* Erica Werner, David J. Lynch, and Emily Rauhala report that one of Trump’s few actual policy victories may be in jeopardy:
President Trump’s effort to rework a major trade deal with Canada and Mexico is showing increasing signs of faltering on Capitol Hill, straining under a variety of angry complaints from lawmakers of both parties who won’t commit to backing the plan.Trump reached agreement with Canada and Mexico last year to update the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. But Congress must approve the deal, and the White House has been unable to mollify the growing group of critics.The administration’s goal is to get the pact approved ahead of Congress’s annual August recess. It’s not clear if that timeline is realistic. But delaying action past Labor Day could greatly increase political risk because of the accelerating presidential campaign.In the latest obstacle, key Republican senators including Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) have begun insisting stridently that Trump lift steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on Canada and Mexico as a precondition to any congressional vote.
Nobody knew trade policy could be so complicated.
* A new Emerson College poll in Pennsylvania shows every Democrat tested beating Trump in a general election matchup.
* Stephen I. Vladeck argues that Attorney General William P. Barr should resign in protest over Trump’s decision to argue in favor of a lawsuit that would immediately nullify the entirety of the Affordable Care Act.
* David Corn explains what the real Russia hoax is.