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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.

“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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E. Jean Carroll’s rape allegations against Trump exposed a depressing fact about the American public — according to this conservative

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This week, former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll published explosive allegations that President Donald Trump had raped her in a department store in the 1990s. In response, the President tweeted that she was "not his type" and that he'd never met her.

As the Democratic debates begin, media commenters wondered why a credible accusation of rape against a sitting President is not enough to permanently sink his chances at re-election, with some blaming the media for moving on too fast.

Writing in the conservative publication The Bulwark, Jonathan V. Last notes that the media did its job. And that it's the US public that lacks the moral compass to ditch the president, despite multiple allegations of sexual assault.

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Trump lashes out at US women’s soccer player for refusing to visit the White House

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President Donald Trump lashed out at a U.S. women's national soccer team who has publicly criticized him.

Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe, who joined former NFL player Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest during the National Anthem, strongly denied that she would accept the president's invitation to visit the White House if her squad wins the Women’s World Cup now underway.

“I’m not going to the f*cking White House,” Rapinoe told Eight by Eight Magazine, saying she doubted Trump would risk inviting them. “We’re not gonna be invited. I doubt it.”

Trump has canceled visits by other championship teams, such as this year’s Philadelphia Eagles, after most of the players vowed to decline the invitation.

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Damning new details emerge on letter Trump drafted that explicitly linked Comey’s firing to Russia probe

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The latest report from journalist Murray Waas in the New York Review of Books offers damning new details about a letter that President Donald Trump drafted that explicitly linked the firing of former FBI Director James Comey to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Waas, who claims that he has personally examined the draft, reports that the original draft of Trump's letter justifying Comey's dismissal made it plain that he was displeased with the FBI for investigating whether the Trump campaign helped Russia interfere in the election.

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