March 4, 2019

3-4-2019 Political Nuggets….

by Eli Yokley

Washington Brief

  • California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration’s changes to the Title X family planning program that would shift tens of millions of dollars from abortion providers to faith-based pregnancy clinics. The lawsuit is the first of what is expected to be several legal challenges to the rule that, among other things, would cause Planned Parenthood to drastically change its operations or lose an estimated $60 million in annual funding. (The Washington Post)
  • The House is set to vote Wednesday on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism following the latest blowback to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments about the U.S.-Israel relationship. The resolution comes after top Democrats accused the Minnesota lawmaker of anti-Semitism for referring to pro-Israel advocates‘ “allegiance to a foreign country.” (Politico)
  • Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who had been serving as a senior counselor at the Justice Department since Attorney General William Barr was sworn in last month, left his position at the Justice Department on Saturday. Sources said Whitaker has told friends that he will remain in Washington because there are “many opportunities here,” but his next move is unknown. (NBC News)
  • Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the second governor to enter the crowded 2020 race. The field of Democratic candidates now stands at 14, including six senators. (CNN)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he will support a House resolution that would overturn President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border, joining three other GOP senators in backing the resolution. Paul’s support appears to provide the majority needed to send the measure to Trump, who has said he would veto it. (The New York Times)
  • The House Judiciary Committee is planning to request documents from more than 60 Trump associates, including his sons and longtime chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, according to Rep. Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the committee’s chairman. Nadler, whose committee controls the initiation of impeachment proceedings, said in an interview that he believes the president had obstructed justice, but is not planning to launch impeachment proceedings imminently. (The Wall Street Journal)

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