Jul 3, 2018

Senate committee to take up paid family leave plan

Ivanka Trump stands as she's acknowledged by President Trump. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing, chaired by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on July 11, on paid family leave policy.

Why it matters: It’s a rare sign of movement from the Republican Senate on an issue that isn't a traditional focus for Republicans. In pushing this policy from the White House, Ivanka Trump has had to contend with a skeptical chief of staff, John Kelly — who's described the plan as a "pet project" — and a myriad of other skeptics on Capitol Hill and inside the conservative movement. She has been working on this for 17 months in the White House, meeting with members of both parties. She has gained the approval of key voices, including Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).

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Inside Trump's antifa tweet

President Trump at Cape Canaveral on May 30. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

As recently as Saturday night, senior administration officials told me that the designation of a violent cohort of far-left activists, antifa, as a terrorist organization was not being seriously discussed at the White House. But that was Saturday.

Behind the scenes: The situation changed dramatically a few hours later, after prominent conservative allies of the president, such as his friend media commentator Dan Bongino, publicly urged a tough response against people associated with antifa (short for "anti-fascist").

U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

A protest in Philadelphia on May 31. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Protests continued across the country for the sixth day in a row on Sunday, as demonstrators called for justice in response to the deaths of George Floyd, EMT Breonna Taylor, jogger Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black Americans who have suffered at the hands of racism and police brutality.

What's happening: Protestors in D.C. broke one police barricade outside the White House on Sunday evening after reportedly demonstrating for several hours. The atmosphere was still largely peaceful as of 6pm ET.

Trump privately scolded, warned by allies

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Over the past couple of days, numerous advisers both inside and outside the White House have urged the president to tone down his violent rhetoric, which many worry could escalate racial tensions and hurt him politically.

Behind the scenes: The biggest source of internal concern was Trump's escalatory tweet, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Some advisers said it could damage him severely with independent voters and suburban women.