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Will Sec of State Tillerson use the Exit door?

With Foreign Policy last on a Donald Trump list,  a department that can’t get up to speed, Trump sending his son to make Foreign Policy visits, and Trump himself only interested in buddying up with Russian President Putin?

A guy who never wanted the Sec of State job, Rex Tillerson, has been telling people he wants out…(Or more attention?)

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The beatdown being thrown on Session makes it more apparent that Trump does NOT care much for anyone except HIMSELF….Certainly not cabinet members….In a blink of the eye any of them could have Trump publicly turn on them…

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expressing growing frustration with the Trump administration and may be considering resigning from his role, according to a report from CNN Monday morning.

Though the former CEO of ExxonMobil Corp. has said that he would stay on as the top U.S. diplomat until the end of the year at least, several anonymous sources told CNN over the weekend that he might leave earlier than that.

Sources “familiar with Tillerson conversations with friends outside Washington” admit the secretary of State may just be venting, but they sense his doubts about President Trump are growing.

Tillerson reportedly agreed with Trump critics who thought it was unprofessional when the president lashed out last week at Attorney General Jeff Sessionsbecause he recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election….

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Jeff Sessions days as Attorney General are numbered…

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It appears that his boss Donald Trump is peeved at him and is working on some way to get him to quit so he doesn’t have to fire him and get the blame….

President Trump continued to berate Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a series of tweets this morning, including this one:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told radio host Hugh Hewitt that “you’re probably right” President Trump wants to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Said Scaramucci: “I have an enormous amount of respect for the Attorney General, but I do know the president pretty well and if there’s this level of tension in the relationship that, that’s public, you’re probably right.”

Washington Post: “Another scenario is that Trump could make a recess appointment… Under that plan, Trump could choose an attorney general during the August recess who would serve until the end of the next Senate session, which would run to Jan. 3, 2019. That person would have the same authority as someone who is confirmed by the Senate.”

McClatchy: “Such a move would infuriate Republicans, who control 52 of the Senate’s 100 seats. Many GOP senators reacted in classic Senate fashion to the treatment of Sessions. They were not visibly angry but clearly annoyed and often upset. And with what could be construed as a few veiled warnings to be careful.”

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Trump turns down McMasters effort to grow the Afghan War…

While ALL the national media fawns on every burp from Donald Trump?

The most important story of the last few days has gone almost unnoticed …..

Last week President Trump sat down with his National Security people to discuss Afghanistan….

What should the US do?

National Security Advisor it is reported went to bat for an expanded effort in the country that the French and Russian left and the US has tried to extract itself rom recently ….

The scoop is Defense Sec Mattis and Sec of State Tillerson came out against any escalation that McMaster advanced….(A small increase in troops was given an Ok)

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Trump , it is reported, took the two  guys side against McMaster, asking a question the French, Russians , Bush Admin and Obama Admin have ALL asked….

Essentially , WTF are we doing there and Why?

I don’t think much of Donald Trump…But on this one?…

He’s Right…..

…….the session of the National Security Council Principals Committee, described by two sources briefed on it as a “s*** show” that featured what a third source, a senior White House official, confirmed was a heated debate where “words were exchanged,” proved no more successful than months’ worth of previous Afghan policy debates.

Trump refused to sign off on the plan they approved, the sources said, instead sending it back to his national security team demanding more work. And on Tuesday, the president made clear just how dissatisfied he was. In what were pretty much his first public comments on Afghanistan during his six months in office, he told reporters before a White House lunch, “I want to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years.” On Thursday, headed into a Pentagon meeting, he was similarly cagey. Asked about more troops for Afghanistan, he replied only, “We’ll see.”

Trump’s equivocation reflects the difficulty of figuring out what to do about an unceasing war that is once again at an impasse without an influx of new troops. “We are not winning in Afghanistan,” Defense Secretary James Mattis testified last month.

But the president’s hesitation is also, according to multiple current and former senior U.S. officials I’ve spoken with in recent days, a striking vote of no-confidence in his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who has been trying and failing for months to sell the president on a new plan for Afghanistan.

McMaster has made a major policy review of America’s long, failed war there his personal mission, according to the sources, and he pushed hard to get a new strategy that would include the relatively modest troop increases and a commitment to at least another four-year timeline approved in advance of Trump’s May summit with NATO allies.

