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FBI Director Christopher Wray broke from AG William Barr's use of the term "spying" in reference to the probe of Trump's 2016 campaign. "Lots of people have different colloquial phrases," Wray said during testimony on the FBI's budget for 2020. "I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance.” Wray’s appearance comes as several Senate Republicans have called for further investigation into the DOJ's handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email server and its opening of a counterintelligence investigation into then-candidate Trump’s campaign. But Wray defended the bureau's work and its career employees. Link in bio for more from the hearing. 📸 Getty Images #christopherwray #fbi #departmentofjustice #williambarr

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In just her second term, Rep. Stephanie Murphy is suddenly a critical figure in the House as co-chief of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition. Once on the verge of extinction, the Blue Dogs nearly tripled their membership after the 2018 elections. Murphy prefers to work quietly behind the scenes, but her colleagues probably wouldn't be surprised to learn she earned the nickname “Velvet Hammer” as a Pentagon analyst before she came to Congress. (Her Pentagon team even turned it into a drink: part champagne, part bourbon.) Murphy and the Blue Dogs are proving themselves to be a force — challenging leadership and the caucus’ progressive wing with real success. Link in bio for more on how they're forcing Pelosi and Democratic leadership to change course. 📸 @smahaskey #bluedogdemocrats #uscongress #nancypelosi #democrats

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Former White House Counsel Don McGahn will not comply with a congressional subpoena for documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, after the White House instructed him not to abide by House Democrats' demands. Current White House counsel Pat Cipollone told McGahn's attorney that the White House provided McGahn documents related to the Mueller probe but retains control of the material. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images #trump #mueller #muellerreport #uscongress

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Cory Booker rolled out his 14-part gun-control plan today, and it’s one of the most aggressive gun-related proposals from a 2020 Democrat. The New Jersey senator is calling for a federal gun-licensing program, a universal background check system and bans on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks. He also wants to limit bulk gun purchases and lift a ban on federal funding for gun-violence research. It’s all part of what he says is a “personal fight” to combat a gun violence “epidemic.” 🔸 Booker’s plan will probably get fierce opposition from gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association, and it faces an uncertain fate in Congress. Link in bio for the full details of Booker’s gun-control plan: what it would do, how it would work and more. 📷 Getty Images

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President Trump used to be a regular attendee at the Met Gala, which will take place tonight in New York. (He even proposed to now-first lady Melania Trump at the gala in 2004 ☝️) And Trump's not the only politician to attend the star-studded event: Mitt Romney attended last year, and Hillary Clinton scored an invite in 2001. Trump won't walk the red carpet tonight, though. In 2017, @vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour told late-night host James Corden that Trump was on the list of former attendees who aren’t invited back. 📸 Getty Images #metgala #metgala2019 #trump #melaniatrump #met

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos accused many in the media of using her name as "clickbait,” telling an audience of journalists that “education is not about Betsy DeVos nor any other individual." DeVos, speaking at the National Education Writers Association conference in Baltimore, acknowledged she’s not comfortable in the spotlight and never imagined she’d be the focus of media coverage. DeVos has often had a contentious relationship with the press and has provided less access to reporters than her predecessors. Link in bio for more on DeVos' remarks. 📸 Getty Images #betsydevos #education #departmentofeducation

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The House Judiciary Committee announced it will consider a contempt citation against AG William Barr on Wednesday. It's the first formal step for holding the attorney general in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as the underlying evidence. A vote of approval from the Democrat-led committee would send the measure to the full House for consideration later this month. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 AP Photo #Williambarr #mueller #muellerreport #uscongress

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld was already facing an uphill climb in his primary challenge to Trump. The president is leading Weld 72 percent to 17 percent among Republican voters in New Hampshire, according to a recent poll from Suffolk University and the Boston Globe. Now, the Massachusetts Republican Party is aiming to further protect Trump from primary challengers like Weld by approving a new winner-takes-all delegate plan. The MassGOP approved the 2020 plan last week, and will now award all of the party's delegates to the Republican candidate who clears more than 50 percent of the vote in the state presidential primary. It's a departure from the 2016 primary, when the state party used a proportional method to award delegates. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 @smahaskey #trump #election2020 #billweld #republican #massachusetts

