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By Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann
WASHINGTON – Today's House Voice to Revert President Trump's National Emergency Statement for his Border Wall tells us much about how the Republicans can break when it comes to special council Robert Mueller's ultimate find.
A test vote on the rule of law? (Can a president bypass the congress if he doesn't come his way?) Check.
A test reconciliation on power distribution? (Which branch of government gets taxing and spending money?) You betcha.
A test reconciliation on the number of Republicans willing to break away from Trump? If you do not want to vote against the president in this case – bypass the will of the Congress to build a border wall – you will never vote against him.
NBC's Marianna Sotomayor reports that the house vote is expected between 5: 15:00 ET and 18:15 ET, and the reverse law of Trump's national emergency statement has 230 co-sponsors (including a Republican) so it will pass.
When the legislation has deleted Parliament, the Senate has 18 days to vote on it. Guess which GOP senator has come out against Trump's national emergency? Late. Thom Tillis, RN.C., who is just being re-elected in 2020.
Michael Cohen plans to make some news
As it turns out, President Trump chose the week to be thousands of miles away in Vietnam . In addition to the House's vote on his national emergency statement, Trump fixer / attorney Michael Cohen testifies about Capitol Hill – in three different settings:
- Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee
- Wednesday before Parliament
- Thursday before House Intelligence Committee (closed).
And it seems that Cohen is willing to make some news, especially on Wednesday, a savvy source tells NBC News:
"Cohen will describe behind the eyes eyewitness, personal observation anecdotes that include lies, racism and cheating as a private businessman when Cohen worked for him for ten years. "
" He will also reveal information about Trump's accounts. "
" "Cohen will discuss his motives for lying and why he decided to tell the truth publicly for fear of his family and country. "
" Has anyone told him to lie? Cohen will also discuss this. In the Trump world, no one speaks in declarative sentences. "
Replacement of Rahm
It is election day in Chicago, where a huge 14 candidates run to succeed outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel. Political observers at Windy City say a 2nd April round with the Top 2 finishers is largely guaranteed, as no one is expected to get the 50 percent plus needed to win tonight.
In fact, breaches of 20 & apos; are probably you in the rounding.
The top candidates who choose to replace Rahm are the Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle, former Clinton Commerce Secretary and Obama Chief of Staff Bill Daley (whose father and brother served as Chicago mayor), former assistant US lawyer Lori Lightfoot ( who was president of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force and Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza.
Oh, and get a load on this possible headache: NBC Chicago reports that any of the top 3 finishers can file a discovery telling if they are within 5 percentage points of the candidate ahead of them.
2020 Vision: Bernie's eyebrow answer to the release of his return
In Bernie Sanders & # 39; otherwise low performance last night CNN Town Hall – it helps to run for president before! – This exchange on his tax returns stood out:
CNN: Do you want to drop 10 years with your tax returns? As you know, Elizabeth Warren has decided to do so.
CNN: What was the delay? Why haven't you done so far?
SANDERS: Well, you know, the delay is not – it will drill – our tax returns will drill you to death. It's simply – nothing special about them. It was just a mechanical problem. We do not have auditors at home. My wife does most of it. And we get those things out.
CNN: So when do you think we can see your tax returns?
SANDERS: Earlier than later.
CNN: What does that mean?
CNN: And why didn't you do it last time? You were under great pressure to do so.
SANDERS: I wasn't under much pressure. I don't end up doing it because I didn't win the appointment. If we had won the nomination, we would have done so.
CNN: Okay, senator, but …
SANDERS: But again I won't shock you, Wolf. They are very boring returns.
CNN: And we will look to see them.
Our takeaway: It does not take an accountant to make PDF files of previous returns filed with the IRS.
What is he nervous about?
On the 2020 track today
Joe Biden has a conversation with the historian and author Jon Meacham at Delaware University.  Downloading Data: -19 percentage points
It is the margin of independent voters who agree that "the country would be better if our political and economic systems were more socialist" (37 percent) and those who are disagree (56 percent).
According to the poll made by the Republican firm Public Opinions Strategies – GOP half of NBC / WSJ pollen – 45 percent of all registered voters agree that the United States would be better if it was more socialist, including Democrats at a margin of 77 percent to 19 percent (+58).
But a majority – 51 percent disagree, including GOP respondents with a margin of 14 percent to 83 percent (-69).
The main swing groups also disagree, eg. White suburban women (-17) and those living in potential 2020 stroke states (-12).
Bottom line from Public Opinion Strategies pollster Neil Newhouse: "The President's EU status warning against a shift to socialism makes sense given these findings."
The survey was conducted on February 16-20 by 800 registered voters, and it has a total margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.
Tweet of the day
Little: Money, mo & # 39; problems
Don't miss the book from yesterday when one of us (!) explains why Elizabeth Warren swears from big dollar fundraisers.
ICYMI: Getting Boot
White House reporters have been launched out of a pre-planned work area ahead of the North Korea Summit.
It sounds like Rod Rosenstein is trying to temper the expectations of what will be in the Mueller report.
Trump says an American prisoner in Yemen for 18 months has
Bernie Sanders raised $ 10 million in less than a week.
Other stories you should not miss.
Trump Agenda: All Presidential Studies
Although Trump's inner circle is not mentioned in the Mueller report, other investigations loom.
Paul Manafort's lawyers argue for a reduced sentence. 9659007] Judicial Crisis Network has launched an ad campaign to try to save Neomi Rao's nomination.
GOP's "Born Alive" abortion bill was not accelerated in the Senate.
2020: Under Pressure
David Bossie is trying to keep Larry Hogan out of the presidential battle by putting political pressure on him in his homeland.
Hillary Clinton is not a candidate, but it does not stop her from threatening the 2020 race.
One of us talked to Jay Inslee who wants to make climate change his No. 1 problem if he is driving.
And NBC's Ben Kamisar notes how 2016 is not over when it comes to Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.