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GOP panics as tax cut message flops hard in Pennsylvania special election

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The Republican Party has been hoping that its massive tax cut would save it from electoral doom this fall — but it seems that the GOP has completely given up on touting the tax cut in the final weeks of the special congressional election in Pennsylvania.

Analysis by Politico shows that Republican-backed ads mentioning tax cuts in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district have been “essentially non-existent” since the start of March.

This marks a massive shift from early February, when more than 60 percent of GOP-backed ads touted the tax package as a boon for the American economy.

Corry Bliss, the executive director of the Congressional Leadership Fund, tells Politico that his organization has dropped mentioning the tax cuts in its latest ads because “the mission right now is base turnout” — which implies that promoting the GOP’s signature legislative accomplishment isn’t firing up its own party’s base of voters.

A report on blue-collar Trump voters in the New York Times last week found that many of these voters thought that the tax cut was nice — but they also didn’t see it as a real solution to the problems they’re facing right now.

It’s lunch money,” said Dan Neff, an employee at a machining and welding shop, of the tax cut.

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The National Journal similarly reported earlier this month that the Republican Party is panicking about the upcoming special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district because its tax cut messaging is “barely moving the needle in the district’s working-class confines.”

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Israel PM’s wife Sara Netanyahu convicted of misusing public funds

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An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges.

Sara Netanyahu was found guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person and ordered to pay a fine and compensation, in a deal approved by Jerusalem magistrates' court justice Avital Chen.

Netanyahu was also fined 10,000 shekels ($2,800) and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels, the latter of which she will pay in nine installments, at her request.

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What does the Trump administration want from Iran?

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It was the latest in a series of assaults on tankers transporting oil through the Gulf. In May, Saudi, Norwegian and Emirati oil tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, causing damage but no casualties. The attacks have gone unclaimed, so the perpetrator is unknown – at least publicly.

U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival, blamed the Iranian government and called the May attacks “naked aggression.” Saudi King Salman asked the international community to “use all means” to punish Iran.

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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