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Poll: Trump’s Numbers Haven’t Improved Since Mueller Ended Investigation

It’s still early, but President Trump might not get the polling bump he’s hoping for from the end of the Mueller investigation. A new poll from Morning Consult finds that Trump’s approval rating is virtually identical to where it was last week: 42 percent approved of the job Trump is doing, and 55 percent disapproved. The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday, is just a snapshot during a period where voters were just getting their heads around Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress that...
Tags: DC, 2020 Elections, Donald Trump, Russia probe, Cameron Joseph


Trump’s Move To Gut Obamacare Gives Dems Chance To Refocus After Mueller

Less than 36 hours after Attorney General William Barr frustrated Democrats with his letter outlining the Mueller report, he handed them what many see as a political gift. The Department of Justice announced Monday night that it would push to completely invalidate Obamacare in the courts. Congressional Democrats seized on the news as a way to move on from the initial disappointment of Barr’s topline summary of conclusions in the Mueller report. “Once again the Republicans want to strip away pr...
Tags: DC, 2020 Democratic primary, 2020 Elections, Donald Trump, Hakeem Jeffries, Mueller report, Russia probe, Steny Hoyer, Cameron Joseph


Kamala Harris’ First Big Campaign Proposal: Raise Teacher Pay By $13.5K

Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) campaign fleshed out the first big policy proposal of her presidential campaign Monday morning, detailing a plan that would raise the average public school teacher pay by $13,500 per year. The proposal addresses an issue that has had growing political potency in recent years, and has led to successful strikes for higher pay from red states like West Virginia and Oklahoma to blue cities like Harris’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles. “Our country’s success is a produc...
Tags: DC, 2020 Democratic primary, 2020 Elections, Kamala Harris, Teacher Pay, Teacher Strike, Cameron Joseph


Dems Avoid Bloody Primary In Key Senate Race

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) has decided against a Senate bid, a huge relief for Democrats who worried a competitive Senate primary in the state could damage their chances at defeating Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in 2020. Gallego told the Arizona Republic that he wouldn’t run in order to avoid a costly primary against former astronaut Mark Kelly (D), the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) who is already in the race. “I don’t want to engage in a bitter primary all the way until the genera...
Tags: News, Senate, Dc, Democratic Party, Kelly, Arizona Republic, Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly, The Republic, Martha McSally, McSally, 2020 Elections, Cameron Joseph, Ruben Gallego, Gallego, Sen Martha McSally R AZ


READ: Pelosi’s Latest Mueller Talking Points For House Dems

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants to make sure her members keep pushing to see the full Mueller report — and fire back on arguments that it exonerates Trump. Pelosi sent talking points to House Democratic offices Monday afternoon suggesting they demand all documents relating to the investigation. “The Mueller report expressly does not exonerate the President.  Instead, it ‘sets out evidence on both sides of the question’ of obstruction – including the evidence that President Trump attem...
Tags: News, Congress, House, Nancy Pelosi, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Trump, House Democratic, Pelosi, Mueller, Barr, Waco Texas, AG Barr, Cameron Joseph, Trump Pelosi


Could Ben Ray Lujan Leave House Leadership For A Senate Bid?

With Sen. Mark Udall’s (D-NM) decision to retire, another scion of a powerful southwestern political dynasty could move up to replace him — if he wants it. Three top Democrats with New Mexico ties told TPM that Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) would be the instant frontrunner for Udall’s seat should he decide to run for it. “I don’t see how Lujan isn’t the immediate front runner,” one Democrat who’s worked New Mexico races told TPM. “He has a substantial local infrastructure, seniority, and access to...
Tags: News, Senate, Gop, House, Nancy Pelosi, New Mexico, Dc, Mark Udall, Democratic Party, Pelosi, DCCC, Steve Israel, New Mexico House, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Lujan, Steve Pearce


New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall Won’t Run For Reelection

The Senate is about to be Udall-less for the first time in decades. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) announced he won’t seek reelection on Monday, opening up a seat in the Democratic-leaning state and potentially ending a bipartisan political dynasty that stretches back a century. “The worst thing anyone in public office can do is believe the office belongs to them, rather than to the people they represent. That’s why I’m announcing today that I won’t be seeking re-election next year,” Udall said in a st...
Tags: News, Senate, New Mexico, Dc, Udall, Tom Udall, Cameron Joseph


Trump: U.S. Should ‘Fully Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty’ Over Golan Heights

