It was the one thing from the Trump years everyone seemed to agree on: The multi-trillion dollar aid package that sailed through both houses to the president’s desk on March 27, 2020, before the pandemic polarized. Now Shelby Talcott reports Ron DeSantis has made the CARES Act the center of his new attacks on Trump. That’s prompting howls of hypocrisy from the former president’s camp, and raising the question of how Republican senators who voted for CARES — like, say, Iowa’s Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley — will react.
The tennis-ball sized hail never arrived in Washington yesterday, but Trump is currently navigating through a blizzard of legal filings across multiple cases, the most urgent of which could determine whether he’s allowed to post all-caps commentary on evidence in the case. And one of the witnesses named in those filings just made the debate stage.
Also we talked to the House’s foremost nerd, Virginia Democrat Don Beyer, about the latest nuclear fusion news. His reaction is basically “I am become death, destroyer of worlds,” only the exact opposite.
Steve Clemons is on vacation.