Welcome to the weekend, Prime subscribers, and, as usual, what a week.
Here’s what happened:
- The week started with Rod Rosenstein’s departure from the DOJ seemingly imminent. It quickly became unclear, however, what was happening. Allegra Kirkland runs through the drama in her weekly primer on the Russia probe, and I run through what would happen if Rosenstein is eventually ousted. Congressional GOPers, for their part, weren’t urging the President to act immediately. Ultimately, Rod kept his job.
- Josh, meanwhile, answers questions from a reader about the whole affair.
- It seems, Josh theorizes, Rod rolled Trump. Further evidence reinforced that conclusion.
- Allegra Kirkland wrote for our voting rights feature series about a ballot measure in Florida that could restore the franchise to a massive number — 1.4 million — of felons. For Prime, she wrote about what happened in other states that had recently made similar moves, and profiled a few of the ex-felons she met in Florida.
- As the Kavanaugh fight unfolded this week, we gave running updates and context: The room, Dirksen 226, was selected to limit press. Graham wanted Christine Blasey Ford to give enough evidence to allow a search warrant. The GOP aggressively denounced Michael Avenatti to discredit his client, a Kavanaugh accuser, but seemed shaken by his client’s claims. Tierney dug a bit into sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s past. Cam wrote on the emotional reaction of activists watching from the audience overflow room in the Capitol complex, and I wrote on Blasey Ford’s powerful decision to mix her professional perspective with her personal testimony. Mitchell teed up Republicans next talking point for them. I sort through some of the facts and fictions about an FBI investigation.
- Don’t forget: Even if he’s not confirmed, Kavanaugh has an extremely good job, and he’ll get to keep it.
- We’re watching a cover up of the Ed Whelan debacle, Josh writes.
- The Supreme Court last Tuesday let stand a lower court ruling requiring disclosure of certain donors to political nonprofits, Tierney Sneed writes in her weekly voting rights primer.
- The EPA has put the head of the Office of Children’s Health Protection on administrative leave, Matt Shuham reports. She says it was a political decision.
- Trump is obsessed with being laughed at.