‘Begging for War’

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Good Tuesday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
— The First Draft Team
News Analysis

Trump’s Skills in Art of Deal Have Yet to Pay Off

President Trump boarding Air Force One on Saturday in Lake Charles, La.

President Trump boarding Air Force One on Saturday in Lake Charles, La. Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Donald J. Trump the deal maker heads into the autumn of his first year in as weak a negotiating position as any president in modern times — desperate for a victory yet hardly near consensus on any major priority, still able to dominate the national conversation but so far incapable of translating that into action.
A summer of tumult marked by staff shake-ups, legislative failures, intraparty feuds, a racially inflammatory controversy and a nuclear-edged war of words has left him at odds with his own Republican Party and supported by barely a third of the American public. The list of daunting challenges has only grown with little sense of how he plans to tackle them beyond Twitter storms and declarations of determination.
As Congress returns to town on Tuesday, the president faces weeks of hard negotiations to overhaul the tax code, raise the debt ceiling, keep the government open, finance his border wall, and secure relief and reconstruction money for areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. On top of that, he plans to throw another polarizing issue on the docket by scrapping President Barack Obama’s program allowing younger undocumented immigrants to stay in the country unless Congress acts to save it within six months.
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Even as he and his lawyers have been preparing for his trial on corruption charges, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey has maintained a busy schedule of political appearances.

Menendez Trial Set to Begin With Tensions High and Washington Watching


For the first time in 36 years, a sitting United States senator, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, is facing a federal bribery trial, one that could alter both the makeup of the Senate and the future of money and politics.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussing leaks of classified material at a news conference last month.

How a Crackdown on Leaks Threatens Confidential Sources


It seems all but certain that the Justice Department will try to chip away at the guidelines that limit when federal prosecutors can serve subpoenas on the news media.

‘Too Big to Fail’ Label May Shrink for Some Firms Under Trump


The Trump administration is examining the use of the designation for large non-bank financial institutions, with a closely anticipated Treasury report on the matter expected next month.

Apple’s offices in Cupertino, Calif. Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, is among the American business leaders who have expressed support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

‘Dreamers’ Find Allies in Trump’s Business World


Some executives, even if they like the president’s economic policies, are drawing the line at efforts to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation.

John Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A., testified before the House Intelligence Committee in May. Brennan, a 1977 graduate of Fordham, will take a fellowship at the Center on National Security at the university’s law school.

Former C.I.A. Chief John Brennan to Become a Fellow at Fordham


Mr. Brennan, who received his undergraduate degree from Fordham in 1977, will be a part of the law school’s nonpartisan Center on National Security.

Aracely Martinez-Ramirez, 20, top right, is an undocumented immigrant whose new home was ravaged during Harvey’s floods. Without the DACA program, she said, she is unsure how she and her mother and sisters will rebuild.

Battered by Harvey, Immigrants in Houston Brace for a DACA Decision


Some families said their choices about whether to rebuild wrecked homes may depend on whether President Trump ends a program for “Dreamers.”