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Good Thursday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • Democratic leaders declared that they had a deal with President Trump to quickly extend protections for young undocumented immigrants and to finalize a border security package that does not include the president’s proposed wall.

  • Mr. Trump is doubling down this week on his bid to remake the tax code, but he is bringing to the game a relatively weak team and is promoting quick passage of a new tax code that has yet to be written as members of his party bicker over the details.
  • Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday laid out broadly differing visions of health care beyond the Affordable Care Act: a single-payer system or state government control.

  • Tim Scott of South Carolina, the lone black Republican in the Senate, was invited to the Oval Office, where he explained to Mr. Trump why his sterile response to the violence in Virginia last month was so upsetting.
  • The Treasury Department said that it had inquired about the use of a military plane for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s honeymoon so that he would have access to secure communications when he was abroad.

— The First Draft Team
The Upshot

How the Bernie Sanders Plan Would Both Beef Up and Slim Down Medicare

Bernie Sanders greeting supporters after a rally on behalf of the Affordable Care Act in Covington, Ky., in July.

Bernie Sanders greeting supporters after a rally on behalf of the Affordable Care Act in Covington, Ky., in July. Jay Laprete/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

In his big new single-payer health care bill, Senator Bernie Sanders says he wants to turn the country’s health system into “Medicare for all.” But his bill actually outlines a system very different from the current Medicare program.
The Sanders plan envisions changing Medicare in two important ways. First, it would make it more generous than it has ever been, expanding it to cover new types of benefits and to erase most direct health care costs for consumers. Those changes would tend to make it more expensive.
But it also would put the Medicare program on the sort of diet it has never attempted. Those changes, still in sketch form in the legislation, are in many ways the heart of its long-term overhaul plan. The changes are intended to make the health care system more affordable, but the details could have big effects on what sorts of care might be developed and made available.
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Countries refusing to take back immigrants who were ordered removed from the United States has been a longstanding issue for officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with deportations.

Trump Administration Punishes Countries That Refuse to Take Back Deported Citizens


Visa sanctions were imposed on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outside the White House this month.

Mattis Heads to Mexico Amid Strain Over Disaster Condolences and Aid


Mexico rescinded an offer of aid for American hurricane victims, saying it needed to pay for earthquake recovery. But its reversal also came after President Trump stayed quiet over the disaster.

Lattice Semiconductor offices in San Jose, Calif., in 2007. President Trump prevented the acquisition of Lattice by an investor group with ties to Beijing.

Trump Blocks China-Backed Bid to Buy U.S. Chip Maker


The rare move by the White House to block a deal for Lattice Semiconductor could signal more aggressive scrutiny of China’s deal-making ambitions.

The Facebook profile of “Melvin Redick,” a fake account that was used to spread Russian propaganda during the 2016 American election. The photos were stolen from a man in Brazil.

Mystery of Russian Fake on Facebook Solved, by a Brazilian


The Times concluded that “Melvin Redick” on Facebook was a fake American created by Russia as part of its propaganda campaign. But where did the man’s photos come from?

Senator Mitch McConnell said that individual senators should no longer be able to block federal appeals court nominees, a major break with Senate practice.

As G.O.P. Moves to Fill Courts, McConnell Takes Aim at an Enduring Hurdle


Senator Mitch McConnell said that individual senators should no longer be able to block federal appeals court nominees by withholding so-called blue slips, a major break with Senate practice.

American government agencies have been ordered to stop using antivirus software made by Kaspersky Lab, whose headquarters, above, are in Moscow.

Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software Is Ordered Off U.S. Government Computers


The company’s origins in Russia have for years fueled suspicions about possible ties to Russian intelligence agencies. Kaspersky denies the allegations.

Pete Domenici, right, in 1989 during a Senate Budget Committee meeting.

Pete Domenici, Long a Powerful Senate Voice on Fiscal Policy, Dies at 85


An influential six-term senator from New Mexico, Mr. Domenici was a plain-spoken master of budget, tax and nuclear power issues.

Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, has been pushing for years to repeal authorizations of military force passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, arguing that Congress never intended them to serve as the underpinning to combat operations in countries from Yemen to Somalia, much less against groups like the Islamic State.

Senate Rejects Bipartisan Effort to End 9/11 Military Force Declaration


In a battle between Republican isolationists and interventionists, the Senate rejected Senator Rand Paul’s push to end the military force declaration passed after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
Karol Markowicz in The New York Post:
“In a few cases, the accused may actually be guilty — but gets off because his rights were violated by his school. Why even have schools get involved in criminal matters in the first place?”
Ms. Markowicz defends the reforms to Title IX introduced by Ms. DeVos by condemning the “utterly unfair procedures” common under the Obama-era system of handling sexual-assault allegations. Under the previous system, she writes, “‘defendants’ don’t get lawyers. Due process, of the sort we’re used to in real courts, is tossed by the wayside.” She concludes her column by noting that “we wouldn’t allow women to be treated this way.” Read more »
From the Left
Christina Cauterucci in Slate:
“The chilling effect the DeVos Department of Education will have on sexual assault reports will certainly please Trump. But his larger goal is to send a message to women that the government is not on their side.”
Ms. Cauterucci argues that many of President Trump’s policies require “pretty impressive feats of intellectual dissonance. Police officers should rough up the suspects they arrest, but universities should go easy on accused rapists.” The only thread connecting these seemingly contradictory policy priorities, including the most recent Title IX decision, is that of identity, “his identity as a white man and his desire to protect the same.” Read more »
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