POLITICO Playbook: Trump’s two political crises

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The week’s momentous events give Democrats fresh reasons to say that if you don’t like wild fluctuations in the market due to trade policy, or inaction on guns, kick President Donald Trump out of the White House. | Alex Wong/Getty Images


WASHINGTON IS TYPICALLY a bit sleepy in August. But the month has been jolted by a pair of crises: an escalating trade war with China, which shaved 3% off the Dow on Monday, and two mass shootings, which once again, depending on your politics, either highlighted inaction by the federal government or put on display one of the most nettlesome and unsolvable problems in American society.

THERE WILL BE MANY PEOPLE WHO SAY legislators and politicians should avoid politicizing serious domestic and global affairs.

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