Good Sunday morning. Situational awareness: After tax cut, congressional GOP is bouncing back. CNN: "As the midterm election year begins, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS finds the Democratic advantage on a generic congressional ballot has tightened to a narrow 5 points among registered voters."
Season 1 of the Donald Trump presidency had a cliffhanger ending: The government shuts down on Day 365! Now the "Art of the Deal" author begins Season 2 with taunting cable clocks clicking off the seconds since the shutdown.
What's happening behind the scenes:
Be smart: Most Americans greet shutdowns with a shrug, fully expecting a dysfunctional political system to do dysfunctional things. It's a shame they're right.
P.S. N.Y. Times gem, re a Mar-a-Lago fundraising gala for the first anniversary, with Trump stuck in Washington:
If you read only 1 thing ... A senior GOP House aide sent this email to Axios' Jonathan Swan yesterday with the subject line, “Our future":
"Jared Kushner Is China’s Trump Card: How the President’s son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy, became Beijing’s primary point of interest," by Adam Entous and Evan Osnos in the forthcoming issue of The New Yorker:
Hanna Huskova of Belarus, competes yesterday in the women's World Cup freestyle skiing aerials in Lake Placid, N.Y.
"Women's March on Washington 2018: March On The Polls!" near the Lincoln Memorial yesterday (AP's Cliff Owen)
"Women’s Marches nationwide set sights on ballot box while praising #MeToo" — L.A. Times:
"Representative Patrick Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican who has taken a leading role in fighting sexual harassment in Congress, used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle his own misconduct complaint after a former aide accused him last year of making unwanted romantic overtures to her," the N.Y. Times' Katie Rogers and Ken Vogel scoop:
A few days after the New York Times turned over its editorial page to pro-Trump readers, the paper’s opinion writers torch him from just about every angle imaginable:
How Nicolle Wallace, a former aide to George W. Bush and campaign strategist for John McCain’s 2008 presidential (and novelist!) became an MSNBC star — N.Y. Times' Sridhar Pappu, on the Sunday Business front:
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios
Susan Rice (@Ambassador Rice) — former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and national security adviser under President Obama from 2013 to 2017 — is now an American University School of International Service senior research fellow, a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a New York Times contributing opinion writer.
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