"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."
Democrats took a 10-point lead on a new Quinnipiac generic ballot (March 3-5; 1,122 voters; +/- 3.5%), leading 48 percent to 38 percent. Among Independents, Democrats’ lead increases to 12 points, 45 percent to 33 percent. (release) Meanwhile a Monmouth University poll showed Democrats with a 9-point lead on a generic ballot (March 2-5; 708 RVs;+/- 3.7%), leading 50 percent to 41 percent. That’s an increase from a 2-point lead in January. (release)
MOBILIZATION. Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate organization announced a $7 million voter turnout effort to be split evenly between Florida and California. The group will target 300,000 young voters via 80 organizers in seven GOP-held congressional districts, including those of retiring Reps. Darrell Issa (CA-49), Ed Royce (CA-39), and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48). In Florida, the group will boost Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL 07) and three other GOP-held seats. (The Hill)
FUNDING MATTERS. Daily Kos announced raising $225,000 to distribute amongst the eventual nominees of the winners of the primary runoffs against Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX 23), John Culberson (R-TX 07), and Pete Sessions (R-TX 32) and the Senate race. (release)
ON BOARD. NARAL Pro-Choice announced endorsements of former State Department adviser Lauren Baer (D) in the race against Rep. Brian Mast (R) and 2016 state Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) in the race against Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R). (Florida Politics)
PRIMARY POLITICS. “Can the” DCCC “and the Resistance share a midterm election without driving each other crazy? … The basic problem is that the two camps have fundamentally different approaches to elections. Former DCCC deputy executive director Ian Russell” notes “that DCCC decisions are ‘data-driven: Who’s the best candidate? Not ideologically who’s too liberal or too conservative … but who is running a professional campaign? Do we have polling that this individual can win?’”
“But the network of progressive groups playing in House races believe fervently that ideologically like-minded candidates are not only superior on policy grounds, they also have the best chance to win.” (Politico)
Former DCCC Chairman Steve Israel: “The job of the chairperson is to win seats. That’s it. It’s not to enforce party doctrine, purge ideological dissenters, or purify the wellspring of party orthodoxy. It’s to set a battlefield of offense and defense that maximizes your potential to win general elections and, in the case of the DCCC, win the majority.” (The Hill)
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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."