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California Republicans facing ‘nightmare election’ if Trump heads 2020 ticket: report

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A battle is brewing among California Republicans over the state party chairmanship about whether or not it is beneficial for candidates to fully embrace President Donald Trump or to ignore him altogether and focus on the foundational values of the party.

The GOP experienced mass defeat in the midterm election, and nearly two-thirds of voters in California disapprove of the president, reported Politico.

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“Whomever California Republicans elect to succeed Jim Brulte, the former state senator who has led the party for six years, won’t be able to reverse the party’s fortunes anytime soon. But they might be able to halt the downward spiral,” Politico reported.

Candidate Jessica Patterson wants the GOP to “stay on message” and not involves itself with the drama that President Donald Trump carries.

“Some people have already given up on my party and they say it’s not salvageable,’’ Patterson told Politico. “I don’t accept that. I love my party too much.’’

However, her opponent, Travis Allen says that embracing Trump’s successes will help the party thrive.

“Clearly, the Republican party must stand for Republican values — and the Republican president,’’ Allen, an ex-state assemblyman said. “This is truly a Republican president who has delivered — and among the 4.5 million Republicans in California, I have yet to find a room that is not overwhelmingly in support of him.’’

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However, the division within the GOP has been happening for years, and the party has failed to present a unified message.

“It’s a nightmare election,’’ Lanhee Chen, a former adviser to presidential campaigns said. “It’s the same fight we’ve been having since [former Gov. Arnold] Schwarzenegger left office.’’

Robert Molnar, a GOP consultant says that the party has faced a “total failure.”

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“We have lost seats every cycle,” he said. “It’s been a total failure. They’re not even an opposition party at this point. Right now, the California Republican Party is as dead as you can imagine…it’s ashes.”

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Trump asks the Supreme Court to save him from a criminal investigation

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President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to block Manhattan prosecutor Cy Vance from obtaining his tax records via a grand jury subpoena as part of a criminal investigation.

This appeal is the president’s last chance to avoid handing over the materials after the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the legitimacy of the subpoena. If the Supreme Court declines to take the case, Trump will be obligated to hand over his financial records and tax returns, which have been the subject of much speculation and controversy since he failed to release them during the 2016 campaign, despite his promise to do so.

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Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst

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President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.

Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.

Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”

Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.

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Pelosi is ‘marrying up the facts and the law’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘bribery’ is a critical indictment of Trump

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."

Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.

"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.

"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."

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