White House Infighting Flares Amid Impeachment InquiryThe White House’s bifurcated and disjointed response to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry has been fueled by a fierce West Wing battle between two of President Trump’s top advisers, and the outcome of the messy skirmish could be on full display this week, according to White House and congressional officials. Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has urged aides not to comply with the inquiry and blocked any cooperation with congressional Democrats. Top political aides at the Office of Management and Budget, which Mulvaney once led, have fallen in line with his defiant stance, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to talk freely about the behind-the-scenes developments.
The Tropical Conclave Where Politicians and Lobbyists Go to Make Deals
New York officials and other attendees of the Somos conference mingling at El San Juan Hotel’s lobby bar in San Juan, P.R.
“More business happens here in one weekend than in three months in City Hall or in Albany,” one attendee said of the spring-break-like event in Puerto Rico.
New York City Adopts Ranked-Choice Voting
The state inspector general’s office, which had hidden its investigation this year into allegations that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had improperly received details on the private deliberations of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, does not consistently issue public reports on its work.
The office’s selective disclosure of its investigations was revealed last week when the Times Union reported the inspector general had conducted a roughly nine-month probe into allegations that information about JCOPE’s private vote in January had been leaked to Cuomo. The alleged breach followed the panel’s closed-door meeting where it decided whether to investigate Joseph Percoco, the governor’s former top aide.
In Louisiana, a Narrow Win for John Bel Edwards and a Hard Loss for Trump
Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, narrowly won re-election Saturday, overcoming the intervention of President Trump, who visited the state multiple times in an effort to help Mr. Edwards’s Republican challenger and demonstrate his own clout.
It was the second blow at the ballot box for Mr. Trump this month in a Republican-leaning state, following the Democratic victory in the Kentucky governor’s race, where the president also campaigned for the G.O.P. candidate. In Louisiana, Mr. Trump had wagered significant political capital to try to lift Eddie Rispone, a businessman who ran against Mr. Edwards in large part by embracing the president and his agenda.
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