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On the roster: To Helsinki and back time: “Raise someone else with you’ – Scott brings in $22M in the first fundraising quarter, Van Hollen, Rubio Russia sanctions bill gains support – Hellooo!?!?

TO HELSINKI AND BACK
Well, that was now a week. Woosh! After seven days of feasting news like hungry stoners at the all-you-can-eat-buffet, maybe a couple of small plates are in order. With this in mind, here are a few morsels to enjoy over the weekend.

Remember, the summer is a third of the way through today, so make sure you go slow enough to enjoy everything – festina lente!

Lordy, there are the tapes. President Trump‘s former fixer, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded at least one conversation with then-candidate Trump about how you can arrange a payment of hush money, a former Nude model, Karen McDougal. Theories abound, whether it is the Trump, or Cohen’s legal team leaked the two-minute clip on the NYT. A trump lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, claims it justifies his customers claim he never paid McDougal or sex-worker Stormy Daniels for her silence. As a political matter, the Band is something like a hiss, since Trump is far beyond the point of shocking the conscience of his followers by the word of his satyrism. As a legal matter, but it is interesting. If a candidate has used a secret slush Fund, in order to prevent, to commit a damaging revelations emerging countries, during a campaign, would he or she committed a crime.

Did someone think this was the first or only time Cohen press the “rec” button on the trombone? If it was not, prosecutors are some very interesting listening sessions have had, since the Cohen-raid.

Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s blockade of the judge Merrick Garland‘s 2016 Supreme Court nomination was a great motivator for hold-your-nose Trump voters. Now McConnell, put Democrats on notice that, if you don’t pick up the pace to Trump’s second candidate, judge Brett Kavanaugh, McConnell, holding the vote over until shortly before the midterm elections, and then the jam, before the voters decide. The argument is that Democrats be kept out of the election campaign in the fall, and then suffer a depressing blow to decide shortly before the voters. Maybe… But the early voting is always the norm, and the Democrats would probably like to have ongoing hearings as a backdrop for GOTV. It is also possible that the democratic response would be anger rather than deflation. The other danger is that if there is a hiccup, the seat can be open on election day. If the GOP lost the Senate race, denied a Supreme Court seat, a lame duck confirmation would be a bad look and a bad precedent.

Buuutttt… The election threat is really for the handful of Democrats most likely to end up voting for Kavanaugh, anyway. This threat can work as a pry bar to put pressure on the democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

REP Will Hurd, R-Texas, wrote a harsh op-ed about the President are hardly in Helsinki and later disagreements on Russia. Hurd, a former undercover CIA operative, saturates it clear that Trump is “manipulated” by Russian intelligence. It is an important work, Yes, but the answer is perhaps more interesting. If Democrats are sincere in their desire to create a bulwark against Trump accommodations of Vladimir Putin, they would be on the search for Republican allies on that count. Those who decry the Republicans, and against Trump on Russia, but still supports normal conservative initiatives, supported by the White house show insincere in their outrage. If you want to, that the President is accused of, that’s fine. But Trump’s Russia problem doesn’t sound like a very good argument for the Republicans against a ” Supreme Court nominee, etc.

Matthew Continetti provides a useful reminder today, that arguments about the size, scope and value of the NATO are hardly something new. And unlike some of his colleagues, supporters of the mutual-defense-Pact, Continetti, the effort it takes, in fact, the argument in favor of the Western countries with an all-for-a-one-for-all arrangement. He can make keys on the part of NATO, their proponents are usually too uncomfortable to be: America is an Empire without subjects, and our power in the world is the guarantor of peace. As James Brown said, you have the cost to be the boss. The other bosses don’t offer right now is so appealing. In contrast to the time of the Empire, our nation, and no one is there to provide a soft landing for America, if we choose to reject, such as the United Kingdom did once born.

We don’t know whether to congratulate you or offer condolences to Charlotte for been chosen to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. In view of the current barbarism in politics, we are sure that both parties see great unrest during the conventions. Charlotte has experience from the DNC in 2012, but our guess is that this cycle will bring perfideres actors in the foreground. But, on the other side: a barbecue. Please note also, credit Brianna McClelland with all the future uses of the phrase “Char-LIT 2020!”

In light of President Trump, the attacks on the anti-inflation measures in progress, at the Federal Reserve, James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute, offers a brief and useful history of the President’s interference in the policy of the Central Bank, including the browbeating ways, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. The verdict: not a sock it to the Fed.

The Parallels between the moment and the civil meltdown of the summer of 1968, are obvious to everyone. The situation was then far your, but the rhythms are the same. What to see in America 50 years ago, turbulent, heart was wrenching and leave traces that we are still alive today. But only a year later, in our country, achieved one of his crowning triumph: We sent people to the moon and brought them safely home. And it was on this day in 1969, we have shown the world what the Americans are United in the common objective can not do anything.

Today is our dear friend judge Andrew Napolitano has his father lost, Andrew Alexander Napolitano, devoted husband and father and was a Navy veteran of the second world war. “Andy” was 92 and had lived a life well. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Rita, their three sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. You are thinking of him and his family in your prayers, to pray if you are the type. And even if they are not, it is a great excuse to shower some love on people, you are you, who. R. I. P.

