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Good Thursday, friends.
Washington is a bit less hectic than usual, as both the House and Senate are on break this week. Have you seen your Reps back home recently? This is definitely the Season of Congressional Sightings, as hundreds of lawmakers ramp up their campaigning ahead of most states' primaries.
That doesn't mean, though, that we non-pols can take a break; in fact, a congressional recess is a great time to make sure your thoughts, ideas and opinions get to your Reps' offices -- before the big issues come to the floors.
And there's certainly a lot to talk about.
On the Radar
- Eighteen Republican members of Congress have nominated President Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to "end the Korean War, denuclearize the Korean peninsula, and bring peace to the region." The group was led by Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana, who tweeted:
Would you like to see Trump get the award? Click here.
- A coalition of 153 House members, 40 senators, and more than 85 pro-life advocates is urging the Trump administration to revise Title X regulations and cut off Planned Parenthood from family planning grants. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union announced they are suing the Trump administration over changes it made to the Title X program. Read what both sides are hoping for here.
Under the Radar
- Newark, New Jersey has become the latest city to face challenges associated with its water quality. The Natural Resources Defense Council intends to file a lawsuit over its findings of elevated lead levels in Newark’s drinking water—at least 10 percent of its samples were well in excess of federal action levels. And earlier this month, an analysis of Chicago tap water found lead in nearly 70 percent of homes—thirty percent had levels above FDA limits for bottled water. Click here to read about the nation’s unsafe drinking water.
- The Justice Department just revised its internal manual for federal prosecutors, removing references to the DOJ’s work on racial gerrymandering and a section that had been titled, “Need for Free Press and Public Trial.” What else is eliminated? Click here.
- The Trump administration may modify or rescind an Obama-era executive order requiring the White House issue an annual report on the number of civilians and enemy combatants killed by counterterrorism strikes. Read why the Pentagon missed the May 1st deadline here.
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in DC
- The president will attend the National Day of prayer before receiving his intelligence briefing.
- Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will hold an on camera press briefing at 2pm ET.
The House of Representatives: Out
- The House will return Monday, May 7.
The Senate: Out
- The Senate will return Monday, May 7.
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But Wait! There's More!
- ‘Stand for the Second’: Students Stage Pro-Second Amendment Walkouts
- NRA Draws Fire for Gun Ban at Convention
- Trump Extends Tariff Exemptions to Allies
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