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President TrumpThe Donald John TrumpHouse Committee thinks that it has evidence that Trump asked an ally responsible for Cohen's investigation: the Vietnamese airline is taking steps to open flights to the United States on the sidelines of the Trump-Kim Summit Manafort's lawyers believe that he should serve less than 10 years in prison MORES The controversial national emergency declaration on the southern border is now facing a first obstacle.
The House will vote on a resolution sponsored by Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHouse on the Border with ACLU Trump Calls Members of the House to Block Trump's Emergency Statement The Hill's Morning Report – A Trump Week For Trump MORE, Democrat of Texas, to block the president 's emergency declaration. With the control of the House by the Democrats, the measure is virtually certain to pass.
The White House will monitor the number of Republicans in the House break with Trump and rally to Democrats to support the resolution. representative Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse wants to push Trump back to the border Former GOP lawmakers urge Republicans to block Trump 's emergency declaration This week: Congress and Trump are preparing for the clash of the declaration of Trump. emergency PLUS, a Republican from Michigan, co-sponsored Castro's legislation and will be part of the GOP rebels.
Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carnethere is the last whip list identifying the position of Republicans (The hill).
The hill: House to push back on Trump.
The hill: Dems ready to challenge Trump during his trip abroad.
But the real drama will take place in the Senate controlled by the GOP, which will be forced to vote on the resolution after its adoption by the House.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse wants to silence Trump the Senate abortion bill: a night in the Senate Energy: climate protesters attack McConnell's office | Center-right group finds Green deal could cost billions of dollars | Say warnings of new climate studies PLUS (R-Ky.) Formally supports the president's national emergency declaration, but several members of his caucus have expressed reservations.
Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret Collins: Home Must Push Trump To Border With Hillicon Valley: Senators Urge Trump To Ban Huawei Products On Grid | Ex-security officials condemn Trump's emergency declaration | New cybercrime tool found | Facebook queries on the treatment of moderators Senator Gill, Senator Tillis, will vote for the resolution blocking Trump's emergency statement MORE (R-Maine) said it would vote for the resolution to block the emergency declaration. Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP Senator Tillis will vote in favor of a resolution blocking Trump's declaration of urgency. The Hill & # 39; s Morning Report – Statement of urgency to test GOP loyalty to Trump Do not look for the GOP house to challenge Trump on the border wall MORE (RC) announced in an editorial for The Washington Post last night he would also vote for the resolution. Collins and Tillis are to be re-elected in 2020.
Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHouse must push Trump back to the border. Senator Tillis will vote in favor of the resolution blocking Trump 's emergency declaration. Meeting of the GOP President in the Senate before the vote to block the emergency declaration. (R-Alaska) says she is also "likely" to vote for the resolution.
Democratic Senators, including Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump states that Democrats "are not afraid of the execution of babies after birth" after suspension of the law on abortion blocked Democrats block abortion law in Senate Hill & # 39; s Morning Report – A hinge week for Trump PLUS (DW.Va.), Seem willing to stay united to disapprove of Trump 's emergency declaration, which means that GOP leaders in the Senate can afford only one new defection of their ranks then that they are trying to support the president.
But a number of additional Senate Republicans seem ready to break with Trump, which leaves more and more chances that the reprimand will make it the office of the president.
The hill: The reprimand at the border is looming for Trump.
Trump urges Republicans to support him.
The president's critics have launched their own campaign. A group called "Republicans for the Rule of Law" issued a new announcement this morning on one of Trump's favorite programs, "Fox & Friends," in which his declaration of urgency was an abuse of power (Youtube).
Even if the Senate follows the House in support of the disapproval resolution, it is unlikely that the number of votes will be sufficient to cancel what could become Trump's first presidential veto.
The courts will eventually weigh. Vice President Pence Senate Republicans will meet with the Department of Justice today for a briefing on the legality of the national emergency declaration.
LEADING THE DAY
WHITE HOUSE AND ADMINISTRATION: Trump and Pence have their hands full when they face national security hurdles on two continents this week.
> Venezuela: The United States, seeking to keep the pressure on Nicolás Maduro to leave power, announced Monday new sanctions as president of the opposition and president Juan Guaidó with members of the Lima group, a group of nations from Argentina to Canada working together to find a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan crisis (Reuters).
The hillThe Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the governors of four Venezuelan states suspected of involvement in "endemic corruption" and the blocking of essential humanitarian aid.
Pence told reporters that the Trump government and its allies "were hoping for a peaceful transition" as countries sought to isolate Maduro economically and diplomatically "until democracy was restored."
Nevertheless, the Vice President would not rule out US military intervention, saying that such a decision would fall to Trump, in consultation with a coalition of countries that continue to ask Maduro to formally hand over the presidency to the new government. Venezuela.
"Let me repeat, we remain confident in the fact that the judicial power in Venezuela will rise and recognize the legitimacy of the National Assembly and the role of Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela." penny
> North Korea: Trump is in Vietnam to meet Wednesday night and Thursday in Hanoi, Vietnam, with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Wednesday's program calls for a social dinner between the two leaders, the secretary of state Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoDems launches a challenge to Trump during his trip abroad A "5% monthly" plan to denuclearize and develop North Korea Christopher Hill: Do not be too eager to get a agreement with North Korea MORE and Acting Chief of Staff of the White House Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyNight Defense: White House considers budget maneuver to boost defense spending | Trump travels to Hanoi for his second summit with Kim | Former National Security Officials Pretend Trump to Have Declared an Emergency Statement Nightly Health Care, Presented by the National Taxpayers Union – Trump and Dems Open Price Talks medicines | FDA warns against infusion of blood among young people | Facebook under surveillance on health data | According to Harris, Medicare for all is not socialism. White House spokeswoman leaves headquarters to join public relations firmplus two Kim advisors, including Chief of North Korean Intelligence Services Kim Yong-chol.
