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MIDTERM MADNESS: How to stave off a blue wave in November

“The House GOP’s campaign arm is facing tough choices about where to shift precious resources in the midterm elections, as Republicans desperately try to stave off a potential blue wave this November,”The Hill reports.

AZ-SEN: The Washington Post reports on the private concerns among the GOP that Sen. McCain will not return to the Senate, and the party will be forced to defend two seats in Arizona.

AZ-8: Doug Jones, Conor Lamb, and ….Hiral Tipirneni? The Democrat running for the seat vacated by GOP Rep. Trent Franks is hoping to become the party’s next special election victor.

FL-GOV: GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis said Trump is heading south to campaign for him soon, though he declined to discuss any details, Politico reports.

FL-26: GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo, an outspoken critic of EPA head Scott Pruitt, called on the embattled agency head to resign.

MS-SEN: Jason Shelton, the Democratic mayor of Tupelo, Miss., became the fourth candidate to enter the race for former Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat in November.

TX-SEN: Democrat Beto O’Rourke raised a whopping $6.7 million the first quarter of his campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz.

WI-GOV: GOP Gov. ScottWalker is warning of a blue wave in Wisconsin after liberal judge Rebecca Dallet’s convincing victory.

TRUMP AGENDA: Begun the trade war has

China announced tariffs on 106 more U.S. products, CNBC reports.

Stocks are on course for a steep drop, the Wall Street Journal writes.

The Washington Post: “Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III informed President Trump’s attorneys last month that he is continuing to investigate the president but does not consider him a criminal target at this point, according to three people familiar with the discussions.”

Mueller’s probe scored its first prison sentence Tuesday; a lawyer who lied to investigators received 30 days in prison.

From the New York Times:“Far from learning on the job or modifying his views to fit the imperatives of America’s global role — as did so many of his predecessors — Mr. Trump is falling back on the familiar mix of belligerence and isolationism that fueled his “America First” campaign.”

“President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wanted to get out of Syria and bring U.S. troops back home — only moments after his top advisers said publicly that the fight against ISIS was not finished,” NBC’s Abigail Williams reports.

The president now wants to send the National Guard to the southern border.

Embattled EPA Administrator Pruitt told the Washington Examiner his critics will “resort to anything” to stop the Trump agenda.

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Boris Johnson improves ‘levelling up’ spending plans for UK with new task force

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BORIS JOHNSON’S Government is expected to make good on his promise to “level up” the UK with a new task force.

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Sturgeon ‘in no rush’ to hold independence referendum as polls suggest SNP will lose

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NICOLA STURGEON won’t hold an independence referendum “any time soon”, a political expert has said.

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More than 100 Republican former officials, others to seek reforms, threaten new party

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A group of more than 100 influential Republicans and others plans to release a call for reforms within the GOP and a threat to form a new party if change isn’t forthcoming, according to a person familiar with the effort.

The statement, set to be released Thursday, involves a “Call for American Renewal,” a credo that declares to “either reimagine a party dedicated to our founding ideals or else hasten the creation of such an alternative,” and a set of 13 yet-to-be-revealed principles that the signatories want to see the GOP embrace.

This is not the first group to form as the pro-Trump and traditional conservative factions of the Republican party remain at loggerheads. The new effort comes as a vote looms that is expected to oust Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from the House Republican No. 3 leadership spot for her refusal to stay silent about former President Donald Trump’s repeated election lies and his role in the Jan. 6 riot.

The move was first reported by Reuters, which cites some of the people involved: Christine Todd Whitman, Tom Ridge, former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and former GOP Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Reid Ribble of Wisconsin and Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma. Evan McMullin, a former CIA agent who ran as an independent during the 2016 presidential election, is also involved.

A push to try to channel anti-Trump sentiment with the “Never Trump” movement in the spring of 2016 was largely unsuccessful at the time, and none of the names backing this latest effort are currently serving as elected Republicans. However, it does come as Trump’s pull within his own party appears to have lessened. A recent NBC News poll found that 44 percent of Republicans said they support Trump more than the GOP, versus 50 percent who said they support the GOP more than the former president.

One of the organizers is Miles Taylor, a former Trump official who wrote the then-anonymous op-ed blasting the former Trump administration.

“We’re going give the GOP one last chance to get its act together and moderate, but we’re not going to hold our breath,” Taylor told NBC News. “We’re ready to get out there and fight against the radical elements in the party to try to excise those elements from within the GOP and our national politics, and to try to invest in the deeper pro-democracy bench.”

Taylor suggested this nascent movement will work to back candidates who support their principles, whether they be moderates or independents.

“Enough is enough, and the GOP has had enough time to decide whether it’s going to separate itself from a man who is a chronic loser,” he said, referring to Trump, predicting a “raging civil war” if the rest of the party doesn’t get on board.



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