"President Trump named John R. Bolton, a hard-line former American ambassador to the United Nations, as his third national security adviser on Thursday, continuing a shake-up that creates one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history. Mr. Bolton will replace Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer who was tapped last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation but who never developed a comfortable relationship with the president." Bolton was an outspoken advocate of military action during the George W. Bush administration, and has "called for action against Iran and North Korea."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is fundraising for housing bubble whistleblower Katie Porter (D), a UC Irvine law professor challenging Rep. Mimi Walters (R). “The Republican Congresswoman who holds that seat has voted with Donald Trump 97.8% of the time this year — including votes to repeal health care for millions of Americans, defund Planned Parenthood, and gut the rules on Wall Street. I’ve seen Katie’s commitment and grit up close and personal,” Warren wrote in the email. (Politico)
CA-48. “Of the 22 Democrats who’ve already launched campaigns against” Orange County’s “four GOP House members, at least 10 were on hand Saturday” at the annual Truman Awards. In the race against Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R), stem cell biologist Hans Keirstead (D) “one of the top early fundraisers in the Rohrabacher race, said he hopes endorsements by members of Congress and by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will prompt Democrats with less support to drop out. Keirstead was helped with his entry into the race by the DCCC and said he confers with DCCC leaders weekly. But another top fundraiser in the race,” businessman Harley Rouda (D), “said the DCCC is also helping his campaign. ‘The only way our campaign will end is if we don’t advance past the primary,’” he said. (Orange County Register)
CA-10. “Six of the eight Democratic challengers looking to unseat” Rep. Jeff Denham (R) “gathered” last week for a debate, where they “discussed their plans for the country’s healthcare and the economy during a series of question rounds, where two candidates were called up at a time to answer questions, as well as give a rebuttal to their opponent’s response. Participating in the debate were” registered nurse Dotty Nygard (D), investor Josh Harder (D), former Riverbank Mayor Virginia Madueno (D), former congressional aide Mateo Morelos Bedolla (D), Navy veteran Mike Barkley (D), and engineer TJ Cox (D). “According to pre- and post-debate audience polls conducted by Our Revolution Turlock, shift in support from ‘unlikely’ to ‘likely’ was greatest for Cox and Madueño, and Nygard was the only candidate who was able to turn a substantial number of ‘unlikely’ supporters into ‘very likely’ supporters.” (Turlock Journal)
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"When a Russian news agency reached out to George Papadopoulos to request an interview shortly before the 2016 election," deputy communications director Bryan Lanza encouraged him to respond. "You should do it," Lanza wrote in a September 2016 email, "emphasizing the benefits of a U.S. 'partnership with Russia.'" The Trump campaign has "sought to paint the 30-year old energy consultant as a low level volunteer" in the campaign, but recently disclosed emails show that Papadopoulos had contact with "senior campaign figures" in the Trump campaign, "such as chief executive Stephen K. Bannon and adviser Michael Flynn," who encouraged him to "broker ties between Trump and top foreign officials."