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Via @politicomag: Bernie Sanders starred in his own TV show in the '80s, and we found the forgotten trove of tapes. Until this week, they were mostly only available to the public as videotapes in the offices of Chittenden County’s Channel 17, the government access channel for Burlington and the surrounding area. There's the time he asked a group kids if anyone has seen cocaine. Or when he interviewed punk teens at the mall. Sanders tells oddball stories (like all the times he’s knocked on voters’ doors and “people have talked to me while they’re in the bathtub.” Link in bio for a rare look at a now relentlessly on-message candidate. (Illustration by Hanoch Piven)

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Federal judges threw out Michigan’s congressional and state legislative maps on Thursday, calling them unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. A three-judge panel ruled that Republicans who drew the districts violated the 1st and 14th Amendment rights of Democratic voters by packing some of them into overwhelmingly Democratic districts, while others were “cracked” into Republican-leaning districts. Those decisions were intended, the court found, to maximize Republicans’ partisan advantage. If the two parties can’t agree on new maps by Aug. 1, the court says it will redraw them itself. But, as in other states, the fate of Michigan’s maps — especially its congressional map — almost certainly lies in partisan gerrymandering cases already argued at the Supreme Court.  Link in bio for more. 📸 AP Photo

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There’s a record $1.5 trillion in outstanding student debt, making it a major campaign issue for 2020 hopefuls. If you have student loan debt, we want to hear your story. How are you paying it off? Which candidate do you think has the best plan on student loan debt and affordable college? Link in bio to tell us what you think and a reporter might reach out to you for an upcoming video.

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Joe Biden offered caveated apologies to Anita Hill and the women who accused him of making them uncomfortable with his overly friendly touching, after being pressed by the hosts of “The View.” Biden at first dodged questions about whether he would apologize directly to those who accused the former vice president of inappropriate physical conduct toward women, saying he was sorry “that they took it a different way.” Link in bio for more. 📸 Getty Images #joebiden #anitahill #election2020

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Can happy hours and snacks save White House morale? Mick Mulvaney is breaking out his popcorn machine to give it a try. The Trump White House has been likened to a snake pit, and has seen more staff turnover than any in memory—with 68 percent of its top jobs having been filled by more than one person, according to the Brookings Institution. Whether morale in Trump’s White House can really be improved is another question. Occasional happy hours don’t change the reality of a short-tempered president in the Oval Office, who often makes policy decisions on-the-fly. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images #trump #mickmulvaney #washingtondc

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Donald Trump and the White House joined in on the fun of #BringYourChildToWorkDay, and the president used his remarks to encourage the kids to keep learning and growing because they, too, could one day be president. SWIPE 👉for photos of the event and WATCH 👀the president offer a rare gesture of kindness to members of the media (well, at least, to their kids.)📷Getty/AP

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White House said it won't make immigration aide Stephen Miller available to testify before the House Oversight Committee. The decision to pass on the hearing could keep Miller — largely regarded as the architect of President Trump's aggressive immigration agenda — out of the spotlight. The senior aide reportedly pushed for the removal of several Homeland Security Department officials during a staff shakeup earlier this month. Chairman Elijah Cummings had asked Miller to appear voluntarily at a May 1 hearing that will focus on the administration's immigration policies. Link in bio for more. 📸 Getty Images

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The Democratic primary field for 2020 is largely set with Joe Biden finally jumping into the White House race. Link in bio for our guide on where all *20* candidates hoping to take on President Trump stand on the biggest issues of 2020. 🎨 Beatrice Jin #election2020 #democrats #trump

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President Trump said he never instructed former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller in 2017, slamming Mueller as a conflicted investigator despite praising him just a month ago. But McGahn has pushed back against these assertions, telling NBC News over the weekend his reading of the situation had been accurately portrayed in Mueller’s report. Link in bio for more on how McGahn has become a favorite scapegoat of the president in the wake of Mueller’s report being made public. 📸 Getty Images #trump #mueller #muellerreport #washingtondc

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In the summer of 2017, a group of White House aides were in Paris enjoying some rare downtime. That was until one of them, then-31-year-old Stephen Miller, stepped away to take a phone call — telling loudly whomever was on the other end to deport someone who'd been detained by immigration officials. It was that bizarre memory, and others like it, that showed his fellow staffers how invested in immigration the chief policy adviser was. It's not just policy to him — it's personal. (Link in our bio to read the full story) 📷Getty

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Donald Trump announced Monday that he would not nominate Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve. The president said it was per Cain’s request, and it comes as the former GOP presidential candidate and Trump ally faces sexual harassment allegations and the nudging from Congressional Republicans to scrap the idea of his nomination. "I will respect his wishes,” Trump said on social media. “Herman is a great American who truly loves our Country!” (Link to the full story in our bio.) 📷Getty

