TRENDING

An ex-counterintelligence agent who defected to Iran in 2013 helped the Islamic Republic in “targeting her former fellow agents” and exposed a Defense Department program considered one of the crown jewels of U.S. intelligence… FN


SHOT: President Trump has installed a room-sized “golf simulator” game at the White House, which allows him to play virtual rounds at courses all over the world…WaPo
CHASER: That system replaced an older, less sophisticated golf simulator that had been installed under President Obama, according to two people with knowledge of the previous system.


Roger Stone urged a federal judge Wednesday to make special counsel Robert Mueller’s office explain why it shouldn’t be held in contempt for violating the seal on the longtime Donald Trump aide’s indictment by allegedly leaking it to the press… POLITICO


LETS MAKE A DEAL

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Trump is going to agree to the new border deal…WSJ

“Mr. Trump is expected to sign the deal unless there are any late additions, the people familiar with his plans said. A day earlier, in a cabinet meeting, Mr. Trump said the bill was “not doing the trick” and that he planned to try to amend it. “It’s always nice to negotiate a little bit, right?” he said.”

“Senior Republican lawmakers said it wasn’t realistic to reopen negotiations at this point, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) urged the president to sign the bill, calling it a ‘pretty good deal.'”

Jason Riley at the WSJ says Trump has to take this deal, “Congressional leaders struck a tentative deal this week that would provide $1.38 billion for more physical barriers on the border, far less than the $5.7 billion the president has been seeking. Mr. Trump must decide whether to declare a minor victory and move on for now or double-down on a strategy that by all appearances is producing diminishing political returns for him and his party.” WSJ

National Review also says Trump has to take this deal because he has no other options, “The great National Review editor James Burnham famously said, “When there is no alternative, there is no problem.” By this standard, the border deal reached by congressional appropriators this week isn’t a problem for Donald Trump.” NR


PLAYING POKER

Cocaine Mitch called the Democrats bluff on the Green New Deal and they are freaking out…Politico

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying he plans to bring the ambitious resolution to the Senate floor and conservatives in the House pressing for a vote in their chamber.”

“Democrats quickly dismissed McConnell’s plan as a political stunt rather than a sincere effort to discuss climate change, and they vowed to consider tactics to blunt the impact of the vote.”

MARKEY NOT HAPPY: This isn’t a new Republican trick. By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize. We’re having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade. We can’t let Republicans sabotage it…Twitter

AOC ON THE DEFENSE: Maybe if the GOP did their job for once & read a piece of legislation, they’d see that communities + jobs come FIRST, not last, in the #GreenNewDeal… Twitter

NO DEAL: Charles C.W. Cooke says there is no Green New Deal, “What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has thrust upon our national conversation is not, in any sense, a “Green New Deal.” It does not resemble a Green New Deal. It does not approximate a Green New Deal. It does not so much as represent the shadows or the framework or the embryo of a Green New Deal. It is, instead, the inchoate shopping list of a political novice who has managed to get herself elected to Congress… NR