ESSENTIAL #1: “NEW POLL FINDS ‘DRAMATIC SHIFT’ ON ABORTION ATTITUDES” ALAYNA TREENE, AXIOS
From the article: “The recent debate over ‘late-term abortion,’ fueled by state measures in New York and Virginia that loosened, or sought to loosen, abortion restrictions toward the end of a woman's pregnancy, has caused ‘a dramatic shift’ in public attitudes towards abortion policy, according to Barbara Carvalho who directed a new Marist poll, commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization.
By the numbers: The poll found Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life (47%) as they are pro-choice (47%). Last month, a similar Marist survey found that Americans were more likely to identify as pro-choice than pro-life 55% to 38%, a 17-point gap.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “JOAQUIN CASTRO FILES MEASURE TO BLOCK TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY OVER BORDER WALL” TOM BENNING, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
From the article: “San Antonio Rep. Joaquin Castro on Friday filed a resolution aimed at stymieing the national emergency President Donald Trump declared to build more of his signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border than Congress has funded.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “WHAT TRUMP AND KIM ACTUALLY AGREED TO AT THEIR FIRST MEETING—AND WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED AFTERWARD” ADAM TAYLOR, THE WASHINGTON POST
From the article: “This week, President Trump will meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, hoping to build on the agreement he reached with Kim after their summit in June. In a tweet Sunday, Trump said he and Kim ‘expect a continuation of the progress made at first Summit in Singapore.’
But that raises a big question: Has there been any progress? The answer is complicated.
Although Trump has spoken warmly of Kim since meeting him last year, the agreement signed by the two leaders was notably light on details. At 400 words, it was far more brief than most international agreements. And though it set out four areas of agreement between the two sides, it framed those areas so vaguely that analysts wondered whether Washington and Pyongyang had the same interpretation of the document they signed.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “PENCE ON VENEZUELA: ‘WE WILL STAND WITH YOU UNTIL…LIBERTAD IS RESTORED” SASHA INGBER, NPR
From the article: “Vice President Pence traveled to Bogotá, Colombia, on Monday and urged regional leaders to support Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, vowing that the U.S. will stand with the opposition leader "until your libertadis restored."
Pence also announced U.S. sanctions against several border-state governors aligned with embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro who are said to be involved in blocking shipments of humanitarian aid from reaching Venezuelans.”