The Daily Countable: 🤝 Trump declines to side with U.S. intelligence over Putin and... ⚖️ Should Democrats 'pack' the Supreme Court?
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by Countable | 7.17.18
Welcome to Tuesday, comrades...
A day later, politicians, pundits, and pedestrians are still talking about President Donald Trump's Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Everyone had been eagerly awaiting Trump broaching the subject of election meddling with Putin, and in a news conference after their private meeting, Trump said that while he had "great confidence" in the U.S. intelligence community, Putin was "extremely strong and powerful in his denial" of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia, Trump added.
Not everyone agreed with the president's assessment, as you'll see in our piece: What They're Saying: Trump Blasted After Press Conference with Putin.
For more coverage on this historical meet and greet, click on over to:
- Putin Claims U.S. Intel Is Wrong About His Election Interference
- Go Deeper: The Nuclear Arms Deals in Focus for Trump Putin
- Trump Calls Media "Enemy of the People" While Flying to Putin Summit
On the Radar
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) admitted in an after-action report that it was unprepared for last year’s hurricane season that devastated Puerto Rico. The internal performance assessment memo details how FEMA’s warehouses on the island were nearly empty when Hurricane Maria struck in October, and lacked items like cots or tarps – and contained little food and water - because these items had been rerouted to the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more on the report, including FEMA's response, click here.
Under the Radar
- A Russian asbestos producer is so delighted with Trump’s decision not to ban asbestos that it is adorning its products with his face and the slogan, “Approved by Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States.” Asbestos, a fibrous silicate mineral that the U.S. once used widely in industrial and commercial purposes such as construction, causes diseases that kill an estimated 15,000 Americans a year. The EPA, however, recently relaxed its oversight of asbestos use. Click here for the full story.
On the Bench
- The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy prompted many liberals to revisit a possible way of thwarting a right-leaning Supreme Court: “packing” SCOTUS. The Constitution does not mandate that the Supreme Court have nine justices—Congress could increase that number to 11, 15, or 27. If and when the Democrats take back Congress - and the presidency - expanding the number of SCOTUS justices could provide the only opportunity to regain a liberal majority in the court. It's Your Turn to answer: How Many Justices Should be on the Supreme Court?
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- At 2:00pm, the president will meet with members of Congress at the White House.
The House of Representatives: In
- Voting on a bill to ease regulations for startups and investors, known as the JOBS Act 3.0
- Voting on 13 other bills.
- Debating amendments to a bill providing $59 billion in FY19 funding for federal land management, environmental, and financial agencies.
The Senate: In
- Voting on the confirmation of James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, & Policy Development at the Dept. of Education.
- Taking a procedural vote on the nomination of Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors.
What You're Saying
In keeping with the theme of today's Daily Countable, here's how you're answering Should Congress Authorize the President to Sanction Russia for the Nerve Agent Attack in the UK?
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But wait, there's more!
- Trump Administration to Seek Direct Talks with the Taliban
- Defining "Medicare for All"
- Germany Can 'No Longer Completely Rely on the White House'
- America's Wage Crisis No Longer Looks Temporary
And, in the End…
Before bills and nominations are brought up for a passage vote in Congress, they typically have to be considered and approved by relevant committees.
As always, Countable provides you a sneak peek in our Committee Watch. This week: Social Media Filtering, Russia’s Occupation of Georgia, and SHARKS.
Click here for this week's Congressional committee hearings.
But we won't make you wait on what we know you're most interested in:
- On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “SHARKS!” to examine innovations in shark research techniques and technology. 10am
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