“The individual motivations for the leaks ranged from advancing a preferred policy outcome to enhancing the leaker’s own role or credentials to currying favor with the president. It was a noxious behavior learned from the top. The president was the biggest leaker of all. It turned colleague against colleague, department against department, and it was generally bad for the administration and the country,”
— Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper says in his new book that “leaks were a chronic problem” in the Trump administration and Donald Trump was the “biggest leaker of all,” Insider reports.
“The Biden White House is famously leak-proof (in sharp contrast to Trump’s White House). This deprives the public of valuable information, such as who is pushing Biden into foolish stridency. But the worst effect is probably on the White House itself. For one thing, leaks of policy changes can be badly-needed trial balloons. … In general, if everybody knew who was pushing what policy—and who were the internal opponents—it would be easier for influential non-insiders to weigh in and steer policy in more sane directions.”
“The leaks come in all shapes and sizes: small leaks, real-time leaks, weaponized leaks, historical leaks. Sensitive Oval Office conversations have leaked, and so have talks in cabinet meetings and the Situation Room. You name it, they leak it. … This White House leaks so much that meetings called to bemoan leaks begin with acknowledgement the bemoaning will be leaked, which is promptly leaked…by several leakers in a smallish room.”
Now that sympathy for John McCain has peaked,
Sarah Sanders has hit a new level of pique.
She’s fed up with the blabbers
And the feckless backstabbers,
After the meeting about the leaked leak was leaked.
“Quite frankly, you have national regime media that they wanted to see Tampa, because they thought that would be worse for Florida. They don’t care about the lives here. If they can use it to pursue their political agenda, they will do it.”
— Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) claimed that “national regime media” wanted Hurricane Ian to hit Tampa to “pursue their political agenda” without regard for the people impacted by the storm, Yahoo News reports.
“To call what happened on January 6 an ‘armed insurrection,’ I just think, is not accurate.”
— Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) repeated his claim Tuesday that the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol was not an “armed insurrection,” adding however, that protesters “did teach us how you can use flag poles, that kind of stuff, as weapons,” CNN reports.
“I don’t believe that Trump is going to plea bargain. I think he could go to prison, but it is more likely that he will serve home confinement. In all likelihood, he will be convicted of multiple felonies.”
“With a tough midterm election about six weeks away, many Democrats have largely settled on a campaign message, and it’s not one that simply emphasizes their accomplishments. Instead, it amounts to a stark warning: If Republicans take power, they will establish a dystopia that cripples democracy and eviscerates abortion rights and other freedoms.”
“A majority of Republican nominees on the ballot this November for the House, Senate and key statewide offices — 299 in all — have denied or questioned the outcome of the last presidential election,” the Washington Post reports.
A new Marist College poll finds President Biden’s job approval rating is at 44% to 49%. Among registered voters nationally, the Democrats running for Congress have a narrow two-point edge over the Republicans, 46% to 44%.
A new CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that 90% of Americans believe that there’s a mental health crisis in the U.S. today. “Asked to rate the severity of six specific mental health concerns, Americans put the opioid epidemic near the top, with more than two-thirds of people identifying it as a crisis rather than merely a problem. More than half identified mental health issues among children and teenagers as a crisis, as well as severe mental illness in adults.”