"Donald Trump Jr. reportedly met with an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes three months before his father won the 2016 presidential election.
The New York Times reported Saturday that the small group who met with Trump Jr. Aug. 3, 2016 at Trump Tower included Arab princes’ emissary George Nader, Israeli social media specialist Joel Zamel and former Blackwater head Erik Prince.
The meeting 'convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team' was arranged by Prince. Nader reportedly told Trump Jr. that the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates crown princes were 'eager' to help his father win the election. Zamel also boasted about his firm after it had already 'drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort' to help elect Trump." Click here to read the rest of the story from TPM.
(Clay Jones) I think the most amazing thing about the current Rudy Giuliani disaster tour is that it’s still going. Doesn’t a tire fire eventually burn out? Read more.
(Vox Video) "When President Trump's administration announced the move in 2017, it also officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. And while Israeli leaders celebrated, Palestinians denounced the move. That's because both Israelis and Palestinians consider Jerusalem as their rightful capital. Jerusalem is home to important holy sites for all the Abrahamic religions, and so it has become a critical bargaining chip in the ongoing discussion between the two sides."
"In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.
Hard-right conservatives upset over the party's stalled immigration agenda opposed the measure, which failed by a 213-198 vote. Some 30 Republicans joined with every chamber Democrat in opposition.
The vote was a blow to GOP leaders, who had hoped to tout its new work requirements for recipients of food stamps. The work initiative polls well with voters, especially those in the GOP political base." Click here to read more at AP.
Democrats, Republicans give their parties so-so ratings for standing up for ‘traditional’ positions | Pew
(Pew) "Republicans and Democrats give their own parties only mixed ratings for how well they do in standing up for some traditional party positions, according to a national survey conducted by Pew Research Center earlier this month.
"'If the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there,' White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
Sanders added that 'nothing has changed on our end' with regard to preparations, saying 'the president is prepared and will be ready to meet.'
North Korea threw the June 12 summit into doubt this week when it threatened to pull out if the U.S. continues to demand its 'unilateral' nuclear disarmament. Click here to read the rest of the story from The Hill.
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