Wiretap: Senate vows a real (un-Nunes-like) investigation of Russian role in 2016 elections

In a rare show of 21st-century Washington bipartisanship, Senate Intelligence Committee leaders have joined in vowing a thorough investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. In other words, they promised to be nothing like chairman Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee. Via The New York Times.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House committee, sat down with Wolf Blitzer to blow up Nunes’s apparent attempt to cover up for Trump. Schiff and Nunes are expected to meet today, although probably not in a secure White House location. Via CNN.

North Carolina has a deal in place between the Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders to repeal controversial HB2, the so-called bathroom law, which has caused huge losses of business to the state. But not everyone is happy with the deal, which is scheduled to be voted on today. Via The (Raleigh) News&Observer.

In her speech announcing Britain’s formal notice to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May promises to represent “every person” in the two-year Brexit negotiation. The major problem with that, of course, is that approximately half of the persons in Britain don’t want to leave the European Union at all. Via The New Yorker.

No, Obamacare isn’t exploding. But that doesn’t mean that the danger for the health plan is over or that Donald Trump won’t still try to blow it up. Via Mother Jones.

For a closer look at the future of Obamacare, don’t look to Washington. The real action is in the very Republican Kansas legislature, where they have voted to adopt Medicaid expansion.  Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to veto the bill. The question is whether the legislature will override the veto. Via Vox.

Ross Douthat: The Republican plan to replace Obamacare may have been a disaster from start to finish, but that doesn’t mean that the central argument for keeping Obamacare is correct. The question remains: Would losing Obamacare really risk people’s lives? Via The New York Times.

These are the numbers to remember as Trump’s approval ratings sink into the mid-30s: The Democrats need 24 seats to swing the House. In 18 of the last 20 midterm elections, the party out of power has won seats. The average number of seats won in those 18 cycles is 33. Via National Journal.

Rich Lowry: The crisis of Trumpism isn’t simply that the people like Paul Ryan don’t understand the populism that got Trump elected. It’s that Trump doesn’t understand it either. Via Politico.

The Hispanic contractors who put in bids to work on Trump’s border wall knew that some in their communities would be upset. Then the death threats began. Via The Washington Post.

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