ESSENTIAL #1: “PELOSI ASKS TRUMP TO RESCHEDULE STATE OF THE UNION BECAUSE OF THE SHUTDOWN” HEATHER CAYGLE AND RACHEL BADE, POLITICO
From the article: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address — or deliver it in writing — as long as the government remains shut down.
Pelosi said the partial shutdown has hamstrung both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, potentially harming the security planning that precedes the primetime address.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STEVE KING AND DONALD TRUMP” ADAM SERWER, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “It was only after King’s latest remarks that Republicans condemned him with any kind of force. King drew a rebuke from Iowa’s two Republican senators, House Republicans have said they may take actionagainst the congressman, and other high-profile Republican legislators, such as Senator Ted Cruzof Texas and Senator Tim Scottof South Carolina, have condemned his remarks. The conservative intellectual Henry Olsen warned thatthe “seeds of bigotry” could take root in the Republican Party, and National Reviewcalled for King to be expelled from Congress, declaring that “one of the glories of American history is how we finally shed our shameful racist past.”
Hardly. While it is heartening to see that King’s antics have finally drawna unified response of condemnation from the right, the reactions seem to miss the obvious point that there is little daylight between Steve King and the president of the United States, Donald Trump. (Neither National Review’s editorial nor Scott’s op-ed even mentions the president’s name.)”
Note from the Editor-in-Chief: I had the opportunity to write for The Washington Post yesterday on the history of the House censuring its own members.
ESSENTIAL #3: “KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND TO STEPHEN COLBERT: ‘I’M GOING TO RUN’ FOR PRESIDENT” JERRY ZREMSKI, THE BUFFALO NEWS
From the article: “Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, freshly elected to a second full term as New York's junior senator, said Tuesday she's launching an exploratory committee for a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
‘It's an important first step,’ she said in an appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on CBS. ‘It's one that I'm taking because I am going to run.’”
ESSENTIAL #4: “HOW DEMOCRATS BECOME DEMOCRATS AGAIN AFTER TRUMP,” NOAH ROTHMAN, COMMENTARY MAGAZINE
From the article: “To some, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a canary in the coal mine. A political realignment is underway, and Donald Trump is only illustrative of the forces remaking American politics before our eyes. Gabbard’s dovish foreign policypreferences seem wildly out of step with her party, though they are perfectly in line with the views of those on the right who favor retrenchment. But Gabbard’s desire to see a rapprochement with Russia on terms favorable to Moscow and her hostility toward America’s post-9/11 extroversion is not so revolutionary. She is representative of the Democratic Party’s status quo ante. After all, Nancy Pelosi stood with the despot in Damascuslong before Tulsi Gabbard followed in her footsteps.
This is an age in which negative partisanshiphas become the defining feature of both political coalitions. If one side is for it, it is a safe bet that the other isn’t. So President Trump’s abandonment of some conventional conservative policy priorities he’s led Democrats to embrace policies they’ve spent decades opposing.”