Independence Day for America, Rot on the Right for Trump

“At the end of the day, [House Republican Jim Jordan] is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.” … “So it’s sad for me to hear that he’s denying knowing about Strauss,” he said. “I don’t know why he would, unless it’s a cover-up. Either you’re in on it, or you’re a liar.” [NBC News]

AMERICA is not Trump.

The system holds strong.

“The Committee found that the ICA provided a range of all-source reporting to support these assessments,” it found. “A body of reporting,” from classified intelligence to Russian media, “showed that Moscow sought to denigrate Secretary Clinton.” The ICA finding on Putin’s objectives used similarly cumulative Russian media, similarities between Trump positions and Putin’s interests “and a body of intelligence reporting to support the assessment that Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for Trump.” – Spencer Ackerman [The Daily Beast]

People are motivated and marching.

Americans who have never voted have learned the importance of showing up.

Keep the faith.

We are not Trump.

Not a single community leader I spoke to in Lancaster said the progress was due to technology — to microchips. They all said it was due to relationships — relationships born not of tribal solidarity but of putting aside tribal differences to do big hard things together in their collective interest. It’s a beautiful thing to see. So, on this Fourth of July, it’s worth remembering that it was our ability to do big hard things together as Americans that also got us this far as a country. – Thomas Friedman from Pennsylvania [New York Times]