First Draft on Politics: An Alarming Climate Report

A draft report by government scientists concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. Branden Camp/Associated Press

Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:

  • The New York Times has reviewed an alarming draft report by government scientists who say climate change is happening now and severely affecting the United States. The report directly contradicts claims about global warming made by the Trump administration, which must sign off on it before it can be released.
  • Mike Pompeo, the director of the C.I.A., has become a favorite of the president’s with tough talk and hawkish views at the helm of the agency, worrying some staff members at a place that prides itself on being apolitical.
  • President Trump promised Americans that they would be exhausted from “winning” on trade under his presidency. But nearly seven months after Mr. Trump took office, the industries he vowed to protect have become tired of something else: waiting.
  • The Times and ProPublica have identified more possible conflicts among Trump appointees charged with undoing regulations, as Democrats in Congress demand greater transparency.
  • North Korea threatened retaliation “thousands of times” for the imposition of a new round of punishing sanctions. But history suggests the country will devise workarounds.

— The First Draft Team