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January 2, 2019

1-2-2019 Political Nuggets…

Washington Brief

  • President Donald Trump has invited top congressional leaders to the White House today f0r a briefing on border security, marking what would be their first face-to-face meeting since part of the government shut down on Dec. 22. The meeting comes after White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called a Democratic plan to reopen eight departments through September and separately fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8 “a non-starter.” (Bloomberg)
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to run as a Democrat for president, saying in an interview “we’re laying the groundwork that would make this a feasible thing in the relatively short term.” Inslee, who said he’d make climate change the central priority of his campaign, has been lining up campaign contributors and is soon expected to launch an official presidential exploratory committee. (The Atlantic)
  • In an op-ed, Sen.-elect Mitt Romney (R-Utah) slammed  Trump’s character and said the president’s “words and actions have caused dismay around the world.” Romney, a Trump critic since the 2016 campaign, said he would speak out against “significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.” (The Washington Post)
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