The Week Ahead!

June 14, 2019 - 2:26 pm
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MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

FOREIGN INFO
President Trump headed into the weekend defending his comments to ABC saying he would consider accepting information from an outside nation about a political opponent without contacting law enforcement. During a Friday morning interview with "Fox & Friends", Mr. Trump walked that back saying "of course" he would look at the information in order to determine whether or not it was "incorrect." And if he thought anything was “badly stated" he would "absolutely" notify law enforcement.

IRAN
After explosions blew holes in two oil tankers just outside Iran's territorial waters, rattling international oil markets, the Trump administration ended the week caught between pressure to punish Iran and reassure Washington's Gulf Arab allies without drawing the US closer to war. President Trump is holding out hope that threats by the US towards Iran will yield talks with the Islamic Republic. In the meantime, the Pentagon is considering beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area.

US OPEN
Golf’s US Open wrapped up in Pebble Beach, California yesterday. After defending his title last year, Brooks Koepka returned alongside three-time winner Tiger Woods, 2016 winner Dustin Johnson and 2015 winner Jordan Spieth.

INTEREST RATES
The Federal Open Market Committee will announce its decision on interest rates this week. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will hold a news conference after the announcement on Wednesday. The FOMC decided at its last meeting to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 2.25-2.5%

HONG KONG
A boycott of work and education other march is expected in Hong Kong today, called for by opponents of a bill to allow extradition of its citizens to mainland China. A second reading of the bill was due last Wednesday but postponed amid intensifying demonstrations. Critics of the legislation fear that it will allow Beijing to target political opponents.

TARIFFS
Mexico will be ready to retaliate if the US government imposes tariffs on Mexican exports to the United States, the Mexican Economy Minister said on Friday. Speaking in Congress, Graciela Marquez said his nation’s government would also initiate bilateral and multilateral procedures to defend its trade interests if the United States were to introduce tariffs.

MEDICARE-NURSING HOMES
Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of seniors on Medicare even though it's a federal requirement for them to do so. A new watchdog report is calling for a new focus on protecting frail patients.

CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING
'Emanuel', a documentary about the Charleston Church Shooting will be released in select theaters today. The movie follows the events of June 17, 2015, when a white supremacist murdered nine African Americans at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and explores the stories of the victims and survivors.

CHILD HOME INJURIES, 1215AM ET Embargo
A new nationwide poll shows almost every hour at least one child under five is injured with a personal care product like nail polish, shampoo or hair spray. Researchers say you should treat the products like drugs and keep them out of sight.

TRAVEL SMART
The summer travel season is here. From airline baggage fees to hotel safety, there is a lot to consider when planning your getaway. Just in time for summer, CBS News Radio is releasing a special series that will get your listeners prepared to TRAVEL SMART.

THE MATH OF FLIGHT & SECURITY CHECK TIMES
Telling time on the security line. The TSA has its way of tracking wait times. The airlines have their way of calculating flight times too. But your entire wait time may be a far different experience.

TORONTO RAPTORS
10AM Eastern, Toronto, Canada
The Raptors will hold their NBA championship parade in Toronto this morning. The celebration comes on the heels of the team’s first-ever league title. Toronto defeated the double-defending champions Golden State Warriors with a 114-110 win in Game 6 on Thursday.

OJ BRONCO CHASE
Today marks the 25th anniversary of OJ Simpson’s arrest for murder after a live TV police chase. Much of the nation was glued to their television set as news channels broadcast Simpson’s white bronco attempting to evade law enforcement. The chase played out during a huge day in US sports, with golf legend Arnold Palmer playing his final round at the US Open, the World Cup kicking off in Chicago, the Knicks playing the Rockets in the NBA Finals, and the New York Rangers Stanley Cup ticker-tape parade.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The State Department releases its 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom today, describing US actions and policies in support of religious freedom worldwide.

NAVY SEAL TRIAL
San Diego, CA
Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher appears in military court today, charged with 12 counts including murder, attempted murder and obstruction of justice. Former platoon members allege Gallagher shot unarmed civilians, including a young school-aged girl and an old man, in Iraq in 2017 and 2018.

'THE 24 HOUR MUSICAL'
8PM Eastern, New York, New York
'The 24 Hour Musicals', 24th anniversary benefit event from 'The 24 Hour Plays' begins tonight. A group of actors, writers and directors produce and perform four brand new musicals in a single day.

