Quick Takes: What a Publicity Stunt Looks Like

* Speaker Paul Ryan called the Democratic House sit-in a “publicity stunt.” One can only assume that he forgot what one of those actually looks like.

For those who might have missed it, that is a picture of Paul Ryan washing clean dishes at a soup kitchen.

* Here is the news out of Baltimore today:

Baltimore police Officer Caesar Goodson, who faced the most serious charges among the six officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death, was acquitted Thursday on all counts…

[Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry] Williams said the state failed to prove evidence of a rough ride, that Goodson failed to get medical attention and that he failed to seat belt Gray. Williams said the state failed to prove on each charge that Goodson intentionally harmed Gray.

* In an interview with Bloomberg Business, President Obama made a great point about how being a CEO is different from being POTUS.

Now, I’m always careful about drawing too many easy parallels there, because sometimes there are CEOs who come in and start explaining to me how I should be running the presidency. And I sometimes have to stop them and say, “All right. One, I appreciate your advice. But imagine a situation in which half your board and management were actively trying to get rid of you and prevent you from accomplishing anything. And you had 2 million employees, and you couldn’t fire a large portion of them. And your competitors weren’t simply promoting their own products, but were continually saying how your products were the worst that were ever invented and will cause a civilizational crisis. If you pull that all together, then you’ve got about half of what I’m dealing with on a daily basis.

* My first reaction to this news was that it is a pretty good example of why we can’t have nice things when it comes to cable news.

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is joining CNN as a political commentator, according to a source familiar with the arrangement.

It’s a salaried position and will make Lewandowski exclusive to CNN, effective immediately.

* In the Washington Post today, Bernie Sanders has written an article titled: Here’s What We Want. This is the part that will continue to alienate him from Democrats.

The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want.

And the answer is: They want real change in this country, they want it now and they are prepared to take on the political cowardice and powerful special interests which have prevented that change from happening.

When he refers to “political cowardice,” it’s clear that he isn’t talking about what keeps Republicans from implementing “real change.”

* Finally, for a lighter POTUS interview, check out the convo between Obama and Derek Jeter.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.