What We’re Following Today
It’s Thursday, January 31. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to advance legislation that would express strong opposition to President Donald Trump’s proposed withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, at the White House, Trump was confident that the U.S. and China would reach a comprehensive trade deal, and said he would likely meet with President Xi Jinping next month.
Trump wasn’t so confident, however, that the lawmakers on the bipartisan conference committee tasked with reaching a deal on border security would be successful:
Over on the Hill: The legislators working on a border-security deal have until February 15 to reach a compromise. And at least one thing has become clear as they start the negotiation process: They’d like Trump to leave them alone.
In 2020 Land: The billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hasn’t yet committed to a presidential bid. But he has already started work on a major 2020 project: a multimillion-dollar campaign to crush Donald Trump. And as Democratic candidates propose replacing the Affordable Care Act with a single-payer health-care system, they might run into the same problems that Republicans faced in 2017, when they tried to repeal the ACA, writes Ronald Brownstein.