What We’re Following Today
It’s Thursday, April 4.
‣ President Donald Trump walked back his threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that he’ll give Mexico a “one-year warning” to address his concerns about the flow of migrant workers and drugs into the United States.
‣ Members of Robert Mueller’s team are reportedly frustrated about Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the special counsel’s final report.
‣ The House voted to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen—now entering its fifth devastating year—in a rebuke of the Trump administration. The measure now heads to the president, who is expected to veto it.
Here’s what else we’re watching:
Another Bunch?: Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, best known as the member who led the unsuccessful revolt against Nancy Pelosi in 2016, announced that he’s running for president. Ryan is running as a strong supporter of unions and blue-collar workers, but the Rust Belt yoga devotee has complex political views. The Democrat Eric Swalwell of California is joining the pack, too. His key priority going into 2020? Gun safety.
+ At this point, dozens of people are running or seriously considering running for president on the Democratic side.
Who’s Coming Forward?: Tricia Newbold recently became the first Trump White House official to publicly take accusations of wrongdoing to Congress. But House Oversight Committee veterans say that the number of whistle-blowers is higher now than during previous administrations, reports Russell Berman: A “small army” of them is working with the House Oversight Committee to report alleged malfeasance inside the Trump administration.