What We’re Following Today
It’s Tuesday, March 26.
‣ In a vote of 248–181, the House failed to reach the two-thirds majority required to override President Donald Trump’s veto of legislation that blocked his declaration of a national emergency.
‣ The Supreme Court heard challenges to two cases of partisan gerrymandering, one in Maryland and one in North Carolina.
‣ The Trump administration’s ban on bump stocks, devices that allow guns to fire bullets more quickly, went into effect today. Owners must either turn their bump stocks in to law enforcement or destroy them.
‣ Republicans in the Senate voted to block the Green New Deal from proceeding to a vote. All but three Democrats voted “present” in protest, arguing that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell only called the vote to divide the Democratic Party.
Senator Edward Markey speaks at a rally for the Green New Deal outside the Capitol. (Matthew Daly / AP)
Here’s what else we’re watching:
Losing the Narrative: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference, which ended today, underscored the strong and enthusiastic alliance between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The speakers, both Democrat and Republican, maintained that the United States’ support for Israel is, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it, “bipartisan and bicameral.” But that skates over the discomfort many American Jews feel about Trump and Netanyahu, reports Emma Green. “The American political conversation about Israel is shifting, in part because of backlash against America’s and Israel’s right-wing leaders.”