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Pelosi just head-faked Trump into helping her unify her own caucus — here’s how

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When President Donald Trump stormed out of infrastructure talks with Democratic leaders and gave them a Rose Garden ultimatum to drop all congressional oversight of his administration or give up any chance of working with him on legislation, everyone from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to Fox News speculated that it was a pre-planned stunt.

But if it was a stunt, it is unclear exactly what it accomplished for the president. On the contrary, as Politico reporters John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett noted on Tuesday evening, the whole episode may have been a massive gift for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

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In recent weeks, Pelosi has been facing increased anger from within her own caucus by certain members who want to open up impeachment proceedings against the president immediately. It remains an open question whether Pelosi actually opposes impeachment personally, but there can be no denying she wants to advance the issue slowly compared to some of her caucus’ more strident voices.

But thanks to Trump’s tantrum, Bresnahan and Everett explained, “she can argue that what they’re doing is already working. Trump clearly doesn’t know how to respond to the barrage of Democratic investigations; they’re winning in the courts and he’s throwing fits.” All of which would allow Democrats to unify behind advancing the investigations on her terms, tabling impeachment at the very least until she believes it is prudent.

Some Republicans concur that this is the case, with one senior GOP official telling Politico, “It’s a disaster. It plays right into her hands.”


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The ‘Lincoln Project’ group that infuriated Trump is now setting its sights on McConnell with new ‘Rich Mitch’ ad

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The anti-Trump super PAC headed by current and ex-Republican strategists that has made viral waves with its videos attacking President Trump is now turning its sights towards Mitch McConnell, Morning Consult reports.

The Lincoln Project dropped a new ad this Thursday, calling McConnell "rich Mitch," contrasting his wealth with the financial hardships of citizens in his state of Kentucky. According to the Morning Consult, the ad "does not attempt to directly tie McConnell to Trump, instead only nodding to the president in passing photos alongside the majority leader."

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‘Do it now’: Lindsey Graham asks older judges to retire before November — when GOP could get routed

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With the 2020 presidential election nearly five months away, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is calling on older conservative judges to retire en masse as his party faces the possibility of getting routed in the fall.

As the Washington Post reports, Graham told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that now is the time for older judges to step down to ensure that they are replaced by Senate Republicans.

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Trump slammed as an ‘adolescent wannabe-authoritarian’ after his campaign ‘bullies’ online retailer over a cartoon

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Cartoonist Nick Anderson recently put an anti-Trump cartoon, titled “The Trump Cult,” up for sale on the e-commerce site Redbubble — which temporarily removed it following a complaint by President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. And Anderson is speaking out about the incident.

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