February 1, 2019

2-1-2019 Political Nuggets…

Washington Brief

  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced he’s running for president. The 49-year-old, who was elected to the Senate in 2013 after serving as Newark’s mayor, launched his campaign on the first day of Black History Month, and plans to visit Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire later this month. (The Atlantic)
  • Investigators for the Senate Intelligence Committee have obtained evidence showing Donald Trump Jr.’s blocked phone calls ahead of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians were not to his father. Phone records show the president’s eldest son spoke instead with two family friends who used blocked numbers, NASCAR chief executive Brian France and the investor Howard Lorber, contradicting long-held suspicions among Democrats. (The New York Times)
  • The Trump administration is set announce the United States will withdraw from an arms control pact with Russia known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty as soon as today. American officials have accused Russia of being out of compliance with the agreement, and have raised concerns that China, which isn’t part of the 1987 treaty, is gaining military advantage in Asia that the U.S. can’t counter. (The Associated Press)

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