September has arrived and, with it, comes the NFL’s regular season. The Redskins will bench quarterback Robert Griffin III and start Kirk Cousins, perhaps (finally) bringing an end to a years-long saga full of injuries and dashed hopes.
THE BIG IDEA: The State Department posted a new tranche of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails around 9 p.m. Of the more than 7,000 pages from 2009 and 2010, about 150 of the e-mails were partially or entirely censored because the State Department said its officials determined that they contained classified material. Read The Post’s story focused on what the sensitive e-mails said here. See all the key e-mails in one place here. Here are six nuggets:
IT folks at State did not know about the Clintons’ e-mail setup: The “help desk” sought information about why a correspondent was getting a “fatal error” when sending messages to Clinton’s obscure address. The tech support team “didn’t know it was you,” an aide tells Hillary.
On the day Republicans won the House majority in 2010, Sidney Blumenthal e-mailed HRC that incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle.” Several organizations, including the Wall Street Journal and Washington Examiner, focus on all the advice Blumenthal offered.
The New York Times leads its story with Chelsea Clinton warning her parents that international relief efforts in Haiti were a disaster and that major changes were needed after a four-day trip. “To say I was profoundly disturbed by what I saw — and didn’t see — would be an understatement,” Chelsea Clinton wrote in a memo addressed to “Dad, Mom” and attached to an e-mail she sent while her mother was secretary of state and her father was leading relief efforts for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. “The incompetence is mind numbing.” (NYT)
Hillary was interested in any insight into the potential 2012 presidential aspirations of David Petraeus, who ultimately took a job as CIA director. (Politico)
She e-mailed Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski to ask for an update on her state’s governor, Martin O’Malley, in April 2010. “I know he has a rematch when he should be reelected by acclamation for steering the ship of state so well,” she wrote. He was an early endorser in 2008 but has become critical now that he’s challenging her for the nomination. (CNN)
Lanny Davis desperately begged for Hillary to speak with a reporter profiling him for the American Lawyer magazine, of all places, in a characteristically over-the-top, three-page e-mail.
— Concerned about Elizabeth Warren and the progressive base as Joe Biden flirts with a run, Hillary continued her leftward shift by endorsing an anti-Wall Street bill. She backed a proposed change to federal law championed by liberal groups that is intended to slow or stop a revolving door between the financial sector and public service, making the announcement in an op-ed for the Huffington Post with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). Baldwin proposed the legislation last month. Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley quickly endorsed it. Elizabeth Warren basically called it a litmus test bill in her speech at Netroots last month. Clinton has held off on taking a position until now. Anne Gearen explains that “the bill would close what its supporters call a loophole, in which financial services executives can take accelerated payouts of restricted stock options and other forms of lump-sum payment if they leave those jobs” to work for the federal government.
— Sneak peek — Mike Rounds to endorse Mike Huckabee: The freshman Republican senator from South Dakota will back the former Arkansas governor’s presidential campaign today. Huckabee and Rounds became friends while serving as governors at the same time, and he campaigned for Rounds when his three-way race became suddenly competitive last year. “Gov. Mike Huckabee has the right combination of executive experience, electability and conservative convictions we need to take back the White House,” Rounds says in a forthcoming statement, shared early with the 202. “I watched him defeat the Clinton machine, cut taxes and welfare, balance the budget 10 years straight, and raise average family income 50 percent, despite facing the most Democrat legislature in the country.” Arkansas’ senior senator, John Boozman, endorsed Huckabee earlier this year.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— Breaking: Pope Francis will permit Roman Catholic priests during the Holy Year starting Dec. 8 to absolve women who have had abortions, if they seek forgiveness. From the Pope’s Bulletin, via NBC: “I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision,” he wrote. “The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father.”
— A fresh poll shows how partisan the Iran debate has become. A survey by the University of Maryland finds that Americans narrowly support the deal, with 52 percent wanting Congress to approve it and 47 percent wanting the pact rejected. Nearly seven in 10 Democrats support it, and an identical share of Republicans are opposed. Among independents, six in 10 express support. A similar survey in February found that more than six in 10 people overall backed the broad outlines of a deal, with majorities among both Democrats and Republicans. Other public polls have shown more negative attitudes toward the deal: 55 percent of voters opposed it in a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday — more than double the 25 percent who supported it. Read more from Scott Clement and Carol Morello here.
— The United Nations released satellite imagery confirming the Islamic State’s latest barbaric act: the destruction of the famous Temple of Bel, the 2,000-year-old archaeological complex at Palmyra:
— The family of Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant on San Francisco’s Pier 14 in July, will file a lawsuit over her death today. “Among those named in the lawsuit will be San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi … who released the accused killer Francisco Lopez Sanchez from his jail,” the Bay Area ABC affiliate reported at 11 p.m. ET. “The suit also names the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The gun Sanchez is accused of using was stolen from a BLM agent’s car. The family is also suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. … Mirkarimi’s refusal to interact with ICE has sparked intense controversy in that debate [and] the embattled sheriff has not changed his position with ICE one bit.”
