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Welcome to Thursday, July 25th, pins and needles...
Former special counsel Robert Mueller appeared on Capitol Hill Wednesday, answering questions about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.
- Mueller said Trump can be prosecuted after he leaves office—but did not say if Trump should be prosecuted.
- Despite Trump's repeated claims of "total exoneration," Mueller said "the president was not as exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed. It is not what the report said."
- Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) ripped into Mueller for not reviewing the motivations behind the the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of Democrats during the 2106 campaign.
- Ahead of the hearings, Trump tweeted that Mueller's investigation was "the Greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history, by far!" Mueller told Congress that his investigation "is not a witch hunt" and "it was not a hoax."
On the Radar
First Country Asylum
A federal district judge on Wednesday let stand a Trump administration rule that denies asylum to migrants at the southern border who do not first apply for protection in at least one other country they've travelled through.
"It's in the greater public interest to allow the administration to carry out its immigration policy," U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly of Washington, D.C., said from the bench.
The rule had been challenged in a lawsuit filed July 16 by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) and Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition.
“We are disappointed in the court’s decision today, but we will continue to fight to ensure that this harmful rule does not unjustly impact children and adults who apply for asylum as well as immigration legal service providers’ ability to help asylum seekers,” Claudia Cubas, CAIR Coalition’s litigation director, said in a statement.
Under the Radar
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the Trump administration will pay a minimum of $15 per acre in aid to farmers impacted by the president's ongoing trade war with China.
Craig Ratajczyk, chief executive of the Illinois Soybean Association, told Reuters that the $15-per-acre bailout will help farmers working with loan agencies.
“This will help provide some type of stability for that type of lending institution. It’s confidence,” Ratajczyk said.
The aid is planned to total about $16 billion dollars.
Seventy years ago, on July 25, 1949, President Harry S. Truman formally ratified the North Atlantic Treaty, marking the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Since its inception, the NATO alliance has provided for the collective defense of its members despite the internal and external challenges it has faced.
In the aftermath of World War II, the Western European democracies that fought alongside the U.S. were struggling to rebuild their countries that had been ravaged by years of war and in some cases Nazi occupation. The descent of the communist Soviet Union’s ‘iron curtain” ― as British wartime leader Winston Churchill called it ― across Eastern Europe posed a major military threat to Western Europe’s newfound freedom.
It appears probable that the alliance will continue grow in the future. North Macedonia will likely be the next nation to join NATO, while there have been discussions about future membership with the governments of Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia, plus Bosnia and Herzegovina. Other potential future members include Finland and Sweden, where public opinion has trended toward membership since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, despite their historic neutrality.
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 11:15am EDT, the president will participate in a full honors welcome ceremony for new Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the Pentagon.
- At 3:30pm EDT, the president will participate in the Pledge to America's Workers - One Year Celebration at the White House.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to suspend the debt limit through mid-2021 & lift budget caps for defense & domestic spending.
- Voting on a bill to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelan refugees.
- Voting on a bill to require Customs & Border Protection to provide migrants in its care with bathroom & shower facilities, nutrition & personal grooming items.
- Voting on a bill to require that migrants apprehended at the Southern border receive standardized medical screenings.
- Voting on a bill to reauthorize & reform the State Dept.
- Voting on a bill to increase punishments for "soring" hores to exaggerate their gait.
The Senate: In
- Voting on the confirmation of Mark Milley as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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And, in the End…
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