Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• The Trump administration will make it harder for legal immigrants who rely on government benefit programs, such as food stamps and subsidized housing, to become permanent residents as part of a new policy aimed at altering the flow of immigration and reducing the number of poor immigrants.
• Democrats want to revive a ban on assault weapons, but with Republicans in charge of the Senate and President Trump in the White House, an assault weapons ban has little chance of being signed into law before 2021.
• Democratic candidates are used to arguing over health care, but there hasn’t been a robust policy discussion on gun control in a presidential primary since 2000. Now, candidates are navigating an electorate driven in part by young voters who came of age in the mass shooting era.
• Joe Biden tends to say the wrong thing, and he knows it. It’s not because he is 76, his campaign says — he has always had this tendency. But some advisers are privately nervous that his recent gaffe spree will become cemented into the larger narrative of the presidential race.
• Most presidential candidates use the 10-day Iowa State Fair to showcase their retail campaigning skill. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, spoke to almost no one during his weekend visit.
• The Trump administration announced far-reaching revisions to the Endangered Species Act, significantly weakening the nation’s bedrock conservation law and making it harder to protect wildlife from the multiple threats posed by climate change.
• The military’s top commando general has ordered a wide-ranging review into the culture and ethics of the elite military forces following several reports of drug use, misconduct and violence.
• Mr. Trump’s tweets on Jeffrey Epstein revived a favorite conspiratorial genre of the president’s: accusing, directly or indirectly, his political enemies of murder.
• After his 11-day tenure at the White House ended in the summer of 2017, Anthony Scaramucci, Mr. Trump’s former communications director, spent the next two years carving out a reliable niche for himself: defending Mr. Trump on television networks. But that ended last week.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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