Remember when Donald Trump would regularly blow up the whole news cycle with a single tweet? This weekend gave us all a little flashback to those days after the former president declared he was likely to be arrested on Tuesday for charges related to hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. In doing so, Semafor’s David Weigel writes, Trump put his GOP rivals in a bind, forcing them to back him in a moment of possible peril, or risk the wrath of his base later on.
What was up with the normally affable Senator Bill Cassidy, R-La. berating Janet Yellen at a hearing last week for suggesting President Biden’s open to discussing Social Security reforms? Joseph Zeballos-Roig has the full story, including news of some behind-the-scenes meetings between Cassidy and the White House.
Meanwhile, a new Gallup poll finds that there’s been a big uptick of confidence among Democrats and Independents in America’s ability to compete with China. Morgan Chalfant and Benjy Sarlin break down the findings.
PLUS: Morgan has One Good Text with former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti on the challenge of prosecuting the hush money case against Donald Trump.
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