What you can do to fight back this week (June 12)

In Colorado the state of the resistance is strong.

On Saturday, hundreds of Coloradans from all walks of life came together at Denver’s Shorter AME Community Church for the Resist Forward Summit. The event brought together some our state’s communities of color, LGBTQ and women’s advocates, immigrant rights supporters, environmentalists, leaders in the faith community, and newly activated groups to discuss meaningful resistance work in response to Trump and the far-right agenda in Washington.

The result was an invaluable day of learning and collaboration. Members of our community who don’t talk to each other enough sat down and learned about our shared priorities and values. The partnerships forged this weekend at the Resist Forward Summit will take the resistance in Colorado to the next level, and help ensure that everyone in this fight has a voice.

And there’s no time to lose. This week in Washington, Sen. Cory Gardner and the Republican-controlled Congress are trying once again to repeal health reform and take away coverage from millions of Americans. Despite even Fox News polls showing fewer than 20% of Americans in support of the latest health repeal bill, Gardner is determined to pass it no matter what.

Priority #1 this week: Call Cory Gardner at (202) 224-5941 and tell him to stop trying to take away health coverage from thousands of Coloradans. Gardner may publicly dismiss you as “paid protesters,” but his staff pays attention to the calls. We have to keep the pressure on every time to make sure Gardner knows he can’t get away with this.

Once you’re done, check out more ways to take action for the week of June 12th:


Postcard Huddle!

Join COS CAN and 350 Colorado Springs at the Ivywild School while we write postcards to our representatives! Our focus will be the most important one there is, the environment! We’ll write to everyone from Trump to Gardner to Mayor Suthers no one is off limits in the fight for mother earth. We will also have a petition for everyone to sign demanding Mayor Suthers commits to lowering emissions in our city. We have plenty of postcards thanks to the many people that have been donating, all you need to bring is yourself and some money for food if you desire! Postcard stamp donations are always appreciated but not required! Thank you!

Where: The Principal’s Office, 1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Monday, June 12 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Orlando United Event: 1 Year Anniversary of the Pulse Tragedy

On the one year anniversary of the tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, it is time to bring the community together in love and remembrance. Since the tragedy, the strength of the LGBTQ+ and ally community has grown. It is more important now than ever to continue to come together. Join us for an evening of support, reflection and love as we honor the 49 victims. There will be song, speakers and most importantly a community of individuals committed to love and kindness. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude with a candlelight vigil.

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Monday, June 12 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Showing Up For Racial Justice Fort Collins General Membership Meeting

We are excited to see you at our next general membership meeting. For those who are returning, we are excited to see you again. If this is your first time, we look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into SURJ. If it is your first meeting, please try to attend 15 minutes early so we can meet you, get to know you, and give you a little background of SURJ Fort Collins before we begin the meeting.

Where: FoCo Cafe, 225 Maple St, Fort Collins
When: Monday, June 12 at 7:00pm

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Pay your respects to the end of health care

Healthcare repeal is bad for Colorado. 271, 500 Coloradans will lose their plan under the GOP backed bill. March with us, tell Cory Gardner his agenda is a death sentence for Colorado. Hosted by SEIU Local 105.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 101 E 14th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 13 at 10:30am

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Colorado People’s Alliance 2nd Annual The People’s Party

COPA has been hard at work resisting the attacks from the current administration and working for our vision for Colorado – join us and help us raise the much needed funds we need to continue our work. We need your support to continue our resistence but also to move our vision forward for a Colorado that is welcoming to all regardless of their immigration status or background, a Colorado that protects our air and water rather than corporate intersts, an economy that works for all and not just the wealthy few, and to work to change our Criminal in-justice system into a criminal justice system that sees people as people and not as an object or dollar sign.

Where: City Park Pavilion 1700 N. York St., Denver
When: Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00pm

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Local Environmental Activism Night

Join us at Shine Restaurant and Gathering place to take action in support of local and national environmental conservation issues! Especially now, with every indication our national government has no interest in conservationism, it is the time to take grassroots, local action on climate change and land conservation.

