The Week Ahead: June 24th-28th

Happy Monday – thanks for starting your week with us!  We hope you had a great weekend filled with summer fun — including some outdoor time.  This week’s news will be dominated by the first debate between twenty of the Democratic contenders, more on that in a minute, and the President’s trip to the G-20 in Japan where he is expected to meet with President Xi on the sidelines and perhaps get trade talks back on track, as well as Congress working hard before heading into a July 4th district work week next week.

Politics: The first debate is really two debates — Wednesday and Thursday nights — it will be interesting to see how they vary because of the candidates being different — whether the questions will be the same or similar from night to night. We are hoping there is at least one substantive question each night on the climate crisis. The debates will be from 9-11 p.m. each night on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo. They also will stream online via multiple digital and social platforms, including,, and the NBC News Mobile App. The first hour will be moderated by Lester Holt with Savannah Guthrie and José Diaz Balart assisting, and the second hour will be co-moderated by Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow. It sounds like there will be so many people — moderating and debating — that it will be hard to follow.  We will see.

ICYMI:  Scroll down for our “cheat sheets” on the candidates’ positions on climate change issues.

Capitol Hill:  On Tuesday at 2  pm, the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee will hold the third in a series of hearings on responding to climate disasters entitled “Recovery, Resiliency and Readiness — Contending with Natural Disasters in the Wake of Climate Change.”  The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing on Tuesday at 10 am entitled, Uranium Mining: Contamination and Criticality,which could be interesting given the Supreme Court’s latest decision on this topic.  And the House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Managing for Soil Health: Securing the Conservation and Economic Benefits of Healthy Soils” also on Tuesday at 10 am.

And the US Women play Spain today at noon for the right to advance to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup. Go Team USA! 

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