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to wield the full power of her House majority to "uncover the truth" of President Trump's "highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior" in his alleged attempts to obstruct justice. But she stopped far short of supporting impeachment, despite a growing chorus from her party’s left flank to immediately move to remove Trump from office. Pelosi's statement comes hours ahead of a highly-anticipated caucus call where Democrats will discuss special counsel Robert Mueller's findings on the president's efforts to obstruct his investigation. Link in bio for more. 📸 AP Photo #nancypelosi #democrats #trump #mueller #muellerreport

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In between games of "Be Best" hopscotch and the namesake event at the White House's Easter egg roll, a child apparently couldn't pass up the chance to press President Trump on one of his signature campaign promises. As he colored cards for service members on the White House's South Lawn, Trump responded to a question from one of the children alongside him. “I will. Oh, It’s happening. It’s being built now," Trump told the child, before speaking up to share the conversation with reporters. "Here’s a young guy who said, ‘Keep building that wall.’ Can you believe that?” Link in bio for the full story. Swipe 👈 to see more photos from the White House event. 📸 AP Photo #trump #whitehouseeastereggroll #whitehouseeastereggroll2019 #trumpwall #bebest #melaniatrump

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Republican legislators across the country are rallying behind President Trump's efforts to link Democrats with "infanticide." They're daring Democratic governors to veto "born alive" bills, animating the party's base before the 2020 elections. Democrats and abortion rights activists say the GOP and Trump are using inflammatory language to spread misinformation about third trimester abortions, which are rare and often involve serious health problems for either the pregnant woman or the fetus. Conservatives believe the issue can motivate their voters and appeal to Hispanics — who are divided on abortion — and suburban women who helped fuel Democrats’ midterm election gains. Link in bio for more. 📸 AP Photo

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out yet another ambitious policy proposal Monday morning as she called for canceling approximately $640 billion in outstanding student loan debt. The Massachusetts Democrat laid out the policy ahead of a series of youth-centered @cnn town halls Monday night with fellow 2020 presidential candidates. The announcement is the latest instance of Warren finding spots to run to the left of Bernie Sanders and ways to potentially entice progressive voters who voted for the self-described democratic socialist in 2016. Link in bio for more details about Warren's plan to tackle student debt. 📸 Getty Images #elizabethwarren #studentloans #election2020 #berniesanders

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Rep. Seth Moulton is officially the 19th Democrat running for president in 2020. In his announcement on Monday, Moulton vowed to engage young people and military veterans and becoming the third Massachusetts politician to throw a hat into the 2020 ring. An Iraq veteran who led an unsuccessful effort to oust Nancy Pelosi from the House leadership last year, the 40-year-old Moulton has said he plans to run a campaign focused on national security and defense issues, which his campaign argues will make him a foil to President Trump. Link in bio for more on Moulton's announcement. 📸 AP Photo #election2020 #democrats #nancypelosi #sethmoulton

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Democrats have sidestepped the debate over reparations for African-Americans for decades. But now the issue is bubbling up in the House, and the new majority is wrestling with how to tackle it ahead of the 2020 campaign. One option is the proposal from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, whose bill has nearly 50 co-sponsors. But the issue is likely to divide the party — not just by race, but by generation. While some Democrats worry that even the word “reparations” is too controversial because it could conjure the notion of direct payments to descendants of slaves, supporters note that they’re talking about something potentially much broader. Link in bio for more. 📷Getty Images

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Interior Secretary David Bernhardt began working on policies that would aid one of his former lobbying clients within weeks of joining the Trump administration, according to a POLITICO analysis of agency documents. Bernhardt’s efforts included shaping the department's response to a key portion of a water infrastructure law he had helped pass as a lobbyist for California farmers. Newly disclosed schedule "cards" prepared by Interior officials for Bernhardt show more than three dozen meetings with key players on California water issues, including multiple lengthy meetings on specific endangered species protections at the heart of his previous work. Interior's inspector general is probing whether Bernhardt violated ethics rules by working on policies he had pushed as a lobbyist for the Westlands Water District, a job that earned his former firm more than $1.3 million in the five years before he returned to government service. Link in bio for more. 📷Getty Images

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report hammered home a crucial reminder Thursday: The Kremlin mounted a massive online campaign to wreak havoc on U.S. democracy in 2016. “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion,” Mueller wrote. The report also underscored the urgency of fixing the nation’s election security gaps before 2020 — a task that state and local governments have been slow to take on. Mueller’s investigation may be over, and its redacted conclusions available for public viewing, but it will be years before government and corporate cyber defenders have fixed the vulnerabilities that his probe thrust into the national conversation. Link in bio for more. 📷Getty Images

