“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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"The Trump administration on Thursday announced that the U.S. will now officially act to deter and respond to cyberattacks with offensive actions against foreign adversaries. The U.S.'s new cyber strategy, signed by President Trump, marks the federal government officially taking a more aggressive approach to cyber threats presented from across the globe."
The Trump Administration will sanction China over the purchase of Russian-made fighter jets and anti-aircraft weapons systems. "The sanctions are being imposed pursuant to the 2017 sanctions law punishing Russian interference in the 2016 elections, which threatens to sanction any third party that conducts a 'significant transaction' with the Russian defense industry." State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert cited "the delivery to China of Su-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018" as the transactions that led to the sanctions.
President Trump named retiring Rep. Darrell Issa "to head the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, setting up what could be a contentious confirmation battle in the Senate." As former House Oversight Committee chairman, Issa accused top IRS officials "of targeting conservative groups for political purposes, led the charge to hold former Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, and accused President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton of trying to covering up the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attacks in 2012." If confirmed, Issa would lead the Trump Administration's multi-front effort to renegotiate more favorable trade deals.