The president has been banking on a strong economy to help him win a second term, and now, in public and in private, the president is reportedly shaken by the prospect of a downturn.
The Post reports: "Mounting signs of global economic distress this week have alarmed President Trump, who is worried that a downturn could imperil his reelection... the president has sounded anxious and apprehensive."
The New York Times adds: "In private, he has expressed his own anxiety about the economy taking a dive, knowing that his electoral fortunes are likely tied to it."
New polling from Fox News suggests that a growing number of Americans are displeased with some of Trump's economic decisions. 46 percent of voters say that imposing tariffs on products imported from other countries -- like, say, China -- hurts the American economy.
The Times described Trump's recent rally in New Hampshire as "at times a greatest hits album of favorite lines... Typically rambling, veering on and off script... he repeated points he had already made earlier in the evening as if he did not remember already making them."
The president also failed to address the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. At one point, Trump criticized a supporter who he thought was a protester.
The one person the president refuses to blame is himself.
The Post says Trump is taking a "conspiratorial view, telling some confidants that he distrusts statistics he sees reported in the news media."
It's likely this isn't the last time you'll hear a line like that from the president before Election Day.
Rachel Maddow looks at the past few months of reporting that have exposed the NRA's lavish spending of donor and member contributions on luxury items for Wayne LaPierre, the organization's C.E.O., and his wife. (Rachel Maddow Show)
Rep. Tlaib cancels West Bank trip after Israel grants her permission to visit grandmother Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, said Friday that she had decided to cancel her visit to her grandmother in the West Bank after Israel announced that it had granted her permission. "I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression & injustice," Tlaib tweeted.
The House Judiciary Committee will return to Washington earlier than planned next month to address gun violence in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the panel announced Friday. The committee plans to meet on Sept. 4, cutting their summer recess a few days short, to consider three gun control bills.
The city's police response will be tested Saturday morning when potentially hundreds of people with clashing ideologies converge on a downtown waterfront park, a showdown that Portland leaders fear could devolve into violent street brawls.
A former child refugee has tracked down and personally thanked a man who gave her a red bicycle over 20 years ago shortly after she and family arrived in the Netherlands from war-torn Iraq.
Quote of the Day
"Anyone who despairs about a time when America is divided... has to go back to a moment like August of 1969, 50 years ago, to see how quickly we were able to overcome it and how much the DNA of the United States draws us together in the end."
— Historian Michael Beschloss reflects on the 50th anniversary of Woodstock this weekend
Every day, Americans rely on functioning tunnels, roads, and bridges. Both political parties agree that American infrastructure is in dire need of improvement. Why, then, is nothing getting done? The next episode of American Swamp takes a look at an issue affecting all Americans. Tune in Sunday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET.
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