New Jersey might have a potential deal to resolve its Government shutdown...Lawmakers could vote tonight !
Illinois Senate just adjourned. Which means no votes today on the revenue, BIMP and spending plan. They'll be back on Independence Day.
Governor Bruce Rauner's message explaining why he will veto Revenue Tax Bill...
Senate Pres Cullerton says unclear if he'll call tax bill today, must talk to caucus. Would be "very difficult" for Dems to do it alone.
Madigan says Republican leaders "should have been here," re meeting today; plans another meeting tomorrow.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce Pres. Todd Maisch wants Senate to reject the revenue bill and get back to work.
IMA Pres. Greg Baise wants legislators to get back to work with negotiations, says tax hike without reforms is disastrous for state.
Sen. Mike Hastings, a Tinley Park Democrat who voted against tax increase last time, says he's keeping an "open mind."
Senators have been called back to town, but attendance still a question. Leaders meeting again at 1 p.m.
Sit in by House Democratic women in Gov Rauners office demanding a meeting to save our state and keep schools open!! #DoYourJob
Fitch notes Illinois "risks losing full control of its budgetary decisions, which would be inconsistent with the current rating."
S&P: If "progress toward a budget falters...minimal margin at its current rating level." In other words, "junk."
I think you guys are getting played man,” Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) said on CNN’s “New Day” Monday morning.
“I think every time he does this you guys overreact — and by you guys I mean the media in general — and you play right into his hands.” 2
President Donald Trump “addressed his concerns” Sunday night about the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Qatar and four of its neighbors 1
Colleague Catherine Herridge confirms Paul Manafort to be interviewed by House Inteligence Cmte as part of Russia probe in near future
Bickering and finger-pointing in NJ continues....
Another nice and sunny day with State Parks & beaches closed in New Jersey.
New Jersey Lt. Gov. rips Christie's beach trip: It's beyond words http://hill.cm/jjS8S7v
NJ beaches are open in 119 of our our 130 miles of coastline. Come and enjoy them--but use sunscreen and hydrate!
Kremlin: Trump expected to talk Syria, terrorism at meeting with Putin http://hill.cm/uqcUZAH
GOP senators warming to idea of repealing then replacing ObamaCare: http://hill.cm/Qli32lL
Chinese president to Trump: "Negative factors" are weighing on China's relationship with US http://hill.cm/fUDzWzv
Justice Kennedy is telling job applicants he may retire next year: report http://hill.cm/pjy5EB2
"What happens to Assad is Russia's issue, not the US government's," one source said Tillerson told the UN chief in last week's meeting.
Qatar - Arab Quartet Rift
#Qatar denies relations only with UN-designated terroris organizations &refuses to honor lists by individual nations, incl. US, it seems.(4)
#Qatar refused to close any media officia or non-official media outlet. (6)
Sheikh Al-Thani had earlier said the list of demands was "made to be rejected".
In this unofficial (leaked) list of responses #Qatar seems to tell its counterparts: "What's good for the goose is good for the gander." (8)
Note sure what this might be , but definitely something to keep an eye on....
Despite saying no cutoff gas pipeline to UAE , note reference to "force majeure" clause in the Dolphin gas pipeline agreement with UAE !
Al Jazeera presents its demands to "The Quartet"
Qatar's Ambassador to the UN responds to Arab quartet accusations against Qatar.
Syria news: Car bomb attack in Damascus, alleged chlorine attack in Damascus suburbs, 0.5M displaced Syrians return
According to UN, almost 500K Syrians have returned to their homes recently – an encouraging sign of Astana talks bearing fruit
SAA announces ceasefire in Southern Syria - Deraa city , Southwestern Quneitra province near Israel and Sweida province in the Southeast.
