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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As the Russia investigation heats up, "the role of Marc E. Kasowitz, the president’s longtime New York lawyer, will be significantly reduced. Mr. Trump liked Mr. Kasowitz’s blunt, aggressive style, but he was not a natural fit in the delicate, politically charged criminal investigation. The veteran Washington defense lawyer John Dowd will take the lead in representing Mr. Trump for the Russia inquiry."
President Trump's attorneys are "actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work." They plan to argued that Mueller is going outside the scope of his investigation, in inquiring into Trump's finances. They're also playing small ball, highlighting "donations to Democrats by some of" Mueller's team, and "an allegation that Mueller and Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia had a dispute over membership fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011." Trump is said to be incensed that Mueller may see his tax returns, and has been asking about his power to pardon his family members.
In addition to ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, Robert Mueller's team is also "examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe. FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said. The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort."
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is "is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates", including "Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008."
"A Senate bill to gut Obamacare would increase the number of uninsured people by 32 million and double premiums on Obamacare's exchanges by 2026, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The analysis is of a bill that passed Congress in 2015 that would repeal Obamacare's taxes and some of the mandates. Republicans intend to leave Obamacare in place for two years while a replacement is crafted and implemented."