President Trump declared that the United States should recognize Israel’s sovereignty of the disputed territory in the Golan Heights, breaking with a half-century of U.S. policy over the region. Israel took the territory from Syria in a 1967 Six Day War. Ever since then, the international community — including the U.S. — has held that the territory is Syrian by right and under Israeli occupation. Trump made the momentous announcement via Twitter, his latest huge move towards backing Israeli’s ri...
Tags: News, Israel, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, America, Iran, Syria, United States, Middle East, State Department, Dc, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Netanyahu


Sanders Campaign Hires ’16 Clinton Staffer Who Dug Up Opposition Research On Him

Cameron Joseph contributed reporting. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign has hired the research staffer who in 2016 was tasked by the Clinton campaign with compiling opposition research on the senator, New York Magazine reported Wednesday. Per New York, Tyson Brody (pictured above, right) served as Clinton’s deputy research director and compiled information on both the candidate herself and Sanders. The magazine said Brody was the first Clinton staffer to work on Sanders’ 2...
Tags: New York, News, Hillary Clinton, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, New York Magazine, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Sanders, Bernie, Sen Bernie Sanders, Tyson, John Podesta, Brody, 2020 Elections, Cameron Joseph


Bernie Sanders Hires Fierce Biden, Beto, Harris Critic As Top Adviser

Bernie Sanders has brought an old ally back into the fold — one who has a long-running history of painting a number of Sanders’ top 2020 foes as being corporatist traitors. Sanders’ campaign announced Tuesday that he’s hired journalist David Sirota as a senior communications adviser and speechwriter. Sirota began his career in populist-liberal politics, working as Sanders’ press secretary back when he was a House member before working for a number of Democratic candidates and elected officials...
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, House, Dc, Biden, Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Trump, Sanders, Rourke, David Sirota


Vulnerable 2020 Senate Republicans Stick With Trump On Border Declaration

A dozen Senate Republicans voted to end President Trump’s emergency declaration on Thursday. But those with the most to lose from Trump’s unpopularity stood by their man. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was the only one of the Senate Republicans who face potentially tough 2020 reelection races broke with Trump on the vote. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), David Perdue (R-GA), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) all voted to protect his emergency declaration....
Tags: News, Senate, White House, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Trump, Democratic, Donald J Trump, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Gardner, Cory Gardner, Tillis, Thom Tillis, Sen Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Martha McSally


Beto Lands Quick Endorsements From Younger Lawmakers

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) quickly racked up endorsements from a number of younger lawmakers on Thursday — a group that hints at the generational and ideological divides that will likely fuel the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Within hours of announcing his presidential campaign, O’Rourke landed endorsements from Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and Veronica Escobar (D-TX). All three are on the younger side, and represent the coalition O’Rourke will need if he’s...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, Joe Biden, House, Amy Klobuchar, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Biden, BETO, Rice, Democratic, Murphy, TX, Sen Bernie Sanders, Rourke


Thom Tillis Flip-Flops, Will Support Trump On Emergency Declaration

Op-ed oops! Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced he’s reversed course and will vote against a resolution disapproving of President Trump’s emergency declaration on the southern border, just weeks after penning an op-ed promising to buck Trump on the bill. “I do not intend to vote for the resolution of disapproval,” he said on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, shortly before the vote. Tillis said his op-ed allowed him to “engage in a discussion with some of my colleagues here and with the White...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, White House, Gop, Dc, Donald Trump, Trump, Tillis, Thom Tillis, Sen Thom Tillis R NC, Border Wall, 2020 Elections, Cameron Joseph, Emergency Declaration


12 Republicans Cross Trump As Senate Votes To Repeal Emergency Declaration

The Senate has voted to undo President Trump’s emergency declaration on the U.S.-Mexico border, the most high-profile and bipartisan rebuke of Trump’s presidency. Every Senate Democrat and a dozen Republicans joined together Thursday to pass a resolution disapproving of Trump’s attempts to seize money Congress appropriated for other purposes to build his wall. The final vote was 59-41. A number of senior Republicans who hadn’t voted against Trump on any previous major legislation broke with th...
Tags: News, Congress, Mexico, Senate, Mitt Romney, Senate Appropriations Committee, Dc, Donald Trump, Trump, Senate GOP, Roger Wicker, Sen Thom Tillis, Martha McSally, Border Wall, 2020 Elections, Sen Roy Blunt R MO


More Republicans Cross Furious Trump On Border Emergency Declaration

Two more Senate Republicans pledged Thursday morning to vote against President Trump’s emergency declaration, all but guaranteeing that the Senate will pass a resolution disapproving of Trump’s border wall money grab. Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) both issued statements on Thursday lambasting Trump’s border wall declaration and pledging to vote with Democrats on an effort to undo the measure. Alexander called Trump’s declaration “dangerous precedent.” “Never before has a ...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Donald Trump, Trump, Alexander, Donald J Trump, Oval Office, Romney, Lamar Alexander, Border Wall, Republican Senators, Cameron Joseph


