Tag Archives: Politico

POLITICO Playbook: Trump weighs in on Cohen tapes, and the DNC taps leader for 2020 convention selection

“The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!” Trump tweeted Saturday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images Driving the Day FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: DNC PICKS TEAM FOR 2020 CONVENTION SITE SELECTION: Former DNC CEO Jess O’Connell will be leading the DNC’s 2020 convention site selection process, according to multiple Democratic sources familiar with the Read More…

IG Flint report finds lack of urgency

With help from Annie Snider, Anthony Adragna and Alex Guillén LACK OF URGENCY: That’s the bottom line of a long-awaited EPA Inspector General’s probe of the two-year-long drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Mich. State and federal regulators had plenty of tools to correct the lead problem, the report found; what was lacking was the Read More…

What we’ve learned this week

Driving the Day JUST POSTED – “Bill Shine, Trump’s Top Communicator, Was Questioned by Federal Prosecutors,” by NYT’s Elizabeth Williamson and Emily Steel: “Mr. Shine’s appointment to the White House job has drawn criticism from some women who worked for him at Fox News, and has brought new scrutiny of his record there. In one Read More…

All eyes on carbon tax vote

With help from Eric Wolff, Anthony Adragna, Darius Dixon, Nick Juliano and Ben Lefebvre CARBON COPY: Today’s largely symbolic vote on an anti-carbon tax resolution could offer Republicans helpful campaign-trail fodder against Democrats — but it comes with a price tag for some of the House’s most endangered moderates. Pro’s Anthony Adragna reports this morning Read More…

House enviro riders entice spending votes

With help from Anthony Adragna, Annie Snider, Eric Wolff and Alex Guillén RIDE-ALONG: Though House Republicans say they continue to be satisfied with the pace of the Trump administration’s deregulatory efforts, GOP leaders have teed up votes this week to block several Obama-era environmental rules — ranging from the Chesapeake Bay cleanup to Endangered Species Read More…

POLITICO Playbook: A thought exercise: What could Mueller find to satisfy expectations and top what we know?

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress at the White House on Tuesday. In his remarks, the president said “I accept” U.S. intelligence agencies conclusions on Russian meddling. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo Driving the Day BY HISTORICAL STANDARDS, ROBERT MUELLER has already been so successful in Read More…

Spotlight on FERC

With help from Emily Holden, Anthony Adragna, Colin Wilhelm and Darius Dixon SEE YOU THERE: Today’s the day — POLITICO Pro is hosting its second annual Pro summit, featuring one-on-one conversations with newsmakers across the policy landscape, including two sessions on energy. Story Continued Below FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur will sit down this afternoon with Read More…

Second 'minibus' pulls in

With help from Daniel Lippman SECOND ‘MINIBUS’ PULLS IN: With negotiations still stalled on the first fiscal 2019 “minibus” funding bill, the House Rules Committee will meet today on the second minibus, which means debate on a host of thorny, energy-related issues. The measure, H.R. 6147 (115), combines funding for Interior-Environment with Financial Services, and Read More…

The big names funding the House GOP

Driving the Day FRONT PAGE OF THE SUN: “Trump praises May but DOESN’T backtrack over Brexit, terror and Boris … FAKE SCHMOOZE” http://bit.ly/2ukqqTk SOME INTERESTING THINGS WE LEARNED FROM CAMPAIGN FINANCE DOCUMENTS THIS MORNING … Story Continued Below – PROTECT THE HOUSE, the House GOP-focused joint fundraising committee started by VP MIKE PENCE and HOUSE Read More…

Yucca-ing it up

With help from Anthony Adragna, Alex Guillén, Colin Wilhelm and Eric Wolff WE DO NEED AN EDUCATION: GOP Rep. John Shimkus will educate another dozen lawmakers on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository this weekend via a field trip to the Nevada site. He told ME “the purpose of the visit is to walk Read More…

Let the 'minibus' negotiations begin

With help from Anthony Adragna, Eric Wolff, Darius Dixon, Annie Snider and Emily Holden LET THE ‘MINIBUS’ NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN: Negotiators begin hashing out their differences today on the so-called minibus package, H.R. 5895 (115), that passed both the House and Senate in June. The Senate signed off on its conferees Wednesday, following the House, which Read More…

And the nominee is …

With help from Alex Guillén, Anthony Adragna and Annie Snider KAVANAUGH IT IS: With much fanfare, President Donald Trump last night nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. Here’s what you need to know on Kavanaugh’s environmental moves as Republicans head into a congressional blitz to get Read More…

Knowing Brett Kavanaugh

Driving the Day THE QUOTE YOU’LL HEAR A LOT ABOUT … BRETT KAVANAUGH on ROE V. WADE, from his 2006 confirmation hearing: SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.), with then aide Preet Bharara sitting behind him: “Do you consider Roe v. Wade to be an abomination and do you consider yourself to be a judicial nominee … Read More…

A new day at EPA?

