“Vice President Mike Pence will prioritize raising money for vulnerable Republicans in the months ahead after his political action committee raised eyebrows by directing most of its 2017 contributions to safe incumbents running for re-election in friendly districts. Pence plans to participate in a joint fundraising committee dubbed ‘Protect the House’ with” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the NRCC “and nearly two dozen endangered House Republicans specifically designated for extra resources.”
“This group includes, among others” Reps. Will Hurd (TX-23), John Katko (NY-24), David Valadao (CA-21), David Young (IA-03), Scott Taylor (VA-02), and Ryan Costello (PA-06). (Washington Examiner)
ON THE WEB. The DCCC launched a 50-district Facebook ad campaign slamming Speaker Paul Ryan for his tweet on the GOP tax plan. The ad reads: “Ryan just BRAGGED about a secretary getting a $1.50 tax cut from his tax scam. By comparison, he’s handing the richest 1-percent $1,000 PER WEEK!” (release)
DROPOUTS. The Daily Kos compiled a roundup of recent House dropouts. Former Department of Defense staffer Diedra Greenaway (D) ended her campaign against Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA 25). Businessman Colin Minehart (D) dropped his bid for Rep. Tim Walz’s (D-MN 01) open seat. And former Fairfax Education Association president Kimberly Adams (D) quit the primary to face Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA 10). (Daily Kos)
THE GAMEPLAN. President Trump “on Monday offered the country a preview of the Republican 2018 campaign strategy: Hammer congressional Democrats for not supporting the GOP tax bill, and if that doesn’t work, then tie them to” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Despite the tough odds, GOP campaign strategists agree that the best option for Republicans is to run on the tax cut bill, and to hammer incumbent Democrats for voting against it.” (CNBC)
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President Trump directed the Department of Defense to organize a military parade for November 11, Veterans Day, according to an unclassified memo written by H.R. McMaster and sent to Defense Secretary James Mattis. The memo says "Trump wants Mattis to brief him on 'concepts of operation for this event.' The memo also said that the parade route should begin at the White House and end at the Capitol." Trump was reportedly inspired by Bastille Day festivities in France.
At the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump announced his support for allowing teachers to carry concealed firearms at schools. "Why do we protect our airports, our banks, our government buildings, but not our schools?" Trump asked the audience. "It's time to make our schools a much harder target ...When we declare our schools to be gun free zones, it just puts our students in far more danger." Trump said that roughly "10 or 20 percent" of teachers were very adept with guns, and that "a teacher would have shot the hell out of him [the shooter] before he knew what happened. They love their students, folks, remember that."
Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is expected to plead guilty to a raft of new tax and fraud charges filed against him by special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday. Gates is expected to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.