MTV AWARDS
9PM Eastern
The MTV Movie & TV Awards, hosted by Zachary Levi, airs tonight. Performances include Lizzo, Martin Garrix, Macklemore and Patrick Stump. 'RBG', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Avengers: Endgame' lead the nominations with four each.

DNC LGBTQ GALA
The Democratic National Committee holds its LGBTQ Gala in New York this evening, celebrating 50 years since the riots at lower Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn. Attendees include DNC Chair Tom Perez, 'Queer Eye' star Karamo Brown, and 2020 Dem presidential candidates South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar.

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

Fmr. VP Joe Biden (D-DE ): 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in New York.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA): Harris is in Washington DC where she will attend the Poor People's Campaign Forum and discuss her plans to 'build a more equal America through addressing systemic racism and poverty.’

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA): Moulton campaigns in New Hampshire, hosting a community discussion on PFAS contamination at Merrimack Town Hall (10AM ET)

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

TRUMP PENCE
8PM Eastern - Orlando, FL
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence formally announce their campaign for a second term today with a 'Make America Great Again Rally' rally in Florida. First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence will be in attendance.

FIFA CORRUPTION
10:30AM Eastern, New York, New York
Former Honduran President Rafael Callejas, will be sentenced today for his role in the FIFA corruption case. Several officials have already pleaded guilty in the case, brought about by the Department of Justice, with charges against the accused including racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies.

AVENATTI
10:30AM Eastern - New York, New York
Double court hearings today for Michael Avenatti. First he is expected in court on fraud and aggravated identity theft charges for allegedly cheating porn star Stormy Daniels out of $300,000 from a book deal. He is also due at a status conference this afternoon in a conspiracy case where he is charged with allegedly trying to extort more than $20 million from Nike.

FACEBOOK CRYPTOCURRENCY
Facebook could reportedly announce details of its own cryptocurrency today, codenamed Libra, in a white paper expected to be released today by the social network company.

SCHOOL BUS FIRE
9:30AM Eastern - Washington, DC
The National Transportation Safety Board will meet this morning to determine the probable cause of a December 2017 school bus accident in Iowa. The bus driver reversed out of a residential driveway and across a rural gravel road, continuing until the rear wheels ran off the road and the bus came to rest in a ditch. When the driver attempted to drive out of the three-foot embankment a fire engulfed the vehicle killing him and the 16-year-old student passenger.

FORBES SOCCER PLAYERS
Forbes publishes its Highest Paid Soccer Players list today, which was headed by Lionel Messi in 2018 followed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

INDIANA AG HILL
10AM Eastern - Indianapolis, Indiana
Four women who allege Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill 'victimized, sexually harassed and assaulted' them will hold a news conference this morning to make an 'important' announcement regarding their tort claim notice with the State of Indiana and federal EEOC charges.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

HICKS
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a closed-door interview today with former Trump campaign and White House official Hope Hicks. Hicks, the first material witness from the Mueller investigation to appear before the Committee, admitted in the past to frequently telling 'white lies' for President Trump.

KELLY CRAFT
10:15AM Eastern - Washington, DC
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee considers Kelly Craft to be the US Representative to the United Nations this morning. President Donald Trump nominated the current US ambassador to Canada in February, after Nikki Haley resigned at the end of last year.

INTEREST RATE
2PM Eastern - Washington, DC
The Federal Open Market Committee will announce its decision on interest rates this afternoon, following their two-day meeting. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will hold a news conference after the announcement. The FOMC decided at its last meeting to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 2.25-2.5%

LAFFER
President Trump awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist Arthur Laffer today. The award is the nation's highest civilian honor and will commemorate Laffer for 'especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the US, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private.’

LIGHTIZER
9:30AM Eastern - Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC
US Trade Representative Amb. Robert Lighthizer will testify before the House Ways and Means committee this morning during the hearing: 'The 2019 Trade Policy Agenda: Negotiations with China, Japan, the EU, and UK; new NAFTA/USMCA; U.S. Participation in the WTO; and other matters.’

JUNETEENTH
June 19th commemorates African American’s freedom from slavery in Texas on that day in 1865. Communities across the country hold celebrations with the focus on education and achievement.

SLAVERY REPARATIONS
On this Juneteenth, Actor Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will testify to a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on reparations for slavery.

