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Midwestern Democrats to DNC: Stop with the collusion narrative already

Hot Air - 3 hours 40 min ago

Midwestern Democrats are concerned the national party’s focus on Trump and collusion with Russia is going to hurt them in 2018. Buzzfeed reports some Democratic strategists think the DNC should lay off the topic:

“The DNC is doing a good job of winning New York and California,” said David Betras, the Democratic county party chair in Mahoning County, Ohio, home to Youngstown. “I’m not saying it’s not important — of course it’s important — but do they honestly think that people that we just laid off another shift at the car plant in my home county give a shit about Russia when they don’t have a frickin’ job?”

Trump and Russia, Betras said, is the “only piece they’ve been doing since 2016. [Trump] keeps talking about jobs and the economy, and we talk about Russia.”

The DNC has filed a lawsuit against Trump, Russia, and Wikileaks which, even to Democrats, seems like a lame PR move to keep the public focused on the topic.

“I’m going to be honest, I don’t understand why they’re doing it,” said one campaign strategist in the Midwest of the DNC’s suit. “My sense was it was a move meant to gin up the donor base, not our voters. But it was the biggest news they’ve made in a while.”

Though he doesn’t see it hurting his campaign now, the strategist said, “I wouldn’t want to see something like this coming out of the DNC in October.”

The suit is “politically unhelpful,” another strategist in the Midwest said. “I haven’t seen a single piece of data that says voters want Democrats to re-litigate 2016 … The only ones who want to do this are Democratic activists who are already voting Democratic.”

I’m not sure there is anyone left in the United States who hasn’t heard about this story. There may be a few people who still haven’t formed an opinion about it but I doubt they’ll be changing their minds based on another year of focus on this topic.

My guess is that the real concern here is that the DNC needs to keep the excitement level at a fever pitch in order to drive their people to the polls. But as Allahpundit pointed out last week, the blue wave may be running out of momentum. The RCP average of the generic congressional ballot shows Dems with the smallest advantage they’ve had in nearly a year. It’s not clear why the GOP is rebounding but Russia exhaustion seems like as plausible an explanation as any.

Democrats have been promising a world-changing scandal that would effectively undo the Trump administration since last January. MSNBC and CNN have done their best to capitalize on the story, trumpeting every new piece of news as a potential breakthrough. But here we are more than a year later and there’s still nothing concrete. Billionaire Tom Steyer and Rep. Maxine Waters are still talking about impeachment at every opportunity, but the moment never seems to arrive.

Of course, everything really could change if Robert Mueller comes up with something damning, but that’s not in the hands of the DNC. In fact, they likely have no idea what’s coming next. All they can do is keep banging out the collusion drumbeat and hope the weary base will keep marching to it for another seven months.

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Melania Trump's hat has the internet in formation, comparing her to Beyoncé (Christina Capatides/CBS News)

Memeorandum - 3 hours 41 min ago

Christina Capatides / CBS News:
Melania Trump's hat has the internet in formation, comparing her to Beyoncé  —  On Tuesday evening, President Trump hosts French President Emmanuel Macron for the first formal state dinner of his administration.  This morning, the president and first lady gathered on the South Lawn …

Kourtney Kardashian in DC to lobby congress over cosmetic laws

Daily Mail - 3 hours 45 min ago
Kourtney Kardashian is in DC to lobby members of congress in Washington D.C. on Tuesday in a bid to regulate and reform laws on cosmetics.

Pompeo planning to switch Australia ambassador nominee to South Korea (Josh Rogin/Washington Post)

Memeorandum - 3 hours 46 min ago

Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Pompeo planning to switch Australia ambassador nominee to South Korea … During his confirmation hearing to become secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo promised to fill the role of U.S. ambassador to South Korea quickly.  Now he plans to pull the nomination of President Trump's proposed ambassador …

Democrats are swinging for the fences (Paul Waldman/Washington Post)

Memeorandum - 3 hours 46 min ago

Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Democrats are swinging for the fences … There was a time when the GOP liked to consider itself The Party of Ideas, a party of courage and vision.  That time is long past; to show how innovative and forward-looking they are these days, their strategy to convince voters to keep them in power …

Macron says he wants a "new agreement" on Iran nuclear deal (Shannon Vavra/Axios)

Memeorandum - 3 hours 46 min ago

Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Macron says he wants a “new agreement” on Iran nuclear deal  —  French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that he wants a “new agreement” on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal during a joint press conference with President Trump at the White House.  —  Why it matters: One of the biggest issues Macron …

The security flaw that makes EVERY Nintendo Switch at risk

Daily Mail - 3 hours 46 min ago
The bug was first reported by security researcher Kate Temkin, based in Denver, Colorado, who released a proof-of-concept code dubbed Fusée Gelée - or, Frozen Rocket.

Trump wipes 'dandruff' off the shoulder of President Macron

Daily Mail - 3 hours 52 min ago
On Tuesday, President Trump brushed dandruff off French President Emmanuel Macron's suit, in a show of their cozy relationship.

