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Analysis: U.S. Military Options in North Korea — From Bad to Worse
Experts say chances of successful preemptive strike not great

Barbed wire fence near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on April 14, 2017 in Paju, South Korea. Tensions between the United States and North Korea are high. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

War on the Korean peninsula may or may not be growing more likely. But it sure feels like it is.

Leaders in North Korea and the United States are rattling sabers at each other and conducting military exercises in the region. The entire Senate is set to visit the White House Wednesday for a briefing on the North Korean threat. The U.N. Security Council ambassadors came to the White House Monday and the United States is convening a special U.N. Security Council meeting to talk options on North Korea on Friday.

White House Plans Week of Activities as Trump’s 100th Day Approaches
President still lacks a big legislative victory amid record low approval ratings

President Donald Trump prepares to sign an executive order last week in Wisconsin aimed at bringing jobs back to American. His 100th day in office is fast approaching without a legislative win. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Updated at 8:41 a.m. | The White House has prepared an action-packed week for President Donald Trump ahead of his 100th day in office, including the unveiling of the “principles” behind his tax overhaul plan and more executive orders.

Trump and his senior staff are gearing up to make the case it will be the most productive 100 days for any president in 84 years. Democrats, meanwhile, will be pushing their position — that the 45th president has spent his first few months in office breaking his campaign promises.

Word on the Hill: Trump Is a Conversation Starter
Staffer events happening today

President Donald Trump’s first travel ban executive order is now the subject of a social media study. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When President Donald Trump first announced his temporary travel ban on immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, one group started looking into how Americans were reacting to the news on social media.

Stratos Jets, a private jet charter service, has looked at more than 120,000 tweets related to the ban. It found that two days after the first executive order, more than 35 percent of those tweets contained the hashtag #NoBan.

Congress Wants to Hear Trump’s Syria Policy — and Fast
Members say Trump needs to consult them before taking any more action

The top Democrats on Capitol Hill, Charles E. Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, both advocate a role for Congress in future actions in Syria by the Trump administration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle say they are waiting to hear President Donald Trump’s plan for his next step in Syria.

Many lawmakers — including some of Trump’s most vocal critics — offered support in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. bombing of a Syrian airbase Thursday night. But they said Trump needs to consult Congress before he takes any more steps.

Word on the Hill: Financial Planning
ACLI Capitol Challenge signups, and members back up Wynonna Judd

ICYMI this week: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake handed out alpaca-themed cupcakes and copies of his seventh oversight report titled "Tax Rackets: Outlandish Loopholes to Lower Tax Liabilities" to reporters and staff in the Capitol press gallery on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

April is National Financial Literacy Month and the Senate Office of Education and Training has arranged for staffers to meet with a certified financial planner today on a first-come, first-served basis between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902.

No registration is required, just your Capitol identification. Come with specific questions and/or any financial documents.

In Abrupt Reversal, Trump Fires Cruise Missiles at Syria
President: Strikes in ’vital national security interest’

President Donald Trump arrives back at the White House on Feb. 6. On Thursday night, he ordered missile strikes on a Syrian air base in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons on civilians (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By JOHN T. BENNETT and BRIDGET BOWMANCQ Roll Call

In an abrupt policy reversal, President Donald Trump on Thursday evening ordered missile strikes on a Syrian air base after that country’s embattled regime carried out a deadly sarin gas attack that killed dozens of civilians.

Trump Seems Increasingly Resigned to US Action in Syria
‘I guess something should happen,’ president says

King Abdullah II of Jordan listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference at the White House on Wednesday. (John T. Bennett/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump on Thursday seemed to signal he is resigned that he might have to order U.S. military action in Syria, two days after the embattled government there killed dozens in a sarin gas attack. Lawmakers, however, have yet to coalesce around a plan that addresses the situation.

The president finds the situation in Syria at the top of his agenda after Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces carried out the deadly strike that killed more than 80 people including children and infants. Trump said he feels a “responsibility” to respond, though he once urged his predecessor to avoid intervening in Syria. And any actions could further complicate his relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Assad’s lone remaining powerful ally.

Word on the Hill: Dine Out and Donate
Free events for staffers

Dine Out For Life supports the nonprofit group Food & Friends. (Promotional photo)

If you eat at certain restaurants in the area today, at least a fourth of your check will go to meal delivery and nutrition services for D.C. area residents living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other illnesses.

Food & Friends’ annual Dining Out for Life event had over 70 restaurants sign on and pledge to donate between 25 percent and 110 percent of their sales to the nonprofit group.

Senators to Trump: Stand Up to Assad, Putin
Bipartisan support for tough stand after reported use of chemical weapons by Syria

Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., right, and Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., conduct a news conference Wednesday in the Capitol to decry the recent use chemical weapons that they say Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used in that country’s civil war. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By NIELS LESNIEWSKI and BRIDGET BOWMANCQ Roll Call

Senators from both parties want to know if President Donald Trump has the gumption to stand up to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad — and by extension Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Senate’s Era of Hard Feelings
Distrust, political pressure mire Supreme Court fight

Judge Neil Gorsuch is expected to be confirmed Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

There is no bipartisan compromise in sight as the Senate heads for a showdown over the Supreme Court that is likely to alter longstanding chamber norms and rules, thanks to a tense partisan environment and distrust resulting from past judicial battles.

Senate Democrats solidified enough votes Monday to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Senate Republicans will likely deploy the so-called nuclear option to change Senate rules by a majority vote, and lower the threshold to end debate on Supreme Court nominees from 60 to a majority, so Gorsuch can overcome the filibuster.