The TAKE with Rick Klein
Pelosi and her fellow Democrats have managed to get under President Donald Trump's skin. They're doing it by taking some of his bait but not all of it -- all in a way that's personal enough for him to appreciate.
"I wish that his family, or his administration, or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country," Pelosi said Thursday.
Trump's response -- that the speaker is a "mess," who is "disintegrating" and who doesn't understand the intricacies of the new trade deal -- doesn't match the reality of Pelosi's standing at this moment.
With her colleagues engaged in several levels of oversight and tough questioning, the speaker appears to be at the height of her powers. The image of the president walking away from the negotiating table works for the Democrats -- even if the party can't speak with one voice all that often.
The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks
As workers went on strike around the country, demanding higher wages and speaking out against harassment, several candidates were there in the streets with them. Senators at work in Washington sent statements of support too.
Typically politicians prefer to speak in generalities, but increasingly Democrats have shown a willingness to pick public fights against private companies. Sen. Bernie Sanders has done this repeatedly throughout his career -- especially after his 2016 run.
Joining a protest against a big business or advocating for the right to join a union may not seem revolutionary for a Democrat, but when so many of the party's presidential candidates now support a $15-per-hour minimum wage, their united front can carry some punch.
The TIP with Kendall Karson
But on Thursday, Marianne Williamson, the bestselling author and an atypical presidential contender, cleared a significant hurdle, effectively assuring herself a podium at the first Democratic debates next month.
A new Monmouth poll shows her garnering 1% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning registered voters. It comes on the heels of her announcing that she crossed the 65,000 grassroots-donor mark to qualify for the stage earlier this month -- joining another outsider candidate, Andrew Yang, in meeting both thresholds.
Now, Williamson and Yang have outpaced 12 other candidates -- including a U.S. senator and a sitting governor -- in locking up their spots and could sideline a few more politically experienced contenders on the big night.
ABC News' "Start Here" podcast. Friday morning's episode features a conversation with ABC News' Trish Turner, who brings us up to speed on the back-and-forth between Trump and Pelosi. Then ABC News' Alexander Mallin tells us why the new charges brought against Julian Assange could have a chilling effect on investigative journalism. http://apple.co/2HPocUl
FiveThirtyEight's "Politics Podcast." The folks at The Washington Post's Fact Checker recently hit a data-collection milestone. In late April, its count of false or misleading claims that President Donald Trump has made since taking office passed 10,000. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Glenn Kessler of the Fact Checker talks to Galen Druke about the trends in Trump's falsehoods and the challenges of tracking them. https://53eig.ht/2Q3ZO2v
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