March to war. The U.S. ordered a partial evacuation of the American Embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday. The Trump administration says the move was in response to a threat linked to Iran - https://nyti.ms/2Qagu8A

  • The Trump administration is discussing a range of options for using military force against Iran - https://wapo.st/2Q4DtBK
  • President Donald Trump slammed a news report his administration was considering sending 120,000 troops to the Middle East, saying "we'd send a hell of a lot more troops than that" - http://bit.ly/2Q3FtKJ

The investigations

  • President Trump's lawyers argued in court on Tuesday that Congress does not have the authority to investigate a sitting president. It's part of the president's strategy to impede probes from the Democratic-controlled House - http://bit.ly/2Q8cw0e
  • The House Intelligence Committee is opening an investigation into whether President Trump's lawyers obstructed justice by helping Michael Cohen give false testimony to the panel - https://nyti.ms/2Q3EYjP
  • Donald Trump Jr. reached an agreement with the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify behind closed doors in June. The deal comes after Republican Chairman Richard Burr subpoenaed him to follow up on his earlier testimony - https://politi.co/2Q7gCWs
  • Democrats in Congress are getting serious about using an obscure congressional power that allows them to fine or jail members of the Trump administration who ignore subpoenas - http://bit.ly/2Q4u39v

The Alabama Senate passed the nation's most-restrictive abortion law. The bill bans nearly all abortions at every stage of pregnancy - https://nyti.ms/2Q7LRjV

  • The surge of abortion restrictions from state legislatures are part of an effort to get theSupreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade - http://bit.ly/2Q4CGRi

Boring but important. President Trump is reportedly open to a deal with Democrats to raise the debt limit before strict budget cuts kick in this fall - https://politi.co/2Q3PrM4


2020

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren rejected a proposed town hall on Fox News, calling the network a "hate for profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists" - https://cnn.it/2Q3Jv5H
  • President Trump said Tuesday he would not use information stolen by a foreign country in his re-election campaign - https://nbcnews.to/2Q3G2nP
  • Republican strategists wish President Trump would stop attacking former Vice President Joe Biden - https://nyti.ms/2Q76vkj
  • Here's how Democratic members of Congress who beat Republicans in 2018 plan to keep their seats in 2020 - https://nyti.ms/2Q4iXBf

Russian hackers accessed voter records in two Florida counties. The FBI confirmed the intrusion into voting registration records in 2016 - https://politi.co/2Q1GjHR


Immigration

  • Jared Kushner briefed Republican Senators about his forthcoming immigration plan during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday but failed to answer critical questions about the proposal - https://wapo.st/2Q1Nobc
  • The TSA is sending hundreds of officials, including air marshals, to the border to help with efforts to deal with migrants coming to the U.S. TSA officials say the move comes with the acceptance of "some risk" of harming aviation security - https://cnn.it/2Q3HPJz

Trade war. Republican Senators are warning President Trump's trade war with China is hurting rural Americans - https://wapo.st/2QdT0Q1

  • Trump is telling close advisers that the trade war with China is popular with his base and will help him win re-election in 2020 - https://wapo.st/2Q1GEKD
  • Here's how the latest round of tariffs on Chinese goods will affect your pocketbook - http://bit.ly/2Q770uH

Technology. San Francisco banned the use of facial recognition software by police and other agencies - https://nyti.ms/2Q3iyPE


Ebola. A "terrifying" outbreak of the virus has infected more than 1,600 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - http://bit.ly/2Q78ncB


Baby bust. The fertility rate in the U.S. hit a record low in 2018 as women are waiting longer to start families - http://bit.ly/2Q7fMJi