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Democrat Conor Lamb claimed victory in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District special election in a speech to his supporters.
Slightly premature since he is less than 600 votes ahead and not all absentee ballots have been counted.

This was thought to be a safe GOP seat where Trump won by 20 points and is the first House seat since Trump's election to be flipped to the Dems.
For those wondering about a possible recount:
https://heavy.com/news/2018/03/penns...-law-absentee/

Keep in mind that in most of Pennsylvania there is no paper backup to the electronic voting machines, so a recount is not as useful or relevant as when you have a piece of paper to verify. Republicans thought that no paper backup was fine in the 2016 election but maybe they'll want to reconsider if this seat is lost.

http://www.pennlive.com/politics/ind..._machines.html
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Old 14.03.2018, 11:35
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

The US economy is doing well, the tax cuts are in place and working, the Dems have no strong policies or manifestos so it is difficult to find any cause for this GOP loss other than Trump's personal unpopularity?

The Dems cannot continue with only the story line "we are not Trump", they need to up their game.
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Old 14.03.2018, 16:21
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GOP backing down!

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The Republican, Conaway, leading the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian election interference softened his characterization of a key investigative finding.

“We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump,” Mr. Conaway said Monday.

Speaking again with reporters on Tuesday, Mr. Conaway said it was a matter of interpretation whether the Russians were trying to hurt Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s opponent, or explicitly help his candidacy.
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An interesting tidbit on the upcoming midterm elections based on the outcome in Pennsylvania.

"But here is the ONE fact that above all proves that this special election was an unmitigated disaster for the Republican Party: There are 114 Republican-held congressional seats that are LESS red than Pennsylvania’s 18th district. Since the Democrats need to gain only 24 seats in the November elections, this fact spells doom for the GOP."

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Gotta love the hyperbole of Politicus, "1 Fact Shows Why The Pennsylvania Special Election Was A Disaster For The GOP" followed by your headline, "But here is the ONE fact that above all proves that this special election was an unmitigated disaster for the Republican Party: There are 114 Republican-held congressional seats that are LESS red than Pennsylvania’s 18th district. Since the Democrats need to gain only 24 seats in the November elections, this fact spells doom for the GOP."

Disaster/unmitigated disaster/doom... do you think, just maybe, that they are trying to create and push a narrative here?

Geez...

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An interesting tidbit on the upcoming midterm elections based on the outcome in Pennsylvania.

"But here is the ONE fact that above all proves that this special election was an unmitigated disaster for the Republican Party: There are 114 Republican-held congressional seats that are LESS red than Pennsylvania’s 18th district. Since the Democrats need to gain only 24 seats in the November elections, this fact spells doom for the GOP."

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Trump has complained in recent days that his Cabinet has fallen well short of his expectations and wants to purge all the "deadweight," one official said.

So who will feel the axe

The following Cabinet members have all been criticised by Trump or are under clouds of one sort or another; Jeff Sessions, Ben Carson, David Shulkin, Betsy DeVos, H.R. McMaster, Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruitt plus the rumours circulating about chief of staff John Kelly.

When you look at this long list plus the long list of people fired by Trump and another long list of White House people unable to get full security clearances then one has to wonder about Trump's competence to select people.
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...Disaster/unmitigated disaster/doom... do you think, just maybe, that they are trying to create and push a narrative here?

Geez...
Have to agree. The language being used is over-the-top. Yes, this race is interesting given the flip from 20+ points ahead for Trump. Maybe it doesn't bode well for November but the Democrats still have work to do. I don't they should start picking wallpaper for congressional offices just yet.
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Gotta love the hyperbole of Politicus, "1 Fact Shows Why The Pennsylvania Special Election Was A Disaster For The GOP" followed by your headline, "But here is the ONE fact that above all proves that this special election was an unmitigated disaster for the Republican Party: There are 114 Republican-held congressional seats that are LESS red than Pennsylvania’s 18th district. Since the Democrats need to gain only 24 seats in the November elections, this fact spells doom for the GOP."

Disaster/unmitigated disaster/doom... do you think, just maybe, that they are trying to create and push a narrative here?

Geez...
Certainly they are. Still it is a sweet moment for those of us who are not Trump lovers. Losing from a 20 point lead is hard to explain, unless you admit that Trump in power is toxic . Conor Lamb was a dream candidate for the Democrats. They will not always be so lucky, partly because the Bernie Sanders wing will be lobbying for their guys, who are much less electable in red states.
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Old 15.03.2018, 01:22
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US stocks were creeping up as people believed the Trump trade tariffs would likely not happen.
Now Gary D. Cohn has resigned the current assumption is that the Trump tariffs will happen and so US stock futures have crashed down; Dow now over 300 points.

