May 9, 2017

5-09-2017 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • President Donald Trump’s top military and foreign policy advisers proposed a plan that would expand U.S. efforts to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan and authorize the Pentagon, instead of the White House, to set troop numbers. The proposal requires Trump’s approval before implementation. (The Washington Post)
  • Federal judges appeared skeptical of arguments made by a Justice Department lawyer that Trump’s temporary travel ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries is based on national security concerns and not religious discrimination. (Reuters)
  • Senate Republicans are working with House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to find common ground on health care legislation. Senators are pushing to the left on Medicaid, Meadows said, but House conservatives might welcome an effort to eliminate the advance refundable tax credits. (HuffPost)
  • The White House postponed a meeting planned for today on whether to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. This is the second time the meeting has been delayed. (The Associated Press)
  • Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates said the Trump administration waited 18 days to dismiss then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn after she informed officials he may have been compromised by the Russians. Then-President Barack Obama also raised concerns about Flynn to Trump when the two met on Nov. 10 at the White House. (The New York Times)

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