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Jim Acosta to Sanders: Does it give you some weird satisfaction when Trump says something that freaks everyone out?

The correct answer to this question is that anything that annoys Jim Acosta is satisfying. It’s the political equivalent of a child’s laugh or a breeze on a sunny spring afternoon. A shadow falling theatrically across his face as he grieves yet another Blow To Our Democracy is one of the purest, simplest delights modern life affords.

I continue to believe Trump’s (admittedly odd) “calm before the storm” remark last night was a reference to decertifying the Iran deal. I don’t think it was about “Rexit” as that probably would have happened by now if it was going to happen anytime soon. I don’t think it was about North Korea either, as even Trump has the basic common sense not to telegraph a preemptive strike that would start a major war, I hope.

Could it have been about … Russiagate? This news, breaking this afternoon, sounds ominous:

If someone’s getting indicted and the president somehow got a heads up about it, he could act in one of two ways — or both, I suppose. A Category Four storm would be to start handing out preemptive pardons to Mike Flynn and Paul Manafort. A Category Five direct hit would be to fire Mueller. Make sure you have canned goods and plenty of bottled water stocked up this weekend.

A new AP poll out this afternoon has him at 32/67 approval nationally with just 67 percent of Republicans giving him thumbs up, a paltry number for a sitting president’s own party. That’s probably an outlier; no poll tracked by RCP has him doing anywhere near that badly. (The Pew poll I linked last night that had him at 88 percent among GOPers was conducted in June.) But there’s a chance that the AP is picking up a downturn due to his handling of Hurricane Irma and Puerto Rico, subjects on which his polling has been poor. At least Jim Acosta’s happy, I guess.

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