Trump Shifts To Infrastructure As James Comey Prepares To Testify

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will hit the road next week to ramp up his long-promised plan to overhaul the nation?s aging airports, roads and railways, a push aimed at energizing his supporters and distracting from political intrigue in Washington.

The infrastructure push – which will include a trip to Ohio and Kentucky – comes as the White House seeks to refocus attention on core promises to boost jobs and the economy made by Trump last year during his campaign for office.

Those pledges have been eclipsed by the political furor over Russia?s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. That drama will come to a head next week when former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, who was leading the Russia probe until Trump fired him, testifies before a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday.

Trump – who has denied any collusion between Russia and his campaign – has struggled to keep the spotlight on plans that could give him a political lift. Holding four events next week on infrastructure and jobs will give him the opportunity to provide some counter-programming to the drumbeat of Russia news.

It is a deft messaging move, said Chris Barron, a pro-Trump Republican strategist, who says the president is at his best when he is on the offensive.

?I think we need to see Trump out of DC. I think we need to see Trump out on the road. I think we need to see Trump engaging his base, firing up his base,? Barron told Reuters.

Mom Comes Up With Creative Way For Families To Celebrate Rainbow Babies

A mom in Colorado has come up with a colorfully creative way for families to celebrate the arrival of their rainbow babies. The touching project also recognizes her friend?s strength and persistence during her experience with infertility.

Colorado mom Julie Schneider has launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of creating what she calls ?Rainbow Hats? for families who have welcomed a rainbow baby, or a baby who is born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. Schneider met with a local hat manufacturer who will make the rainbow-colored hats on antique knitting machines. She told HuffPost her friend, whom she?s known for almost 30 years, inspired the project.

Schneider?s friend, who requested that Schneider not include her name on the Kickstarter page or the Rainbow Hats site, welcomed a rainbow baby with her husband this spring after undergoing IVF for a few years. In December, Schneider traveled to Michigan, where her friend resides, where they met at a Barnes & Noble in Ann Arbor. While there, Schneider gave her friend a rainbow-colored hat she crocheted. Schneider told HuffPost ?she loved it right away.?

?It?s become one of her favorite hats,? she said.

Seeing how much her friend adored it, Schneider became inspired to share the idea with other families. She has a $15,000 goal for the campaign, which lasts until the end of the month; $15,000 will cover the first batch of hats, including the hats her backers will receive as their rewards for donating and shipping costs for sending them. Schneider has turned to a hat manufacturer because of a wrist injury that keeps her from making many hats.