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July 12, 2018

7-11-2018 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • The U.S. government missed the court-ordered Tuesday deadline of reuniting all of the 102 migrant children under 5 years old who were separated with their parents, connecting just 38 children by the end of the day. The government faces a July 26 deadline to reunite almost 3,000 older kids. (Bloomberg)
  • President Donald Trump criticized allies’ defense spending and said a pipeline project has made Germany “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia.” The testy exchange with North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg marked a combative start to Trump’s NATO visit, where he is set to meet with the leaders of Germany and France later today. (The Associated Press)
  • The Trump administration announced it would place 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports such as fish and luggage. The new round of tariffs follows last week’s duties on $34 billion in Chinese goods, and is likely to be met with threats of retaliation from Beijing. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • A plurality of Democrats support calls to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a new survey conducted amid the activist fury on the left over Trump’s immigration policies. But, the issue could be a rallying point for Republicans, with 52 percent saying they’re much less likely to support a candidate for Congress if the candidate supports getting rid of ICE. (Morning Consult)
  • Lisa Page, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with agent Peter Strzok, will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee today for a planned closed-door interview, according to her lawyer, defying a subpoena. Her decision to not comply with the subpoena, which her lawyer said was because she did not have “sufficient time” to prepare, could lead to her being held in contempt of Congress. (CNN)

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