Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the House Oversight Committee next Wednesday, April 11, Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) have announced. Zuckerberg has been under intense scrutiny after a whistleblower stepped forward to reveal that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Trump's 2016 campaign team, allegedly accessed private information from 50 million Facebook users without permission.
Zuckerberg had seemingly dragged his feet on testifying, ultimately saying he was "open to" the idea last month. Walden and Pallone emphasized that the hearing is "an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online," Time reports. Jeva Lange
President Trump is expected to unveil his plan to fight the opioid epidemic on Monday, Politico reports. An early version of the plan would have called for the death penalty against some drug dealers, but the final version is expected to be scaled back, with a call for capital punishment against drug traffickers only "when appropriate under current law," said Andrew Bremberg, the White House's director of the Domestic Policy Council.
Trump will announce his new policies during a trip to New Hampshire.
The administration says the plan would lead to a reduction in opioid prescriptions by one-third within three years by mixing administration actions and new laws requiring money from Congress. It includes elements focused on law enforcement, education, prevention, treatment, and recovery. Harold Maass
President Trump is holding a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday night, where he is expected to focus on immigration, border security, and national unity. Trump will meet with border patrol officers ahead of the event and could possibly visit the border as well, The New York Times reports.
The rally comes amid a push within the White House for Trump to "strike an ambitious deal with Congress that offers [children of immigrants shielded by the DREAM Act] protection in exchange for legislation that pays for a border wall and more detention facilities, curbs legal immigration, and implements E-verify, an online system that allows businesses to check immigration status," McClatchy writes.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (D) asked Trump last week to postpone the rally, especially if he plans to pardon Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff recently convicted of criminal contempt after he disregarded a federal judge's order to stop arresting immigrants based solely on the suspicion that they had entered the country illegally. Jeva Lange
The Jared Kushner-led Office of American Innovation hosts a tech summit Monday with CEOs from companies including Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft in attendance. The executives will be joined by White House officials including President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Ivanka Trump, as well as certain Cabinet heads, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Politico reports.
"Silicon Valley's relationship with Trump is complicated," writes Axios. "The industry's employees aren't usually happy when their CEOs engage with the president. But a combination of policy realities (tech would love a good deal on tax reform, for example) and a fear of being out of the loop on other discussions (such as modernizing federal IT systems) keeps executives coming back to the table."
The executives will reportedly work at the summit in group sessions under the umbrella topic of "modernizing government technology." Such sessions include a conversation on high-skilled worker visas, and another on emerging technologies.
"No matter what industry you're a part of, it's critical to engage with the current administration," Gina Woodworth, of the Internet Association, told Politico. "While there may be differing opinions on some policy issues, there's also productive discussions to be had and room for positive collaboration." Jeva Lange
President Trump is expected to begin filling more than 120 openings on lower federal courts with the announcement of 10 judicial nominees Monday, The New York Times reports. Two of the expected appointees' names also appeared on Trump's public list of 21 potential Supreme Court nominees from during his campaign: Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, to be nominated to the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, to be nominated to the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis.
"Trump will name three other nominees to the appellate courts," Politico adds. "Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th Circuit, John Bush to the Sixth Circuit and Kevin Newsom to the 11th Circuit. The president also plans to name four federal District Court nominees: Dabney Friedrich in the District of Columbia, Terry Moorer in Alabama, David Nye in Idaho and Scott Palk in Oklahoma, as well as Damien Schiff to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims."
Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler said of the choices: "There are plenty of things about this president and this administration that are unconventional [but] thus far, the Trump administration's judicial nominees have been in line with what you would expect from a Republican president."
Subsequent waves of judicial announcements should be expected from the administration, a White House official said. Jeva Lange
President Trump is set to take the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. While Trump pulled out of speaking at the conference in 2016 at the last minute, he addressed the group in 2011, where he was booed for claiming Sen. Ron Paul could not get elected. He also spoke at the conference in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon teased Trump's speech to the crowd Thursday, hinting that the theme would be "appreciation," Fox News reports.
Others are looking to Trump's speech as a signpost of what to expect from his administration. "Trump may either accomplish more than Republican presidents did in terms of a conservative agenda, despite all the chaos and drama … or he will redefine conservatism," Rick Tyler, a GOP strategist, told NPR. "The movement is at a crossroads, and it remains a known unknown where it is going." Trump speaks at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast live on C-SPAN and cable news channels. Jeva Lange
President Donald Trump is scheduled to announce his Supreme Court pick at 8 p.m. Tuesday from the Oval Office. The conversation is centered on the likelihood of two federal appeals court judges, conservative Neil Gorsuch of Colorado, 49, and the more centrist Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, 51, who shares a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit seat with Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry.
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Federal appeals court judge William Pryor of Alabama, 54, has also been discussed, although his controversial record could make a Senate confirmation less likely, USA Today reports.
Several Democrats have vowed to block Trump's pick regardless of whom it may be since Republicans denied President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, from having a hearing after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia early last year. Jeva Lange
Stephen Colbert will host the 2017 Emmy Awards, CBS announced Monday. The host of The Late Show will be the fourth late-night host this year to emcee an awards ceremony, following Jimmy Fallon for the Golden Globes, Jimmy Kimmel for the Academy Awards, and James Corden for the Grammys.
"This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the globe," said Colbert, taking a shot at President Trump and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for their claims about the record attendance at Trump's inauguration.
This will be Colbert's biggest live hosting gig yet; he previously hosted the Annual Kennedy Center Honors on CBS. He has won nine Emmy awards for his writing and for his Comedy Central series, The Colbert Report, which he left in 2014.
The Emmys will air Sept. 17, with nominees to be announced July 13. Becca Stanek