White House Claims Flynn’s Job Was to Make Coffee When Papadopoulos Was Busy | The New Yorker


The White House called an unscheduled press briefing on Sunday to clarify Michael T. Flynn’s role in the Trump campaign, claiming that his job consisted entirely of making coffee when George Papadopoulos was busy with other matters.

When asked what role Flynn’s son, Michael G. Flynn, played in the campaign, Sanders indicated that he, too, was involved in coffee-making to the exclusion of all other responsibilities.

Source: White House Claims Flynn’s Job Was to Make Coffee When Papadopoulos Was Busy | The New Yorker

November 5, 2017 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

November 5, 2017

1. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017
2. H.R.2810 [115th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018
3. H.R.3999 [115th] To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun, and for other purposes.
4. H.R.2936 [115th] Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017
5. H.R.3922 [115th] CHAMPION Act
6. H.R.861 [115th] To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.
7. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
8. H.R.1 [115th] Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
9. H.Con.Res.71 [115th] Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027.
10. H.R.367 [115th] Hearing Protection Act of 2017

Source: Most-Viewed Bills – Congress.gov Resources –

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 11/6/17


WEEK OF NOVEMBER 6TH

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 1066 – VA Management Alignment Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Derek Kilmer / Veterans Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 3122 – Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Matt Cartwright / Veterans Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 3562 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Jodey Arrington / Veterans Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 3656 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a consistent eligibility date for provision of Department of Veterans Affairs memorial headstones and markers for eligible spouses and dependent children of veterans whose remains are unavailable (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Banks / Veterans Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 3657 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide headstones and markers for the graves of spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin / Veterans Affairs Committee)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 3911 – Risk-Based Credit Examination Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner / Financial Services Committee)

2) H.R. 2148 – Clarifying Commercial Real Estate Loans, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Robert Pittenger / Financial Services Committee)

3) H.R. 918 – Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman / Veterans Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 1133 – Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Carter / Veterans Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 1900 – National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers / Veterans Affairs Committee)

6) H.R. 2123 – VETS Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Glenn Thompson / Veterans Affairs Committee)

7) H.R. 2601 – VICTOR Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Neal Dunn / Veterans Affairs Committee)

8) H.R. 3634 – SERVE Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Himes / Veterans Affairs Committee)

9) H.R. 3705 – Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree / Veterans Affairs Committee)

10) H.R. 3949 – VALOR Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna / Veterans Affairs Committee)

11) H.R. 4173 – Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Banks / Veterans Affairs Committee)

H.R. 3441 – Save Local Business Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne / Education and the Workforce Committee)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

H.R. 3043 – Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers / Energy and Commerce Committee)

H.R. 2201 – Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Emmer / Financial Services Committee)

Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Committee activity for the week of November 6 can be found here.

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 11/6/17

Catalonia: Death Of The European Dream

Subsequent events have only served to reinforce the verdict of the French and Dutch voters: most people are perfectly happy with the “bad old nationalisms.”

They don’t want to be massaged or cajoled or bullied into becoming Homo europaea, the New European Man.

When the chips are down and the financial crisis comes a-crunching, solidarity is revealed to have limits. Germans and Finns and Dutch will bail out the “profligate South” but only because they want to limit the contagion, but only with punishing strings attached.

When the waves of immigrants arrive at the door step, a “border-less Europe” suddenly finds itself ringed by chain-link fences and razor wire.

The newly powerful populist parties are exploiting precisely those cracks the European Union is dedicated to filling – the old fault lines of national pride and chauvinism.

While most of these parties are not yet at the point of wanting to #MakeFranceGreatAgain (though some are) they are all talking about France or Germany or Italy First.

Source: Catalonia: Death Of The European Dream

‘Open Sesame:’ Lobbyists cheer warmer welcome in Trump White House


What does surprise lobbyists is the sheer number of wins in getting the Trump administration to roll back or delay unfavorable regulations in its first 10 months.

And it is occurring despite White House dysfunction and distraction.

The lobbyists say it is a stark departure from the approach of the Obama administration, which had a reputation for aloofness toward business and sought to limit the influence of lobbyists, whom it saw as beholden to special interests.

The Trump White House is listening to them, they say. It is returning their phone calls. And it is working to eliminate regulations they view as detrimental to the ability to prosper.

Source: ‘Open Sesame:’ Lobbyists cheer warmer welcome in Trump White House

Sean Spicer: After Trump’s year 1, GOP poised to dominate again in 2018 | TheHill


The 2016 election was decided by 107,000 votes scattered across three states. States like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Michigan voted Republican for the first time in decades.

In the closing days of the Trump campaign, the data program ensured time and money were spent effectively by placing candidates and political ads in the right areas.

It was the data that showed Trump’s message resonating in states that had eluded previous GOP candidates. It was the data that ensured the right mail piece, the right ad at the right time, were delivered.

It was the thousands of staff on the ground that contacted voters who had a history of voting early to get them out early, who likewise ensured voters who got an absentee ballot actually sent it in, and that same group also followed up on Election Day with those voters who had a history of in-person voting on Election Day.

Source: Sean Spicer: After Trump’s year 1, GOP poised to dominate again in 2018 | TheHill

GOP unlikely to repeal ObamaCare mandate in tax measure | TheHill


President Trump and conservative lawmakers are pushing for the individual mandate to be repealed in the bill, but House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) has expressed worry that the controversial measure would jeopardize the broader tax-reform bill, given the Senate’s failure on health care earlier this year.

Source: GOP unlikely to repeal ObamaCare mandate in tax measure | TheHill

Demonetization: Time to accept the blunder: Here’s what Manmohan has to say on note ban anniversary

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Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, a usually reticent man, is back with his critique of demonetization and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has now talked about some serious impacts of note ban on India’s informal sector and independence of institutions.

Speaking in Parliament right after demonetization, the soft-spoken former PM came down heavily on the Modi government. He dubbed the move as “monumental mismanagement” and “organized loot and legalized plunder”. His estimate, Manmohan emphasized, was an underestimate and not an overestimate.

Now one year after demonetization, Manmohan Singh has dwelled on long-term and deeper impact of note ban.

“.. rising inequality has been a constant threat to our nature of economic development. Demonetization may exacerbate such inequalities which can be harder to rectify in the future. In such a diverse country such as ours, inequality can prove to be a far greater social malaise than in other homogeneous nations,” the former PM said in an interview to Bloomberg.

Source: Demonetization: Time to accept the blunder: Here’s what Manmohan has to say on note ban anniversary

Philippines starts construction near China’s manmade islands in disputed waters


China claims almost the entire South China Sea, but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims on the waterway where more than $3 trillion worth of sea-borne goods pass every year.

Recent satellite imagery has shown Chinese vessels gathering around Thitu, in what some experts say could be an attempt to deter the Philippines from cementing its claim. China’s ambassador has played that down, insisting his country has no ill intent.

Source: Philippines starts construction near China’s manmade islands in disputed waters

Bargaining chip? China seen closely scrutinizing Qualcomm, Broadcom deal


A potential mega-merger between chipmaker Broadcom Ltd (AVGO.O) and U.S. rival Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) is likely to face stern scrutiny in China, antitrust lawyers say, amid a strategic push by Beijing into semiconductors.

Broadcom made an unsolicited $103 billion bid for Qualcomm on Monday, aimed at creating a $200-billion-plus behemoth that could reshape the industry at the heart of mobile phone hardware.

Source: Bargaining chip? China seen closely scrutinizing Qualcomm, Broadcom deal