Situational awareness: The Trump administration will be imposing fresh sanctions on Russia after officially accusing it of illegally using chemical weapons in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia earlier this year.
Breaking: New York City is targeting ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, voting today to "freeze new vehicle licenses for one year while the city studies ways of reducing traffic congestion," the WSJ reports.
Democrats have outperformed in each special election since President Trump took office by an average of 8.5 points, according to the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index, which measures the partisan tilt of each district based on the two previous presidential elections.
Why it matters: This is nearly double the margin required for Democrats to take back the House, says Cook's Dave Wasserman, who estimates they'd need to outperform PVI by just 4-5 points to win in November.
The big picture: "[T]here are 68 GOP-held House seats with a Cook PVI score less Republican than the 12th CD's (R+7), and 119 GOP-held House seats less Republican than Pennsylvania's 18th CD (R+11), where Democrat Conor Lamb won in March. Democrats only need to net 23 seats to win the House," Wasserman writes.
Be smart: John Kasich's support looks to be more crucial than Trump's to Republicans surviving in Ohio.
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An artist's rendering of the Parker Solar Probe, scheduled to launch Saturday, eventually approaching the Sun. It is designed to take solar punishment like never before, thanks to its revolutionary heat shield that’s capable of withstanding 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Oscars are rolling out a new format in 2020 in an attempt to reverse ratings slides and a bloated runtime, the AP's Lindsey Bahr reports.
Why it matters: This year's awards had record low viewership and lasted nearly four hours.