Oct 4, 2018

White House briefs senators on Middle East peace push

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Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt — President Trump's "peace team" — went today to Capitol Hill and briefed a bipartisan group of senators on the administration's Middle East peace efforts. 

Why it matters: This is the first such briefing to senators, and is part of the pre-launch phase of the White House peace plan. Kushner and Greenblatt have met recently with Jewish groups, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Arab officials (though not Palestinians). The briefing didn't include details, a source with knowledge tells me, only an overview on where things stand. Trump said last week that he wants to present his peace plan within 2-4 months, and he said for the first time that he supports a two-state solution. 

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Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action

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Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire. Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire, which was first reported by RealClearPolitics' Philip Wegmann.

Why it matters: Chapman is among the most influential conservative policy leaders in the country. His hire is Haley's highest-profile outside recruitment since leaving her job as UN ambassador under President Trump.

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Armed with subpoenas, lawsuits and immigration SWAT teams, the Trump administration has declared war on sanctuary cities.

The big picture: President Trump and his administration have used every available tool to try to crack down on local governments that refuse to hold immigrants in criminal custody, block immigration agents from working in county jails or deny federal authorities access to immigrants' records.