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Trump’s constant Twitter drama is steadily driving away the voters he needs the most: report

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President Donald Trump’s addiction to Twitter spats is costing him with moderate and center-right voters, the very voters he would need the most in upcoming elections, said Politico on Saturday.

Trump has lashed out at the NFL, at former rival for the presidency Hillary Clinton, at U.S. intelligence agencies and politicians from both parties. While some in the president’s base enjoy the back-and-forth and take Trump’s contentiousness as a sign that their president is scrappy and speaks his mind, others aren’t as impressed.

“What Trump may not realize — and what new data shows — is that he may be tweeting his way into losses in 2018 and 2020,” wrote Jim Messina of political analysis firm The Messina Group.

The president’s aides and advisers have reportedly thrown up their hands and surrendered with regards to controlling or even moderating his manic, error-laden Twitter blasts.

Trump has made little effort to ingratiate himself with constituencies outside the 33 percent of the population that unquestioningly supports him. Moderate Republicans and undecided voters are essential for Trump to enlarge upon his coalition enough to be competitive at the voting booth.

A combination of Democratic apathy, Russian interference and media-abetted mistrust of Democratic nominee Clinton may have landed Trump an Electoral College victory, but if anything his base of support has shrunken since Inauguration Day.

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“Among the swing voters most critical to his viability, Donald Trump isn’t just vulnerable, he’s harming himself,” wrote Messina, whose firm has closely tracked and analyzed voters who were essential in Trump’s push to victory.

“Even as Wall Street reaches new highs in profitability and Trump endlessly brags about his stock-market numbers, these voters aren’t seeing the improvement in their own lives. And, most worryingly for Trump and Republicans, the president’s outlandish statements cause the voters we spoke with to believe that he’s focused more on his own petty dramas than on improving their families’ lives,” Messina said.

Focus groups said again and again that Trump’s inability to stay out of online spats have led them to see him as “so pre-occupied with picking Twitter fights and the general chaos of his administration that he was not focusing on making the economy better.”

“The real-world application of these findings is clear: Voters might give President Trump a pass for individual outrageous statements, but if Democrats continually tie his pattern of remarks back to the economy, voters will not be forgiving,” Messina said, urging progressives to adopt this mode of attack heading into the 2018 midterms.

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Trump — who has never reached 50 percent job approval at all in his first 10 months in office — continues to slip in the polls. For the third month in a row, Trump shed a full percentage point in overall approval.

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BUSTED: Trump super PAC accused of lying to government about the source of mysterious $325,000 donation

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According to a report from the Daily Beast's "Pay Dirt" investigative unit, a Super PAC affiliated with President Donald Trump has some explaining to do about a $375,000 donation that was wrongly attributed to one company -- but wire transfers tell a completely different story.

As the Beast notes, "The super PAC America First Action reported receiving a $325,000 contribution last year from a company called Global Energy Producers. But records released in federal court this week indicate that contribution came from an entirely different company," adding that the discrepancy was pointed out by the  Campaign Legal Center which labeled it a violation of federal campaign-finance laws.

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Senate delivers stinging bipartisan rebuke to Trump — and blocks Saudi arms sales

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The Trump White House suffered a stinging defeat on Thursday when a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers voted to block sales of American arms to Saudi Arabia.

The vote in favor of blocking the arms sales received affirmative votes from all Senate Democrats, as well as votes from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Todd Young (R-IN).

Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies, said he voted for the bill because he believed the United States could not ignore the behavior of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, as well as the Saudi government's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Panicked GOP leaders scrambling to get Jeff Sessions to run for Senate so they won’t be saddled with Roy Moore

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According to a 2020 election analysis in the Washington Post, top Republican Senate leaders are cringing at the notion that former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore could be their nominee for the seat currently being held by Democrat Sen. Doug Jones -- and are looking for a way out.

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