A BUNCH OF UPDATES FROM THE CAPITOL: FIRST … SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI advised House Democrats that they may vote WEDNESDAY on transmitting the impeachment articles to the Senate. She didn’t announce the impeachment managers -- the closest thing on this process to prosecuting attorneys.
-- SMART MONEY is clearly on both Reps. JERRY NADLER (D-N.Y.) and ADAM SCHIFF (D-Calif.) being managers. Nadler informed a gaggle of reporters he “would anticipate” to be named a manager. It’s unclear what number of and who else Pelosi might decide. In Invoice Clinton’s 1999 Senate trial, there were 13.
AND SECOND … SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL gave further perception into his serious about witnesses as he opened the Senate flooring this morning. This, to us, alerts he isn't all too all for new witnesses.
-- MCCONNELL: “If the prevailing case is robust, there’s no want for the decide and the jury to reopen the investigation. If the prevailing case is weak, Home Democrats ought to not have impeached in the first place. I feel I’m starting to perceive why the speaker needed to vary the subject to tax coverage. But unfortunately, regardless of how irresponsibly this has been dealt with across the Capitol, impeachment is just not a political recreation, and the USA Senate won't treat it like one.
“The House majority, fueled by political animus, might have began this with frivolity, but it is going to fall to the Senate … to finish it with seriousness and sobriety. It'll fall to us to do what the founders meant: to take the long view, transfer beyond partisan passions, and do what the long-term good of our institution and our nation calls for.”
ON WITNESSES … SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-Tenn.) -- seen as a attainable vote for witnesses -- stated this to a gaggle of reporters simply outdoors the Senate chamber: “We've got a constitutional duty here -- just because the Home was a circus doesn’t imply the Senate must be. So we should always hear the case. … We should always hear the arguments, we should always ask our questions. And then we should always vote on whether or not we'd like further witnesses. I feel that’s a good and impartial strategy to go about it. And it follows the Clinton impeachment process virtually precisely.”
SPOTTED getting into McConnell’s office this morning: U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, and later, Sen. TED CRUZ (R-Texas).
USMCA UPDATE … SEN. JOHN THUNE (R-S.D.), the Senate’s majority whip, advised reporters that the chamber will attempt to transfer USMCA and the Conflict Powers decision via the chamber this week -- earlier than the impeachment trial begins next week. More on that from Burgess Everett
GOOD POINT -- NANCY COOK and MERIDITH MCGRAW: “Trump tries scripting a made-for-TV drama out of his impeachment trial”: “The most important gamble now's the White Home’s determination to put Pat Cipollone, the highest lawyer, out in front as the face of the president’s defense. Whereas Cipollone is called a well-respected litigator inside conservative circles and an in depth ally of the president, his chops on TV remain unproven at greatest. ‘I do assume we'll see plenty of Pat Cipollone for the primary time, and that is something everyone seems to be anticipating. I don’t understand how a lot TV Pat has finished,’ a former senior administration official stated.” POLITICO
Good Tuesday afternoon.
THE LATEST ON IRAN -- “Europeans trigger Iran nuclear deal mediation,” by POLITICO Europe’s David Herszenhorn: “Britain, France and Germany triggered a mediation process on Tuesday aimed toward forcing Iran to return to compliance with limits positioned on its nuclear program, or probably face the reimposition of international sanctions. ...
“In a joint statement, the overseas ministers … stated that they had no selection but to take action after the escalation of the battle between Iran and the U.S., during which Trump ordered the killing of a prime Iranian basic, and Tehran introduced that it was discarding more key elements of the nuclear deal — including a limit on centrifuges. The Iranian government issued a press release saying its nuclear program ‘not faces any operational restrictions.’
