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.
THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 08-27-18
Washington, D.C. is mourning the passing of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) this week. McCain, a husband, father of seven, Vietnam veteran, Republican congressman and senator from Arizona, and a two-time contender for the presidency, passed away on Saturday at the age of 81 after battling a malignant brain tumor since 2017.
Tributes from around the world have poured in for the late senator, hailing McCain as the ultimate American hero, patriot, and statesman. Politicians, both Republicans and Democrats alike, praised the man they knew as the ‘Maverick’ as a faithful servant of democracy, and one who lived his life true to his principles, unafraid to go his own way.
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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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VIDEO: Pence Stumps for Troy Balderson for Ohio Special Election
Vice President Mike Pence made a stop in Newark, Ohio on Monday to publicly stand with Republican Troy Balderson, who is running in a special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. The special election, which is taking place to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), is taking place on Tuesday, August 7.
Pence’s visit was designed to rally supporters and energize voters to get out to the polls on Tuesday. Balderson faces Democrat Danny O’Connor, who had previously claimed he opposed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, but then found himself in hot water last week for saying he “would support [for leader] whoever the Democrats put forward.”
President Trump announced he, too, would visit the Republican’s district this weekend, just days before the special election, to help energize Balderson supporters.
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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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Trump/Pence Tour Puts Pressure on Red-State Democrats
Vice President Mike Pence has spent recent days on a tour through the United States, stopping for events in states where a Democratic senator is running for re-election in places President Trump won in 2016. The tour, combined with a Trump stop in Missouri on Tuesday, is turning up the heat on vulnerable Democrats months before the midterms.
Pence spent Monday in Pennsylvania stumping and fundraising for Senate candidate Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), who faces an uphill climb against incumbent Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA).
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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: 06-04-2018
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: 05-21-2018
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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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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