* The ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee highlights something important about that meeting:
For the record, the President’s Chief of Staff and his attorney in an ongoing criminal investigation into the President’s campaign have no business showing up to a classified intelligence briefing.— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) May 24, 2018
And the degradation continues.
* Jacob Bogage reports that President Trump did something worthwhile today:
President Trump granted a posthumous pardon Thursday to boxer Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, who was convicted in 1913 for violating a Jim Crow-era law that made it illegal to transport a white woman across state lines “for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose.”“A truly great fighter,” Trump said in the Oval Office, where he signed the pardon in a ceremony attended by boxing legend Lennox Lewis, actor Sylvester Stallone and current heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, among others who had advocated for Johnson’s pardon. “He had a tough life.”Trump noted that a pardon for Johnson, whom he called “one of the greatest that ever lived,” had considerable support in Congress, including within the Congressional Black Caucus. The president said Johnson served prison time “for what many view as a racially motivated injustice.”
I’ll just note that if Barack Obama had issued this pardon, there’d be a 12-minute segment on “Hannity” tonight about how this is a slap in the face to every white American.
* The latest Gallup polling has Trump’s approval at 42 percent, but crucially, 41 percent disapprove of him strongly, compared to 26 percent who approve strongly.
* Sean McElwee explores the increasing racial liberalism of Democratic voters.
* Francis Wilkinson argues that the Republican assault on law enforcement goes back way before Trump.
* Robert Schlesinger explains the problem with Trump’s embrace of the “madman theory” on North Korea: When you’re also a one trick pony, it kind of loses its oomph.