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The Death of Expertise

James Hohmann: “Trump has repeatedly dismissed the knowledge and wisdom of experts while elevating nonexperts who lack relevant experience into important jobs across the federal government. This gets less attention than other story lines, but it has been a hallmark [...]

Dead Heat for Virginia Governor

A new Monmouth poll in Virginia finds Ed Gillespie (R) and Ralph Northam (D) in a tie in the race for Virginia governor, 44% to 44%.

Brooks Uses Congressional Shooting in New Ad

This is quite an ad from Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) for his U.S. Senate campaign:

Big Problem for GOP in 2018 Is Clinton Won’t Be on Ballot

Harry Enten: “Clinton’s unpopularity turned out to be a key factor in 2016 congressional races. Unsurprisingly, people who had a favorable view of Clinton primarily voted for Democrats in House races, while people with a favorable view of Trump primarily [...]

Lawmaker Blames ‘Repugnant’ GOP Women for Stalled Bill

When discussing the stalled GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) told a Texas radio station that he finds it “absolutely repugnant” that “the Senate does not have the courage to do some of the [...

Research Shows Gender Attacks on Women Work

From a new research paper: The results suggest that female candidates are particularly vulnerable to trait based attacks that challenge stereotypically feminine strengths. Both male and female candidates proved vulnerable to attacks on policy issues stereotypically associated with their party [...]

Trump Vows ‘Repercussions’ If Health Bill Fails

President Trump on again called on Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, adding in a veiled threat that the “repercussions will be far greater” than lawmakers might expect, Politico reports. Vox: The 7 steps ahead for Senate [...]

White House Will Allow On-Camera Briefings Again

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced that the daily press briefings would be back on camera. Axios: “Friday’s White House press briefing, following Sean Spicer’s resignation, was the first on-camera briefing since late June, and the tweet indicates that [...]

The Craziest Campaign in American History

Out this fall: Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur.

Bonus Quote of the Day

“So why aren’t the committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillary’s crimes and Russia relations?” — President Trump, on Twitter.

Scaramucci Has Some Advice for Huckabee Sanders

New White House communications director Anthony Scarmucci had some advice for new press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Jezebel reports. Said Scaramucci: “For Sarah Huckabee, I want to do everything I can to make her better at that podium. I think [...]

Trump Mulls Replacing Sessions with Giuliani

President Trump is so unhappy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has raised the possibility of bringing back Rudolph Giuliani to head the Justice Department, Mike Allen reports. “Giuliani would have a tough time getting 50 Republicans senators to [...]

Doesn’t a New Democratic Message Need New Leaders?

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Trump Wasn’t Invited to Their Wedding

New York magazine has a good profile of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski: Sources close to Trump told me he’s angered by what he perceives to be the phoniness of Scarborough and Brzezinski, the very sort of Washington bullshit he [...]

Ex-GOP Senator Advises Voting Against Health Care Bill

Former Sen. David Durenberger (R-MN) “A vote in these circumstances will rightly provoke anger and distrust unlikely to abate. Take it from me: A no vote on the Motion to Proceed this week is the only one that will be [...]

Quote of the Day

“We will always remember how tenacious and loyal Mark and Debbie Meadows were, especially after Oct. 7. They’re definitely members of what we call the ‘Oct. 8th coalition.’” — Kellyanne Conway, quoted by the Washington Examiner, praising Rep. Mark Meadows [...]

Americans Divided Over Removing Trump

A new USA Today/iMediaEthics Poll finds Americans already are split down the middle, 42% to 42%, over whether President Trump should be removed from office.

Trump Jr. Adds Veteran Lawyer to His Team

“Donald Trump Jr., who appeared short of experienced advisers with his email release and multiple statements about the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, is getting help from Washington stalwart Fred Fielding ahead of this week’s Capitol Hill appearance,” [...]

Priebus Sidelined In Favor of Outsiders

“Reince Priebus took the punishing job of President Donald Trump’s chief of staff with the idea that he would stick it out for at least one year. Six months in, with one of his top allies in the West Wing [...]

Pruitt Traveled Home Frequently at Taxpayer Expense

“Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, traveled to his home state, Oklahoma, 10 times over three months this year, largely at taxpayer expense,” the New York Times reports. “The findings from the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit [...]

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