* Megyn Kelly joins the chorus.
According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, [Megyn] Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail…
Monday afternoon lawyers for 21st Century Fox gave Ailes a deadline of August 1 to resign or face being fired for cause.
* There must be a word beyond dysfunctional that can accurately describe the Trump campaign.
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager said Tuesday that someone should be held accountable for Melania Trump using wording in her address at the Republican National Convention that was lifted from First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.
Corey Lewandowski [who was fired himself] suggested on CNN that the person who who must be held accountable, and even resign, is his former foe on Donald Trump’s staff: campaign chair Paul Manafort.
* At The Federalist, John Daniel Davidson writes that “Cleveland is the End of the GOP as We Know It.”
The Republican Party will nominate Donald Trump as its candidate for president at the national convention here this week, which means the RNC will serve as a kind of ceremonial marker for a rather unusual political purge: a purge in reverse.
The Republican leaders who show up to the convention and climb aboard the Trump train will be purged from whatever comes after the GOP. The ones left standing will be the ones who stayed away—or, like, Sen. Ted Cruz, showed up, but not to endorse Trump.
Make no mistake, the GOP as we know it is over. It will not survive Trump’s nomination and his almost certain defeat in November. A number of high-ranking Republicans seem to sense this, and they’re shunning the convention.
* The Justice Department wants to go back to SCOTUS on immigration.
The Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to rehear the major immigration case the justices deadlocked over last month when the high court effectively doomed the broadest round of executive actions President Barack Obama sought to take to aid immigrants illegally in the U.S…
The move to revive the legal case in U.S. v. Texas is notable because the clock has effectively run out on Obama’s plans to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and to launch a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program…
“Unless the Court resolves this case in a precedential manner, a matter of ‘great national importance’ involving an ‘unprecedented and momentous’ injunction barring implementation of the Guidance will have been effectively resolved for the country as a whole by a court of appeals that has divided twice, with two judges voting for petitioners and two for respondent States,” Gershengorn wrote. “As this Court recognized in granting certiorari, this Court instead should be the final arbiter of these matters through a definitive ruling….here is a strong need for definitive resolution by this Court at this stage.”
* Here is the prime-time line-up in Cleveland tonight:
Sharon Day, Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee
Dana White, President, UFC
Governor Asa Hutchison, Governor of Arkansas
Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General
Michael B, Mukasey, Former Attorney General
Andy Wist, Businessman
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)
Chris Cox, Executive Director of NRA Institute for Legislative Action
Natalie Gulbis, Golfer, LPGA
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI-1)
U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)
Governor Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
Tiffany Trump, Daughter of Donald Trump
Kerry Woolard, General Manager, Trump Winery
Donald Trump, Jr., Son of Donald Trump and EVP, The Trump Organization
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia)
Dr. Ben Carson, Neurosurgeon
Kimberlin Brown, Actor
Here is your betting pool question for tonight: Will Donald, Sr. show up again to introduce Donald, Jr? And if so, what will he use for entrance music?
* Did you ever wonder if Rep. Steve King assumes that there is a prize for being the member of Congress who says the most racist things?
Defending his party’s reputation of consisting mainly of “old, white people,” Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa on Monday questioned where “any other subgroup of people” contributed more to society than in Western civilization.
“This ‘old, white people’ business does get a little tired,” King said on MSNBC Monday, hours before the first speaker would take the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about – where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”
* Finally, in response to that last item, this one goes out dedicated specifically to Rep. Steve King.