Day 3

Monday, January 22, 2018Screen Shot 2018-01-22 at 9.56.38 AM

Good Monday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • For much of Sunday, a bipartisan group of senators offered a reason for cautious optimism that a deal to end the government shutdown could be reached soon. But on Sunday night, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, moved to delay a procedural vote on a temporary spending bill until noon on MondayHave a look at the senators trying to find a compromise »
  • Democrats struggle with President Trump, who says he wants to compromise but then is reined in by his own staff, while Republican leaders are loath to guess at his intentions.
  • The longer the government is shut down, the bigger the economic impact — and this time, the bigger the chances that the economy’s recent growth spurt could stall, at least temporarily.
  • Representative Patrick Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican on the House Ethics Committee, used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle his own misconduct complaint after a former aide accused him last year of making unwanted romantic overtures to her.

  • Thousands of women took to the streets in a repeat of last year’s Women’s Marchcalling for more social and political change and more women elected to office on the first anniversary of Mr. Trump’s inauguration. It’s part of the effort to figure out what’s next for the women’s movement in 2018.
— The First Draft Team
On Washington

Shutdown’s Crux: Democrats’ Deep-Rooted Distrust of G.O.P. on Immigration

Protesters who support protections for young immigrants demonstrated near the Capitol on Sunday evening.

Protesters who support protections for young immigrants demonstrated near the Capitol on Sunday evening. Zach Gibson for The New York Times

At the heart of the confrontation that led to a government shutdown lies two weeks of mixed messaging by the president — and two decades of deep-seated acrimony and suspicion between Democrats and Republicans on immigration.
“The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked,” President Trump tweeted Sunday. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, said his Democratic counterpart, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, was “playing with all of those lives over the issue of illegal immigration.” A Trump campaign official, Michael Glassner, lauded the president for keeping Americans safe from “evil, illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes against lawful U.S. citizens.”
Those derisive statements and others help explain why Democrats entered into the politically perilous fight. After several fruitless efforts at overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, Democrats simply do not trust Republicans, who control Congress and the White House, to follow through on pledges to protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation unless forced to do so.
Read more »
Rene A. Boucher, center, was charged on Friday with assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, a federal felony, in connection with an attack of Senator Rand Paul in November.

Neighbor to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge in Attack on Rand Paul, Lawyer Says


Rene A. Boucher of Bowling Green, Ky., is expected to plead guilty in federal court, where prosecutors will seek a sentence of up to 21 months, his lawyer said.

Protester at a rally against President Trump’s travel ban at Foley Square in Manhattan last month.

Supreme Court to Consider Challenge to Trump’s Latest Travel Ban


The president’s third attempt to impose restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim nations will face a test in the Supreme Court this spring.

Dana Loesch, a conservative political commentator, at a gun range at Crossfire Defense Academy & Range in Flower Mound, Tex.

The National Rifle Association’s Telegenic Warrior


How Dana Loesch, a onetime Democrat, became a Second Amendment spokeswoman too incendiary for some right-wingers to handle.

President Trump spoke Friday at a live broadcast from the Rose Garden during the annual March for Life rally on the National Mall.

Trump Tells Anti-Abortion Marchers ‘We Are With You All the Way’ and Shows It


For someone who once described himself as “very pro-choice,” the president’s transformation into a champion of the anti-abortion cause is a remarkable political evolution.

President Trump with Dr. Ronny Jackson after Mr. Trump’s physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?


The exam, called the Moca, is widely used in doctor’s offices, but it is not sophisticated enough to diagnose mental decline, experts say.

The implementation of President Trump’s first travel ban drew hundreds of protesters to Kennedy International Airport in New York last January.

Travel Ban Caught Homeland Security by Surprise, Report Concludes


Agents were given little notice and conflicting guidance on how to enforce the president’s first travel ban last year, leading to chaos at airports.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke Friday at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.

Military Shifts Focus to Threats by Russia and China, Not Terrorism


The Pentagon says the military is too stretched to both fight insurgents and prepare for war with great world powers.

The Trump administration has drafted plans to strip key authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Trump Envisions an A.T.F. Without the A or T


The proposal would move alcohol and tobacco enforcement to Treasury. It would require a new name for an agency that no longer focuses on its historical target, bootleggers.

Representative Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday in Washington. He has previously advanced alarming claims about the Russia investigation and surveillance in support of President Trump

Republicans Claim Surveillance Power Abuses in Russia Inquiry


A report claims that a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide, was improperly obtained.

Vice President Mike Pence, left, had a “very frank discussion” with King Abdullah II of Jordan, right, in Amman on Sunday.

Pence and Jordan’s King ‘Agree to Disagree’ on Jerusalem


Vice President Mike Pence met King Abdullah II amid rising tension between their two countries over President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The United States Embassy in London, also known as the American mission to the Court of St. James’s.

Trying to Defend President Trump’s Derision, Diplomatically


In embassies around the world, some of America’s diplomats are being dressed down by their host nations. Others are considering leaving their posts.

The music came on. The clothes came off. And an airport strip club in South Carolina claimed its piece of the American presidency.

Now on Stage, Stormy Daniels: A Strip Club and a Presidency Meet After Dark


The music came on. The clothes came off. And an airport strip club claimed its piece of the American presidency.

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 N. BossieFox News:
“It’s time for Republicans in the U.S. House to take decisive action without delay on the issues of immigration reform and government funding that will prevent a government shutdown Friday night.”
Mr. Bossie, the president of Citizens United and a former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump’s campaign, has a very prescriptive view of how to avert a government shutdown: “Republicans must move forward without” Democrats. Mr. Bossie suggests approving a two-year spending bill to avert confronting this situation again, and he would like to see the immigration bill known as the Securing America’s Future Act, introduced by Representative Bob Goodlatte, attached to the legislation. Read more »
From the Left
The Editorial Board of The Boston Globe:
“The real problem seems to be that G.O.P. factions — deficit hawks, military hawks, Tea Party zealots, pro- and anti-immigrant legislators, President Trump’s various personalities — can’t agree on a deal among themselves.”
The Boston Globe’s editorial board finds it an “odd tactic” that “Trump and some other Republicans are trying to divert blame to the minority Democrats.” With an eye toward the midterm elections, the editorial concludes with this challenge: “If Republicans want to demonstrate competence, now would be a great time to start.” Read more »
More selections »