Here’s a look at what’s making headlines in the political world Monday and how it relates to the headlines around the world.
Guess who’s pumped
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference wrapped up over the weekend in Washington, and in typical fashion the base loved it.
Outgoing President George W. Bush took the stage, called Donald Trump a “great friend” and said he’s “not doing well with the media” but has a “bright future” ahead of him in the business world.
Meanwhile, at the #CNN5 roundtable last night, CNN news anchor Ed Henry and Martha Raddatz, anchored by Jake Tapper, debated President Trump’s tweets.
The set didn’t exist when Trump made his debut at CPAC last year, but in the spirit of swinging the bat this weekend, Trump tagged in the likes of Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Lee.
The late Pat Toomey, the first GOP senator to endorse Trump, brought back his fist-pumping image from the campaign trail as he urged Republicans to do everything in their power to oppose anything that Trump’s just trying to get done.
“If you look at his agenda … not a single thing has been accomplished.”
Plans are coming together for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation
Last week, news broke that President Trump was also making plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which quickly inspired outrage and resignation calls in Congress.
But as we’ve seen, even when the White House wants to interfere, they can’t.
There’s no sign that the move is imminent, and now that the Justice Department has issued a memo saying it “loves” Rosenstein, his power will likely continue.
President Trump has made the Justice Department and the FBI his personal nemesis in recent months.
He made the news last week when he told The New York Times that “I think it’s ridiculous,” when asked if Attorney General Jeff Sessions has done a good job, despite being a former White House aide under President Obama.
“The best thing (the Justice Department) can do is come clean with all of the facts,” the president said.
“If that happens, and it doesn’t have anything to do with Russia, I will take a look,” he added.
Speaking of Russia
President Trump is scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16, something that he’s highly criticized of ahead of the meeting.
Trump’s former top national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is facing charges of lying to the FBI. He pled guilty last week to lying to the FBI, but hasn’t been charged with any crimes related to Russians.
President Trump has not addressed the fact that three members of his campaign have been indicted or charged, but instead has said he feels “vindicated.”
“I don’t feel vindicated because there’s been no collusion whatsoever. What we have is a collusion with our witnesses,” President Trump said last week at a press conference.
It’s a ‘cancel culture’
After two bomb threats were made against Jewish centers and synagogues in the last week, CBS This Morning host Gayle King said on Monday that the “Cancel Culture” is now “rolling across the country.”
King said that something that seems so natural and unimportant “must not be swept under the rug.”
But far-right commentator Lou Dobbs said Monday that “the only real problem with the cancellation culture is it denies someone the opportunity to deal with personal issues, and especially something as delicate as a suicide threat.”