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Today’s Agenda: Alabama Takes Aim At Roe v. Wade With Draconian Bill

May 15, 2019 8:31 a.m.

Happy Wednesday, May 15. Tuesday saw the conservative assault on Roe v. Wade build to a new peak as Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the country, teeing up a potential Supreme Court fight. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re following.

Three Things We’re Watching

Conservatives make boldest advance yet in abortion fight 

Pro-life lawmakers across the country have been crafting restrictive abortion bans in the hope that one of the laws will make its way to the Supreme Court and give the majority conservative justices a chance to overturn or defang Roe v. Wade. On Tuesday, Alabama passed the boldest one yet, sending legislation to the governor’s desk that would make providing the procedure a felony. Lawsuits are sure to follow and we’ll be tracking the legal ramifications.

Mnuchin and Rettig in front of Congress

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig will testify this morning in front of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. We’ll be watching to see if they’re asked about the House’s subpoena for President Trump’s tax returns.

Don. Jr. backs down

Donald Trump Jr. and the Senate Intelligence Committee reached a deal on Tuesday for Trump Jr. to testify again in front of the committee. The agreement came after the committee issued a subpoena to Trump Jr. and Republicans in the Senate trashed Republican committee chair Richard Burr for his push to hear from Trump Jr. again. We’ll be tracking the Trumpworld spin.

Today’s Rundown

10:00 a.m. ET House and Senate gavel in.

10:00 a.m. ET A Senate Appropriations subcommittee hosts Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig to discuss budgets.

10:40 a.m. ET Trump leaves the White House en route to the U.S. Capitol.

11:00 a.m. ET Trump delivers remarks at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol.

7:00 p.m. ET Trump hosts the White House Historical Association Dinner in the East Room of the White House.

Yesterday’s Top Story

Judge Skeptical Of Trump Effort To Block Subpoena Of Accounting Firm — Tierney Sneed

Reading List

Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis. Why Don’t Other Democrats? — Alex Shephard, The New Republic

It was 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this weekend as carbon dioxide hit its highest level in human history — Jason Samenow, The Washington Post

San Francisco bans city use of facial recognition surveillance technology — Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle

The vast majority of Republicans support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders’ plan to cap credit-card interest rates at 15% — Eliza Relman and Walt Hickey, Business Insider

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