— In related news, ICE announced that a four-day sweep led to the arrest of 240 undocumented immigrants with criminal records in Southern California. The feds said most of those 240 had at least one felony conviction on their record. “It was the most successful four-day sweep of its kind in the region,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “But an ICE spokeswoman cautioned against concluding that crime involving immigrants is up.”
GET SMART FAST:
- The Supreme Court turned down, without comment, a Kentucky county clerk’s request to be excused from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the court’s first involvement in a series of legal battles that have erupted since gay couples won the right to marry. (Sandhya Somashekhar and Robert Barnes)
- Federal employees are on track for a 1.3 percent pay raise in January. (Eric Yoder)
- The sheriff’s deputy who was killed “execution style” at a suburban Houston gas station was shot 15 times at close range and left to die “face-down in a pool of his own blood,” a prosecutor said in court. Investigators believe he was targeted solely because he wore a uniform.
- The 9th Circuit rejected arguments from atheists as it ruled that a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus that has spent the last 60 years overlooking a northwestern Montana ski hill may stay there, even though it is on U.S. Forest Service land. (Helena Independent Record)
- Many of the 30 million Hispanic Catholics in the United States hope the pope’s visit this month shifts the tone of the immigration debate, Mary Jordan reports on the front page. For an ABC prime-time special, the pontiff gave a virtual audience yesterday to students at a Jesuit high school in Chicago, congregants at a church near the U.S.-Mexico border and those working with the homeless in Los Angeles.
- A grenade exploded outside Ukraine’s parliament during a nationalist protest against a vote to give greater powers to pro-Russia separatist regions in the east, killing one police officer and injuring 122 people, the AP reports.
- China forced a journalist to “confess” on state television for causing the stock market plunge. “During a sensitive period, I should not have published a report which had such a huge negative impact,” a wary-looking reporter for a respected business magazine said to camera, a disturbing reminder that rule of law and press freedom do not really exist in the communist country.
- “A court in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast remanded in custody on terror charges two British journalists working for U.S.-based Vice News,” AFP reports, another case sowing worries about press freedoms.
- Iran’s parliament won’t vote on the nuclear deal, the country’s president said, because that would make it more legally binding. The parliament’s own speaker, nonetheless, endorsed the deal at the United Nations yesterday.
POWER PLAYERS IN THE NEWS:
- Hillary will give a speech endorsing the Iran deal on Sept. 9, bracketing a joint Ted Cruz-Donald Trump protest against the agreement outside the Capitol on the same day. The Clinton campaign believes the split screen will work to their advantage.
- Obama will tape a special episode of the NBC outdoor adventure show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” while in Alaska. Last night the president had dinner at the home of Alice Rogoff, the publisher of the Alaska Dispatch News and wife of billionaire David Rubenstein.
- Ohio Republicans stood in lock step as they decried Obama’s announcement that he’ll change the name of Mount McKinley to Denali, from John Boehner to John Kasich and Rob Portman. GOP Rep. Mike Turner said he will try to fight the change by any means available. Another member, Bob Gibbs, called the change unconstitutional.
- Ex-Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) will remain out of jail while the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the appeal of his conviction on public corruption charges.
- Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) has called parents to apologize over comments he made to their second- and third-graders during an elementary school visit. “Do you know that there are schools that train children your age to be suicide bombers?” the lawmaker told the children.
- As Scott Walker faced ridicule for calling the building of a wall on the Canadian border a “legitimate issue,” a spokeswoman clarified that the Wisconsin governor is not pushing for the idea. (Wisconsin State Journal)
- National Review ridicules Marco Rubio for a weak defense of his support for sugar subsidies. The Florida senator uses national security to rationalize an anti-free-market position and home-state parochialism (the producers are also major donors).
- After Lindsey Graham attacked Kasich as unready for the presidency, the Ohio governor’s campaign clarified that he would like “to lift the sequester for the military and spend more if necessary.” (NBC)
- A Monmouth University poll found Ben Carson tied with Trump, at 23 percent, for first place among likely Iowa caucus-goers.
- Rick Perry’s Iowa campaign now has just one paid staffer, and another co-chair defected back to Rick Santorum, who will finish visiting all 99 counties in the state today.
— “Obama using Alaska to add urgency to his climate change warnings,” by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin: “As stage sets go, Alaska is a spectacular one: craggy mountain ranges, picturesque coastlines and iconic glaciers. President Obama arrived here Monday to use that backdrop for his message that climate change is not just a thing of the future, but something well underway in the nation’s largest state…The state also perfectly reflects the cacophony of disputes over rival claims to international sea borders, how best to tap the Arctic’s resources and how to handle growing traffic along northern shipping routes. Those huge financial and economic stakes complicate the president’s arguments.”