Trump Squeezes Skittish 2020 Senate Republicans On Emergency Declaration

Damned if you do, tweeted at if you don’t. President Trump’s continued pressure on Republicans to stand with him on his emergency declaration and rejection of a GOP compromise has put those facing reelection in an impossible position — forcing them to choose between crossing their grudge-holding party leader or risking blowback from voters in their home states. Trump has gone on the warpath against the Republicans who disagree with him on the emergency declaration, increasingly attacking them ...
Tags: News, Senate, Gop, Ireland, Arizona, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Susan Collins, Trump, Capitol, Donald J Trump, Cory Gardner, Mark Kelly, Joni Ernst, Tillis, Thom Tillis


Bernie Sanders Boosts Foreign Policy Cred For 2020 With Yemen Vote Win

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) scored a major victory on Thursday when the Senate passed his resolution to end U.S. involvement in the Yemen civil war — one that could help his 2020 prospects. The Senate passed a resolution to defund America’s support for the Saudi-led efforts in the humanitarian disaster, a rare bipartisan rebuke to President Trump’s cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia. Sanders has led on this issue for years, working closely with Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to ...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Senate, White House, Iraq, America, Hillary Clinton, Dc, Biden, Yemen, Ali, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Trump


Senate Rebukes Trump Over Saudi War In Yemen

The Senate has passed a resolution aimed at ending U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war in Yemen, a rebuke to President Trump that may force him to issue the first veto of his presidency. The resolution passed by 54-46 with bipartisan support, the culmination of a years-long effort led by Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to claw back Congress’s constitutional war powers and end American support for a humanitarian disaster in Yemen. “Today, we in the S...
Tags: News, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Senate, White House, Democrats, House, United Arab Emirates, Dc, Republican, Yemen, Mike Lee, Uae, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders


Trump Rejects GOP Emergency Declaration Compromise, Setting Up Rebuke

President Trump has rejected a GOP measure that would change the law on future emergency declarations, eliminating what appears to be the final last-ditch attempt to avoid the Senate publicly rebuking the President on his border wall declaration. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who’d crafted the face-saving resolution, told senators that Trump was refusing to accept his plan on Wednesday afternoon, two sources who were present for the conversation told TPM. “Lee said he talked to the president and the p...
Tags: News, Senate, Immigration, Gop, Dc, Trump, Mike Pence, Lee, GOP Trump, Trump Trump, Sen Mike Lee R UT, Sen Thom Tillis R NC, 2020 Elections, Cameron Joseph, Border Wall Declaration, Emergency Declaration


Biden Slams Trump, Teases White House Run In ‘A Few Weeks’

Joe Biden not-so-coyly teased a presidential bid on Tuesday, basking in “Run, Joe, run” chants from a friendly firefighters union, telling them he may need their support soon — and taking some direct swipes at President Trump. “I appreciate the energy you showed me when I got up here. Save it a little longer, I may need it in a few weeks,” the former vice president told the annual conference of the International Association of Fire Fighters to big cheers. And he took multiple shots at Trump, att...
Tags: News, America, Joe Biden, United States, Medicare, Dc, Biden, Medicaid, Joe, Trump, Mike Pence, Jill, 2020 Elections, Cameron Joseph, Harold Schaitberger, International Association of Fire Fighters


Sanders Campaign Looks To Address Electability Questions Head-On

Bernie Sanders’ campaign is clear-eyed that beating President Trump is the biggest issue Democrats care about as they size up the 2020 field — and his team is doing everything they can to prove their boss is the man to do it. Sanders’ campaign went to great lengths touting his strong position in both the primary and general election during a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, with multiple top staff talking about Sanders’ electability in the general election and emphasizing his i...
Tags: News, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Michigan, Dc, Vermont, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Midwest, Sanders, Bernie, Ben Tulchin, Trump Voters, 2020 Elections, Cameron Joseph, Faiz Shakir


Pelosi: ‘I’m Not For Impeachment’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) opposes impeaching President Trump, she told the Washington Post, her most forceful statement to date on the topic. “I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before,” Pelosi said. “But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we shoul...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington Post, House, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Donald Trump, Trump, Pelosi, Mueller, Robert Mueller, 2020 Elections, Cameron Joseph, Impeachment, Mueller report


