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Poll: Russ Feingold ties Scott Walker in potential Wisconsin recall

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Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) would give Gov. Scott Walker (R) a run for his money in a hypothetical recall election in Wisconsin, according to a new poll.

The two each won 48 percent of voters in a statewide survey conducted by the firm Ethridge & Associates. Asked whether Walker should be recalled, 51 percent of respondents said no, while 44 percent said yes.

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Liberals have launched an aggressive drive to recall Walker, who has faced furious pushback after successfully limiting the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions.

The governor becomes eligible for recall next January, after having spent a year in office. A poll last week found Wisconsinites evenly split on the question of recalling him.

Feingold, a liberal favorite, was ousted from the Senate on same day Wisconsinites elected Walker governor last November, both outcomes influenced by a nationwide surge in Republican voting and enthusiasm.

The Etheridge poll surveyed 400 Wisconsin residents who voted in the 2010 governor’s election between April 16-17. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points.

[Via TPM]

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Trump ‘does have a tendency to lash out’: Texas Republican tells president to ‘temper’ his rabid impulses

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Republicans are concerned about President Donald Trump's rabid impulses and are urging self-discipline and constraint, two words that aren't typically associated with the president.

In a Politico report, Republican officials explained that they agree with the attorney general that Trump should calm down and let him handle things.

“The president does have a tendency to lash out, and I think in this case he would be well advised to try to temper that,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “Because I think Bill Barr is his best path on seeing that justice is done in terms of all of these various investigations, including the counterintelligence investigation and the lead-up to the Mueller report.”

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Martha McSally is in big trouble after impeachment votes: report

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Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) lost when she ran in 2018, but was given a participation prize by the Republican governor who had to appoint someone to cover Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) seat until it came up for reelection in 2020. Recent polling shows that McSally is in serious trouble.

Highground Public Affairs Consultants published their latest poll showing McSally has fallen significantly after the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Going into the impeachment, McSally was polling at 42 percent at PPP polls, RealClearPolitics reported. However, the new data today shows McSally struggling to break 40. Instead, she's hovering around 39 percent, while her opponent, Mark Kelly is at 46 percent.

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‘The guardrails are gone’: Experts horrified as Trump hands top intelligence agency to ‘rude Twitter troll’

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Following President Donald Trump's decision to appoint U.S. Ambassador to Germany and far-right political loyalist Richard Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence, experts expressed their horror at yet another erosion of federal institutions in favor of the president's cult of personality:

This is a national disgrace. Grenell would be the least qualified intelligence chief in US history. https://t.co/WliTv6DHTe

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