NY-01: State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R) raised $131,000 in the two-month pre-primary period, while former SEC prosecutor George Demos (R) raised $59,000. Demos started his campaign with a personal donation of $2 million. Rep. Tim Bishop (D) raised $175,000 and has a significant cash advantage with more than $800,000 in the bank. (Hotline reporting)
NY-04: Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice (D) had a wide lead on her competitors in fundraising, taking in $644,000 in the pre-primary period, compared to Nassau County Legislator Bruce Blakeman‘s (R) $89,000 and attorney Frank Scaturro‘s (R) $36,000. (Hotline reporting)
NY-11: Rep. Michael Grimm (R) raised only $44,000 and spent $214,000, including $40,000 to his attorneys at Patton Boggs. Former New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia (D) raised $144,000 and had more than $1 million in cash. (New York Daily News)
NY-19: Rep. Chris Gibson (R) raised $353,000, while investor Sean Eldridge (D) raised $138,000. Both had roughly $1.5 million cash on hand; Eldridge donated $965,000 to his campaign earlier in the race. (Hotline reporting)
NY-21: Documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf (D) raised $163,000, former George W. Bush White House aide Elise Stefanik (R) raised $114,000, and businessman Matt Doheny (R) raised $87,000. Woolf had a significant cash advantage, with $377,000 to Stefanik’s $184,000 and Doheny’s $172,000. Woolf has given his campaign about $211,000, Stefanik has given hers about $62,000, and Doheny has given his $250,500. (Hotline reporting)
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A new short film by the BBC, which premiered in the U.S. this weekend, explores the question of whether President Trump sexually harassed women in the 1980s and 1990s. Witnesses say they saw the president at cocaine-fueled parties harassing women as young as 17.
"Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved. 'Important verbal agreements' were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements," and cooperation in Syria.
"Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed."