Gillibrand’s Silence on the Jerusalem Embassy Highlights Her Complicated Past with Israel Policy
Earlier this month, President Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that affirmed the administration’s view that Jerusalem is the rightful capital of Israel.
The controversial move spurred quick and diverse responses from national Democrats and 2020 presidential hopefuls. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), both considered potential progressive candidates for the Democratic nomination in 2020, were quick to make statements about the resulting violence in the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has remained notably silent on the issue. To read why and learn how it could impact her chances to win the Democrats’ nomination in 2020, become an AR Intel Insider today!
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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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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Democrats’ Jan. & Feb. Online Fundraising: By The Numbers
While the political world awaits candidates’ fundraising totals from the first quarter of 2018, the Democrats’ online fundraising operation, known as Act Blue, published disclosures for the first two months of the year.
Unsurprisingly, the top recipient of online money through Act Blue was Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb, who on March 13 won a nationalized special election contest in suburban Pittsburgh to replace Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA).
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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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PounderFile: Gillibrand’s Oppo Fumble in New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is taking a novel approach to getting opposition research on her GOP opponent, Chele Chiavacci Farley.
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