The investigations:

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump's refusal to comply with Congressional subpoenas is a "constitutional crisis" - https://nyti.ms/2PW0Hdm
  • President Trump appears to be daring House Democrats to impeach him for not cooperating with their efforts at oversight of his administration - https://nyti.ms/2PZGiE7
  • The decision by the Senate Intelligence Committee to subpoena Donald Trump, Jr. has set off a big internal fight among Republicans - https://wapo.st/2PXJaRO
  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff subpoenaed the Department of Justice for the unredacted Mueller report and access to counterintelligence information collected during Mueller's investigation - https://politi.co/2vQs2Ve

Trade war. The U.S. raised tariffs on millions of dollars of Chinese goods after trade talks between the two countries did not produce a deal - https://wapo.st/2PXJ7p6

  • Trump seems to be betting his hardline trade tactics with China won't hurt the economy ahead of his 2020 re-election bid - https://politi.co/2vRmVUw
  • Here are the consumer products that will become more expensive because of President Trump's tariffs - https://cnn.it/2PZ5A5y

Impeachment as a legal tool? Democrats may use an impeachment effort as a way to pry loose documents and compel Trump administration officials to testify - https://politi.co/2vRna1S

  • 45% of Americans say they support impeaching President Trump, which is up 5-points since last month - https://reut.rs/2vRpnKO

Democrats move to shore up healthcare. House Democrats passed a bill to bar the Trump administration from granting states waivers to the Affordable Care Act - https://wapo.st/2PW8uru


North Korea. The U.S. seized a North Korean cargo ship on Thursday, claiming the ship was being used to skirt sanctions on the country - https://cnn.it/2Q2dLhq

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wanted the U.S. to send "famous basketball players" to normalize relations between the two countries - https://abcn.ws/2vPZwmp

Trump vs. Kerry. President Donald Trump says former Secretary of State John Kerry "should be prosecuted" for discussing the Iran nuclear deal with officials from that country after leaving office - https://wapo.st/2PTgklC


Shanahan as Sec. Def. President Trump formally nominated acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to the job permanently - https://nyti.ms/2PTglGc


Alabama abortion chaos. A vote on a proposed Alabama law outlawing most abortions in the state was delayed as a shouting match broke out among lawmakers on Thursday - https://nyti.ms/2vOgj9l

  • Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth admitted the abortion proposal is an attempt to get the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade - http://bit.ly/2vMoPWC