Where: Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, 2027 13th St, Boulder
When: Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00pm

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Orbis Salon: Activism and Social Change

Join us for the next Orbis Salon where we’ll be taking a critical look at activism and social change – we’ll discuss what it is, what works, and what feels like it works but really doesn’t. Our conversation for the evening will be guided by a central question: What is a more effective strategy – trying to change the existing system within its confines or creating an alternative system entirely? The evening will start out with an interactive voting activity, then we’ll have a panel discussion with local and international change-makers. We’ll close out the evening by breaking out into small discussion groups with our panelists.

Where: Orbis Institute, 1818 Gaylord St., Denver
When: Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30pm

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Mourning the Death of Public Education in Denver

Join Our Denver, Our Schools, Indivisible Colorado Education Team, parents, teachers, community members and other collaborating organizations in protest of DPS policies surrounding school closures. We will mourn the closure of schools and stand in protest of more closures to come this coming school year.

Where: 1860 Lincoln St, Denver
When: Thursday, June 15 at 4:00pm

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One Colorado Pride Kickoff and Sign Making Party

Come join One Colorado and help us get ready for Denver Pride this summer! This will be a great opportunity to hang out, enjoy the June weather and help us make some great signs for the Denver Pride Parade on Sunday, June 18th.

Where: 10 Barrel Brewing Company, 2620 Walnut Street, Denver
When: Thursday, June 15 at 5:30pm

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How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Proceed without caution: individual resistance might work in a pinch, but how can we create solidarity? “If you agree with everyone in your coalition, you’re not in a coalition.” Hosted by Warm Cookies of the Revolution.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax, Denver
When: Thursday, June 15 at 6:00pm

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Sit-in at Sen. Gardner’s office: Save the Affordable Care Act

Senate Republicans just announced they’ll vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act by the end of June. That means we have just two weeks to save the Affordable Care Act – or 23 million people will lose health insurance, and the rest of us will return to the days of junk plans that aren’t there for us when we need them. To protest, we’re staging a sit-in at Senator Gardner’s Denver office. We plan to show up and refuse to leave until Senator Gardner commits to voting ‘No’. We need to make sure he knows that if he votes to take away the Affordable Care Act, his days as a Colorado senator are numbered – and massive outrage in the form of a sit-in at his local office will do just that.

Where: Sen. Cory Gardner’s office, 1125 17th St, Denver
When: Friday, June 16 at 2:00pm

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Denver Pride Fest

Produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center), Denver PrideFest is now the third largest pride festival, and seventh largest pride parade in the United States, drawing 375,000 guests annually. Denver PrideFest takes place annually in June in downtown Civic Center Park. PrideFest features the CoorsLight PrideFest Parade, a Dance Stage with DJs, a Latin Stage with cultural programming, and the Center Stage with live entertainment, and plenty of celebrating both days. The festival also features more than 250 vendor booths with arts, crafts, food and more. We provide a VIP area with food and drinks for sponsors and contributors to enjoy, and there’s also a family area, youth alley, and a transgender resource area.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park
When: Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18

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March with One Colorado at Denver Pridefest!

It’s Pride Season! Come celebrate the fun and sun with us! We will provide a light breakfast! We’re excited to see you there!

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Sunday, June 18 at 8:30am

Click here to RSVP.


March with Labor in the Denver LGBT Pride Parade!

Organized labor will once gain be marching in Denver’s LGBT Pride Parade. We will line up starting at 8:30a in Cheesman Park. All supporters of LGBT rights and economic justice are welcome to march with us, whether gay or straight, union member or no! Our theme this year will be “RESIST with PRIDE” , and it looks like our contingent will be bigger & better than ever before! If you are a union member, feel free to wear your union colors/ gear.

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Sunday, June 18 at 8:30am

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Thanks again for everything you’re doing to fight back, this week and every week. As always, watch your email for breaking news and updates as they happen.

