Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C. visited Des Moines to talk up his family’s “cotton to Congress” story, claiming his own success after centuries of discrimination proves that racism isn’t the main driving factor in people’s lives any more. Shelby Talcott has more from Iowa, where Scott isn’t the only politician using their biography to take on “woke” Democrats.
Also in 2024 news, Mike Pence is going there. Joseph Zeballos-Roig shares how the former VP is unambiguously demanding that Social Security and Medicare be on the table for long-term budget cuts, distancing himself even further from former President Trump, who says don’t touch them.
As Morgan Chalfant reports, plenty of Republicans and Democrats in Congress are going to Taiwan this month. For a year now, China has not violated America’s demands not to backstop Russia’s war machine in Ukraine with technology, supplies and services, even after Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan last summer. But there are concerns that could change, and the Congressional trips to Taiwan may be among the factors driving China and Russia to become stronger geostrategic partners.
PLUS: Jordan Weissmann has One Good Text with the Atlantic Council’s Ben Judah on Russia’s suspension of the New START Treaty.
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