Paul Manafort sentenced to just 47 months in prison. The former chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign was given a sentence that was far short of what federal sentencing guidelines recommended. Prosecutors were seeking a sentence between 19 and 25 years - https://wapo.st/2J1nuEJ


House Democrats get their hands on leaked documents related to security clearances for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. The White House was refusing to turn over the documents, but someone in the White House leaked them to Congress - http://bit.ly/2TEKkpN


The White House is cranking up pressure on Republicans over vote to block Trump's emergency declaration. The White House is working overtime to limit the number of Republicans who break ranks with President Trump ahead of a vote to block his border emergency declaration in order to build his long-promised wall - https://politi.co/2THTLoE


House Democrats probing reports that Trump interfered in AT&T-Time Warner deal. The House Judiciary Committee is seeking documents from the White House following a report President Trump ordered the Justice Department to try and block the deal because it could hurt Fox News - https://wapo.st/2IXe0KE


The Trump inauguration took money from shell corporations tied to foreign nationals. The inauguration committee received tens of thousands of dollars from the corporations that masked the involvement of foreigners. U.S. law prohibits foreigners from contributing to political campaigns, including inaugurations - http://bit.ly/2THUXZa


Democrats plan to go after Trump's tax returns. House Democrats will ask for copies of President Trump's tax documents in a matter of weeks - http://bit.ly/2TABKIF


House passes anti-hate and intolerance resolution. The resolution came after Democratic freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar made comments many construed as anti-Semitic - https://cnn.it/2J1nzbv


House Dems fast-tracking resolution to make Mueller report public. House Democrats plan to vote on the proposal next week to put pressure on Justice Department officials - https://politi.co/2TD8a5l


Boring but important part one. The global economy is showing more signs of slowing down, driven mostly by a cooling Chinese economy and President Trump's trade wars - https://wapo.st/2IYhe0l


Boring but important part two. Household net worth in the U.S. dropped by the largest amount since the great recession during the last quarter - https://wapo.st/2TxdFCD


Jared Kushner shut embassy staffers out of meetings with Saudi leaders. Staffers in the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia say Donald Trump's son-in-law did not allow them to attend meetings with members of the Saudi royal family, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - http://bit.ly/2TFmVVa


A judge tosses Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Donald Trump. The judge threw out Daniels' suit seeking to invalidate an agreement barring her from talking about an alleged affair she had with Trump. Trump paid her $130,000 for her silence ahead of the 2016 presidential election - https://cnn.it/2IWmpOj


Michael Cohen sues the Trump Organization. President Trump's former personal lawyer is suing Trump's company claiming they failed to live up to an agreement to pay his legal bills - https://nyti.ms/2J0p2yW

Congressional Democrats push public financing of congressional elections. The plan is part of a sweeping ethics and elections bill the new House majority is poised to pass on Friday - https://wapo.st/2J1NVtS

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will not allow the Senate to vote on the election reform bill when it gets to the Senate because it's "offensive to average voters" - https://politi.co/2TCO1MG

President Trump wants countries that host U.S. troops to pay a premium. The president wants those countries to pay the full cost for hosting those troops, plus 50-percent for the privilege of hosting them - https://bloom.bg/2TwSsc1


Jimmy Carter offers to try and break stalemate with North Korea. The former president says he's willing to travel to North Korea to try and broke an agreement with Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons - https://politi.co/2TzAVQm


Border agents have been instructed to target Spanish speakers and migrants from Latin America. The Trump administration launched the program in late January - http://bit.ly/2TGcCQA


Facebook is cracking down on anti-vaxxers. The social network will lower the ranking of groups and pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations - https://cnn.it/2IZHU0W