What We’re Following
Border Blues: A senior White House official and two senior House Republican aides told The Atlantic that President Trump is threatening to veto a $1.3 trillion government spending bill over border-wall funding measures. Read Elaina Plott’s report. Although the president looked at eight prototypes for the wall during his recent visit to California, construction of his key campaign promise is unlikely to get further underway unless Congress dedicates more funds to the project.
West Wing Workings: Sources close to Kellyanne Conway say she’s close to accepting the president’s offer to become the new White House communications director; as one senior White House official put it, “It’s becoming increasingly difficult for her to say no.” And after officials revealed that Trump received—and ignored—briefing papers that instructed him “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection, speculation surrounding the leak risks overshadowing more substantive questions about his foreign policy.
Privacy Problems: In the wake of revelations that his company may have failed to stop Cambridge Analytica from misusing user data, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised a list of new privacy safeguards. Yet the statement, which comes several days into the scandal, failed to address the larger questions that have emerged about Facebook’s role in the apparent breach. Franklin Foer writes: If Facebook is going to be so cavalier about users’ privacy, it’s time for the government to impose data safety regulations.