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Himes Dodges on Who He’ll Support for House Democratic Leadership, Praises Pelosi

Rep. Jim Himes (D., Conn.) refused to answer Friday whether he will support Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) for House Democratic leader in the fall, before moving on to praise the current minority leader.

CNN host Poppy Harlow asked Himes about the future of the House Democratic Caucus’ leadership and if he would support Pelosi for House speaker should the Democrats gain control of the House after the upcoming elections.

Himes first attempted to dodge the issue by saying it wasn’t his decision alone to make.

Trump: Manafort Is a ‘Very Good Person,’ Ongoing Trial is ‘Very Sad’

President Donald Trump called former campaign chairman Paul Manafort a “very good person” on Friday and said his ongoing fraud and tax evasion trial in Virginia was “very sad.”

Addressing reporters outside the White House, Trump also said Manafort, who is facing a de facto life sentence if convicted on all charges, only worked for him for a “very short period of time.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Bans Media From Campaign Town Halls

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez banned the media from attending a series of campaign town halls last week.

“Just wrapped up an amazing community conversation & listening tour stop in Corona, Queens!” the New York Democrat announced on Twitter Sunday. “Guess what: we talked about race, immigration, healthcare, disability rights & housing… and everybody was fine!”

MSNBC Host Presses Baldwin on ‘Nakedly Political’ Decision to Oppose Kavanaugh Before Meeting Him

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) said Friday she will meet with Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh even though she’s already decided he’s “in the pocket of corporate special interests” and will vote against his confirmation.

MSNBC host Willie Geist pointed out to Baldwin on “Morning Joe” the public’s polling divide on his confirmation, but he also noted she’s come out against him before they’ve met or had confirmation hearings, saying that seemed “nakedly political.”

The Agenda That Dare Not Speak Its Name

The Democrats have decided that agendas are overrated. Back in May, the party unveiled its “Better Deal” program, calling for expanded broadband access, an increase in the minimum wage, and paid family and sick leave. Voters didn’t bite. So last month the Democrats came up with “For the People,” which simplifies the platform to infrastructure spending, lowering health care costs, and draining the swamp. Again, crickets.

The Blame America First Democrats

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D.) remark that America was “never that great” on Wednesday continued a pattern of potential 2020 White House candidates offering scathing criticisms of the country they may hope to run one day.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D.) warned at Netroots Nation there was something “savagely wrong” in the country and there was an acceptance of a “normalcy of injustice.”

California Sen. Kamala Harris (D.) said at the same conference that the criminal justice system in the United States had failed.