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July 7, 2017

7-7-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

The United States and Russia announced that a cease-fire in Syria will go into effect on Sunday. Officials present for the first face-to-face meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany offered differing accounts of what was discussed. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said if the U.S. policy of “peaceful pressure” on North Korea fails, “we don’t have many good options left.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein visited Guantanamo Bay in a show of support for the detention center. The U.S. economy added 222,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.4 percent.

Washington Brief

  • Syria, Ukraine and global terrorism are expected to be on the agenda today when President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The meeting comes a day after Trump questioned the consensus of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. (The Washington Post)
  • Speaking at a town hall-style event in Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) downplayed the prospect that Republicans would pass their health care legislation. He said if Republicans do not pass their own bill, he will be forced to negotiate with Senate Democrats. (NBC News)
  • House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black said her panel may mark up its fiscal 2018 budget resolution next week, when lawmakers return to Washington. The Tennessee Republican said the budget resolution would cut 1 percent of mandatory spending over a decade. (Roll Call)
  • Republicans in Missouri want state Attorney General Josh Hawley to decide in the coming weeks whether he will challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill next year, a timeline they hope can help avoid a tough primary campaign as they seek to unseat one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election. (Morning Consult)

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