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Sen. Cory Booker launched his presidential bid on a message of love and unity, painting himself as an inspirational leader who would help a polarized America find common ground. Just 10 weeks later and with polls showing him in the single digits, Booker is discovering that so far love might not be enough. Recently, he has taken steps to invigorate a campaign that has underwhelmed some Democrats who are questioning whether his message is one that resonates in the Trump era. Booker has shifted his focus to economic policy and social justice messaging through his two-week “Justice for All” tour, rolling out a new income and tax credit in Iowa and vowing to make Election Day a national holiday in Georgia. Still, as he moves into the second quarter of the most crowded and diverse Democratic presidential primary in history, Booker is finding that the skills he’s long tapped as an orator with a mayor’s flair for finding human connection so far haven’t been enough to break through. Link in bio for more. 📷AP Photo

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When Elizabeth Warren got a question on housing discrimination at a campaign event this week, she didn’t shy away from acknowledging the country’s “race problem” — launching into a history lesson on black homebuyers being rejected outside of designated areas and black families getting hit the hardest by foreclosures during the 2008 crash. Warren is stuck in single digits in national polls and she’s being overshadowed by white male rivals like Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. But her consistent attention to racial disparities — and her truckful of policy proposals to fix them — is drawing praise from a critical voting bloc that could eventually pay dividends: African Americans (and especially African American women). Link in our bio to read the full story. 📷Getty Images

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Herman Cain is in deep trouble. And he hasn’t even been formally nominated to the Federal Reserve yet. Senate Republicans are warning the White House that the 2012 presidential candidate will face one of the most difficult confirmation fights of Donald Trump’s presidency and are making a behind-the-scenes play to get the president to back off, two GOP senators said. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images

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Trump accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of targeting Jews after she called one of the president's top aides, Stephen Miller, a white nationalist. Miller, who is Jewish, is known for pushing hardline immigration and border security policies. He's reportedly grown increasingly influential on immigration issues in recent days, including the purging of top Department of Homeland Security officials. Link in bio for the full story. #trump #ilhanomar #stephenmiller #immigration #departmentofhomelandsecurity

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Kirstjen Nielsen got a 21-word tweet. Linda McMahon got a 13-minute lovefest. The sharp contrast between the sendoffs wasn’t accidental. Trump has taken pains to control the narrative around his constant high-level staff departures, always seeking to dictate exits on his own terms. In some extreme cases, there is no ambiguity about an official’s departure. One of them was the abrupt sacking of Anthony Scaramucci, who spent just a few days as White House communications director before being fired. “I would have preferred not to have been ejected like an Austin Powers villain,” Scaramucci said. Link in bio for more on how an optics-obsessed president narrates exits. 📸 Getty Images . #kirstjennielsen #departmentofhomelandsecurity #immigration #trump

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Between a promposal, long lines for photographs and the conservative tracker recording his every word, Beto O’Rourke had all the hallmarks of a top-tier candidate during his latest swing through Iowa. Yet by the time he left on Sunday, it was clear that reality was biting Beto after a high-flying kickoff. The inevitable slog of competing in a packed Democratic primary is underway, and O’Rourke has not yet drawn the wave of national adulation from the left that his Senate run against Ted Cruz last year received. He’s seen little movement in polls since he announced and posted an impressive (but not first-in-class) fundraising total for the first quarter of the year. It’s a reminder that in the early Democratic nominating contest it’s Bernie Sanders — not O’Rourke — that remains far ahead in polling and fundraising, while former Vice President Joe Biden, inches toward running. Link in bio for the full story. 📸: Getty Images #BetoORourke #Texas #election #election2020 #Democrat

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Rep. Eric Swalwell of California has become the latest Democrat to join a crowded field of contenders hoping to defeat Donald Trump. The 38-year-old Bay Area congressman has distinguished himself as one of Trump’s most vocal critics, blasting the president in a steady stream of tweets and television appearances. He announced his bid during a taped appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” where he criticized congressional inaction on gun violence and touted his role in a millennial-focused group called Future Forum. Link in bio for more on Swalwell jumping into the presidential race. 📸: AP Photo #election2020 #California #EricSwalwell #Democrat #Elections

