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Political Report: 1/14/2019

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: No Clear Resolution to Shutdown in Sight The partial government shutdown that began in December continues with no end in sight. This past weekend, the White House appeared to back down from plans to fund wall construction through the declaration of a national emergency. Such …

Political Report: 1/7/2019

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Shutdown Continues with FY2020 Budget Release on the Horizon Welcome to the 116th Congress where the names have changed (a bit) but the dysfunction remains. Since we left for the holidays, the partial government shutdown that began in December has dragged on into the new …

Political Report: 12/18/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Congress May Avoid an End of Year Shutdown The 115th Congress will likely depart on Friday having avoided the cloud of a partial government shutdown. Early Tuesday morning, the White House indicated that it would be able to support an existing compromise providing $1.6 billion …

Political Report: 12/12/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Defense Topline Changes Again While the White House and Congress continue to fight over how to pay for a wall between the United States and Mexico, there has been some interesting defense news this week. Over the weekend, President Trump announced a third proposed topline …

Political Report: 12/5/2018

By Shane Mason, Senior Market Analyst Main Story: Congress Considers Two-Week Continuing Resolution, Mourns Passing of President George H.W. Bush Congress is likely to pass a two-week continuing resolution (CR) before Friday night to avoid a partial government shutdown. With the state funeral of President George H.W. Bush and both parties at an impasse over …

Political Report: 11/28/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: SASC Reviews the Commission on the National Defense Strategy’s Findings This week’s article will have little to say about appropriations or the budget, as the Department of Defense is working on processing the FY2019 appropriations (passed on time in over a decade) and putting the …

Political Report: 11/13/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Democratic House Victory Muddies Already Murky FY2020 Budget Forecast At around 9pm on Election night, as Democratic senators in Indiana and Missouri were losing their races and Democratic House victories were few and far between, a rough consensus seemed to emerge that there would not …

Political Report: 11/7/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Midterm Results Affirm Divided Country After days and weeks of feverish speculation, reams of polling data, and dozens of memes, the nation voted in the 2018 midterms yesterday and, while results for several races remained outstanding at the time of writing, largely affirmed the sharp …

Political Report: 9/24/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Only Six Days Left Before Fiscal Year 2018 Ends It’s an odd week when the possibility of the federal government shutting down might only be the second or third biggest story in the news. Last week, the uproar over sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court …

Political Report: 9/11/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Only Seven Days Left in the House Before the End of Fiscal Year 2018 Both the House and the Senate are in session this week, and while the Senate will likely see more action on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the main focus for …