Politics ate my homework
"Uh oh, Hillary," tweets Guy Benson with Townhall.com, reacting to the ominous bombshell that the Justice Department granted immunity to the former State Department staffer (not Justin Bieber) who set up Clinton's email server (at 14,300+ shares right now). Or, if you prefer, "In the immortal words of the political pundit Scooby Doo: 'Ruh roh,'" summarizes Keith Whitney at WXIA-TV. "After a good political day for Clinton comes a not so great one on the email front," concludes Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein. "Hillary might be subject to an ongoing FBI criminal probe -- but she's very electable," snarks VICE's Michael Tracey. "Well, get ready for President Sanders, everyone," declares Washington Examiner's David Freddoso, whereas Vox's Matthew Yglesias predicts "Everything’s coming up Biden" (can that happen, at this point?).
So by now you may have heard that Mitt Romney is gearing up to attack "phony" "fraud" Trump in a Utah address today. "Prob the worst idea to stop Trump. Rom is essence of establishment," notes Bloomberg's Eric Balchunas. Still, Romney isn't the only one. Take this open letter on Trump from GOP national security leaders, for example. "This is great, but several of these signatories are guilty of that which they now denounce," observes freelancer Peter Tinti. And still the Koch brothers will not deploy funds against Trump during these primaries. Still other Republicans are calling for a third-party option, which, well, might not be such a good idea. "At what point do Republicans start to worry less about Trump losing the presidency and worry more about him winning?" demands HuffPo's Matt Fuller. Meanwhile, Europe is staring at Trump in pure horror, but to be fair, he’d fit right in over there. "Why Trump's mix of nationalistic nativism and protectionism would fit in with Europe's far right parties," business journalist Leon Gettler prefaces that last link. And just in case you missed it, economically concerned readers, Trump once wrote on his Trump University blog that outsourcing jobs is "not always a terrible thing."
On the non-Trump beat (which now feels very much like a thing), Marco Rubio just lost Fox News. "Does it bother any Republicans that Roger Ailes gets to decide who is and isn't worthy of the party's nomination?" asks Elias Isquith at Salon. And now New Jersey's largest newspaper, the Star-Ledger, is the seventh to demand their governor Chris Christie, resign for N.J.'s sake: "Christie is all about Christie. Anyone who can't see that by now hasn't been paying attention." Meanwhile, the White House is said to be vetting an appeals court judge, Jane Kelley, for that open Supreme Court seat. "Would be *amazing* and much needed to have a former criminal defense attorney on the Supreme Court," MSNBC's Chris Hayes weighs in, although at Politico Edward-Isaac Dovere remarks, "The problem for WH in nominating a former public defender is easy R attack on criminals she tried to keep from jail." Speaking of our nation's highest court, in the oral arguments for that big Texas abortion case, the three female justices seem to be upending the Court’s balance of power."John Roberts, '2 weeks into this new post-Scalia era, is worn out just trying to keep the women at bay,'" details Washington Post's Dan Zak.
In other breaking news, ex-Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon has died in car wreck just one day after his indictment. Star Tribune's Lee Schafer responds to the news, "Oh no. The oilman ex-CEO in the car crash 'pretty much drove straight into the wall' at 'a high rate of speed.'"