Our daily digest is an update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re working on for 7pm:


Mueller Investigation:

It was a one-two punch in the nation’s capital Monday. President Trump’s former campaign manager was arrested and charged with conspiracy — while it was also revealed that a former White House policy advisor pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during its Russia probe.

Our Washington bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta will have the latest details at 7 in the investigation that has the political world wondering who could be targeted next by independent counsel Bob Mueller.


Texas Lawmakers React Cautiously:

Sen. John Cornyn responded to reporters questions following a GOP press conference:

“I believe that the investigations into the Russia active measures involving the election are continuing at pace both in the judiciary committee by Chairman Grassley and the ranking member, Feinstein, as well as the Senate intelligence committee.  I don’t see how the indictment changes the presidents ability to do his job. There is a process for this to go forward and I trust that it will happen.”

Rep. Joaquin Castro sent out a statement:

“George Papadopoulos’ plea and Paul Manafort’s and Rick Gates’ indictments are significant developments in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation and shine further light on the disturbing contacts high-level Trump campaign officials had with Russians. Evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents continues to mount. Mr. Mueller must be able to continue his thorough and impartial probe without interference or obstruction by the White House.

“The House Committee’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election will also continue to move forward. We will follow the facts wherever they lead to determine the full extent of the attack and to prevent future attempts to disrupt our democracy.”


Judge Blocks Enforcement of Trump’s Transgender Military Ban:

A federal court is barring President Trump from changing the government’s policy on transgender troops.

In August, the President said he planned to reverse course on a 2016 policy that allowed service members to serve openly as transgender individuals.

He also said he would return to the policy in place before June 2016 that said troops could be discharged for being transgender.

But Monday, a US District Judge said transgender members of the military who had sued over the policy change were likely to win their lawsuit and barred the Trump administration from reversing course.

Recruitment of transgender troops is still delayed until January 1 under an order previously issued by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.


Obamacare Open Enrollment:

Multiple efforts by Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have failed over the past few months.

But with open enrollment just around the corner, the ACA, also known as Obamacare, still faces turmoil. The Trump administration recently slashed the amount of money available for public information about the ACA and there’s less time this year for enrollment. Premiums are also on the rise.

Still, some are pushing for people to do their homework and get on board.

Monday Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and social services coordinators with Foundation Communities joined up to get the word out about open enrollment, which runs from November 1 through December 15.

Even with premiums rising, they say people with low and middle incomes may still qualify for federal subsidies, which can offset the extra costs.

But the biggest message they wanted to get across is simply that Obamacare isn’t dead.

“Nothing that has happened in Washington, none of the Tweets, none of the political static, none of that impedes directly your ability to make an informed choice this year and choose what’s best for your family,” Doggett said.

But Republican attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare likely aren’t finished. Coming up at 7, hear from a conservative policy expert about what sort of new efforts could be on the horizon.


On the Agenda:

The Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg is in at 7 to discuss Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ decision not to seek re-election. Hear Harvey’s take on what it could mean for state politics and why he says the calls to have the Republican caucus elect the next Speaker are “absurd.”


Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7 on Spectrum News.