ArchiveNational Briefing – October 23, 2017Bryan Schott·October 23, 2017·Last updated:May 4, 2021 Share President Donald Trump told House Republicans on Sunday that they need to pass the Senate budget and get working on tax reform and soon, or they will face a tough midterm election in 2018 [Politico]. The Republican tax reform plan may not cut taxes for Americans making more than $1 million [Axois]. Sen. John McCain takes a swipe at President Donald Trump, who dodged the draft during Vietnam five times by claiming he had bone spurs [Twitter]. Partisan clashes are hampering the congressional investigations into Russian involvement in the 2016 election [New York Times]. Special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating the Democratic lobbying firm led by Tony Podesta [NBC News]. National Democrats are getting worried about the Virginia governor’s election this year, which is tightening up in the final days of the race [Washington Post]. President Donald Trump‘s reputation as a great negotiator is taking a hit as Congress is finding him to be untrustworthy [Washington Post]. Democratic challengers in congressional districts held by Republicans are posting some eye-popping early fundraising numbers, which is prompting concern among the GOP [Politico]. Former President Jimmy Carter says he’s ready to negotiate with North Korea if President Donald Trump asks him to [New York Times]. Yikes! The U.S. is preparing to put nuclear bombers back on 24-hour alert, a status not seen since the cold war ended in 1991 [Defense One]. Female state legislators, staffers, and lobbyists across the country report being sexually harassed by their male colleagues [The Hill]. Big tech companies spent more than $14 million last quarter lobbying the federal government [Recode]. On this day in history: 452 – Valentinian III is elevated as Roman emperor at the age of six. 1850 – The first National Women’s Rights Convention begins in Worcester, Massachusetts. 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus for all military-related cases. 1915 – In New York City, an estimated 25,000 women march on Fifth Avenue to advocate for their right to vote. 1929 – The Wall Street Crash begins. 1946 – The United Nations General Assembly convenes for the first time. 1962 – President John Kennedy signs Proclamation 3504, authorizing the naval blockade of Cuba following the discovery of Soviet missiles on the island. 1973 – President Richard Nixon agrees to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations. 1983 – A U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut is hit by a truck bomb, killing 241 military personnel. 1987 – The U.S. Senate rejected President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court by the biggest margin in history, 58-42.