The Week Ahead!

April 19, 2019 - 12:07 pm
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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

MUELLER REPORT
President Trump didn’t wait long before tearing into the Mueller Report on Twitter. Vacationing over the weekend in Mar-a-Lago for the Easter holiday, the president claimed some statements made in the report are "fabricated & totally untrue." Mr. Trump dubbed the more than 400-page document the "Crazy Mueller Report." The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Friday for the special counsel's entire report "to decide what steps we must take going forward."

SEVERE WEATHER
Strong storms were expected along the east coast over the holiday weekend. Severe weather began on Friday in the south and was responsible for the deaths of two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama. Well over 100,000 people were without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas going into the weekend.

EARTH DAY
Today is International Earth Day, marking the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970. This year’s theme is ‘Protect our Species.’ CBS News is going around the globe to examine issues affecting our planet and the changing climate.


EXTREME SUSTAINABLE LIVING
Growing your own toilet paper? Dumpster diving for leftovers? You bet. It sounds extreme, but to one man, it is life. Correspondent Peter King goes in depth with the Orlando resident whose goal is to live one year with zero waste.

COLLEGE AWARD LETTERS
The amount of outstanding student loans has more than doubled over the past decade. Part of that explosion has to do with tuition, fees and costs growing faster than the rate of inflation. But it’s clear that another factor is that many families had no way of discerning exactly what they were signing.

MADE IN THE USA?
If it says, MADE IN THE USA, there is no question where it was made…right? Think again. A new report says plenty of companies that claim their products are American made may be fudging the truth. These businesses continue to make false claims because the penalties are so lax.

FOUR ROSES
An iconic Kentucky bourbon that reintroduced itself to American whiskey drinkers in the past decade is ready to ramp up production. Four Roses Distillery has celebrated the completion of a $55 million expansion that will double production capacity at its plant at Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL
South Lawn, White House, Washington DC
The President and First Lady will be joined by the White House staff and their families today for an Easter tradition - the South Lawn Easter Egg roll. It dates back to 1878.

MICHAEL LACEY
Washington, DC
There will be a court hearing today for Michael Lacey, the founder of the classified advertising site Backpage.com. Lacey is charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering. The Department of Justice has shut down the website, accusing it of publishing ads for sexual services.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CONFERENCE
New Orleans, LA
The annual National Hurricane Conference is being held this week in New Orleans. Those gathered will discuss education and professional training in hurricane preparedness ahead of the upcoming season.

BIDEN
At some point this week, former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to become the oldest candidate in the Democratic presidential race. The 76-year-old Biden would enter as a front-runner with a resume of deep experience as Barack Obama's vice president and a former longtime US senator. Three people with knowledge of Biden's plans say he could announce as early as Wednesday.

TOWN HALL EVENT
CNN holds a town hall event with five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates tonight including: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mayor Peter Buttigieg (D-IN). The focus is issues important to young voters.

ON THE TRAIL….The following candidates are on the campaign trail today:

Sen. Cory Booker (D- NJ) - Wisconsin

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) - New Hampshire

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019

UN SECURITY COUNCIL
10AM Eastern - United Nations, New York, NY
The United Nations Security Council opens debate this morning on sexual violence during conflicts.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC PRAYER BREAKFAST
The 15th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast will be held in Washington DC this morning. Speakers include Rev. Thomas Olmsted, Fellowship of Catholic University Students founder Curtis Martin, and Sr. Bethany Madonna.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY
To be or not to be… today is the anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. Although the date is not confirmed, the Bard is widely believed to have been born on this day in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK and to have died on the same day in 1616 (making today the 403rd anniversary of his death.)

ON THE TRAIL….The following candidates are on the campaign trail today:

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) -New Hampshire

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019

FACEBOOK Q1 EARNINGS
All eyes are on Facebook this morning as the social networking website founded by CEO Mark Zuckerberg releases its Q1 earnings. Facebook has come under fire recently for allegedly spreading “fake news” and password protection issues.

RX DRUG ABUSE & HEROIN SUMMIT
Atlanta, GA
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are expected to speak at the RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta today. The meeting is for healthcare professionals and law enforcement officials working to prevent drug abuse.

