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On Politics: Democrats Split on Emergency Migrant Aid – The New York Times

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Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.


Amid evidence of deplorable conditions in migrant detention facilities, Congress is trying to rush $4.5 billion in emergency aid to the border while putting new restrictions on President Trump’s immigration crackdown. Some Democrats are resisting, worried that the money would be used to carry out Mr. Trump’s aggressive tactics.

Pressuring Iran’s leaders and further squeezing its economy in retaliation for what the United States says are recent aggressive acts, the president announced Monday that he was imposing new sanctions on the country.

Mr. Trump denied the writer E. Jean Carroll’s accusation that he sexually assaulted her in a dressing room in the 1990s, saying, “She’s not my type.” It wasn’t his first such response to an assault allegation.

A confessed courier for Al Qaeda is seeking time off his sentence as compensation for the torture he endured in secret C.I.A. prisons.

As American economic growth continues, Mr. Trump keeps bashing the Federal Reserve. On Monday, he blamed the central bank for reining in an economy on track to reach its longest expansion in history.

Mr. Trump has made heckling the Fed and its chair, Jerome H. Powell, something of a sport. But Federal Reserve chairs and presidents have long had fraught relationships.

The House Judiciary Committee reached a deal with Annie Donaldson, a key source of information for Robert S. Mueller III’s obstruction of justice investigation. It will allow the former White House lawyer to delay public testimony but require her to answer written questions in the meantime.

Elizabeth Warren was Betsy to her mother, who expected her to marry. She was Liz to fellow high school debaters, whom she regularly beat. Now, the lessons of an Oklahoma childhood are at center stage in the presidential race.

Senator Bernie Sanders, along with Representatives Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal, introduced legislation that would cancel all student debt and eliminate tuition at public and community colleges.

Pete Buttigieg is a technocrat trained in performance management. But the presidential candidate’s response to a fatal police shooting in South Bend, Ind., where he is mayor, has raised questions about his ability to forge personal connections.

Sara Gideon, the Democratic speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, is challenging Senator Susan Collins, making her the most formidable opponent yet for a Senate seat Democrats are eyeing for 2020.

The White House is directing Kellyanne Conway, the president’s counselor, to refuse to testify before a House committee about her repeated violations of a federal ethics law.


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.

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