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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Acting DEA head Robert Patterson "told staff Monday he is retiring, saying that running the agency as a temporary fill-in had become 'increasingly challenging.'"
"Top aides to President Donald Trump are planning additional crackdowns on immigration before the November midterms, despite a growing backlash over the administration’s move to separate migrant children from parents at the border. Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and a team of officials from the Justice Department, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Management and Budget have been quietly meeting for months to find ways to use executive authority and under-the-radar rule changes to strengthen hardline U.S. immigration policies."
"Two longtime associates of President Donald Trump are now acknowledging a previously undisclosed contact in May 2016 with a Russian who they say offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. Roger Stone and Michael Caputo say they forgot to tell investigators about their contact with a Russian national who goes by the name Henry Greenberg — even though they say Greenberg offered to sell incriminating information to the Trump campaign for $2 million."
"As Trump signed a joint statement with Kim Jong Un that offered few details on how the North Korean leader would make good on his vow to denuclearize, Republicans on Capitol Hill said Tuesday that they want and expect the White House to submit any final agreement for their approval." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for any agreement to be in the form of a treaty.
President Trump announced that the United States will suspend "war games" with South Korea, which are "inappropriate" given his meeting with North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un. "We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money," said Trump, "unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should." The military exercises "carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by Pyongyang as a US rehearsal for war, and a reason it needs to build a nuclear arsenal."