Trump targets legal immigration. President Donald Trump issued a new rule on Monday that favors wealthier immigrants by implementing an aggressive wealth test. Poor immigrants will be denied a green card if they are deemed likely to use government assistance [NYT].

  • The White House has told ICE officials to conduct dozens more workplace enforcement operations this year [CNN].
  • 57% of Americans now support allowing refugees from Central America into the U.S. [Gallup].

Trump administration weakens the Endangered Species Act. New rules will make it harder to protect wildlife while clearing the way for new energy extraction and development [NYT].

Gun control. Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling for a new assault weapons ban following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio [NYT].

  • Democrats plan to use gun control as a campaign issue in 2020, linking President Trump to violent white supremacists [Politico].
  • Ivanka Trump is reportedly calling members of Congress to see where they stand on possible new gun control legislation [Axios].
  • The mayor of San Jose wants to require mandatory liability insurance for gun owners [Axios].

Economy. Bank of America says there is now a 1-in-3 chance of a recession in the next 12 months [CNBC].

  • U.S. businesses are scaling back on their hiring plans as Trump's trade war with China grows [WaPo].
  • Economists say a recession could spell doom for Trump's re-election chances in 2020 [WaPo].


  • Donald Trump's re-election campaign seems hellbent on ramping up the culture wars as part of their re-election strategy [WaPo].

This is not going to end well. Protesters disrupted operations at the Hong Kong airport for a second straight day [NYT].

  • The Chinese media is warning protesters in Hong Kong are "asking for self-destruction" amid reports the Chinese military is massing near the city [CNBC].
  • Stocks fell around the globe following the unrest in Hong Kong [WSJ].

Boring but important. The U.S. budget deficit this year has already blown past last year's total, and there are still two months to go in the fiscal year. The gap stands at $866.8 billion, which is up 27% from the same period last year [Bloomberg].