Obama Hits the Big Screen, Will Hurd Gets Dem Challenger, and Dems Fundraise for Curbelo

After getting some job security reassurance from WH CoS John KellyAG Jeff Sessions is expected to announce several investigations into leaks today. In the latest embarrassing WH leak, WaPo published transcripts of private phone conversations between Trump and the leaders of Australia and Mexico. More on the call with MX below. Meanwhile, this administration should be concerned with another investigation. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued subpoenas from a Washington-based grand jury in his probe into Russia’s meddling with the 2016 elections -- a sign that the probe is heating up and taking a new turn. Mueller’s inquiry will likely proceed for months to come. Back at Trump Tower, the Secret Service has vacated its command post in Manhattan following a dispute between the government and Trump’s company over the terms of a lease for the space. And in the nation’s capital, the District is empty. The president is headed for a 17-day golf vaca at Bedminster, NJ on the same dayNewsweek has released the cover for its latest issue. It shows the president adorning the page in a recliner chair flipping through television channels. And finally, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) saved the day again as the upper chamber ventures back home. She locked in nine "pro forma" sessions -- brief meetings that normally last a hot minute -- blocking Trump from being able to make recess appointments. So you know what that means? It’s recess, y’all! Next week, we’ll have some abbreviated versions of The Beat DC. But today, we’ve got a lot to tell you. Let’s get started:

    Brenda Arredondo