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Chicago’s Morning Answer Show Notes: Monday 8/7/2017

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A New York Times article from the weekend stated Vice President Mike Pence and other Republicans are planning a 2020 run if Trump does not seek a second term. Pence denied the report as “disgraceful” and called them an “attempt by the media to divide this administration.” David Drucker, Senior Political Correspondent for the Washington Examiner joined Dan and Amy with reaction:

 

Matt Schlapp the Chairman of the American Conservative Union and former Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush also joined Dan and Amy with reaction to the New Times alleged “Shadow Campaign” for 2020:

 

Illinois State Representative Jeanne Ives is taking some heat for linking to an opinion column on transgender issues. Ives joined Dan and Amy to talk about it, plus the continuing fight over school funding in the state of Illinois:

 

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday tempered news reports about special counsel Robert Mueller impaneling another grand jury in his Russia meddling-collusion case, suggesting the move doesn’t mean the investigation is expanding or perhaps an indictment is now imminent. Former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy joined Dan and Amy with reaction to the latest twists and turns in the story:

 

A vegan cafe in Australia charges male customers 18 percent ‘man tax’ and seats women first in bid to address gender pay gap. The owners hope the move will provoke people into discussing unfair treatment of women.

 

“Beleaguered” Attorney General Jeff Sessions is officially out of the Trump doghouse. Breaking a string of social media rebukes against Sessions, the president issued a tweet Saturday afternoon praising his AG for getting tough on White House leaks.

 

If special counsel Robert Mueller finds any crime outside the scope of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, then he’ll have to seek permission, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Sunday.

 

The most trusted news source in the U.S. is The Economist — a weekly magazine published in the U.K., according to a recent survey from the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute.

 

Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill designating Aug. 4 as ‘Barack Obama Day’ in Illinois, a new holiday to honor the 44th president’s accomplishments. How will you celebrate?

 

A US-based clothing website Teespring is selling T-shirts and sweatshirts branded with swastikas, aiming to make them a “symbol of love and peace”.