Looking at 2018 with Playbook’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman

Just two weeks into the new year and there’s no necessity of domestic news — a glimpse at the headlines of the past couple of weeks reveals sharpening tensions with North Korea, punctuated by the battle of the nuclear buttons. Then, the boss won regard this week for mouth-watering reporters to perspective nearly an hour of negotiations with lawmakers over immigration, in particular, how to residence the predicament of DREAMERS, immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The next day, still on immigration, in another assembly with a handful of lawmakers in the Oval Office, the boss wondered since the U.S. wants to bring in “all these people from sh*thole countries,” instead of, say, countries like Norway.

Mr. Trump also reflected this week on his administration’s accomplishments over the past year: the batch marketplace has been attack record highs, African-American stagnation rate is at an all-time low, and, together with Republicans in Congress, he pushed by the first piece of taxation remodel legislation given the 1980s.

CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett sat down with POLITICO Playbook’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman Thursday over a towering of breakfast tacos to crush all of this out and figure out what the year forward holds.

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For instance, is there a genuine genuine possibility for bipartisanship? 

“I would contend no,” Palmer opined. “That’s flattering depressing, but we consider — listen, it’s the ‘Kumbaya’ moment where they wish to contend that kind of thing, but we are clearly headed into, very fast — domestic 2018 midterms.”

She combined that Republicans have finished zero so distant — not on taxation cuts or health caring — “to actually strech opposite the aisle.

“It’s tough to see them do that now when they’re articulate about desert remodel or infrastructure,” Palmer said. And both of those need Democratic buy-in to get done.

But there is one area where the two factions competence find common ground: the battle against opioid use in America.

“That’s something that we could see Democrats getting on house [with],” Sherman said. “And we really do trust there will be something on that since that is an issue that affects every district…If they do it, it’s a big domestic victory.”

And domestic victories are what politicians can never really stop chasing during their time in office.

“I consider the reality is that the notation the election happens, members of Congress and even the president, are using for their re-election,” Palmer said. “Anything they do is kind of precipitated formed on that. But they’re also fundraising, they’re also looking at who their intensity challengers are going to be.”

But lately, Republicans have had the clarity that victories are going to be harder to come by in the midterms — it’s apparent in the dozens that are formulation their exits.

“Look at the House,” Palmer told Garrett. “You have 31 Republican seats open… there’s this kind of almost feeling that you can’t get divided from that. Republicans feel like they’re going to remove control of the House, and they just don’t know by how much. And so every pierce is concurrent formed on that feeling.”

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