Democrats Pick Milwaukee For 2020 National Convention

The Democratic National Committee has chosen Milwaukee for its 2020 presidential convention, a DNC source tells Talking Points Memo, a decision highlighting the heavy emphasis Democrats are putting on winning back the upper Midwest next year. [Author: Cameron Joseph]
Tags: News, Milwaukee, Dnc, Dc, Midwest, Democratic National Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2020 Elections, Cameron Joseph, 2020 Democratic Primary


Joe Biden’s Big Week: Former Veep Jumps Back Into The Spotlight

Joe Biden is back in the political arena — at least for now. The former vice president and early 2020 front-runner will return to the stage for his first explicitly political speeches since last fall’s midterms, with a pair of high-profile events bringing him back into the national political spotlight. Biden will headline the International Association of Fire Fighters’ annual conference on Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. The union stands ready to endorse him as soon as he jumps into the ca...
Tags: News, Washington, Joe Biden, Dc, Biden, Democratic Party, 2020 Elections, Cameron Joseph, International Association of Fire Fighters, Delaware Democratic Party, 2020 Democratic Primary, Cristobal Alex But Biden


Bill Shine Abruptly Resigns From White House To Head To Trump Campaign

White House Communications Director Bill Shine is leaving the Trump administration and heading to help out Trump’s reelection campaign, the White House announced Friday. Shine, a former Fox News head honcho who left after a series of sexual harassment scandals rocked the network, joined the White House last July and quickly emerged as a key behind-the-scenes player in Trump’s orbit. He played a top role in messaging around the government shutdown as well as helping to handle the swirl of invest...
Tags: News, White House, Fox News, Dc, Bill, Donald Trump, Shine, Trump, Bill Shine, Trump Campaign, 2020 Elections, Cameron Joseph


House Dems Pass Compromise Anti-Semitism Resolution After Ugly Week

The House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of hate on Thursday, a move Democratic leaders hope ends a nasty and divisive chapter for their caucus. The compromise resolution passed easily, with all Democrats including lightning-rod freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) voting for it. But the result came after a week of building hostilities between different wings of the House Democratic Party triggered by Omar’s latest controversial remarks about Israel that ...
Tags: News, Congress, Israel, West Virginia, Gop, House, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Anti-semitism, Jewish, Kamala Harris, Trump, Democratic, Omar, Democratic Party, Pelosi


House Resolution Condemns Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia After Omar Controversy

After a week of tumult and tension, House Democrats have released a resolution condemning both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. The work is a careful compromise after freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) controversial comments about Israel supporters drew charges of anti-Semitism, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) push for a resolution condemning anti-Semitism was met with blowback from progressive and black Democrats furious that it singled out Omar while ignoring other forms of hatred. The r...
Tags: News, Israel, Democrats, United States, House, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Anti-semitism, Omar, Semitism, Ilhan Omar, Cameron Joseph, House Democrats, anti Muslim poster


Sherrod Brown Won’t Run For President

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) won’t run for president after all, he announced Thursday. “Being president isn’t something I have dreamed of my whole life or even for years,” Brown said in a statement. “My goal for our tour is to make the dignity of work the centerpiece of the Democrats’ 2020 campaign because I believe that’s the way to beat Donald Trump.” The move comes as a surprise — Brown had built out a campaign team and had been touring early-voting states on his “Dignity of Work” tour in recent...
Tags: News, Joe Biden, Gop, Ohio, Dc, Donald Trump, Brown, Sen Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Midwestern, Sen Sherrod Brown, Cameron Joseph


Pelosi: Omar Still Doesn’t Appreciate ‘The Full Weight’ Of Her Comments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) still doesn’t understand why some people are so upset with her controversial remarks about Israel that many took as anti-Semitic. “I don’t think that the congresswoman is perhaps appreciative of the full weight of how it was heard by other people, although I don’t believe it was intended in any anti-Semitic way,” Pelosi told reporters at a press conference. Pelosi’s remarks come as Omar has continued to refus...
Tags: News, Congress, Israel, House, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Anti-semitism, Kamala Harris, Omar, Pelosi, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Benjamins, Ted Deutch, Sens Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren D MA


House To Vote On Anti-Semitism Resolution Amid Dem Tensions

House Democrats are moving toward a Thursday vote on a resolution condemning hate speech against Jews and other groups after days of internal tensions and infighting surrounding controversial remarks from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), House leaders announced Thursday. The language of the resolution itself has been under hot debate for days — the first major schism within the Democratic caucus since they took control of the House at the beginning of the year, and one that’s shown major divisions alon...
Tags: News, Israel, House, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Anti-semitism, Omar, Pelosi, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Benjamins, Steny Hoyer D Md, Ilhan Omar, Cameron Joseph, Mn House, anti Muslim poster



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