The Hill's Morning Report - De-escalation: The US-Iran conflict is subsiding

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: Enlightenment shows that Iran has instructed the militias not to attack US targets Mnuchin wants to wait until the end of 2020 to disclose the cost of intelligence for Trump’s trip: report on pressure on Pelosi for impeachment stepped back on Wednesday from ongoing military aggression against Iran and advocated less lethal tools to try to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to pressure it to change its “behavior”.

During a brief White House statement that triggered a sigh of relief in the world’s capitals and on Wall Street, Trump announced that the Iranian missile attack on two U.S. bases in Iraq did little damage and did not require any American or Iraqi casualties. “

The Hill: Trump is off the ramp in the Iran crisis.

The President defended his decision last week to order the murder of the drone in Baghdad by Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian Quds Force. He argued that this saved American lives and warned terrorists: “If you value your own life, you will not threaten our people’s lives. “

Trump ordered unspecified additional economic sanctions against Iran – a country already strangled by US sanctions that the president declared the country “bankrupt” in September. He said Iran was not “allowed” to have a nuclear weapon on its watch, but it also seemed to admit that the 2015 Obama-era international nuclear deal with Iran was torn apart, as it did in 2018 , Tehran’s race for a nuclear power would not stop.

“Break away,” Trump advised France, Germany, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the European Union, referring to the nuclear pact they had concluded with Iran, which lifted sanctions against restrictions and inspections to increase its nuclear capabilities slow it down.

Surprisingly, the president called on the organization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a military alliance that he often criticized after the Second World War, to “become more involved in the Middle East process”. Nor did he explain this as a “process” or role that he had envisioned for NATO.

Shortly after Trump spoke, senior government officials banded together to inform House of Representatives and Senate legislators on Capitol Hill. They asked tough questions about the intelligence agencies Trump relied on to justify the assassination of Soleimani as an immediate threat.

Democratic lawmakers and several Republican senators closed their meetings on the grounds that they were dissatisfied with the vague responses from Trump’s national security team and the political twist they heard.

The Hill: Democrats “completely unimpressed” by the evidence behind Trump’s Soleimani drone attack.

Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump, Democrats ready for fight against Iranian war powers Paul complains to Graham about criticism of Iran: “He offends the constitution” Senators warn of a resolution that Congress has not authorized the Iran war MORE (R-Utah) complained that Trump’s speakers told lawmakers, “We cannot have disagreements in our ranks, in our government, or it is sending the wrong signal to Iranians.”

Niall Stanage: The memo: Trump turns down the heat.

Parliament will vote today on a resolution that would limit Trump’s war power against Iran. The congressional debate on the War Powers Act also followed Trump’s predecessors, former presidents George W. Bush and Obama, but since 2001 the risks of 9/11 terrorist attacks have convinced lawmakers to empower the commander-in-chief to take military action attack US enemies and later ask Congress for its support.

The Hill: House voting today to limit Trump’s war power against Iran.

The Hill: Trump, Democrats compete against Iranian war powers.

Although the president suggested that Iran escalate to the brink of war, ballistic missiles could still be overtaken by secret cyberattacks authorized by Tehran or its representatives.

The Washington Post, citing unnamed Trump administration officials, reported that Iraqis and intelligence agencies had informed the United States in advance that missile attacks on U.S. facilities would retaliate against Tehran’s murder of Soleimani. “It is no good luck that no one was killed,” said a senior defender.

The heads-up gave military commanders enough time to get US troops to secure, fortified positions at bases in Iraq, even without specifying their intended targets. The New York Times also described how the government was preparing during the early warning window, which started at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Tehran’s next steps may not be as transparent. Iran has the ability to access private sector and government computers in the United States and “burn the system down,” he warned Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Department of Computer Security at the Department of Homeland Security.

The New York Times: Iran’s anti-missile retaliation may have been “completed,” but the threat of cyberware is growing.

CNN: FBI and Homeland Security warn of Iranian terror and cyber threat in a new bulletin

Lead the day

IMPEACHMENT WATCH: The wait for speakers has started Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGraham predicts that the Senate will initiate impeachment proceedings against Pelosi next week (D-Calif.) To send the two impeachment articles to the Senate, especially since some in their own party demand more than three weeks after Trump’s impeachment as third president in US history.

Despite the majority leader of the Senate, Pelosi has always held back from sending the articles Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham predicts that the Senate will initiate impeachment proceedings against Pelosi next week (R-Ky.) Announcement that he has the votes to open the Senate trial under former President Clinton’s impeachment precedent in 1999 without agreeing on witnesses. But waiting has drawn the wrath of some Democrats who think they should send them over sooner rather than later.

