McConnell, Ryan warn Trump about government shutdown

Here are the stories our D.C. insiders are talking about in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast, where you get a g...

Posted: Jul 30, 2018 4:37 AM
Updated: Jul 30, 2018 4:37 AM

Here are the stories our D.C. insiders are talking about in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast, where you get a glimpse of tomorrow's headlines today.

1. Averting a shutdown?

Republicans on Capitol Hill are worried about a pre-election government shutdown in October, and are trying to convince President Donald Trump it's not a fight he wants.

CNN's Phil Mattingly reports budget talks were the main topic last week when Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They told him that so far, negotiations with Democrats are going well.

"They're moving forward, and one of the primary reasons Ryan and McConnell met with the President was basically to say, please don't shut down the government," Mattingly said. "One of the pitches McConnell made was, you don't want to step on the Kavanaugh nomination, since that should be around the time he gets confirmed."

Mattingly said sources told him the President seemed open to that argument. "But," Mattingly warned, "everything can change based on a tweet."

Sure enough, just minutes after Mattingly's report on CNN, the President tweeted, he "would be willing to 'shut down' the government" unless Democrats give in to his demands on immigration.

2. Democrats set to meet with Kavanaugh

The Supreme Court fight enters a new phase this week, with nominee Brett Kavanaugh scheduled to meet with his first Senate Democrat -- West Virginia's Joe Manchin.

CNN chief national correspondent John King reports sitdowns with Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly and North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp are coming up too.

"Manchin, Donnelly, and Heitkamp, of course, are the three Democrats -- the only three -- who backed Neil Gorsuch, and they're the top White House targets now."

So will they vote for Kavanaugh too?

"The Democratic base wants Chuck Schumer to hold the line, but Manchin, Donnelly, and Heitkamp are all up for re-election in states that went huge for President Trump," King said. "Plus there is this wrinkle: Donnelly and Heitkamp are also among the farm state lawmakers not happy with the President's trade tariffs. On the surface, that has absolutely nothing to do with Brett Kavanaugh, right? Unless your research shows voters will understand some fights with the President ... But not too many."

3. Fight for Kavanaugh documents

Meanwhile, behind the scenes Senate Democrats are pushing for the release of millions of documents from Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush White House. They say they want to apply the same standards Republicans have demanded of Democratic nominees.

"That's a big fight," New York Times reporter Michael Shear said. "But watch for another, less-noticed fight over the trove of documents that the National Archives has of the time Kavanaugh spent working for Ken Starr."

Shear said there are thousands of documents -- and the National Archives says it could take years to release them. "Democrats on Capitol Hill are obviously going to want those documents sooner," he said.

4. Supreme Court ad spending

While that fight goes on behind the scenes, a pro-Kavanaugh group is planning a $1.5 million ad buy to support the nominee, the Federalist's Mary Katharine Ham reports.

"It's targeting West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana and Alabama," Ham said. "There are poll numbers from those states of double digits in favor of confirming, which is going to make things a little bit more awkward for red-state Democrats who might want to vote against Kavanaugh. And Mitch McConnell will be not-too-hesitant to make it as uncomfortable for them as possible."

5. New round of Iran talks?

Months after Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, sanctions are set to snap back into place in September. CNN's Abby Phillip reports the White House is watching the reaction very closely.

"The Trump administration believes that there are protests on the ground that are a response to the economic pressure," Phillip said. "Trump would love for Iran to come back to the table, negotiate a new deal that he thinks is better than the old Iran deal."

Phillip said time is of the essence -- the administration is worried about rising oil prices as a result of the sanctions. "I think the administration officials are quite skeptical that Iran is going to do all the various things that they'll need to do to get back to the table. But the President believes his threats this month against Iran will put pressure on them."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 314710

Reported Deaths: 7254
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21646260
Hinds20369416
Harrison17949309
Rankin13643278
Jackson13450246
Madison10113217
Lee9986174
Jones8384163
Forrest7689152
Lauderdale7198240
Lowndes6403148
Lamar623686
Lafayette6203119
Washington5341134
Bolivar4802132
Oktibbeha462998
Panola4596107
Pearl River4519146
Marshall4450103
Warren4393121
Pontotoc420872
Monroe4115133
Union411176
Neshoba4031176
Lincoln3969110
Hancock379586
Leflore3498125
Sunflower336290
Tate334784
Pike3327105
Scott316274
Alcorn313368
Yazoo311770
Itawamba300577
Copiah297465
Coahoma295579
Simpson295388
Tippah288768
Adams286982
Prentiss280060
Marion269380
Leake268473
Wayne262841
Grenada261587
Covington259881
George248148
Newton246862
Winston227581
Tishomingo227067
Jasper221148
Attala214473
Chickasaw208057
Holmes189174
Clay185554
Stone182833
Tallahatchie178941
Clarke178080
Calhoun170932
Yalobusha164638
Smith162534
Walthall134245
Greene130633
Lawrence128724
Montgomery127142
Noxubee126734
Perry126338
Amite123142
Carroll121829
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis107133
Tunica105726
Claiborne102430
Benton100025
Humphreys96733
Kemper95828
Franklin83923
Quitman81116
Choctaw76418
Wilkinson67531
Jefferson65728
Sharkey50217
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 537813

Reported Deaths: 11024
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson791691529
Mobile41177808
Madison35002507
Tuscaloosa25871454
Shelby25076249
Montgomery24549591
Baldwin21290309
Lee15946171
Calhoun14556319
Morgan14364280
Etowah13890353
Marshall12262223
Houston10602282
Elmore10115206
Limestone10031151
St. Clair9890245
Cullman9730194
Lauderdale9449243
DeKalb8853188
Talladega8325176
Walker7259277
Autauga6971108
Jackson6830112
Blount6750139
Colbert6317134
Coffee5546119
Dale4869113
Russell444338
Chilton4343113
Franklin426282
Covington4138118
Tallapoosa4040152
Escambia394577
Chambers3581123
Dallas3564153
Clarke351361
Marion3137101
Pike311977
Lawrence302298
Winston275673
Bibb263064
Geneva252577
Marengo249664
Pickens234862
Barbour231956
Hale223677
Butler217869
Fayette212462
Henry189644
Cherokee184345
Randolph182042
Monroe178140
Washington167639
Macon160750
Clay156957
Crenshaw153357
Cleburne149241
Lamar143035
Lowndes139653
Wilcox127430
Bullock123041
Conecuh110629
Coosa108928
Perry107826
Sumter104932
Greene92634
Choctaw61024
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