The investigations:

  • The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over the full Mueller report - https://nyti.ms/2PRyuV5
  • In response, President Donald Trump claimed executive privilege over the Mueller report. The battle will now move to the courts - https://cnn.it/2PUHhWh
  • The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday - https://nyti.ms/2PX9UBX
  • The House Oversight Committee threatened to withhold the salaries of Interior Department officials who block lawmakers from questioning employees - https://politi.co/2vOT0wc

Breaking the stonewall. Democrats in Congress are struggling to find ways to break through the stonewalling by the Trump White House - https://nyti.ms/2PXSo0K

  • Pelosi says Trump is becoming "self impeachable" because of his refusal to allow Congressional oversight - https://politi.co/2vOcYYc

Trump upset over Venezuela coup failure. The president is reportedly angry with national security adviser John Bolton after the collapse of a U.S.-backed effort to oust President Nicolas Maduro - https://wapo.st/2vLPJxT


North Korea launches "projectile." North Korea fired at least one unidentified projectile from an area believed to be home of a missile production facility - http://bit.ly/2PUIjBD


China trade war. President Trump says China "broke the deal" he was negotiating on trade, which may lead to increased tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods - https://bloom.bg/2PTQLRz


Hmmm. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo skipped a visit to Greenland because he needs to return to Washington according to the State Department. The unusual move comes amid increasing tensions with Iran - https://reut.rs/2PWfxR4


The number of uninsured jumped last year. After gains in reducing the uninsured rate due to Obamacare, the number of Americans without health insurance climbed in 2018 - https://cnn.it/2PX9gV3


Trump's massive fundraising goal. President Trump's re-election campaign is aiming to raise $300 ahead million for the 2020 race, targeting six swing states - https://politi.co/2PUgyJj

  • Close allies inside of Trumpworld are raising the alarm, saying the re-election campaign is falling behind their projections - http://bit.ly/2PRtShu

Our polarized country. A new survey finds 85% of Americans have not changed their minds about President Donald Trump since his election in 2016 - http://bit.ly/2vKbbmT


White House cracks down on journalists. The White House implemented new rules to reduce the number of "hard" passes which allow reporters to enter the grounds without seeking permission - https://wapo.st/2PXVrGe

  • The Washington Post's Dana Milbank says the move is another troubling development in the administration's effort to curtail the press - https://wapo.st/2vLvUql

Alabama may outlaw all abortions. The Alabama legislature is considering a bill to effectively ban most abortions at every stage of pregnancy - https://nyti.ms/2PXlBsv


Denver legalizes hallucinogenic mushrooms. Voters in the Mile High City approved an initiative to decriminalize mushrooms that contain psilocybin, becoming the first city to legalize the substance - https://nyti.ms/2PXRS2O