“Consequently, the Europeans stated they might not credibly proceed to try to save the settlement with out triggering the dispute decision process.” POLITICO Europe
A HEADLINE POTUS WILL LIKE -- “In a Yr of Commerce Conflict, U.S. Deficit With China Shrank,” by WSJ’s Chao Deng in Beijing: “President Trump’s commerce warfare with Beijing decreased the U.S.’s trade deficit with China last yr, although Chinese language producers still export much more to the U.S. than vice versa. …
“Chinese language customs knowledge on Tuesday showed that the nation had a commerce surplus with the U.S. of $295.eight billion final yr, compared with a document $323.3 billion in 2018. The figures symbolize China’s first full yr of commerce knowledge because the commerce warfare started. China’s 12.5% decline in exports to the U.S. final yr would have narrowed the U.S. deficit extra, but Chinese imports from the U.S. dropped even quicker.” WSJ
LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR -- “NSA discovered a dangerous Microsoft software program flaw and alerted the agency — moderately than weaponize it,” by WaPo’s Ellen Nakashima: “The National Security Agency just lately discovered a serious flaw in Microsoft’s Home windows operating system — one that would probably expose pc users to vital breaches or surveillance, and alerted the agency to the issue slightly than turn it right into a hacking weapon, in accordance to individuals acquainted with the matter.
“The disclosure represents a serious shift within the NSA’s strategy, choosing to place pc safety forward of constructing up its arsenal of hacking tools that permit the agency to spy on adversaries’ networks, in accordance with the individuals acquainted with the matter who spoke on situation of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Microsoft plans to situation a patch for the flaw on Tuesday, the individuals stated.” WaPo
FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Russia downplays failed Libya talks earlier than Berlin summit,” by AP’s Daria Litvinova and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow: “Russia and Turkey proposed a cease-fire last week in hopes of bringing an finish to the north African country’s long-running civil conflict. Fayez Sarraj, the top of Libya’s U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli, and his rival, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, got here to Moscow on Monday for talks with Russian and Turkish diplomats and army officials. The talks lasted about seven hours, and Sarraj and Hifter didn’t meet instantly.
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office stated Tuesday it was inviting both Sarraj and Hifter to the summit scheduled for Sunday in Berlin. Invites additionally have been going to prime officials from the USA, Russia, Britain, France, China, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and a number of other African and Arab nations, the chancellor’s workplace stated.” AP
SAD STORY -- “He thought his U.S. passport and letters to Trump would save him from dying in an Egyptian prison. He was flawed,” by WaPo’s Sudarsan Raghavan in Cairo: “As an American imprisoned in Egypt, Mustafa Kassem thought his government would come to his rescue from what he saw as his unjust incarceration. The 54-year-old auto elements vendor seen his blue U.S. passport as a bulletproof vest that made him untouchable, especially from a authorities that receives billions in American assist, his relations have stated.
“By the point he died on Monday of apparent coronary heart failure, after greater than six years in jail with negligent medical care, Kassem’s religion in American power had damaged down. Influential U.S. politicians referred to as for his release however never applied any real strain, reminiscent of the threat of sanctions. … His demise raises critical questions concerning the means of the Trump administration to help as many as a half-dozen People nonetheless inside Egyptian jails, the vast majority for flimsy causes, based on human rights activists — not to mention the hundreds of different political detainees experiencing equally poor circumstances.” WaPo
BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- “Wisconsin appeals courtroom puts voter rolls purge on maintain,” by AP’s Scott Bauer in Madison, Wis.: “A Wisconsin appeals courtroom on Tuesday put on maintain an order to instantly take away up to 209,000 names from the state’s voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state.
“The appeals courtroom sided with the bipartisan state elections commission in placing the brakes on removing any voters whereas the courtroom struggle continues. It also put on maintain a ruling from Monday during which a decide discovered the commission and its three Democratic members in contempt for not continuing with removing the voters.” AP
2020 WATCH -- GABBY ORR: “Trump seems to reward conservative Catholics for their loyalty”: “Until Trump carried 52 % of their votes in 2016, American Catholics supported the Democratic nominee in all however four presidential cycles since 1952. But after betting it all on the thrice-married Manhattan businessman — Trump gained white Catholics by a 23-point margin, in comparison with Mitt Romney’s 19-point victory in 2012 — they never acquired a lot as a ‘thanks’ from the 45th president. …
“If the 2020 election might be gained or lost within the Rust Belt … the president can’t afford to have Catholics feeling omitted. … Inside the Trump campaign, preparations are underway for a “Catholics for Trump” coalition and a collection of occasions that may get the president and his surrogates in front of pleasant Catholic audiences. In line with three individuals conversant in the planning, Trump is predicted to deliver remarks in late March at the Nationwide Catholic Prayer Breakfast.” POLITICO
ELIZABETH WARREN speaks to the NYT ED BOARD … and takes a shot at MIKE BLOOMBERG … NYT: “You have a lot of people in this nation who truly, in the event you asked them about Obamacare, they hate it. These are the same individuals who are being wounded by the fixed diminution of medical care beneath the Trump administration. How do you persuade those individuals?”
