Despite not exactly crossing paths in Iowa, President Donald Trump and Joe Biden went as close to toe-to-toe as they could get this week.
Trump and the Democratic front-runner (for now) jabbed at each other as they crisscrossed the Hawkeye State on the same day, making their cases to the early-state voters. But we still have a long way to go until the Iowa caucuses (234 days, to be exact) and there’s an entire field of Democrats eager to test their mettle against Trump — and Biden.
And now we know which nine of them will get to debate the former vice president on camera in the first debate of the 2020 cycle: Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Marianne Williamson, Eric Swalwell, Andrew Yang and John Hickenlooper. (The remaining 10 who qualified for the debates will face off the night before).
Meanwhile, at the White House, an independent group recommended Kellyanne Conway be fired over repeated violations of the Hatch Act (which prohibits engaging in partisan political activity while working for the administration). Neither Trump nor Conway is interested in taking that recommendation.
And Sarah Sanders, the longest standing press secretary of the Trump White House, is leaving her post at the end of the month. Trump thanked Sanders in a tweet — and encouraged her to run for governor of Arkansas.
The Point: In the first debate later this month, Biden will finally be fully in the fray with (some of) his fellow Democrats after successfully avoiding them thus far.
And now, the week in 27 headlines.
- DOJ, Democrats strike deal over Mueller report evidence
- Soldier to become Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient
- Cuccinelli takes over Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Trump and Biden swap verbal blows
- Trump says Kim has ‘kept his word’ after Bolton said he hasn’t
- Impeachment inquiry is ‘not off the table,’ Pelosi says
- Shanahan reinforces ‘apolitical nature’ of military
- Acting DHS head points fingers at Congress on border crisis
- House to vote on taking its subpoenas to court
- House approves resolution to enforce McGahn, Barr subpoenas
- Pence: Ban on flying LGBTQ flags from embassies ‘right decision’
- House cmte votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt
- Un’s “beautiful” letter to Trump contained no details on way forward
- Trump Jr. says there was ‘nothing to change’ before Senate panel
- House Intel panel subpoenas Gates, Flynn
- Trump says he would accept dirt on rivals from foreign governments
- Trump and Polish President sign new defense agreement
- Hope Hicks to testify behind closed doors next Wednesday
- Trump says he hopes China and Hong Kong can work things out
- Pelosi: Trump’s comments prove he doesn’t ‘know right from wrong’
- Trump reveals new proposed Air Force One designs
- Pompeo blames Iran for Gulf tanker attacks
- Sarah Sanders leaving White House post after fraught tenure
- Trump says his visit was the most fun Queen had in 25 years
- Trump weighs in on possible Sarah Sanders replacement
- FEC chief blasts Trump over willingness to receive foreign dirt
- Trump won’t fire Conway despite federal agency recommendation
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