On Politics: Rod Rosenstein to Step Down

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


Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein will step down in mid-May, ending a turbulent two-year tenure that was overshadowed by the special counsel’s investigation. It was Mr. Rosenstein who appointed the special counsel after the president fired James Comey as F.B.I. director.

For decades, profitable companies have been able to avoid corporate taxes. But the list of those paying nothing roughly doubled last year as a result of provisions in President Trump’s 2017 tax bill. Voters aren’t happy, and Democrats haven’t figured out how to leverage anxiety over income inequality.

After Congress failed to pass legislation in the wake of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, activists turned their energy toward building infrastructure for future gun reform fights.

Mr. Trump, his three eldest children and his private company filed a federal lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One, in a bid to prevent the banks from responding to congressional subpoenas.

Beto O’Rourke released the first major policy proposal of his presidential campaign on Monday, outlining a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change and get the country to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Joe Biden was in Pittsburgh for his first address as a presidential candidate. He sketched out his economic plans and vowed to rebuild the country’s middle class in a state that helped hand Mr. Trump the White House three years ago.

In Scranton, Mr. Biden’s hometown, college students watched his speech and weighed in with their thoughts.

Mr. Trump directed immigration officials on Monday evening to carry out new restrictions on asylum seekers at the border, including barring some migrants from pursuing work permits and charging fees on asylum applications.

The House Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to allow Republican and Democratic lawyers to question Attorney General William P. Barr, signaling that Democrats are not backing down.

The White House is reviewing past writings by Stephen Moore, the conservative commentator whom Mr. Trump plans to nominate to the Federal Reserve Board, amid criticism that many of the opinion columns he penned denigrated women.

The White House visit by the Baylor University Lady Bears, who won the women’s N.C.A.A. basketball title, marked the first women’s team to be honored on their own by the Trump administration.

The first Democratic presidential debate will be split across two nights in June because there are currently 20 people running. Qualifying for the debates is turning out to be relatively easy — so easy it may cause embarrassment for some Democrats at risk of not making it onto the stage.


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.

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