Trump Administration's way. The party-line vote found Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said the two Trump Administration officials "blatantly obstructed our ability to do congressional oversight into the real reason" behind the citizenship question efforts. The White House called the vote "yet another lawless attempt to harass the President and his Administration."  – POLITICO

4. Documents related to illegal Trump campaign payments are now public, as federal prosecutors officially end their probe. Ex-lawyer Michael Cohen is serving three years in prison for making illegal payments at then-candidate Trump's direction, with the intention of swaying the 2016 election. Prosecutors wanted to keep portions of the documents blacked-out, but the judge declared that the documents are of "national importance," so they must be made public. The documents were made public just a couple of hours ago. – CNBC

5. Iran says it has seized a foreign, "fuel-smuggling" tanker as the Trump Administration looks south for support with its Iranian policy. The U.S. has traditionally partnered with European allies to counter Iran, but those allies are now hesitant to put stock in U.S. policy after the Trump Administration abandoned the Iran Nuclear Deal. Instead, the Trump Administration is now looking to Latin America for support. Argentina is poised to declare Iran-linked Hezbollah militants a terrorist organization, just before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's diplomatic visit. – NPR

6. The House has passed three of the 22 bills the Senate passed in an effort to block the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. Unlike in the Senate, where the bills enjoyed Republican support, the House votes largely broke down along party lines. However, there aren't enough Republican senators in support to override a likely veto, so the bills will almost certainly have no effect on U.S. foreign policy. – REUTERS

7. Business allies including real estate magnates, energy lobbyists, finance executives, and Home Depot's Bernie Marcus are collectively working to raise millions for President Trump's re-election campaign. Marcus alone says he donated $7 million in 2016 and plans to give again in 2020. – CNBC

8. Drug overdose deaths fell for the first time since 1990 last year. It's being celebrated as a success for the Trump Administration, which made the opioid crisis a central theme of the 2016 campaign. – NYT

9. On the heels of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sentencing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is renewing his calls for the druglord's seized assets to be directed toward building a wall along the Mexico border. Cruz has proposed this several times since President Trump took office. While he has been ordered to pay billions, a calculation based on the amount of drugs his organization smuggled into the U.S., it's unclear whether authorities will be able to seize any of that cash from El Chapo. – TMZ

10. Reality show star Kim Kardashian is again asking President Trump to help free someone from incarceration. This time, it's musician A$AP Rocky, who is being held on assault charges in Sweden. He alleges that the charges are racist and his treatment is inhumane. Last week, the State Department said it is "actively monitoring" the situation. – JEZEBEL

Schuyler Durham writes Inside Finance. He got his start covering the music scene in his hometown of Portland, OR, but has since followed his writing career to newsrooms around the world. After three years in broadcast news, he's now diving back into the digital realm. You can keep up with his writing on Twitter at @SchuylerWriter or watch him goof around on Instagram at @bitterbuddha.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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