Awaiting Action on the Russia Inquiry

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Good Monday morning. 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • President Trump attacked Hillary Clinton on Twitter as he and his advisers braced for the first public action from the special prosecutor in the Russia inquiry, who is reportedly poised to issue an indictment.

  • Senator Jeff Flake’s surprise announcement that he will not to run for re-election in Arizona has created a frantic race for his seat and opened divisions in both major parties.

  • Navy criminal authorities are investigating whether two members of the elite SEAL Team 6 strangled an Army Green Beret in June while they were in Mali on a secret assignment, military officials say.
  • Democrats hope to turn back a Republican tax cut bill, painting it as a windfall for business and the rich, and to instead work with Mr. Trump on bipartisan legislation.
  • Women who work in and around California’s state government in Sacramento complain of a culture of rampant sexual misconduct and of a system that does not seriously address their complaints.
— The First Draft Team
THE NEW WASHINGTON

Trump Unworried About What Former Aides Will Tell Mueller, Lawyer Says

By MATT APUZZO
Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer handling the response to the Russia investigation, said President Trump had instructed all White House staff members to cooperate with Robert S. Mueller III's team of investigators.

Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer handling the response to the Russia investigation, said President Trump had instructed all White House staff members to cooperate with Robert S. Mueller III’s team of investigators. Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

President Trump is confident that neither his former campaign chairman nor his former national security adviser has damaging information about him to offer prosecutors, a White House lawyer told The New York Times.
“The president has no concerns in terms of any impact, as to what happens to them, on his campaign or on the White House,” the lawyer, Ty Cobb, said in an interview on Thursday for The Times’s podcast “The New Washington.”
The Justice Department special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is investigating whether anyone close to Mr. Trump worked with Russian operatives to disrupt last year’s presidential election. He has summoned witnesses before a federal grand jury in Washington to gather information about Paul J. Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman; Michael T. Flynn, the retired general and former national security adviser; and other associates of Mr. Trump.
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Roger Stone Suspended From Twitter After Expletive-Laden Tweets

The political operative Roger Stone addressing reporters in Washington last month. Mr. Stone’s Twitter account was suspended on Saturday.By JACEY FORTIN

The longtime supporter of President Trump lobbed insults at CNN anchors and contributors, leading to a suspension of his Twitter account.

Jerome H. Powell, a Federal Reserve governor, participated in the construction of the current financial regulations and has defended most of them as necessary safeguards.

In Choice of Fed Chairman, Trump Downgrades Deregulation

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

Mr. Trump has pressed for aggressive financial deregulation, but the candidates for Federal Reserve chairman are unlikely to share those views.

Senator Mark Warner in his main office in the Hart Senate Office Building. He said he wants more answers from big tech companies about their roles in spreading foreign propaganda during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Mark Warner: Tech Millionaire Who Became Tech’s Critic in Congress

By CECILIA KANG

The Democratic senator from Virginia is emblematic of the shifting politics for big technology companies, which face congressional hearings this week.

Workers from Whitefish Energy, which is based in Montana, working on Puerto Rico’s power grid, which was damaged during Hurricane Maria in September.

Puerto Rico Cancels Whitefish Energy Contract to Rebuild Power Lines

By FRANCES ROBLES AND DEBORAH ACOSTA

The move came following concerns about how the small Montana company had won a contract for up to $300 million to rebuild part of the island’s hurricane-ravaged electrical grid.

The Peace Cross, a World War I memorial on state land in Bladensburg, Md.

A 40-Foot Cross Has Honored War Dead for 90 Years. Is It Unlawful?

By EMILY BAUMGAERTNER

An appeals court ruled against the longstanding monument in Maryland, potentially setting up a Supreme Court decision on when religious symbols can be on public property.

Michael Moore in his solo show, “The Terms of My Surrender,” which recently closed on Broadway. Mr. Moore posted a lengthy response on Twitter after President Trump said Saturday that the show was a failure.

President and Michael Moore Quarrel Over Broadway Show

By MICHAEL PAULSON

Mr. Trump said “The Terms of My Surrender,” a solo show that critiqued the president, was “a total bomb.” In response, Mr. Moore called it “a smash hit.”

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
Jenny Beth Martin in The Hill:
“House conservatives, and many conservative and Tea Party groups like the one I represent, will support tax reform precisely because we believe it is a means to pay off our national debt.”
Ms. Martin is a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, a national umbrella organization for the broader Tea Party movement. She argues that her group is committed to reducing the size of the government, but she concedes that the key to deficit control is a tax policy that increases government revenue. She addresses critics of the tax cut plan who worry about adding to the national debt by contending that a “pro-growth” tax code would generate more revenue to flow back to the Treasury. Read more »
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From the Left
Morris Pearl in Democracy Journal:
“While the Trump tax plan is a long, complex series of changes to the tax code, the elimination of the federal estate tax ranks high among the most egregious ideas.”
Mr. Pearl is the chairman of the Patriotic Millionaires, an organization of wealthy individuals worried about economic inequality. He defends the estate tax, which the Trump administration is seeking to revoke in its plan. “Were every child to be able to succeed in this country regardless of their family circumstances, perhaps concern over concentrating wealth would be unfounded,” he writes. “That is unfortunately not the case.” Read more »
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