What We’re Following Today
It’s Thursday, March 14.
‣The House voted 420–0 to demand that Attorney General William Barr release Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings and full report to the public once they are completed. During his Senate confirmation hearing, Barr had not committed to making Mueller’s findings public.
Here’s what else we’re watching:
Veto: Twelve Republican senators broke with President Donald Trump to vote for a resolution that blocks the president’s national-emergency declaration to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The resolution passed easily, by a 59–41 vote. Despite ample warning that things wouldn’t go his way, Trump couldn’t really be bothered to sway Republican defectors back to his side. “The result,” writes David A. Graham, “was that the rebels included not just constitutionally focused senators like [Mike] Lee and Rand Paul, and not just moderates like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, but even senators like Mitt Romney, who has been personally opprobrious of the president but generally supports him on policy.”
Trump almost immediately tweeted his plans to veto the measure:
Beto: After much anticipation, the three-term former El Paso Representative Beto O’Rourke finally announced that he’s running for president. Leaning on celebrity, and away from specific policies, O’Rourke’s announcement resembled President Donald Trump’s back in 2015, argues Edward-Isaac Dovere. “There are T-shirts and hats for sale online, with just his first name. It’s not up on hotels or towers anywhere, but there’s no other Democrat running famous enough to be quite such a brand.” But O’Rourke is largely unproven at the national level, and lost his Senate race to Ted Cruz—what makes him the best Democratic choice to challenge Trump in 2020?