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The Republican Plot Against the F.B.I. - 2/1/2018 - The New York Times - Editorial Board

So this is what a partisan witch hunt really looks like.

In a demonstration of unbridled self-interest and bottomless bad faith, the Trump White House and its Republican minions in Congress are on the cusp of releasing a “memo” that purports to document the biggest political scandal since Watergate. To pull it off, they are undermining the credibility of the law enforcement community that Republicans once defended so ardently, on the noble-sounding claim that the American public must know the truth. Read more.

Koch network identifies top 2018 targets and outlines plans for heavy early spending 1/29/2018 - Washington Post - James Hohmann

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Top strategists for the Koch network briefed their donors Monday about how they’re planning to allocate more than $400 million this election cycle on politics and policy.

Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, predicted that 80 House races will be competitive on Election Day in November. He said that compares to about 100 districts that were in play during Barack Obama’s first midterms in 2010, when Republicans picked up 63 seats. Read more
‘Death to Democrats’: How the GOP Tax Bill Whacks Liberal Tenets 12/5/17 - Bloomberg - Sahil Kapur

Some of the biggest losers under the Republican tax overhaul include upper-middle class families in high-tax areas like New York City, graduate students, government workers and public school teachers.

The one thing they have in common? They’re mostly Democrats.  Read more.

Steve Bullock and the Lost Art of Political Persuasion
10/11/17 - Politico - Gabriel Debenedetti

He’s one of the most popular governors in the country. Some Democrats think he’d make a great presidential candidate. There’s just one problem: Few outside of Montana have heard of the guy.

...This is the Steve Bullock his admirers want you to see: a skilled practitioner of the art of persuasion, at a time when few in American politics still have the patience or the muscle memory. And even if he doesn’t end up running for president or if Democrats show no interest in nominating a little-known charmer from a small, conservative state, they’d better listen to a man who’s won statewide races three times and remains one of the most popular governors in the country, five years into the job—all while expanding Medicaid, tightening regulations on “dark money” and raising the minimum wage in a state with fewer self-identified Democrats than almost any other. Read more.

A Republican Primary Fight to Oppose Sherrod Brown in 2018
10/10/17 - cleveland.com by Stephen Koff

WASHINGTON -- You need not be a multimillionaire to be in the U.S. Senate. But the two most competitive Republican candidates in Ohio's 2018 race, Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons, nevertheless would come with Brink's truck-worthy wealth if either was elected.

Both are competing to take on Sen. Sherrod Brown, the Democratic incumbent. Brown is among the minority of sitting senators who isn't a millionaire. Not counting his Cleveland house, Brown's assets could be worth as little as $367,005, or as much as $830,000. In Senate terms, he's a commoner, and rather proud of it. Read more.

In a switch, GOP deserts its budget-cutting mantra
10/7/17 Washington Post - Damian Paletta

The Republican Party has largely abandoned its platform of fiscal restraint, pivoting sharply in a way that could add trillions of dollars in federal debt over the next decade.

Cutting spending to balance the budget was almost religion to the Republican Party for much of the past eight years. But all year long, despite their control of the White House and Congress, Republicans have not taken steps to balance the budget, to overhaul entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, or to arrest the growth of the country’s $20 trillion in debt. Read more.

 GOP livid after Trump cuts deal with Democrats
9/6/17 - Politico -Burges Everett, Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan
President Donald Trump's and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's tête-à-tête on Tuesday — after a summer of sniping between the two — lifted Republican hopes that the GOP was finally back in sync ahead of a brutal fall of fiscal deadlines.

Not 24 hours later, the president cut a deal with Democrats on a short-term debt ceiling increase opposed by McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Just Wednesday morning, in fact, Ryan had scoffed at the Democratic offer that Trump accepted minutes later.

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Forecast Model Suggests Democratic Gains Likely in 2018 Gubernatorial Contests
8/3/2017 - University of Virginia Center for Politics - Alan Abramowitz
In addition to the entire U.S. House of Representatives and about one-third of the U.S. Senate, Americans will be choosing 36 state governors in 2018. Control of statehouses is crucial not only because many important policy decisions are made at the state level, but because the governors elected next year will, in many cases, play key roles in redrawing congressional and state legislative district lines after the 2020 census. Read more.
A Better Deal? Yes, Pelosi and the Democrats are on the right track
9/1/2017 - Denver Post - The Denver Post Editorial Board

Democrats have a clear vision for how they’d lead the country if in power, and the Republican president has been in office for less than eight months.

A Better Deal — the Democrats’ new economic development and job creation manifesto — was presented to us Wednesday by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a meeting at The Denver Post. It was developed with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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The Republican war on the CBO, explained
Vox 7/19/2017 Dylan Matthews -The Trump administration is not fond of the Congressional Budget Office.

The independent, highly respected agency that analyzes the impact of legislative proposals has said the numbers in President Trump’s budget don’t add up and that Republican health care proposals would cause huge insurance coverage losses. And it will hold immense sway over the fate of Republicans’ next legislative priority: tax reform. Read more.

Emails reveal Donald Trump Jr. wanted to work with Russia to get Hillary Clinton 
Salon 7/11/2017 Matthew Rozsa - Donald Trump Jr. has just released emails on Twitter that may make his case look worse than it did prior to the scathing story by The New York Times over the weekend.  Read more.
Analysis: Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia emails, smoke meets fire 

USA Today 7/11/2017 Susan Page WASHINGTON — Smoke, meet fire.

For a year, Donald Trump and everyone associated with him — his family, his strategists, his vice president, his official spokesmen and himself — indignantly have insisted there was nothing at all to the "disgusting" and "phony" and "outrageous" suggestions that Team Trump had anything to do with Russians who might have been trying to meddle in America's election.

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