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Bernie Sanders and his staff are doing heroic work on fighting Trumpcare.

This has flown under the radar, but Bernie is the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee. That means it's he and his staffers arguing before the Senate Parliamentarian over which provisions of Trumpcare should be ruled ineligible for reconciliation rules. It's an unglamorous, detail-oriented grind involving charts, analysis and number-crunching.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/343737-senate-parliamentarian-more-parts-of-obamacare-repeal-will-need-60-votes

The vote tonight on Trumpcare faced a 60 vote hurdle because Bernie and his team successfully argued for many of its provisions to require 60 votes instead of 51.

Bernie is acting very much like a team player, and a leader, and is doing it away from the cameras and isn't hogging any credit or the spotlight.

Thank you, Bernie!

Boy Scouts of America REFUSES to distance themselves from Trump's vile speech

Trump's speech represents the values of the BSA in 2017.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/343545-obama-booed-at-trump-boy-scout-rally

“The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies," the organization said in a Monday night statement.

“The sitting U.S. President serves as the BSA’s honorary president. It is our long-standing custom to invite the U.S. President to the National Jamboree.”


They own this shit now. Just rename that putrid organization the Trump Youth and get it over with.

Very simple explanation for why Schumer and other Dems are distancing themselves from Hillary

She's unpopular, especially for former candidates and presidents.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-18/finally-a-poll-trump-will-like-clinton-even-more-unpopular



From the same poll:

In contrast to Clinton, former President Barack Obama has fared well with some distance from the spotlight. He’s viewed favorably by 61 percent, up 5 points since December and at the highest level since the poll began tracking him in September 2009.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is just one percentage point below Obama and at his highest level since the poll started asking about him in December 2009.


It doesn't really matter in the world of politics whether it's fair or unfair that Clinton is unpopular. There's a reason Tr*mp brings her up in his tweets all the time.

At least 20% of those polled have a positive view of Obama but a negative one of Clinton, despite the fact their policies are virtually identical.


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Looks like the vote-o-rama won't be happening this week anyways.

Three no votes on the motion to proceed--Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Heller from NV.

Ron Johnson also sounding like a no.

Sandoval and Heller (GOP gov and Senator from NV) holding Medicaid press conference today

It sounds like Heller will be one of two GOP Senators given permission to vote no.

Heller is up for re-election in 2018, and would be guaranteeing a loss if he voted for it.


"Per solid source: at least 3 GOP sens (perhaps more)" to come out against Tr*mpcare

https://mobile.twitter.com/chucktodd/status/877913883926609920



Chuck Todd @chucktodd

Per solid source: at least 3 GOP sens (perhaps more) plan to announce public opposition to McConnell health bill later today. Developing


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buckle up. This could be posturing, of course, as a prelude to "Senator X saves her constituents from ruin" phony dramas.

Does the party need to move right culturally to win more elections?

Swing voters in this country are not fiscal conservatives/social liberals. They're the opposite--social conservatives (especially on race and immigration) who are open to more liberal economic efforts.



https://www.voterstudygroup.org/reports/2016-elections/political-divisions-in-2016-and-beyond

People assumed that we had won the culture wars going into the 2016 elections. It's pretty clear that we didn't.

Tr*mpism thrives in cultural polarization and political tribalism defined by identity.

How do we defuse that? The fashionable answer in some parts is to embrace economic populism, but how many Tr*mp voters would a socially liberal win over with single payer and free college(which would get demonized as a --you can guess it--free stuff for disfavored minorities and immigrants, and for snooty urban elites, respectively).

Seems pretty clear that some stuff--the call-out culture, privilege-shaming etc are going to have to be repudiated, since we'll need to be at pains to show that the party 'respects' those voters. But, will that be enough? I guess it was for Obama.

Jeff Sessions has lawyered up

http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202790695886/Chuck-Cooper-Confirms-Hes-AG-Jeff-Sessions-Lawyer

********************Charles Cooper, the well-known Republican lawyer, wasn't simply in attendance at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' congressional hearing one week ago to support his friend. Cooper is Sessions' personal lawyer, he confirmed in an email Tuesday.

Cooper didn't provide additional details on the nature of the representation—including whether it extends to the criminal inquiry into Trump campaign affiliates' involvement with Russia.

Peter Carr, a spokesperson for the Justice Department's investigation, declined to comment because the probe is ongoing. Spokespeople for Sessions didn't immediately respond to requests Tuesday.

Cooper's involvement isn't that surprising given his public appearance with Sessions on Capitol Hill. Lawyers typically consult counsel before testifying, so that they can prepare adequately.
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Jared's in much deeper sh!t than a lot of people realize.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-jared-kushner-could-choose-a-new-lawyer-to-represent-him-in-russia-probe/

Attorney Abbe Lowell is among the attorneys contacted on Kushner's behalf, the report said. She is representing Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, in a case involving federal corruption charges and she has represented the powerful GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Times noted.

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Notes about Abbe Lowell:

1) He not she.

2) People hire Lowell under one set of circumstances--they're worried not about avoiding an indictment but rather in avoiding a conviction at trial.

Besides Menendez and Abramoff, he also represented John Edwards and was the Democrats' head counsel during Clinton's impeachment trial.

This is not a guy who's brought in to work something out with the DOJ.

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