Good morning. Here’s our daily calendar letting you know what TPM is up to. Congress is in session today and legislators will be holding a number of meetings with the press on the Hill. Here’s what else our editors have their eyes on.
10:00 a.m. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in that important Ohio voting rights case, which could greenlight more expansive voter-roll purges nationwide.
11:30 a.m. President Trump speaks with reporters following a cabinet meeting at the White House.
2:05 p.m. President Trump and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway meet briefly with reporters at the White House.
3:20 p.m. President Trump and Prime Minister Solberg hold a joint press conference at the White House.
At some point today: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) will meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. As Matt Shuham wrote earlier this week, Gardner was outraged at Sessions’ abrupt shift on marijuana policy, and threatened to place “a hold on every single nomination from the Department of Justice until Attorney General Jeff Sessions lives up to the commitment that he made” to respect “this issue of states’ rights in Colorado.”
Stories in process:
Tierney Sneed will have a report on a Supreme Court hearing today that is one of the latest fronts in the fight to vote. The issue in question is whether someone can be purged from the voting roles if they don’t vote for a few elections, as is the case in Ohio. President Trump’s voter fraud commissioned might be dead, but efforts to suppress the vote live on in this case, in which, Tierney noted yesterday, four former Republicans commissioners have submitted legal briefs. Voter role purges are becoming an increasingly important tool in the voter suppression toolbox, and, as David Kurtz wrote yesterday (Prime access), the outcome of this case could have a powerful impact on future elections.