“Steve Bannon is telling people he’s not coming after mainstream Republicans in the House the way he’s targeting senators with anti-establishment disrupters in primaries. Many in the House are looking over their shoulders all the same. ‘I can’t read Mr. Bannon’s mind,’ said” Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC 13), “who could well be on the list.”
“When Bannon met this month with” NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers “he told Stivers their goals are aligned. They’re ‘largely on the same page to defend and expand’ the party’s majority, though there ‘might be a race here or there’ where they clash, said Andrew Surabian, a Bannon associate and adviser to the Great America Alliance, a pro-Trump political organization.” (AP)
ON THE AIR. The Emerson Collective, an advocacy group led by Laurene Powell-Jobs, has launched a TV and digital ad campaign urging voters to ask their representative to pass the Dream Act. The ads will target Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA 39), Steve Knight (R-CA 25), Darrell Issa (R-CA 49), Mimi Walters (R-CA 45), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL 26), Martha McSally (R-AZ 02), Leonard Lance (R-NJ 07), Will Hurd (R-TX 23), Pete Sessions (R-TX 32), John Culberson (R-TX 07), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ 11), Mike Bishop (R-MI 08) and Ryan Costello (R-PA 06). (West Chester Daily Local)
WARNING POLLS. “Democrats lead their Republican rivals by 10.7 percent on the generic congressional ballot, according to the most recent RealClearPolitics average of available polling data. That mark is the highest that average has gone since just before the 2010 elections, where Republicans netted 63 House seats.” (The Hill)
BLAST FROM THE PAST. “One chairman quit early. The chairmen of four other full committees plus at least eight subcommittee chairmen are retiring or seeking other office. With still a year to go until the election, that’s the biggest exodus of the House members in charge of setting priorities and writing legislation since the 109th Congress in 2005-2006, when five Republican committee chairmen didn’t seek re-election. Democrats won a majority of House seats that year.” (Bloomberg)
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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."