We’ll see you at the Pride march!

Donald Trump is the Greatest President in the History of History

President Donald Trump.

As Chris Cillizza writes for CNN, the White House just keeps getting weirder, and weirder, and weirder…

Donald Trump did something very different in his Cabinet meeting Monday.

First, he reviewed the various alleged successes of his first 143 days and made this remarkable claim: “Never has there been a president….with few exceptions…who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than I have.” [Pols emphasis]

Um, ok.  While Trump has signed a number of executive orders and actions — the most high profile of which, the so-called “travel ban” was, again, blocked by a court on Monday — what he hasn’t really done is pass actual legislation through Congress. The health care bill is tied up in Senate machinations. Tax reform hasn’t moved an inch. Funding for the border wall hasn’t happened. And so on…

…But, that wasn’t even close to the weirdest part of the Cabinet meeting!

Once Trump finished touting his administration’s accomplishments, he turned to several of his newly-minted Cabinet secretaries like Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Each of those Cabinet secretaries lavished praise on Trump, which he accepted without comment but with a broad smile.

At first, I thought Trump was just going to have the new members of the Cabinet spend a few minutes praising him. NOPE!  It soon became clear that Trump planned to have every Cabinet member speak. And when I say “speak” what I really mean is “praise Trump for his accomplishments, his foresight, his just being awesome.”

Cillizza quotes White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as saying the following about President Trump: “We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda.”

This is probably going to get worse before it gets anywhere close to better. If you are a member of Trump’s cabinet or senior staff, how do you look yourself in the mirror?

Monday Open Thread

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

–George Bernard Shaw

Jared Polis Shakes Up 2018 Governor’s Race


Big news this Sunday morning from the Denver Post’s Mark Matthews: Congressman Jared Polis of Boulder will run for governor of Colorado in 2018, setting up the biggest Democratic primary in Colorado politics since…well, Polis’ last primary in 2008:

Congressman Jared Polis plans to join the crowded race for governor this week, and in doing so, the Boulder Democrat will advocate a vision for Colorado that tests how far to the left the state has shifted politically in the last decade.

In an interview with The Denver Post, the fifth-term lawmaker said his platform will focus on three initiatives: getting Colorado to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, ensuring parents can access free, full-day preschool or kindergarten for children age 3 and older, and encouraging companies in the state to provide stock options to employees.

“This is a campaign of big, bold ideas, and I’m trying to make them happen,” Polis said. “We want a Colorado that works for everybody.”

Rep. Polis’ run has been anticipated by Democrats for some time, but the final go/no-go was kept pretty close to the vest until this past week. It’s a decision that Polis surely didn’t make lightly, and most certainly reflects polling he’s done showing this race to be winnable for him.

Polis’ great wealth gives him a built-in advantage in any race, but there’s more to a primary between Polis and nominal frontrunner Rep. Ed Perlmutter than who can raise the most money. Polis’ bold campaign theme of 100% renewable energy could resonate with a segment of the Democratic base that’s been discontented for a number of years in Colorado as the battles over oil and gas development along the urbanizing Front Range have escalated. Polis has been a leader in that complicated and fractious battle, and if he retains the trust of the environmental left going into this race it could be a crucial edge.

Obviously, Polis’ entry into the 2018 gubernatorial race forces all of us to reset our calculations here. But the biggest takeaway for today is the fact that Democrats are feeling very good about 2018, and there’s going to be healthy competition for what could be the fruits of an historic victory. Between Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter, Democrats have a choice of two of the biggest names in Colorado politics–and that’s got to feel better than a primary between a district attorney and a couple of unknown rich guys.

Game on, folks.

Watch out for the “Proud Boys” and other violent racists today

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At the State Capitol now (Saturday, July 10, 2017) at 4 pm. Antifa counterprotesters at the bottom of the hill, #marchagainstsharia protesters at the top, marshalls in between. Via twitter, Anna V Smith, High Country News.