'Real Indian' running against Warren sues

Daily Mail - 3 hours 53 min ago
A challenger to Sen. Elizabeth Warren says his free speech rights are being violated by a city that wants him to take down a sign calling himself a 'real Indian' and Warren a fake one.

Obese women should soak in HOT TUBS to lower risks of heart woes

Daily Mail - 3 hours 54 min ago
While losing weight would be the biggest game-changer, researchers found a dip in a jacuzzi is an effective short-term measure to prevent heart woes from ovarian cysts common in the obese.

Spiritual healer rubbed holy oil on woman's stomach and raped her

Daily Mail - 3 hours 55 min ago
Komar Uddin, 68, is accused of raping the 19-year-old girl while making a visit to the teenager's Leicester home on February 25, 2015. Uddin was invited into the home to banish an evil spirit.

“President Trump Calls the U.S.-France Relationship ‘Unbreakable.’ History Shows He’s Right.” http://45.wh.gov/PxDvqT 

Trump Twitter - 4 hours 23 sec ago

“President Trump Calls the U.S.-France Relationship ‘Unbreakable.’ History Shows He’s Right.” http://45.wh.gov/PxDvqT 

Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan doesn’t care about your blue wave

Hot Air - 4 hours 10 min ago

So is there a “blue wave” coming in November? It’s still far too early to say and the forecasts of the Democrats may prove to be overly optimistic, but Republicans around the country are still acting nervous. There’s one notable exception to that trend, however. Maryland, one of the bluer states in the nation, has a GOP governor in the person of Larry Hogan and he’s not looking nervous at all. In fact, the guy’s approval ratings dwarf those of almost anyone else in politics today and a new poll shows that none of his likely Democratic challengers are coming within spitting distance of him. (Baltimore Sun)

Gov. Larry Hogan is currently dominating all of his prospective Democratic rivals by double digits as voters say the first-term Republican has effectively distanced himself from President Donald J. Trump, according to a Goucher Poll released Tuesday.

With a 69 percent job-approval rating, Hogan remains widely popular among Maryland voters, who mostly identify him as a moderate, the poll shows.

The poll of 449 likely Maryland voters found that Hogan would easily defeat any of the seven major Democratic contenders seeking to challenge him. The winner of the June 26 Democratic primary election will face Hogan in November.

Hogan is most popular among white voters, but amazingly, he even gets a thumbs up from 30% of black voters. That’s not a huge number, but it’s far better than most other Republicans do.

So what’s the secret? Should we be sending Hogan on a cross-country tour to instruct other GOP governors and gubernatorial candidates in how to make the people love them and sweep all of this year’s races?

Probably not. As with all things in the American Game of Thrones, all politics is local. Hogan is a popular Republican governor in Maryland. If you transplanted him to most of the rest of the country it wouldn’t work. The Democrats in the Old Line State, by a wide margin, consider Hogan a moderate, as shown in the poll. That means that most conservatives wouldn’t even recognize him as a Republican. You might be able to run a Hogan clone in some other blue states and come up with a win, but you wouldn’t get very many conservative victories out of the effort.

He’s also obviously not on board with the whole #MAGA thing. For the most part, Hogan pretends that Donald Trump doesn’t even exist and he comes down in opposition to him on the rare occasion the President’s name comes up. But for what it’s worth, he does push for lower spending, tax cuts and stronger law enforcement, at least as far as the legislature will let him run on that leash. He’s even vetoed the occasional bill which runs far to the left, but the legislature generally moves to override him anyway.

Still, having him in office drives the Democrats in his state crazy and he does provide something of a moderating influence, so that’s a win for the GOP either way.

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Supreme Court shields foreign corporations from human-rights suits

UPI - 4 hours 18 min ago
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that foreign corporations cannot be sued in U.S. court for violations of international law.

Heading footballs may cause brain injuries

Daily Mail - 4 hours 18 min ago
Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, claim that heading may cause brain injury and, as players are in control, the consequences can be prevented.

Moms who drove kids off a cliff withheld food from their adopted children, called daughter obese

Daily Mail - 4 hours 21 min ago
Child welfare records reveal officials in Oregon and Minnesota investigated Jennifer and Sarah Hart for complaints they were neglecting and abusing their six adopted children.

Senate panel postpones confirmation for VA appointee Jackson

UPI - 4 hours 23 min ago
A Senate committee on Tuesday postponed a confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary.

Paracetamol in pregnancy raises children's risk of ADHD and autism

Daily Mail - 4 hours 25 min ago
Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem add to previous studies that have linked paracetamol to communication problems and reduced IQs among children.

SEC fines Altaba $35M for waiting 2 years to report data breach

UPI - 4 hours 30 min ago
Federal regulators fined Altaba, the company formerly known as Yahoo, $35 million for failing to disclose a data breach for two years.

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