President Trump "likely obstructed justice" and could possibly face impeachment for firing FBI Director James Comey if special counsel Robert Mueller reaches the same conclusion, the Brookings Institution said Tuesday.
In a 108-page report, the nonpartisan think tank said that Trump had authority to fire the FBI chief, but not if his motives for doing so centered around hindering the ongoing Russia probe.
A man climbed on top of the roof of a La Puente [California] home and wouldn't come down for several hours Tuesday until an 83-year-old resident threw him off, according to bystander video of the incident. ... [C]ell phone video taken by resident Ashley Wrenn showed the resident, who she identified as her 83-year-old grandfather, Wilford Burgess,approaching the intruder on the roof, grabbing him and shoving him off. "My grandfather was so upset. (He) told him, 'You need to get down and off my roof,'" Wrenn said in a telephone interview.
Jack Goldsmith, The Atlantic: Donald Trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, so openly mendacious, so self-destructive, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, Congress (including members of his own party), and even senior officials within his own administration. Trump is a Frankenstein's monster of past presidents' worst attributes: The news thus far is not all bad. The Constitution's checks and balances have largely stopped Trump from breaking the law. And while he has hurt his own administration, his successors likely won't repeat his self-destructive antics. The prognosis for the rest of our democratic culture is grimmer, however. Trump, in short, is wielding a Soprano touch on American institutions. "I'm --- King Midas in reverse here," Tony Soprano once told his therapist. "Everything I touch turns to ---."
Shaila Dewan, New York Times: The idea that the police have retreated under siege will not go away. But even if it's true, is it necessarily bad? Here is what we know about the so-called Ferguson effect. It was a narrative that resonated with law-and-order advocates after the long August of 2014, when unrest followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The police, vilified and facing a hostile public, were unable to do their jobs, leaving criminals to run amok. It was called the Ferguson effect.
The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive environmental reviews and other laws to replace a stretch of border wall in San Diego, moving to make good on one of the president's signature campaign pledges.