From Unicorn Riot, (@UR_ninja)  pictures of the Proud Boys and others ready to spread hate and fear today:

From Unicorn Riot, photos of Proud Boys, neo-nazis, and other racists at the Capitol today.

Proud Boys, a white supremacist, violent organization of young males , had a rally in Boulder on June 3, 2017, and plan another “Anti-Sharia March” in Denver at the Capitol from 3:30 – 6 pm on Saturday, July 10. EDIT: The Anti-Sharia Marches are organized by ACT for America, (Facebook link here) .  These anti-Sharia Marches are in 19 cities nationwide. A wide coalition of racist, violent, anti-Muslim groups are attending, including ACTforamerica, the ProudBoys, the Oathkeepers, and the Threepercenters (shown below in Atlanta).  The Southern Poverty Law Center is live-blogging them. You can follow the hashtag #hatewatch or #CounterActHate.

Proud Boys in Boulder June 3, 2017

Proud Boys, Boulder 6/3/17
Attribution: Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer, Boulder Daily Camera

On June 3, in Boulder, a dozen or so of  the “Boys” demonstrated at the Boulder courthouse, behind police barricades. They were met by about 250 counter-protesters, including some “AntiFa” (Antifascists) dressed in black, with black kerchiefs covering their faces. At some point during the counter-protest, someone threw firecrackers at the Proud Boys, and one of the counter-demonstrators was arrested.

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Weekend Open Thread

“There are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us.”

–F. H. Bradley

Hickenlooper Signs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill

Gov. John Hickenlooper.

As the Denver Post’s Jesse Paul reports, a big win for the ACLU of Colorado as Gov. John Hickenlooper signs legislation to reform the controversial civil asset forfeiture process in Colorado:

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday will sign into law a controversial bill seeking to change how officers and sheriff’s deputies seize money and property, against the urging of the Colorado law enforcement community and local government groups who say it could hamper crime fighting efforts.

The Democrat’s decision came within about an hour of his deadline to sign or veto measures passed during the legislative session. It was announced by the state Senate GOP and state Senate Democrats…

Those supporting the legislation, from the ACLU of Colorado to ProgressNow, say it provides greater due-process protections to Coloradans and would add accountability to the controversial practice.

State Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, and state Sens. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, and Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, were the bill’s prime backers in the legislature.

The bill’s prime Democratic sponsor Rep. Leslie Herod Tweeted this clip from the signing ceremony in celebration:

House Bill 17-1313 passed the General Assembly with strong bipartisan support, but Hickenlooper immediately came under intense pressure to veto the bill from the Colorado Chiefs of Police and other pro-law enforcement interests. Some comments from Hickenlooper as he deliberated signing seems to indicate he might veto the bill, but today its bipartisan proponents are celebrating together–a special event indeed between opposites like Republican Sen. Tim Neville and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman.

Today is one of those rare Fridays in Colorado politics where almost everyone goes home happy. Enjoy.

Caption This Photo: Cory Gardner Shown To Scale!

A photo that appeared on the Twitters this week, from a middle school tour of the U.S. Capitol hosted by Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner–like putting a quarter (or a banana) into a photo to provide some objective measurement of size:

Never realized Gardner was such a “small businessman,” did you? After all, it’s so rare to see him in public.

Well folks, now you know. Big hair. Small Cory.

Get More Smarter on Friday (June 9)

The President is not a liar.” Welcome to the history books, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It’s time to Get More Smarter! If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of a visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show.

TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► Donald Trump’s Twitter account, which may or may not be making autonomous decisions about the fate of the free world, finally responded to FBI Director James Comey’s testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. As the Washington Post explains:

President Trump broke his public silence Friday morning on former FBI director James B. Comey’s testimony to Congress in the Russia probe, accusing him in a tweet of lying under oath and calling him a “leaker.”

A day after he had allowed surrogates to respond for him, Trump took to Twitter to attack Comey directly, writing: “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication … and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”

Trump’s statement came as surrogates fanned out to defend the president and his personal lawyer was preparing to file a “complaint” early next week over Comey’s testimony to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s Office and the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a person close to the legal team.

