Build the wall
Democrats are alarmed by reports that President Donald Trump has promised to pardon any aides who break the law to fast-track construction of his border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border [WaPo].
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand drops her presidential bid after spending more than $4 million on advertising [NYT].
Ten debating Democrats
10 Democrats qualify for the next televised presidential debate in September [AP].
Under a new rule from the Trump administration, the children of some US service members and government employees living abroad will not automatically be granted US citizenship. The rule seems primarily aimed at the children of naturalized citizens serving in the armed services who have not lived in the US for some time [CNN].
Trump vs. Fox News
President Donald Trump blasted Fox News on Twitter Thursday, accusing the cable news network of "heavily promoting Democrats." Trump's tantrum came after the channel interviewed a Democratic Party spokesperson [CNN Business].
- Fox News stars pushed back at the president's demands for loyalty [Daily Beast].
Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson announced he would resign later this year due to health problems. The surprise resignation means Republicans will have to defend one more Senate seat in 2020 [Politico].
MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell apologized Thursday evening after reporting a thinly-sourced claim that Donald Trump had Russian co-signers on loans from Deutsche Bank [WaPo].
The Trump administration will announce Thursday they plan to loosen regulations on methane, a potent greenhouse gas [NYT].
For your radar
Congress will likely have to resort to a stopgap measure to keep the government open after October 1. The Senate has not marked up a single appropriations bill in subcommittee for the first time in decades [WaPo].