THE RULES OF THE GAME: ALL THE FEELS
“Every unbiased observer may infer, without danger of error, and at the same time, without reflecting on the importance of the party, or individual persons of a party that, unfortunately, PASSION, not REASON, presided over their decisions.” –Alexander Hamilton or James Madison, Federalist No. 50

TIME OUT: ‘LIFT SOMEONE ELSE WITH YOU’
Garden & Gun: “As the proclaimed Queen of Creole cuisine, Leah Chase reigns in the dooky down Chase, the seventy-seven-year-old New Orleans restaurant, where the famous (Mahalia Jackson, Beyoncé, and multiple presidents) and the know (your neighbors in the Treme, the have eaten there for decades) come to meals and to worship. But Chase is more than the sum of their gumbo and chicken—it embodies the city and its history. While the Segregation of the civil rights era, dooky down Chase was one of the few public places in New Orleans, where activists like the Freedom Riders and Martin Luther King, Jr.could meet with people of other races. “You have said things you didn’t consider back in those days, and it has even change anything,” Chase. Now, at the age of ninety-five, after earning just about every honor possible, including the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in South America and in the Southern Foodways Alliance lifetime achievement award—you’ll find yourself still in the kitchen at dooky down Chase every day.”

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INDICATOR
Trump job performance
Average Approval:
42.2 Percent
Average of the refusal:
with a high of 51.8 percent
Net Rating:
-9.6 Points
Change from prior week:
up 1.2 points
[On average contains: Gallup: 43% approve – 52% lean; Fox News: 46% approve – 51% oppose; Quinnipiac University: 40% approve – 55% lean; IBD: 41% approve – 54% lean; CNBC: 41% approve – 47% disapprove.]
Control of the house
Republican Average:
40.4 Percent
Democratic Means: 48.2 Percent
Advantage:
Democrats plus 7.8 points
Change from a week ago:
no change
[On average contains: Fox News: 48% Dems and 40% GOP; Quinnipiac University: 50% Dems 41% GOP; IBD: 48% Dems and 40% GOP; USA Today/Suffolk University: 45% Dems, 39% of GOP; CNN: 50% Dems 42% of GOP.]
SCOTT BRINGS IN $22M IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF FUNDRAISING
Politico: “Gov. Rick Scott brought in $22 million during his first quarter as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, an incredible number, this is probably the biggest federal quarterly haul of the election campaign donations in Florida’s history. This figure includes 14 million US dollars in personal funds from Scott $232 million in assets. The Governor of the personal wealth is part of his political identity, and fueled his rise from a relatively unknown businessman, in 2010, to a two-term Governor known as the national Republicans. Even without his personal money, Scott’s campaign raised $8 million, which is double what opponent Bill Nelson, the three-term democratic incumbent, raised. Nelson raised $4.4 million in the second quarter, its largest number since his entry into the Senate. The largest fundraising quarter of the Florida Republican sen. Marco Rubio ever produced $5.6 million, while its re-election in 2016. Scott has also spent $18 million in the first quarter on his official campaign spent more than $17 million for Nelson throughout his 2012 re-election, the most expensive of his career.”

Ocasio-Cortez meets the election campaign, with Bernie Sanders – Fox News: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the national election campaign this week with Vermont sen. Bernie Sanders to stump for other left-wing candidates, as well as the upstart, the 28-year-old democratic socialist rising profile to rankle top Democrats. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez is expected that the campaign is on 20. July for two congressional candidates seeking to unseat the Republican incumbent in Kansas: James Thompson in Wichita, and the former Sanders, delegate Brent welder in the suburbs of Kansas City. But Ocasio-Cortez, is also seeking the support of various progressives, to oust democratic incumbents elsewhere — alarming-Democratic leaders and experts worry that their growing national profile, and far-left policy could fracture the party before important elections.”

Survey shows the Republican nominee leading in the race to replace Issa – Roll Call: “The open-seat race in California’s 49th District is close, according to a survey conducted by Republican Diane Harkey‘s campaign, the name calling. Harkey, an elected member of the California State Board of Equalization, oversees the control, the led-democratic, environmental attorney Mike Levin, 46 percent to 43 percent. Nine percent of respondents were undecided. California is in the center of the Democrats ‘” path to a house majority this year, because it is the home of seven GOP-held seats that Hillary Clinton wore in the year 2016. The largely coastal 49th District, which includes parts of San Diego County and Orange counties, is one of them. The voters here backed Clinton with 7 points, while the re-election of GOP rep. Darrell Issa of less than 1 point. Issa is conditions this year, after nine.”