‘STATE OF THE AIR’ RELEASED
The American Lung Association releases its annual ‘State of the Air’ report today. Included is the national air quality report card that assigns grades to counties across the nation. The Report also ranks cities most affected by widespread types of air pollution.

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
New York, New York
The 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival kicks off today with the world premiere of Roger Ross Williams’ documentary ‘Theo Apollo’ exploring the history of New York’s Apollo Theater.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019

DEPUTY AG JOHN GORE
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Gore is scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform today about a citizenship question added to the 2020 Census. Gore was originally slated to testify on April 11th, but did not appear, arguing he wanted to have an attorney present. Committee Chair Elijah Cummins has threatened to hold Gore in contempt, if he fails to testify.

NFL DRAFT
Nashville, TN
The 2019 NFL Draft begins in Nashville tonight, with football teams picking newly-eligible players for their rosters. Arizona Cardinals hold the first pick, after going only 3-13 last season. The 49er’s are second, followed by the New York Jets.

TAKE YOUR KIDS TO WORK DAY
Expect the office to be decorated with plenty of arts and crafts by days end. Today is ‘Take Your Kids to Work Day.’ It started as ‘Take our Daughters to work day’ and now it includes all of our children. It’s a day when some companies encourage its employees to bring their children to the office to experience a day in the life.

PRINCE WILLIAM
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, starts a two-day visit to Auckland to pay tribute to those affected by the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL
New Orleans, LA
The 50th Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival gets underway today. The two weekend annual gathering of all types of music and music lovers will be headlined this weekend by Santana, Katy Perry and Van Morrison.


BEETLEJUICE
BeetleJuice, BeetleJuice, BeetleJuice… It’s opening night on Broadway for the new musical comedy based on Tim Burton’s Oscar-winning 1988 film. The story is about a socially awkward teenager who moves into a haunted house and calls on a demon to scare aware her difficult parents.

MELINDA GATES
Melinda Gates’ ‘The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World’ is published today. The manifesto for an equal society features lessons Gates has learned over the last 20 years.

RENEE ZELLWEGER
She had him at hello… academy award winner ‘Renee Zellweger’ star of ‘Chicago’, The Bridget Jones series and, of course, ‘Jerry McGuire’ turns 50 years old today.

ON THE TRAIL….The following candidates are on the campaign trail today:

Sen. Cory Booker (D- NJ) - South Carolina

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

PRESIDENT TRUMP
Indianapolis, IN
President Trump is the keynote speaker at the National Rifle Association leadership forum being held in Indianapolis this weekend.

MARIA BUTINA
Maria Butina, the woman accused of acting as a Russian agent, will be sentenced today. Butina pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy in connection with an attempt to infiltrate Republican political circles to influence the 2016 presidential election.

FIRST QUARTER GDP
The Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes advance GDP data for the first quarter of 2019 this morning. Data released last month saw real gross domestic product increase at an annual rate of 2.2% in the fourth quarter of 2018, Q1

ROBERT KRAFT
There will be a motion hearing today for Robert Kraft. The New England Patriots owner is charged with soliciting a prostitute at a Florida day spa the day before the Patriots played in the AFC Championship game.

MELANIA TRUMP
The First Lady, Melania Trump, celebrates her 49th birthday today. Trump was born in Slovenia and is a former model.

SPACEX
Cape Canaveral, Fl
SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 17th commercial resupply mission to the international space station today.

WEBSTER HALL
The iconic New York City Club, Webster Hall reopens tonight following two years of renovations. New York City native Jay-Z will headline a special show to mark the occasion.

STAGECOACH FESTIVAL
The 13th annual country musical festival known as Stagecoach kicks off in Indio, CA today. The festival is headlined by Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.

NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY
Weather you’re at a ball game, a bar or sitting at home couch-surfing, enjoy a pretzel. The German treat is loved by Americans and today is the day to celebrate.

NATIONAL ARBOR DAY
It’s National Arbor Day, the country is encouraged to plant and care for trees.

AVENGERS
Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is released in theaters today.

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