Beto is running. Democrat Beto O'Rourke announced he will run for president in 2020 following his near-miss Senate campaign in Texas. He joins an already crowded field seeking the Democratic nomination - https://cnn.it/2Jfd3NV

  • O'Rourke's announcement came after a lengthy profile of him was published in Vanity Fair, complete with an Annie Leibovitz cover photo - http://bit.ly/2JlZ1Ki

GOP Set to rebuke Trump. The U.S. Senate today will vote on a resolution to block President Donald Trump's emergency border declaration. There are enough votes to pass the measure, setting up what will likely be Trump's first veto as president - https://politi.co/2Jm0S1I

  • Republicans in the Senate, led by Utah's Mike Lee, tried to avoid the tough vote by proposing a bill to curb future emergency declarations. But, the effort was torpedoed by Trump who phoned Lee during a luncheon to say there would be no deal - https://nyti.ms/2JbUuKo
  • The Senate voted Wednesday to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. The resolution now heads to the House where members passed a nearly identical resolution earlier this year - https://wapo.st/2JbJIUH

Manafort sentenced. A federal judge in Washington added another 43 months in prison to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's sentence, meaning he will spend 7 1/2 years in prison for financial crimes stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation - https://nyti.ms/2JdaV9y

  • Minutes after Manafort's sentence was announced, New York state prosecutors charged Manafort with 16 state felonies. The new charges mean, if convicted, Manafort cannot be pardoned by President Trump in the state charges - https://nyti.ms/2JcIOau

Trump appeared to dangle a pardon for Cohen. A 2018 email from an attorney who was speaking with Trump's legal team reassured Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, that he could "sleep well tonight" because he had "friends in high places." The emails do not specifically mention a pardon from Trump, but Cohen submitted the documents to Congress to bolster his claims that Trump dangled a pardon before he agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. The attorney who wrote the emails called Cohen's interpretation "utter nonsense" - https://cnn.it/2JbnXnV


How lobbying has changed under Trump. Lobbyists are now paying shills for their clients to go on Fox News and hyper-targeting social media ads to get Trump's attention - http://bit.ly/2Jbr0N2


Grounded. President Trump directed the FAA to ground all Boeing 737 Max planes after a fatal crash in Ethiopia. The U.S. is the last country to ground the planes after several reports of problems with the aircraft - https://cnn.it/2JeqTjD

  • President Trump privately disparaged the 737 plane, saying it "sucked," before issuing the order to ground the fleet - https://wapo.st/2JdpsCd

Facebook under criminal investigation. Federal prosecutors are looking at deals Facebook struck with some of the world's largest tech companies to share data about users - https://nyti.ms/2Jdc68Y

  • The social media giant suffered a massive outage on Wednesday, which they say was the result of database problems - https://cnn.it/2JadKrO