Felicia Sonmez

Felicia Sonmez

Washington Post national political reporter. Previously @wsj and @afp in Beijing. Email me at felicia.sonmez@washpost.com.

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Redemption sounds nice, but disgraced pundit Mark Halperin doesn’t deserve it, writes @Sulliview :

A good piece by @yardenas  last April that’s worth re-reading today, on the consequences for women who speak out against sexual misconduct in the journalism industry. (Spoiler alert: speaking out comes with a heavy career cost):

Romania’s president becomes the latest White House visitor from “new Europe,” which Trump seems to like better than “old Europe.” @agearan 

Trump again appears to back away from background checks, after hearing from NRA, conservative lawmakers and his own team. @jdawsey1  @DavidNakamura 

White House officials are eyeing a payroll tax cut in an effort to reverse the weakening economy, @damianpaletta ⁩ reports:

Twitter suspends accounts as it accuses China of coordinating against Hong Kong protesters. Via @mariecbaca ⁩:

Trump is calling on the Fed to cut rates by 100 basis points amid recession fears: with @damianpaletta 

Gillibrand on whether Franken should make a comeback: ‘It’s not my decision’


Per a Hill aide familiar with the talks, Schumer asked Trump at WH today why he wouldn't reopen the government and stop hurting people. Trump's response: "Because then you won't give me what I want."

In a somewhat odd moment at tonight's AFT town hall, Biden tells a 10-year-old girl, “I’ll bet you’re as bright as you are good-looking." He takes her over to the assembled reporters, then stands behind her and puts his hands on her shoulders while he's talking.

Wow. CNN says it reached out to 50 GOP lawmakers this morning; 49 declined to appear on air to discuss the El Paso and Dayton shootings. Only Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), who’s on now, said yes. Yesterday, Jake Tapper similarly highlighted GOPers who declined to appear on @CNNSotu 

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) crosses party lines to vote in favor of authorizing subpoena for Kellyanne Conway

Giuliani, who accused Twitter of letting someone "invade" his tweet when he made a typo, casts himself as a tech expert on Fox today. In discussing deleted Strzok-Page texts, Giuliani says texts are "not like emails. I do this work, cybersecurity work, and texts are hard to get."

Reporters were not allowed inside the hospital to witness this "Rock Star" reception today.

In April 2014 speech to the Yale Law School Federalist Society banquet, Kavanaugh reminisced about partying (‘what happens on the bus stays on the bus’) & related a story about a friend drunkenly falling, breaking a table & being given more beers by a professor.