Offspring is Coming

After a week of nonstop coverage, I’m a little tired of news about Donald Trump Jr. So let’s momentarily switch our focus to Ivanka. At the populist center of Trump’s presidency is the argument that we should buy American and hire American. WaPo did a full review of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line and found that not a stitch of it is made in America. This is both an interesting look at the modern realities of the global marketplace and a reminder of the gulf between political rhetoric and what we can see with our own eyes.

+ OK, Don Jr break over. Meet the other guy (who happens to be a former Soviet counterintelligence officer) who was at the now infamous meeting at Trump Tower. (Before this is over, we’ll find out that Yakov Smirnoff was there too…)

+ Here’s a Chicago Tribune story that I hope turns out to be less suspicious than it sounds. Peter W. Smith, GOP operative who sought Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide.

+ President Trump talked with reporters on Air Force One. Here are the excerpts, including his take on why the border wall has to be transparent: “As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over.” (That’s like having $5 million bucks fall out of the sky — which isn’t much different from how Trump got his start.)

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