THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 05-21-2018
The White House is preparing to welcome President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Tuesday. President Trump and President Moon spoke over the weekend via telephone about the summit in Singapore next month with North Korea’s leader, and it is expected that the purpose of Tuesday’s meeting at the White House is to continue preparing for the historic gathering.
In the meantime, expect to hear more about foreign policy this week. On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a keynote address at the Heritage Foundation on the administration’s new diplomatic path on Iran. Also on Monday, President Trump will head to CIA headquarters to speak at Gina Haspel’s swearing-in ceremony.
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Read the Message Sent by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Warning About ICE Raids
During a White House meeting on Wednesday, President Trump told Attorney General Jeff Sessions he should consider prosecuting the mayor of Oakland, California, Libby Schaaf, for obstruction of justice for her role in thwarting raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents back in February.
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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.
McConnell Prepared to Confirm Judges Through New Year’s
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is prepared to work up until New Year’s Day to keep confirming judicial nominations.
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Morning Consult’s May Midterm Polling Update: By The Numbers
Morning Consult published a series of new polling numbers that track President Trump’s approval rating, the generic congressional ballot, approval of incumbent senators, and top policy issues.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 04-30-2018
With Congress on recess until May 9, international relations takes center stage once again in Washington, D.C. this week. Several allies are expecting new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to come into effect before Tuesday morning. Despite the President granting temporary waivers earlier this year to Canada, Mexico and the European Union, political leaders from France, Germany and the U.K. are bracing for the worst while also preparing retaliatory tariffs of their own.
Expect North Korea to be another hot topic this week. During a historic meeting last Friday, the leaders of North and South Korea agreed to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and engage in diplomatic talks with the U.S. to declare an official end to the Korean War. On Saturday night, President Trump told supporters that a meeting between the U.S. and North Korea will likely take place in three to four weeks.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 04-23-2018
Foreign relations will dominate Washington, D.C. this week. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will host French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte. On Tuesday, President Trump and President Macron will participate in meetings at the White House followed by a State Dinner, the first of President Trump’s administration. President Macron is hoping to convince President Trump to remain in the Iran Nuclear Deal. Friday, the White House will welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Chancellor Merkel will most likely address the issue of trade during her visit.
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Trump’s Q1 Reelection Fundraising: By The Numbers
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign released its Q1 fundraising numbers Monday. While it will be months before Americans know who the president’s Democrat rival will be, this week’s report gives a clearer picture of the Trump campaign’s finances.
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Anti-Trump Author: Trump’s ICE Is ‘Very Similar’ to Hitler’s Gestapo
Former Wall Street executive and current blogger Amy Siskind, author of “The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year,” joined billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer at a town hall meeting in Oakland, California Wednesday night, during which she compared the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to Adolf Hitler’s Gestapo, the secret police who served the Fürher in Nazi Germany.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 04-09-2018
Congress is back in Washington, D.C. after the two week Easter recess. The House will focus on passing the Balanced Budget Amendment, a constitutional amendment intended to reign in spending by imposing stricter limitations on Congress. Later in the week, they’ll turn their attention to bills on the opioid crisis and banking deregulation.
Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to vote on a half dozen Trump nominees this week. Newly appointed Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) will be sworn in on Monday at 3:15pm ET.
President Trump this week welcomes the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani as well as NCAA Football National Champions, the University of Alabama, to the White House. The President will sign The Allow States and Victims To Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act on Wednesday and deliver remarks on tax reform on Thursday.
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