A Hard Line on Immigration

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Good Thursday morning. 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • A Republican proposal in the House would cut the number of legal immigrants entering the U.S., crack down on the hiring of illegal workers and allow the detention of minors arrested at the border with their parents. It was not clear if the proposal, which clashed with the parameters for a bipartisan immigration deal laid out by President Trump, would ever come up for a vote.

  • Wrangling over protections for Dreamers has hundreds of thousands of young immigrants watching anxiously. Each day seems to bring hope or dismay while judges and lawmakers jockey over policy.
  • Mr. Trump declined to commit to being interviewed by the special counsel,Robert S. Mueller III, investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election.

  • Mr. Trump’s suggestion that Congress revive the old practice of salting spending bills with lawmaker pet projects has revived a simmering debate.
  • surprise decision to exclude Florida, but not other states, from a plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to offshore drilling raised questions about the plan’s legality.
— The First Draft Team

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What if CHIP Funds Run Out? Here’s What 6 Families Would Do

Rebecca Ribeiro with her son, Max.

Rebecca Ribeiro with her son, Max. Heather Ainsworth for The New York Times

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, covers nearly nine million children whose parents earn too much for Medicaid, but not enough to afford other coverage. But the program, which ran out of funding in September, is at a crisis point. Congress passed a stopgap spending bill late last month that was expected to keep CHIP running through March, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said some states could run out of money as early as next week. We asked readers to tell us how they would be affected if their children lost CHIP coverage. Their stories have been condensed and edited for clarity.
“It’s a recipe for a sick society, literally.”
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said the fate of the program should be addressed by Congress.

‘Outrageous,’ White House Says of DACA Ruling, as Trump Calls Court System ‘Broken’


Republicans and Democrats are in the middle of a legislative battle over the program created by President Barack Obama, called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The goal of a new payment model is to save money for the government while improving care for Medicare patients.

Trump Officials, After Rejecting Obama Medicare Model, Adopt One Like It


The Trump administration has unveiled a Medicare program that closely resembles the Obama-era efforts to change the way doctors and hospitals are paid.

Workers sorting lumber at a mill in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Canadian lumber exports have become an increasing source of tension between the United States and Canada.

Canada Attacks U.S. Tariffs by Taking Case to World Trade Organization


A sweeping challenge to the Trump administration’s “America First” policies could add to tensions already frayed by Nafta negotiations.

A breakfast for junior economists at an annual economic meeting in Philadelphia last week.

Wielding Data, Women Force a Reckoning Over Bias in Economics


Longstanding complaints about the barriers women face in the economics profession are beginning to resonate within the male-dominated field.

Representative Justin Amash, Republican of Michigan, is sponsoring a bill amendment that would extend Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act by four years while making major changes to it.

Surveillance and Privacy Debate Reaches Pivotal Moment in Congress


A yearslong debate over warrantless surveillance and Americans’ privacy rights faces a crucial test on Thursday in the House of Representatives.

The Fed made an average annual contribution to the Treasury Department of $23 billion during the five years preceding the financial crisis. Since 2010, the average contribution has been $86 billion.

The Fed Delivered $80.2 Billion in Profits to the Treasury in 2017


Though last year’s contribution — made from revenue on its portfolio of bond holdings — declined from 2016, it was well above the average in years before the financial crisis.

The hard-edge partisanship of Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California, had begun to wear on a district that is affluent and increasingly moderate.

California Republican Will Not Seek Re-election to the House


Representative Darrell Issa becomes one of the most prominent in a long list of Republican retirements, adding to talk of a Democratic wave in the midterm elections.

Advocates for voting rights rallied outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Supreme Court Weighs Purge of Ohio Voting Rolls


The justices considered whether states may cull their voting lists based on the failure to vote.

Nina E. Olson, the taxpayer advocate at the Internal Revenue Service, has repeatedly complained that Congress is underfunding the agency.

I.R.S. Paid Contractors $20 Million to Collect $6.7 Million in Debts


An agency watchdog says a congressionally mandated program using private debt collectors has been poorly administered and failed to respect taxpayers’ rights.

How Much Has ‘Climate Change’ Been Scrubbed From Federal Sites? A Lot.


A new study found that the Trump administration had systematically removed, altered or played down references to climate change on federal websites.

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
David Frum in The Atlantic:
“Trump may imagine that he’s Michael Corleone, the tough and canny rightful heir — or even Sonny Corleone, the terrifyingly violent but at least powerful heir apparent — but after today he is Fredo forever.”
Whatever President Trump’s flaws and cognitive deficiencies may be, Mr. Frum contends, his “genius” is undeniable in one particular way: He “understands how to mobilize hatred and resentment to his own advantage and profit.” Mr. Frum suggests that instead of focusing on the president’s mental health, we turn our attention to the people and institutions that keep such a president in power — despite knowing better. Read more »
From the Left
Paul Waldman in American Prospect:
“As a 71-year-old man who never exercises and subsists largely on junk food, the potential for Trump to experience a cognitive decline in the next few years is real.”
Much of what is in Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” has already been reported, in one way or another, by White House journalists with access to the president and his aides. Mr. Waldman predicts that we will only hear more of the same kinds of anecdotes as the pressures of the presidency exacerbate Mr. Trump’s “copious character flaws.” Read more »
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