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On Politics: How Trump and Epstein Crossed Paths – The New York Times

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


• For years, President Trump was friends with Jeffrey E. Epstein, the billionaire charged with sex trafficking, once calling him a “terrific guy” who “likes beautiful women as much as I do.” While Mr. Trump has since dismissed the relationship, Mr. Epstein has played it up.

Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta on Tuesday faced fresh calls to resign over his role in brokering a lenient plea deal for Mr. Epstein as a federal prosecutor in Miami more than a decade ago. But the president has decided to stand by Mr. Acosta, saying he felt “badly” for him and praising him as “an excellent secretary of labor.”

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Mr. Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking people from following his Twitter account because they criticized or mocked him. The ruling could have broader implications for how the First Amendment applies to the social-media era.

Investigators for the inspector general recently interviewed Christopher Steele, the former British spy whose infamous dossier with links between Trump associates and Russia ended up in the hands of the F.B.I. in 2016. They spent two days with Mr. Steele to try and determine whether the F.B.I. misstepped in the inquiry.

Tensions between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” of freshmen congresswomen have burst into the open this week over the $4.6 billion border aid package, testing House Democratic unity.

Amy McGrath, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and combat pilot who lost her bid for a House seat last year, wants to challenge Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, for his seat in 2020.

The midterms were catastrophic for Republican women. But as of last month, 187 of them had filed or expressed interest in running for the House in 2020 — more than ran in the entire 2018 cycle.

Joe Biden and his wife earned more than $15 million since he left office, filings show, contradicting his longtime political persona of “Middle-Class Joe.”

Tom Steyer, the former hedge fund investor turned impeachment activist, reversed a decision to not enter the Democratic presidential primary. He plans to spend $100 million on his bid.

The Judiciary Committee will vote this week on subpoenas targeting the Trump administration’s family separation policy as well as the biggest names in the inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.

Ross Perot died on Tuesday. He was a significant figure in modern American politics: He won 19 percent of the vote in 1992, and his outsider campaign paved the way for the presidency of Mr. Trump.


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

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