NRCC’s Matt Gorman: Minnesota Could Be a Bellwether for the House in 2018
Keep an eye on Minnesota. That’s the advice of Matt Gorman, the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) communications director, who sat down with AR Intel this week to discuss the upcoming midterm elections.
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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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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.
WaPo: Pelosi says she’ll run for speaker, as more swing-district Democrats look for alternative
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated Tuesday that she will run for speaker of the House if her party wins a majority in the 2018 midterm elections, telling the Boston Globe that it’s “important that it not be five white guys at the table” in negotiations between Congress and the White House.
“I have no intention of walking away from that table,” Pelosi said.
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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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Politico: Crowley prepares to pounce if Pelosi falls short
Rep. Joe Crowley — buoyed by a caucus thirsty for change and his rising national profile — is angling to become the next House Democratic leader if Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats fall short.
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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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WaPo Fact Check: Pelosi’s Claim About Middle Class Tax Hikes
“Eighty-six million middle-class families will see a tax increase while they advertise it as a middle-class bill.” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), at a town hall in Culver City, Calif., April 4, 2018
Pelosi has been using this line for months and we have never gotten around to fact-checking it. But a reader saw this news report and wondered if it could possibly be true, given other news reports saying most Americans are getting some kind of tax cut.
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Democrats Give Their Own a Pass on Sexual Misconduct, Again
Three-term congresswoman Elizabeth Esty announced this week she would not be seeking reelection in Connecticut’s 5th District this coming November. In her statement announcing her plans to retire, Esty said, “Too many women have been harmed by harassment in the workplace. In the terrible situation in my office, I could have and should done better.”
But Esty’s case is not the first of allegations against Democrats or their staffers in Congress. Are Democrats handling this situation any better than previous? Sign up for AR Intel to find out.