2020 election. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris are being scrutinized over appearances with Las Vegas pastor who believes homosexuality is a sin (The Hill). Democrats give cold shoulder to Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax (The Hill). Two top-dollar fundraisers for Trump expected to raise $10 million (The Hill). How Kamala Harris used San Francisco high society to launch political career (Politico). Andrew Yang surpasses Beto O’Rourke in Iowa poll, qualifies for fall debates (Politico).
Gun control. Does Trump have a ‘Nixon-to-China’ opportunity on gun control? (Politico). Republicans consider tougher laws on guns, including background checks and ‘red flag’ laws, but Democrats are skeptical (New York Times) (The Hill)
Methane leaks threaten natural gas. Energy companies scramble to reduce methane emissions that equal the greenhouse gas emissions from 69 million cars a year (Wall Street Journal).
Intelligence shakeup. Trump announces Joseph Maguire as acting director of national intelligence after departure of Daniel Coats (Washington Post).
Investigating the investigators. FBI releases Bruce Ohr interview reports, giving Trump backers new ammo in their attempt to link the Russian collusion investigation to Democratic operators and biased investigators (Politico).
McConnell vs. Twitter. Mitch McConnell and his allies are embracing a fight with Twitter and the media after Twitter blocks his account over a video of a protestor saying someone should stab McConnell in the heart (The Hill) (Politico).
Political leanings. Are you a Republican or a Democrat? You’ll supposedly know after taking this quiz (New York Times).
Trade wars. U.S.-China trade battle is crimping global oil demand (Wall Street Journal).