Canceled Taliban talks

President Donald Trump canceled secret peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David after the group took credit for an attack that killed a dozen people, including an American soldier [CNN].

Here's how Trump's secret meeting with the Taliban came together and subsequently fell apart [NYT].


The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week to formalize procedures for their impeachment inquiry into President Trump [NYT].

Democrats say they plan to broaden their impeachment inquiry into President Trump beyond the findings of the Russia investigation [NYT].


Air National Guard crews apparently went far out of their way to stay at President Trump's Scotland golf resort during a routine trip to deliver supplies from the U.S. to Kuwait. The House Oversight Committee has been investigating why the crew made the unusual stopover, but the Pentagon has not yet answered [Politico].

The Air Force says they will review their procedures to decide where crews will stay on overnight layovers [NYT].

The Air Force says their crews have stayed at or near Trump's Scottish golf resort 659 times since 2015 [The Week].


A new nationwide poll shows 89% of Americans support requiring background checks for all gun buyers, and 86% say they favor so-called "red flag" laws allowing the seizure of guns from people a judge finds dangerous [WaPo].

Congressional Democrats will continue to push President Trump to support House-passed gun control legislation [NYT].

A bipartisan group of mayors will meet with White House officials on Monday to demand action on gun legislation [Axios].

Back to work

Congress returns to Washington following a six-week break [AP].

A Trump dynasty?

President Trump's campaign manager said Saturday he envisioned a Trump political dynasty that would outlast his time in office. That could include future political runs from his children [NYT].

McKay Coppins has a must-read look into the fight among Trump's children to succeed their father [Atlantic].

Trump gets another challenger

Former South Carolina governor and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford launched a 2020 primary challenge against President Trump for the GOP nomination [NYT].

Republicans in South Carolina, Nevada and Kansas have canceled their presidential nominating contests next year, saying all of their delegates will be pledged to Donald Trump at the 2020 Republican National Convention [CBS News].


President Trump's re-election campaign plans to launch a smartphone app this fall for his supporters [Politico].

Democrats are reportedly amassing a huge trove of opposition research against Presiden Trump that includes information from nearly 7,000 lawsuits against Trump and his business in all 50 states. The research cache also includes a list of every time Trump told supporters Mexico would pay for his border wall [Axios].

For your radar

Republicans are scrambling to hang on to a GOP-leaning congressional seat in North Carolina. The Republican and Democratic candidates are running neck and neck ahead of Tuesday's special election [The Hill].


President Trump's border crackdown appears to be getting results. The number of arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border fell to 51,000 in August, which is down 60% from the peak level in May [Politico].


Warning sign? High debt levels are starting to take a toll on economies around the world [WSJ].

Manufacturers are cutting back on spending as the trade war with China shows no signs of ending anytime soon [WSJ].