Three 2020 Democrat presidential hopefuls turns a Senate nomination hearing into a brawl over climate change. Sens. Cory Booker, Jeff Merkely and Bernie Sanders took turns grilling Andrew Wheeler, President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The three pressed Wheeler on how serious he thinks climate change is. Wheeler said it’s important, but requires a global response.
IN RELATED NEWS, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who also sits on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, created an exploratory committee to run for president Tuesday night. Gillibrand was not present at the hearing.
The Senate Judiciary Committee resumed its work processing President Trump’s judicial appointments on Tuesday, and committee Democrats are back to politics as usual. That’s despite objections by the Democrats, who in particular objected to a Trump pick for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals covering New Jersey. But both New Jersey senators objected, with Sen. Cory Booker claiming no one asked him what his objections would be. Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley countered, saying the White House reached out to Booker numerous times.
—QUOTABLE: “It’s clear the White House adequately consulted with the New Jersey senators regarding Mr. Matey’s nomination. The White House first reached out to the New Jersey senators in April 2017.” -Grassley
Far-left film maker Michael Moore said on Wednesday that liberal presidential prospects like Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker would definitely lose a 2020 presidential bid. Moore said he doesn’t see a viable contender against President Trump in the current gallery of Democrat candidates in an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “We cannot run a politician against [Trump], we will lose,” Moore said.
—QUOTABLE: “We have to run a beloved American…It’s gotta be like a Michelle Obama or it’s gotta be a ‘Sully’ Sullenberger. Why aren’t we thinking along the lines of who can defeat him? We will lose in 2020.” -Moore
Hillary Clinton implied she thinks all black people look alike. The twice-failed presidential candidate over the weekend was asked by Recode co-founder Kara Swisher about Sen. Cory Booker’s comment that when Republicans go low, we kick them. Eric Holder actually said that, which Clinton pointed out, adding “they all look alike.”
—QUOTABLE: “I know they all look alike,” Hillary joked to a round of shocked laughter.
“No, they don’t…Oh, well done.” -Swisher
Cory Booker is rolling out legislation that would give all newborn Americans $1000 at birth. Then, based on family income, they would receive another payment every year in a low-risk account maintained by the treasury. Kids wouldn’t be able to touch these funds until they turned 18, when the only allowable uses would be home ownership, education, or … retirement. Families on the lowest end of the economic spectrum would be eligible for up to $50,000 when they become adults. Some back of the napkin math says that by the time this first generation turns 18, the program will cost at least $684 billion a year.
Sen Cory Booker D-NJ, said in tweet following an appearance in New Orleans that he has cried “tears of rage” over DONALD TRUMP and that there are many things that are “savagely wrong” with this country.
His Senate colleague from Texas thought it was ridiculous — Senator JOHN CORNYN tweeted his response that Booker should “get a grip” which is Texan for “stop being such a woman.’