— “Trump upends GOP message on economy,” by Jim Tankersley: “Trump’s surging campaign has pushed the party in a different direction, one that often clashes with free-market principles that have long underpinned GOP economic policy. Some establishment Republicans worry that the turn could damage the economy, and their party, for years to come…Critics, including many leading conservative economists in Washington, call Trump’s plans ‘nativist,’ ‘protectionist’ and incompatible with the party’s core pro-market beliefs. They also worry Trump’s ideas could spread to other GOP contenders. ‘This is a very dangerous moment, I think, for the Republican Party,’ said Stephen Moore, a conservative economist and co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity.”
The New York Times has its own take on Trump’s not-so-conservative populism, pointing out that Trump wants to slap tariffs on companies that move their factories overseas and raise taxes on hedge fund executives. Club for Growth President David McIntosh pans Trump’s tax proposals: “All of those are anti-growth policies. Yes, he’s a businessman, but if those are the policies he implements, they’ll drive the economy into the ground and we’ll see huge drops in G.D.P., and frankly I think it would lead to massive loss of jobs.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
— ZIGNAL VISUAL: Charting the Trump phenomenon in August. When it comes to the presidential race, there’s Trump and there’s everybody else. The billionaire businessman received nearly as many mentions as all the other candidates combined across both traditional and social media last month, according to our analytics partners at Zignal Labs. Against all expectations, his share of the chatter is only growing: Over the past eight days, The Donald has owned a 50 percent Share of Voice or more. That means at least one in every two mentions of a presidential candidate involved Trump. Put another way, over this last week, he was mentioned more than the rest of the field—including Democrats and the 16 other Republicans—combined.
Below is a chart from Zignal comparing daily mentions of all candidates other than Trump against daily Trump mentions for every day in August:
–Pictures of the day:
Chef Jose Andres, who cut business ties with Trump after his anti-immigrant comments, unearthed the record of an old golf game at the Trump National Doral Miami. “People of America! fellow immigrants… I’m sorry! in my past I was a sinner,” he tweeted:
Supporters attending a Cruz event in New Hampshire received this alarming warning about bees, coyotes, rabid raccoons, skunk and moose on the property (we hear that no one was injured):
President Obama took over the White House Instagram feed during his trip to Alaska. His first photo was from the window of Air Force One:
— Tweets of the day:
While Trump slammed Obama for renaming Mt. McKinley as Denali:
(D-Fla.), a Senate candidate, backed the Iran deal:
Rick Perry celebrated the return of Blue Bell ice cream to store shelves:
“Oh, how I miss 43 (W), 41, even 42—for sure 40-even 39,” tweeted Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), adding the picture below:
— Instagrams of the day:
Chris Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, chatted with Jimmy Fallon backstage at the “Tonight Show.” During their interview, the New Jersey governor complained about how few questions he got during the first debate on Fox News. “Stay tuned on September 16th,” Christie told Fallon last night. “We may be changing tactics. You know, if I get to like 15 questions in a row — count ’em at home — if I get to 15 in a row [without talking], you’re going to go, ‘Uh oh, he’s going to go nuclear now.’” Watch a clip here.
Huckabee posted a picture of dinner. “BBQ Pork and BBQ Chicken, it never gets old,” he wrote:
Hillary celebrated the “magic hour” in Iowa:
GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:
— Miami Herald, “Guantanamo tested prisoners’ blood, vaccinated some after shingles, chickenpox cases,” by Carol Rosenberg: “The Guantánamo prison this summer suddenly offered voluntary HIV tests to its long-held war-on-terror captives, including former CIA prisoners kept in seclusion, after a detainee came down with shingles and gave chickenpox to a fellow captive in a communal prison block…. None of those who were tested were found to be HIV positive, but prison medical staff concluded that at least 23 captives needed chickenpox vaccinations. All but one of the prisoners agreed to get it…. Disclosure of the episode comes at a time when the Department of Defense has been surveying U.S. locations that would serve as a suitable lockup for about 64 of the captives.”
— Los Angeles Times: “White House staff gathers to support longtime Obama aide with leukemia,” by Christi Parsons: “There’s beer and laughter, and storytelling from Obama’s 2008 campaign and from the hundreds of trips that the former staffer, Brandon Lepow, helped put together as an advance man and later a spokesman for the president. Lepow’s immune system is failing him after two years of fighting leukemia, so Obama world is assembling in Houston, Lepow’s hometown, packing MD Anderson Cancer Center with tacos, Texas beer and war stories…. A tall, lanky basketball player with a shock of black hair and beard, Lepow, 32, made a name for himself as part of Obama’s driven young logistics team…. Lepow helped build that team … often, with a grin on his face and a prank in the works.”
