Trump, GOP plot path for agenda
. President Trump and Republican leaders presented a unified front at the White House Tuesday amid growing doubt over the president's ability to pass his agenda on Capitol Hill. (The Hill)
Trial by Twitter for acquisition pros
. The Trump administration is hoping to inject more speed and efficiency into the federal acquisition process, but that approach is still evolving and has some rough edges, according to procurement experts. (FCW)
Government IT can't modernize without reforming procurement practices
. Federal chief information officers may have one of government's hardest jobs: protecting our country's largest networks against rapidly evolving cyber threats, while being stuck with technology that's often decades old. Add to the mix a set of bureaucratic rules dictating how they buy IT, and it's nearly impossible for them to upgrade to the modern, best-in-class technology they need. (Federal News Radio)
85 percent of the top science jobs in Trump's government don't even have a nominee
. Presidents invariably encounter key moments where they need to rely on scientific expertise. George W. Bush faced an anthrax attack after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Barack Obama faced the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Ebola outbreak. Now President Trump has made a momentous decision about climate change. (Washington Post)
Reality checking the We Are Still In climate push
. The sheer number of backers of a new coalition seeking to meet America's commitment under the Paris climate deal is impressive - more than 1,200 states, cities, businesses and universities. But the leaders, regions and businesses in the U.S. that have the biggest impact in cutting carbon emissions are so far not represented. (Axios)
Kelly fields question about travel ban review. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly fielded questions today about whether his department has moved forward with a security review at the center of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban order. (Politico Pro)
Internet of Things
Driverless vehicles learn to get along with city transport
. On the path along the waterfront of the Greenwich peninsula, on the river Thames in east London, residents have become used to encountering a four-wheeled pod trundling among the runners, walkers, cyclists and dogs. (Financial Times)
Spicer defends tax reform timeline
. White House press secretary Sean Spicer today defended the pace of tax reform efforts, saying "it's a big undertaking" and "we need to get this right." (Politico Pro)
CEOs hopeful for tax and regulatory reform
. CEOs of the largest U.S. companies are optimistic there will be meaningful tax and regulatory reform within the next year, based on a quarterly outlook survey by the Business Roundtable. (Politico Pro)
Diversity and Inclusion: What Does This Look Like for the Workforce of the Future?
. Corporate Diversity and Inclusion ("D") programs have evolved from the concern of a few forward-thinking corporations over 25 years ago, to a mainstream business imperative today. Rapid U.S. population demographic changes are remaking the workforce. Companies large and small are already facing the reality of increasingly diverse applicant pools. (BNA)
The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America's Schools
. In San Francisco's public schools, Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, is giving middle school principals $100,000 "innovation grants" and encouraging them to behave more like start-up founders and less like bureaucrats. (New York Times)
Streaming revenue to surpass physical music sales this year. Internet streaming will become the largest source of global recorded music sales this year as revenues from services including Spotify and Apple Music surpass sales of CDs and vinyl records for the first time, according to a new forecast from professional services firm PwC. (Financial Times)
Apple Needs to Reinvent Itself. It Just Might Be Doing So.
. One of Apple
's greatest strengths is timing. The company that's hailed for innovation does not often invent things first - it didn't create the first personal computer, the first digital music player or the first smartphone. Instead, Apple reinvents, slipping in and producing something more original than what we used to use. (New York Times)
In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing. The President will then depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews en route to Cincinnati, Ohio. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Obamacare victims. The President will then give remarks on his infrastructure initiative. Later in the afternoon, the President will depart Cincinnati, Ohio for Washington, D.C., en route to the White House.
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Last votes expected 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m.: Convene and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.722, Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017.
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