"Dozens" of whistle-blowers are secretly working with House Democrats. A "small army" of government employees are helping the House Oversight Committee investigate alleged malfeasance inside the Trump administration - http://bit.ly/2FPJ0HB

Barr defends his handling of the Mueller report. Attorney General William Barr says he has not yet released the report because it contains sensitive grand jury information that prevented its public release. Investigators who worked on the Mueller report are grumbling that Barr is misrepresenting their findings - http://bit.ly/2UjIFHq

Trump teases "epic" deal with China. President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration was on the verge of a massive trade deal with China, but it may take another four weeks or more to finalize the pact - https://nyti.ms/2FQ1Nmi

Trump backs off his threat to close the U.S.- Mexico border. President Trump said Thursday he would give Mexico a "one-year warning" before closing the border. He also threatened to slap tariffs on cars manufactured in Mexico if that country did not crack down on the number of immigrants coming to the U.S. - https://nyti.ms/2FPFq0e

House to sue Trump over national emergency at the border. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Democrat-led House would file suit seeking to block president Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border to shift military funds toward the construction of a wall - https://cnn.it/2FPjjHi

White House seeks to block the release of Trump's tax returns. The Trump administration may try to prevent House Democrats from getting their hands on President Trump's tax returns, which could send the issue to federal court - https://wapo.st/2FTmlu3

  • Democrats in Congress are seeking financial records from Trump's bank. The bank says they will cooperate, but only under subpoena - https://wapo.st/2FQ1zLY

Pelosi questions Medicare-for-all. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would rather work to improve the Affordable Care Act - https://wapo.st/2FWhJDl

Cohen seeks to stay out of jail. President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen is offering Democrats in Congress new information to stay out of jail while he cooperates with Congress. Cohen says he has discovered new information on a hard drive that might assist Democrats in their probes of Trump's businesses - https://cnn.it/2G3Z495

  • Cohen's lawyers submitted documents to Congress allegedly showing that President Trump and his attorneys instructed him to lie to Congress about Trump's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow - http://bit.ly/2Uj6bUX

Trump rips Barbara Bush. In an Oval Office interview, Trump was asked about the criticism leveled at him by the former first lady shortly before her death. "I heard she was nasty to me, but she should be. Look what I did to her sons," Trump responded - http://bit.ly/2G402Cf

Trump wants to nominate Herman Cain for the Federal Reserve Board. Cain was  a 2012 Republican presidential candidate until accusations of sexual misconduct drove him from the race - https://nyti.ms/2FRkUw9