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From historian Doctor Heather Cox Richardson:
For all that the administration appears to be consolidating power, there were signs that Trump is afraid. A new CNN poll shows presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden leading him by 53% to 42%. In the New York Times today, Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman wrote a piece entitled: “Trump Keeps Talking. Some Republicans Don’t Like What They’re Hearing.” The subtitle read: “Aides and allies increasing believe the president’s daily briefings are hurting him more than helping, and are urging him to let his medical experts take center stage.” Yesterday, the conservative Republican group The Lincoln Project endorsed Biden, tweeting “As America contends with unprecedented loss, we need a leader who can steady the ship, heal our common wounds, and lead us into our next national chapter. Joe Biden has the humanity, empathy and steadiness we need in a leader.” The Lincoln project has already begun airing devastating attacks on the president.
And in California, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he was done begging for supplies and was going to use the purchasing power of California as a “nation-state” to get its own supplies, perhaps even “exporting” them to other states. These terms suggest that Newsom has decided to stand up to the administration once and for all with a threat to follow through on the state’s rights the Republicans have championed when it suited their agenda. This will complicate Trump’s political life, especially if other wealthy states follow suit.
But for all this news, the thing that jumped out at me today was an op-ed published last night in the Washington Post by Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri. In it, Hawley calls for Congress to invest in America by covering 80% of wages for US workers, offering bonuses for rehiring workers, strengthening supply chains at home, and cracking down on Wall Street profiteering. He wants anti-trust enforcement and corporate transparency rules. This op-ed reads to me like Hawley thinks the radical anti-government fever that took over the Republican Party in the last generation is going to break under Trump, and Hawley is betting that a political future, even for a Republican senator, depends on embracing government activism.
That is news indeed.---
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