ESSENTIAL #1: “CORY BOOKER LAUNCHED HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IN THE MOST CORY BOOKER WAY POSSIBLE” EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “Booker’s campaign is set to roll out big lists of staff hires and supporters in all the early-presidential-primary states, years of preparations unleashed for a show of force he and his aides think is going to pave the way for a traditional ground game, despite being built around a black man obsessed with the “conspiracy of love” who is not a traditional candidate at all. But before it began, he brought together a group of friends, supporters, and current and former aides, for what the reverend described on Thursday night as an intimate prayer service. Booker’s Senate office in Washington is filled with religious books; last week he quoted the Torah in a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He’s comfortable sitting for six hours in a church service, head bowed, nodding along. Even as other plans shifted, he knew he wanted this to be where he spent the night before everything became official.”
Editor-in-Chief’s Note: Watch Sen. Booker’s announcement video that was released this morning.
ESSENTIAL #2: “U.S. SUSPENDS NUCLEAR ARMS CONTROL TREATY WITH RUSSIA” DAVID E. SANGER, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “The United States is suspending one of the last major nuclear arms control treaties with Russia after heated conversations between the two powers recently failed to resolve a long-running accusation that Moscow is violating the Reagan-era treaty.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “E PLURIBUS UNUM? THE FIGHT OVER IDENTITY POLITICS” FOREIGN POLICY
Editor-in-Chief’s Note: This link will lead you to a curated serious of essays responding to Frances Fukuyama’s recent book challenging identity politics, as well as a response to those critiques from Fukuyama. Respondents include Stacey Abrams, John Sides, Michael Tesler, Lynn Vavreck and Jennifer Richeson. Definitely worth a read.
ESSENTIAL #4: “BEN SASSE WILL PUSH BORN-ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT IN SENATE” ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS, NATIONAL REVIEW
From the article: “On the Senate floor this evening, Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) announced that he is starting a dual-track process for the Senate to consider his legislation, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, in light of Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s recent commentsabout late-term abortion legislation in his state.
Sasse is using the Rule 14 process to expedite consideration of the bill, as well as calling for a vote to pass the bill under unanimous consent on the Senate floor next week. ‘On Monday, I’m going to ask all 100 senators to come to the floor and be against infanticide. This shouldn’t be complicated,’ Sasse said.”