It is a very volatile situation and so little events will cause huge swings in the Dow, up or down. Good time to make (or lose) a lot of money.
After what looked like a market recovery the Dow reversed and crashed down again over the last couple of days and is now well under 25,000 again.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

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Five of our incredible @Cabinet Secretaries are testifying on the Hill this morning on the need to rebuild our Nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
We need to build FAST & we need to build for our FUTURE.
Thank you @SenateCommerce for hosting this hearing! #InfrastructureInAmerica
All good positive stuff which makes it even more hard to understand why Trump and his administration seem to be doing everything possible to stop the Gateway project which is a plan to build two new train tunnels from New Jersey into Manhattan.
Surely cannot be so simple as New Jersey and Manhattan did not vote for Trump
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A lawyer at the Trump Organization was involved in the legal efforts to try and stop adult film star Stormy Daniels from speaking out about an alleged affair with President Trump.

Jill A. Martin, an attorney for the Trump Organization, is listed as a counsel in legal documents for an arbitration demand by a company created by Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen
So a full time Trump employee was trying to stop adult film star Stormy Daniels from speaking out about an alleged affair with President Trump.

Surely cannot mean Trump was in any way involved with adult film star Stormy Daniels.
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His fans dont care. Trump is holy!He can do what he wants
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Larry Kudlow will be my Chief Economic Advisor as Director of the National Economic Council. Our Country will have many years of Great Economic & Financial Success, with low taxes, unparalleled innovation, fair trade and an ever expanding labor force leading the way! #MAGA
Trump is averse to accepting advice from the experts he hires so hiring a cable news host instead to make his actions look good on TV is a good move.

Meanwhile; U.S. diplomats around the world on Tuesday were told by Washington not to post or retweet a statement by now-former Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein that apparently contradicted the White House's account of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's firing.

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Steve Goldstein was fired within hours of posting his statement; he should have known better in this post-truth world.
I am sure this order will be great for improving State Department morale (bigly).
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The US economy is doing well, the tax cuts are in place and working, the Dems have no strong policies or manifestos so it is difficult to find any cause for this GOP loss other than Trump's personal unpopularity?

The Dems cannot continue with only the story line "we are not Trump", they need to up their game.
Lamb is ex-marine, pro-gun and against abortion. He didn't have to campaign to win the nomination, which allowed him to bypass statements accomodating the very left democrats, and he didn't run against an incumbent.

Seems Lamb could easily pass for a republican. It may be foolish to interpret too much into this result.

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US imposes sanctions against Russians for election meddling.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43419809
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Lamb is ex-marine, pro-gun and against abortion. He didn't have to campaign to win the nomination, which allowed him to bypass statements accomodating the very left democrats, and he didn't run against an incumbent.

Lamb could easily pass as a republican. It may be foolish to interpret too much into this result.
Not as foolish as interpreting too little.
Trump traveled to the district to offer his endorsement, and with his twin message of tax cuts and tariffs. The GOP spent around $12 million supporting their candidate.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents as part of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

A lawyer for the Trump Organization said it has been cooperating and dismissed reports about the subpoena as old news.

The subpoena is the most direct move by the special counsel to go after documents related to Trump’s business empire and brings the probe closer to Trump.

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We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada, as we do with almost all countries (some of them massive). P.M. Justin Trudeau of Canada, a very good guy, doesn’t like saying that Canada has a Surplus vs. the U.S.(negotiating), but they do...they almost all do...and that’s how I know!
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says the U.S. in 2016 had a goods and services trade surplus with Canada of $12.5 billion.
And Trump’s own 2018 economic report, which was released last month and signed by the president, also notes that the U.S. runs “a net bilateral surplus only with Canada and the United Kingdom.”

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says the U.S. in 2016 had a goods and services trade surplus with Canada of $12.5 billion.
And Trump’s own 2018 economic report, which was released last month and signed by the president, also notes that the U.S. runs “a net bilateral surplus only with Canada and the United Kingdom.”

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Even better (as I guess you saw), he actually later admitted to lying. From his own mouth, tells us an awful lot about how little you can trust him.

OK, most of us know this already.....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.8c6f96dc68eb
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