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Washington Post PoliticsMay 27, 2023
McCarthy's salesmanship to conservatives to be tested with debt deal
President Biden declared that the final deal must be something he and the House speaker "can sell to both sides." McCarthy faces the tougher test.

The Daily BeastMay 27, 2023
Can The Cult of DeSantis Beat Trump's MAGA Die-Hards?
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesIt has been said that Donald Trump is more of a charismatic cult leader than a traditional politician. When it comes to trying to replace him, could it be that Ron DeSantis is, once again, taking a page from the master by trying to build his own cult following?

I've spent the last several days trying to understand why Ron DeSantis would announce his campaign on Twitter Spaces—and then spend his time focused on very online topics that are generally reserved for right-wing podcasts—and nothing else makes sense.

Most Americans aren't on Twitter, and average Republican voters are presumably more interested in stemming inflation than in ESGs, bitcoin, debanking, and other insidery topics that DeSantis focused on.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

The Daily BeastMay 27, 2023
Biden and House GOPers Strike Tentative Deal to Stave Off Default
Leah Millis/ReutersAs the deadline for the nation's first-ever default looms, key White House and GOP negotiators finally struck a deal in principle to raise the debt ceiling and cap federal spending Saturday.

The past few weeks have brought chaos between the White House and Republican lawmakers as fears of an economic crisis have spiraled across the political arenas. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Friday that the department will run out of cash to pay U.S obligations by June 5, raising the alarm on the quickly-ticking clock both parties have to iron out a deal and move it through Congress.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden, who have continued to butt heads on the issue, talked through their remaining points of tension Saturday evening and gave their thumbs up on the new agreement. In a tweet, McCarthy said it was "worthy of the American people."

Read more at The Daily Beast.

New York Times PoliticsMay 27, 2023
At West Point Commencement, Kamala Harris Says Military's Strength Lies in Diversity
The vice president's address to graduates of the U.S. Military Academy came as the armed forces have sought to forge a new identity.

Harris becomes first woman to deliver commencement address at West Point (CNN Politics)

New York Times PoliticsMay 27, 2023
Trump Calls Paxton Impeachment Proceedings ‘Very Unfair'
The former president took to social media to weigh in on the events in Texas.
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