Required Reading – August 1 Afternoon Update

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Shipman: Army on standby for no-deal Brexit emergency

“Ministers have drawn up plans to send in the army to deliver food, medicines and fuel in the event of shortages if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal. Blueprints for the armed forces to assist the civilian authorities, usually used only in civil emergencies, have been dusted down as part of the ‘no deal’ planning.”

Read more at The Times.

Gill: Journalist Who Covered Watergate To Release Bombshell Book On Trump Just Before Midterms

“’Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies,’ Amazon’s description reads. ‘Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents.'”

Read more at Daily Caller.

Greenfield: The Democrat Future Isn’t Socialist, It’s Crazy

“If the socialists were really having a moment, their big show wouldn’t be a 28-year-old birdbrain whose big achievement was beating a boring white guy in a Hispanic district he didn’t even live in. […]  Tweak a normal person’s sense of outrage and they’re moved. Keep doing it a bunch of times and you can enlist them in a movement. Do it every 5 seconds and you drive them as crazy as rats in a Skinner Box. And if you want to see a sample of the Dem Skinner Box, here are a few Nancy Pelosi emails. ‘A matter of life or death,’ ‘I’m so furious I can barely write this email,’ ‘As if it  . . . […]  The Democrats have become a mob looking for a leader who will make them feel strong and sure. That leader wasn’t Hillary Clinton. But it won’t be the socialist opposition either. Antifa or Black Lives Matter may be more like it.'”

Read more at Front Page Mag.

Jonathan Turley: Let’s face it, we’re one witness away from a total legal and political clusterfark on Russiagate

“It may be that Mueller won’t blow up Trump’s presidency, but what if he does something that causes Trump himself to blow it up? We’re focused on the wrong thing in asking whether Mueller has anything on the president, Turley argues. What we should be focused on is whether he has anything on Don Jr, as that’s the surest way to make POTUS wig out short of an indictment of the president himself. If Mueller comes after the family, Trump’s reaction will be completely unpredictable.”

Read more at Hot Air.

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