“People close to” retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s (D) Chief of Staff Naomi Andrews (D) “are telling fellow Democrats that she is considering entering the race. Andrews considered running soon after Shea-Porter announced in October that she will not run for re-election, and then set the idea aside. But the entrance of Levi Sanders into the race this week has reignited her interest, sources say. And if he runs, and if Shea-Porter were to endorse her, it would be a major boost.”
“Sanders, meanwhile, told WMUR this week that 50 people volunteered to help his campaign in his first full day as a candidate.” (WMUR)
The race for the district, which President Trump narrowly won in 2016, is full of Democrats.
DISTRICT SHOPPING? Iraq War veteran Maura Sullivan (D) “had considered running in multiple congressional districts before her move to New Hampshire. … She was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, and she recently moved to New Hampshire from Washington, D.C.” Multiple sources said “that Sullivan reached out and sought meetings with Illinois political heavyweights as she considered moving back to her home state to run for Congress. I’m told she was actually considering two Illinois districts: The 6th and the 3rd. One of the most notable meetings Sullivan had was with” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL 09). “The DCCC wouldn’t comment on so-called ‘recruiting,’ but according to two people I spoke with, they were considering Sullivan for those two districts in Illinois as well as Virginia’s 10th district.” (New Hampshire Public Radio)
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"Congress is considering attaching a narrow background check bill for gun purchases to a must-pass government funding package before the end of the week, when thousands of high school students are expected to congregate in Washington for the March to End Gun Violence. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said leadership was talking to its members about adding the background legislation, even as news broke of a new school shooting on Tuesday morning in Maryland."
"The House likely will not vote until Thursday on an omnibus spending bill, according to numerous lawmakers who attended a GOP conference meeting this morning. Some two dozen issues are still outstanding, members were told. The $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 measure must be passed before government funding runs out Friday."
"President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against China, following through on a long-time threat that he says will punish China for intellectual property infringement and create more American jobs. The tariff package, which Trump plans to unveil by Friday, was confirmed by four senior administration officials. Senior aides had presented Trump with a $30 billion tariff package that would apply to a range of products, but Trump directed them to roughly double the scope of the new trade levies."
"President Trump’s attorneys have provided the special counsel’s office with written descriptions that chronicle key moments under investigation in hopes of curtailing the scope of a presidential interview, according to two people familiar with the situation. Trump’s legal team recently shared the documents in an effort to limit any session between the president and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to a few select topics" on order to "minimize his exposure. ... The lawyers are worried that Trump, who has a penchant for making erroneous claims, would be vulnerable in an hours-long interview."