In the day’s other news: The Democratic presidential primary field narrowed again, with Julian Castro dropping out. The former Obama housing secretary had failed to make headway in the polls or in raising money. He was the only Latino still in the race.
We will return to the presidential campaign with the latest fund-raising reports after the news summary.
Top Democrats are stepping up demands for full disclosure at a Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. They said today that claims by the online forum Just Security prove he is hiding something.
The site reported that unredacted White House e-mails show Mr. Trump directly ordered a hold on security funds to Ukraine and later ordered their release.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is threatening preemptive military strikes against Iran to prevent further attacks on Americans in the Middle East. He pointed today to incidents, including Iraqi militiamen, backed by Iran, storming the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad.
Esper predicted that Iran will try something else, and said the U.S. cannot wait.