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: 06-11-18
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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CNBC: Nancy Pelosi could be a drag on Democrats
“Don’t expect Republicans to take a target off House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s back in this year’s midterms.”
Want to know why? A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll tested the waters on what American voters think about candidates who say they would back Pelosi as speaker. Depending on your point of view, the results may surprise you. To read more about this and dozens of other topics, start your 7-day free trial of AR Intel now!
SF Chronicle: Bad news for Dems: Trump’s rating is rising where it counts in California
All that talk of a Democratic blue wave sweeping congressional races in California could be for naught if a new poll is on target: It shows President Trump’s approval rating surging to 50 percent in Orange County, site of four tight races that could determine if Republicans hold the House.
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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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