“President Trump kicked off the first full day of a state visit to Japan on Sunday by playing down North Korea’s recent tests of short-range ballistic missiles, undercutting declarations by both Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the president’s own national security adviser that the launches violated United Nations resolutions,” the New York Times reports.
“Lawyers for President Donald Trump have reached an agreement with the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees to hold off for now on enforcing the subpoenas for Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One, according to a court document and a source familiar with the agreement,” CNN reports. “Similar to a deal reached earlier this week with the House Oversight committee, the agreement allows for an expedited appeal schedule.”
Kinzinger is a Republican Congressman from Illinois.
“President Trump’s new executive order giving the attorney general broad authority to declassify government secrets threatens to expose U.S. intelligence sources and could distort the FBI and CIA’s roles in investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections,” the Washington Post reports.
“It appeared unprecedented to give an official who is not in charge of an intelligence agency the power to reveal its secrets. Current and former intelligence officials said they were concerned that Barr could selectively declassify information that paints the intelligence agencies and the FBI in a bad light without giving a complete picture of their efforts in 2016.”
The Guardian: “Donald Trump’s war with the US press began as an act in the absence of effective Democratic opposition then spiraled out of control, according to an eagerly awaited new book by one of the chief targets of the president’s fury.”
“In The Enemy of the People, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta writes that after an early confrontation, close Trump aide Hope Hicks called him to say the president wanted him to know he was ‘very professional today.’”
“Trump, Acosta writes, had just called the reporter ‘fake news’ and ‘very fake news’ after being asked about Russian election interference at a press conference in February 2017.”
Said Acosta: “When he called us ‘fake news’, it was, in his mind, an act.”
“Pete Buttigieg is aiming to shake the Democratic presidential race with a massive fundraising total this quarter, staking his claim in the top tier of the primary and demonstrating staying power after rocketing to prominence two months ago,” Politico reports.
“Buttigieg is encouraging moneyed supporters to juice his campaign’s fundraising with a new bundling program… Members at different levels of the program pledge to raise anywhere from $25,000 to $250,000 for Buttigieg over the course of the primary campaign and receive special perks, including briefings with the candidate and senior campaign staff.”
Vice President Mike Pence warned West Point graduates on Saturday to expect combat at some point during their service in a “dangerous” world, the HuffPost reports. Said Pence: “It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life. You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) repeatedly compared President Trump to a dictator during the president’s inaugural address, the HuffPost reports. Said Klobuchar: “I sat on that stage between Bernie and John McCain, and John McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation. He understood it. He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did.”
The Guardian: “Prominent figures on the Christian right in the US ranging from religious magazines to authors to elected politicians have warned that the fight over abortion rights could lead to a new civil war.”
“Though such dire predictions are not necessarily new on the extreme right wing in the US, the passing of a wave of hardline anti-abortion laws in numerous states this year appears to have amped up the conspiracy-minded predictions that depict abortion squarely as a root cause of a coming conflict.”