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Developing now — House will vote on Syrian refugees this week | Jeb takes on Hillary | Ryan’s birthday message to BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker GOP senator says he 'regularly' considers leaving Republican Party Republicans mull new punishments for dissident lawmakers MORE

DEVELOPING NOW — HOUSE WILL VOTE ON SYRIAN REFUGEES THIS WEEK: Via The Hill’s Scott Wong, The House is likely to vote on legislation this week to temporarily halt President Obama’s plan to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into the U.S. "We shouldn't accept any Syrian refugees without complete assurance those we are welcoming intend us no harm,” Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCorey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report GOP super PAC hits Randy Bryce with ad starring his brother Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms MORE (R-Wis.) said during a closed-door meeting with rank-and-file Republicans.

— Later, Ryan called for a “pause” in the U.S. refugee program until authorities can verify that terrorists are not trying to “infiltrate” the refugee population. This follows more than half of governors publicly opposing refugee resettlement, though the administration says they may not have the power to refuse. This fight is going to get ugly, soon.

GOVS WITH COLD FEET: Here’s the latest count of governors who oppose refugee resettlement in their states:

HOLLANDE ANNOUNCES MEETINGS: French President Francois Hollande will visit the U.S. next week to meet with Obama and Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryRubio wants DOJ to find out if Kerry broke law by meeting with Iranians Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Pompeo doubles down on criticism of Kerry: The Iran deal failed, 'let it go' MORE to discuss combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Reuters reports that Hollande will also go to Moscow to coordinate efforts. More from The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes

JUST IN — DNC UNVEILS 2014 AUTOPSY REPORT: The Democratic National Committee unveiled a 2014 report, with an action plan for 2016. (Reminder: Democrats lost control of the Senate last year, as well as House seats.) 

The takeaways: develop a clear, values-based message … strengthen national and state party partnerships and data sharing … expand every American’s right to vote … implement at three-cycle strategy for redistricting … strong candidates to compete at every level. *Note — this was supposed to be released in May.


I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning and what’s on tap for the rest of the day. Send tips, gripes, comments and “Sexiest Man Alive” submissions (keep reading and you’ll see why) to or @CateMartel


THE TRADE DEAL ISN’T LOOKIN’ SO HOT: Via The Hill’s Ian Swanson and Bob Cusack, Obama’s trade deal is in serious trouble. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGrand Staircase-Escalante: A conservation triumph is headed for future as playground for industry McConnell tamps down any talk of Kavanaugh withdrawal GOP offers to ban cameras from testimony of Kavanaugh accuser MORE (R-Utah) haven’t decided if they’re going to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership — even after they helped win “fast-track” authority for Obama in a bruising intraparty fight. Plus, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh could be done quickly Hillary Clinton urges Americans to 'check and reject' Trump's 'authoritarian tendencies' by voting in midterms EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency MORE is now against it, which only makes it even harder for Obama to pick up more Democratic votes.

NEW THIS A.M. — SYRIA CAMPAIGN ADS ROLL IN: Jeb Bush slams Clinton in a new ad piecing together clips of Clinton refusing to say we’re at war with “radical Islam” over “jihadists.”  Ben Carson’s super-PAC released an ad titled "Courage," addressing the Syrian refugees.

WHAT’S BUZZING THIS AM — SHEEN REVEALS HE IS HIV-POSITIVE: Via The Washington Post’s Emily Yahr, On the “Today” show, Actor Charlie Sheen admitted he is HIV-positive; the National Enquirer broke the story last night. 

NOW THAT’S A GRUDGE ... : Via Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn, former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreAl Gore: 'This experiment with Trumpism is not going well' Protecting democracy requires action from all of us Poll: Democrat Bredesen leads GOP's Blackburn by 5 points in Tennessee Senate race MORE won’t endorse Hillary Clinton in the primary — and not just because of leverage on climate change. Their rivalry started in 1993 when former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC Getting politics out of the pit Kavanaugh and the 'boys will be boys' sentiment is a poor excuse for bad behavior MORE assigned his wife the monumental task of healthcare reform (not the veep), and it only escalated from there. The 42nd president reportedly reconciled with Gore right after 9/11, but Gore’s relationship with Hillary never smoothed over.


TRUMP’S 6th SENSE: Via The Associated Press’s Erik Schelzig and Jill Colvin, “In my book I predicted terrorism, because I can feel it,” said Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE at a rally in Tennessee. "I can feel it like I feel a good location [in real estate]."

