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The RNC is actually hurting GOP candidates to prevent Trump from facing humiliation — here’s how

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The Republican National Committee withholds some polling data from GOP candidates to prevent them from distancing themselves from President Donald Trump.

Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale has led the takeover of the RNC to consolidate an unprecedented amount of control over the president’s party, according to a new report by Pro Publica and Texas Monthly.

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Other presidents — including Barack Obama — have exerted control over their party, but political experts say Trump’s takeover actually hurt GOP candidates during the 2018 midterms, and threatens to do so again next year.

For example, the RNC provides sophisticated polling-based analytics called “voter scores” to party committees and local candidates, but they withhold one important data point to protect the president.

The RNC omits data showing how voters in specific states and congressional districts feel about the president, which helps Trump but puts GOP candidates at a disadvantage.

Republican insiders believe the RNC holds on to that data to prevent GOP candidates from publicly distancing themselves from Trump or leaking polling data that could embarrass the president.

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“They don’t want you to know if it isn’t good,” said former RNC chairman Michael Steele, an outspoken Trump critic. “There’s a lot of data they’re sitting on that they’re not sharing.”

Steele complained that the RNC is no longer independent, but was instead part of the Trump campaign.

“The question now isn’t, ‘What do you need?’” he said. “The question is, ‘Do you support Donald Trump?’”

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Beto O’Rourke looks to reactivate suburban strength in Texas to help Democrats win

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The photo line for Beto O’Rourke here Saturday afternoon quickly turned into something of a reunion.

“Hey, I know who you are!" a characteristically sweat-drenched O'Rourke told one supporter. After talking to another, O'Rourke yelled out to an aide: "Hey, someone who worked on the campaign wants to be plugged in again!"

The vibe was similar a day later in Plano, where O'Rourke rallied in front of signs reading, "Welcome to Beto Country," serving up nostalgia from his near-miss loss to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz last year. He said the Senate race was the "only reason" he got to run for president, touting the support he built in Collin, Denton, Tarrant and Dallas counties before getting drowned out by cheers.

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Corey Lewandowski may use Judiciary Committee hearing to launch New Hampshire Senate run

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Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will appear before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday to answer questions about incidents outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. But he may use the appearance as a way to launch his New Hampshire Senate run.

Axios reported Sunday that the former top aide to President Donald Trump is eager for a fiery exchange between him and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and other Democrats.

“Corey will use [the hearing] as part of the campaign. He will be confrontational to the Democrats. He will be totally loyal to Trump. And he will be playing to the right-wing of the party who need to unite behind him in a primary," said former New Hampshire Attorney General Thomas Rath.

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Trump flip-flops on meeting with Iran with ‘no preconditions’– then blames it on the media

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President Donald Trump went off on the "fake news media" yet again, after his own appointees announced he was willing to meet with Iran.

"The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, 'No Conditions.' That is an incorrect statement (as usual!)," Trump tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1173371482812162048

In an odd twist, Trump announced just three months ago he'd be willing to meet with no preconditions.

“Not as far as I’m concerned – no preconditions,” the president said in a Meet the Press interview. At another point in the interview, he also said: “I think they want to make a deal. And my deal is nuclear.”

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