By John Bresnahan (Politico) –
In a day filled with high drama, confusion and behind-the-scenes maneuvering, Mitch McConnell got a key win on Tuesday as the Senate voted to begin debate on replacing Obamacare.read more
By Hastings Wyman –
The Republican Primary to fill the three-year US Senate vacancy of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) will be held August 15, with a runoff on September 26. The likely winner in the first primary is Roy Moore, one of the three heavyweights in the race. Moore gained fame by being removed twice from Alabama’s Supreme Court for sticking with his religious/ conservative beliefs. But Moore almost surely will lack the majority necessary to avoid a runoff.
In less than four short months, Atlanta will vote to elect itself a new mayor. Mayor Kasim Reed will leave behind large shoes to fill, as his bold leadership and forward-thinking vision for the city pulled it out of the recession and solidified Atlanta’s reputation as one of the best cities in the country to not only do business, but to live and raise a family as well.
By Baker Owens –
On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (FY18 NDAA). The final bill included $695.9 billion in spending for base budget national defense funding and Overseas Contingency Operations. It passed the House by a vote of 344 to 81.
By Hastings Wyman –
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, appearing on CNBC about a month ago, said that since the election last year, the stock market added $4 trillion in wealth. He noted that the Dow Jones industrial average had gained 16%, the S&P 500 gained 13% and the Nasdaq composite gained 18%. And in the month since then, despite the Russian news, the markets have only gotten higher. At the end of last week, all three major indices on the New York Stock exchange closed in record territory.
By Rachael Bade (Politico) –
House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy lashed out at the Trump administration Tuesday over the “drip, drip” of the ongoing Russia controversy, sarcastically suggesting that officials get checked for amnesia about any contacts with Russia.
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