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I've got a quiz for you: Who wrote these passages?
If you answered with any of the following "globalists" — (a). Gary Cohn, (b). Larry Summers, (c). George W. Bush, or (d). Paul Ryan — you'd be wrong.
The correct answer is (e.) Peter Navarro. Yes, that Peter Navarro. The Peter Navarro who has become the Trump administration's hardest-line protectionist and proponent of massive tariffs against the rest of the world — using the very national security justification he undercuts above.
The reason you've never read about this globalist, free-trader version of Peter Navarro, is because the book these quotes come from is long out of print. We got a tip about Navarro's 1984 book, "The Policy Game," and Axios' Erica Pandey found a copy of it in the George Washington University library.
Before we published this story, Pandey shared these passages with Navarro and asked him why he changed his views so radically, given the underlying economics have not changed since he, as a 35 year-old, wrote the book.
The bottom line: The rise of China — and the country's extraordinary trade abuses — and the implementation of NAFTA profoundly changed Navarro's views, he says.
Navarro gave us a much lengthier explanation of his evolution. There's no room for it in this newsletter item, but I wanted to give it the space it deserves. So here's Navarro in his own words, explaining how he transformed from an unapologetic globalist into a hardcore economic nationalist.
Go deeper with Pandey's report on what Navarro used to believe.
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House Republicans are planning to vote on a narrow bill this week that they say would end the separation of children from their parents at the border, two sources with knowledge of the confidential conversations tell me. ABC News' Tara Palmeri was the first to report this new development.
The details: According to my sources, the bill would overrule the Flores settlement — the law that requires releasing children from detention after 20 days, thereby separating them from their parents.
Between the lines: House Republican leaders know they've got no chance of passing their immigration "compromise" bill, which would provide more money for border security, seek to end family separations and legalize some young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers.
The bottom line: A senior GOP House source summed up the dynamic: "While leaders were supportive of both bills, there was never an expectation that either bill would be able to pass. ... We expressly never pledged passage, just the process and effort."
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A source close to Republican leadership emails about the biggest political clouds hovering over the rest of the year:
"Only thing that matters now is a) how bad they get crushed on ACA premium increases; b) the final Mueller verdict; and c) how crazy Trump gets with the CR."
Between the lines: Republicans are worried about the potential for health insurance premiums to skyrocket in September, shortly before the midterms. Democrats are seizing on health care as their number one issue.
President Trump's schedule, per a White House official:
Next week will be Congress' last week in session before the July 4th recess.
The House will spend lots of floor time on the 2019 Defense spending bill. The House will also take some immigration votes this coming week — as we previewed in item 2 above.
The House and Senate also expect to go to conference to iron out their different versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (the annual defense policy bill).
The Senate will pass three spending bills on Monday night. Both House and Senate are trying to pass as many as they can because Trump hates omnibus spending bills and because members and leadership want a regular appropriations process. Then the Senate will turn to the bipartisan Farm Bill.
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It's well-known that after his mornings of "Executive Time" in the White House residence, President Trump spends a good chunk of his workdays camped in the private dining room adjoining the Oval Office.
I asked a former senior administration official who spent plenty of time in that dining room to paint the scene — with some since-departed characters — to the best of their recollection: