“Fox & Friends” Putting Finishing Touches on Trump’s State of the Union Address | The New Yorker


“The State of the Union address is the President’s chance to tell the American people where the country is and where it’s going,” Doocy said.

“You can’t do that without talking about how Crooked Hillary is funnelling her Russian-uranium riches directly into Bob Mueller’s bank account in the Seychelles.”

Source: “Fox & Friends” Putting Finishing Touches on Trump’s State of the Union Address | The New Yorker

Data Center Modernization: Insights, misconceptions and real-life wins with flash storage strategies


Once considered a disruptive technology, flash today is commonly used in traditional and next-generation data center environments.

This webinar will help IT leaders, CIOs, and IT professionals develop strategies to take advantage of flash systems with virtualization software by identifying the top workloads to move over to flash.

When: Wednesday, February 07, 2018
        11:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PT

Where: Online

Source: Data Center Modernization

Cutting Production Time With 3D Printing


High-performance product development teams know the process from design to production is often anything but “happy.”

Multiple design iterations within a short product launch timeframe can delay productivity and increase costs. Learn how Brooks Running “runs happy” with 3D printing for design validation, saving them costly, time-consuming outsourcing and project delays.

When: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 2:00 PM EST
Where: Online

Source: Cutting Production Time With 3D Printing

January 28, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

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January 28, 2018

1. H.R.195 [115th] Making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.
2. H.R.1 [115th] An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
3. H.R.4760 [115th] Securing America’s Future Act of 2018
4. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
5. H.R.1301 [115th] Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017
6. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017
7. H.R.1242 [115th] 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act
8. H.R.2810 [115th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018
9. H.R.1227 [115th] Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017
10. S.1615 [115th] Dream Act of 2017

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

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 1/29/18

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WEEK OF JANUARY 29TH

MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH
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. 3942 – Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act (Sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler / Judiciary Committee)

2) S. 534 – Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Judiciary Committee)

3) H.R. 1457 – To establish requirements for use of a driver’s license or personal identification card by certain financial institutions for opening an account or obtaining a financial product or service, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Financial Services Committee)

4) H.R. 1426 – Federal Savings Association Charter Flexibility Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Keith Rothfus / Financial Services Committee)

5) H.R. 2255 – To clarify that nonprofit organizations may accept donated mortgage appraisals, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott / Financial Services Committee)

6) H.R. 4292 – Financial Institution Living Will Improvement Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Financial Services Committee)

7) H.R. 4792 – Small Business Access to Capital After a Natural Disaster Act (Sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velázquez / Financial Services Committee)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House will recess no later than 5:00 p.m. and reconvene at approximately 8:35 p.m. for a Joint Session of Congress to receive the President’s Address. Members are requested to be on the Floor and seated no later than 8:20 p.m.

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the House is not in session.

House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 695 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kay Granger / Appropriations Committee)
Committee activity for the week of January 29 can be found here.

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 1/29/18

We are in a state of political disunion | TheHill


.. no matter what style of presidential rhetoric is employed in the speech, the dire state of our political union cannot be ignored. The price of this disunion is most easily seen in the loss of faith in our institutions brought on by extreme dysfunction in Congress.

Before the 2016 election even took place, a survey showed that 46 percent of Americans had either lost faith or never had faith in the American democratic system.

Source: We are in a state of political disunion | TheHill

As Trump prepares to unveil State of the Union, Congress struggles to do its job | The Washington Post


While lawmakers could still find a way to break the impasse before the Feb. 8 shutdown deadline, odds were rising that Congress will once again punt and pass yet another short-term spending bill, which would be the sixth since Trump took office.

Congress’s inability to handle its most basic constitutional task — managing the federal pursue — not only dims prospects for many of Trump’s ambitions but also threatens to deepen a spending stalemate that has had far-reaching ramifications through government and the economy.

Source: As Trump prepares to unveil State of the Union, Congress struggles to do its job – The Washington Post

Trump declines to implement new Russia sanctions | TheHill


The law also limits Trump’s ability to lift prior sanctions or return diplomatic compounds seized from Russia under the Obama administration.

The president, who sought to change CAATSA while it was being written, sharply criticized the law while signing it in August.

Source: Trump declines to implement new Russia sanctions | TheHill

House Intel votes to make Nunes memo public | TheHill


The House Intelligence Committee on Monday evening voted to make public a GOP-crafted memo alleging what some Republicans say are “shocking” surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

At the same time, the committee voted against making public a Democrat-drafted countermemo.

Source: House Intel votes to make Nunes memo public | TheHill

Five things to watch for in Trump’s State of the Union | TheHill


The State of the Union also comes against the backdrop of the intensifying Russia probe and other controversies surrounding Trump’s White House — and it’s anyone’s guess whether the unconventional president will stick to the script or shoot from the hip.

Here are five things to watch for during Trump’s inaugural State of the Union address …

Source: Five things to watch for in Trump’s State of the Union | TheHill