Good Monday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• Over decades in business, entertainment and now politics, President Trump has approached America’s racial, ethnic and religious divisions opportunistically — not as wounds to be healed, but as openings to achieve his goals, without regard for adverse consequences.
• Chinese investment in the United States has plummeted by nearly 90 percent since Mr. Trump took office, affecting markets from Silicon Valley to Manhattan.
• For more than two years, Democrats have hoped that Robert S. Mueller III would show the nation that Mr. Trump is unfit for office. On Wednesday, in back-to-back hearings with the former special counsel, that wish could face its final make-or-break moment.
• House Republicans are also gearing up to question Mr. Mueller face to face on Wednesday. “The obvious first question,” said Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, “will be, ‘When did you know there was no coordination and no conspiracy?’”
• Over decades of appearances before Congress, Mr. Mueller showed little patience for politics. A review of dozens of hours of his hearings — Mr. Mueller has appeared before Congress 88 times dating back to 1990 — offers insight into what kind of witness he will be this week.
• Until this past week, the Democratic candidates for the 2020 election had generally tried to ignore the president’s incendiary language. Now some feel an urgency to take a new approach. “The fact of the matter is,” said Joe Biden, “this president is more George Wallace than George Washington.”
• From the heavily rehearsed jabs, gimmicks and one-liners at the June debates to the elaborately staged “live drawing” for the July debate lineups that aired Thursday night on CNN, it’s starting to look like Democrats have been drawn into the reality TV genre that once brought Mr. Trump to prominence.
• Iowa and New Hampshire will be up first in the Democratic primary race. Here’s a look at how the leading candidates are setting up their operations there.
• “I know everybody always describes me as being rich,” said Tom Steyer, the California billionaire who plans to spend $100 million of his own money on a bid for the Democratic nomination. “That is not how I see myself.”
• Mr. Trump has made branding Democrats as out-of-the-mainstream, economy-wrecking socialists one of the centerpieces of his re-election strategy. Here’s a fact check on where socialism fits into the Democratic Party.
• American intelligence officials, trying to shore up their election security efforts ahead of the 2020 presidential race, have appointed an experienced official to oversee election security intelligence across the government in a newly created senior position.
• After a week of attacks by Mr. Trump that culminated in a chant of “send her back” at one of his re-election rallies, Representative Ilhan Omar, the Somali-born Democrat from Minnesota, returned to her district on Thursday evening to a hero’s welcome, greeted by shouts of “Welcome home!” and “We have your back!”
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