But instead, the sources said, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson teamed up with Mattis to block McMaster’s initial version, which they believed Trump and political advisers wary of the war, notably chief strategist Steve Bannon, would not support without clearer markers of success. “Tillerson says, ‘I’m not selling this to the president,’” a senior administration official who was present recalled. “They believed McMaster was not reading the West Wing very well,” added another former senior U.S. official briefed on the process…..

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Next!…Ted Cruz is the next name floated for AG Sessions job….

Donald Trump is pissed at US Attorney General Jeff Sessions….

Right now the guy is probably asking himself why did he leave a safe US Senate seat to have a job for 6 months with a boss who could care less about the law and just wants a guy to cover his rear……

So in the last half a day Rudy Guilani’s name hit the media as a replacement, only to have Rudy back up Sessions move to recuse himself from all things Trump…

Now the new name floated is Senator Ted Cruz….

Standby…

Would Cruz want to work for the guy who dissed his dad durning the campaign and will demand ‘loyalty’ for a replacement to Law Man…

President Trump and his advisers are floating possible replacements for Attorney General Jeff Sessions — and the list includes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), The Washington Post reports.

Cruz and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) are reportedly among the candidates Trump’s team is considering to replace Sessions, though Giuliani said earlier in the day that he’s not being considered.

Trump has repeatedly said that he is disappointed by Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the probe into ties between the Trump administration and Russia, saying in an interview last week that he would have never hired Sessions if he knew he would recuse himself….

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Are Session’s days numbered as Atty Gen?..Trump mentions Hillary…Is Rudy standing on deck?

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Donald Trump continued his throwdown against his own choice for Attorney General because of his failure to keep himself in the investigation AGAINST Trump and cover Trump’s back…

Trump has tried to get various cabinet members to stop the ongoing investigation into Trump & Co. Russian ties and now into just about EVERYTHING Trump has touched or breathed on…

Trump brought Hillary Clinton’s name back up last night after she was cleared by the Justice Dept. of any criminal wrong doing and Trump HIMSELF said the case was over….

It would appear that things have gotten so bad that Trump maybe looking to hire Rudy Guilani to replace Sessions, or at least scare him into trying find a way to help him…

Rudy got passed up on the first hiring go round…

Oh, Mueller and crew of lawyer’s and FBI agents are moving full speed ahead in their ever widening probe’s….As Trump appears to be twisting in the wind…Looking over his shoulders…

Trump’s operating as if he doesn’t have to have anyone looking at his actions is over…..

President Trump on Monday asked why federal investigators and his “beleaguered” Attorney General Jeff Sessions are not investigating Hillary Clinton for her “crimes” as well as ties to Russia.

“So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered [attorney general], looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?” Trump asked in a tweet.

Just a few hours before, the president had also quoted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in which he said the Democratic party should blame itself for losing the presidential election, not Russian interference….

President Trump has floated the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with his steadfast ally Rudy Giuliani to serve in the top Justice Department post, Axios reported Monday.

Trump broached the idea in internal discussions about bringing in and surrounding himself with staunch supporters, sources within the West Wing told the news outlet.

Before The New York Times interview last week, Trump had already expressed anger and frustration at Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, Axios reports.

Trump, during the interview, opined that Sessions’ decision to recuse himself was “unfair” to him and he would’ve likely picked another person to lead the Justice Department if he had known this is the move Sessions would make.

In a tweet on Monday, Trump went after Sessions, calling him “beleaguered”….

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AG Sessions says he’s staying…..

Then Senator Jeff Sessions was a early strong supporter of Donald Trump….

But now?

He is learning that Trump has only one friend….

Himself….

Attorney General Jeff Sessions deflected questions on Thursday about whether he can stay in his post after President Trump expressed a lack of confidence in Mr. Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

Mr. Sessions said he loves his job and will continue to serve “as long as that is appropriate.”

Asked whether he is considering resigning, Mr. Sessions said he and his colleagues intend to continue to do their jobs.

“We are serving right now. The work we are doing today is the kind of work that we intend to continue,” he said during a news conference announcing what he described as the dismantling of a dark web operation that sold narcotics and other illicit goods.

“I am totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way,” he added.

