THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 09-17-18
With only 50 days remaining until America votes in this year’s midterm elections, President Trump continues to focus on helping Republicans hold the House and Senate in November. The president is set to travel to Nevada and Missouri later this week to campaign for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Republican State Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for her Senate seat.
Meanwhile, senators will vote on a bipartisan bill to combat the opioid epidemic, as well as a minibus containing funding for Defense, Labor and Health and Human Services departments. House lawmakers are in their districts this week to observe Yom Kippur.
THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 09-10-18
Lawmakers will observe Rosh Hashanah this week, returning to the Capitol on Wednesday to a jam-packed agenda. The House will attempt to pass a package of three spending bills, which should avoid a government shutdown, while the Senate focuses on passing a bipartisan opioid bill this week. House Republicans are also expected to unveil details about a second round of tax cuts.
This week also marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Memorials will take place across the country, including in New York City. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Shanksville, PA, the site where United Airlines flight 93 crashed, while Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis will attend a memorial at the Pentagon.
How Democrats Spent Their Time on Day 1 of Questioning Brett Kavanaugh
Watching the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh can be an exhausting exercise for some. Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are given 30 minutes to ask questions of the nominee, but many of the Democrats are using their time to express their displeasure with the president, his administration, how the committee is being run, and what they believe is Kavanaugh’s “evasiveness” on certain topics.
These Democrats would do well to remember, of course, that now-Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, when asked to share their beliefs on a topic that could have come before the Supreme Court, opted to bypass answering hypotheticals, as well.
AR Intel did the dirty work of breaking down the first day of Kavanaugh questioning to determine how much time each Democrat senator gave to individual topics – some of which have nothing to do with his jurisprudence. To see that breakdown, sign up for a free 7-day trial of AR Intel!
THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 08-06-18
This week, voters head to the polls in several states across the country to vote in primary elections. We will see primary results in Missouri, Michigan, Washington, and Kansas on Tuesday night. However, the nation will be paying particular attention to a special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District.
Stretching from Zanesville to the outskirts of Columbus, the 12th District is a traditionally conservative seat that the GOP has held for the last 35 years. This year, however, Republican Troy Balderson is fighting off a serious challenge from Democrat Danny O’Connor.
Despite outside GOP groups pouring millions into the seat and Balderson benefiting from recent visits from President Trump and Vice President Pence, the race is a toss-up according to a recent Monmouth University poll.
With this being the last special election before the November midterms, Tuesday’s election results could very well set the tone for the remainder of this election cycle.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 07-30-18
The president and vice president will once again travel throughout the country this week to campaign for Republicans ahead of the November 6 midterms.
Vice President Pence rallies with Congressional candidate Troy Balderson (R-OH) at a GOTV event on Monday in Ohio, while President Trump heads to Tampa, Florida to campaign with gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on Tuesday. On Thursday, the president travels to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to hold a ‘Make America Great Again’ rally with Senate candidate Lou Barletta (R-PA).
With the midterms top of mind, liberal activists will travel to New Orleans on Thursday for the annual Netroots Nation convention. Speakers this year include Tom Steyer and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 07-23-18
Made in America is the theme of the week at the White House. President Trump will showcase a range of American made products, including fighter jets, beef jerky, jeans and snowboards, at the White House on Monday. He’ll promote American manufacturing and jobs during his speech to Cabinet Secretaries, business owners and workers at 3pm ET.
Over on the Hill this week, the Senate will confirm Robert Wilkie as the President’s new Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary while the House will consider a series of health care bills.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 06-18-18
Republicans are set to tussle over immigration this week with two bills lined up for debate in the House. President Trump will also meet with House lawmakers on Tuesday and with neither bills having a lock on 218 Republican votes, they’ll seek clarity over where the conference will head on the issue.
Also happening on the Hill on Monday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray are set to testify in front of a Senate Judiciary hearing on the DOJ IG report regarding the FBI’s actions before the 2016 election. This will be a must watch event, so stay tuned to AR Intel for more.
The AR Intel Week Ahead: 06-11-18
President Trump is in Singapore this week for a historic meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. This marks the first meeting between a U.S. president and a leader of the authoritarian state in history. The talks are expected to center on bringing an end to the nuclear tensions between North Korea and other countries in the region.
In other news, members of Congress are working on a series of opioid-related bills this week, and the Senate is debating the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 06-04-2018
A group of moderate Republican lawmakers are only five signatures short of forcing a discharge petition on an immigration plan that shores up protections for DACA recipients. That means it’s make or break time for Republican leaders on the Hill this week. To quell the dissent among their ranks, Republican leaders are planning on holding a two-hour policy meeting on Thursday. While unlikely, leadership is hoping to reach an agreeable middle ground between GOP moderates and Freedom Caucus members.
In the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has lined up floor votes for three more district judges. Senators will then begin consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Axios has also reported that McConnell may make a decision as soon as this week about whether the August recess will be shortened, as requested by President Trump and several Republican senators.
Over on the West Coast, Californians are getting ready to vote in Tuesday’s primary elections. Seats to watch include congressional districts 39, 48 and 49, where Democrats have been duking it out to take on the Republican incumbents. Primary elections will also take place on Tuesday in Alabama, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.
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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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