“Senate Democrats narrowly won … on Wednesday … in a 52-47 vote to overturn a decision last December by the Federal Communications Commission to dismantle Obama-era rules that prevented broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast from blocking or speeding up streams and downloads of web content in exchange for extra fees. The commission’s repeal of net neutrality is set to take effect in a few weeks.” (New York Times)
Every Senate Democrat voted in favor of overturning the decision. (Hotline reporting)
HASPEL. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) “is not among those who will back” Gina Haspel’s CIA director nomination. “Last week, Brown told reporters he had concerns about her background.” (cleveland.com)
“The Senate Intelligence Committee moved Wednesday to recommend … Haspel … setting up a floor vote that her opponents say will signal to the world whether the United States condemns or condones torture.” (Washington Post)
TREND-SPOTTING. “As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe hits the one-year mark Thursday, Republicans in midterm elections have started to see an opportunity to use the Trump controversy to their advantage – by appealing to voters tired of the never-ending investigation.” (Fox News)
So far, four Republican members in the House have lost statewide bids, including for Senate in Indiana and West Virginia. Reps. Jim Renacci (R-OH) and Lou Barletta (R-PA) both won, with the help of President Trump’s endorsement. Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) are expected to win their respective primaries while Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) faces an inter party fight.
“For Republican primary voters, candidates who are trying to move on from the U.S. House have two major obstacles to overcome: Not only are they part of what President Trump derides as the ‘swamp,’ but they’re also not getting enough done to support his agenda. The best way to overcome these twin objections seems to be a nod from the president himself. ” (Washington Post)
It’s a different story for Democrats, including for governors races. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) won his Senate primary in Texas, while Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) face little opposition for their respective nominations. (Hotline reporting)
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"President Trump said he plans to call Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump spoke on Saturday during an appearance in the Oval Office with Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was recently released by the Turkish government."
Asked by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes on Sunday night, President Trump said he thought he treated Dr. Christine Blasey Ford fairly, even as he was accused of poking fun of her at a rally. He then declined to address the issue further, saying "I'm not going to get into it, because we won. It doesn't matter. We won."
"The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month, according to U.S. and Turkish officials. The recordings show that a Saudi security team ... killed him and dismembered his body, the officials said." Late Thursday, Turkey agreed to form a joint committee with Saudi Arabia to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance, signaling Saudi Arabia's likely intent to preempt sanctions from the United States. Members of Congress have asked President Trump curb weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.