“If we want to do it, she should send her over there. I don’t understand what causes a good delay,” said Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinMnuchin wants to wait until the end of 2020 to disclose the secret service costs for Trump’s trip: report pressure on Pelosi for impeachment proceedings Trump’s trade agreement faces an uncertain timetable in the Senate MORE (D-Calif.), Based on the statements of Sens. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: The Iran crisis subsides when Trump says Tehran is standing still | Dems not convinced of evidence behind Soleimani strike | House votes on Iranian war powers from Democrats Thursday “completely unimpressed” by the evidence behind the Soleimani strike Democratic senators are getting impatient with Pelosi for impeachment (D-Conn.) And Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocratic senators get impatient with impeachment with Pelosi Ten senators pursue Trump case ‘Will a majority of senators pursue the truth about everything else?’ Doug Jones asks for MORE (D-W.Va.) On Tuesday (The Hill).

Pelosi announced on Wednesday that it will not broadcast it until the text of the Senate resolution (The Hill) is available.

“We are waiting for the conditions,” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday morning. “As I said from the start, the selection of our managers depends on which arena we go to.”

The Hill: Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Health Care: Dems try to bridge the gap on surprising medical bills | Pharmacy chains sue doctors for opioid crisis | According to a study, the number of cancer deaths has decreased the most by one year. Hoyer: House Democrats reserve the right to summon Bolton Hoyer: war powers vote “sooner rather than later” MORE (D-Md.) Says House Dems reserves a summons option John BoltonJohn BoltonPelosi pressure for impeachment proceedings The Bill Clinton process cannot serve as a model for the Donald Trump process. Hoyer: House Democrats reserve the right to summon Bolton MORE,

The heads of government of the Washington Post: The heads of government of the GOP endeavor to include members of the House of Representatives among Trump’s defense against impeachment.

McConnell pointed out, however, that no negotiations will be held with Pelosi or the House Democrats about how the impeachment process in the upper chamber (The Hill) will work.

“There will be no dispute with Parliament over the Senate process,” said McConnell. “It is the turn of the House Democrats.”

“My democratic friends are losing patience,” McConnell said, referring to Murphy, Manchin, and Sen’s comments. Angus KingAngus KingSenators Provides Information on Iran’s Cyber ​​Threats Iranian lawmakers are nearing the end of their federal strategy against cyberattacks. Navy proposes MORE cuts in ship construction, decommissioning, and fleet target restrictions (I-Maine) and added that Pelosi has an “endless appetite for these cynical games”.

The Associated Press: Impeachment deepens and tests McConnell and Pelosi.

The Hill: Pelosi is under pressure for impeachment.

Appeal: Chief Justice John Roberts would hold the hammer, but not the power, in Trump’s impeachment proceedings.

The Associated Press: Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOn The Money: Senate Committee Advances Trump’s New NAFTA Agreement Despite GOP Criticism | Trade deficit drops to three-year low | Senate confirms Trump election for small business leader DNC defends “inclusive” standards, with some Democrats missing the January debate in 2020. Senate confirms Trump election for small business boss MORE (D-N.J.): The impeachment procedure could be a “hard blow” for my campaign.


POLITICS & CAMPAIGNS: Is a former vice president Joe BidenJoe Biden Former Bush official condemns Buttigieg: “He is not ready” Ex-Trump campaign advisor: Biden could “sit down and do some things” with Republicans in Hillicon Valley: Legislators say Facebook’s deepfake ban is not is complied with House hands over bills to win 5G races | Fed Alerts About Cyber ​​Threat from Iran | Ivanka Trump’s appearance at the Tech Show flashes MORE the 2020 version of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRosenstein on his time in the Trump administration: “We solved all major problems correctly” Trump campaign planning Iowa rally before democratic conflicts: Report #IvotedforHillaryClinton in the trend of growing tensions with Iran MORE? It’s a question some Democrats have to investigate as the main battle approaches the Iowa rallies and Biden is involved in a fight with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenators warns of a resolution that Congress has not authorized the ex-Trump campaign advisor for the Iran war: Biden could sit down with the Republicans, Cardi B is applying for Nigerian citizenship because Trump brings in life ‘In danger’ MORE (I-Vt.) In early primary states.

As Amie Parnes writes, the question of a recent town hall held in Iowa came up again when asked if he was running a better campaign than Clinton in 2016, but the answer remains difficult for Democrats who are still concerned about some of Bidens more blatant thoughts make weaknesses in the early voting season.

“Nobody wants Déjà Vu,” said a democratic strategist who worked on presidential campaigns. “And the big fear is that it will be exactly that.”

The Hill: Poll: Trump and Biden in Arizona.

