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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Until last month, National Security Advisor John Bolton chaired the New York-based nonprofit Gatestone Institute, which promoted "misleading and false anti-Muslim news." The group published articles warning of a looming “jihadist takeover” of Europe leading to a “Great White Death," alleged that “no-go zones” existing in Europe due to violence from Muslim migrants, and published one story called: “Rape Capital of the West," which focused on Somali migrants in Sweden. The research, which was occasionally amplified by Russian media outlets and Twitter bots, also criticized mainstream European leaders for failing to confront the so-called crisis.
"Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has resigned following days of large-scale street protests against him." Sargsyan had previously served 10 years as President, and protestors accused him of clinging to power. "In 2015, Armenians voted in a referendum to shift the country from a presidential to a parliamentary system, stripping powers from the president and giving them to the prime minister." Sargsyan's government has also been criticized for failing to ease tensions with Azerbaijan and Turkey, and "for its close ties to Russia, whose leader Vladimir Putin also moved between the positions of president and prime minister to maintain his grip on power."
President Trump "welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron the White House" today to begin a three-day state visit "expected to be dominated by U.S.-European differences on the Iran nuclear deal and souring trade relations." Trump has vowed to scrap the Iran nuclear deal "unless European allies strengthen it by mid-May." After meetings on Monday and Tuesday, Macron will address Congress on Wednesday, "the anniversary of the day that French General Charles de Gaulle addressed a Joint Session of Congress in 1960."
"A sheriff in Illinois says Travis Reinking," the suspect in a mass shooting that killed four people in a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday, had his state firearms card revoked last year by state police, but that "his guns were given to his father with the promise that they wouldn’t be shared with his son ... Huston says Reinking’s father has a valid firearm ownership card, and his officers didn’t believe they had any authority to seize the weapons." Police are still searching for the 29-year-old suspect.