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What We’re Following Today
It’s Friday, August 9.
‣ President Donald Trump said he plans to name Joseph Maguire, the current director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to be the new acting director of national intelligence, after announcing the resignation of Sue Gordon, the No. 2 federal intelligence official.
‣ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemed to indicate he’d be willing to put gun-control legislation at the top of the agenda when Congress reconvenes next month.
Here’s what else we’re watching.
It’s the Economy: Most Americans aren’t happy with President Trump’s signature $1.5 trillion tax cut—and while the economy is booming, growth has slowed. But the tax cuts aren’t the problem, the conservative activist Grover Norquist argues—a trade war with China and tariffs on Canada and the European Union are the culprits. Read his full conversation with Russell Berman.
A Rock and a Hard Place: After back-to-back mass shootings, President Trump took to the bully pulpit (on Twitter and elsewhere) to voice support for background checks and “red-flag” laws, which would allow guns to be temporarily withheld from people deemed a danger to themselves or others. But he may flinch—as he did after the Parkland, Florida, shooting—and even his own aides doubt Trump will follow through, Berman, Peter Nicholas, and Elaina Plott report.