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On Politics: Trump Prepares for Economic Trouble – The New York Times

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

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Even though President Trump continues to insist the economy is “doing tremendously well,” White House officials have begun preparing options to help prevent it from falling into a recession, including a payroll tax cut and a reversal of some tariffs.

Days after a pair of deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Mr. Trump said he was prepared to act by endorsing what he described as “very meaningful background checks.” Two weeks later, his resolve on the issue has appeared to crumble, reverting instead to right-wing talking points on guns.

Rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule that forbids referring women to doctors who can perform abortions, Planned Parenthood said Monday that it will withdraw from the federal family planning program that provides birth control and other health services to poor women.

Justice Department lawyers told the Supreme Court on Monday that Mr. Trump acted lawfully when he decided to end an Obama-era program that protects young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Five months after its territorial defeat, the Islamic State is regaining strength in Iraq and Syria. The terror group is conducting guerrilla attacks in the region as defense officials acknowledge that it is here to stay.

At a Native American Forum in Iowa, Elizabeth Warren offered a direct, public apology for the “harm” she caused with her past claims of Native American ancestry and pledged to uplift Native people as president.

• Jill Biden made a blunt case for her husband, Joe Biden, on Monday, telling New Hampshire voters, “You may like another candidate better, but you have to look at who’s going to win.”

After making baseless claims of voter fraud, the president has turned to a new way of explaining his loss of the popular vote in 2016: Declaring Google “manipulated” millions of votes. Here’s our fact check explaining why that doesn’t add up.

Demographics and redistricting are transforming Virginia, where November legislative elections are being closely watched for signs of where the nation is headed politically.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday that the United States will allow American companies to continue doing business with Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, for an additional 90 days.

The acting director of the Bureau of Prisons was reassigned on Monday, Attorney General William P. Barr announced, the latest fallout over the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein at a chronically understaffed federal jail.

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

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