I mustache you to go

President Donald Trump fired national security advisor John Bolton on Tuesday. Trump is now looking for his fourth national security advisor in three years [CNN].

Close call

Republicans narrowly hold on to a North Carolina congressional seat in a special election. President Trump won the district by 12 points in 2016, but Republican Dan Bishop wins by more than two percentage points [WaPo].

The slim GOP win should raise some red flags for Republicans heading into 2020 [Politico].

Polls, polls, polls!

President Trump trails all five top-tier Democrats in a hypothetical 2020 matchup [WaPo].

6 in 10 Americans say President Trump does not deserve another term in office [CNN].

President Trump's approval rating drops below 40% in three new polls [Newsweek].

President Trump's approval ratings are now lower than when Republicans lost control of the House in 2018 [The Week].

Texas could be a toss-up in 2020, according to a new poll showing Hispanic voters could be a decisive factor next year [Univision].

Trump's finances

President Trump promised he'd release "extremely complete" details of his finances but did not offer any details or timeline for the disclosure [Politico].

Boring but important

California passes a law requiring Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees. The bill could upend the gig economy [NYT].

Trade war

China decides to exempt some American goods from tariffs [Reuters].

A new report estimates Trump's trade war with China has cost the U.S. 300,000 jobs [Yahoo Finance].


President Trump is pushing for a crackdown on homeless camps in California. Aides are suggesting moving the homeless to government-backed facilities. Critics say Trump's sudden interest in the camps is a 2020 campaign tacting and not a serious policy proposal [WaPo].

American well-being

The share of Americans with health insurance dropped in 2018, despite a strong economy [NYT].

Median household income rose last year at its slowest pace in four years. However, the number of Americans in poverty fell for the fourth year in a row [AP].