Washington (CNN)Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters will be watching for in the week ahead, in this week’s “Inside Politics” forecast.
1. Kushner’s immigration plan
Jared Kushner helped push a criminal justice reform bill through Congress — can he do it again on immigration?Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is set to release a framework plan this week, New York Times White House reporter Michael Shear said. But don’t get your hopes up.”People in Washington are giving Jared about the same odds for success as one of his other projects — bringing peace to the Middle East,” Shear said.”His plan would raise significantly the number of immigrants who business groups can bring in, while lowering the number of immigrants that can come in through family ties. Some business groups are happy with this, but anti-immigration activists don’t think it lowers the overall immigration number far enough,” Shear said.As for Democrats — Shear reports that lawmakers and liberal activists are already lined up to fight against it.
2. Harris’ “electability” argument
Democratic voters consistently say one of the most important qualities they want in a presidential nominee is “electability” — someone who can beat Donald Trump in November 2020.This week, Sen. Kamala Harris will make the case that’s her.”She’s going to Michigan, and will try to reframe the debate around electability, she’ll argue in front of an African-American audience … that electability is broader than being a white male and that she can be competitive in the Midwest,” CNN’s senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson said.Henderson says Harris will point to the thousands of African-American voters in states like Michigan that didn’t show up for Hillary Clinton — voters that could have made a decisive difference.”It’s going to be an interesting argument to see her give, and to see how it’s received among African-Americans,” Henderson said.
3. Watching Liz Cheney
Election Day 2020 won’t just be about who sits in the Oval Office — it’ll be who controls Congress, too. So do Republicans feel good about their chances to win back the House?Watch Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming for an answer to that question, reports Washington Post congressional correspondent Paul Kane.”All eyes are on Liz Cheney … to see whether or not she is going to give up her House seat and run for the Senate,” Kane said. Wyoming’s senior senator, Mike Enzi, announced this weekend that he won’t run for re-election.”This is a real sign of whether or not (Republicans) think they have any chance of winning back the majority,” Kane said. “Liz Cheney is already number three in House leadership. She could one day become House speaker, not that far off. But if House Republicans think they’re going to stay in the minority, she might want to jump into the Senate, where Republicans have a majority.”
By Ben Geldon for CNN POLITICS
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