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Thursday, May 5, 2015
551 Days Until Election Day 2016It's Thursday, May 5, 2015, I'm Gabe Fleisher for Wake Up To Politics, and reporting from WUTP world HQ in my bedroom - Good morning: THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL!!!
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White House Watch
- The President’s Schedule At 2:10 PM, President Obama will present the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the U.S. Air Force Academy football team. The trophy is awarded annually to the victor of the triangular football series between the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Navy Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy.
- At 3:15 PM, the President will depart the White House, arriving in Portland, Oregon at 5:40 PM Pacific Time.
- At 7 PM Pacific Time, Obama will speak at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Portland, where he will spend the night.
Capitol Hill News
- House: Schedule The House is currently on a weeklong recess.
- Senate: Schedule The Senate will hold a cloture vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, the bipartisan bill allowing Congress to review, and possibly reject, a nuclear deal with Iran. A vote on final passage of the bill may come today as well.
- Travel Tracker Iowa Both Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina are in Iowa today as part of their announcement tours.
- Huckabee is on Day 2 of his “Factories, Farms & Freedom” swing, and will host meet and greets today in Sioux City and Cedar Rapids.
- Fiorina, meanwhile, will also host meet and greet in Cedar Rapids today; she will also address the Dallas County GOP.
- Fiorina will continue onto New Hampshire Friday, then split her Saturday between New Hampshire and South Carolina, where she will complete her tour of the first three early voting states.
What I'm Reading
- Here are some great political articles from across the web this week:
- As the Secret Service requests funding for construction of a White House replica, National Journal looks inside the U.S. Capitol Police’s replica of the Capitol building: http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/us-capitol-replica-maryland-20150501
- ABC News gets an exclusive look inside Air Force One: http://abcnews.go.com/US/fullpage/inside-air-force-one-30652274
- The 2016 GOP field may be the most diverse presidential primary field for either party in history, reports the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/04/the-2016-republican-field-might-be-the-most-diverse-ever-for-either-party/?postshare=671430784913663
- A doctor weighs in on Jeb Bush’s Paleo diet: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/opinion/jeb-bushs-paleo-diet.html
- Remembering Jim Wright, the former U.S. House Speaker who died Wednesday at age 92, from Politico Magazine (http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/the-house-of-jim-wright-117718.html#.VUtIfyFViko) and the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/06/jim-wrights-remarkable-resignation-speech-from-congress/)
- Finally – if you read nothing else this week…the New York Times reports on what will be a huge story this election season: Snapchat. What began as a social media app with disappearing pictures has grown into its own news agency, and now they have veteran CNN political reporter Peter Hamby to lead their news division.
- If you need any proof that Snapchat could have a huge effect on political engagement by Americans, look at young Americans. I have seen firsthand kids with no interest in politics look at the Snapchat news section after taking a selfie, and then discussing the news stories they see.
- Rand Paul has taken advantage of Snapchat early, creating an account and answering questions from users – a virtual town hall using a medium Americans love.
- This truly will be The Snapchat Election: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/business/media/campaign-coverage-via-snapchat-could-shake-up-the-2016-elections.html?ref=us%20this%20is%20true