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Trump meeting with more moderates tomorrow

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Trump will be meeting with Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), co-chairmen of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, in addition to nearly 10 more bipartisan members of Congress to talk DACA and tax reform, Politico reports. USAToday first reported on the meeting, also noting infrastructure and health care would be on the table, citing congressional sources familiar with the meeting.

Trump is also meeting with a group of bipartisan senators tonight, including Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: Both these meetings reflect Trump's recent willingness to buddy up with Dems and moderates, not just Republicans, as he begins his push on tax reform.

Zachary Basu 22 mins ago
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What to watch for in Egypt's sham election

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A billboard in Cairo voicing support for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the upcoming election. Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images.

Egyptians will vote March 26-28 in a presidential election that is sure to see incumbent strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi handily defeat Mousa Mostafa Mousa — the sole challenger who hasn't been jailed or intimidated into dropping out.

The backdrop: Sisi, the former minister of defense and commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, led a military coup to topple President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. He formally came to power in 2014 after winning 96% of the vote in the presidential election, but has since seen his popularity wane under deteriorating economic conditions and an oppressive human rights record.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.