In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said he never would have appointed Mr. Sessions had he known he would recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. The inquiry has dogged Mr. Trump’s presidency….

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Republican effort’s to Repeal Obamacare appear to be done….

For 8 years the Grand Ole party used the Affordable Healthcare Law as a bat to swing at President Obama and Democrats….

Now that they are the majority in Congress, The White House and the Supreme Court ?

They are choking on their promise to get rid of the program….

They more they talk about Repealing Obamacare?

The MORE people support the program….

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Senate Republicans reversed course yesterday and plowed ahead with their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — ignoring all the experts, actuaries, independent analysts, governors and even voters who say their bill would lead to millions of people losing insurance and make it harder for sick, poor people to obtain coverage.

  • Aides are frustrated and candidly skeptical that a deal is achievable at this point. One senior GOP aide referred to the bill — as well as a straight-repeal bill the caucus is now also considering — as “corpsicles.” Another aide said, “It’s a terrible idea to make people vote for the 2015 [repeal] bill” and that last night’s attempt to revive the replacement bill was a “death rattle.”
  • “They can’t accept they’ve been promising something that is undeliverable and a bad idea for seven years,” one well-connected former GOP aide told me.
  • Bottom line: Congressional Republicans aren’t listening.

They’re ignoring health care experts, industry groups, governors from both parties, and voters. Many of them seem to have decided passing something — anything — is better than failure. The irony is that if they succeed, and everyone else was right about the effects of this bill, they’ll own the disastrous consequences. Either way, it looks very much like they’re about to be forced to go on the record on one of these bad options.

“Governors, industry and policy experts are not really the right experts for the problem at hand. This is no longer about salvaging what is left of the individual market. This about salvaging what’s left of the Republican Congress,” one health care lobbyist said…..

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All those stories about Senate Majority Leader McConnell being a great political tactical guy?

Huh?

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Trump says he would have never hired Sessions if he knew the Attorney Gen would keep out of Russian probe….

Donald Trump is out front in a NY Times Q & A……

He asked then FBI Director James Comey for a ‘loyalty’ pledge….

That didn’t work…

He fired him….

He asked several cabinet heads to get rid of the Russian investigation…

They didn’t….

Trump now says he’s annoyed that Sessions didn’t give him a ‘heads up’ that he would NOT oversee Mueller’s investigation?

Hmmmmm?

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Oh, and Session himself?

Is paying for his own  person al lawyer because of Trump’s actions….

In addition…..

Trump has warned Special Prociutor Robert Mueller NOT to delve into his family matters..Something that is probably being done already….

President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”

In a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Sessions’s decision ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel that should not have happened. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Mr. Trump said.

In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, the president also accused James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired in May, of trying to leverage a dossier of compromising material to keep his job. Mr. Trump criticized both the acting F.B.I. director who has been filling in since Mr. Comey’s dismissal and the deputy attorney general who recommended it. And he took on Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel now leading the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election.

Mr. Trump said Mr. Mueller was running an office rife with conflicts of interest and warned investigators against delving into matters too far afield from Russia. Mr. Trump never said he would order the Justice Department to fire Mr. Mueller, nor would he outline circumstances under which he might do so. But he left open the possibility as he expressed deep grievance over an investigation that has taken a political toll in the six months since he took office.

Asked if Mr. Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line if it expanded to look at his family’s finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, “I would say yes.” He would not say what he would do about it. “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.”……

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Why does Donald Trump have personal lawyers trying to cover him from probes by Mueller, The House and Senate?

The guy just keeps punching at investigators who will no doubt double down and take his threats personally….

NOBODY goes at FBI agents and prosocutors like Trump…..

And he ain’t gonna be able to pay his way out of this stuff like a civil trial…..

And pardon’s will probably cost him the White House in the end…..

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Barack Obama holds his own….

For eight years Republicans vowed to get rid of the Affordable Healthcare Law they dubbed ‘Obamacare’….(Trump now wants to also)

They haven’t…

President Obama got a deal with Iran to halt their nuclear weapons program…

Trump and some Republicans vowed to get rid of it…

They didn’t….

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Obama worked to strengthen NATO….

Trump said he wanted more money before he stood by the alliance …

He’s hanging in there…

Barack Obama has to be wearing a little smile these days….

