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Late-Night Briefing: Some Positive News for Democrats (For a Change)

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 10, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 10, 2018 |


— As Donald Trump continues to slam NATO on Twitter, the Senate has passed a non-binding resolution — by a 97-2 count — supporting NATO. It’s largely symbolic, but even symbolic gestures can get under the skin of the President. To wit: The Senate will also apparently vote tomorrow to take steps toward reigning in Trump’s ability to impose tariffs.

— Good news for Democrats, who already hold a sizable lead on the generic ballot: Voter registration is way up ahead of the midterms. In the 31 states where voters register by party, Democrats have 12 million more registered voters than Republicans. In all, they have the lead in 19 states (including Kentucky and West Virginia, strangely), while the GOP holds the lead in registered voters in 12 states. Apparently, Trump also won in 11 of the 12 states in 2016 where there were more registered Republicans. Don’t get confident, however. Those registered voters still must actually go out and vote.

— This? Is this for real? Because wow!

— Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson — one of seven members of a Republican delegation who visited Russia over the 4th of July — is now suggesting that we should lift sanctions on Russia and that the election meddling was no big deal. Some of the colleagues who attended that meeting disagree.

— Another former Ohio State wrestler — the eighth — has come out to allege that Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan knew about the abuse at OSU when he was an assistant coach. “Jordan is denying this because obviously, it would be political suicide for him. He’s still denying it. Jim Jordan knew. He didn’t do anything about it.” The wrestler said that when he told Jordan about abuse that he encountered with the team doctor that Jordan “snickered.”

— London will greet Trump with a giant Trump baby balloon when he visits on Friday; citizens of England are campaigning to make Green Day’s “American Idiot” the number one song as he arrives; and now we have learned that the BBC has aired a special program called Trump: Is the president a sex pest? The special contains interviews with women who have had negative sexual encounters with the President.

— Finally, for what it is worth, Trump’s decision to hire former Fox News executive Bill Shine for the White House Comms Department has actually made Sean Hannity even more alienated at Fox News, according to Buzzfeed. Shine and Fox News did not part amicably, and Fox News isn’t exactly thrilled that Hannity got Shine the gig with Trump.

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