Supported by Politics By JEREMY W. PETERS and ELIZABETH DIASAPRIL 24, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story WASHINGTON — The conservative Christian coalition that helped usher President Trump into power in 2016 is planning its largest midterm election mobilization ever, with volunteers fanning out from the church pews to the streets to register voters, raise money and persuade conservatives that they cannot afford to be complacent this year.But the cumulative weight of scandals in Mr. Trump’s private and public life is threatening to overshadow what the religious right sees as its most successful string of policy victories in a generation. And Republicans will be up against not only a resurgent liberal opposition to Mr. Trump but also the historical disadvantages that burden any party in full control of Washington, especially in the first off-year congressional elections of a president’s term.“The … [Read more...] about Shrugging Off Trump Scandals, Evangelicals Look to Rescue G.O.P.
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Climate Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByCoral Davenport April 20, 2018 WASHINGTON — Some of the most reliable conservatives in Congress are starting to speak out against Scott Pruitt, the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency who is now facing a barrage of ethics and spending questions. Previously, conservative Republicans had shown a reluctance to question the actions of top Trump administration officials. Their new outspokenness against a prominent architect of President Trump’s regulatory rollback represents a major break from the past. In an interview this week, Senator John Boozman of Arkansas said of Mr. Pruitt, “I think there are legitimate concerns about him.” He applauded Mr. Pruitt’s industry-friendly environmental policies, but said, “I think the president at some point is going to weigh in.” Mr. … [Read more...] about Scott Pruitt’s Ethics Inquiries Widen, and G.O.P. Support Shows Cracks
Supported by Asia Pacific By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MARK MAZZETTIAPRIL 19, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story White House aides were worried enough about a visit last year by Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, under investigation by American prosecutors who say he embezzled $3.5 billion from a state investment fund, that he was denied the customary photo in the Oval Office with President Trump.But that did not stop a top Republican fund-raiser, Elliott Broidy, from seeking to use his White House ties to press for Mr. Trump to play a golf game with Mr. Najib, who had the authority over negotiations for a lucrative Malaysian contract with Mr. Broidy’s private defense company, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.In addition to providing new details about Mr. Broidy’s attempts to exploit his White House connections for personal gain, the documents also raise questions about whether Trump … [Read more...] about Seeking Foreign Money, G.O.P. Donor Pushed for Trump to Golf With Malaysian Premier
Supported by Politics On Washington By CARL HULSE APRIL 19, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell’s unilateral declaration this week that he would not allow a vote on legislation to protect the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, provoked outrage from Democrats who said Mr. McConnell was giving President Trump carte blanche to oust the leader of the investigation into Russian election interference and the president’s inner circle.In reality, the bipartisan bill would stand little chance of passage even if Mr. McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, relented and allowed it to be debated and approved by the Senate. House Republicans are adamantly opposed. And if the bill somehow cleared Congress, Mr. Trump would have no incentive to sign a measure limiting his power. On top of that, the … [Read more...] about Push for Special Counsel Bill Shows G.O.P.’s Rising Fear Mueller Will Be Fired
Supported by Politics By JEREMY W. PETERSAPRIL 17, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story WASHINGTON — As chief executive of the influential conservative think tank Heritage Action for America, Michael Needham waged years of unforgiving political warfare against the Republican Party establishment, deepening the divide between party leaders and grass-roots activists that helped elevate Donald J. Trump to the presidency.Now Mr. Needham is leaving his job there to become chief of staff for one of the Republican establishment’s favorite sons, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.The move is certain to raise questions about whether Mr. Rubio, whose hopes of becoming president in 2016 were dashed by Mr. Trump, may be positioning himself for another run. And it underscores how unsettled the conservative movement remains nearly two years after Mr. Trump won the Republican presidential nomination and became the party’s … [Read more...] about Marco Rubio, Darling of G.O.P. Establishment, Hires a Thorn in Its Side
Supported by U.S. By PATRICIA MAZZEIAPRIL 8, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — By the time a town hall-style meeting on gun violence ended Tuesday night, the gathering of more than 1,400 people — bursting into repeated standing ovations and a loud chant of “Vote them out! Vote them out!” — had taken on the electric feeling of a political rally being held days before a big election.Florida’s August primary is still more than four months away. The energized masses in Broward County, the most heavily Democratic county in the nation’s largest swing state, meant one thing for certain: trouble for Republicans, who have dominated Florida midterm elections for more a decade.“We woke. This is a community that woke,” Drew Shimkus, 52, a single father and registered Democrat, said as he left the auditorium with his son, Bruce Elkins, 15, a high school … [Read more...] about Florida’s Governor, Eyeing Senate Run, Offers Hope to an Unsteady G.O.P.
