“People close to” retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s (D) Chief of Staff Naomi Andrews (D) “are telling fellow Democrats that she is considering entering the race. Andrews considered running soon after Shea-Porter announced in October that she will not run for re-election, and then set the idea aside. But the entrance of Levi Sanders into the race this week has reignited her interest, sources say. And if he runs, and if Shea-Porter were to endorse her, it would be a major boost.”
“Sanders, meanwhile, told WMUR this week that 50 people volunteered to help his campaign in his first full day as a candidate.” (WMUR)
The race for the district, which President Trump narrowly won in 2016, is full of Democrats.
DISTRICT SHOPPING? Iraq War veteran Maura Sullivan (D) “had considered running in multiple congressional districts before her move to New Hampshire. … She was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, and she recently moved to New Hampshire from Washington, D.C.” Multiple sources said “that Sullivan reached out and sought meetings with Illinois political heavyweights as she considered moving back to her home state to run for Congress. I’m told she was actually considering two Illinois districts: The 6th and the 3rd. One of the most notable meetings Sullivan had was with” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL 09). “The DCCC wouldn’t comment on so-called ‘recruiting,’ but according to two people I spoke with, they were considering Sullivan for those two districts in Illinois as well as Virginia’s 10th district.” (New Hampshire Public Radio)
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"The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed sweeping bipartisan opioid legislation, concluding the chamber’s two-week voteathon on dozens of bills to address the drug abuse epidemic. The measure combines more than 50 bills approved individually by the House focusing on expanding access to treatment, encouraging the development of alternative pain treatments and curbing the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S. It was passed 396-14, with 13 Republicans and one Democrat voting against the package."
In a letter to Congress on Friday, President Trump wrote that he's continuing the national emergency status with respect to North Korea, citing the country's “provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions," which "continue to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat” to the United States. In a series of tweets following his meeting with Kim Jong-un, Trump said Americans could sleep well at night because North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.
"The U.S. Navy is preparing plans to construct sprawling detention centers for tens of thousands of immigrants on remote bases in California, Alabama and Arizona, escalating the military’s task in implementing President Donald Trump’s 'zero tolerance' policy for people caught crossing the Southern border." The document outlines plans for "temporary and austere" internment camps for 25,000 migrants "at abandoned airfields just outside the Florida panhandle," and in Alabama, for 47,000 people near San Francisco, and "as many as 47,000 people at Camp Pendleton" in California. The document estimates that operating a camp to detain 25,000 people for six months would cost approximately $233 million.
"The United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases" in Texas and Arkansas, "as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the border."
"House Republican leaders are further delaying a vote on a compromise immigration bill, planning to make changes to the legislation for a vote next week. The news comes after a two-hour Republican Conference meeting Thursday, in which authors of the bill walked through its contents and members raised concerns about issues the bill doesn’t address, multiple GOP lawmakers said. Many members requested the addition of a provision to require employers to use the E-Verify database to cheek the legal status of their employees."