Smart 3 | 10/7/18

By S-3 Public Affairs

Welcome back and happy Sunday. Each week we take a look at the “Smart 3” news items driving and shaping the media landscape.

Reminder to start stocking up on candy. You have 24 days to Halloween. 

And pop some popcorn, as we have 30 more days to Election Day.


1. If a tree falls in the middle of a confirmation hearing, does it make a sound? 

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane dives into the many bipartisan accomplishments of the U.S. Senate that have been lost among the partisan fighting and wall-to-wall media coverage of the Kavanaugh confirmation:

“The conflagration over Kavanaugh, combining Democratic unrest with Trump and the continued strength of the #MeToo movement, bulldozed into a Senate where Schumer and McConnell were trying to take small steps toward reshaping it into a place where deals get cut.
“The aviation and opioid bills were the latest examples, along with last month’s 93-to-7 vote for a bill that funded the departments of Defense and Labor, and other government agencies.”


2. Did POTUS just text 225 million people? 

On Wednesday, FEMA sent out a message testing the nationwide presidential Wireless Emergency Alert. The alert reached 225 million smart phones, which is about 75% of the population.

It also launched a million or so internet memes*.

(* numbers aren’t official)

Of course, Twitter freaked about it and some activists turned off their phone to avoid the text message altogether. Let’s remember, this was signed into law by President Obama and FEMA is mandated to test the system every three years.

Get smart on the Presidential Alert – also known as the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS):

TIME explains:

“The IPAWS Modernization Act, made law in 2016, requires FEMA to conduct at least one nationwide test every three years. According to FEMA, the nationwide test are to help ensure under all conditions that the President, federal agencies and state, local and tribal governments can alert and warn the civilian population in areas endangered by natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters and threats to public safety.

3. The 34th annual Army Ten-Mile Race took place this morning. 

Congratulations to any of our readers who completed the Army Ten-Mile (ATM) race today. Also, a special shout to those out there who avoided the Waze traffic warnings and tried to go anywhere near downtown Washington.

Each year about 35,000 runners compete in the race. And according to our social media feeds, they immediately upload photos to Instagram as soon as they cross the finish line.


The media coverage of Congress post-Kavanaugh should slow as the Senate moves on to issues like the Water Resources Development Act when it returns on Tuesday. President Trump has political rallies planned throughout the week.

Monday (October 8): Columbus DayNational Press Club Newsmaker event with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Tuesday (October 9): President Trump holds a rally in Council Bluffs, IA; Senate vote on the Water Resources Development Act

Wednesday (October 10): President Trump holds a rally in Erie, PA; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearingon threats to the homeland, with testimony from DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director Chris Wray, and National Counterterrorism Center Acting Director Russell Travers; Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on consumer data privacy and lessons from the European Union’s GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act; Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on pending nominations; Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on state conservation, recovery, and wildlife management; Senate Armed Services Subcommittee hearing on U.S. Air Force readiness, with testimony from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Stephen Wilson, and John Pendleton of the Government Accountability Office; Center for Strategic and International Studies event on Social Security modernization, featuring opening keynote remarks by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)

Thursday (October 11): Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem; Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the blackstart process for returning energy to the power grid after a system-wide blackout; Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of John Pommersheim to be ambassador to Tajikistan; Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee hearing on Coast Guard and NOAA ship recapitalization and the future of fleets;

Friday (October 12): President Trump holds a rally in Lebanon, OH
Saturday (October 13): President Trump holds a rally in Richmond, KY

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