Desperate counter attack by ISIS fighters dressed as Kurds in Raqqa - by @SnowSox184
>#Tillerson Ready to Let #Russia Decide Assad’s Fate http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/03/tillerson-ready-to-let-russia-decide-assads-fate/amp/ …
#SaudiArabia's GDP shrank 0.5% y-o-y in Q1 2017 after a 2.3% contraction in #oil sector - its first fall since 2009 http://www.reuters.com/article/saudi-gdp-idUSL8N1JR4T5 …
Saudi Arabia Considers Plan for Airport Stake Sale #Social_Events
WSJ article confirms despite KSA denial , former C. P. Nayef has indeed been placed on "Palace Detention" and his bodyguards were replaced.
Self-described far-right nationalist charged with plotting to shoot Macron during Trump's France visit http://hill.cm/hagOslk
ANALYSIS: Why Labour MPs fear election victory could cost them their jobs http://bit.ly/2shYuMC
NEW: Government extends refugee resettlement scheme to non-Syrians http://bit.ly/2tJc28v
Brexit negotiating team to drop ‘have cake and eat it’ approach – report http://bit.ly/2tAE4SU
Mr. Kerevan is no longer the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia. Parliament's website is not up-to-date. @SpaJw
France to end state of emergency in autumn http://dlvr.it/PRwNnN
NEW: Minister says lifting public sector pay cap 'is under active discussion' http://bit.ly/2sj2OeG
List of the MPs in the UK's All Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia: https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/170329/catalonia.htm …
France is ready for 'radically new path', Macron tells French lawmakers http://dlvr.it/PRvgcl
Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia @GeorgeKerevan describes the Forcadell-Bercow meeting as "excellent", "v. cordial".
Spain's ambassador to the US, Pedro Morenés, has written to the New York Times: Catalonia’s Secession From Spain.
Re-elect me and I'll eradicate unemployment, Merkel pledges http://dlvr.it/PRvpZt
Bavarian police confirm that all 18 people missing in the bus crash in southern #Germany are dead. Another 30 people were injured.
Venice residents protest against tourist influx http://dlvr.it/PRvfBG
Tsipras defends his government in Parliament, Mitsotakis calls him 'corrupted' by power.
President Macron gathers French MPs together at Versailles and tells them he wants to cut their number a third... #CongresVersailles
Relentless political lobbying gives Frankfurt edge in Brexit banking race http://dlvr.it/PRvSY6
So much for privacy of patient data....
EU migration plan: Curtail search & rescue operations by NGOs, build new camps in Libya & block up its border, Germany takes more refugees.
The deadline to restructure the loans elapsed on July 1. The NBU will now start the procedure of debt enforcement- as per NBU.
#France - State of emergency will be lifted in the autumn, President Macron announced.
Davis Not Going Soft: Still Backs Ending ECJ Jurisdiction https://order-order.com/2017/07/03/davis-not-going-soft-still-backs-ending-ecj-jurisdiction/ …
Cyprus peace talks enter tough second week at Swiss resort http://dlvr.it/PRsMrZ
*CDU-CSU ELECTION PLATFORM OPPOSES MUTUALIZING EURO-AREA DEBT --- just a good old nein would have sufficed.
Ireland Needs to Consider Leaving EU | New Report From @policy_exchange https://order-order.com/2017/07/03/ireland-needs-to-consider-leaving-eu/ …
Italy agrees to draw up migrant rescue 'code of conduct' with France and Germany http://dlvr.it/PRr5J2
Odds & Ends...
Zliten plans €360M power and water plants - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/07/03/zliten-plans-e360m-power-and-water-plants/ …
PC's education minister in Sebha attack - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/07/03/pcs-education-minister-in-sebha-attack/ …
The new conduit comes via Hong Kong, where "qualified investors" will be able to buy debt in China.
FWIW-N.K allegedly sitting on trillions in untapped wealth. The total value of mineral resources is somewhere between $6 & $10 trillion.
Excellent work by the LNA for allowing this to happen, Without them we would still be dealing with Jadran that the PC & @KoblerSRSG endorsed
CHP accused by AKP of being replacing role of FETO and being tools of foreign circles trying to cause chaos.