The Gist: Ivanka, the driving force behind Trump’s new maternity leave policy, confirmed the plan was only meant to benefit mothers.
From The Reporter’s Notebook
Revenge of the hackers: former Secretary of State Colin Powell served up his unfiltered views about the Clintons in a batch of his personal emails, which were published online on Wednesday. As TPM’s Katherine Krueger reports, Powell wrote in the messages that he was none too pleased about being dragged into Hillary Clinton’s email server controversy and said he had to throw a “tantrum” to get aides to knock it off.
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: “The Putin SuperPac’s work on Trump’s behalf has been a critical assist to Trump and a thorn in the side of Hillary Clinton. This was true as recently as last night when suspected Russian intelligence agent (or creation) ‘Guccifer 2.0’ released a new trove of Democratic emails. But this morning there’s new emails from Colin Powell in which Powell says among other things that Trump is a ‘national disgrace’ and ‘international pariah.’ Now it’s possible that Russian political operatives didn’t fully grasp the impact of these emails, thinking they would embarrass Powell as opposed to goad Trump into some new self-destructive act.”
“If you had to guess, based on what you know, your best guess.”
From a TPM Prime member: “I cannot envision any scenario in which Trump serves out his first term even if he does actually take the oath of office. At most he might serve long enough to exact revenge on a few enemies and then turn things over to Pence. But my guess is he’d not even take the oath and would surrender the office to Pence content that at a minimum Pence would burn Obama’s legacy down while appointing far right judges to SCOTUS. Trump sees running for POTUS as just another con game.”
Related: It would be a monumental task for Trump to untangle the conflicts of interest created by his international business ties.
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