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April 17, 2017

4-17-2017 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • Tensions between the United States and North Korea remained high over the weekend as North Korea launched a test missile that failed shortly after liftoff. U.S. National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster said it is time for the United States “to take action, short of armed conflict, so we can avoid the worst.” (The New York Times)
  • Justice Neil Gorsuch will take the bench for the first time today. The Supreme Court is scheduled to take up three cases this week, including a high profile church-state issue on Wednesday. (Bloomberg News)
  • America First Policies, a political action group run by former aides to President Donald Trump, is launching a $3 million advertising campaign to bolster a dozen House Republicans who stood with the White House on the health care bill that stalled in Congress last month. (The Washington Post)
  • About a quarter of registered U.S. voters say the legislative filibuster should stay in place after Senate Republicans opted to eliminate it for federal judges, according to a recent poll. A similar share of voters said the legislative filibuster should be eliminated. (Morning Consult)

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