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‘Always attack’: CNN’s Avlon shows how Trump’s stonewalling is right out of the Roy Cohn playbook

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CNN’s John Avlon said on Friday that President Donald Trump’s strategy of stonewalling Congress came right out of the Roy Cohn playbook.

“Donald Trump is definitely building a wall, but this one seems to be around his administration,” said Avlon. “One week after the redacted Mueller report was released, it’s become clear stonewalling is Donald Trump’s strategy for dealing with Democrats going forward.”

“In the past week alone Trump has sued to stop the release of his financial records, tried to block the testimony of his White House counsel Don McGahn, prevented a White House security director from testifying about why 25 staffers were given security clearances despite earlier denials, including Jared Kushner,” said Avlon.

“And his Justice Department,” he added, “even ordered the head of the Civil Rights Division to refuse a subpoena on the Census citizenship question one day after the case went to the Supreme Court.”

“So it looks like total obstruction will be the way forward until Election Day 2020. Congratulations, everybody,” said Avlon. “It’s an extension of Trump’s advice from his old mentor Roy Cohn, who first found infamy as a lawyer for Joe McCarthy and in the mob: ‘always attack, never defend.'”

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Showing fired-up small-dollar donors, democratic fundraising platform ActBlue processed record $420 Million so far this year

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"We're seeing millions of donors, record-breaking totals every quarter, and a rapidly-growing small-dollar army that is ready to help Democrats take back everything from school boards to the White House next year."

Online fundraising platform ActBlue said Wednesday that 3.3 million supporters gave over $420 million so far this year to roughly 8,700 Democratic campaigns and left-leaning organizations, a haul it said was a testament to the surging "small dollar army" of donors.

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Trump’s racists attacks are ‘central to 2020 strategy’ – expect ‘more, not less race-baiting madness’: Report

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President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four progressive Democratic Congresswomen are not "improvisational madness," but rather calculated "race-baiting" that is "central to his 2020 strategy."

So reports Axios, citing sources "close to Trump" who "predict more, not less, of the race-baiting madness."

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Two Texas Republicans in Congress were outraised as national Democratic offensive kicks off in Texas

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Two potentially vulnerable Texas Republicans in Congress were outraised — and a few others saw seriously funded challengers — as the first major fundraising deadline passed in a cycle where national Democrats have built an expansive battlefield here, targeting six seats.

In the second quarter, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, fell short of Democratic challenger Sri Preston Kulkarni, $378,000 to $421,000. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, raised less than Democratic opponent Kim Olson, $225,000 to $279,000, before making a large loan to his campaign. And a few other GOP incumbents posted strong numbers — but so did Democrats running to unseat them, in a couple cases outpacing the officeholders after they entered the race mid-fundraising cycle.

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