BY RYAN DUBICKISTAFF REPORTER Courtesy of the Truono Campaign Alumnus Gene Truono plans on bringing conservative economic policy and a blend of social stances from the left and right to the race for U.S. Senate. While incumbent Democratic Sen. Tom Carper and Kerri Harris, a political newcomer hailing from Dover, Del., battle it out for the Democratic Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, the winner of that primary, which takes place on Thursday, Sept. 6, will have a Republican opponent in November. Gene Truono, a university alumnus and a former PayPal executive from Wilmington, announced his candidacy on Feb. 20. His original primary opponent, Chuck Boyce, dropped out on March 1 due to personal health issues. As of now, no other Republican candidate has entered the race. The deadline to announce a candidacy is July 10. “I spent thirty years in the financial services industry and I saw first-hand how Congress doesn’t understand how business works,” Truono said. … [Read more...] about Meet the G.O.P. candidate for U.S. Senate: Gene Truono
ABOUT LAST NIGHT --Virginia – GOV.: Terry McAuliffe (D), 48.0% (1,064,093 votes) … Ken Cuccinelli (R), 45.5% (1,008,554) … Robert Sarvis, Libertarian, 6.6% (146,311) … LT. GOV.: Ralph Northam, 55.5% … E.W. Jackson (R) 44.5% … ATTORNEY GENERAL (Uncalled by AP) … 7:19 a.m., 99% of vote (3 precincts missing out of 2,541): Mark Herring (D), 50% (1,098,388) … Mark Obenshain (R), 50% (1,097,772) … Dem. ahead by 616 votes out of 2.2 million cast! --New Jersey Gov.: Chris Christie, 60.5% (1,242,568) … state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), 38.0% (781,710 ) Story Continued Below --NYC Mayor: Bill de Blasio (D) 73.3% (752,604) … Joe Lhota (R) 24.3% (249,121) “MORNING JOE” GRAPHICS: “Virginia Slim” … “Christie Cruises.” THE HEADLINES: L.A. Times A1, “Election results hint at partisanship fatigue” … USA Today lead story, “VOTERS REWARD MIDDLE ROAD: Pragmatism aids … [Read more...] about MACKER SQUEAKER — VIRGINIA A.G. RACE UNCALLED: 616 votes out of 2.2 million — CHRISTIE crushes by 23 — DE BLASIO by 49 — NEXT WED.: Playbook Cocktails with Joe and Mika — NEW JOB for Bob Lewis
Driving the Day Good Saturday morning. SPOTTED: Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a very good mood at Cafe Milano Friday night. He walked into the restaurant by himself. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is continuing his meetings at the G-20. He returns to Washington at the end of the day. Earlier today, he and British Prime Minister Theresa May gave brief remarks. Trump said “they would have ‘tremendous talks’ and reach a very big ‘a very powerful deal’ on trade ‘very very quickly,’” according to the pool report. Pooler Andrew Beatty of AFP noted: “in the corner of the room was a late TV, still on, but silent, showing Fox News.”Story Continued Below -- ON RUSSIA: Trump said he had a “tremendous meeting” with Putin. According to the pool report: “POTUS did not answer a shouted [question] about whether Russia lied about his meeting yesterday.” -- ON VISITING ENGLAND: “I will be going to London.” No … [Read more...] about TO RUSSIA WITH FULL BELLY: Sergey Kislyak spotted at Cafe Milano in a good mood — TRUMP at G-20 — IVANKA sits in for dad at G-20 table — JUST LIKE WE TOLD YOU: July 4 break bad for health care bill
Driving the Day Good Thursday morning. FRONT PAGES THAT TRUMP WILL LIKE … NYT,banner headline: “G.O.P. EXULTS AS CONGRESS DELIVERS TAX BILL …Gamble by Trump on Expansion Defies Odds … Savoring a Major Win in a Year of Setbacks” http://nyti.ms/2kVZBPs … WAPO, banner: “Sweeping tax overhaul clears Congress” http://bit.ly/2BaWkCT THE NEXT PROBLEM … GOV’T FUNDING … BREAKING OVERNIGHT -- RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN: “Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants plan to bring a short-term government funding bill to the House floor on Thursday despite internal resistance — in the hopes of averting a shutdown and then leaving town for the holidays.Story Continued Below “GOP leaders are betting that their conference doesn’t want to trample on their tax victory by shuttering federal agencies. They plan to call up the bill, along with a separate $81 billion disaster package for hurricane relief. If the … [Read more...] about ONTO THE NEXT ONE: Tax passed, government funding up next — A BRUTAL Q1 in 2018 — House GOP launches probe into DOJ, FBI — PANIC over children’s health insurance program — B’DAY: Steven Mnuchin