Trade war

  • Mexico is proposing to limit the number of migrants heading north in order to avoid President Trump slapping tariffs on them next week. The proposal would also give the U.S. greater ability to deport Central Americans seeking asylum - https://wapo.st/2IDwnB9
  • The Federal Reserve signaled this week they may have to cut interest rates in order to counter any ill effects from Trump's trade war - https://wapo.st/2I1hPMz
  • Trump has until September to use tariffs to exert pressure on other countries because that's when American manufacturers traditionally import goods for the holiday shopping season, meaning Americans will start feeling the economic pinch - https://wapo.st/2I5647T

Impeachment. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is turning up the pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow him to open impeachment proceedings against President Trump - https://cnn.it/2I1hr0z


2020

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden reversed himself this week, saying he now opposes the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funds from being used for most abortions. Just earlier this week Biden reaffirmed his support for the policy - https://nyti.ms/2I1VONs

The investigations

  • Robert Mueller could be subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee within the next two weeks if they cannot reach a deal for him to appear voluntarily - https://politi.co/2HZPvdf
  • A top Russian official tried to set up a video teleconference between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin the day after Trump's inauguration according to a senior FBI agent's notes - https://politi.co/2HZP4zM
  • A group of Democratic senators wants the Federal Reserve to investigate whether Deutsche Bank complied with anti-money-laundering laws after bank employees flagged transactions tied to President Trump as suspicious - https://nyti.ms/2ItSyta

Woah. A wealthy Iraqi sheik who has urged the U.S. to take a hard-line approach toward Iran spent 26 days staying in a suite at President Trump's D.C. hotel according to leaked records - https://wapo.st/2IoWLyv


Subpoenas 

  • The Justice and Commerce departments ignored a subpoena demanding documents related to the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The move all but assures the House will move to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt - https://wapo.st/2I02Mm0
  • House Democratic leaders are preparing to give committee leaders sweeping powers to enforce their subpoenas to the Trump administration, including taking legal action - https://politi.co/2IqOxpo

Iran. The top commander of American forces in the Mideast said Iran was forced to "step back" from preparations for an apparent attack on the U.S. after an increased American military presence in the Persian Gulf - http://bit.ly/2I1wqYg


Automakers warn Trump on pollution rules. Car manufacturers say the Trump administration's plan to weaken tailpipe pollution standards would cut their profits and cause "untenable" instability for the industry - https://nyti.ms/2ImgDCg


Energy. Michael Bloomberg is donating $500 million to a campaign aiming to close down every coal-fired power plant in the U.S. - https://nyti.ms/2I11YNG


Scary. A man was arrested after authorities say he was planning to throw grenades at tourists in Times Square - https://cnn.it/2Iwc6x0


Some good news. The FCC voted on Thursday to allow cell phone carriers to block unwanted robocalls automatically for all customers - https://cnn.it/2IpyNTz


Not to worry. An asteroid the size of a football field is hurtling toward Earth, but astronomers say the rock will just miss us - https://cnn.it/2I0dQQe


Measles. The number of measles cases in the U.S. has topped 1,000 in the biggest outbreak in 25 years - http://bit.ly/2IrXK0H