Hello TPM Members and welcome to the weekend.
We ended the week on a disheartening, but unsurprising, note. On Friday, Lt. Col. Vindman, arguably the most consequential witness in the House’s impeachment inquiry, was escorted out of the White House where he was working as the director for European affairs on the White House National Security Council.
It’s clear this is retaliation for his testimony before Congress and we don’t think the retribution will end with him. President Trump’s been on a tear post-acquittal and, if history has taught us anything, things don’t always end well for those who demonstrate a hint of disloyalty to the mob boss-in-chief.
As always, thanks for reading and thanks for being a member. It’s especially crucial in these bizarre, often dark times.
Here’s what happened in Prime this week.
- Josh Marshall revisits a Slate article by Will Saletan: The GOP is a failed state and Trump is its warlord.
- Missouri Republicans are trying yet again to dismantle the anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018.
- A positive take on the Iowa caucuses.
- Democrats’ reaction to Trump’s SOTU remarks on health care are indicative of what’s to come in 2020.
- How the Trump administration has built a new secrecy wall for border agents.
- After Trump’s bonkers post-acquittal speech, Nicole Lafond felt it was an appropriate time to resurface Bill Clinton’s apology.
- Trump unbound.
- Josh Marshall is not optimistic about Democratic unity after the primaries.