The presidential election is 21 months away, but it’s a “tough position” to be in when assessing support for a re-election, ABC News’ John Verhovek tells us: “There’s no real good way to spin that.”
And with no clear Democratic front-runner, 43 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said they have no opinion on whom they’d support in a primary today, the poll found.
Where does that leave former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who recently announced he’s thinking about running as an “independent centrist?” He’s facing criticism from Democrats worried he’ll split the vote in 2020, and he may not have the votes to win outside of the two-party system, according to FiveThirtyEight Managing Editor Micah Cohen.
“The problem is, most of those voters, while they like to call themselves independents, they’re not true independents,” he says. “They, year after year after year, vote for one party or the other, and so if Schultz is relying on them, I think he’s in for a rude awakening.”
ABC News’ Anne Flaherty and John Parkinson walk us through the next steps for federal workers, lawmakers and the president.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi responds to reporters after officially postponing President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address until the government is fully reopened, at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 23, 2019.
3. US has ‘agreements in principle’ with Taliban for peace deal
“I’d say really, right now, the takeaway is encouraging,” he told reporters on Monday, without elaborating on how the talks would affect the withdrawal of U.S. forces.
The top defense official was reacting to a statement in the New York Times from U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who said the U.S. and the Taliban reached “agreements in principle” to the framework of a peace deal with the insurgents.
ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz explains that the U.S. has been trying to deal with the Taliban on and off for years, before removing U.S. forces.
“I think the U.S. has learned such lessons from Iraq, and pulling out all of the troops there at the end of 2011 and ISIS moved in,” she says. “You don’t have the ability to gather intelligence the way you do if you have some force on the ground.”
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U.S. troops patrol at an Afghan National Army Base in Logar province, Afghanistan Aug. 7, 2018.
4. Sanctions on Venezuelan oil
The U.S. on Monday announced sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil firm, further limiting the power of Nicolas Maduro days after the Trump administration announced it was recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president.
Cardi B’s ‘Twerk’ video sparks conversation on women’s empowerment
Chris Christie on his relationship with Donald Trump: The former New Jersey Governor and a major player in the president’s campaign discusses the Mueller probe, what the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal cost him and why he believes Jared Kushner worked against him.
Chris Christie on his relationship with President Donald Trump
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