A spokesman for the Justice Department Inspector General declined to comment on the matter, which was first reported by Fox News and CNN.

Trump’s personal lawyer is preparing to file a “complaint,” eh? Nothing screams innocence like a strongly-worded letter. There will be exclamation points!!!

And what about other high-profile Republicans? Incredibly, they appear to be sticking by Trump’s side.

 

► President Trump will take a few questions from reporters today — theoretically, anyway — when he holds a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohanni at the White House. Chris Cillizza of CNN has a list of eight questions he’d love to ask Trump. One of the biggest questions on that list is whether or not there are audiotapes of Trump’s Oval Office discussion with Comey. The former FBI Director certainly hopes they exist.

 

► Colorado politicos reacted to the Comey hearings along largely partisan lines, though Senators Michael Bennet (D-Denver) and Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) agreed on the need for further investigations into Trump’s Russian ties. The three Colorado Democrats running for Attorney General also weighed in on the story.

Elsewhere, the Colorado Independent takes a look at how Colorado media outlets reported on Comey’s testimony.

 

► Voters in the United Kingdom dealt a serious blow to Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative Party on Thursday. May’s decision last month to call a snap election backfired bigly, as The Guardian explains:

Jeremy Corbyn said the face of British politics had changed and called on Theresa May to resign after her snap general election left Britain with a hung parliament 11 days before Brexit talks begin.

Speaking as he was returned as MP for Islington North, the Labour leader declared: “Politics has changed. Politics isn’t going back into the box where it was before. What’s happened is people have said they’ve had quite enough of austerity politics.”

Corbyn said May had called the election to assert her authority. “She wanted a mandate. Well, the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that is enough for her to go.”

The Conservative leader appeared crushed as she accepted her victory in the constituency of Maidenhead with a shaky speech in which she repeated her resolve to provide the stability the country needed before Brexit talks.

Heavy losses by Conservative candidates left May without a true majority in Parliament, forcing the Conservative leader into a coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party to maintain her tenuous hold on the top job in England. The New York Times has more coverage on the U.K. election results and what it means for the United States.

 

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Colorado Week in Review: 6/9/17

Good News! Week of June 3-June 10

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This diary, which I hope to publish every Friday, will be all about small victories in the big battles: People doing the right thing for the right reasons. Stories of bravery, generosity, caring, and integrity. Where possible, I’ve connected this to Colorado politics and stories.

This is a selfish project for me – I need to see those small victories and uplifting stories just to keep going as an activist. Without them, it’s too easy to be overwhelmed by the flood of bad news and attacks on democracy and civil rights, and simply stop trying to keep politicians accountable.

There are many “good news” items I haven’t covered; more possible categories for good news are: Race, discrimination, justice, bizarre news, animals, marches, town halls, community organizing, “the resistance”. Where another organization such as ProgressNow Colorado reports on “How to fight back this week”, I’m not going to duplicate coverage. As always, add your own “good news” stories and commentary.

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Colorado’s Liberal Troublemaker Par Excellence Is Back

Michael Huttner.

Westword’s Patricia Calhoun updates us on the latest gig for Michael Huttner, the mercurial political organizer who gets a lot of credit for helping flip the state of Colorado from red to blue in the last decade:

“I found my way home,” says Michael Huttner, who got his start as a troublemaker as a Westword intern. After that, he added much more illustrious lines to his résumé: as a lawyer, founder of ProgressNow and, most recently, CEO of Fenton, the nation’s largest social-change agency.