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Sen. Cory Booker is introducing a Senate bill to study reparations for African Americans, a companion bill to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's legislation on an issue that has become a litmus test for 2020 presidential hopefuls. The bill, H.R. 40, by Lee (D-Texas) would create a congressional panel to study the possibility of reparations for the descendants of slaves. Booker hinted at the legislation last month during a CNN town hall, where he criticized the dialogue around reparations saying it's "reduced to a box to check on a presidential list, when this is so much more of a serious conversation." Link in bio for the full story. 📸: Getty Images

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U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph Alles is leaving the administration, Trump's second shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security in a short period of time. In a statement, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders praised the "great job" Alles had done since he was tapped for the post in 2017 and said that Trump "is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country." Alles’ departure comes less than 24 hours after Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen resigned and a little more than a week after a Chinese national was arrested for trespassing at the president’s Mar-A-Lago resort. Link in bio for the full story. 📸: Getty Images

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The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee called for Democrats to immediately bring special counsel Robert Mueller to the Capitol to testify on his still-secret report on Russian contacts with Donald Trump's campaign and whether Trump himself obstructed the probe. "If you seek both transparency and for the American public to learn the full contours of the Special Counsel’s investigation, public testimony from Special Counsel Mueller himself is undoubtedly the best way to accomplish this goal," Rep. Doug Collins wrote in a letter to the committee's chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler. Collins said Democrats were essentially blowing smoke about their urgency to obtain Mueller's complete report, arguing in his letter that the only way they can access Mueller's underlying evidence is to open an impeachment inquiry. Link in bio for more on how House Republicans are calling on Dems to bring in Mueller to testify. 📸: AP Photo

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Kirstjen Nielsen will leave her post as secretary of Homeland Security, Trump announced via Twitter on Sunday. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will become acting DHS secretary, the president added. Nielsen oversaw the implementation of Trump’s contentious immigration agenda, including the separation of thousands of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The 46-year-old Cabinet member was confirmed to the role in December 2017. But almost from the start, she came under fierce criticism from Trump over an uptick in illegal immigration. The president was widely expected to dismiss Nielsen after November’s midterm elections and surprised allies by keeping her on board. The two have clashed on their approach to immigration and border security from the outset of her tenure, with Trump complaining that she was too soft and regularly pushing her to take measures that crossed legal boundaries, she told allies. Link in bio for the full story. 📷 Getty Images

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Paul Manafort is going to prison for seven-and-a-half years. It's the longest sentence by far for anyone ensnared in special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year-old probe. Manafort’s punishment reached its final length after U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday gave Manafort an additional roughly three-and-a-half years in prison for a series of lobbying and witness tampering crimes he pleaded guilty to last fall. Manafort also must serve nearly four years for his conviction in a jury trial for financial fraud crimes in Virginia. Link in bio for the full-throated and blunt apology Manafort issued shortly before Jackson handed out his second — and final — prison sentence in the Mueller case. 📸 Getty Images

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It’s official: Beto O’Rourke is running for president, asking voters to choose a young and charismatic — but largely untested — Democrat as the best option to defeat Donald Trump in 2020. With his national profile and one of the most potent small-dollar fundraising lists in Democratic politics, O'Rourke enters the race immediately as a top-tier contender. His announcement came months after he captured the party's imagination with his improbable — and closer than expected — run for Senate in Texas, a heavily Republican state. The former congressman’s entry into the presidential race had appeared all but certain. Yet his announcement could reshape the Democratic primary, unfreezing activists and donors who'd been waiting to commit to other candidates until O’Rourke announced his plans. Link in bio for the full story.

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A new policy will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth gender, the AP reported. Transgender members of the military, pictured above, testified before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel last month. The new Defense Department policy falls short of the all-out transgender ban President Trump initially ordered. But it will likely force the military to eventually discharge transgender individuals who need hormone treatments or surgery and can’t or won’t serve in their birth gender. Link in bio for more details on how the new policy affects the estimated 14,700 troops on active duty and in the Reserves who identify as transgender. 📸 AP Photo

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House Democrats can’t escape Trumpmania. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues are living under a harsh new reality fueled by the rise of Donald Trump — a scandal-driven climate with a five-minute news cycle that has proven impossible to control. Since the start of their majority, House Democrats have largely struggled to push their message past the daily drumbeat of Trump tweets and scandals. But as House Republicans found out to their own detriment, the media now moves at the speed of Trump while Democrats are forced to legislate at the speed of Congress. Link in bio for more on what this means for Democrats' messaging, and how Pelosi is trying to seize the news cycle. 📸 Getty Images

