Canada pushing back against U.S. attempts to change text of USMCA deal: official – National |
Canada is pushing back against U.S. attempts to change the text of their September trade pact and the issue may have to be referred to ministers to settle, a Canadian source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.
“Some of the stuff they (the Americans) have been putting forward is not at all what we agreed to,” said the source, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hillary? – POLITICO Magazine
In recent months, some reporters who cover the Trump White House have received phone calls from the last person they would expect: Hillary Clinton.
The 2016 Democratic nominee has been rethinking her relationship with the press, among the many things she has been turning over—and over—in her head, acknowledging that her grouchy relationship with journalists was a problem. Now, she’s curious about the reporters covering Trump and has been putting out the occasional feeler.

Democrats agree to confirmations of 15 Trump judges – POLITICO
Senate Democrats accepted an offer Thursday from Senate Republicans to confirm 15 lifetime federal judges in exchange for the ability to go into recess through the midterms, allowing endangered Democrats to campaign.
The calculation by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his caucus was simple: That Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would be able to confirm roughly 15 judges if he kept the Senate in session for the next few weeks anyway. So Democrats OK’d an offer to confirm three Circuit Court judges and 12 Circuit Court judges as the price to pay to go home for election season.

Hope Hicks, Former Top Trump Aide, Joins Fox as Communications Chief – The New York Times
The Murdoch family, in the throes of reshaping its media empire, is bringing on a lieutenant with experience in chaotic environments: President Trump’s former communications director, Hope Hicks.
Starting next year, Ms. Hicks, one of the most recognizable alumni of Mr. Trump’s White House, will become the chief communications officer of Fox, the company to be spun out of the Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox.

McConnell: ‘The Senate’s not broken’ – POLITICO
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday said the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a “low point in the Senate” but that he is proud of how his fellow Republicans handled it.
“The Senate’s not broken,” McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Senators digging in for last stand in Kavanaugh confirmation fight – POLITICO
As Democrats and Republicans in Congress dig in for what could be the final chapter of Brett Kavanaugh’s tumultuous confirmation battle, both parties are pushing hard on behalf of an FBI investigation. Just not the same one. Democrats, newly emboldened by a tenuous alliance forged with Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, are banking on federal agents’ uncovering evidence to corroborate the accounts of several women who have leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh over the past month.

Early release: House ditches D.C. until after midterms – POLITICO
House Republicans couldn’t wait to get out of Washington on Friday, and Democrats couldn’t stop smiling about it.
“We take nothing for granted, but we feel very optimistic about the opportunity that is there,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who grinned at reporters as she told them about an upcoming campaign trip to Texas.

Supreme Court Decides In Favor Of Baker Over Same-Sex Couple In Cake-Shop Case : NPR…
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the 7-to-2 decision was on the narrowest of grounds and left unresolved whether business owners have a free-speech right to refuse to sell goods and services to same-sex couples.

Trump’s madcap, unscripted gun control meeting with lawmakers, explained – Vox
“You’re scared of the NRA,” President Donald Trump declared in a room of lawmakers Wednesday during a meeting on guns that pushed Republican priorities to the sidelines and had Democrats in the room cheering.

Trump floats two-step plan for gun control: More guns, more control | CFJC Today

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