On Politics: Trump Delays Some Tariffs

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


President Trump has unexpectedly put off new tariffs on many Chinese goods, including cellphones, laptop computers and toys, until after the start of the Christmas shopping season. The move, which acknowledges the effects of his protracted trade war, comes amid mounting pressure from businesses over the harm they say the tariffs are doing.

A Times investigation details efforts by Elliott Broidy, a wealthy businessman from New York who found himself in the president’s inner circle, to promote the causes of foreign clients as he sought to profit from them. Here’s the investigation, and here are some takeaways.

Stacey Abrams, the Georgia politician who captured national attention during her unsuccessful run for governor in 2018, has decided not to run for president, focusing instead on fighting voter suppression.

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, who has remained near the bottom of the Democratic field, is in discussions to challenge the state’s Republican senator, Cory Gardner.

Cory Booker is one of several Democratic presidential candidates focusing on cities in key swing states. He detoured from early-voting states to hold rallies this month in Detroit, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, where turnout will be essential to Democrats’ 2020 success.

Six top Democrats called on Senator Mitch McConnell to bring senators back to Washington to pass two House bills: one mandating background checks on all gun purchases, and the other giving the F.B.I. more time to complete them.

From tax cuts to relaxed regulations to tariffs, each of Mr. Trump’s economic initiatives is based on a promise: to bring back jobs that the president says the United States has lost to foreign countries. Government data shows this hasn’t really worked.

In 2016, no one attacked Mr. Trump like his fellow Republicans, and it didn’t work. Revisiting the criticism from the president’s own party raises questions about whether the search for a killer line on Mr. Trump is a fool’s errand for Democrats in 2020.

The Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to conflicts in Asia, from Kashmir to Hong Kong to the rivalry between Japan and South Korea. Analysts say it’s one of the clearest signs yet of the erosion of American power and global influence.


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

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