What We’re Following
The Other Russia Meeting: Last night, the White House confirmed that while President Trump was at the G20 summit, he had a second, undisclosed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Though Trump’s team dismisses the encounter’s importance, the news comes at a tense time: The meeting joins a list of other undisclosed sit-downs between the Trump camp and the Kremlin, including the one of June 9, 2016, that suggests Trump’s son was open to colluding with Russia. Many Democrats in Congress see the past week’s revelations as alarming—but their Republican counterparts aren’t worried yet.
Policing Policies: Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back the Obama-era reforms on civil-asset forfeiture, a controversial practice that lets police seize property from citizens before they’ve been charged with a crime. Though Sessions calls these seizures an important tool for law enforcement, he’s already getting opposition from both liberal and conservative camps. Elsewhere, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, tribal authorities are wrestling with whether to partner with local police to solve a string of violent crimes on their sovereign land.
Views on Votes: The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity had its first in-person meeting today. The commission is already facing seven lawsuits that accuse its members, including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, of efforts at voter suppression. Meanwhile, Democrats are looking ahead to next year’s midterm elections, when they may have a chance to appeal to conservative women concerned about Trump.