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GOP Challenge of Pennsylvania Map Not Likely to Succeed

“Republicans will file suit to block the new map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts as soon as Wednesday,” the Allentown Morning Call reports. Politico: “But, behind the scenes, Republican

Isakson Already Planning for Re-Election Bid

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) said he plans to run for re-election in 2022, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. “In fact, the senator’s staff said he filed his paperwork last year so that he could

More Than Half of Trump’s Cabinet Is Ethically Challenged

An APM Reports review of news coverage, ethics agreements and government financial disclosure forms has found that more than half of President Trump’s 20-person Cabinet has engaged in questionable or

Few Report Seeing Bigger Paychecks After Tax Cut

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds just 25% say they have noticed an increase in their paycheck due to the new tax law, while 51% say they have not. Interesting: Self-identified Republicans are

How Trump Could End Up Diminishing His Own Power

Politico: “So far, all signs have pointed to Trump’s refusing the interview request, which would almost certainly force [Robert] Mueller to issue a grand jury subpoena to compel the president to talk.

Right Wing Media Suggests Student Activists are Actors

New York Times: “In certain right-wing corners of the web — and, increasingly, from more mainstream voices like Rush Limbaugh and a commentator on CNN — the students are being portrayed not as

Wealthy Donors Ramp Up Political Giving

“With the 2018 midterms fast approaching, wealthy donors are opening their wallets for the parties and super PACs in anticipation of a crucial election year,” the Washington Post reports. “A snapshot

Trump Has Discussed New Age Limit for Guns

Jonathan Swan: “President Trump has told associates that he doesn’t think high school kids should be able to buy guns, and is open to the idea of imposing a minimum purchase age of 21 for guns like

GOP Candidate Sent Topless Selfie by Staffer

Arizona congressional candidate Steve Montenegro (R) is a married man and a church minister whose campaign emphasizes his “virtue, honor and integrity,” KPNX reports. “A series of text messages

Kushner Resists Losing Access to Classified Info

Jared Kushner “is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, over who should be allowed to see

Democrats Flip a Legislative Seat In Kentucky

Linda Belcher (D) won the special election in Kentucky’s House District 49, a seat that Donald Trump carried by a stunning 72% to 23% margin in the 2016 presidential election, the Louisville

Pence and North Koreans Were Set for Secret Meeting

Vice President Pence “departed for a five-day, two country swing through Asia earlier this month having agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials while in South Korea at the 2018 Winter

Toomey Will Introduce Legislation on Background Checks

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who once spearheaded an unsuccessful bipartisan agreement to strengthen gun laws, told the Washington Post that “he plans to introduce legislation in the coming weeks that

Florida Lawmakers Vote Down Assault Rifle Ban

“Less than a week after 17 people were fatally shot at a Florida high school, the state House has voted down a motion to take up a bill that would ban assault rifles, effectively killing the measure

Trump Signs Memo to Create Regulations on Bump Stocks

President Trump said that he signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft regulations to ban “bump stocks” and other devices that turn semi-automatic firearms into automatic

Democrats Lead Generic Ballot by 15 Points

A new Quinnipiac poll finds American voters prefer Democrats in control of Congress by 15 points, 53% to 38%, including independent voters by 47% to 36%. For comparison, the FiveThirtyEight polling

Most Oppose Trump’s Military Parade

A new Quinnipiac poll finds American voters disapprove of President Trump’s plans for a military parade, 61% to 26%. Key takeaway: Every listed party, gender, education, age and racial group

Big Majority Wants Stricter Gun Laws

A new Quinnipiac poll finds American voters support stricter gun laws, 66% to 31%, the highest level of support ever measured by the poll, with 50% to 44% support among gun owners and 62% to 35%

Kasich Scrubs Pro-Gun Section of Website

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “A pro-Second Amendment section of John Kasich’s website was removed Sunday, after the Republican governor appeared on CNN and said reasonable gun control measures should be

Why Trump Endorsed Romney

Jonathan Swan: “He could either endorse Romney, stay silent, or oppose the man he likes to say ‘choked like a dog’ in the 2012 election. Either of the latter two options would have resulted in cable