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Harold & Rudy Are Back, And Other News: Your Prime Week In Review

Harold Bornstein appears on MSNBC on Tuesday May 1, 2018.
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May 5, 2018 1:10 pm

We’re there, Prime subscribers. Welcome to the weekend. Here’s what happened in Prime.

  • America was reintroduced to President Trump’s former personal doctor this week, who said the President’s body guard, a Trump organization lawyer, and a “large man” raided his office. Josh Marshall explains why this story is a big deal.
  • Alice Ollstein writes in her Weekly Primer on Obamacare that a Republican governor and a Republican candidate for governor are refusing to expand Medicaid even if voters choose to do so via ballot referendum.
  • Zack Roth writes about what it means for individual voters he’s met that a federal appeals court upheld Texas’s voter ID law last week. And, in our Weekly Primer on voting rights, I write that a voter ID law in Arkansas has been blocked by a court days before the state’s primaries begin.
  • Rudy Giuliani introduced himself to cable news audiences as Trump’s new lawyer this week. Josh Marshall writes that his Wednesday interview with Sean Hannity, and Trump’s reaction to it, made Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit dramatically more viable. David Taintor rounded up how cable news reacted to the interview, and I put together a list of all of the questions our editors had in the wake of it. Allegra Kirkland has a full rundown of Giuliani’s claims and the fallout from them in your Weekly Primer on the Russia probe.
  • In addition to Giuliani, Trump has another new lawyer, Emmet Flood. Tierney Sneed runs down where in the past Flood has crossed paths with other lawyers involved in the Trump-Russia probe.
  • The “Deep State”: It may or may not be real, but it will be an issue in this year’s midterms, Josh Marshall writes. I, meanwhile, round up a few things the “Deep State” has been accused of doing lately, such as buying Ben Carson an expensive table.
  • Cameron Joseph writes that GOP candidates who are running for seats in the Senate are tripping over one another to nominate Donald Trump for the Nobel Prize.
  • Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly calls President Trump an idiot. Here are some other things his aides and cabinet secretaries have called him.
  • A CNBC report, suggesting that Mueller is investigating collusion and that Rick Gates and Roger Stone are pivotal characters in this investigation, is a big deal, Josh Marshall writes.
  • Will Mueller subpoena Trump? Tierney Sneed has some key considerations for the special counsel as he weighs this decision.
  • Josh Marshall notes some important discrepancies between the Washington Post and New York Times’ reports on a list of questions that Mueller would like to ask Trump. And though Trump denounced the leak of questions as “disgraceful,” David Kurtz notes that it appeared to come from Trump’s own legal team.
  • On Friday, a federal judge pushed Mueller’s legal team to explain why fraud allegations against Paul Manafort were related to the Russia probe. David Kurtz offers some thoughts on what to make of the hearing, and Caitlin MacNeal, who was at the courthouse, paints a picture of the quirky judge overseeing it.
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