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Ted Cruz holds off Trump to win Iowa Republican caucus

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) won an upset victory Monday in the Iowa Republican caucus, making frontrunner Donald Trump a loser in his first-ever election, ABC News reported.

Polls released over the weekend showed Trump with a five-point lead over Cruz, but few likely Iowa voters listed the real estate tycoon and reality TV star as their second choice. On Monday, the Texas Tea Party lawmaker captured the support of 28 percent of caucus participants, compared to Trump’s 24 percent.

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Trump is polling well ahead of Cruz and other GOP challengers in New Hampshire, but his Iowa loss raises new concerns about his ability to translate months of poll support into votes in his first political campaign.

Cruz’s win also suggests that he was right to attack Trump after months of laying off the frontrunner.


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One of the GOP’s biggest sugar daddies is backing away from its congressional candidates — thanks to Trump

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is withholding its support for congressional Republicans heading into next year's campaign.

Corporate chamber members want to distance themselves from President Donald Trump over concerns about alienating consumers, and has tried to rebrand the business group as centrist, reported the Washington Examiner.

The chamber insists that defending the GOP congressional majority remains the group's top priority next year, but Republicans have complained the business group isn't being aggressive enough in its support.

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Trump and his enablers are now in open defiance of all democratic norms: Congress needs to quit stalling and impeach

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During all the months when the world waited with bated breath for the results of the Mueller report, the most pressing question was always whether the special prosecutor would find that President Trump and his campaign had colluded with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election. Trump had branded the investigation a "witch hunt" and repeated the words "No collusion! No obstruction!" on a loop. But legal observers made clear that there was no legal concept called "collusion." and instead Mueller would be looking at whether or not the Trump campaign had engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

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Virginia was the bellwether of 2017’s big blue wave — but could it happen again?

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In November 2017, powered by a surge of grassroots activism one year after Donald Trump’s election, Democrats wiped out a Republican supermajority in the Virginia House of Delegates, and came within one disputed ballot and a random drawing of sharing power in a 50-50 chamber — an early harbinger of the 2018 blue wave. Now they’re back to finish the job, aiming to recapture control of both legislative chambers for the first time in 26 years and set the tone for the 2020 election.

Swing Left, a key player in flipping the House of Representatives last year, has targeted 15 races in the House of Delegates and five in the State Senate. Their main focus is people power, but they’ve also raised more than $550,000 in grassroots donations as of Sept. 11. Just two seats are needed to flip each chamber, and a court-ordered redistricting has made flipping the House much more doable.

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