Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) “said Thursday she is waiting for some family health issues to be resolved before she announces whether she’ll run for another term in 2018.”
“The time is coming, be assured. I’ve had reasons for waiting, and so once those problems are solved, I’ll let you know,” Feinstein said.
“Feinstein wouldn’t give more details about the family issue, but she skipped the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last summer after her husband, Richard Blum, was diagnosed with lung cancer. She herself was fitted with a pacemaker in January, raising additional questions about whether she plans to run.” (Los Angeles Times)
TOWN HALL. Feinstein “attempted to field questions on an array of issues from frustrated constituents during a frenzied town hall Thursday morning in Los Angeles. The sold out town hall drew about a thousand people to the First AME Church in South Los Angeles. There were also protesters outside the church. The crowd often shouted their disappointed with the senator. At one point, she was asked if she would be co-sponsoring a single-payer healthcare bill with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and she responded no.”
“She wouldn’t say whether she plans to seek reelection.” (CBSLA.com)
LOOKING AHEAD. Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-28) “fast-rising profile” as ranking member of the House Intelligence committee and public face of the congressional investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 elections “is fueling speculation he might be laying the groundwork for a run for higher office — for the Senate or governor’s mansion, or maybe even the White House. Schiff himself acknowledges harboring grander ambitions but adds the obligatory qualifiers in an interview: He’s busy with his current job and hopes that” Feinstein “will seek reelection in 2018.” (Politico)
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Even while Congress works to avoid a government shutdown at 5 p.m. today, "President Donald Trump will mark the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with a celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, with tickets starting at $100,000 a pair. That amount, according to the invitation, will pay for dinner and a photograph with the president. For $250,000, a couple can also take part in a roundtable." The event will boost the Trump presidential campaign and the RNC.
"The House approved a stopgap spending bill on Thursday night to keep the government open past Friday, but Senate Democrats — angered by President Trump’s vulgar aspersions and a lack of progress on a broader budget and immigration deal — appeared ready to block the measure. The House approved the measure 230 to 197, despite conflicting signals by President Trump sent throughout the day and a threatened rebellion from conservatives that ended up fizzling. But the bill, which would keep the government open through Feb. 16, provided only a faint glimmer of hope that a crisis could be averted before funding expires at midnight on Friday. In the Senate, at least about a dozen Democratic votes would be needed to approve the measure, and there was little chance that those would materialize."