Show Prep January 24th, 2018

THE ECONOMY, STUPID Disney announces benefits for employees because of the GOP tax plan…Disney announced Tuesday it will pay over 125,000 employees a one-time cash bonus of $1,000, as well as make a new $50 million investment into education program for employees.  “We are directing approximately $125 million to our cast members and employees across the country and making higher education more … Read More

Show Prep January 23rd, 2018

SHUTDOWN OVER President Donald Trump signed new CR to keep the government funded till February 8th…President Trump signed the spending bill Monday evening.  The impact of the shutdown, which began at midnight Friday, was minimal, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers unsure of what the week would bring — but apparently stretching into just one workday.  Lawmakers agreed to … Read More

Show Prep January 22nd, 2018

SHUTDOWN DAY 3 Senate adjourns with no deal or compromise, however, there could be a vote at noon today…As the clock ticked toward a scheduled 1 a.m. Monday vote — set by McConnell in part because of arcane Senate rules but later postponed — the moderates made the most visible progress toward a deal…No firm proposal emerged from the meeting, … Read More

Show Prep January 19th, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO SHUTDOWN House passes CR to keep government open for another month…The House voted 230-197 to keep the government funded for four more weeks, but prospects of a shutdown still hinge on the Senate…Speaker Paul Ryan struck a deal with Freedom Caucus conservatives shortly before a scheduled floor vote on a spending provision to keep the government open through … Read More

Show Prep January 18th, 2018

HEADLINES John Kelly Calls Some of Trump’s Pledges Uninformed Stormy Daniels Story About Trump Drops Later This Week Trump’s Fake News Awards Countdown to Shutdown Talks to avoid shutdown hit roadblock…Negotiations to avoid a government shutdown sputtered Wednesday, a day ahead of a planned vote in the House, with conservative Freedom Caucus members issuing new demands while defense hawks seethed … Read More

Show Prep January 17th, 2018

HEADLINES Bannon to tell all to Mueller Tensions threaten DACA deal Governor Cooper Declares State of an Emergency COURTS Judges say no delay for new maps in North Carolina…The denial by the three-judge federal panel was expected, given that the judges wrote 200-plus pages last week explaining why the boundaries approved two years ago were marked by “invidious partisanship” and … Read More