The Agenda -> A new way of tracking Trump’s judicial nominees. + Meet the woman who helped make Thanksgiving a U.S. holiday.

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The Agenda -> A new way of tracking Trump’s judicial nominees. + Meet the woman who helped make Thanksgiving a U.S. holiday.

The Heritage Foundation
Nov. 19, 2018
Three more days until it’s turkey time. Here is what conservatives need to know this week. President Trump is pushing Congress to pass bipartisan criminal justice reform. Heritage experts explain what’s in the proposal. Also, explore Heritage’s new tool that monitors the judicial appointment process. Plus, learn more about the woman who helped make Thanksgiving a U.S. holiday. Take notes, we have your conservative policy solutions right here. —Michelle Cordero
Trump wants Congress to pass criminal justice reform bill.
Last week President Trump announced his support for a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill called the First Step Act. Now the Senate must debate whether it will approve the bill. If it does, it will be returned to the House for a vote and sent to the president— who said he “will be waiting with a pen” for Congress to get this done. Heritage President Kay Coles James praised the White House for calling on Congress to pass the legislation. “The First Step Act will increase public safety, strengthen families, and give incarcerated people a chance to flourish after they’ve paid their debt to society,” said James. Read James’ statement and more on the First Step Act.
A new way of tracking Trump’s judicial nominees.

The Heritage Foundation recently launched an interactive tool to monitor the judicial appointment process, including both presidential nominations and Senate confirmations. The Judicial Appointment Tracker provides both current data for the Trump administration and comparative data for the previous five presidents on six key components of the process. For example, Trump’s 19 appointments in 2017 and President Bill Clinton’s 20 appointments in 1996 appear comparable until one realizes that vacancies averaged 127 in 2017, but only 61 in 1996.Explore the tracker.
Meet the woman who helped make Thanksgiving a U.S. holiday.
Did you know that for much of the 19th century, Thanksgiving was only celebrated by New Englanders and Northeastern transplants in the upper Midwest and New York? But the dogged activism of Sarah Josepha Hale—a novelist, poet, and the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, a lifestyle magazine with an impressive pre-Civil War circulation of 150,000—wrote thousands of letters and editorials promoting a national day of Thanksgiving before President Abraham Lincoln adopted the idea in 1863. Learn more about Hale and what she believed about Thanksgiving.


Rick A. Dearborn, former White House deputy chief of staff to President Donald Trump, is joining The Heritage Foundation as a distinguished visiting fellow whose scholarship will focus on the issue of federalism. Learn more.
Heritage presented its prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Award to the late Jack Kemp, a former member of Congress, Cabinet secretary, and candidate for vice president. The award is Heritage’s highest honor. Learn more.
This week on the “Heritage Explains” podcast, Thomas Jipping, deputy director of Heritage’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, explains how many judges Trump has appointed and how the midterm election victory in the Senate gives Republicans an opportunity to confirm more. Listen to the podcast.
On the “SCOTUS 101” podcast, Heritage legal fellows Elizabeth Slattery and John-Michael Seibler recap recent Supreme Court headlines. Also, live from the Federalist Society’s annual lawyers convention, Slattery sits down with Judge Kyle Duncan of the 5th Circuit. Listen to the podcast.


Nile Gardiner, director of Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, joined Bloomberg TV and Fox Business’ “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” to discuss the new Brexit proposal and what Margaret Thatcher would have done.
Ambassador Terry Miller, director at Heritage’s Center for International Trade and Economics, joined Fox Business’ “Making Money with Charles Payne” to discuss the current trade war between the U.S. and China. Watch the interview.
Romina Boccia, director of Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, joined Fox Business’ “Countdown to the Closing Bell” to discuss government spending, a potential government shutdown, and the problems stemming from rising deficits. Watch the interview.
John Malcolm, vice president for Heritage’s Institute for Constitutional Government, joined Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” to discuss the reason acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker does not need to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation. Watch the interview.
Amy Swearer, a legal policy analyst in Heritage’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, wrote about why overly broad gun control measures are not the answer to mass shootings in the Miami HeraldRead the commentary.


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