Flavors of Vanilla: Brown Unable to Distinguish Himself From Klobuchar

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown can’t explain his presidential candidacy from that of fellow Dem, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Asked on Tuesday how to two Midwesterners’ campaigns differed, Brown said “well, I don’t know.” He did note that Klobuchar’s large re-election margins over the years show that she’s not really from a swing state, unlike Ohio. Brown has chosen a campaign slogan, “The dignity of work,” but unlike Klobuchar hasn’t officially entered the 2020 race.

2020 Update: Klobuchar, World’s Worst Boss, Enters Race

Sen. Amy Klobuchar threw her hat into the 2020 race for president over the weekend. The Minnesota Democrat who has been in the U.S. Senate since 2007 joins a crowded field that already features four of her Senate colleagues, three of them women. The announcement at a snowy Minneapolis rally was tarnished after a week of former staffers coming forward to dish that Klobuchar was an emotionally abusive boss.

MEANWHILE, Sen. Cory Booker barnstormed in Iowa over the weekend. Comparing the Underground Railroad to a great infrastructure program, Booker tried to to portray himself as the rightful heir of the Obama throne.

AND, Sen. Elizabeth Warren used her first full day as a presidential candidate to insinuate that President Trump might be in the slammer before the 2020 election. “By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president. In fact, he may not even be a free person,” Warren told a crowd in Iowa.

LASTLY, Buzzfeed reports on exactly how horrible a boss Amy Klobuchar was to work for: 

That anger regularly left employees in tears, four former staffers said. She yelled, threw papers, and sometimes even hurled objects; one aide was accidentally hit with a flying binder, according to someone who saw it happen, though the staffer said the senator did not intend to hit anyone with the binder when she threw it. 

“I cried. I cried, like, all the time,” said one former staffer. 

In the emails seen by BuzzFeed, often sent between 1 and 4 in the morning, Klobuchar regularly berated employees, often in all capital letters, over minor mistakes, misunderstandings, and misplaced commas. Klobuchar, in the emails, which were mostly sent over the past few years, referred to her staff’s work as “the worst in … years,” and “the worst in my life.”

FBI Probe Expanded

The White House expanded an FBI investigation into allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. The probe, ordered by President Trump as a condition for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to move Kavanaugh’s confirmation to full senate, could wrap up as soon as Tuesday. But on Monday President Trump authorized the FBI to go beyond a narrow list of people it was ordered to talk to, on the condition that it still gets completed quickly. The expanded scope came after Sen. Amy Klobuchar complained that the White House was trying to “micromanage” the investigation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists the final confirmation vote will be held this week.

—QUOTABLE: “I think the FBI should do what they have to do to get to the answer…Now with that being said, I’d like it go quickly…And the reason I’d like it to go quickly — very simple, so simple — because it’s unfair to [Kavanaugh] at this point.” -Trump