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.
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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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These Are the Democrats Who Want to Abolish ICE (So Far)
Following the shocking victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in last week’s New York House primary, and coupled with the furor of family separations at the Mexican border, some Democrats feel comfortable with the political calculus in calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
To her credit, Ocasio-Cortez was for abolishing ICE before it became “cool” to do so among Democrats. But now a steady stream of liberals have voiced their support to scrap ICE altogether and “start over.”
The list of Democrats who have come out in support of abolishing ICE include at least three women widely considered to be potential 2020 presidential candidates, as well as a slew of House members and candidates. To see that full list, as well as what many of these politicians specifically said about the topic, become an AR Intel Insider today!
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: 05-28-2018
While Congress is on recess this week to observe the Memorial Day holiday, the White House is busy preparing for the arrival of a North Korean diplomat. Four-star General Kim Yong Chol is scheduled to arrive in New York City at 2pm ET on Wednesday. Chol, who has been leading North Korea’s diplomatic outreach, will be the highest-ranking North Korean to visit the U.S. since 2000. Expect North Korea to be a hot topic this week in Washington, D.C.
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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: 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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In Risky 2020 Move, Kamala Harris Endorses Alleged Harasser
As the 2020 presidential primary election chatter grows, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has increased speculation about her White House ambitions with a string of endorsements this past week.
Her endorsement of Aaron Ford in the Nevada Attorney General’s race garnered the most attention, since Nevada is a significant and early primary state for Democrats on the presidential nomination calendar. However, an endorsement from her home state of California might be more politically contentious.
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