The TAKE with Rick Klein
Democrats can thank, again, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
She redirected an emerging rebellion over impeachment with a combination of careful strategy and carefully crafted words.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gives her weekly press conference at the U.
C., May 23, 2019.
Pelosi and her fellow Democrats have managed to get under President Donald Trump’s skin. They’re doing it by taking some of his bait but not all of it — all in a way that’s personal enough for him to appreciate.
Trump’s response — that the speaker is a “mess,” who is “disintegrating” and who doesn’t understand the intricacies of the new trade deal — doesn’t match the reality of Pelosi’s standing at this moment.
With her colleagues engaged in several levels of oversight and tough questioning, the speaker appears to be at the height of her powers. The image of the president walking away from the negotiating table works for the Democrats — even if the party can’t speak with one voice all that often.
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Democratic presidential candidate and Washington governor Jay Inslee joins demonstrators at a rally in front of McDonald’s corporate headquarters to demand $15-per-hour wages for fast food workers, May 23, 2019, in Chicago.
Typically politicians prefer to speak in generalities, but increasingly Democrats have shown a willingness to pick public fights against private companies.
Sen. Bernie Sanders has done this repeatedly throughout his career — especially after his 2016 run.
Joining a protest against a big business or advocating for the right to join a union may not seem revolutionary for a Democrat, but when so many of the party’s presidential candidates now support a $15-per-hour minimum wage, their united front can carry some punch.
The TIP with Kendall Karson
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But on Thursday, Marianne Williamson, the bestselling author and an atypical presidential contender, cleared a significant hurdle, effectively assuring herself a podium at the first Democratic debates next month.
It comes on the heels of her announcing that she crossed the 65,000 grassroots-donor mark to qualify for the stage earlier this month — joining another outsider candidate, Andrew Yang, in meeting both thresholds.
S. senator and a sitting governor — in locking up their spots and could sideline a few more politically experienced contenders on the big night.
In late April, its count of false or misleading claims that President Donald Trump has made since taking office passed 10,000. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Glenn Kessler of the Fact Checker talks to Galen Druke about the trends in Trump’s falsehoods and the challenges of tracking them.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
, and Cory Booker, D-N.J.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper makes stops in Connecticut on Friday and Saturday.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders heads to his home state on Saturday for a rally in Montpelier’s State House.
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.
, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week”: Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz goes one-on-one with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Plus, House Republican Conference Chair Rep.
Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., stops by.
And the Powerhouse Roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, ABC News Deputy Political Director MaryAlice Parks, Republican Strategist and ABC News Contributor Alex Castellanos, and Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace.
Download the ABC News app and select “The Note” as an item of interest to receive the sharpest political analysis every weekday.