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Welcome to Wednesday, July 31st, perennials and annuals...
10 contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket took the stage in Detroit last night, hoping their policies and pull-quotes landed with the electorate.
Click here for our roundup of the quotes of the night. Here's a peek:
Marianne Williamson, Spiritual guru: "Flint is just the tip of the iceberg... If you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I'm afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days."
Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachusetts: “We are the Democrats. We should stop using Republican talking points.”
Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana: "I’m a gun owner, I hunt. Like far too many people in America, I have been personally impacted by gun violence. Had an 11-year-old nephew, Jeremy, shot and killed on a playground. We need to start looking at this as a public health issue, not a political issue. I agree with Senator Klobuchar. It is the N.R.A.”
Tonight, ten more candidates will answer questions in the Fox Theater:
On the Radar
Family Ties No Longer Basis for Asylum Claims
Attorney General Bill Barr issued a ruling Monday to restrict the ability of migrants to claim asylum based on family members being persecuted in their home countries.
Barr said that being part of a nuclear family targeted for prosecution doesn’t qualify as a “particular social group” eligible for asylum in the U.S.
“The fact that a criminal group — such as a drug cartel, gang, or guerrilla force — targets a group of people does not, standing alone, transform those people into a particular social group,” the attorney general wrote.
Jeremy McKinney, with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, called Barr’s ruling “a poorly reasoned decision from an administration that seems intent on ending legal asylum.”
California Requiring Trump's Taxes
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed a bill that requires presidential candidates publicly disclose five years' worth of tax returns or forfeit appearing on the Golden State ballot.
"As one of the largest economies in the world and home to one in nine Americans eligible to vote, California has a special responsibility to require this information of presidential and gubernatorial candidates," Newsom said in a statement.
All 10 Republicans in the state Senate had voted against the bill.
"I get that playing the resistance card may be good politics for the majority party, but I would submit that it's bad policy for Californians," Sen. Brian Jones (R) said.
Under the Radar
Capital Gains Tax Break
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is leading a group of 20 GOP senators in urging the Treasury Department to bypass Congress and provide a tax cut to investors by indexing capital gains to inflation.
In a letter sent to Steve Mnuchin on Monday, Cruz urged the Treasury Secretary to use his “authority” to index capital gains (those made from real estate, stocks, or bonds) to inflation. If enacted, investors would pay less when selling than they do under existing law.
Chye-Ching Huang, director of federal fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, tweeted that Cruz's proposal "would add ~$100-200 billion to deficits" and "86% would go to the top 1%, with new loopholes for the wealthy.”
On July 31, 1991, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (aka START), the largest nuclear arms control treaty in history.
START imposed restrictions on the number of ICBMs, SLBMs, heavy bombers, and the “throw weight” of deployed nuclear warheads and created a verification regime to ensure both parties abided by it over its 15 year lifespan.
The New START, agreed to by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Prague in April 2010, reduced stockpiles to less than 1,550 operational warheads and less than 700 deployed launchers. It will expire on February 5, 2021, unless both the U.S. and Russia agree to extend it for another five years or reach another nuclear arms reduction agreement.
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 1:45pm EDT, the president will participate in the arrival of the president of Mongolia.
- At 2:00pm EDT, the president will participate in an expanded bilateral meeting with the president of Mongolia.
The House of Representatives: Out
- The House will return Monday, September 9th.
The Senate: In
- Possible confirmation votes on the nominations of 10 district court judges and the ambassador to the United Nations.
- Possible procedural vote on a bill to raise the debt limit and lift budget caps for two years.
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And, in the End…
On National Jump for Jelly Beans Day, we're federally obligated to share a photo of the president with a known love of the gelatinous treats:
May your day be free of any black-licorice beans,
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