On Politics: Intelligence Chiefs Rebut Trump on Iran and North Korea

Good Wednesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.


A new American intelligence assessment of global threats concluded that North Korea is “unlikely to give up” all of its nuclear stockpiles and that Iran is not “currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activity” needed to make a bomb. Their conclusions challenged President Trump’s assertions on both countries.

As Senator Kamala Harris attempts her own version of former President Barack Obama’s historic rise from first-term senator to the White House, she is likely to need the same strong support from black voters that Mr. Obama attracted in 2008. It may not come easily.

The State Department said that it had given the Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, the right to control assets and property in the United States bank accounts of the government of Venezuela.

The Trump administration’s rosy view of the economy is increasingly diverging from those of other prognosticators, who warn that economic growth is slowing, in part because of Mr. Trump’s own policies.

Stacey Abrams, a rising political star from Georgia who narrowly lost a race for governor there last year, will deliver the Democrats’ official response to Mr. Trump’s State of the Union address next week.

Eric M. Garcetti, the two-term mayor of Los Angeles who has flirted with higher office by crisscrossing the country and raising money for the Democratic Party, announced he would not run for president in 2020.

With more Democrats expressing their support for “Medicare for all,” Michael Bloomberg, a possible 2020 candidate, said the proposal would “bankrupt us for a very long time.”

A House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Democrats’ ambitious elections overhaul bill turned into a partisan brawl, showing how hard the bill will be to enact.