‣ A whistle-blower in the White House has reportedly told Congress that senior officials in Donald Trump’s administration granted security clearances to 25 people whose applications had been previously denied by career employees.
‣ House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced that on Wednesday, he will authorize a subpoena to obtain the full report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Here’s what else we’re watching:
Biden Isn’t Ready: Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has already run for president twice unsuccessfully, has been mulling a presidential run for the past few weeks, but he hasn’t yet hired staff or set up his campaign team. (Supporters have been told he might not announce for another few weeks.) And the work he’s doing almost-but-not-yet-running is surfacing problems: Biden has been accused of kissing a woman on the back of her head without her consent, but his presidential campaign team can’t push back, because it doesn’t exist yet.
The Story of Beto O’Rourke: Myth is important to O’Rourke. He loves The Odyssey and even named his eldest son Ulysses. But there are some discrepancies between reality and the myths he erects around himself. Can the Texas Democrat turn his popularity and massive fundraising numbers into a real movement? Edward-Isaac Dovere reports.
As always, we’ll continue to update our 2020 tracker as more candidates throw their hat in the ring. Keep an eye on that here.
‘The Worse, the Better’: Two of Donald Trump’s recent moves—to cut federal aid to three Latin American countries, and to assert that the Affordable Care Act should be thrown out entirely—show that the president shares political sensibilities with the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin: “Increasing turmoil is the point, since the worse things are, the better things are” for holding on to power, writes David Graham.