WARREN: “So I’ve finished half one concerning the inside/outdoors concept of change, however the second half, that’s why we’ve acquired to do that by means of grass roots movement. We can't do this via tv commercials. If profitable the presidency, and I’ll converse only to the Democratic aspect, is about who comes in, and oh, let’s see, drops $37 million in one week on TV advertisements, and that’s what it takes to win a Democratic main, then we have now a democracy that’s just our TV advertisements versus their TV advertisements, and at that level, they’re pretend news. They claim ours is pretend information, right? Everyone simply gets farther and farther and farther into their corners.” Full transcript
-- WARREN ALSO SAID it was a “very dangerous concept” for, as the questioner put it, “youngsters of sitting presidents and vice presidents to serve on the boards of overseas corporations or in any other case revenue from their mother and father’ service.” However when pressed about former VP JOE BIDEN particularly, she stated, “I’m not going to do that. I’m just not. I’m not here to take on Joe Biden and what Joe Biden has completed. I’m glad to talk to you about why I’m operating for president, however not to attack him.”
PRE-DEBATE READING -- POLITICO MAGAZINE’S MICHAEL KRUSE in Ottumwa, Iowa: “Why Voters Are Nervous About Amy Klobuchar”: “What I heard from the voters I talked to was mounting angst and indecision. That Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are too far to the left. That Biden is just too previous. That Pete Buttigieg is just too young. That Tom Steyer has an excessive amount of cash. I heard them yearn for a candidate who was good, squarely in the center, in the midst of the age vary, and of the political spectrum, and of the country itself.
“And I heard these voters, women and men, self-described moderates enough to at the least come to observe Klobuchar, 59, praise her for her bipartisan bent and legislative success and the best way she’s run this race, after which typically cease in need of pledging their full help. Virtually each conversation I had ultimately touched on her gender. And it wasn’t just ‘previous white guys’ who appeared to have doubts.” POLITICO Magazine
-- “Perez defends debate thresholds ahead of smallest, whitest Dem debate yet,” by Caitlin Oprysko: “‘We’ve set a remarkably inclusive and admittedly low bar all through the campaigns, John, and I’m pleased with that and because of that we did have probably the most numerous subject in American historical past and I am pleased with that,’ [DNC Chairman Tom] Perez informed CNN’s John Berman. ‘What we stated each month was that the closer we received to Iowa we might do what we have all the time executed, which is increase the bar.’”
THE POLICY PRIMARY -- “Warren guarantees to cancel scholar loan debt utilizing government powers,” by Michael Stratford: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stated Tuesday that she would take government motion to cancel most scholar loans, vowing to sidestep Congress to accomplish a progressive aim that faces stiff opposition from Republicans and even some average Democrats.
“Warren detailed a sweeping new strategy to offer scholar debt aid to 42 million People on ‘day one’ of her administration — which she stated could possibly be achieved by means of a presidential directive underneath present regulation. … Warren is now the first major 2020 presidential candidate to name for implementing a large scholar loan forgiveness program by way of government motion without congressional approval.” POLITICO … The plan
CLIMATE FILES -- “Who Controls Trump’s Environmental Coverage?” by NYT’s Lisa Friedman and Claire O’Neill: “A small number of individuals at a number of federal businesses have vast power over the safety of American air and water. Beneath the Trump administration, the individuals appointed to those positions overwhelmingly used to work in the fossil gasoline, chemical and agriculture industries.
“During their time in authorities they have been responsible for loosening or undoing almost 100 environmental protections from air pollution and pesticides, as well as weakening preservations of natural assets and efforts to curb planet-warming greenhouse fuel emissions. Of 20 key officers throughout a number of businesses, 15 came from careers in the oil, fuel, coal, chemical or agriculture industries, whereas one other three hail from state governments that have spent years resisting environmental laws.” NYT
-- Bob Cohn is now president/managing director for The Economist. He previously was president of The Atlantic.
-- David Lim is joining POLITICO as a well being care reporter masking the medical gadget business and the FDA. He most lately was a reporter at Business Dive, where he launched MedTech Dive.
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