DELAWARE AT-LARGE: State Rep. Bryon Short (D) ended his campaign for Rep. John Carney's (D) seat, citing fundraising problems. (Delaware Public Media)
FL-02: Eagle PAC Forum is backing attorney Mary Thomas (R) in the race for Rep. Gwen Graham’s (D) seat. (release)
State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D) said she is considering entering the race. (Tallahassee Democrat)
FL-05: The Supreme Court's decision Monday to uphold the "one person, one vote" principle marks a "potential legal setback for ... Rep. Corrine Brown (D), ... whose legal challenge to Florida's court-ordered redistricting plan includes complaints that non-voting prison inmates are counted in her district's population." (Tampa Bay Times)
IN-03: State Sen. Jim Banks (R) and former Wisconsin state senator Pam Galloway (R) drew an A+ rating from the NRA, while farmer Kip Tom (R) received an A and state Sen. Liz Brown (R) got an A-. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
MD-08: National Nurses United endorsed state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D). (release)
PA-02: "Ten months after" Rep. Chaka Fattah's (D) wife, Renee Chenault-Fattah, "finalized paperwork on the sale of her 1989 Porsche convertible to a lobbyist friend of her husband's, the former NBC10 news anchor continued to insure the sports car and keep it in her garage. Now, federal prosecutors say they have a recording that proves Chenault-Fattah still considered the car to be her own nearly a year later and knew its January 2012 sale for $18,000 was little more than a sham. The tape — which prosecutors intend to play next month at the corruption trial of her husband ... could expose Chenault-Fattah to criminal liability, they said in court filings late last week." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
PA-09: The National Right to Life Committee endorsed Rep. Bill Shuster's (R) reelection. (PoliticsPA)
Shuster and 2014 challenger Art Halvorson (R) will take part in a forum April 16, hosted by the Uniontown Herald-Standard. (Uniontown Herald-Standard)
TN-08: Shelby County Land Bank administrator Dawn Kinard will take an unpaid leave of absence to serve as campaign manager for Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell (R). (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
TX-19: Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald endorsed former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor Jodey Arrington (R), while Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson (R) picked up support from former TX-19 candidate Donald May (R). (Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
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"The Justice Department on Friday charged a Russian woman for her alleged role in a conspiracy to interfere with the 2018 U.S. election, marking the first criminal case prosecutors have brought against a foreign national for interfering in the upcoming midterms. Elena Khusyaynova, 44, was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Prosecutors said she managed the finances of 'Project Lakhta,' a foreign influence operation they said was designed 'to sow discord in the U.S. political system' by pushing arguments and misinformation online about a host of divisive political issues, including immigration, the Confederate flag, gun control and the National Football League national-anthem protests."
The United States and South Korea have suspended "another major joint military exercise to give the diplomatic process with North Korea 'every opportunity to continue.'" Exercise Vigilant Ace, which last year "involved 12,000 US troops and some 230 military aircraft from the US and South Korea," was due to take place in December. Trump has canceled other operations in the past, which Gen. Robert Abrams said "had resulted in a 'slight degradation' to the readiness of US and Korean troops," but were a "prudent risk" to improve improve relations with Pyongyang.
"Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has decided to take part in an anti-terror finance meeting with Saudi security officials and their Middle Eastern counterparts in Riyadh later this month, opting to attend despite growing global outrage over the suspected murder of a U.S.-based journalist at the hands of Saudi operatives, according to three people familiar with his travel plans. The security gathering next week is separate from a Riyadh financial summit that Mnuchin announced on Thursday he would not attend."
"Steve Penny, the former president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, has been indicted on a felony count of tampering with evidence" in the sexual assault case against disgraced USA gymnastics physician Larry Nassar. Nassar was found guilty in January of sexually abusing dozens of young gymnasts, and was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. Penny, who was arrested on Wednesday in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, "is accused of ordering the removal of documents from the Karolyi Ranch in Texas," where much of Nassar's abuse occurred.
Defense attorneys involved in the Mueller probe say the public "shouldn’t expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths. ... Perhaps most unsatisfying: Mueller’s findings may never even see the light of day."