Wednesday, August 22

ByKevin Sheekey

Catch Up Fast: All the President’s Guilty Men (Axios – Mike Allen)

Hot on the Bloomberg: Michael Cohen Has ‘Knowledge’ of Russia Campaign Conspiracy, Lawyer Says (Bloomberg – Most Read Story over Last 8 Hours)

Trump Can Save Paul Manafort With a Pardon. The Question Is, Will He? (Bloomberg)

GOP’s Midterm Nightmare: Party “Looks Like a Criminal Enterprise” (Axios)
With a corruption indictment of Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) capping Republicans’ hell day, a top GOP guru told Axios: “The Republican Party looks like a criminal enterprise.” Hunter was the second member of Congress to endorse Trump. The first was Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), charged two weeks ago with insider trading.

Killing with Coal: Cost of New E.P.A. Coal Rules: Up to 1,400 More Deaths a Year (New York Times)
Key line: The Trump administration’s own analysis revealed on Tuesday that the new rules could lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths annually.

Editorial: Climate Fight Can’t Be Slowed, Even by the EPA (Bloomberg Opinion)
At this point, the marketplace is doing more to cut emissions than the Environmental Protection Agency is.

Morning Consult Poll: Trump Trails Several Democratic Prospects in 2020 Match-Up (Politico)
Even among lesser-known would-be opponents, Trump fails to crack a third of the vote.

Economy Watch: Pimco Veteran Says Recession Possible in as Early as 3 Years (Bloomberg)

Influence Campaign Crackdown: Facebook, Twitter Remove Accounts Linked to Iran, Russia (Bloomberg)


Headlines from around the world.


Best of late night.

From Conan O’Brien’s opening monologue last night:

“Today President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen admitted to committing tax fraud and bank fraud. As a result, Cohen was immediately rehired by President Trump!”

“President Trump’s former campaign manager was convicted of 8 counts of tax fraud, and his former personal attorney pled guilty to bank fraud. When he heard, President Trump said ‘Hey! as long as my marriage is solid!’”

“An initiative to allow recreational marijuana in Oklahoma has failed. In other words, there’s still nothing fun to do in Oklahoma.”