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The GOP is running out of options on Trump’s border emergency. It’s unlikely that Senate Republicans will be permitted to dramatically amend the House-passed resolution that would overturn Trump’s national emergency, suggesting they will be confronted with a simple referendum on the president’s controversial declaration. About a dozen Senate Republicans are weighing whether to oppose the president on the resolution of disapproval, which could force Trump to issue the first veto of his presidency. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote on the House resolution Thursday. Link in bio for the full story. 📸: Getty Images

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Michael Avenatti said his law firm was no longer representing the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, ending a partnership that dominated cable news and led to charges of campaign finance violations against Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer. Avenatti said that his office terminated its legal representation with Daniels on Feb. 19 for “various reasons that we cannot disclose publicly due to the attorney-client privilege.” Link in bio for more from Avenatti's statement. 📸AP Photo

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House Republican leaders are pointing fingers at one another over how the party handled last week's anti-hate resolution, according to several GOP sources. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was upset that the Republican Conference chairwoman, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, and 22 other Republicans voted against the measure, sources said. Members of leadership typically vote together. But other members of McCarthy’s leadership team were frustrated that there wasn’t better communication about the GOP’s strategy on the resolution, which condemned all forms of bigotry and was crafted by Democrats in response to remarks seen as anti-Semitic by Rep. Ilhan Omar. Link in bio for the full story on how the leadership team hashed things out on Monday night. 📸 Getty Images

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President Trump's complained that modern planes are becoming "too complex" for pilots. Trump has offered his opinion on the aviation industry before, but his experience is largely limited to launching a failed airline in 1989. His tweet comes after the China, the United Kingdom, Australia, Indonesia and other countries grounded 737 Max 8's in their airspace in response to the fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight last weekend. Another 737 Max 8 crashed in Indonesia in October, raising concerns about the plane's safety. Link in bio to see what lawmakers think airlines should do about the plane. 📸 Getty Images

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Former House Speaker Paul Ryan believes some Democrats stand a chance at turning the White House blue next year. Speaking in Vero Beach, Florida, the former House speaker said President Trump needs to focus more on policy instead of his personal brand, TCPalm reported. “The person who defines that race is going to win the race. If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it,” Ryan said. Link in bio for what else is driving the day, in Tuesday’s Playbook. 📸 Getty Images

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Buckle up: The next five days could reveal how the Mueller probe will play out. Paul Manafort will know how long he’ll serve in prison, Roger Stone will know his trial date and status reports are due for two of special counsel Robert Mueller’s biggest cooperators — Michael Flynn and Rick Gates — that will signal whether the special counsel has tapped them for all the information investigators need. That’s not all. This week could even include Attorney General William Barr announcing that Mueller has completed his assignment and that a summary version of his findings is imminent. Link in bio for more on the week that could reveal Mueller’s end game.📸: Getty Images

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Dan Crenshaw is the GOP’s newest rising star. The former Navy SEAL earned national attention last year when his gracious response to an SNL joke that mocked his war wound went viral. He’s popular on social media, too. His more than 500,000 followers make him the most popular Republican House member on Twitter. His social media stardom and his unlikely path to victory –– he had no electoral experience and no money when he upset the Texas GOP establishment on his way to win the Republican nomination in his district in 2018 –– invite comparison to the Democrats’ most media-savvy new member, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Crenshaw might be the congressional GOP’s best answer to AOC, but he doesn’t want to be seen as the Republican comparison to her. He wants to take his party in a more traditional — not radical –– direction. “We have to make conservatism cool and exciting again,” he said. Link in bio for full story. 📸: @smahaskey

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Bernie Sanders’ supporters have long urged him to talk more about his background – a subject that didn’t get much focus from the senator in 2016. So, it isn’t a coincidence that the 2020 hopeful is holding two kickoff rallies this weekend in Brooklyn and Chicago: He spent his childhood in a small apartment in the Flatbush neighborhood, and attended Brooklyn College for one year. The embrace of his personal story is the latest sign that Sanders is trying to learn from his mistakes in his first presidential bid. Allies think his personal story — he’s the son of a Polish immigrant whose family members were killed in the Holocaust, grew up lower-middle class, mourned the death of his parents at a young age, and participated in the civil rights movement — could prove powerful in a time when many immigrants feel under siege by President Donald Trump. But the strategy comes with risks: It could draw more attention to parts of Sanders’ life that could prove damaging, such as when he said more than 30 years ago that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro “totally transformed the society.” Link in bio for the full story. 📸: Getty Images