Rep. Barbara Lee (D-13) said she will not run for Senate in 2018, shooting down Rep. Ro Khanna’s (D-17) public encouragement for her to challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D). In a statement, Lee said she is focused on representing the 13th District and resisting the “hateful, un-American agenda being advanced by Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress.” (Los Angeles Times)
MONEY MATTERS. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) “is among Democratic elected officials, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D), seeking to help” Feinstein “in her 2018 re-election bid. Harris sent out an email blast Monday asking for donations to Feinstein’s campaign as small as $3.”
“Garcetti held a fundraiser for her on Tuesday night “at the home of philanthropist Erika Glazer in Beverly Hills. A website in support of Feinstein is seeking campaign donations ranging from $100 to $5,400 per ticket.” (Sacramento Bee)
TAKING A STAND. Billionaire Tom Steyer (D), a potential challenger to Feinstein, is “demanding that lawmakers and candidates on the left support removing President Trump from office, putting pressure on Democrats to make Mr. Trump’s ouster a defining issue in the 2018 midterm elections.”
“His letter may be a signal that he is serious about taking on Ms. Feinstein. … Though Mr. Steyer did not mention Ms. Feinstein by name, his letter appeared to allude several times to deferential comments Ms. Feinstein made about Mr. Trump in August, when she counseled ‘patience’ to restive Democrats and suggested Mr. Trump could change to become ‘a good president.’” (New York Times)
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"Congress is considering attaching a narrow background check bill for gun purchases to a must-pass government funding package before the end of the week, when thousands of high school students are expected to congregate in Washington for the March to End Gun Violence. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said leadership was talking to its members about adding the background legislation, even as news broke of a new school shooting on Tuesday morning in Maryland."
"The House likely will not vote until Thursday on an omnibus spending bill, according to numerous lawmakers who attended a GOP conference meeting this morning. Some two dozen issues are still outstanding, members were told. The $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 measure must be passed before government funding runs out Friday."
"President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against China, following through on a long-time threat that he says will punish China for intellectual property infringement and create more American jobs. The tariff package, which Trump plans to unveil by Friday, was confirmed by four senior administration officials. Senior aides had presented Trump with a $30 billion tariff package that would apply to a range of products, but Trump directed them to roughly double the scope of the new trade levies."
"President Trump’s attorneys have provided the special counsel’s office with written descriptions that chronicle key moments under investigation in hopes of curtailing the scope of a presidential interview, according to two people familiar with the situation. Trump’s legal team recently shared the documents in an effort to limit any session between the president and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to a few select topics" on order to "minimize his exposure. ... The lawyers are worried that Trump, who has a penchant for making erroneous claims, would be vulnerable in an hours-long interview."