Dems eye on attorney General race – US News: “Democrats are eyeing a half-dozen pickups of the attorneys General across the country this fall in the campaigns, flying largely under the radar and often break out the results at the top of the ticket. If there is a blue wave coming, you can see that these competitions as the undercurrent below the surface. To capture far less attention than Congress-races to determine the balance of power in Washington and-slot-gubernatorial elections on the ballot, this year’s campaigns for General prosecutors offer Democrats an opportunity to nationwide, the chief law enforcement offices in the control in the States. And also, they present more favorable turf for Democrats, as the General government, where the Republicans have built, the overwhelming predominance over the last decade. While the GOP two-thirds of the General government, the General prosecutors office controls are split more evenly.”

VAN HOLLEN, RUBIO RUSSIA SANCTIONS BILL RECEIVES SUPPORT
Politico: “Sens. Marco Rubio(R-Fla.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) to beat, the one-to-action urging their bipartisan proposal from Russia with automatic new sanctions if it interferes in future US elections. Rubio, Van Hollen asked to have cross-party leaders of the banking and Foreign Relations committees,” which in some parts of the jurisdiction on sanctions legislation a hearing and mark-to impose its plan to impose new sanctions against Moscow within 10 days after the Director of national intelligence, determines that the further election has taken place interference. In January, introduced the Rubio-Van Hollen bill picked up eight new cosponsors on Thursday, evenly divided between the two parties. The bill and the momentum steadily grown since majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) mentioned it on Tuesday as a option for the table, for the Senate to respond to President Donald Trump, his warm attitude towards Vladimir Putin‘s government, although some senators have concerns that their width can reach to hit the U.S. ally.”

Is coats grabbed his coat? –
Vanity Fair: “Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats was interviewed on stage at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday, when Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin invited to the White house… all of a sudden, the conversation took on the contours of an exit interview. Coats, finally, protest was vehement, if Trump, the vilified during his joint press conference with Putin on Monday to the public, the United States intelligence community, the coats. “The strong reaction sparked speculation that the coats are eyeing could be an exit. … As a senior White House official told the Post, ‘coats has gone rogue.’ For many White house observers, the only remaining question is whether Trump will defenestrate coats, before he can flee.”

Pompeo promises to Trump not hand Democrats, on the Kremlin – Fox News: “Secretary of state Mike Pompeo , said President Donald Trump “understands” that the Russians interfered in the US elections in 2016 — and fired back on the criticism that the President is weak, appeared in this week’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I think these allegations are absurd,’ Pompeo said of Fox News’ Shannon Bream in an interview on Thursday night on ” Fox News @ Night.’ Pompeo claimed that Trump was “relentless” against Russia, and subtly, the media criticized for over-dramatizing the reporting on the meeting in Helsinki. “This administration has been relentless to deter the efforts of Russia from its bad behavior,” he said. ‘We have inherited a situation where Russia was, running all over the United States. These last few days, more heat than light, frankly.'”

Rosenstein announces DOJ strategy for foreign interference – “USA Today”: “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submitted a 156-page report Thursday night to Cyber-operations and strategy, the foreign actors, the US elections, including notification of the American public to the attacks. The report, which was part of an effort by attorney General Jeff Sessions, in February, focuses on the various types of Internet threats and what the Ministry of justice and the intelligence services doing to counter these efforts, together with what it could be better. The first Chapter is devoted to the combat of malicious foreign influence operations, especially when it comes to elections. Rosenstein, under the announcement of the report on the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, said the Russian interference in the election of 2016 was a one-off issue. It is not something that happens for years and will get worse with the advancement of technology.”

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Senate Finance committee to hold IRS-nomination vote – Political

AUDIBLE: RUNNING FOR OFFICE AND HAVE A BLAST
“My first impression was that it’s not rocket science. … Well, I’ve changed my mind.” – Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez, running in Texas ” 6. District, to the fights, to be running a campaign as a newcomer.

ANY SUNDAY

This weekend, Bret Baier, Mr Sunday, sit down with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S. C., and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N. J. Watch “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” Check local listings for broadcast times in your area.
 
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HELLOOO!?!?

KIRO: “thieves stole more than $10,000 in value of the property from home in Magnolia that will be renovated, including the tools, by the contractor, and electronics. The victims found their stuff on Offerup.com. They claim that the Seattle police recommended to the Department that you set up a meeting with the sellers, and an officer would be there for the sting. But the police never showed, you in a potentially dangerous position. A spokesman for the SPD said, there are some misunderstandings, because the recommendation is against Department policy. It is the victim has frustrated incredible about this situation. The burglar climbed over a ladder in a bathroom window. In the bathtub, you can still see that the accused tracks. … If your stuff is stolen, the police should officers for the stolen items online and say. But you advise against the establishment of a session.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“On the moon there is nothing but dust and rocks. And then — just about all the astronauts are talking about — you look up and see this beautiful, blue marble, warm and fragile, hanging in the black lunar sky. And you long for home. The astronauts brought back, the image in the famous photo, ‘Earthrise’ — and, with him, this feeling of longing.” – Charles Krauthammer , writing in the Washington Post, Oct. 5, 2007.

Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. FOX News mid-term report in your Inbox every day wants? Sign up here.

Chris Stirewalt, Fox News Channel (FNC) entered into force in July 2010, and serves as politics editor in Washington, DC

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