Determined to dismantle his predecessor’s legacy, Mr. Trump in the space of a couple of hours this week reluctantly agreed to preserve President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and failed in his effort to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care program.

The back-to-back events highlighted the challenge for a career developer whose main goal since taking office six months ago has been to raze what he sees as the poorly constructed edifices he inherited. Mr. Trump has gone a long way toward that objective through executive action, but now faces the reality that Mr. Obama’s most prominent domestic and international accomplishments remain intact.

In neither case has Mr. Trump given up. He instructed his national security team to keep rethinking the approach to Iran with a view toward either revising or scrapping the nuclear agreement. And by the end of the day he was vowing to let Mr. Obama’s health care program collapse.

“We will return!” Mr. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning about the collapse of his health care effort.

Yet there is little appetite among the United States’ partners to revisit the Iran deal, nor is there much eagerness among lawmakers to cancel the existing health care program without a new system to install in its stead.

The latter notion seemed to die almost immediately on Tuesday on Capitol Hill, leaving the president to throw up his hands and say he would simply let Mr. Obama’s program collapse of its own weight. “I’m not going to own it,” he told reporters. “I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail, and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”

Nearly every president arrives in office promising a new direction, especially those succeeding someone from the other party. But few, if any, have spent as much of their early months focused on undoing what the last president did rather than promoting their own proactive ideas as Mr. Trump has.

Where the president has succeeded so far in reversing the Obama legacy, it has largely been on issues where he could act on his own authority……

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Trump is trying to wear you down…And he will NOT change…

NY Times Op-Ed by ……

“Donald Trump is depending on people’s fatigue. He is banking on your becoming overwhelmed by his never-ending antics. He is counting on his capacity to wear down the resistance by sheer force.”……..

A rational for WHY a Billionaire connects with Middle and Lower class white voters…And why he could continue to do so…

He may have promised them a return of their manufacturing jobs, but he did so with a wink and a nod as both he and they knew that these jobs weren’t really coming back. Instead, the real vindication he offered was a cultural revival and a supersized serving of respect — as well as the satisfaction of sticking it to their politically correct, patronizing foes.

That a billionaire would assume the mantle of pitchfork populism may seem like a political and cultural oxymoron, but Trump is far more like his supporters than appearances suggest. Like them, the cultural arbiters and Manhattan elites never let him inside the club. They may have accepted his money, but they scorned him as garish and gaudy, undeserving of their attention. Now, like a true populist, he’s dishing it back.

Such is the populist impulse that governs America today….

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The US Supreme Court has made a Right Turn….

Elections have consequences….

We are seeing that in the decisions coming down from America’s highest  court…

Clinton’s lost was Conservatives gains from the court….

The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years.

Things looked very different when the justices wrapped up their work this week.

The court’s final decisions and orders were almost emphatic declarations, if there had been any doubt, that this is once again a conservative-leaning court that may only move more to the right in the years to come.

The justices gave President Donald Trump the go-ahead to start enforcing at least part of his travel ban, showed that the wall between church and state is perhaps not as high as it once was and invigorated a baker’s religion-based refusal to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

“Liberals were certainly looking forward to a Clinton presidency that would alter the direction of the court. This was not an outcome we predicted,” said Nan Aron, president of the liberal Alliance for Justice.

The first casualty of Trump’s election was Garland, the appellate judge whom President Barack Obama nominated to the high court. Instead of Garland on the far right of the bench where the newest justice sits, there was Justice Neil Gorsuch. The placement also meshed with his votes. The Trump nominee who joined the court in April, Gorsuch staked out the most conservative position in a number of closely watched cases, including the one on the travel ban….

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Canada’s Merit Based Immigration policy….

Could Trump actually have a good idea on immigration?

(Borrowed from the Canadian’s)

…..from Alayna Treene @ AXIOS……

Last week in Iowa, President Trump called for a “total rewrite of our immigration system into a merit-based system,” reminding everyone that his interest in looking to Canada as a model for how to rebuild the U.S. immigration system has not weakened…..

….Canada evaluates immigrants on an economically-focused nine-point rubric that ignores their race, religion and ethnicity, and instead focuses on their age, education, job skills, language ability and other merit-based qualities.

