According to a report in the Atlantic, Conway “is moving closer to accepting President Donald Trump’s offer for her to succeed Hope Hicks as White House communications director, if only on an interim basis, according to multiple sources who have spoken with her.”
Indeed, the most immediately obvious thing about his picks is how strikingly little diversity there is among them. Trump hasn’t found a single woman of color he deems qualified to sit on the federal bench. According to Pew Research, only 21 percent of Trump’s judges are women, and only 10 percent of Trump’s judges are nonwhite. Not one of his picks is a black or Hispanic woman.
For the first time in the Center for Politics forecast, there are fewer than 218 seats in total rated “Lean Republican,” “Likely Republican,” or “Safe Republican.” In other words, there are no longer enough seats favoring Republicans that the GOP could keep their House majority by winning favored races alone.
On Monday, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced the impending release of their Russia report. But a number of people in the party, including Rep. Mike Conaway who led the investigation, are already starting to distance themselves from it. The report is slated to allege not only no collusion between Trump and Russia, but no active attempt by Russia to help Trump or hurt Hillary Clinton.
As CNN political analyst David Wright notes, the Texas Secretary of State records an early vote lead of 45,000 ballots for Democrats. This is on track to be the largest Democratic turnout since the 2008 presidential primary. It will also be the first time Democratic early turnout exceeded that of Republicans in the Lone Star State since the blue wave midterm of 2006 — and by a larger margin.
The special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District was never supposed to be close race. But even as Trump struggles to prop up Republican candidate Rick Saccone, behind closed doors he is trashing him as a failure. According to CNN’s Jeremy Diamond and Jake Tapper, Trump has told senior White House officials that Saccone is a weak candidate and a poor fundraiser, and believes that his involvement can only help his struggling campaign.
If Trump was nervous about special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation before, he now appears downright terrified. And according to a new report in The New York Times, he’s privately hectoring his staff about it. Three sources told the Times that Trump “asked key witnesses about matters they discussed with investigators” in the past two months.
“Officials insisted there was no single factor behind the departure of Mr. Cohn,” The New York Times reported. Cohn had reportedly been considering quitting as early as August 2017 following Trump’s horrendous response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville. Cohn had even penned a resignation letter at that time.
“School safety is now the top priority of the Trump administration,” Pence continued, to thundering applause. “And I’ll make you a promise, Michigan: Working with federal and state leaders, we’re going to take strong action to strengthen background checks.”
Retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) revealed his shocking contempt for the American people at a meeting of the corporate-backed American Enterprise Institute to discuss the supposedly beneficial effects of the GOP tax scam. “We also finally did away with the individual mandate tax that was established under that wonderful bill called Obamacare,”
Thinks keep getting worse and worse for Missouri’s embattled Republican governor Eric Greitens, as the state attorney general opens a completely new investigation — this one into improper political use of his veterans charity, The Mission Continues.
Democrats have been slamming the Trump administration over its refusal to implement Russia sanctions. But Trump has also drawn an unlikely Republican critic: House Armed Services Committee chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX). Speaking to the Daily Beast, Thornberry largely shared the opinion of NSA director Mike Roger…
New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney was caught blaming Democrats for mass shootings, and when she was asked for proof, she claimed the media and liberals were out to get her and fellow NRA supporters. During a talk radio show on WGDJ discussing gun rights and the Parkland shooting, Tenney…
“Your paper is a joke to even bring these issues up or raise these issues,” said Nunes. “I actually feel bad for the people who work at The Bee, because sadly it’s become just a left-wing rag … when the paper becomes just part of regurgitating Democratic talking points, it’s no longer a news outlet that’s actually being fair or objective. It’s not objective journalism.”
Meanwhile, Trump himself seems to be feeling the heat after being scorched for his insensitivity to the students’ plight, with a belated push for the Department of Justice to consider banning the “bump fire stock” attachment used in previous massacres like the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017.
The Republican who had most recently held the seat, Dan Johnson, was a Trump supporter and self-described “pope” who ran a half-biker bar, half-church complete with its own “gun choir.” He won office despite a series of racist Facebook posts advocating a ban on Islam and comparing President Obama to a chimpanzee, and one of his most prominent proposals in office was a bill to make miscarriages a felony.
“Donald Trump should be asking Congress to pass new legislation that will protect the 2018 election. And he has done absolutely nothing, he has been totally silent on this,” she continued. “In fact, if anything, he has, despite his recent statements that, well, it could have been Russia, he has many times said it’s not even Russia. And we need him to take some responsibility for this.”
As far as former Bush White House Communications Director and MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace is concerned, Republicans are not just refusing to help, they are responsible for the bloodshed. And as a “non-practicing” Republican, Wallace said, she shares the “culpability of a party being held hostage by the NRA.”
Despite the district leaning red, Good campaigned on a number of liberal causes, including environmental protection, preventing school privatization, and maintaining Obamacare protections. And the voters rewarded her for it. Republicans had a lot riding on this seat, and it is a danger sign for the party’s prospects in other races next fall, including holding onto the governorship and challenging Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
In the midst of the ongoing Russia investigation, Trump has tried to shield himself in the public eye by attacking law enforcement officials at the FBI and DOJ, insinuating they are part of a “Deep State” plot of Obama loyalists to destroy him. But a new poll from Marist suggests that is not a fight Trump can win.
Once, he was considered broadly by the press to be a nonpartisan steady hand who would clean up the White House and bring order to an administration that had none. But Kelly’s avid defense of Rob Porter following the story that he violently assaulted two ex-wives, and the subsequent controversy over what Kelly knew and when, has put his credibility and career on the line. The White House is in worse disarray than ever before.
Donald Trump, who has never shied away from defying American norms for the sake of his own ego, is planning to put on a spectacle that would typically be more at home in China or North Korea: a military parade. According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon is, at the behest of Trump, is planning a massive demonstration of U.S. military power on our own streets.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway wears a wide variety of hats in Donald Trump’s administration, one of the most visible of which is going on cable news to sing Trump’s praise and threaten journalists who don’t unconditionally agree. One of her lesser known but more important roles is heading up the administration’s strategy to combat the opioid crisis.
Reprinted with permission from Shareblue. With the long-anticipated release of House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes’ memo on purported FBI abuses, the overwhelming consensus is that it is a complete bust. Even House Speaker Paul Ryan appears to have given up on getting any political mileage from it, with his admission that the Democratic memo refuting Nunes should be […]
Reprinted with permission from Shareblue. The GOP House Intel chairman wants unlimited transparency for his FBI conspiracy theories, but not for himself. California Republican Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, has been aggressively abusing his office to protect Donald Trump from the Russia investigation — which House Speaker Paul Ryan has happily let him […]