Good Wednesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• After mass shootings in Texas and Ohio led President Trump to pledge action on gun control, gun rights advocates have waged an aggressive campaign to change his mind. A 30-minute phone call between the president and Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the N.R.A., ended the way that Mr. LaPierre had hoped it would: with Mr. Trump espousing the group’s talking points.
• Mr. Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty.” Mr. Trump did not go into specifics, but his language is reminiscent of the anti-Semitic smear that Jews have a “dual loyalty” and are more devoted to Israel than they are to their own countries.
• Last fall, administration officials displayed a series of charts that showed how Mr. Trump’s economy was outperforming President Barack Obama’s. But many of the indicators used to showcase a Trump-fueled boom have fizzled amid the president’s escalating trade fights.
• Mr. Trump said that he is considering giving investors a big tax cut that would primarily benefit the rich, and that he believes he can do it without approval from Congress.
• A decade after the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve is steadily making regulatory changes that could chip away at requirements put in place to prevent a repeat of the 2008 meltdown.
• Mr. Trump on Tuesday night abruptly canceled a coming trip to Denmark. The reason? Because the country was not interested in discussing the purchase of Greenland.
• A Nazi sympathizer who threatened to butcher a Hispanic woman and bragged that Mr. Trump would wipe out nonwhites in a “racial war and crusade” was arrested on charges of making threats. His arrest was the latest example in a spate of violent threats of domestic extremism.
• Mr. Trump is expected to name John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state, to be the next ambassador to Russia, a prestigious diplomatic position that is always challenging, but even more so after a two-year federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to the Kremlin.
• Until recently, the decriminalization of marijuana and the reversal of mass incarceration were considered radical ideas in the United States. Now, they’re central to the 2020 criminal justice debate.
• The former housing secretary Julián Castro became the 10th Democratic presidential candidate to qualify for the next round of debates, after a new national poll showed him earning 2 percent support.
• Song playlists at campaign rallies tell you a lot about presidential candidates. The music is selected to reflect their values, their political messages, their “real” selves. We took a look at the playlists of 10 contenders to see how the songs aligned with their messages.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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