Nation Cruelly Reminded That it Once Had a President | The New Yorker


CNN, one of the networks that televised the event, immediately said that it regretted doing so, and acknowledged that reminding Americans that they recently had a President had caused widespread bereavement and distress.

“CNN deeply apologizes for the error,” a network statement read. “It will never happen again.”

Source: Nation Cruelly Reminded That it Once Had a President | The New Yorker

February 11, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

February 11, 2018

1. H.R.1892 [115th] Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018
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.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
4. H.R.695 [115th] Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018
5. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017
6. H.R.620 [115th] ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017
7. H.R.2810 [115th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018
8. H.R.4760 [115th] Securing America’s Future Act of 2018
9. H.R.109 [115th] Mortgage Insurance Tax Deduction Act of 2017
10. S.2256 [115th] Tax Extender Act of 2017

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

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 2/12/18


WEEK OF FEBRUARY 12TH

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH
On Tuesday, 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. 4533 – To designate the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington, Kentucky, as the “Lexington VA Health Care System” and to make certain other designations (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Veterans Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 3542 – Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson / Foreign Affairs Committee)

3) H.Res. 129 – Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson / Foreign Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 4376 – Department of Energy Research Infrastructure Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

5) H.R. 4377 – Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

6) H.R. 4378 – Nuclear Energy Research Infrastructure Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Weber / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

7) H.R. 4675 – Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Roger Marshall / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

8) H.R. 3397 – Building Blocks of STEM Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jacky Rosen / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

9) H.R. 4979 – To extend the Generalized System of Preferences and to make technical changes to the competitive need limitations provision of the program, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert / Ways and Means Committee)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 3978 – TRID Improvement Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Financial Services Committee)

H.R. 3299 – Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick McHenry / Financial Services Committee)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

H.R. 620 – ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Judiciary Committee)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH
On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

Committee activity for the week of February 12 can be found here.

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 2/12/18

Social media has become a powerful political tool | TheHill


The 2016 U.S. presidential election changed the game for marketers and political parties alike, heightening the need for real-time information on voters and the thoughts, feelings and opinions of consumers.

With a 24-hour news cycle and constant exposure to information, it has become increasingly difficult to manage a successful political campaign. Surprising election outcomes are slowly becoming the new normal.

Results from monthly polls are outdated by the time they are released and are no longer a reliable way of evaluating one’s actual chances of being elected, nor the issues the electorate truly cares about at a given time.

Source: Social media has become a powerful political tool | TheHill

36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 | TheHill


Here are 36 potential candidates, from top contenders to long shots, who could run in 2020 …

Source: 36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 | TheHill

US economy faces impending skills gap | TheHill


The combination of a generational sea change in the workforce and a technological revolution in the economy is conspiring to create a skills gap that could leave jobs unfilled, experts said.

And that could stifle growth while exacerbating an already wide gap in the new economy between thriving and struggling communities.“It’s a national problem.

We don’t have the skilled workforce that we need for the future,” said David Long, the Republican leader of the Indiana state Senate.

Source: US economy faces impending skills gap | TheHill

Porter saga exposes bare tensions in Trump’s White House | TheHill


The story began last Tuesday, when both of then-staff secretary Rob Porter’s ex-wives publicly accused him of abuse. Since then, Porter has resigned and a second staff member, speechwriter David Sorensen, has departed amid broadly similar allegations.

But the administration has been unable to move past the story.

Source: The Memo: Porter saga exposes bare tensions in Trump’s White House | TheHill

Burned by the budget, right warns Ryan on immigration | TheHill


While no GOP lawmakers are calling for a leadership change, frustrated conservatives are pressuring Ryan to put a hard-line immigration bill authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on the House floor in the coming weeks.

The growing calls underscore how Ryan, who has not yet announced whether he plans to run for reelection, is walking a political tightrope after passing a massive budget deal that was unpopular with conservatives.

Source: Burned by the budget, right warns Ryan on immigration | TheHill

Rattled by U.S. fiscal, monetary tug-of-war, investors start looking abroad


Among their new plays: international bonds, emerging market stocks, and cash.

All look poised to gain as investors assess the consequences of more U.S. fiscal stimulus just as the Federal Reserve prepares to raise interest rates to prevent the economy from overheating.

The turmoil stems from a tug-of-war between monetary and fiscal policies: The Federal Reserve, which is mandated to keep inflation low and stable, and U.S. fiscal policy, which is adding stimulus with a $1.5 trillion Republican-led tax cut and an extra $300 billion over two years in federal spending as the central bank unloads bonds from its balance sheets.

Source: Rattled by U.S. fiscal, monetary tug-of-war, investors start looking abroad

Pyeongchang 2018 | Reuters.com


Athletes will compete in 102 events in 15 sport disciplines during the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.

Source: Pyeongchang 2018 | Reuters.com