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January 7, 2019

1-7-2019 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, laid out conditions for removing U.S. troops from Syria, signaling a pause to the abrupt withdrawal the administration announced in December. Bolton said there was no timetable for withdrawal, while Trump said, “we won’t be finally pulled out until ISIS is gone.” (The Associated Press)
  • The Trump administration began taking steps to mitigate the fallout from the partial government shutdown, with the Department of Housing and Urban Development sending landlords letters as part of a last-minute effort to prevent the eviction of thousands of tenants and the National Park Service authorizing the use of entrance fees to pay for trash pickup and other operations. Acting White House budget director Russell Vought sent a letter to congressional leaders officially requesting $5.7 billion “for construction of a steel barrier for the Southwest border” and proposing an additional $800 million to address “urgent humanitarian needs” of migrants. ( The Washington Post)
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden is leaning toward running for the Democratic nomination for president and will most likely make a decision in the next two weeks, according to Democratic sources. With other major candidates besides Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) still on the sidelines at this point, Biden is under pressure by major donors to make up his mind by the end of the month. (The New York Times)
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