Nov 29, 2018

3. Senators reach a deal on the farm bill

Pat Roberts. Photo: Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images

After months of negotiations, legislators have finally reached an agreement in principal on the $400 billion farm bill that jeopardizes benefits and subsidies for farmers across the country if not passed by the end of the year, the Washington Post reports.

One big thing: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) told the Post that the deal scraps a key provision proposed by House Republicans that would have added stricter work requirements for recipients of food stamps.

  • "Between 800,000 and 1.1 million households would have faced food stamp benefit cuts under one of the House Republican proposals, according to a study by the Mathematica Policy Research," per the Post.

What's next: "The agreement is yet to be integrated into the text of the legislation and lawmakers will have to decide whether it will be voted on as a standalone bill or within a bigger package," Reuters reports. After the vote, the bill will be sent to the president for final signature. Lawmakers have until the end of the year to formally pass the bill.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.