ESSENTIAL #1: “MICHAEL COHEN WILL REPORTEDLY TESTIFY THAT TRUMP COMMITTED CRIMES AFTER HE TOOK OFFICE” JACK HOLMES, ESQUIRE
From the article: “as Donald Trump's longtime fixer, Michael Cohen made himself into one of the most unsavory characters in the now-president's orbit. And that's saying something. Cohen paid off people Trump wanted to go away, threatened reporters in disgusting terms to try to kill stories, and worked with another Trump Organization executive—Felix Sater, a convicted felon with links to the Russian mob—on a deal for a Trump Tower Moscow while Trump was simultaneously running for president.
Cohen will first testify behind closed doors before a Senate committee on Tuesday. But he's set to speak publicly about much of the above when he appears before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday, and the Wall Street Journal had quite a line in its preview: ‘Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former lawyer, will for the first time publicly accuse the president of criminal conduct while in office related to a hush-money payment to a porn star.’”
ESSENTIAL #2: “BILL ON BOTCHED ABORTIONS FAILS TO PASS SENATE” JON WARD, YAHOO NEWS
From the article: “The U.S. Senate failed to pass a Republican-sponsored bill on Monday intended to increase criminal penalties for doctors who do not try to resuscitate babies who survive third-trimester abortions.
Three Democrats — Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia — joined 50 Republicans in voting for the bill introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., but the measure fell short of the 60-vote threshold required to overcome a filibuster. Forty-four Democrats voted against the bill.
The vote, and the debate that preceded it, was a textbook case of how polarized the two parties have become on the issues of abortion and women’s rights.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “AMERICA MUST STAND AS A BULWARK AGAINST AUTOCRACY” ADAM SCHIFF, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “This week, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearing under the new Democratic majority. When I took over as chairman of the committee in January, there was no shortage of topics that would be obvious candidates for the committee to focus on—China’s growing might, Russian interference in our election, Turkey’s drift, or countless other threats. Our first hearing will not be on any of those topics, but rather on an issue that may surpass them all in importance, and yet underlies each: the rise of authoritarianism and the threat to liberal democracy around the world.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “2020 DEMOCRATIC HOPEFULS EMBRACE NEW MEANING OF REPARATIONS” ERRIN HAINES WHACK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
From the article: “Several Democratic presidential candidates are embracing reparations for the descendants of slaves — but not in the traditional sense.
Over the past week, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro spoke of the need for the U.S. government to reckon with and make up for centuries of stolen labor and legal oppression. But instead of backing the direct compensation of African-Americans for the legacy of slavery, the Democratic candidates are talking about using tax credits and other subsidies.”