The New York Times: Like Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump’s trade deal faces uncertain Senate Trump timeline, Democrats ready to fight Iranian war powers Senators introduce resolution warning that Congress has not approved the Iran war MORE (D-Mass.) Is squeezed by two democratic factions.

Steve Peoples, The Associated Press: Trump is changing the conditions of the 2020 race given the turmoil in Iran.

The Wall Street Journal: Elizabeth Warren’s base is getting scared.

> Current status of the Senate: Senate Republicans play a defensive role in this year’s race to maintain a majority, but Democrats are likely to have a tough struggle trying to regain control of the chamber for the third time in a row.

As Max Greenwood wrote in his last look at the 2020 Senate map, the Republicans will defend two dozen seats in November. Democrats must take four seats in 2020 – three if a Democrat is elected President – to take control of the chamber and turn a number of seats into states where the president’s approval rate is under water.

Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) Is one of the most vulnerable senators to be re-elected this year and is giving the minority a chance to regain control of the Senate. The list of Greenwood’s most vulnerable senators is Jones, Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerProgressive groups target eight GOP senators in an advertising campaign prior to impeachment. How Congress can help lower exploding prescription drug prices (R-Colo.) And Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyPoll: Democrat Mark Kelly leads incumbent McSally to the Arizona Senate race. Progressive groups target eight GOP senators in an advertising campaign prior to impeachment. How Congress can help lower exploding prescription drug prices MORE (R-Ariz.).

> Deepfakes: Facebook’s global policy chief faced difficult questions ahead of a house panel on Wednesday when lawmakers expressed skepticism about the company’s efforts to stop manipulated videos known as deepfakes prior to the 2020 elections.

The social media giant announced plans to ban such videos late Monday night, but critics quickly condemned the policy for not going far enough. Under the new guidelines, neither Pelosi’s video, which was edited to appear drunk, would be viralized last year, nor would a clip by Biden, which had been manipulated to misrepresent the views of white nationalists, be cut off.

“Big Tech has not responded to the deepfake serious threats, as Facebook has shown, to announce a new policy that I consider totally inappropriate,” said Rep. Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyHillicon Valley: Legislators say Facebook’s deepfake ban is not being followed | House hands over bills to win 5G races | Fed Alerts About Cyber ​​Threat from Iran | Ivanka Trump’s appearance at the Tech Show triggers a backlash Legislators are skeptical about Facebook’s ban on deepfake global health is the last bastion of non-partisan foreign policy MORE (D-Ill.), Chair of the House of Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, notes that Pelosi’s video has been viewed a million times (The Hill).

The Hill: Here’s a look at states where Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBrent Budowsky: Bloomberg should give the Democrats Bloomberg a billion dollars to appear with Abrams at the Atlanta Voting Rights Forum. See where Michael Bloomberg spends his huge fortune on MORE Campaign invests in ads.

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The Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Bill Clinton study cannot serve as a model for the Donald Trump study. Justice Ginsburg confirms that she is “cancer-free”. On The Trail: The story is not on Biden’s side. MORE study cannot serve as a model for the Donald Trump study by Allan Lightman, opinion leader, The Hill.

Tensions with Iran are not reduced through unpredictable decisions. Former MP Steve IsraelSteven (Steve) J. Israel Tensions with Iran are not being reduced by unpredictable decisions. The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump confronts the crisis with Iran. Iraq Biden is developing a primary strategy around the general election. MORE (DN.Y.), Opinion Makers, The Hill.


Hill.TV’s “Rising” program features Barbara Slavin, Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, and Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoTrump officials defend the use of the fake university to attract foreign students. ICE is a stumbling block in government talks. Legislators are pushing for ICE reforms MORE after fake school reports (D-Ariz.) To discuss the Iran situation; Zach Montellaro, Campaign reporter for Politico to talk about the qualifications of the primary elections and debates for 2020; and Wesley Yang, Columnist for Tablet Magazin. Reporting begins at 9 a.m.CET at or on YouTube at 10 a.m.CET under Rising on YouTube.

The House Meeting at 10 a.m. Pelosi holds a press conference at 10:45 a.m. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGOP politicians target Democrats over rhetoric about Iran Campaign experts urge Trump, Congress politicians end stalemate at FEC This week: House to vote on Trump limit resolution on Iran after strike MORE (R-Calif.) Holds its weekly press event at 11:30 a.m.

The Senate meets at 10 a.m. and continues to review candidates for the executive and judiciary for confirmation.

The president will announce the proposed provisions of the National Environment Act at 11:00 a.m. and receive its intelligence briefing at 2:00 p.m. He will also hold a re-election rally in Toledo, Ohio, at 7:00 p.m.

