ILLINOIS: The Bernie Sanders-aligned group Our Revolution endorsed marketing consultant Marie Newman (D), who is challenging Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-03) and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D), who is running for retiring Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s (D) seat. (Politico)
IN-06: Former state Deputy Attorney General Jonathan Lamb (R) released an ad that touts his uphill campaign “running against the vice president’s brother,” businessman Greg Pence (R). “Some people say that that’s crazy, but I’m Jonathan Lamb and I got to run,” he says in the spot, while jogging. (Advertising Analytics) Rep. Luke Messer (R) is retiring.
MA-03: “The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses and health professionals in the state, has endorsed” state Sen. Barbara L’Italien (D) “in her campaign for” retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas’ (D) seat, “making it the first major union to endorse any candidate in the race.” (release)
MS-03: State Sen. Sally Doty (R) entered the race to replace retiring Rep. Gregg Harper (R). “Doty, 50, a Republican attorney from Brookhaven, qualified Monday for the race at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in downtown Jackson. Doty, who chairs the Senate Energy Committee and is vice chairwoman of Judiciary A, has been a part of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves leadership team, and a key lawmaker in recent years. She is one of five senators serving on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.” (Jackson Clarion Ledger)
Businesswoman Morgan Dunn (R), a managing director of a health care consulting firm, also entered the race. (WTVA)
TX-05: Susan B. Anthony List, a national anti-abortion rights group, endorsed former congressional campaign manager Bunni Pounds (R). Pounds is running to succeed her boss, retiring Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R). (release)
VA-06: Sen. Ted Cruz (R) endorsed Republican National Committeewoman Cynthia Dunbar’s (R) bid for retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R) seat. (release)
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The indictment, filed in the District of Columbia, alleges that the interference began "in or around 2014," when the defendants began tracking and studying U.S. social media sites. They "created and controlled numerous Twitter accounts" and "purchased computer servers located inside the United States" to mask their identities, some of which were stolen. The interference was coordinated by election interference "specialists," and focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration, and other divisive issues. "By early to mid-2016" the groups began supporting the campaign of "then-candidate Donald Trump," including by communicating with "unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign..."
"Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office, indicating he's poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case. Gates has already spoken to Mueller's team about his case and has been in plea negotiations for about a month. He's had what criminal lawyers call a 'Queen for a Day' interview, in which a defendant answers any questions from the prosecutors' team, including about his own case and other potential criminal activity he witnessed."
"The Senate on Thursday rejected immigration legislation crafted by centrists in both parties after President Trump threatened to veto the bill if it made it to his desk. In a 54-45 vote, the Senate failed to advance the legislation from eight Republican, seven Democratic and one Independent senators. It needed 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle. "
"The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a Thursday meeting to hear testimony from Steve Bannon—but it's an open question whether President Donald Trump's former chief strategist will even show up. The White House sent a letter to Capitol Hill late Wednesday laying out its explanation for why Trump's transition period falls under its authority to assert executive privilege, a move intended to shield Bannon from answering questions about that time period." Both Republicans and Democrats on the committee dispute the White House's theory, and have floated charging Bannon with contempt should he refuse to appear.