Nikki Haley says Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis are both into “vendetta stuff” and that their grievance-driven antics just aren’t all that different from each other. As Shelby Talcott writes today, Haley wants to position herself as the conservative who can deliver some Trump policies without the erratic behavior, but DeSantis is so far standing in the way of that path.
And as the day turns in Congress, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer is promising to start contempt proceedings against FBI Director Christopher Wray for refusing to turn over a document that Wray let Comer and committee ranking member Jamie Raskin see. Morgan Chalfant goes down the rabbit hole over the 2020 document, which allegedly relates to an unsubstantiated claim by an informant that President Biden was engaged in a bribery scheme while he was vice president. Democrats accuse Comer of spreading partisan innuendo about the president from a shaky source.
“What’s the Deal on Permitting Reform?” That’s the topic for Semafor’s big summit today, which will talk to top lawmakers, industry leaders, and environmentalists about one of the hottest topics in Washington — whether a deal is possible to cut red tape for critical infrastructure, renewable energy, and fossil fuels. We have a little preview today from a chat I recorded yesterday evening with Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C. who is trying to push for more energy of all kinds while protecting the South Carolina lowland coast from offshore drilling. Join us online today.
And another big event option for you: We will be thinking about wobbly globalization and a world with big powers seething at each other at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Global Impact Forum tomorrow. Semafor is the proud media sponsor and yours truly will be interviewing Ukraine Ambassador Oksana Markarova, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper and others. Join us.
Finally, our own Benjy Sarlin gets a text on being able to distinguish between true power and B.S. in DC from Ben Terris, author of The Big Break: The Gamblers, Party Animals, and True Believers Trying to Win in Washington While America Loses Its Mind.
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