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GOP House members ‘running out of excuses’ as funding falls flat — and Trump is to blame

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Dozens of Republican House members have raised less money than their Democratic challengers so far this year — and GOP insiders say their congressional majority is at risk.

A Politico analysis found 43 House Republicans have been outraised by Democratic rivals in the first three months of this year, nearly the same number seen at the end of last year, and 16 GOP incumbents have less cash on hand than their challengers.

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“The members who are getting outraised at this stage of the election cycle are the ones who present the biggest risk to the Republican majority,” said GOP consultant Ken Spain. “Fundraising is an outgrowth of intensity, so I think this tells you that Republicans are clearly swimming upstream in a challenging election cycle.”

President Donald Trump’s unpopularity and intense Democratic enthusiasm have made many Republicans vulnerable — and the most at risk are Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jason Lewis (R-MN) and Rod Blum (R-IA).

“Key decisions are being made right now on where money will be spent this cycle, and I’d be pretty worried if I were one of these members,” said one top GOP strategist. “Some people just can’t be saved.”

The situation resembles the months ahead of the 2010 midterms, when 35 Democratic incumbents were outraised by Republican challengers — and the GOP picked up 63 House seats during President Barack Obama’s first term.

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The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, announced plans to $38 million on TV ads in 20 districts this fall, but so far they’re passing over incumbents like Rohrbacher who have already fallen behind in fundraising.

Many Republicans had hoped tax reform would goose their fundraising this quarter, but so far that hasn’t happened.

“It was as an excuse for [last quarter], but that only worked then, and now we’re running out of excuses,” said GOP pollster Glen Bolger.

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‘The man who sold America’: Mitch McConnell’s mountain of political sins catalogued in devastating new profile

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Mitch McConnell finally has the power he's longed for since he was a 22-year-old intern for Sen. John Sherman, but his ruthless march to become Senate majority leader has seen him abandon almost all of his stated principles -- and earned him a lot of enemies.

The Kentucky Republican has been unpopular in his home state for years, but this summer has seen his approval rating plunge to 18 percent after MSNBC's Joe Scarborough tarred and feathered him with the nickname "Moscow Mitch," and he's increasingly seen as "the man who sold America," reported Rolling Stone.

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Sarah Sanders rages on Fox News that the ‘out-of-control’ media is ‘making stuff up’ about Trump

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In her new gig as a Fox News contributor, former White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders complained to host Sean Hannity that the "out-of-control" media makes "stuff up" about Donald Trump because they hate him for winning in 2016.

Sanders, who once told reporters that "countless" FBI agents had lost confidence in James Comey only to later tell investigators from special counsel Robert Mueller's office that she made it up, complained to the Fox host about the press being untrustworthy.

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There will be ‘nightmarish’ consequences if ‘buffoon’ Trump starts a war with Iran: Rick Wilson

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Longtime Republican strategist Rick Wilson is warning about the severe dangers that will come from President Donald Trump getting America into a war with Iran.

In a scathing column written for the Daily Beast, Wilson warns that the president is "entirely unequipped to handle" any serious fight against Iran, which has been accused of launching strikes against Saudi oil production facilities.

"The mullahs know what they’re seeing when they behold Trump: a buffoon and a bluffer who just might be dumb enough to start a war with nightmarish consequences," Wilson writes. "Iran sees an American defense and intelligence apparatus run by toadies and temporary/acting/provisional/until-the-next-tweet nonentities whose tenures depend not on strategic insight or depth of knowledge, but on their ability to abase themselves before the Dear Leader."

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