IL-03: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “said Thursday she supports” Rep. Dan Lipinski (D) “and his bid for re-election, even as other Democrats have said they oppose him because he opposes legal abortion. … Despite her own pro-choice stance, Pelosi does not have a litmus test on the issue when it comes to members in her own party.” (Washington Examiner)
MI-13: “The race for the open congressional seat vacated by” Rep. John Conyers (D) “started out as a family affair but with 10 candidates now in the race, there are concerns the vote could be hopelessly split and result in the election of someone other than a black Detroiter to a seat traditionally and historically linked to both.”
Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the 13th District Democratic Party: “That is a very, very, very big concern among a lot of folks that I talk to.”
“In a race earlier defined by the candidacies of Conyers’ son,” hedge fund manager John Conyers III (D), and his grand-nephew, state Sen. Ian Conyers (D), it is now Westland Mayor Bill Wild (D) — “a white candidate who is mayor of the second-largest city in the district — whose presence looms large over conversations about the campaign among people who spoke to the Free Press. So does that of” former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D), whose Palestinian heritage “could also motivate blocs of Muslim and Arab-American voters elsewhere in the district south and west of the city.” (Detroit Free Press)
MS-03: State Rep. Michael Evans (R) announced his bid Thursday for retiring Rep. Gregg Harper’s (R) seat, emphasizing his opposition to abortion and the need for infrastructure improvements in the state.
Evans: “Mississippians deserve a real voice in Congress. It is time for serious leadership and representation in Washington, D.C.” (Mississippi News Now)
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"Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a 'lack of candor,'" McCabe launched a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions withheld information from Congress regarding his contact with Russian operatives. "Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly accused Sessions of misleading them" during his testimony, "and called on federal authorities to investigate." When Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, "several top Republican and Democratic lawmakers were informed of the probe during a closed-door briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and McCabe."
The Senate passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, or SESTA, by a vote of 97-2. The bill now heads to the White House, where President Trump is expected to sign it into law. SESTA lifts federal immunity for internet platforms involved in sex trafficking, "a move that prosecutors, victims and anti-trafficking activists are heralding as an essential step in cracking down on the crime." Opponents of SESTA argue had argued that lifting the immunity could open websites up to lawsuits based on user-generated content, which could lead to a crackdown on free speech.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg responded to reports that Cambridge Analytica had accessed the personal data of 50 million users, and kept the data after being told by the social media company to delete it. "I started Facebook," wrote Zuckerberg, "and at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens on our platform ... While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn't change what happened in the past." On Monday, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for “Mr. Zuckerberg and other CEOs” to testify "about social media manipulation in the 2016 election."