While Claiming Populist Bona Fides, 2020 Hopefuls Cash In On Book Deals
Writing a book a few years before an election is often a sign that a politician has presidential ambitions. In their recent personal financial disclosures, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) all disclosed recent book deals or royalties. However, in a political climate dominated by populist grassroots, these lucrative book deals cast doubt on these 2020 hopefuls’ ability to relate to middle- and working-class grassroots that have taken control of their party.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 05-14-2018
A delegation of White House officials, including Steven Mnuchin, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, are in Israel this week to mark the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, President Trump will head to Capitol Hill this week to address Republican senators. It’s expected he’ll touch on tax reform, the economy, and North Korea during the closed-door luncheon.
In the House, lawmakers are expected to take up the farm bill and reauthorize the VA Choice Program this week. In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has teed up votes on judicial nominees, while Democrats have forced a vote on Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) Congressional Review Act resolution on net neutrality rules. Also, committee members on the Senate Intelligence Committee could vote on CIA deputy director Gina Haspel’s nomination as soon as this week.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 05-07-2018
Lawmakers are back in Washington, DC and they have a busy week ahead of them. House lawmakers are preparing to send President Trump his 16th Congressional Review Act on Monday. Later in the week, they’ll turn their attention to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s policy on indirect auto lending and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 2018.
Meanwhile, in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has lined up floor votes for six nominees for circuit court judges. Senate Democrats are also gearing up for a floor vote on the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rule. President Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee for her confirmation hearing on Wednesday morning. Haspel is on the Hill Monday, meeting with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).
Primary season is well underway, and politicos will be watching results from West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina on Tuesday night. Republicans in West Virginia and Indiana, despite running as strong pro-Trump conservatives, are under siege from wealthy outsiders. Stay on AR Intel to keep up to date with these primary races.
Bernie Sanders wants to guarantee every American a job. But how?
Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a plan that would call for the government to guarantee a job for every American with a base hourly wage of $15 an hour. This guarantee would entail funding hundreds of government projects that focus on professions such as infrastructure, education, health care, and the environment. The senator, and increasingly more Democratic senators claims these programs would also provide specific training for these various industries to all who enroll.
From there, the program predictably runs low on specific measures needed to undertake such an endeavor.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 04-16-2018
As Americans file their taxes this week, the Trump administration and GOP lawmakers will be promoting their tax reform bill and pushing legislation to redesign the IRS.
On Monday, the President will host a roundtable with business men and women to discuss tax cuts in Florida, and House lawmakers will vote on two bills to redesign the IRS.
Democrats, meanwhile, will speak to activists in New York City this week at the annual National Action Network Convention. DNC Chair Tom Perez, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Joe Kennedy (D-MA) will all make an appearance.
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Morning Consult: America’s Most and Least Popular Senators
2018’s first quarter was a volatile one for several senators, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle seeing significant changes in levels of support from their constituents, according to the latest Morning Consult Senator Approval Rankings.
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Bernie Sanders: Dem platform for last 15 years has been a ‘failure’
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) slammed the Democratic Party’s platform at an event in Mississippi on Wednesday, saying it had been a “failure.”
“The business model, if you like, of the Democratic Party for the last 15 years or so has been a failure,” Sanders said, according to The Washington Examiner.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 04-02-2018
Trade is the word of the week in Washington, D.C., with President Donald Trump set to soon release a list of Chinese imports targeted for U.S. tariffs. This move is intended to punish China over alleged theft of intellectual property and forced technology transfers. In return, Beijing has announced that tariffs on around $3 billion worth of U.S. imports will go into effect Monday.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 03-19-2018
Lawmakers are back in Washington, D.C. this week, up against another funding deadline. The House and Senate will focus on passing a crucial omnibus bill so the goverment can continue to operate through the 2018 fiscal year.
House Republican leaders are expected to present the bill to fellow lawmakers in a closed-door meeting today at 5:45pm ET. The full text of the bill is expected to be released after the meeting.
The House will again take up the Right-To-Try bill this week after it failed to secure enough votes last week. The Senate is expected to pass Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) anti-sex trafficking bill, as well.
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Bernie Sanders Causing Headaches for Establishment Dems Across the Map
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucuses with Democrats and has a significant grassroots following, has focused on bolstering members of the progressive wing of the party, often to the detriment of more mainstream, and frankly electable, Democratic candidates.
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