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Sessions Falls in Alabama, and Gideon Rises in Maine

2020-07-15 14:29:34

Jeff Sessions goes down, Trump retreats from a hard-line position on international student visas, and Biden announces an ambitious climate plan — just don’t call it a Green New Deal. It’s Wednesday, and this is your politics tip sheet. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday.

Texas residents voted in primary runoff elections in Dallas yesterday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has advised six presidents on public health issues. He’s not a stranger to the concept of partisan politics’ getting mixed up in science. But this is probably the first time Fauci has encountered a senior White House adviser spreading a mocking cartoon about him on Facebook.

Dan Scavino is the White House social media director and deputy director for communications in President Trump’s White House, and he’s one of the president’s closest advisers.

On Sunday, Scavino posted to his own Facebook account a rendering of Fauci that likened him to a faucet drowning Uncle Sam — in this case, representing the economy — with water drops labeled with mock public health warnings considered antithetical to White House policy: “Schools stay closed this fall!” “Indefinite lockdown!” “Shut up and obey!”

What inspires our journalists? Join us today at 12 p.m. Eastern as we discuss an impressive piece of journalism from another news organization, book-club-style.

This week, the club discusses Anne Applebaum’s story in The Atlantic, asking how Republican leaders can reconcile their personal principles with their support of the president.

Special guests include the actor Bradley Whitford of “The West Wing” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent.

The host is Jason Stallman, editor of “The Weekly.” Club members include Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic; Azam Ahmed, bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean; and Sarah Lyall, writer at large.


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