Morning Briefing 11/06/2017

Good Monday morning!

At least 26 dead in Texas church shooting

At least 26 people were killed when suspected shooter Devin Kelley opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas — marking the largest mass shooting for Texas.

President Trump urged Americans to “stay strong” after the shooting:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families in today’s horrible and murderous attack.We cannot put into words the pain and grief that we all fear and we cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those who lost the ones they so dearly loved.”

Mueller reportedly close to charging Michael Flynn

NBC News reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is getting closer to bringing charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

If indicted, Flynn would be the first current or former Trump administration official to be charged in connection with the Russia probe. NBC News reports that Mueller has been looking into Flynn’s lobbying work a few years ago.

Last Monday, Mueller charged former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates on 12 counts — not related to the Trump campaign.

Pressure mounts on Fusion GPS

A self-described victim of the Trump dossier wants a U.S. District Court in Florida to force BuzzFeed News to disclose who gave them the dossier, The Washington Times reports.

Congressional Republicans want Fusion GPS to discloses any payments made to media companies to see if reporters were paid to spread the dossier to hurt President Trump.

That’s it for today, happy Monday!

Morning Briefing 11/03/2017

Happy Friday!

What an eventful week it’s been, Trump’s former campaign manager was indicted on 12 counts, the Russia investigation took out one of Trump’s nominees for the Agriculture Department, House Republicans unveiled their plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code, and tragically Manhattan experienced its first terrorist attack with fatalities since 9/11.

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Morning Briefing 11/02/2017

Good Thursday morning!

Here’s your Morning Briefing:

Tax Reform Legislation Set To Be Unveiled Today

Congressional Republicans are expected to unveil their plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code today. On Tuesday night, Republicans announced that they would delay the release of the legislation as they admitted they were still struggling to reach a consensus on the bill.

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Morning Briefing 11/01/2017

Good Wednesday morning!

Here’s your Morning Briefing:

Manhattan Terror Attack:

The FBI is investigating an “act of terror” after  29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a rental truck from Home Depot onto a bike path in lower Manhattan and killed eight people, just blocks away from the World Trade Center memorial.

Saipov was born in Uzbekistan and came to the United States in 2010 and has since became a permanent resident.

After Saipov was named as the suspect, President Trump tweeted that he ordered more “extreme vetting” procedures.

How’s That Tax Reform Going?
After months of pitching tax reform as an easy win, Congressional Republicans have been forced to admit they’re having trouble reaching a consensus on how to overhaul the nation’s tax code.

Republicans now say they will release their tax reform bill on Thursday — a day later than originally expected.

While Republican leadership were very optimistic about tax reform, analysts were quick to say “not so fast,” and pointed out that there are sharp difference between fiscal conservatives and other factions of Congressional Republicans.

Latino Group Pulls Controversial Anti-Gillespie Ad

After the terrorist attack in Manhattan, a Latino group in Virginia announced it had pulled a controversial ad showing an Ed Gillespie bumper sticker, the Republican candidate for the governor of Virginia, on a truck chasing minority a children.

In a statement, Cristobal J. Alex, the president of the Latino Victory Fund  the group responsible for the ad, said:

“We knew our ad would ruffle feathers. We held a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see. We have decided to pull our ad at this time. Given recent events, we will be placing other powerful ads into rotation that highlight the reasons we need to elect progressive leaders in Virginia”

 

Morning Briefing 10/31/2017

Good Tuesday morning!

Mueller Monday:

Over the weekend, news broke that a grand jury had approved the first charges in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Yesterday, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, a Manafort business associate, surrendered to FBI agents and were each indicted on 12 counts.

Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty on all counts. However, more news broke that a former foreign policy to the Trump campaign made a plea bargain after making false statements connected to Mueller’s investigation.

126 Million:

That’s the number of Americans are estimated to have seen Russian ads on Facebook, according to NBC News.

Facebook told the Senate Judiciary Committee that roughly 29 million Americans directly received material from the 80,000 posts made by 120 fake Russian made pages.

