4-13-2017 Political Nuggets….
- Administration officials publicly criticized Russia’s role in Syria, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow for the first time since President Donald Trump took office. In Washington, Trump embraced NATO – an organization he once called “obsolete.” (The New York Times)
- Even as his administration is working on proposed changes to the tax code, Trump is refocused on health care. He threatened to withhold payments to insurers in order to get Democrats to the negotiating table. (The Wall Street Journal)
- An internal Department of Homeland Security assessment showed that the administration is taking steps to build a nationwide deportation force. Congress is resisting funding increases at DHS. (The Washington Post)
- House Republican leaders provided lawmakers with talking points to navigate town hall meetings they are facing back home. They call for praising the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and promising to deliver on repealing Obamacare. (The Huffington Post)