Jimmy Barrett and Shara Fryer take you through the stories that matter on the morning of 08/13/2019, including: Democrats Launch Texas Offensive with Redistricting in Mind. Republican retirements and demographic shifts fuel projections of broader change. Democrats have talked for several election cycles of turning deep-red Texas blue, but following the gains of 2018, and a number of Republican congressional retirements, the Dems see 2020 as their best opportunity in a generation to win at the federal and state levels. From an obscure New York City case on gun transport rules to laws banning assault weapons and restricting guns in public, the court has several opportunities to expand firearms rights. That has made the upcoming 2019 term a potential good one for gun rights groups. But the court under Chief Justice John Roberts has been reluctant to get involved in controversial issues, particularly when the political branches of government appear mobilized to act. With the White House and Congress debating background checks, mental health reforms and other proposals, now may be such a time. Democrats by 2004 had become obsessed with defeating incumbent President George W. Bush. Four years earlier, in the 2000 election, Bush had won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote. Democrats were still furious that Bush supposedly had been "selected" by the Supreme Court over the contested vote tally in Florida rather than "elected" by the majority of voters. By late 2003, Bush's popularity had dipped over the unpopular Iraq War, which a majority in both houses of Congress approved but had since disowned. Bush was attacked nonstop as a Nazi, fascist and war criminal. "Bush lied, people died" was the new left-wing mantra.