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February 7, 2019

2-7-2019 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • In a 1210 party-line vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of William Barr to be President Donald Trump’s attorney general. Barr, who secured the support of Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, is expected to be confirmed by the Senate and sworn into office by next week. (The New York Times)
  • Trump is reportedly concerned that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is attempting to hire White House employees to help his investigation into foreign attempts to influence the president. Schiff hired one former career National Security Council official who left the White House last year, and a second career employee currently detailed to the Trump administration is also considering joining the panel’s staff, according to sources. (Bloomberg)
  • Rep. Rob Woodall, a Georgia Republican who won the closest congressional race in the 2018 midterms, will not seek re-election next year. The state’s 7th District has already been listed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as a pickup opportunity in 2020, and Carolyn Bourdeaux, who challenged him last year, said today she intends to run again. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • The House Intelligence Committee moved to broaden its inquiry into whether foreign powers may be exercising influence over President Donald Trump, while other House committees are beginning other lines of investigation, including into the president’s tax returns, his acting attorney general and potential rule-bending during the partial government shutdown. The actions come after Trump warned in his State of the Union address that “ridiculous partisan investigations” threaten the economy and the prospect of legislating, comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called “an all-out threat.” ( The New York Times)
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are releasing a framework of their so-called “Green New Deal” today, a massive policy package that, if enacted, would remake the U.S. economy and attempt to eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions. Their non-binding resolution would lay out goals for cutting carbon emissions, but wouldn’t itself create any new programs. (NPR News)
  • After several days of silence, prominent Democrats have begun to weigh in on allegations of sexual assault against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, one of the three top Virginia Democrats now embroiled in scandal. Comments from leaders such as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) came after Dr. Vanessa Tyson provided a detailed public account of her allegation. (The Daily Beast)
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