"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."
All “three Republican National Committee members from the state sent letters Friday to the RNC waiving the national party’s rule against supporting Republican candidates in contested primaries, approving ‘any and all pre-primary financial assistance and in-kind aid the RNC may choose to provide’ for” state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R). (National Journal)
WHEN YOU COME AT THE PRINCE … At a debate on Wednesday, former state Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill (D) called former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D) “Prince Richard of the Ohio Democratic Party” and later added “that the process has been rigged in Cordray’s favor. … But O’Neill might have landed a bigger punch when he told Cordray, ‘You’ve got an ‘A’ rating from the NRA.’ Opponents have been circulating a video of a 2010 speech that Cordray gave to a pro-gun rally at the Statehouse. And on the debate stage Wednesday, he didn’t repudiate the group.”
Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) “was asked about his history of meeting with [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad, including conducting a Fox News interview with the dictator. … Kucinich responded by saying he’s traveled the world trying to prevent wars, but he didn’t address meeting Assad. And with reporters after the debate, he refused to condemn the Syrian strongman, saying it’s up to Syrians to pick their leaders.” (Columbus Dispatch)
“The candidates agreed on opposing right to work laws, and the need for some sort of tighter gun control laws, though each had a different response to gun violence in schools and cities across the country.” (Toledo Blade)
“Kucinich wants to fully legalize marijuana, a move he said would have positive implications for criminal justice, agriculture and even the state’s ongoing opioid crisis.” (Cleveland.com)
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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."