Mexico 

  • Negotiators were able to talk President Donald Trump out of his threat to impose tariffs on Mexico by agreeing to a severe crackdown on Central American migrants - https://wapo.st/2Ix0U3d
  • Mexican officials said on Monday there is no secret immigration deal between the U.S. and Mexico, directly contradicting President Trump's claim that an agreement would be unveiled in the future - https://nyti.ms/2Iy8eM1

"I am a tariff man." President Trump appears to be emboldened after his economic brinksmanship with Mexico paid off. Experts are expecting him to use the same playbook again - https://nyti.ms/2IadGpG


The investigations 

  • John Dean, a central figure in the Watergate scandal and a vocal critic of President Trump, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday where he drew parallels between Trump and the Nixon-era scandal. Republicans on the committee repeatedly attacked Dean in an attempt to discredit him - https://politi.co/2IEyyo2
  • The Justice Department has agreed to turn over evidence from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election - https://nyti.ms/2IbVRXj
  • House Democrats are crafting a number of bills to "safeguard democracy" to counter Russian interference in future elections - https://nbcnews.to/2I9kC6g

Congressional pay raise. Democrats in the House yanked a bill to boost congressional pay after a backlash from several party members who are vulnerable heading into next year's midterm elections - https://politi.co/2IuKVCU


2020

  • Associates close to President Trump say he is mostly uninterested in his re-election campaign, but attacking Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is one thing that gets his attention - https://nyti.ms/2I7R8FV
  • Mitch McConnell is blocking legislation to prevent an attack on the 2020 election from a foreign country - https://nym.ag/2ICkpra

Drain the swamp? Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, helped coordinate grant applications for several transportation projects in McConnell's home state of Kentucky. At least $78 million in grants were doled out to projects in Kentucky outside of the normal process - https://politi.co/2Iy9AX7


Hmmm. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg reached out to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss how his company handles misinformation, but she has not replied - https://wapo.st/2IDdGNR


Whoa. Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was a CIA source before his assassination - https://on.wsj.com/2Ixu5Ds


Iran. International inspectors said Monday that Iran was increasing its production of nuclear fuel, making good on a threat made after the U.S. pulled out of the nuclear deal with the country - https://nyti.ms/2IsA7oE