Midday open thread: Diplomacy, decisions, and disgust
Programming note: Daily Kos will not be liveblogging Donald Trump’s primetime wall rant at 9 PM ET. We will cover his remarks after a proper fact-check and eye roll.
How, uh, diplomatic:
The Trump administration downgraded the diplomatic status of the European Union’s delegation to the United States last year without making a formal announcement or informing the bloc about the change, a European official said on Tuesday.
After protest from Brussels and discussion between the European Union and the Trump administration, the reclassification of the delegation and the consequent demotion of the ambassador, David O’Sullivan, is understood to have been reversed, at least temporarily, the official said.
On the edge of our seats:
Stacey Abrams has some major decisions to make before she decides her next political step. And she’s giving herself until the end of March to make up her mind.
In a Monday interview with WABE’s Rose Scott, the Democrat said she intends to take the next three months to “really think about the role that I should play” in politics.
Tiny violin alert:
In an interview, [Corey] Stewart, 50, said he will not seek a fourth term as board chair this year and is leaving politics “for the foreseeable future” to focus on his international trade law practice and the business ambitions of his wife, Maria’s.
Citing his 16-point loss to Sen. Tim Kaine (D) in a November election where Virginia Republicans also lost three U.S. House seats, Stewart said his departure from state politics will last “until and unless the Commonwealth is ready for my views on things, and that’s not right now, clearly.”
What the hell?
Like lots of Americans, Robert Frese is not shy about expressing his views on the internet. Last year, in a comment on a newspaper’s Facebook page, he said a New Hampshire police officer who had given him a traffic citation was “a dirty cop.” The police chief, Mr. Frese added, was a coward who had covered up the matter. […]
Instead, they did a fourth thing, one that seems at odds with the American commitment to free expression, particularly where criticism of government officials is concerned. They arrested Mr. Frese, saying he had committed criminal libel.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Free air time for Trump tonight; tomorrow, the media’s “Aw, shucks!” at getting used again. Armando joins in to help us prep for it. Will a “national emergency” gambit work? What else does it trigger? WI’s new Dem gov. shows how to deal with Gop bullshit.