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August 23, 2017

8-23-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 4 Lines

Navy Commander Admiral Scott H. Swift said divers have found remains of some of the 10 missing U.S. sailors from the USS John S. McCain, the Navy warship that collided with an oil tanker on Monday. The Treasury Department sanctioned 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and entities for allegedly aiding North Korea. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens issued a stay of execution for a man who was scheduled to be executed on Tuesday in light of new DNA evidence. The Senate health committee will hold its first bipartisan health-care hearings on September 6 and 7.

Washington Brief

  • President Donald Trump’s approval rating among registered voters fell to a new low, according to a new poll. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said they approve of his job performance, compared with 56 percent who disapprove. (Morning Consult)
  • Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not fund his proposed border wall in next month’s spending debate. During Tuesday’s campaign rally in Arizona, he also said the North American Free Trade Agreement is likely to be terminated. (The Washington Post)
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has privately expressed doubts that Trump can deliver on his policy agenda after a series of political crises this summer. The relationship between the two men is frayed – they have not spoken to each other in weeks. (The New York Times)
  • Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) and Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) hope to testify before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing next month about stabilizing the health insurance market, as the congressional panel considers smaller, bipartisan proposals to health care policy. (Roll Call)
  • Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump threatened a government shutdown if Congress does not fund his proposed border wall, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said, “I don’t think anyone’s interested in having a shutdown.” Congress must pass a spending bill by Sept. 30 to avoid a government shutdown. ( Politico)
  • Trump called for unity in a speech to the American Legion convention in Reno, Nev., a day after Tuesday’s campaign-style rally in Phoenix that his critics described as divisive. Trump also highlighted aspects of the administration’s new strategy for Afghanistan that he first announced on Monday. ( Reno Gazette-Journal)
  • Republicans in Missouri and Washington, D.C., are trying to solidify Republican support for state Attorney General Josh Hawley to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, but another state GOP lawmaker – Rep. Marsha Haefner – is in the nation’s capitol this week meeting with groups about her own possible campaign. (Morning Consult)

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