Briefing National – November 13, 2017

  • Republicans in Congress say they’re confident the tax reform package will pass the House later this week [Politico].
  • President Donald Trump got loose on Twitter on Sunday attacking those who are investigating his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia as “haters and fools.” He also called North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un “short and fat” [New York Times].
  • A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border has killed more than 300 people [Associated Press].
  • President Donald Trump says he will make a “major” announcement on trade this week after he returns to the U.S. from his trip to Asia [Politico].
  • Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is trying to get his campaign back on track following a blockbuster report that he initiated an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970’s [Washington Post]. Moore has promised to sue the Washington Post for publishing the report [Associated Press].
  • President Donald Trump now says he believes the conclusions from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. He also says he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is sincere when he denied that Russia interfered in the election [ABC News].
  • Despite big wins in last week’s elections, Democrats should probably temper their enthusiasm about next year’s midterm elections. Partisan gerrymandering will likely minimize any gains they make in 2018 [New York Times].
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden is still playing coy about whether he’ll run for president in 2020, saying he’s not sure it’s an appropriate thing for him to do [Yahoo].
  • A 12-year-old Colorado girl is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Drug Enforcement Agency seeking to legalize medical marijuana nationwide. The girl suffers from epilepsy and uses cannabis to alleviate her condition [ABC News].
  • The Army has lifted a ban on recruits who have a history of some mental disorders, including bipolar disorder and depression [USA Today].

On this day in history:

  • 1002 – English king Æthelred II orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice’s Day massacre.
  • 1927 – The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City.
  • 1956 – The Supreme Court declares Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal.
  • 1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.