— Baltimore Sun, “Gov. Hogan questions Martin O’Malley’s purchase of mansion furniture,” by Doug Donovan: Larry “Hogan criticized former Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday for buying most of the furniture from the governor’s mansion at a discount after it had been declared ‘junk’ by the Democrat’s outgoing administration…A Baltimore Sun investigation revealed last week that O’Malley paid $9,638 for 54 mansion furnishings that originally cost taxpayers $62,000…. The department sold the items to the O’Malleys, who together earned $270,000 in state salaries last year, without seeking bids or notifying the public that the items were available for sale…O’Malley has declined to comment.”
— E! Online, “This is what the world would be like if Kanye West really were president,” by Seija West: “The national anthem would switch to ‘Amazing.’ Yeezy Boosts would officially become business meeting attire…. His Secret Service name would definitely be ‘Jesus.’ Kim, sorry, but you might be ‘Gold Digger’…. Kris Jenner would totally find a way to weasel into a cabinet position. Secretary of Commerce? That’s all you, girl.”
HOT ON THE LEFT
Obama accused of climate change hypocrisy during Alaska visit. From the Huffington Post: “As President Barack Obama visits Alaska this week, he is facing criticism and outright outrage from environmental advocates who say his focus on climate change while in the region contradicts his administration’s decision to allow Shell to drill there. The administration granted Shell permission to begin exploratory oil and gas drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer.… Environmental groups say the mixed messaging from Obama constitutes ‘climate hypocrisy.’”
HOT ON THE RIGHT
March for Life defeats Obama administration in court. From the Daily Caller: “A federal court prohibited the Obama administration from forcing a pro-life nonprofit to insure ‘abortion-inducing’ contraceptives Monday, in what is the first exemption from the mandate granted to a secular organization. March for Life, which holds a pro-life rally every March in Washington, D.C., filed suit against three federal agencies last year, demanding an exemption from the mandate…. A D.C. District Court sided with March for Life Monday, signaling organizations that are not overtly religious can be exempted from the mandate.” The Post’s version of the story is here.
— What’s happening today on the campaign trail: Jeb Bush will visit La Progresiva Presbyterian School in Miami and hold a town hall meeting with high school students. Marco Rubio has meet-and-greets in Carson City, Yerington and Fallon, Nevada. Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal speak at the NW Family Leadership Regional Summit in Sioux City. Santorum also has events in Corning, Archer and Rock Rapids. Lindsey Graham will file for the 2016 South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary in Columbia. Rand Paul has meet-and-greets in Jefferson, Berlin and North Conway, N.H. John Kasich will attend a luncheon in Bath Charter Township, Michigan. Mike Huckabee will make campaign stops in Washington and Wapello, Iowa.
— On the Hill: Both chambers are in recess. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) will announce his position during a 2 p.m. speech on the Iran deal. With Virginia’s senior senator, Mark Warner, publicly undecided on the agreement, Sen. Tim Kaine will hold his own press conference in Richmond, also at 2 p.m., to explain his support for the deal. He’ll appear with the executive director of the Truman National Security Project and a veteran of Iraq, who appeared in a pro-deal ad that has aired in the Commonwealth.
–At the White House: President Obama is in Alaska, where he will hike to Exit Glacier and participate in a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You think migration is a challenge to Europe today because of extremism, wait until you see what happens when there’s an absence of water, an absence of food or one tribe fighting against another for mere survival,” Secretary of State John Kerry said at an international climate change conference in Alaska.
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.
— Welcome to September weather! “Just like last year, our first month of meteorological autumn is rolling out the red-hot carpet to kick it off,” the Capital Weather Gang forecasts. “Hazy, hot and humid weather dominate the rest of this week with possible relief sneaking in by late Friday.”
— The Nationals could not hold a lead against the Cardinals in St. Louis last night, giving up five runs in the seventh inning and losing 8-5. Washington is now 6 1/2 games behind the Mets. For what its worth, your disappointed 202 correspondent has decided not to renew his season tickets for 2016…
— 1,100 D.C. police officers cast a vote of no confidence in D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier as the District’s homicide rate ticks sharply upward. The Fraternal Order of Police sponsored the online poll — there are 4,000 D.C. cops.
VIDEO OF THE DAY:
Trump released a chilling video attacking Jeb over his 2013 comment that people enter this country illegally as an “act of love,” playing it over pictures of undocumented immigrants accused of crimes. It quickly elicited comparisons to the 1988 Willie Horton ad. Watch:
Jeb responded by posting this picture, slamming Trump for praising Nancy Pelosi in 2007. “He donated to sanctuary-city supporting @NancyPelosi and called her ‘The Greatest,'” Bush tweeted:
Finally, watch three straight minutes of Trump saying “China” in ways only Trump can: