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President Donald Trump sure loves Twitter! This is why Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act, which would preserve all of Trump's tweets as presidential record. Yes, the acronym is COVFEFE to mock Trump's infamous tweet when he wrote "Despite the constant negative covfefe." The word took off online.

Anti-Trump factions on the left (and right) have been railing against the president's use of Twitter since the Republican primaries, so perhaps it's no surprise that the latest outrage felt by the perpetually outraged is that President Trump has blocked them on Twitter. As a result, the Knight First Amendment Institute sent a letter requesting the users be unblocked, and one of the blocked Twitter users represented by the Knight Institutue, Holly Figueroa O’Reilly, openly threatened a lawsuit against the president in an article in the Washington Post. In an article entitled, "President Trump is violating my constitutional rights by blocking me on Twitter: The president can unblock me, or see me in court," O'Reilly states:

One of the things that I most enjoy about President Trump is his canny trolling of the media; he holds up hoops, they jump.  He whispers, "look! Squirrel!," they scurry off chasing squirrels.  It's highly entertaining. In perhaps the best example of his expert trolling yet, the president has announced that he will be holding an event in Pennsylvania at the exact same time as the White House Correspondents Dinner.

On the eve of the special election in Georgia's 6th district, news of President Trump's approval hitting 50% on Rasmussen's Presidential Tracking Poll is being blasted from the rafters by Drudge and retweeted by the President himself.  However, Rasmussen's appears to be an outlier, though Gallup has him up by two points at 41%. This is an important point because Georgia's 6th, Newt Gingrich's old district, only barely went for Trump last November, and the progressive Democrat, Jon Ossoff, began his campaign as a "Make Trump Furious" effort and in doing so, has intentionally made the special election a referendum on Trump.

The hot dispute of the weekend is Donald Trump's tweets this morning about alleged "wiretapping" by the Obama administration. Some thoughts below. I don't think you can view today's tweets in isolation. For the past several months (at least) we have lived in a world of non-stop innuendo suggesting that Donald Trump and/or his closest associates are compromised in some way by the Russians There is no proof, just innuendo attributed to the intelligence community, as I explained in The fact-free Intelligence Community-Media trial of Trump by innuendo:

Fresh off a seventy-minute press conference where he leveraged national media coverage to berate and skewer the national press corps, President Trump kicked off the weekend with another shot at political media, only this time, he used Twitter. Trump tweeted that many "fake news" outlets were not his personal enemy, but instead an "enemy of the American people." Shortly after the initial tweet, Trump deleted it, leaving many to believe he'd reconsidered his inflammatory social media post. The original tweet:

On CNN this morning, David Gregory, speaking of President Trump's tweeting—and specifically, those from this weekend criticizing the judge who blocked his executive order on immigration—said: "he sounds like an old man sitting on his porch yelling at somebody to get off his lawn." Added Gregory: "you've had in the first 18 days, successive weekends where he has completely derailed what his administration is trying to do with a kind of personal indulgence by attacking people personally, launching an attack on the separation of powers. But what it really comes down to is this obsession with himself, and I think that's going to start to wear thin."