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: 08-20-18
Senators fly back to Washington, D.C. on Monday and are set to begin working on two new spending bills. They’ll also be preoccupied with Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as he continues his meetings on Capitol Hill this week. He’ll sit down on Monday with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, followed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and vulnerable red-state Democrat Sen. Clarie McCaskill (D-MO) on Tuesday. Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing is set to begin on September 4.
Meanwhile at the White House, President Trump is holding an event on Monday afternoon to honor the heroes of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ), Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and members of the National Sheriffs’ Association will be in attendance. President Trump will also hit the campaign trail this week, flying to West Virginia on Tuesday to hold a roundtable and campaign rally with supporters.
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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.
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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ON THIS DATE: How Feinstein’s Iraq War Vote May Still Haunt Her
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 marks the 15-year anniversary of the United States’ launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom, an invasion that lasted from March 20, 2003 to May 1, 2003.
The stage was set months earlier, on October 11, 2002, when Congress authorized the invasion.
Since that time, the Iraq war has been deliberated, debated, and politicized in nearly every election. Aside from a few ancillary though important issues, it’s a settled matter as far as politics is concerned. Until now.
To find out why Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) Iraq war vote could continue haunt her far longer than her colleagues’, become an AR Intel Insider today!
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.
What are the top 4 races in which Sanders is playing politics with establishment Democrats, hurting the party’s chances of winning in November? Become an AR Intel Insider to find out!
Axios: Democratic tension on display in California
“The fight between the Democratic Party’s far-left and establishment wings will play out this weekend at the party’s convention in California. It’ll be on display in competing speeches and endorsements. Why it matters: This intra-party fight, if it drags into the midterm elections, could hurt the chances of Democrats in winning control of the U.S. House.”