Kim arrived in Vietnam by train, passing through China.
The two-day denuclearization talks are eclipsed by the skepticism of US lawmakers and foreign policy experts, who evoke the story of Pyongyang's deception and the lack of progress between the administration and Kim since the country's historic peak. last summer in Singapore. Rebecca Kheel describes their assessments this week (The hill).
Niall Stanage reports that opponents also have in mind the president, noting that he boasts of his personal chemistry with Kim and what they believe to be the unrealistic assessment of the president that Kim embraces prospects for economic expansion if North Korea agrees to lose its nuclear capabilities (The hill).
The Associated Press: Expectations for summit commitments are low.
Reuters: Trump said he would not engage in an agreement with North Korea.
Reuters: What is on the summit table?
> China: Trump said he was open to a more moderate American stance on Chinese society Huawei, even as legislators warn that the telecommunications giant's technology poses an unacceptable risk to US national security. The president's stance is entangled in ongoing trade talks with Beijing and in his insistence that China attempt to play a constructive role with Pyongyang for the purpose of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula (The hill).
> US budget: The White House and Congress have barely put an end to a budget stalemate that has caused the longest stalemate in US history before spirits get excited Monday in the next budget, including a White House vow to circumvent restrictions on defense spending while reducing national programs by Democrats (The hill).
The head of the president's budget has opened fire on spending by national agencies facing severe budget cuts without a new agreement on the 2020 budget (The Associated Press).
Budget experts are worried that the next politically volatile budget battle could prevent imperative legislation from raising the country 's borrowing limit, which will be needed by this summer.
FOCUS / SHARP SOCKETS
POLICY: Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen Wednesday's testimony before the House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee will be the best case in Washington this week.
Cohen, who will begin serving a three-year prison term in May, is expected to tell lawmakers what he has learned about the Trump Organization during his decade working as a "repairman" for the president.
Reuters: Cohen must testify that Trump asked him several questions about a skyscraper project in Moscow until June 2016, after Trump won the Republican presidential nomination.
Morgan Chalfant has a glimpse of what to watch during the highly anticipated hearing (The hill). Cohen will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, but this will be done in camera.
The Wall Street Journal: House investigators investigate Trump's contact with Matthew Whitaker.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that the Trump organization sent a letter to the chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the House Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Asking him to end a business investigation. The Trump organization says that the judicial committee is in a conflict of interest because it hired a lawyer, Berry Berkewho once represented society.
> Democratic candidates are rushing to garner support from African-American voters, a key constituency that will play a key role in determining the winner of the party's nomination to the presidency.
South Carolina, a primitive state at the start of elementary school, will be honored in this race for the vote.
The hill: The embrace of the reparations highlights Dem's major contest for black voters.
More politics … Democrats see opportunity and danger in the Midwest (The Associated PressDemocrats in the House are on the verge of passing a universal law on background checks, highlighting a clash between the country's largest gun control advocacy group and the National Rifle Association (National Rifle Association) (The hill).
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WHERE AND WHEN
The House meets at 10 am to consider a joint resolution terminating the President 's national emergency declaration tending to the construction of a wall on the southern border. Republican leaders will hold a press conference at 10:00, while Democratic leaders will hold a press conference at 11:30.
The Senate convenes at 10 am to continue consideration of the "Law on the Protection of Survivors of Live Abortion".
President is in Vietnam for its second summit with the leader of North Korea.
penny will attend the Republican Political Luncheon at 12.45 pm in the Capitol.
Barr will speak today at 11 am to mark the observance of African American History Month by the Department of Justice.
Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell testifies today and Wednesday to present to Congress the half-yearly monetary report of the central bank. He is appearing today at 10:00 am before the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and answering questions from members of the House Financial Services Committee tomorrow at 10:00 am
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBannon: a "no one" doubt Trump will want to be re-elected Bernie is back – but can he keep his supporters? Klobuchar supports the legalization of marijuana MORE discusses "present moment of politics" with historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham 15 hours. at Joseph R. Biden Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware.
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➔ Economy: A strong majority of economists believe that the United States will enter recession by the end of 2021 (Bloomberg).
➔ Health vs religious freedom: After the measles epidemic that hit several states, some lawmakers wanted to limit or eliminate religious exemptions for child immunization, including New York, Washington, and New Jersey (The hill). … Meanwhile, federal lawmakers and public health experts want to limit what they say is dangerous and inaccurate anti-vaccine information circulating on the Web. They want to seek help from technology platforms (The hill).
➔ Space: The universe seems to be expanding faster than it should, intriguing astronomers who are "a bold and speculative leap into the past" to understand what is happening. One theory among others: "cosmic confusion" (The New York Times).
And finally … The anxiety-free movie "Free Solo" won the Oscar for "Best Documentary" on Sunday night, highlighting the extreme sport that's free climbing.
For those who do not know, free climbing is the same as climbing rock or mountain, but without ropes to break the falls and with no other equipment than fingers and toes during ascents.
Free Solo Captures Alex Honnold's effort to become the first person to climb freely on El Capitan's face in Yosemite. Some have described this feat as one of the most incredible sports achievements in history.
Needless to say, Honnold's brain is wired differently from most others.
"You accept the fact that if something goes wrong, you will die, and that's all." – Honnold
directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, facing their own challenges as filmmakers, captured his stunning athleticism and stable nerves.
National Geographic: How Vasarhelyi and Chin filmed the rise of Honnold.
Watch ESPN's six-minute profile RIGHT HERE describing an elite athlete and making the award-winning documentary.