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: 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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NBC News: GOP’s Midterm One-Two Punch: Keep Trump On The Trail, Senate Dems In D.C.
Republicans are coalescing around a two-theater plan of political attack to save their Senate majority: keep President Donald Trump barnstorming the trail for GOP candidates while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., keeps Democratic incumbents off it for floor votes in Washington.
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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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Primary Preview: What to Watch for in IN, NC, OH & WV
Tuesday is not only six months until the Midterm elections, but is also one of the first major primary tests for several swing states. Primary contests will be held in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia Tuesday. All four battleground states went strongly for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, and it remains to be seen if his popularity will propel Republicans running this year.
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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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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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Morning Consult: America’s Most and Least Popular Senators
2018’s first quarter was a volatile one for several senators, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle seeing significant changes in levels of support from their constituents, according to the latest Morning Consult Senator Approval Rankings.
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