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  • McConnell Urging Pompeo to Run for Senate
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 11:11 PM

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “has personally courted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to consider leaving his post to run for the Senate, according to people familiar with the effort, a move that could anger President Trump and further roil his tumultuous Cabinet,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • GOP Lawmaker Apologizes to Latino Colleague
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 09:00 PM

    Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) apologized for shouting “Go back to Puerto Rico” on the House floor on Thursday, said Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), who Democrats had believed was the target of the verbal attack, the Washington Post reports.

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  • Mnuchin Refuses to Testify on Shutdown
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 08:17 PM

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has declined a request from the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee to testify next week on the partial government shutdown’s impact on the upcoming tax-filing season, Reuters reports.

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  • Manafort Continued Working for Russian Interests
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 05:05 PM

    Washington Post: “The four words of unredacted text suggest that in February 2018 — four months after Manafort was first charged with crimes related to his work as a political consultant in Ukraine — he still appears to have been working on a peace initiative for Ukraine, a topic of intense interest to Russia.”

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  • Trump Isn’t Even Trying to Convince Voters
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 01:55 PM

    Ron Brownstein: “Attracting and sustaining majority support has traditionally represented a North Star for American presidents. The showdown over the shutdown, perhaps more than any earlier decision, makes clear that Trump is setting his course by a very different compass.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • GOP Lawmaker Resigns from Congress
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 12:42 PM

    Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) announced that he is resigning from Congress to take a job in the private sector, The Hill reports.

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  • Schumer Looks to Recruit Star for Arizona Seat
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 12:22 PM

    Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) is recruiting Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), a rising Democratic star in the House, to run for the Arizona Senate seat long held by John McCain, The Hill reports.

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  • Democrats Want to Stop House Members Living In Offices
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 10:36 AM

    McClatchy: “Members of the House of Representatives who live in their Capitol Hill offices shouldn’t get too comfortable.”
    “The practice is going under the knife from the new Democratic leadership.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Shutdown Has Taken a Toll on Trump
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 09:13 AM

    First Read: “Many of us in the political community have grown numb to how poll numbers about Trump rarely change — most Americans made up their minds about the president in his first few months in office, and those opinions have barely budged since then.”
    “But don’t let that reality distract you from the clear evidence that this shutdown has chipped away at Trump’s numbers.”

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  • ‘The Atlantic’ Calls for Trump’s Impeachment
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 08:30 AM

    The Atlantic, in its cover story: “The Founders worried about electing a president who lacked character or a sense of honor, but Americans have long since lost the moral vocabulary to articulate such concerns explicitly, preferring to look instead for demonstrable violations of rules that illuminate underlying character flaws.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Senate GOP Mulls Speeding Up Confirmations
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 09:51 PM

    “Senate Republicans are again considering using a controversial procedural maneuver to change how the chamber handles presidential nominations — a move that would significantly speed up processing of President Trump’s nominees and that of his successors in the White House,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • Mueller Targets Turn on Each Other
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 09:06 PM

    “Rudy Giuliani sent an unmistakable message Wednesday night: It’s everyone for themselves,” Politico reports.

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  • Democrats Target 6 GOP Senators Over Shutdown
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 04:16 PM

    “A Democratic group plans to launch a television advertising campaign criticizing six Republican senators for the partial government shutdown, escalating the political battle as the standoff reached its 27th day,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • Kelly Moves Closer to Senate Bid In Arizona
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 03:30 PM

    “Retired astronaut Mark Kelly is taking steps toward a bid against Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in 2020, identifying potential staffers and strategists and meeting with Democrats around Arizona — though his allies say no final decision has been made,” The Hill reports.

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  • Quote of the Day
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 02:59 PM

    “If you’re a one-term Congress member, so what? You can make 10 years worth of change in one term if you’re not afraid.”
    — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), in a new video urging activists to run for office and challenge incumbent Democrats.

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  • Most Feel Little Impact from Shutdown
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 01:29 PM

    A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that voters are aware of the partial government shutdown, and have some concerns about it—but feel little impact from it.

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  • Thousands More Migrant Children Separated from Families
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 11:36 AM

    The Trump administration separated thousands more migrant children from parents at border than previously known, the Washington Post reports.

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  • Initial Ratings Favor Democrats Holding House In 2020
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 10:05 AM

    Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball: “Democrats start the cycle favored to hold the House majority, but a GOP presidential victory would open the door to Republicans restoring total control of Washington.”

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  • Quote of the Day
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 08:27 AM

    “I don’t understand what the outcome is here, and I don’t understand where we’re going with it. I’m confused as to what the White House’s strategy is on this a little bit.”
    — Former White House adviser Gary Cohn, quoted by the Boston Globe, saying the government shutdown “makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.”

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  • Trump Fraying Nerves at the Pentagon
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 08:00 AM

    “Two years into his presidency, Donald Trump is fueling unprecedented uncertainty and anxiety inside the Pentagon. In private conversations over the past month, many of them unsolicited, more than a dozen key military officers, enlisted personnel and senior civilians have expressed worry and concern to CNN.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump Directed Cohen to Lie to Congress
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 10:29 PM

    “President Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials,” BuzzFeed News reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Senate Recess Cancelled, But Not Really
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 08:00 PM

    “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said days ago he was canceling the chamber’s recess next week because of the partial government shutdown — but he won’t be giving senators any reason to actually be in Washington,” Bloomberg reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump Startled by Cozy Barr-Mueller Relationship
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 08:08 PM

    “President Trump was startled Tuesday as he watched television coverage of his nominee for attorney general describing a warm relationship with the special counsel Robert Mueller in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” CNN reports.

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  • Trump’s Focus on the Wall Keeps Democrats Unified
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 03:33 PM

    Amy Walter: “Trump’s decision to center the debate solely on the construction of a wall (or fence or barrier or steel slats), has also has helped to consolidate Democrats. By now, Republicans had warned us in numerous ads over the 2018 campaign, Democrats would be hosting anti-ICE protests and defending sanctuary cities.

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  • Trump Retaliates Against Pelosi
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 02:52 PM

    President Trump retaliated against Speaker Nancy Pelosi for threatening to cancel his planned State of the Union address on Jan. 29, writing in a letter that he, in turn, was postponing her planned trip abroad, calling it a “public relations event,” the New York Times reports.

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  • Giuliani Walks Back Comments on Collusion
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 12:03 PM

    Rudy Giuliani “backtracked on Thursday from a surprising assertion he made a night earlier that left open the possibility that Trump campaign aides might have coordinated with Russia’s election interference in 2016,” the New York Times reports.

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  • Pelosi Jabs Trump for Not Paying Federal Workers
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 12:31 PM

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that her rationale for seeking to reschedule the annual State of the Union address comes down to her and other Democrats not wanting to have security officials work the event without being paid, NBC News reports.

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  • Note to Readers
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 09:49 AM

    We’re living through truly extraordinary times.
    The President of the United States may be a Russian asset. The U.S. government is paralyzed. The Western alliance is cracking. The 2020 presidential election promises to be epic.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Cohen Paid Liberty University Official to Rig Polls
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 08:23 AM

    President Trump’s former fixer and personal attorney Michael Cohen paid a technology expert to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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  • Giuliani Contradicts Past Denials of Collusion
    Thursday - 01/17/2019 - 08:02 AM

    President Trump’s legal spokesman Rudy Giuliani “appeared to grant the possibility that members of Trump’s campaign did, in fact, collude with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election campaign,” the Washington Post reports.

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