Today’s Buzz features the changing face of Democrats and conservatism, a church-run police force, and a new (read: young) Dumbledore! To celebrate the purchase of my first home (!!!) today’s buzz is adorned with odd stock photos of homeownership. Enjoy!


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How Trump Is Changing What ‘Conservative’ MeansFrom the moment Donald Trump first launched his unlikely ascent to the presidency, Republicans fiercely debated whether they could consider him a true conservative. Now, there’s evidence that Trump’s conquest of the GOP is causing activists to redefine “conservatism” itself.

Dems to unveil populist agenda showing Sanders’ swayDemocrats are beginning to craft an economic message for 2018 that goes beyond the tempting, single-minded strategy of demonizing Donald Trump. Licking their wounds after an embarrassing showing in November, Democrats vowed to charge into next year’s midterms with a proactive sales pitch to voters. While many, including party leaders, have fallen right back into the same anti-Trump pattern they say cost them 2016 in the first place, top Democrats now say they’re working on “a strong, sharp-edged, bold economic message,” as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer put it Tuesday.

After Campaign Exit, Manafort Borrowed From Businesses With Trump Ties: A shell company created by Paul Manafort the same day he left the presidential campaign quickly received $13 million in loans from the businesses.


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Trump Reversals Hint at Populists’ Diminished Sway on Economy: Startling shifts on China, the Export-Import Bank and reappointing the chairwoman of Federal Reserve show financiers may be gaining the upper hand.

Trump Signals Steve Bannon Could Be On His Way Out: The president gave the clearest indication yet that his chief strategist could be on his way out, saying, “I like Steve, but you have to remember, he was not involved in my campaign until very late.”

Russia Vetoes U.N. Resolution Condemning Syria Chemical Attack: The resolution would have strengthened the ability of investigators to look into the attack that killed dozens of civilians. The United States blames Syria’s president.

Wounded by ‘Fearless Girl,’ Creator of ‘Charging Bull’ Wants Her to Move: The sculptor Arturo Di Modica said Wall Street’s bronze girl, meant to symbolize female empowerment, distorts the meaning of his work.

Trump on NATO: ‘I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.’ “I complained about that a long time ago, and they made a change — and now they do fight terrorism,” Trump said.

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Has a New Dumbledore: Jude Law: The actor will play a younger version of the professor in the next installment of J.K. Rowling’s franchise.

Local Government Confidential

Church Can Start Its Own Police Force, Alabama Senate Says: Police officers hired by Briarwood Presbyterian would need to be certified; they would also have the same powers other law enforcement officers have. The bill now heads to the state House.

Where Community Development Block Grants Money Goes: A Forbes contributor provides analysis of how much states stand to lose if the Trump Administration succeeds in cutting funding for the Community Development Block Grants program.

San Diego Controversy Exhibits Disconnect Between Citizen Advisors and Planning Staff: A community plan update and a development proposal have led to hurt feelings and flared tempers in San Diego.

 Evicted’s Stories of Housing and Poverty Earn the Pulitzer Prize: Housing experts have been reading and passing around “Evicted,” by Matthew Desmond, since its release last year. Now the book has won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

Fixing a Fractured Paris: The suburbs of Paris, home to over 10 million people, are not as universally loved as the central city they surround. The city’s Boulevard Périphérique beltway is a big reason why.