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Ex-GOP congressman reveals the trap Republicans are walking into that could cost them the 2020 election

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On Saturday, in a panel discussion on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” former GOP congressman David Jolly outlined a major risk for Republicans in 2020 as they try to move beyond special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia.

Specifically, Jolly and his fellow panelists pointed to Senate Republicans’ attempts, led by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), to change the subject and open an investigation into whether the FBI agents who investigated Russia gave Hillary Clinton a pass on her emails — at the same time that senators led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seem all but certain to kill any potential attempt by the House to impeach President Donald Trump.

As Jolly noted, that could backfire in a big way.

“The more fascinating thing to me, Joy, is, are the Republicans really going into the 2020 still running against Hillary Clinton?” said Jolly. “Somebody who last held office, I think, eight years ago as secretary of state?”

“So Democrats have Mayor Pete and Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, Eric Swalwell, all these new young voices, and Republicans want to run against Hillary Clinton in 2020,” said Jolly. “They are morally and intellectually bankrupt.”

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Democrats are on the verge of setting a ‘time bomb’ for any candidate who can defeat Trump

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If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.

That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.

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State Sen. Royce West enters Democratic primary to challenge John Cornyn

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State Sen. Royce West made it official Monday: He’s running for U.S. Senate, joining a crowded and unsettled Democratic primary in the race to unseat Republican John Cornyn.

“I’m battle tested,” West told supporters at a campaign launch event. “You’ve seen me in battle, and I’m ready today to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”

The Dallas attorney has been viewed as a potential primary contender for some time now, but he remained mum publicly on his plans. In June, West met with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., where he reportedly had a “positive meeting” and signaled that he was likely to throw his hat in the ring. He filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork to formally launch his bid Friday.

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Former NASA flight director Chris Kraft dies at 95

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NASA's first flight director Chris Kraft, who played a critical role in the American space race, has died just days after 50th anniversary celebrations for the first Moon landing, the agency said.

The 95-year-old joined NASA in 1958 and developed the planning and control processes needed for crewed space missions, creating the agency's Mission Control operations that were used to manage the first US manned spaceflight and the Apollo missions to the Moon.

"America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passing of one of NASA's earliest pioneers," said agency chief Jim Bridenstine in a statement announcing Kraft's death on Monday.

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