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What We’re Following Today
It’s Wednesday, September 4.
‣ Defense Secretary Mark Esper agreed to free up $3.6 billion from the Pentagon budget for the president’s proposed border wall by essentially defunding 127 military construction projects.
‣ A jury found Greg Craig, the former White House attorney, not guilty of making false statements to the Justice Department about his work for the Ukrainian government. Craig was commissioned for the work by another familiar name: Paul Manafort.
Here’s what else we’re watching.
Another One Bites the Dust: Representative Bill Flores of Texas became the fifth Texas member of Congress—and 12th GOP member of Congress in total—to announce that he will not seek reelection in 2020. The recent spate of announcements may indicate that Republican members have little faith in their party’s ability to recapture the House, Russell Berman reports. We’re tracking all of these moves on both sides of the aisle here.
‘I’m Just Not There Yet’: If progressive activists want to pursue impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, they’ll have to persuade Democrats in tough districts to go there. And many of them, including Representative Susan Wild of Pennsylvania, just aren’t ready.