Donald Trump Defends His Son, This Time From France: ‘Most People Would Have Taken That Meeting’ 

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Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics
roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news
cycle.

Where is Jim?

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • During a presser today with French President Emmanuel
    Macron, Donald Trump defended his eldest son’s meeting with a
    Russian lawyer. “From a practical standpoint, most people would
    have taken that meeting,” Trump said. “It’s called opposition
    research” he added as though he had just learned the marvelous
    term. “Politics is not the nicest business in the world…but
    it’s very standard in politics,” Trump said. How wonderful
    that, after months of insisting that he simply doesn’t
    know how either politics or the law work, he’s finally become
    so savvy. [MSNBC]
  • Trump calls his grown children “baby.” In his defense, he
    might not know their names or their ages. [New York Times]
  • Meanwhile, Mike Pence is distancing himself from Donald
    Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer. [CNN]
  • The Trump administration will recertify former President
    Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran despite Trump’s campaign
    promise to end the agreement. [Washington Post]
  • Mitch McConnell still might not be able to muster up enough
    votes to pass the revised Republican health care bill.
    [Politico]
  • Here’s an email Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz sent: “I’m on
    you now. You are fucking with me now Let’s see who you are
    Watch your back, bitch.” In another email, he used the word
    “bro.” Kasowitz seems as pleasant as the many men who email
    Jezebel writers. [ProPublica]
  • Kasowitz said he sent the emails “at the end of a very long
    day.” [Buzzfeed]
  • Candice Jackson, the assistant secretary for civil rights
    at the Department of Education, is very sorry for her
    “flippant” comments about campus sexual assault. On Wednesday,
    Jackson told the New York Times that “90 percent” of
    sexual assaults on college campuses were the result of “We were
    both drunk, we broke up, and six months later I found myself
    under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that
    our last sleeping together was not quite right.” Okay!
    [Associated Press]
  • The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to loosen the
    reporting requirements on the medical device industry. In
    addition, new legislation will require the FDA to get medical
    devices like implants and cardiac defibrillators, approved at a
    more rapid rate. This is potentially very dangerous and this
    story is worth reading. [New York Times]
  • Middle-aged wannabe rocker Joe Scarborough and Mika
    Brzezinski are getting married in Nantucket this spring. That
    gives everyone plenty of time to find words that rhyme with
    Nantucket and Brzezinski. [The Cut]
  • Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized after
    becoming dehydrated while working with Habitat for Humanity.
    Carter said he was “okay” and encouraged everyone to “keep
    building.” [ABC]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to
publish:

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