In 2018, Eric Greitens resigned as governor of Missouri after being accused of sexual assault and financial impropriety – he denies both.
In March this year, his ex-wife, Sheena, accused him in a affidavit of hitting her and their young son after the resignation – he denies that too.
And in June, he posted a now-notorious ad showing him carrying out a fake armed raid on a house looking for “Republicans in name only.” (That one, he doesn’t deny; it was a viral fundraising success, according to his campaign.)
You might call his Senate run “scandal-ridden.” Indeed, recent polls have shown his months-long lead in the field slipping. But like many Trump-era GOP politicians, Greitens tries to turn all that negative press to his advantage, portraying himself as an anti-establishment hero battling mainstream media and corrupt politicians.
Kathy Gilsinan traveled across Missouri to learn more about why Greitens, despite or even because of his many scandals, still appeals to so many voters — and why some of his former allies have turned on him. For politicians like Greitens, she writes, “outrage is a feature, not a bug.”
Read Gilsinan’s story.
“[He is] an evil old man who baits work, plays poker and drinks whiskey.
Can you guess who said that about FDR Vice President John Nance Garner in 1939? Scroll down for the answer.**
Bad buds… A Washington lobbyist is suing former House speaker turned marijuana maven John Boehner, claiming he stole talking points on legalization and stole the idea of creating an umbrella cannabis advocacy group. Lawyers for the defendant released a statement last month that boils down to: What is this guy smoking?
Whether you’re on Team Boehner or not, the lawsuit is a window into the cutthroat nature of the cannabis business in Washington’s political influence industry, writes Michael Schaffer in this week’s Capital City column.
44 percent… of Gen Zers aged 18-25 think there will be another Civil War in the United States – a higher percentage than any other political, geographic or demographic group we surveyed, including liberals (32%) and conservatives (30%).
Utah Interpartisan Test… Evan McMullin rose to prominence as a protest candidate against Donald Trump in 2016. Now the conservative is back on the ballot – not as a gadfly, but as a strong contender to unseat the Utah senator Mike Lee.
McMullin’s candidacy is the perfect trial balloon for cross-partisan efforts to defeat far-right Republicans in red states, writes Samuel Benson. He will have to unite Republicans skeptical of Trump, independents and Democrats willing to compromise. Utah has all three.
If you’re totally confused if we’re in a recession right now, don’t be ashamed. Republicans insist we are. The Democrats are shouting that it is not. And economists, as they often do, say maybe yes, maybe no. It depends on what you mean by “recession”. Here’s how to sound smart about it without heavy lifting. (From POLITICO’s chief economics correspondent, Ben White.)
– It is not true that we are “officially” in a recession even if the Republicans say so. Yes, we have had two consecutive quarters of economic contraction as measured by gross domestic product, an element of a classic recession. But the GDP numbers we have now are subject to revisions. And other areas of the economy, like job growth and consumer spending, are unlike any recession we’ve ever seen.
– Believe it or not, there is actually an official recession designation body. Amuse and wow your friends by telling them it’s the National Bureau of Economic Research, or NBER to the crowd. The economic wizards behind the curtain at the NBER often don’t decide whether a period is a recession until well after the recession in question has ended.
– When making this call, NBER economists look at a series of data. If the data shows a broad contraction in economic activity over an extended period, they call it a recession. That is just about everything. And we are not there yet.
– Finally, frown in any economic conversation and say, “We’re not in a recession right now, but we could soon be one if the Fed goes too far.” Drop the mic and go.
– If you’re forced to follow, just say the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to fight inflation, but if it “pumps the brakes” too hard, the good stuff in the economy (jobs and spending) could go wrong. And THAT would definitely be a recession.
Historian Ted Widmer found another piece of history on sale this week: A vintage LEGO model of the International Space Station.
News that Russia will withdraw support for the ISS after 2024 marks the end of a long era of scientific collaboration dating back to July 17, 1975, when cosmonauts and astronauts shook hands for the first time in space. It was a welcome sign that the Russians and Americans could work together, above ground, even if they still had some problems at ground level.
It is too early to tell if a new version of the Cold War is beginning. But a remarkable collaborative experience comes to an end. For those who wish to retain the vision of the ISS as a unifier, floating high above our earthly differences, a vintage Lego model can be found on eBay for $104.99.
Putting on for power… When the PGA pulled tournaments from Trump complexes in 2016 and 2021, it would have ” empty ” the chief golfer. This weekend he wants revenge by hosting the LIV Golf Tour, a flashy upstart luring some PGA pros with Saudi money – despite bitter criticism from families who lost loved ones on 9/11.
But this isn’t Trump’s first foray into alternative sports. Jeff Pearlman, the author of a book about Trump’s blunder in the United States Football League in the 1980s, tells Ian Ward that there are parallels between the two sports insurgencies supported by Trump.
This imagedated 1910, shows Franklin D. Roosevelt teasing his cousin, Jean Delano, on the sailing ship Half Moon II in Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada.
FDR first visited Campobello Island when he was one year old and spent many subsequent summers vacationing there with his parents, then his wife and children. Here he developed a love for the ocean and sailing. It was also there that he first contracted polio aged 39 – after swimming in the ocean he began to suffer from a fever and weak legs, which led to partial paralysis.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park is now dedicated to the memory of FDR. It also symbolizes the American-Canadian bond, due to the island’s position in Passamaquoddy Bay, which forms the border between Maine and New Brunswick.
** Who dispelled? answer: The labor movement may have liked FDR, but some leaders weren’t too keen on his vice-president. This beard came from John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960.