“About half of all Canadian immigrants arrive with a college degree, while the figure in the United States is just 27 percent,” explains Tepperman. “Immigrant children in Canadian schools read at the same level as the native born, while the gap is huge in the United States. Canadian immigrants are almost 20 percent more likely to own their own homes and 7 percent less likely to live in poverty than their American equivalents.”

The payoff: Canadian voters are extremely supportive of the country’s accepting culture. Recent polls reveal that 82% think immigration is good for the economy, and two-thirds said multiculturalism represents one of Canada’s best features — they even rank it higher than hockey, notes Tepperman….

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Trump not happy that Comey and Mueller are ‘good friends’….

Actually one would think that Donald Trump just wants to go back to where he was after winning the GOP nomination….

Donald Trump has questioned the impartiality of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

In an interview with Fox News aired Friday morning, Trump argued that Mueller, a former FBI director, is “good friends” with James Comey, Mueller’s successor at the spy agency whom Trump fired on 9 May. Trump later acknowledged he took this step with the Russia investigation in mind.

When George W Bush was president, Mueller and Comey worked together – Mueller as FBI director and Comey as deputy attorney general.

Trump also said that some of the staffers that Mueller has hired for his investigation “are all Hillary Clinton supporters”. US news reports say some of these staffers have made campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.

Asked point blank if Mueller should recuse himself from the Russiainvestigation, Trump said: “Well, he’s very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome. But he’s also – we’re going to have to see.”…..

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Trump misses Flynn….

Flynn has problems…..

President Trump considered restoring former national security adviser Michael Flynn to his White House role after his resignation in February and still praises the former aide, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Flynn was forced to resign less than a month after stepping into the senior White House role amid revelations that he misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Trump, according to the Post, has seemed to regret the decision to oust Flynn, in spite of mounting controversies surrounding the former adviser.

Trump has spoken fondly of Flynn, even after his ouster, saying in private that he “served the country well” and complaining that he has been treated unfairly by the news media….

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Six Resign from Trump’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS…

…from Politicalwire….

“Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have resigned, furious at what they say is the new administration’s regressive health policies and a lack of care from President Trump,” BuzzFeed reports.

The six wrote a letter to Newsweek: “As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care.”

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Republicans worried about losing this Tuesday’s Special Election in the GA-06…

We’ve been reporting on the special elections for House seats since Trump won in November and the numbers so far are Republicans 3 for 3…..

Democrats where not expected to win any of those first races….

But Tuesdays race is in the South….Georgia….

If Democrat Jon Ossoff can pull off a win in a Atlanta suburb?

Democrats and the Media will posting the event as a anti- Trump event for a national audience …

The GOP is bracing for the prospect of a loss in Tuesday’s Georgia’s special election that could have far-reaching implications for President Donald Trump and his party’s fortunes in 2018.

As grim confidential polling data circulates among GOP strategists, interviews with nearly two dozen Republican operatives and officials reveal that they are preparing for the possibility of an unnerving defeat that could spur lawmakers to distance themselves from Trump and his already-troubled legislative agenda, and potentially encourage a wave of retirements.

While no one is willing to publicly write off Handel’s chances just yet — Republicans stress that she remains competitive and point to robust GOP early voting figures — several private surveys taken over the last few weeks show Republican nominee Karen Handel trending downward, with one private party poll showing 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff opening up a more than five-point lead in the Republican-oriented, suburban Atlanta seat.

“If we’re losing upper middle class, suburban seats in the South to a 30-year-old progressive liberal, we would be foolish not to be deeply concerned about the possibility that would exist for a tidal wave election for Democrats in 2018,” said Chip Lake, a Georgia-based Republican strategist and former Capitol Hill chief of staff.

Some fear the catalytic effect a GOP loss would have on the Democratic opposition, which has been raising money and recruiting candidates at a breakneck pace since Trump’s inauguration.

“If Ossoff wins, you’re going to see the floodgates open, with Democrats recruiting candidates in races from governor to county commission,” said Randy Evans, an influential Republican National Committeeman from Georgia….

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Except for one poll last week that showed Ossoff up by 7% pts?

He has been neck and neck with  Republican nominee Karen Handel, who has found herself losing any lead she would be expected to have  in the House District…

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