The Week Ahead!

February 15, 2019 - 2:13 pm
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019

PRESIDENT’S DAY
It’s a federal holiday honoring all US presidents, past and present. 

TRUMP VENEZUELA
Venezuela will be the topic when President Trump delivers remarks at Florida International University today. The President will reiterate his support for Venezuelan 'interim president' Juan Guaido and layout the 'dangers of socialism' 

DAYTONA 500
Yesterday was the 61st running of the 500-mile-long NASCAR Cup series known as ‘The Great American Race.’ Retired driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the ‘official pace truck.’

SNOW REMOVAL ROBOT
It’s like a Roomba for your driveway. The “Snobot”, a robotic tractor for clearing snow off of sidewalks and pathways is the brainchild of a Longmont, Colorado startup. Snobot works by first using a path recording tool before it snows to create GPS points along a path. Those points are uploaded to the software and transformed into a path program.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK
Today kicks off Random Acts of Kindness week, encouraging the spread of kindness across the country. 

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER ALLIANCE
The Obama Foundation's ‘My Brother's Keeper Alliance’ first national convening, starts today. The event brings together young men of color and leaders from organizations in the growing network of MBK Communities to connect, learn, and share. Speakers include former President Barack Obama, John Legend, and Stephen Curry.

JOHN TRAVOLTA’S 65TH BIRTHDAY
Danny Zuko turns 65! Actor John Travolta celebrates his 65th birthday today. Travolta is best known for his roles in ‘Saturday Night Fever’, ‘Grease’ and ‘Hairspray.’ 

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF SNOW IN THE SAHARA
It's the 40th anniversary of the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria experiencing snowfall for the first time in recorded history (it lasted 30 minutes). 2016 and 2018 saw subsequent falls

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY 
National Museum of American History gets its first woman director. Anthea Hartig will move from her position as California Historical Society executive director to become the first woman to serve as Director since the museum opened in 1964.

HARRIS
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) campaigns in New Hampshire today, with a town hall meeting.

GILLIBRAND
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) begins second visit to Iowa today for her 2020 exploratory committee. Agenda includes meeting with Iowans and sharing her values

DELANEY
2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney campaigns in Iowa, attending a 'meet and greet' event at West Side Family Restaurant.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019

TRUMP VENEZUELA
Venezuela was the topic when President Trump delivered remarks at Florida International University yesterday. The President was expected to reiterate his support for Venezuelan 'interim president' Juan Guaido and layout the 'dangers of socialism' 

BORDER WALL
The American Civil Liberties Union says it will file a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexican border. 

RUSSIA
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. 

PRINCESS DIANA MUSICAL
'Diana', performances begin for the world premiere of a new musical based on the life of the UK's Princess Diana. The show begins with Diana's marriage to Prince Charles in 1981 at the age of 20, exploring her overnight transition into the most famous woman in the world, and her struggles behind the scenes.

SUPREME COURT
The US Supreme Court will hear: 'Return Mail, Inc. v. U.S. Postal Service' this morning, asking whether the government is a 'person' who may petition to institute review proceedings under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

CRYPTO FRAUD
The trial against Monkey Capital Inc Founder Daniel Harrison starts today. Harrison is accused of being the mastermind behind the international cryptocurrency fraud, allegedly luring American investors with an ICO and netting him $30 million.

ENRON
15 years ago today, former Enron Corporation chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes. The Enron Scandal exposed the questionable accounting practices of corporations across the country.

HARRIS
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) campaigns in New Hampshire today with a ‘Politics and Eggs’ event.

DELANEY
2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney campaigns in Iowa, holding a hero roundtable at Iowa Veterans Home.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019

TRUMP AUSTRIA
President Trump welcomes Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to the White House today. A bilateral meeting is expected after the two have a private conversation.

SUPREME COURT
The US Supreme Court will hear ‘Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC' today looking at the nation’s Bankruptcy Code and a debtor-licensor's 'rejection' of a license agreement.

WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
For the past ten years, the United Nations has observed this day to focus on the plight of social injustice throughout the world and push for solutions.

YEAR IN HATE
Southern Poverty Law Center releases its 'Year in Hate and Extremism' report today, featuring an annual count of hate and extremist groups in the US.

YANG
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang holds an ‘Out in the Heartland Rally’ in Iowa today

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019

BISHOPS
Bishops from around the world will descend on the Vatican today for a four day summit on the sexual abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic Church. 

PARKLAND SHOOTING
There will be a court hearing for accused Florida school gunman Nikolas Cruz. Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder for allegedly shooting dead 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last February. 

BOOKER
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) is expected to headline a Los Angeles reception this evening, hosted by Gersh Agency Co-President Bob Gersch and his wife Linda.

MLB SPRING TRAINING
Play Ball! MLB Spring Training begins with the Cactus League opener at Hohokam Stadium, today. 

KLOBUCHAR
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) hits the campaign trail in Iowa today, attending Ankeny Area Democrats Winter banquet and fundraiser.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019

WOMEN’S IMAGE NETWORK AWARDS
20th Women's Image Network (WIN) Awards are tonight, celebrating women in film and television and encouraging equality between the genders.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
Thin mints, anyone? It’s National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, with girls across the country selling cookies at booths, door to door, and through Digital Cookie. 

NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY
The most popular tequila-based cocktail deserves its own celebration. 

WARREN
2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) headlines New Hampshire Democratic Party 60th McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner.

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