Happy Thursday! We were going to come up with a joke here, but there is nothing funnier this morning than Tom Steyer interrupting Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren after the debate Tuesday night to say “I don’t want to get in the middle of this, I just want to say hi Bernie,” only for Sanders to walk away saying “yeah, good, okay.”
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev unexpectedly resigned on Wednesday to “give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution.” The move is seen as an attempt by Putin to consolidate his hold on power past the end of his term in 2024. Meanwhile, Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of Chechnya, announced he would be handing power to the region’s prime minister while he deals with a “temporary incapacitation.”
President Trump signed “Phase One” of his trade deal with China, lowering tariffs on some Chinese imports in exchange for additional intellectual property protections and increased American agricultural purchasing by the Chinese. “It’s not everything,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Fox News. “There will be a ‘Phase 2.’ But this is the first time we’ve had a comprehensive agreement with China.”
The House released another set of texts and voicemails from Lev Parnas, the Giuliani associate who was arrested in October for campaign finance charges. The evidence, which details efforts to oust Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, had to be added to the investigative record to be included in the Senate trial, Politico reported.