01/04/2019

ESSENTIAL #1: “HOUSE DEMOCRATS IGNORE VETO THREAT, PASS LEGISLATION TO END SHUTDOWN” STEPHAN DINAN, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

From the article: “Using their new majority, House Democrats passed legislation Thursday to reopen the shuttered parts of the government — but SenateRepublicans said the moves are a non-starter, and the White Houseissued a veto threat as well, signaling the partial shutdown will go on.”

ESSENTIAL #2: “KANSAS SEN. PAT ROBERTS TO RETIRE IN 2020” JAMES ARKIN, POLITICO

From the article: “Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) announced Friday that he will retire in 2020 instead of running for reelection.

Roberts, 82, has served four terms in the Senate and last won reelection in 2014 after facing a bruising Republican primary. His retirement has already sparked interest in his seat from a number of other Kansas Republicans, heralding a potentially crowded 2020 primary — though Democrats hope they can make the race competitive after winning the governorship in 2018.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “THE RIGHT SHOULD REJECT TUCKER CARLSON’S VICTIMHOOD POPULISM” DAVID FRENCH, NATIONAL REVIEW

From the article: “The problem with populism — and indeed with much of American politics — is that it focuses on the political at the expense of the personal. As I’ve argued many times, there are wounds that public policy can’t heal. But populism too often pretends otherwise. It tells a fundamentally false story about Americans as victims of a heartless elite and their “worship” of market economics rather than the true story of America as a flawed society that still grants its citizens access to tremendous opportunity.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “FROM ‘BIG DADDY’ CLYBURN TO WAKANDA SALUTES: THE BIGGEST, BADDEST CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HAS ARRIVED” JASON JOHNSON, THE ROOT

From the article: “Will the Congressional Black Caucus, now 55 strong, be able to bend Congress to the will and concerns of black voters? With 55 members they literally make up almost a quarter of the Democrats in the House. Numerically this is likely the most powerful the CBC has ever been. Assuming Karen Bass can keep her caucus together, and put forth an agenda that addresses the needs of African Americans as well as the concerns of her fellow caucus-mates this blue wave will likely be driven by a black undercurrent.”

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