However, Facebook added that those posts were “shared, like and followed by people on Facebook, and, as a result, three times more people may have been exposed to a story that originated from the Russian operation.”

That means that one-third of the country could have been exposed to the Russian campaign.

Trump Criticism Might Lead To A Lighter Sentence For Bergdahl:

President Trump’s criticism of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his Army post in 2009, will might lead to a lighter sentence for Bergdahl.

“I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence,” the judge Col. Jeffrey R. Nance of the Army said during a hearing at Fort Bragg.

Nance rejected a request that he dismiss the case or limit the length of the sentence because Trump’s comments came before Bergdahl’s trial.

 

 

Morning Briefing 10/30/2017

Good Monday morning!

Here’s your Morning Briefing:

Arrest Related To Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Investigation Could Happen As Early As Today:

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CNN reported Friday night that a grand jury has approved the first indictment in Mueller’s investigation. However, there is very little know about who will be indicted. A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the former chairman of the Donald Trump campaign who’s been a central figure in the probe, said they were not aware of Manafort being indicted.

However, after FBI agents raided Manaforts house in July, reports said that Mueller warned Manafort he could be indicted.

CNN says the arrests could happen as soon as Monday, however because of the secrecy of the investigation and the grand jury process, we won’t know until the individual (or individuals) are arrested.

Conservatives pointed out that news of the indictment came within hours of a different report that said the conservative Washington Free Beacon retained Fusion GPS to compile research on Republican presidential candidates.

And days after The Washington Post reported that the Clinton campaign retained Fusion GPS to conduct anti-Trump research.

Speaking Of Indictments:

President Trump fired of some angry tweets Sunday morning, calling for “something” to be done about the alleged corruption of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

For their part, Democrats were quick to say that Trump was simply trying to distract from the impending indictment related to Mueller’s investigation.

Tax Reform Bill Could Actually Be Coming Soon:

Now that the House of Representatives and the Senate have approved of a budget, the Congress can now begin work on tax reform legislation — and we may see a version of the legislation as soon as the week.

While passing the budget allows the Senate to pass legislation through the budget reconciliation process, requiring only 51 votes, there’s still a long road ahead before it gets to the President’s desk.

And as we saw with the Obamacare repeal and replace bill, the budget reconciliation bill may not may matters any easier.

Morning Briefing 10/24/2017

Good morning!

Here are some headlines to help you get caught up on the news as you start your morning:

Baloney!

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That’s how Hillary Clinton is characterizing allegations that there was any wrong doing surrounding the Uranium One deal,“I think the real story is how nervous they are about these continuing investigations.”

Clinton went on in the CSPAN interview to say the allegations that there was corruption in deal, and a deliberate attempt to keep that information from Congress is part of a “right-wing conspiracy theory,” and proof that Republicans are nervous about the on going investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election:

“I would say it’s the same baloney they’ve been peddling for years, and there’s been no credible evidence by anyone. In fact, it’s been debunked repeatedly and will continue to be debunked.”

Mad at God:

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Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has been speaking out on allegations that he sexual harassed other Fox News employees.

“You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I’m mad at him,” O’Reilly said during his “No Spin News,” web show. “I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn’t happen. I can’t explain it to you. Yeah, I’m mad at him

O’Reilly has denied the allegations and says he has proof that vindicates him. On Monday, The Daily, a podcast produced by The New York Times, aired an interview with O’Reilly talking about his experience, and departure from Fox News. He claimed the on his web show last night that the Times purposely tries to hurt people:

“I truly believe that these people at The New York Times are out to hurt people with whom they disagree. They don’t want me in the marketplace. That’s what this is all about.”

“Speechless”:

The family of Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, who was killed in Afghanistan in June, said they’re “speechless” after they received a promised $25,000 check from President Donald Trump.

“We are so moved and grateful, and we promise to use the money to honor Dillon’s legacy,” Jessie Baldridge, the mother of Dillon said, and promised to use the money to honor her son’s legacy.

The family said President Trump promised the check and didn’t actually expect to receive the money. And they didn’t until this Monday.

Alright, that’s it for today. Have a great day!