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Trump Freezes Out Schumer

Politico: “The Trump-Schumer relationship was supposed to have been one of Washington’s most intriguing this year. Instead, they’ve had virtually no relationship at all, with zero one-on-one meetings or even private conversations on the phone since Trump took the oath [...]

Republicans Stick with Trump Despite Health Bill Failure

A new CBS News poll finds President Trump’s overall job approval is at 40%, underpinned by continuing strong support from Republicans who don’t appear to blame him for the failed health care bill. “Republicans surveyed pointed to an unpopular bill [...]

The Only Staffer Trump Can’t Really Fire

“Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he’s found that even the president’s son-in-law takes his turn in the spotlight,” the [...]

Trump Fuels Democratic Fundraising

“Democrats are on a torrid fundraising pace in the first months of the Donald Trump era, powered by enraged small donors who are plowing millions of dollars worth of online contributions into campaign and committee treasuries,” Politico reports. “A Politico [...]

Democrats Force More Votes on Trump’s Tax Returns

“The House and its tax-writing committee voted on Tuesday to block Democratic resolutions demanding President Trump’s tax returns,” The Hill reports. “The votes were latest of many Democratic attempts to get Congress to request Trump’s tax returns. While none of [...]

Trump Business Network Reached Russian Mob

“To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA Today review of [...]

Schock Staffer Was FBI Informant

“The FBI wired a congressional staffer and turned him into a secret informant during its investigation into former Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R-IL) alleged misuse of government and campaign funds,” The Hill reports. “The staffer, who is not named, secretly taped [...]

Manafort-Linked Accounts on Cyprus Raised Red Flag

“A bank in Cyprus investigated accounts associated with President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for possible money-laundering,” two banking sources with direct knowledge of his businesses here told NBC News. “Manafort — whose ties to a Russian oligarch [...]

Schiff Says Yates Would Have Testified on Flynn Cover Up

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, “says a hearing set for Tuesday with former acting Attorney General Sally Yates — which was canceled by Republicans — would have featured explosive testimony on Michael Flynn’s [...]

GOP Leaders Say Obamacare Repeal Is Back on Agenda

“House Republican leaders and the White House, under extreme pressure from conservative activists, have restarted negotiations on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with House leaders declaring that Democrats were celebrating the law’s survival prematurely,” the New York Times [...]

Why Democrats Might Want Nunes to Stay Put

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Bonus Quote of the Day

“The problem that he’s created is he’s gone off on a lark by himself, sort of an Inspector Clouseau investigation.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by Politico, on House Intelligence Committe Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA).

Tax Reform Will Be a Nightmare

The Atlantic: “America’s health-care industry is roughly one-sixth of the economy, or about $3 trillion. U.S. federal tax revenue is roughly one-sixth of the economy, or about $3 trillion. Health care is a complex national cross-subsidy, where, for example, the [...]


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

American War

This looks great, though depressing: American War by Omar El Akkad. New York Times: “Set in the closing decades of the 21st century and the opening ones of the 22nd, El Akkad’s novel recounts what happened during the Second American [...]

French Election Looks Very Close

With a month to go in the French presidential election, the RealClearWorld average shows Emmanuel Macron barely leading challenger Marine Le Pen, 25.8% to 25.3%.

Perriello and Gillespie Lead for Virginia Governor

A new Christopher Newport University poll in Virginia finds Tom Perriello (D) and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) tied at 26% in the Democratic race for governor. On the Republican side, Ed Gillespie leads with 38%, followed by Corey Stewart [...]

White House Tried to Block Sally Yates from Testifying

“The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely [...]

Quote of the Day

“This is done because the White House wanted it to be done. And this is what a cover-up to a crime looks like. We are watching it play out right now.” — Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), quoted by Politico, on [...]

Manafort’s Real Estate Transactions Raise Questions

“Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager facing multiple investigations for his political and financial ties to Russia, has engaged in a series of puzzling real estate deals in New York City over the past 11 years,” WNYC reports. “Real [...]

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