“One Nation, a nonprofit organization, is airing ads in Missouri and Arizona starting Thursday, while Senate Leadership Fund, an affiliated super PAC, is launching its first ad of the cycle in Indiana.
“In Arizona, One Nation is putting at least $505,000 behind ads. … It is the first spending there this cycle from a group allied with Senate GOP leadership. The advertising will address border security … though it’s not clear which candidate it will be about.”
“In Missouri, One Nation … booked new ad reservations starting Thursday that take the group’s total spending over $2 million.” (Politico)
HEALTH CARE. Democrats are seizing on the Trump administration’s push in court to overturn ObamaCare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, hoping to leverage the issue ahead of November’s midterm elections as some Republicans rush to distance themselves from the move. (The Hill)
“The same red state Democrats who distanced themselves from the Affordable Care Act in 2012 are embracing it in 2016. The politics on the issue have shifted and many believe what was a negative for years is now an issue that puts Republicans on the defensive.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: “We Democrats are going to spend the next few months, including the August work period, focusing on the nation’s health care system.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): “You’re going to hear me talk about it nonstop. It is outrageous the stress people feel right now about climbing health care costs.” (NPR)
TRADING BARBS. “Democratic senators and candidates in competitive races have pounced on Trump’s plans to slap tariffs on U.S. allies, saying they are a drag on jobs and the economy in their states, all of which Trump won in 2016. Republicans are struggling to respond, not wanting to cross the president even as they’re ideologically in favor of free trade. And the leaders of some conservative organizations likely to invest heavily in Senate races, including the Koch brothers’ political network, are concerned that an economic backlash could damage GOP candidates in a number of key races. … The case is stark in states like North Dakota, Missouri and Tennessee, homes to three battleground Senate contests that could be directly affected by Trump’s tariff plan.” (Politico)
HAIL TO THE LEADER. Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Lou Barletta (R-PA) and former state Rep. Mike Braun (R-IN) praised Trump’s summit with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. (releases)
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"The United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases" in Texas and Arkansas, "as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the border."
"House Republican leaders are further delaying a vote on a compromise immigration bill, planning to make changes to the legislation for a vote next week. The news comes after a two-hour Republican Conference meeting Thursday, in which authors of the bill walked through its contents and members raised concerns about issues the bill doesn’t address, multiple GOP lawmakers said. Many members requested the addition of a provision to require employers to use the E-Verify database to cheek the legal status of their employees."
After a conservative-backed immigration bill failed in the House, 193-231, leaders "postponed a vote on a 'compromise' immigration proposal until Friday. ... GOP leaders, however, are under no impression that they'll be able to secure the 218 votes needed in the next 24 hours to pass the text. Rather, the delay is to give members more time to read the bill."