Vice President Pence I will travel to Ohio to introduce the President to an election rally. He is returning to Washington tonight.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds discussions on the “State of the American Economy in 2020” from 10:00 pm to 12:30 pm, including an opening speech by the Chamber CEO Tom Donahueat its headquarters in Washington. Information and webcast HERE.


Ukraine Airlines crash: The Iranian authorities reported that they had recovered the so-called black boxes from the Boeing 737-800 passenger plane, which crashed towards Ukraine shortly after taking off on Wednesday in Tehran with 176 people. All passengers and crew were killed in a fiery catastrophe that Iran immediately attributed to mechanical problems. Officials in the United States, Canada and Ukraine said the crash should be fully investigated, but it is unclear to what extent international investigators can be given access to interviews and instrument data in the cockpit.

Reuters reported that the initial assessment by Western intelligence agencies was that the plane had not been launched by a missile. According to an unnamed source from Canada, one of the jet’s engines was overheated. At least 63 Canadians were among the victims of the crash, which prompted Canadian officials to seek cooperation with Tehran and offer technical assistance (The Associated Press).

Supreme Court: Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgJustice Ginsburg confirms that she is “cancer-free” The Trumpification of the Federal Courts Justice Roberts promotes civic education as an antidote to lies caused by social media MORE, who has been facing recurring health problems in court for decades, said positive about her health this week. “I’m cancer free,” she told CNN during an interview on Tuesday. “It’s good.” The 86-year-old judiciary, who was appointed by former President Clinton, was treated in August for a cancerous pancreatic tumor. Ginsburg had previously been treated for breast cancer and early stage lung cancer (The Hill).

Knowing: Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleMeghan MarkleBritish press group says that Princess Anne has worked the most among the royals this year. Let’s introduce a luxury carbon tax because not all carbon emissions are generated equally. Hillary Clinton says she’ll be under tremendous pressure in 2020, but it’s MORE announced on Wednesday that they, as senior members of the British royal family, are planning a “step back”, a revelation that surprised Buckingham Palace. According to a statement, the couple plans to become financially independent and will split their time with their son between the United Kingdom and the United States. Harry, 35, is sixth in succession to the British throne and, unlike his American wife, has been in the spotlight all his life (The Associated Press).

“Danger!” It is a duel that started just two nights after the “Jeopardy!” – Competition is held to crown the show’s biggest competitor. James Holzhauer, which caused a sensation in 2019, won the second match of the “Greatest ever” competition and gave him and Ken Jennings one win per game towards the third game on Thursday. Holzhauer won on Wednesday, took 82,414 points and defeated Jennings with more than 25,000 points. The first participant to win three games is crowned the GOAT. The third match will air at 8 p.m. tonight on ABC (The New York Times).


And finally … It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for this week Morning Report quiz!

Puerto Rico has experienced more than just natural disasters, including a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday followed by strong aftershocks. Trump approved a federal emergency statement on the territory on Wednesday.

On this day in history – on January 9, 1857 and again on January 9, 1982 – significant temblors led the news and rattled New England and California. In this sense, this week’s puzzle examines the tectonic knowledge of readers.

Email your answers to [email protected] and / or [email protected] and add “quiz” to the subject lines. Winners who submit correct answers will bow in the Friday newsletter.

This week’s media reports said that Puerto Rico was sandwiched between two tectonic plates that form an underwater fault zone. What are the two annoying plates called?

  1. San Juan and San Andreas
  2. San Juan and Culebra
  3. Panama and Cocos
  4. Caribbean and North America

In which two U.S. states have most earthquakes been recorded since the 18th century?

  1. California and Alaska
  2. California and Hawaii
  3. Kansas and Colorado
  4. Alaska and Texas

The federal government employs seismologists on duty who monitor earthquake activity worldwide around the clock via the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC). The center tries to publish the magnitude and location of the quake within minutes. Which one serves as a home agency for the center?

  1. U.S. Geological survey
  2. Environmental Protection Agency
  3. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  4. United States National Agency for Disaster Relief

Former President Obama was in office when a 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit Washington DC in July 2010 and a 5.8 magnitude tremor hit the country’s capital in August 2011, damaging the Washington Monument. He didn’t feel any. Why?

  1. The White House is fortified like a bunker and prevents any feeling of shaking the floor.
  2. Obama said he fell asleep in the White House during the 2010 quake and played golf on Martha’s vineyard in 2011.
  3. The former president was so used to volcanic activity in his childhood in Hawaii that he said he had no idea about DC earthquakes.
  4. U.S. intelligence has received enough advance warning to quickly blow up the president in Marine One in both incidents.

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