The Memo: Trump keeps beating 2016 drum

The following article by Niall Stanage was posted on the HillI website October 16, 2017:

President Trump isn’t letting the 2016 election go.

Twice on Monday — on Twitter and then at his Rose Garden news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — the president jabbed at his vanquished opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The attacks irk Democrats and independent critics, who note that past presidents have generally avoided public gloating about their victories after Election Day. Read More

McCain condemns ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’ in clear shot at President Trump

The following article by Paul Kane was posted on the Washington Post website October 16, 2017:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cautioned against the U.S. turning toward “half-baked, spurious nationalism” during a speech after receiving the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal on Oct. 16. (Reuters)

PHILADELPHIA — An emotional Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) launched a thinly veiled critique of President Trump’s global stewardship Monday night, using a notable award ceremony to condemn “people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”

McCain said that “some half-baked, spurious nationalism” should be considered “as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.” Read More

Trump’s claim that Obama ‘didn’t make calls’ to families of the fallen

The following article by Glenn Kessler was posted on the Washington Post website October 16, 2017:

During a news conference on Oct. 16, President Trump said he has an “outstanding” relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and defended his handling of the situation in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post)

“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I am able to do it.”
—President Trump, news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Oct. 16, 2017

President Trump had an unusually long news conference in the Rose Garden and he was called out by a reporter for this statement, in which he claimed that Barack Obama did not call the families of fallen troops when Obama was president. Trump made this claim while explaining why he had not yet made a statement about the four U.S. Special Forces members who died on Oct. 4 in Niger during a deadly ambush by dozens of Islamist extremists. Read More

Criticized for not commenting on soldiers killed in action, Trump falsely says Obama did even less

The following article by Philip Bump was posted on the Washington Post website October 16, 2017:

During a news conference at the White House on Oct. 16, President Trump claimed that “most” American presidents, including Barack Obama, didn’t call families of soldiers who were killed in action. Former members of the Obama administration said this is false. (Reuters)

Four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were killed earlier this month while on patrol in Niger. President Trump’s silence on their deaths has been notable, with 10 days having passed without any comment from the White House — 10 days during which Trump visited his golf club in Sterling, Va., five times.

During an impromptu news conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday afternoon, Trump was asked why he hadn’t yet made a public comment on the fatalities. Read More

Trump to meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, accused of extrajudicial killings, during Asian visit

The following article by Anne Gearan was posted on the Washington Post website October 16, 2017:

President Trump will meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a marathon trip to Asia next month, the White House announced Monday.

“The President’s travel will underscore his commitment to long-standing United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. Read More

Former ‘Apprentice’ Star Subpoenas Trump Campaign

The following article by Harriet Sinclair of Newsweek was posted on the National Memo website October 16, 2017:

A former Apprentice contestant who alleges Donald Trump groped her has subpoenaed his campaign team for documents about “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.”

Summer Zervos said Trump had attempted to kiss and touch her in 2007, making her accusation public in October 2016. Trump called the allegations a lie, which led Zervos to file a defamation lawsuit against Trump.

As part of that defamation case, BuzzFeed News reported on Sunday that Zervos has subpoenaed the president’s campaign team for: “all documents concerning any accusations that were made during Donald J. Trump’s election campaign for president, that he subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior.” Read More

New Federal Data Show a Student Loan Crisis for African American Borrowers

The following article by Ben Miller was posted on the Center for American Progress website October 16, 2017:

AP/Gerald Herbert
A student studies in a common area on his college campus, February 2013.

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education provided the first-ever look at long-term outcomes for student loan borrowers, including results by race and ethnicity.

The data show that 12 years after entering college, the typical African American* student who started in the 2003-04 school year and took on debt for their undergraduate education owed more on their federal student loans than they originally borrowed. This holds true even for students who finished a bachelor’s degree at a public institution. One reason they might not be paying down their loans? Nearly half of African American borrowers defaulted, including 75 percent of those who dropped out of for-profit colleges.

These results show that the U.S. Department of Education cannot ignore the interaction of race and student loans. Traditionally, the agency has not collected any data on the race of borrowers, except in irregular sample surveys conducted by its quasi-independent statistical arm. Unfortunately, not collecting this information has allowed for the disparate outcomes by race to go unnoticed. Read More

Trump campaign legal bills topped $1 million last quarter

The following article by Tom Hamburger and Anu Narayanswamy was posted on the Washington Post website October 15, 2017:

President Trump’s reelection committee spent more on legal fees over the summer as Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III pressed forward with his investigation into Russian medding. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

President Trump’s reelection committee spent more than $1 million on legal bills last quarter as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election pressed on through the summer, according to a disclosure filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.

The filing shows the committee’s “legal consulting” expenditures came to $1.1 million between July and September, including $802,185 paid to the law firm Jones Day, which has represented the campaign. Another $267,000 was paid to attorneys representing the president’s ­eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in the Russia investigations.

Since the beginning of the year, the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee have spent $2.4 million on legal fees — and the bills appear to be mounting. The latest FEC reports show that the campaign spent more on legal bills over the past three months than it did during the first and second quarters of this year combined. Read More

s Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

The following article by Ashley Parker and Greg Jaffe was posted on the Washington Post website October 16, 2017:

In his first month as President Trump’s chief of staff, John F. Kelly has brought discipline to the White House, sometimes to the frustration of Trump. (Video: Bastien Inzaurralde/Photo: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

During the campaign, when President Trump’s advisers wanted him to stop talking about an issue — such as when he attacked a Gold Star military family — they sometimes presented him with polls demonstrating how the controversy was harming his candidacy. Read More