Saturday Late Morning Tabs and Takes
Trump and Trump-adjacent stories for this round of Tabs.
- Shot fired in fantasy land (via NBC): Nikki Haley says she would ‘maybe’ consider Ron DeSantis as her running mate. (Maybe the newsfeed from Earth 2 is leaking through).
- Via the AP: The Supreme Court is allowing Idaho to enforce its strict abortion ban, even in medical emergencies. This ruling allows the law to stay in place pending a full hearing of the case. I must confess that the choice to allow the law to stay in force, instead of erring on the side of women in medical need (similar to the case in Texas late last year) lends substantial empirical heft to the notion that these laws are about forced birth and are anti-women. Reasonable people can disagree about te morality of abortion, but it is quite clear that these laws are ideological and are not taking medical truths seriously.
- Via The Hill comes the latest example of Lindsey Graham’s intellectual courage and consistency: Graham backtracks on earlier Jan. 6 criticism of Trump: ‘It depends on what the conduct is’.
- Via the NY Post: Bankrupt ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani regrets not having a NYC pension.
Giuliani, 79, failed to apply for the benefits, according to city payroll records obtained by the taxpayer watchdog group Empire Center for Public Policy and his official disclosure filings.
When asked why he never applied for a pension, Giuliani told The Post: “Giving back to the city I love. Although I would like to take it now.”
He then admitted, “I don’t know how to go about it.”
Because, of course, he did (via the NYT gift link): Trump Received Millions From Foreign Governments as President, Report Finds.
Donald J. Trump’s businesses received at least $7.8 million from 20 foreign governments during his presidency, according to new documents released by House Democrats on Thursday that show how much he received from overseas transactions while he was in the White House, most of it from China.
Using documents produced through a court fight, the report describes how foreign governments and their controlled entities, including a top U.S. adversary, interacted with Trump businesses while he was president. They paid millions to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.; Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas; Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York; and Trump World Tower at 845 United Nations Plaza in New York.
House Republicans also dismissed the revelations, arguing that there was nothing wrong with Mr. Trump receiving revenue from foreign governments while he was president but that Mr. Biden’s family’s business was corrupt.
- Beyond “thoughts and prayers” I guess.