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‘We could lose the majority in 2018’: Right-wingers panicked over Russia — and Dems are ready to play hardball

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Conservative leaders are getting a little anxious about President Donald Trump’s scandal-ridden White House and his inability to pass promised legislation.

In a series of interviews with Politico on Trump and the ongoing Russia investigation, the leaders admitted they need some legislative wins.

“When you talk to a member or their staff these days, you hear about Russia,” one activist with ties to the White House said. “The Russia stuff is really starting to distract people. I didn’t think that two or three months ago. Before, I think everyone thought this was the less version of Benghazi. They don’t feel that way anymore.”

Club for Growth president David McIntosh agreed, saying he would like to see Republicans ignore Russia entirely. The inability for Republican leaders to do so reflects “a lack of discipline on Capitol Hill and an ineffective Congress the last few years.”

“They just need to buckle down and do their job,” McIntosh said. “If they don’t pass Obamacare repeal and if they don’t pass tax cuts, Republicans could lose the majority in 2018.”

The U.S. Senate has already indicated that the House version of Trumpcare is dead on arrival and that they are embarking on their own legislation. Trump’s tax proposal, heavy on cuts for the rich, seems unlikely to pass as well.

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“This administration is offering cakes to the fortunate few,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee.

Wall Street Journal reported that Trump told his staff he wanted a “massive tax cut to sell to the American public.” It was less important to him that his tax plan would add to the federal budget deficit. It doesn’t seem promising for fiscal conservatives who refuse to pass bills that are not deficit neutral.

“People are anxious and worried things won’t get done,” said CPAC head Matt Schlapp. “The agenda needs to get done this year. I don’t see how it gets any easier. It’s kind of put-up-or-shut-up time.”

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Soccer star slams Trump for attacking her teammate: He hates women he ‘cannot control or grope’

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On Wednesday, U.S. Women's Soccer champion Ali Krieger rebuked President Donald Trump for his attacks on her teammate Megan Rapinoe, saying that the president feels threatened by women that he "cannot control or grope":

In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.

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Justice Department sues Omarosa Manigault Newman over financial disclosures

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who campaigned for President Donald Trump and later worked for him in the White House, alleging she failed to file a required public disclosure report after she left 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, claims Manigault Newman "knowingly and willingly" failed to file the financial disclosure report after corresponding multiple times with attorneys for the White House. It accuses her of violating the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA) by not filing the report, which was required because her salary exceeded $124,406, despite several oral and written reminders from White House ethics lawyers.

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Retired admiral could pose serious threat if he decides to run against Iowa Republican: report

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On Wednesday, Iowa Starting Line reported that Ret. Adm. Michael Franken is in talks with state and national Democrats about challenging GOP Sen. Joni Ernst.

Franken, who has served as Deputy for Military Operations for AFRICOM, Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Department of the Navy, hails from Sioux Center, a town in the deeply conservative northwest part of the state.

Ernst, who first gained national attention for her 2014 campaign ad about castrating hogs, is a reliable vote for President Donald Trump in the Senate, and the president's poor approval ratings in Iowa have left Democrats hopeful that they can defeat her.

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