HUCKABEE GETS ... SPECIFIC: Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and current Republican presidential hopeful, commented on the Paris attacks on Fox News: “It’s time to wake up and smell the falafel.”

4 DAYS LEFT — SUMMATION OF VITTER’S CAMPAIGN: National Review’s Alexis Levinson with the metaphorical (and literal!) car crash that is David VitterDavid Bruce VitterSenate panel advances Trump nominee who wouldn't say if Brown v. Board of Education was decided correctly Planned Parenthood targets judicial nominee over abortion comments Trump nominates wife of ex-Louisiana senator to be federal judge MORE’s gubernatorial campaign. There are some funny anecdotes.

1-800-ISIS: Via NBC’s Josh Meyer, ISIS has a 24-hour jihadi help desk to assist its foot soldiers spread the terrorist group’s message, recruit followers and launch more attacks on foreign soil.

THERE’S ALWAYS ONE OF THESE CLAIMS: Via WMUR’s John DiStaso, two challenges to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP candidate scores upset win in Texas state Senate runoff McConnell tamps down any talk of Kavanaugh withdrawal Cornyn takes on O'Rourke over AR-15s MORE’s (R-Texas) eligibility for president have been filed with the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission. They allege Cruz isn’t a natural-born citizen because he was born in Canada. Cruz’s campaign has pointed out that his mother was a U.S. citizen. There will be a hearing next Tuesday.


Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)

@athenahollow racist?  Really? You don't even know me. I had an African-American roommate for 3 years. Don't know many “racists” wo do that?

Speaker Paul Ryan

.@SpeakerBoehner: ♫This is your birthday tweet … I hope your day is sweet♫ 

The New York Times’ Alex Burns

Most consistent with Massachusetts history would be admitting ONLY refugees who are religious fundamentalists

The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel

Who'd have guessed that David Vitter would exploit the Paris attacks for his election?

Reply from WaPo’s Rebecca Sinderbrand: Also the first U.S. campaign ad I've ever seen that shows soccer being played by anyone over the age of 12.


1 p.m. ET: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, outlines his national security strategy in a speech at the National Press Club. Live stream:

1:30 p.m. ET:  Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speak at The Brookings Institution, discussing, "Are we safer? A look at the financial system, post-crisis." Live stream:

1:30–4:30 p.m. ET: House votes

2:15 p.m. ET: First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama’s book tour to include stadium events Michelle Obama teams up with BET to urge women of color to vote Healthy food has gone high end, but is the lifestyle trend worth the cost? MORE presents awards to the country’s after-school creative youth development programs. Live stream

5 p.m. ET: The D.C. blog “Prince of Petworth” is celebrating its 9th year, at Solly’s Tavern. Here’s the info:

5:05 p.m. ET: Ryan will speak at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting at The Four Seasons Hotel. Live stream:

5:30 p.m. ET: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and FBI Director James Comey will brief House members  about the Paris attacks.

6 p.m. ET: The National Press Club is hosting the book launch for D.C. journalist Bill Neikirk’s mystery novel about “a free-spending Washington socialite whose lobbyist husband’s disappearance leads to the discovery of a mystery that fuels a major White House scandal and throws the presidential election into disarray.” More info:


6:35 p.m. ET: Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' Graham knocks South Korea over summit with North MORE (R-S.C.) will join Alan Colmes on Fox News Radio.

7 p.m. ET: Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingRestoring our national parks would be a bipartisan win for Congress Restore our parks Renaming Senate office building after McCain sparks GOP backlash MORE (I-Maine) and Delaware Gov. Markell are scheduled to be on MSNBC’s "Hardball."

9 p.m. ET: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will be on Fox News’s “The Kelly File.”

10 p.m. ET: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump will be on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

This section has been updated to reflect scheduling changes.

Now for the fun stuff …

PATS FANS BE PATS FANS: Here’s the priceless reaction of JetBlue passengers on a flight from Orlando to Boston when the Patriots won against the Giants. It’s hilarious.

Today is National Baklava Day!

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: People magazine is unveiling its “Sexiest Man Alive” at 11:35 p.m. ET on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

And with that, if you watch one funny (nonpolitical) thing today, please, please let it be this. 

See you tomorrow! Same time, same place. 


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