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Trump Still Hitting Up Foreign Politicians for Campaign Cash

Almost two years ago, as President Trump stood on the threshold of securing the Republican nomination, he stumbled into a nuisance level scandal over hard sell email money solicitations to parliamentarians in countries from Australia and the UK to Iceland and Denmark. The inboxes of elected officials from various countries around the world were stuffed with requests for money and promises to jail “Crooked Hillary”, Make America Great Again and more.

But apparently Trump never stopped.

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Divisive and Horrible

This new New York Times report on an NFL player/owner meeting back in October is painful reading and not at all pretty. This passage stands out …

The New England Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft pointed to another “elephant in the room.”

“This kneeling,” he said.

“The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” said Kraft, who is a longtime supporter of Mr. Trump’s. “It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”

It’s not altogether clear to me what Kraft was calling “divisive” and “horrible.”

The Legacy Of Elliot Rodger

It looks like Alek Minassian, the man who, police say, killed ten people in a van attack in Toronto Monday, had written a Facebook post praising Elliot Rodger earlier that day. Rodger, of course, is the young California man whose 2014 shooting rampage came after he left a hateful and misogynistic manifesto lamenting his failures with women.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Minassian was inspired by Rodger. As Allegra Kirkland reports, Rodger has become an icon of sorts for some of the more extreme members of the online men’s rights and “incel” (“involuntarily celibate”) communities, who have hailed him as “the only one who ever stood up for us,” by being willing to violently avenge the crime of women not wanting to have sex with them. And this rancid subculture increasingly has ties to the broader alt-right.

More On Fitz-Comey

Patrick Fitzgerald and James Comey have separately confirmed this evening our story that Fitzgerald is a member of Comey’s personal legal team. Fitzgerald has been representing Comey since President Trump fired Comey as FBI director in May 2017, we have now learned.


Your cheat sheet for Wednesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments on Trump’s travel ban.

Dominance Games

From the pool report …

Thanks to Jon Karl and our TV friends for settling the debate of the day. When POTUS brushed something off President Macron’s suit coat, he said it was dandruff: “We have a very special relationship, in fact I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off,” POTUS said. “We have to make him perfect — he is perfect.”