"President Trump named John R. Bolton, a hard-line former American ambassador to the United Nations, as his third national security adviser on Thursday, continuing a shake-up that creates one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history. Mr. Bolton will replace Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer who was tapped last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation but who never developed a comfortable relationship with the president." Bolton was an outspoken advocate of military action during the George W. Bush administration, and has "called for action against Iran and North Korea."
Vice President Mike Pence is set to campaign this week for Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE 02), Andy Barr (R-KY 06), and NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers (R-OH 15).
He “will travel to Kentucky on Wednesday to campaign for … Barr, who faces a potentially tough reelection fight in 2018, and participate in another America First Policies event on tax cuts. On Friday, Pence will travel to Ohio for another America First Policies event on taxes in Cleveland and campaign for” Stivers. (Politico) “Pence also plans to appear at a fundraiser for … Bacon, who is in a hotly contested race for re-election, but no date has been announced.” (Omaha.com)
MONEY RACE. “Speaker Paul Ryan’s PAC will make its largest one-time transfer of the year, giving $715,000 to 143 members of the GOP House Majority for their 2018 campaigns.” (Axios)
PRIMARY BATTLE. “[A]t California’s recent state convention, Kyle Layman, the DCCC’s top staffer for the west coast, suggested” the DCCC’s attack on activist Laura Moser (D) in TX-07 “wouldn’t be the last such intervention, according to multiple sources familiar with the message he shared.”
“In at least four districts so far — the 39th, 45th, 48th, and 49th — the nightmare scenario of no Democrat on a general election ballot is possible, and it is consuming staff at DCCC headquarters, according to candidates and other operatives who’ve spoken with them.” (The Intercept)
DC LIFE. “Not all D.C. connections are the same. Unlike Moser, who was a journalist and activist who once suggested she’d never want to move back to her grandparents’ hometown in Texas, many of this year’s Democratic challengers, including veterans, lived in D.C. because they worked at the Pentagon or the State Department.”
“The Congressional Leadership Fund expects to attack at least three former D.C. residents —” former Defense Department officials Dan Feehan in MN-01, and Elissa Slotkin in MI-08 and former State Department official Tom Malinowski (D) in NJ-07 “— as part of a broader narrative that they don’t have strong enough ties to their districts. America Rising, a GOP research firm, found that these three Democrats have received the D.C. homestead tax deduction, which applies to principal residences of District homeowners.” (Roll Call)
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"When a Russian news agency reached out to George Papadopoulos to request an interview shortly before the 2016 election," deputy communications director Bryan Lanza encouraged him to respond. "You should do it," Lanza wrote in a September 2016 email, "emphasizing the benefits of a U.S. 'partnership with Russia.'" The Trump campaign has "sought to paint the 30-year old energy consultant as a low level volunteer" in the campaign, but recently disclosed emails show that Papadopoulos had contact with "senior campaign figures" in the Trump campaign, "such as chief executive Stephen K. Bannon and adviser Michael Flynn," who encouraged him to "broker ties between Trump and top foreign officials."