What Trump Hopes the Nunes Memo Will Sell

Let us begin with a close reading of a Trump tweet. “The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process,” the President wrote, on Friday. His use of the word “politicized” taps into the broadly shared image of politics as something dirty and discredited: to politicize …

‘Never any hesitation’: Trump was quickly persuaded to support memo’s release

President Trump was only vaguely aware of a controversial, classified memo about the FBI’s Russia investigation when two House conservatives brought it to his attention in a Jan. 18 phone call. The conversation piqued Trump’s interest. Over the next two weeks, according to interviews with eight senior administration officials and other advisers to the president, …

Timing is Everything | Fox News

It was late December. Congressional Republicans had just basked in a celebration at the White House after votes to approve their tax bill. Then it was back to reality. A dour mood set in as Republicans hustled back to Capitol Hill. There was a nighttime meeting in the basement of the Capitol about a temporary …

What Happened To The Democratic Wave?

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): For your consideration today: Whatever happened to that Democratic wave? The Democratic advantage over Republicans on the generic congressional ballot is down to less than 6 percentage points: What’s going on? Is it time for Democrats to …