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Monday, September 24, 2018

Why Booming Economy Won’t Save GOP In Midterms

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

The stock market has just hit a new historic high. Median household income in the U.S. is higher than ever. Fewer laid-off Americans are today forced to file for unemployment benefits than at anytime since 1968, when the U.S. civilian labor force of 81 million was one-half of today’s 162 million. With the 2018 midterm elections only little more than a month away, this is all good news for Republicans, who control the presidency and both the House and Senate, right?

Not really. The most recent Gallup Poll shows only 38 percent of American voters approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing while 56 percent of voters disapprove.…

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Texas Debate: Watch O’Rourke Smoke Cruz On Trump

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

At the first Texas Senate debate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke clashed on a number of issues, from guns to health care to the fate of the federal judiciary.

But on one question in particular, Cruz tried to answer for his humiliating about-face on President Donald Trump.

“Senator Cruz, the last time you stood for election was in 2016,” said the moderator. “You were the runner up in the Republican primary for president, you ran against then New York businessman Donald Trump. Donald Trump, as you remember, dubbed you ‘Lyin’ Ted.’ He took swipes at your wife and father.…

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Former GOP Mega-Donor Spending Millions To Elect Democrats

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

The Democratic Party’s war chest is bursting as the midterm cycle unfolds.

One big reason why the party will have so much money on hand as it tries to flip the House and Senate is because a Boston billionaire donor has switched sides from Republican to Democratic.

Mega-donor Seth Klarman used to be one of the GOP’s largest donors. During the Obama years, he ponied up $7 million for the party and its candidates. In 2016, he was the biggest GOP donor in New England, giving millions to the Republican National Committee as well as individuals like Sen.…

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