The NRSC has purchased five weeks of airtime entirely in Atlanta beginning Tuesday on behalf of businessman David Perdue (R). The committee hasn’t confirmed the buy, which was picked up by media trackers. It looks to be the first state in which the NRSC will go on air, despite purchases in Alaska ($2.66 million), North Carolina ($2.59 million), and Colorado ($2.2 million). (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
STREET CRED: Former nonprofit CEO Michelle Nunn’s (D) father, former Sen. Sam Nunn (D), is helping her navigate some of the topics he knows best on the trail: bipartisanship and military issues. Speaking at one campaign stop, Nunn called for a spirit of cooperation to be brought back to Washington. Her father echoed the comments, touting his own friendship with Bo Callaway during the Nixon and Ford administrations.
“Bo and I were terrific friends and worked together well, even though we had different views on some things,” Nunn said. “He was Secretary of the Army when I took over the Manpower Subcommittee (of the Senate Armed Services Committee) and we actually worked together to for a whole new brigade in the Army by working together to cut waste and inefficiencies. That’s the kind of spirit that seems to be too often missing today.” (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
At another stop, Nunn met with active duty troops and veterans to help pack boxes of food for families in need. The visit brought back memories for the older Nunn, who reminded the troops of his own focus on their issues while in office. “I spent a lot of time in my Senate career with the military. I spent a lot of time with these bases like the Albany Marine Base which is so important to our Marine Corp and national security.” (WALB)
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President Trump’s portrayal of an effort to funnel more Medicaid dollars to Puerto Rico as a "bailout" is complicating negotiations over a continuing resolution on the budget. "House Democrats are now requiring such assistance as a condition for supporting the continuing resolution," a position that the GOP leadership is amenable to. "But Mr. Trump’s apparent skepticism aligns him with conservative House Republicans inclined to view its request as a bailout, leaving the deal a narrow path to passage in Congress."
Facebook "outlined new measures it is taking to combat what it calls 'information operations' that go well beyond the phenomenon known as fake news" on Thursday. Facebook acknowledged that there are governments using its platform as a tool to launch propaganda information campaigns and "manipulate public opinion in other countries. ... Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts in France ahead of last Sunday’s first-round presidential election."
Democrats in the House are threatening to shut down the government if Republicans expedite a vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, said Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer Thursday. Lawmakers have introduced a one-week spending bill to give themselves an extra week to reach a long-term funding deal, which seemed poised to pass easily. However, the White House is pressuring House Republicans to take a vote on their Obamacare replacement Friday to give Trump a legislative victory, though it is still not clear that they have the necessary votes to pass the health care bill. This could go down to the wire.
Members of Congress are eyeing a one-week spending bill which would keep the government open past the Friday night deadline, giving lawmakers an extra week to iron out a long-term deal to fund the government. Without any action, the government would run out of funding starting at midnight Saturday. “I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon," said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.