Josh Marshall

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Apparently there’s a debate and we’re all here.

I will just put that out here. It’s not at all clear to me that Rep. John Ratcliffe will ever be confirmed as Director of National Intelligence or perhaps even be nominated. Just on its face he’s really completely unqualified for the position – not that that means a great deal under President Trump. But there are at least a few GOP Senators who have what they see as a significant ownership of intelligence policy who I suspect will be at least skeptical. And Republicans will probably need almost every vote to confirm Ratcliffe.

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I wanted to go back to the Senate report on Russian hacking during the 2016 national election, specifically scans and intrusions into voting computer networks in perhaps as many as 50 states. Many of us have operated on the strong assumption if not the certainty that Russian military and intelligence operatives did not actually change votes or manipulate the voting process itself in 2016. (In the latter case I refer to things like taking people off the rolls – things that are precisely changing vote totals but could affect the outcome.) I still largely hold to this view. But the report, which did not find evidence that such things happened, gave me a great deal of pause on that front.

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You can see I’m a big fan of this article Matt Shuham article on Donna Arduin, the itinerant austerity grim reaper who’s been hopping from one state to the next for more than twenty years helping Republican governors slash spending on education, retirement and social services – often in the wake of natural or political disasters. This piece was not connected to what I’m about to mention. It came to us via a tip from TPM Reader BG. But it reminded me to let you know about a related series we’ll be publishing later in 2019.

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I’d never heard of her before. She’s a business partner of Art Laffer and Stephen Moore and for the last couple decades she’s been an under-the-radar social safety grim reaper hired by one GOP governor after another to tack state budgets hard to the right and cut spending on basically everything while blocking any next taxes. Illinois, Florida, California, New York and now Alaska amidst other states. Meet Donna Arduin.

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Sen. Kamala Harris has a revised Medicare for All plan out today. (She describes it in this Medium post.) Depending on your perspective it either tries to split the difference or come up with a creative compromise between the candidates with various “build on Obamacare/public option” type plans and those embracing Medicare for All. Stepping back we can see that this dance – which Harris struggled most to find a position on – stems from the fact that first in 2017 and then again in 2019 most of the top tier presidential candidates were bamboozled into adopting a plan which they were told was widely popular but which in fact clear majorities of the population oppose – and perhaps oppose quite intensely.

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It was reported earlier and now it’s official. Former Sen. Dan Coats will leave as DNI (overall head of the nation’s sprawling intelligence community) in two weeks and be replaced (assuming Senate confirmation) by a far-right loyalist from the House GOP caucus with little to no relevant experience for the job. The only arguable experience is that he serves on the House intelligence committee. But he’s only starting his third term in the House. To have two terms as a junior member of such a committee serve as meaningful experience or credential for such a position seems laughable.

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According to Axios and The New York Times, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will be stepping down shortly and he’s likely to be replaced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), one of the most aggressive GOP questioners at the Mueller hearing. In advance of last week’s hearings, news reports suggested that Ratcliffe was under consideration for the position. He’s an arch conservative, diehard Trump loyalist and critic of the Mueller probe. He would oversee that entire US Intelligence community. You can see a portion of Ratcliffe’s Q&A with Mueller below.

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Chris Wallace stands out like a sore thumb at Fox News simply because he’s a journalist. But he frequently exceeds that lowish bar. Watch this exchange with acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney about the attacks on Rep. Cummings.