To take that gig, though, Huttner had to move to New York City last year, leaving his family in Boulder. But now he’s back in the Mile High City as the CEO of Powerplant Strategies, a national cannabis communications and public-affairs firm that he helped found last fall, which provides strategic advice to investors in the cannabis space. Powerplant is a sister company to Fenton, and Huttner will remain the political director of Fenton, working with new CEO Ben Wyskida. But right now, he’s focusing on the marijuana industry — and the politics around it…

Huttner isn’t a newcomer to cannabis advocacy. In January 2010, he convened a small group of drug reform and policy leaders in Colorado, which laid out a blueprint for how Colorado could become the first state to decriminalize cannabis in the country. Two years later, Colorado voters approved Amendment 64. Vicente Sederberg was part of that meeting; at the time, the firm had just a few lawyers. Today it has around thirty.

With California and several other states gearing up to launch their own recreational marijuana industries, Huttner won’t have any trouble finding clients. Colorado has by far the most experience with successful regulation and sales of marijuana, so there are plenty of lessons to share from our experience–not least being navigating the novel politics surrounding this highly lucrative industry.

As for local Republicans, they’re happy to see Huttner keeping busy too–lest they face him on the campaign trail again.

Get More Smarter on Thursday (June 8)

Slow news day, eh? Well, except for that Comey thing. It’s time to Get More Smarter! If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of a visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show.

TOP OF MIND TODAY…

► Former FBI Director James Comey testified today in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee about President Trump and allegations of illegal ties to Russia. There’s no shortage of coverage on Comey’s testimony online and in the media, but here’s one take from the Washington Post:

Former FBI director James B. Comey on Thursday essentially laid out an obstruction of justice case against President Trump and suggested senior leaders in the bureau might have actually contemplated the matter before Trump removed him as director.

Comey did not explicitly draw any legal conclusions. Whether justice was obstructed, he said, was a question for recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller. But he said Trump’s request to terminate the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn left him “stunned,” and senior FBI officials considered it to be of “investigative interest.”…

…Legal analysts have said previously that there was reason to believe Trump might have obstructed justice — both in asking him to shut down the probe into Flynn and then, later, in firing Comey. Comey’s testimony, they said Thursday, clarified and bolstered the case.

Comey testified that he was skeptical of Trump almost from the outset, and he decided to document their interactions because he was “concerned [Trump] might lie about the nature of our meeting.”

This really no sugarcoating Comey’s testimony if you are a Trump ally — this was even more brutal for the President than anyone might have expected. For more on Comeypalooza, here’s another good summary from the Washington Post. More thoughtful analysis is available via CNN and the New York Times. To subject yourself to the entire transcript of Comey’s testimony — which lasted nearly three hours — Politico has you covered.

Locally, the editorial board of the Denver Post didn’t wait long to weigh in on the Comey testimony:

Even if Trump isn’t implicated in colluding with the Russians, even if none of his campaign staffers are found guilty, Comey’s sworn testimony and the known facts about his firing cripple the president’s credibility.

 

► How is the White House reacting to Comey’s testimony? It has been reported that Trump is apoplectic about the entire Russian “cloud” hanging over his presidency, but we haven’t yet heard from the President himself.

Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, is peddling some nonsense about how this actually benefits Trump. Conservative media are also trying hard to make the case that Comey’s testimony somehow clears Trump of wrongdoing, or something. From NBC News:

In the aftermath of former FBI Director James Comey’s highly-anticipated testimony, President Donald Trump’s outside counsel says the president feels “vindicated” and ready to move forward with his agenda for the country.

Marc Kasowitz maintained Thursday in a statement to reporters at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. that Trump never asked Comey for his loyalty, contradicting a key part of the ousted FBI director’s testimony. President Trump’s personal lawyer took no questions and departed the room after delivering the short statement in support of the White House.

“The president also never told Mr. Comey, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,’ in form or substance,” Kasowitz told reporters.

The White House appears to be trying to deflect Comey’s testimony by hoping to paint the former FBI Director as “one of these leakers.”

 

► According to new poll results from Quinnipiac University, President Trump’s approval ratings have dropped to a new low. Again.

 

► Polls are open in the United Kingdom in what has become a bitter general election campaign. Prime Minister Theresa May is nonetheless expected to maintain control once the votes are counted.

 

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