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Roy Moore debacle leaves Bannon de-fanged and looking like a ‘delusional guy at his desk’ to GOP

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The deepening scandal around accused child sex predator Roy Moore has shown the limitations of once-feared former White House adviser Steve Bannon’s power in Washington, said The Washington Post on Saturday.

Moore is the flagship candidate for Bannon’s purported war on establishment Republicans in which the Breitbart.com CEO promised to reshape the GOP and drive out anyone who is deemed to be insufficiently ideologically pure.

However, his inability to turn around the Moore debacle and the increasing likelihood that a Democrat will represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate has shown that the only person in Washington who still believes in Bannon’s reputation as a far-right kingmaker is Bannon.

“He’s scaring a lot of people with these tactics, but I haven’t seen anything to suggest he’s going to have the financial backing he needs,” said one Bannon associate to the Post.

“I don’t know a single major donor who’s interested in funding this,” said GOP strategist Josh Holmes, who dismissed Bannon’s outsider campaigns — which include former Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), who recently completed a sentence for felony tax evasion — as a “vanity project.”

Billionaire donors Sheldon Adelson and Robert Mercer have both publicly washed their hands of Bannon. Even Bannon’s allies are privately expressing skepticism that he will be able to fulfill his grandiose ambitions, which include targeting races in Wisconsin, Mississippi, Utah and Wyoming.

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One GOP consultant told the Post that no matter what the outcome of the Alabama race turns out to be, Bannon will be forever tainted by the association with a child rapist and the stink of failure.

“The smell of Alabama, he’s just not going to be able to escape it,” said the source. “Pretty soon, it’s just a confused delusional guy at his desk.”

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Trump considering withdrawal from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report

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President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

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Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president

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Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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