* Mike DeBonis, Elise Viebeck and Damian Paletta report that as usual, President Trump is approaching upcoming legislative efforts with subtlety and finesse:

President Trump’s threat to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn’t budget money for a border wall could upend delicate negotiations on Capitol Hill to keep the government fully operating past September as Democrats harden their resolve to oppose the funding.

During a campaign rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, Trump leveled his latest threat about blocking new government funding if it doesn’t include money to start building a new barrier along the Mexico border.

“Build that wall,” he said. “Now, the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it. But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”

Congressional Democrats are holding their ground in opposing Trump’s proposal. On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) repeated their objections to funding a wall and argued that Trump would be responsible if the government shuts down over the impasse.

This won’t be a problem, because Mexico is going to pay for the wall. Wait, they aren’t?

* Yalman Onaran explains just what kind of gift the Trump administration wants to give to the big banks just with regulatory changes that don’t require legislation:

The deregulation winds blowing through Washington could add $27 billion of gross profit at the six largest U.S. banks, lifting their annual pretax income by about 20 percent.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley would benefit most from changes to post-crisis banking rules proposed by Donald Trump’s administration, with pretax profit jumping 22 percent, according to estimates by Bloomberg based on discussions with analysts and the banks’ own disclosures. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. would have the smallest percentage increase, about 16 percent.

Finally, an administration looking out for the forgotten common people!

* A new Quinnipiac poll finds that Trump’s approval is at 35-59; that 60 percent disapprove of Trump’s response to Charlottesville; and that 62 percent say Trump is doing more to divide the country rather than unite it.

* A new poll from PPP shows that Trump voters think white people are more discriminated against than any other racial group in America, and Christians are discriminated against more than any other religious group.

* Rafael Bernal reports that Democrats are standing firm on not supporting any budget bill that has funds for a border wall.

* Dana Milbank talks to an expert in domestic right wing extremism who explains the real risks to the country in Trump’s emboldening rhetoric.

* Richard Valelly suggests that we start putting up statues of the heroes of Reconstruction.

* Virginia Democratic governor candidate Ralph Northam is not backing down in his opposition to Confederate monuments, which shows you how quickly the state is changing.

* Mark Follman reports that people in law enforcement are very concerned that Trump’s statements are emboldening the radical right.

* Margaret Sullivan argues that Trump’s increasingly vicious attacks on the media show how desperate he is becoming.

* Yousef Munayyer argues that the NeverTrumpers who now get so much praise helped lay the groundwork for Trump’s ascension.

* At The Week, I argued that Republicans aren’t getting very much from the bargain they made in supporting Trump in the first place.

* And Eric Boehlert notes that at his Arizona rally, Trump neglected to mention the missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain, but did mention himself 250 times.