January 11, 2019

1-11-2019 Political Nuggets ….

Washington Brief

  • American forces began withdrawing from Syria, according to the military spokesman for the United States-led coalition against the Islamic State group. The announcement further muddled the Trump administration’s plans in the region, coming days after National Security Advisor John Bolton said the pullout was conditional and that troops could be there for several months or even years. (The New York Times)
  • The Trump administration is considering tapping unused money in the Army Corps of Engineers budget that was passed in a disaster-spending bill to fund the president’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The use of the funds would come as part of a plan to declare a national emergency to build the wall, a move that would face opposition in Congress and the courts but could create a path to end the 21-day partial government shutdown. (The Washington Post)
  • Republican political operatives and potential 2020 presidential candidates who oppose Trump’s re-election are eyeing early summer as the likely moment for deciding on a primary challenge or independent bid. The delay for possible candidates, such as former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, comes as the so-called “Never Trumpers” are waiting to see if political and legal controversies – namely special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe – drive him from office first. (Washington Examiner)

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