With help from Emily Holden, Darius Dixon, Alex Guillén and Daniel Lippman A NEW DAY AT EPA? Today marks Andrew Wheeler’s first official day at the helm of EPA, and the new acting administrator is aiming for less secrecy than his predecessor as he implements the administration’s goals of rolling back environmental regulations, Pro’s Emily Read More…

All eyes on Trump’s SCOTUS pick

Driving the Day THE SHIFTING FACE OF THE JUDICIARY … Our colleague Dan Diamond had a good observation as we await Trump’s Supreme Court pick tonight at 9 p.m. Dan tweeted this at 2:49 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We’ve edited the Tweet, a bit, for readability: Age of SCOTUS justices: Ginsburg ———— 85 … Read More…

AP: North Koreans say talks with Pompeo were ‘regrettable’ and ‘very concerning’

Driving the Day BREAKING … AP/SEOUL: “North Korea Foreign Ministry says talks with Pompeo ‘regrettable,’ accuses U.S. of unilateral demands for denuclearization.” — MORE FROM AP: “The statement says that the United States betrayed the spirit of last month’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by making unilateral demands Read More…

Pruitt finally strikes out

With help from Emily Holden and Anthony Adragna PRUITT FINALLY STRIKES OUT: Today marks Scott Pruitt’s last day as EPA administrator after his resignation Thursday afternoon. Though he was only head of the EPA for 500 days, his tenure was marred by a seemingly endless stream of scandals into his ethics, finances and management. Pruitt’s Read More…

Trump heads to Big Sky country

With help from Andrew Restuccia TRUMP HEADS TO BIG SKY COUNTRY: The president will head to Great Falls, Mont., today to deliver remarks at his latest “Make America Great Again” rally. Expect him to discuss immigration and tax cuts, but ME will also be watching to see whether President Donald Trump touts his administration’s moves Read More…

POLITICO Playbook: Jim Jordan speaks, and NYT fronts story on Alan Dershowitz’s long Martha’s Vineyard summer

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks with the media as he arrives for a deposition before the House Judiciary Committee by Peter Strzok, the FBI agent facing criticism following a series of anti-Trump text messages, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) | Alex Brandon/AP Photo Driving the Day RACHAEL BADE Read More…

Parsing FERC's news dump

With help from Darius Dixon and Alex Guillén FERC’S FRIDAY NIGHT NEWS DUMP: Regulators at FERC have known that one day they would have to decide how they would move to protect the power markets they oversee from the state-enacted energy programs, particularly those that support nuclear units, that are tilting the playing field. A Read More…

POLITICO Playbook: Michael Cohen speaks

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 30: Michael Cohen, (C) former personal lawyer and confidante for President Donald Trump, exits the United States District Court Southern District of New York on May 30, 2018 in New York City. According to a filing submitted to the court Tuesday night by special master Barbara Jones, federal prosecutors investigating Read More…

What comes next for FERC?

With help from Anthony Adragna PLOT TWIST: FERC Commissioner Rob Powelson shocked the energy world Thursday night when he announced he will leave the agency to lead a trade association for water utilities. Powelson, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, was one of the agency’s fiercest critics of the administration’s efforts to bail out Read More…

Musical chairs: SCOTUS edition

With help from Alex Guillén, Annie Snider, Eric Wolff, Anthony Adragna and Emily Holden MUSICAL CHAIRS, SCOTUS EDITION: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday — setting the stage for President Donald Trump to install a pick that will likely shift the court to the right for a generation to come. Talk of Read More…

Getting to work on the minibus

With help from Anthony Adragna, Eric Wolff, Ben Lefebvre and Annie Snider THE JOURNEY BEGINS: Rep. Mike Simpson and other appropriators will meet today with Speaker Paul Ryan about next steps in getting the first spending bill of the year to President Donald Trump’s desk, but Simpson predicted it would take “a while” to resolve Read More…

Perry takes the stage

With help from Annie Snider and Darius Dixon PERRY TAKES THE STAGE: When Energy Secretary Rick Perry kicks off the World Gas Conference’s keynote program today, the triennial confab of natural gas industry representatives will likely be looking for Perry to address the elephant in the room: his support for the Trump administration’s push to Read More…

EPA hits the PFAS track

EPA HITS THE PFAS TRACK: Administrator Scott Pruitt promised he would address cancer-causing pollutants during a controversial “leadership summit” last month on toxic nonstick chemicals, called PFAS — and New England residents are looking for Pruitt to make good on that promise today. Pro’s Annie Snider reports that the first public meeting on the issue Read More…