ESSENTIAL #1: “IS DAN CRENSHAW THE FUTURE OF THE GOP?” JOHN MCCORMACK, POLITICO
From the article: “Crenshaw’s combination of traditional conservatism and rising popularity put him in an unusual position in Congress. He describes himself as a ‘plain old conservative’—he supports free trade, wants to reform Medicare and Social Security, and thinks American troops should stay in Afghanistan (where an IED took one of the veteran’s eyes) as long as they’re needed to prevent another 9/11. That puts him at odds with Trump, whom Crenshaw has been unafraid to criticize, going so far as to call his rhetoric “insane” and ‘hateful’ during the 2016 presidential campaign. But Crenshaw is more ‘Sometimes Trump’ than ‘Never Trump.’ He is not pushing for a 2020 Republican primary challenge and is not trying to write off Trump’s wing of the party—hence, his warm reception at CPAC. In fact, Crenshaw has praised the president for his policies on immigration, even recently voting in support of Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a border wall, a move many conservatives opposed.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “ANDREW YANG IS ROSS PEROT FOR MILLENNIALS” MATTHEW WALTHER, THE WEEK
From the article: “What is fascinating to me about Yang is not that he has bothered to think carefully through dozens of issues that millions of ordinary Americans worry about and devise solutions to them, but the fact that none of his opponents have done so. Why do these people even want to run for president? Certainly not because they have any ideas about how they could help the rest of us.
In an earlier age when selecting a candidate was a prudential question about who was best qualified to do the same sorts of reasonable things everyone wanted for the country rather than a quasi-existential affirmation of our views about good and evil, someone like Yang would have made a great president. Reasonable people of either party should be able to see the wisdom in what he says about postal banking or vocational training in high schools or mandatory paid leave. I, for one, long for a time when they do.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “THE MEETING WAS SUPPOSED TO EASE TENSIONS BETWEEN MUSLIM AND JEWISH DEMOCRATS. IT ENDED WITH TEARS.” RACHEL BADE AND MIKE DEBONIS, THE WASHINGTON POST
From the article: “The abrupt end to the March 5 meeting was a discomfiting moment in a previously unreported, behind-the-scenes effort inside the diverse class of House Democrats to foster tolerance amid the withering pressure of Washington.
Democrats’ convulsive efforts to respond to Omar’s recent criticisms of Israel have exposed ugly rifts in the party over religion and U.S. ally Israel that have boiled over on Twitter and in the public sphere. Those interparty fights have distracted from the party’s legislative agenda and fueled political attacks from Republicans, including President Trump.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “BETO O'ROURKE RAISED MASSIVE $6.1 MILLION HIS FIRST DAY IN THE 2020 RACE, CAMPAIGN SAYS” ERIC BRADNER, CNN
From the article: “Beto O'Rourke raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his presidential campaign, his campaign said Monday, in what amounts to the largest announced first-day haul of any 2020 Democratic contender to date.
The former Texas congressman raised $6,136,763 in online donations from all 50 states in the first day, his campaign said. That tops the $5.9 million one-day total Sen. Bernie Sanders announced after he launched his campaign. The closest other 2020 Democratic candidate to publicize their first-day fundraising total was California Sen. Kamala Harris at $1.5 million.”