Denouncing a ‘Reckless’ Trump

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Good Wednesday morning.
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
— The First Draft Team

Democrats Lack Strong Challengers for Some Vulnerable G.O.P. House Seats

The Republican congressman David Valadao could be vulnerable in his California district next year, but no strong Democratic challenger has emerged yet.

The Republican congressman David Valadao could be vulnerable in his California district next year, but no strong Democratic challenger has emerged yet. Matt Black for The New York Times

Democratic congressional challengers have posted very impressive fund-raising tallies so far this year. In the last quarter, nearly three dozen Republican incumbents were outraised by at least one Democratic challenger — an astonishing number against sitting members of Congress. The breadth of Democratic fund-raising is also strong.
But there’s an important pattern under the big numbers that will shape the battleground in the 2018 midterm elections. So far, nearly all of the biggest Democratic recruiting struggles have been in working-class areas. And Democrats may have too many challengers successfully fund-raising in the most affluent districts.
Democrats have debated extensively whether they ought to focus on winning back working-class Trump voters or on expanding their gains in diverse, well-educated Sun Belt suburbs. This could be a false choice: They can do both to some extent, especially in congressional elections where individual candidates can run campaigns well suited to their districts. But Democrats, who need a net gain of 24 seats to retake the House, won’t have the option to target districts they held as recently as a decade ago if they can’t find viable challengers.
There is not yet a strong Democratic challenger in David Valadao’s district (the 21st) in California’s Central Valley, the nation’s least-educated Republican-held congressional district (going by the percentage of those with a college degree). It broke for Hillary Clinton by 16 percentage points last November. There isn’t a strong challenger in John Katko’s upstate New York district (the 24th), where Barack Obama won easily in 2012 and where Mrs. Clinton won in 2016. These races remain rated as “likely Republican” by the Cook Political Report.
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A family of Syrian refugees arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York in February.

Trump Lifts Refugee Suspension, but 11 Countries Face More Review


After months of debate, a new executive order signed by the president will again allow refugees into the United States, under tighter security screening.

A broken bridge in Utuado, P.R. The relief bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday would help Puerto Rico’s government avoid running out of cash in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Senate Approves $36.5 Billion Aid Package as Hurricane Costs Mount


The second installment of disaster aid, which the House approved earlier this month, includes a bailout of the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Supreme Court, in a brief, unsigned disposition, said President Trump’s earlier executive order, issued in March, had expired, making the case moot.

Supreme Court Wipes Out Travel Ban Appeal


As challenges to the president’s latest travel ban move forward, the Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to an earlier executive order.

Christopher Wenk, the executive director for international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, second from right, and other lobbyists met with senators on Tuesday in Washington to discuss keeping Nafta intact.

‘Army’ of Lobbyists Hits Capitol Hill to Preserve Nafta


The Trump administration is going to battle with businesses over trade. Businesses are organizing to fight back.

Farmworkers removing weeds in an onion field in the Central Valley region of California.

Expelling Immigrant Workers May Also Send Away the Work They Do


American-born workers probably won’t benefit from a job bonanza if laborers who are in the United States illegally, especially farmworkers, are deported, most research has shown.

Jerome Powell, a current Fed governor, is regarded as likely to largely preserve the Fed’s current approach to monetary policy.

Trump’s Fed Finalists Offer a Clear Choice: Status Quo or Significant Change


The candidates on the president’s short list for Federal Reserve chairman have very different views about the best way to manage the economy.

The organizers of a political action committee backed by black executives include, clockwise from left, Robyn and Tony Coles, Charles and Karen Phillips, and Marva Smalls. They were at the Coles’ house on Kiawah Island, S.C., in August.

Black Executives Join Forces, Forming a PAC to Back Them Up


Once an informal network, a group of friends and associates is organizing a united political push on issues like education, employment and voting rights.

Members of the Wyoming Hot Shots firefighting crew battling the Lizard Fire near Willcox, Ariz., in June.

Congressional Auditor Urges Action to Address Climate Change


The Government Accountability Office says costs to the federal Treasury from climate change will continue to rise.

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 French in National Review:
“No, I don’t agree with a member of the House rushing to publicly broadcast what Trump thought was a private call. But we’re now living in a political world where an opponent’s misstep or malfeasance is seen as justifying all manner of revenge and retaliation.”
Mr. French has given up hope that the president — and other politicians — will refrain from politicizing military deaths. Instead, he argues, it’s up to normal citizens to preserve the norms that have eroded under this administration. Unless citizens demand that their leaders protect this “sacred space,” he writes, they “will share the blame” in the decline of our culture. Read more »
From the Left
Jamelle Bouie in Slate:
“It’s tempting to treat this dispute as another sideshow that obscures the actual work of Trump’s presidency. But this assumes Trump is interested in presidential ‘work’ as we typically understand it. The truth is that, for Trump, the distractions are the point.”
Mr. Bouie argues that, far from being a distraction, Mr. Trump’s latest clash with a gold-star widow is an important reminder of the cultural forces that propelled him into office. Over and over, writes Mr. Bouie, the president has sought out black women as the target for his ire. In fact, he argues that “Trump might be at his most effective as a demagogue when his foils are women.” And Mr. Bouie concludes that in “playing the hits,” Mr. Trump is just “appealing to the voters that delivered him the G.O.P. nomination and then the presidency.” Read more »
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