ESSENTIAL #1: “YES, THE VIRGINIA ABORTION BILL IS JUST AS BARBARIC AS YOU’VE HEARD” DAVID FRENCH, NATIONAL REVIEW
From the article: “Ever since Donald Trump clinched the GOP nomination, and the vast majority of GOP office-holders fell into line behind the nominee, I’ve heard and read countless critiques of GOP cowardice. Politicians are too afraid of the base to say what they really think. They’re too petrified of influential conservative media voices to break with Trump. Much of that criticism is valid, but where is the criticism of Democratic politicians who are so afraid of their own online mob that they refuse to raise their voices even against infanticide? A Gallup poll this summer found that only 13 percent of Americans favor making third trimester abortions ‘generally’ legal. In fact, only 18 percent of Democrats shared that position:”
ESSENTIAL #2: “5 ANTI-POVERTY PLANS FROM 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERS, EXPLAINED” DYLAN MATTHEWS, VOX
From the article: “Presidential campaigns are not usually about poverty. It’s a neglected issue, not least because most voters, even in Democratic primaries, live above the poverty threshold, and so economic policy tends to be discussed in terms of helping the “middle class” or “American families,” not the poorest of the poor.
2020 is shaping up to be a little different. Several Democratic presidential candidates have coalesced on a distinctive approach to fighting poverty — transferring people money — and are including it as part of bigger proposals that help poor and middle-class people alike, ensuring that these ideas have a more prominent spot in the campaign than past anti-poverty plans have had.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FACES AN INCREASINGLY ADVERSARIAL CONGRESS—IN BOTH PARTIES” SEUNG MIN KIM, SEAN SULLIVAN AND JOSH DAWSEY, THE WASHINGTON POST
From the article: “Senior Republicans are warning him away from a national emergency declaration to build a border wall. The top Senate leader is directly rebuking his national security policy in Syria and Afghanistan. And Democratic committee chairs are threatening subpoenas for his top officials.
For an administration that had largely been accommodated by Republican lawmakers during its first two years, President Trump is facing an increasingly adversarial Congress eager to assert itself on matters of foreign policy and oversight.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS REPUBLICANS ARE ‘WASTING THEIR TIME’ ON BORDER SECURITY TALKS” DAVID JACKSON, USA TODAY
From the article: “President Donald Trump expressed skepticism Thursday that a congressional committee will agree to his demands for a border wall, raising the specters of another government shutdown or an "emergency declaration" sure to be challenged in court.
Tweeting that ‘Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time,’ Trump said that ‘Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL.’”