COUNTRY RADIO
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
The 2019 Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards ceremony take place tonight. Honorees include Kyle Cantrell and Charlie Monk (On-Air Inductee), Mac Daniels, Bobby Denton, Jeff Garrison and Gregg Lindahl (Radio Inductee). Bill Mayne receives the President's Award.

WEINSTEIN DRAMA
Tonight is Opening night for 'Bitter Wheat.’ The West End drama, written and directed by David Mamet, is based on the true story of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and described as 'a black farce about a very badly behaved media mogul'. John Malkovich stars as studio head Barney Fein.

MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON
10AM Eastern -  Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC
'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger will be on Capitol Hill this morning to testify before the Transportation subcommittee hearing on the Boeing 737 MAX.

DA VINCI
A rediscovered Leonardo da Vinci drawing goes up for auction in Paris today. The painting 'Salvator Mundi' by da Vinci became the most expensive ever sold in November 2017, at $450 million. Following the sale, some experts have raised doubts regarding both 'Salvator Mundi' and the St. Sebastian drawing.

CEOS
Glassdoor is out today with the winners of its annual Employees' Choice Awards featuring the Highest Rated CEOs. The awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback.

MARTINI DAY
Shaken, stirred, lemon, chocolate, cantaloupe… whatever is your martini poison, be sure to enjoy one today. It is World Martini Day

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

NBA DRAFT

7PM Eastern - Barclays Center, New York, NY
Tonight is the 2019 NBA Draft, being held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The New Orleans Pelicans pick first, followed by the Memphis Grizzlies and the New York Knicks. Duke's Zion Williamson is clear favorite to take No.1 spot.

BET EXPERIENCE
The four day BET Experience at LA Live, aka BETX, begins today. The 7th annual event is a celebration of black music, entertainment and culture, culminating in the annual BET Awards.

FORTUNE 40 UNDER 40
Fortune Magazine is out today with its '40 Under 40' annual ranking of the most influential young people in business under the age of 40. The 2018 list was jointly headed by Instagram's Kevin Systrom and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

UK PARLIAMENT
The UK Conservative Party holds its fourth ballot today in the contest to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, who announced her resignation last month amid a revolt over her Brexit strategy. This is expected to be the final ballot in which the two final candidates emerge before they are put to a vote among grassroots Tory members.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019

SUMMER

It’s summer! Today is the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. In the southern hemisphere, today is the Winter Solstice.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN
New York County Criminal Court, New York, NY
Former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is back in a New York courtroom today on charges including first-degree rape and third degree rape, which were brought by two women.

SC DEM DINNER
7PM Eastern - Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
The South Carolina Dem Party Blue Palmetto Dinner takes place in Columbia this evening. 2020 Democratic presidential candidates expected to attend include Sens. Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, Reps. Seth Moulton, Eric Swalwell, and Tim Ryan, South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, former Reps. John Delaney and Beto O'Rourke, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, author Marianne WIlliamson, and businessman Andrew Yang.

STONE
10AM Eastern - US District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
There is a motion hearing this morning for Roger Stone, an associate of President Trump who is facing seven charges: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.

DOD WARRIOR GAMES
USSOCOM - Tampa, FL
The 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games begin in Tampa today. The annual sporting competition brings together wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans to compete in 11 sporting events.

NHL DRAFT
Vancouver, Canada
The 2019 NHL Entry Draft, hosted by the Vancouver Canucks, gets underway today. The New Jersey Devils pick first after winning the Draft Lottery, while the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks hold the second and third picks.

TOY STORY 4
Woody, Buzz and the gang are back. The fourth installment in Pixar's 'Toy Story' series follows Woody and friends when a new toy named Forky is introduced.

YOGA
Nama-stay home today and do some Yoga. Today is the International Day of Yoga, with special events taking place across the world to mark the day, including a free all-day yoga event in Times Square celebrating the Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year.

FLAG BURNING
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the US Supreme Court allowing burning of the American flag in 'Texas v. Johnson.’ The ruling overturned a previous sentence passed in Texas of Gregory Lee Johnson, who had burned the flag at the 1984 Republican National Convention in protest at President Ronald Reagan's policies.

SELFIE DAY
If you need an excuse to take a selfie….today is your lucky day. It’s National Selfie Day.

 

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