by Countable | 11.9.18
Welcome to Friday, citizens...
We open today's DC with a few words from Countable's Managing Editor, Andrea Seabrook:
Great job! You managed to score a record turn-out for the midterm elections. Over the last couple of years you've been awake and fired-up, and you used that fire to actually VOTE. Excellent work.
Here's the next challenge: hold on to that fire — in fact, turn up the heat! Use every tool available to keep that civic flame from backing off to a mild simmer. Because the truth is, in our modern governance you must do MORE than vote — you must be the daily election observers of democracy.
To read the full letter - and to find out how to keep that civic flame burning - click here.
On the Radar
A masked gunman killed 12 people during "student night" at a country music bar just north of Los Angeles late Wednesday night. According to witnesses, at around 11:20p.m. a masked gunman dressed in black entered the Borderline Bar & Grill, thew smoke bombs, then open fired with a handgun. Police have identified the gunman as a 28-year-old former Marine who apparently took his life at the scene. What should Congress do about gun violence? Contact your reps here.
President Trump has tapped Justice Department chief of staff Matthew Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general in the wake of Jeff Sessions' resignation. The president chose Whitaker over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which means Whitaker will now have oversight of special counsel Robert Muller's Russia investigation. But Whitaker has expressed deep skepticism about the probe, writing in a CNN op-ed last year that the investigation was "going too far" and risked becoming a "mere witch hunt" if Mueller looked into Trump's finances. Is it time to wrap up the investigation?
Under the Radar
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who is poised to assume command of the House Intelligence Committee, has vowed to investigate Trump after the GOP “completely abdicated” their oversight of the president. This includes reopening the investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential race. In March, Republicans closed the House Intelligence Committee’s probe, concluding there was no collusion. Schiff has said that ending the probe was a “terrible disservice to the country and the American people." Should the House investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia?
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
The House of Representatives: Out
- The House will return Tuesday, November 13th.
The Senate: Out
- The Senate will return Tuesday, November 13th.
What You're Saying
Here's how you're answering Should a Special Counsel Be Able to Request a Judicial Review of Their Termination?
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But wait, there's more!
And, in the End…
With Democrats set to control the House and Republicans the Senate when the 116th Congress convenes in January, the budgeting process will be the battleground for many of the ideological disputes that play out in the divided legislature.
Absent a major agreement on an issue like tax or welfare reform, each chamber will likely pass budget resolutions outlining their party’s policy priorities and may include reconciliation instructions to achieve them, which was the process used to enact the GOP tax cuts and Obamacare.
We explain Congress' brewing budget battle here.
Very interested in how you plan on combining your celebrations for National Chaos Never Dies Day and Go To An Art Museum Today Day,
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