Trump evoked anti-Semitic tropes against American Jews while trying to prove how pro-Israel he is
- President Donald Trump on Tuesday said American Jews who vote Democrat display either "a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," evoking blatant anti-Semitic tropes as he sought to prove how pro-Israel he is.
- But Trump's comments on Tuesday painted Jews as a monolith and a group that should somehow be treated differently than other religious traditions, which is inherently anti-Semitic.
- Omar has also used anti-Semitic tropes — including invoking a "dual loyalty" charge against Jewish-American supporters of Israel.
- While Trump has attacked Omar relentlessly over her comments, he just deployed the very same trope as he pigeonholed an entire religious group in his escalating campaign to make US support for Israel a partisan issue.
- But the president has not relented as he works to paint these lawmakers as the new face of the Democratic Party in an effort to portray the party as anti-Semitic, socialist, and un-American ahead of the 2020 election.
Another domino just fell toward an impeachment inquiry for Trump
- A senior Lujan aide told the Washington Post that the lawmaker has backed an impeachment inquiry for a while but didn't want to get out in front of moderate House Democrats he helped elect last year.
- But the House speaker is fighting an uphill battle against Democrats like New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who told CNN this month that the panel is already conducting a formal impeachment inquiry.
- The House Intelligence Committee is also playing a key, unprecedented role in Nadler's impeachment investigation, Politico reported, because of the nature of Mueller's findings in the Russia probe.
- While Nadler's panel has focused largely on the obstruction case, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has signaled a keener interest in Mueller's counterintelligence findings, namely Trump's encouragement of Russia's interference in the 2016 race, and his company's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow at the time.
Once a GOP hotbed, Orange County now has more registered Democrats than Republicans
- Washington (CNN) - Orange County, California, a historically Republican stronghold that served as the North Star for Ronald Reagan-style conservatism, now has more voters registered as Democrats than Republicans.
- In last fall's midterm elections, Republicans lost their grip on the wealthy enclaves along the coast in northern Orange County that comprise the district held by former 15-term Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
- Republicans also lost the inland Orange County district represented by former GOP Rep. Mimi Walters to Rep. Katie Porter, a progressive Democrat who has made a name for herself in the House through her tough questioning of bank CEOs. The GOP losses also include the the state's 39th District in northern Orange County, which is now held by Rep. Gil Cisneros, who took control of the district from retired Republican Rep. Ed Royce.
Analysis: Why Democrats in 2020 are moving toward their most ambitious gun control agenda ever
- When the Democratic-controlled Congress and Clinton passed the Brady Bill in 1993 requiring background checks for firearm purchases made in gun stores, 69 House Democrats -- almost all representing rural, blue-collar or Southern districts -- voted no.
- The Democrats' greater consensus on gun issues was evident in February, when the House passed a universal background check bill with only two Democratic legislators -- both from largely rural districts -- voting no.
- Some House Democratic leaders and gun control advocates don't want to shift the focus from the universal background check issue, which Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, have faced growing pressure to address.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg have now also endorsed a licensing requirement, and Warren would mandate registration under the National Firearms Act of 1934 of all assault weapons in circulation (an idea proposed legislatively by Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida).
#MyPalestinianSitty: Feud between Rep. Tlaib and Israel spurs odes to grandmothers
- The dispute over US Rep. Rashida Tlaib's canceled plans to visit her aging Palestinian grandmother has been rife with ugliness.
- Tlaib and her congressional colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar, had planned to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories this month, but the Israeli government banned them over their support for boycotting and divesting from the nation.
- Tlaib's supporters cited the move as evidence that Israel feared the world knowing the truth about its occupation of the Palestinian territories.
- The next day, the #MyPalestinianSitty hashtag emerged when Shatha Odeh came to Tlaib's defense, posting old photos of her grandmother.
- Tlaib and Omar also joined in the postings, with Tlaib sharing photos of both of her grandmothers -- Muftiyah Tlaib, who the lawmaker had hoped to visit in the West Bank, and her other grandmother, "one fierce woman" from Beit Hanina who nobody messed with.
Texas' big cities may tip US balance of power in years ahead
- Now Texas Republicans face indications that the same recoil from President Donald Trump that has hurt the party in other diverse and well-educated metropolitan areas -- from suburban Philadelphia to Orange County, California -- could combine with growing racial diversity to move Texas from reliably red into a genuinely competitive state much more quickly than almost any analyst envisioned even a few years ago.
- In presidential elections since 2000, Republicans have consistently won more than two-thirds of the vote for the two parties in 199 mostly white nonmetropolitan counties across the state, according to a study by Murray and Renee Cross, senior director of the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs.
John Hickenlooper is out of the 2020 presidential race. That's good news for these 3 Democratic candidates
- Since December 2018, INSIDER has been conducting a series of national polls asking respondents who they would be satisfied with in the event they secured the Democratic nomination.
- INSIDER's eight most recent polls, surveyed from June 1 to August 11, suggest that a strong contingent of Hickenlooper's supporters are disproportionately open to throwing their weight behind Sens.
- Those polls found that respondents who liked Hickenlooper were 23 percentage points more likely to support Booker than the overall set, and 26 percentage points more likely to support Klobuchar or Gillibrand, compared to Democratic voters overall.
- Booker had the strongest advantage in the most recent August poll, which found that Hickenlooper supporters liked him 41 percentage points more than the typical Democrat did — a far stronger preference than any other rivals had.
- Bernie Sanders probably won't benefit either: Hickenlooper supporters don't like him any more than Democratic voters overall do.
One Republican's quest to stave off joining the 'Texodus'
- In the past four weeks, four of his fellow Texas Republican colleagues have done so -- a political phenomenon nicknamed "Texodus" -- including two members who represent suburban districts similar to McCaul's.
- The Democrats flipped the House in 2018, suddenly making life miserable for GOP members now in the minority, and targeted half of the members of Congress in Texas, including him.
- He changed his campaign staff, including hiring Corry Bliss, who led the top Republican-affiliated super PAC for House races in 2018, as a general consultant.
- The midterm elections under President Donald Trump sunk Republicans in suburban districts across the country, including two in Texas, one of which had not been served by a Democrat since George H.W. Bush won it in 1966.
Here's why the once solidly Republican state of Texas could become a ticking time bomb for Trump's GOP
- Ford O'Connell, a veteran GOP campaign strategist and adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, told INSIDER that while the increase in the state's Latino population is an important demographic change, Texas' current leftward shift can be attributed more to white suburbanites breaking with President Donald Trump's Republican party.
- Romney carried Texas' 7th and 32nd congressional district in the Houston and Dallas suburbs, respectively, by comfortable double-digit margins in 2012, but Clinton narrowly won both in 2016, according to data compiled by the Daily Kos. Democrats ended up flipping both seats in the 2018 midterms.
- Ray told INSIDER that the Democratic strategy to win back House seats will necessarily involve both flipping Trump-skeptical suburban voters and increasing turnout among nonvoters — the latter of which was a major component of O'Rourke's 2018 campaign strategy.