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Rick Gates is reportedly about to plead guilty to Robert Mueller

  • As Vox's Andrew Prokop recently pointed out, it could just be bad for Manafort on the lobbying and money laundering charges levied against him — or it could have bigger implications for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
  • If Gates does indeed enter a guilty plea, he won't be the first former Trump staffer to do so.
  • The same day Mueller announced charges against Manafort and Gates in October, he also unsealed a weeks-old document revealing that George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, had pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his Russia contacts after being arrested in July.

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It's looking more and more like 'everyman' Joe Biden will run for president in 2020 — but he insists he hasn't made a decision yet

  • One possibility that Biden's longtime advisers have discussed privately is that he could announce his intention to serve only one term, clearing the path for his running mate to take over in 2024 and potentially setting up Democrats for a 12-year White House stretch.
  • Biden's brief discussion about his 2020 deliberations came as he brought foreign policy staffers together to set the 2018 agenda for the newly opened Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement — where many of them are now working, including Colin Kahl, his vice presidential national security adviser, and Steve Ricchetti, his former chief of staff.
  • Biden has started denouncing the current president's leadership more frequently in public, as he crisscrosses the United States and beyond to promote his new book, his cancer initiative, his new domestic policy institute in Delaware, the diplomacy center and his new political action committee, American Possibilities.

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Kirsten Gillibrand seems to be using Hillary Clinton's failings as a 'cautionary tale' in her latest move to position herself for 2020

  • Gillibrand became the fourth sitting Democratic senator to ban corporate PAC cash, putting her in the same camp as Sens.
  • Democratic strategists agree the decision is smart, and almost obvious — it will win Gillibrand points with the party's base, burnish her economic populist credentials, and distance her from Clinton, whose close ties to Wall Street and other corporate interests hurt her during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
  • Jon Reinish, a Democratic strategist and former aide to the senator, said Gillibrand was wise to view Clinton's "tone-deaf misread of where the base was when it came to money in politics" as a "cautionary tale," citing the backlash to Clinton's lucrative speeches for top banks.
  • An aide said the senator will continue to accept money from labor PACs. Bradley Tusk, a venture capitalist and former top adviser to Bloomberg, argued the senator's decision was also influenced by the declining efficacy of money in politics, which he attributes in part to the increasingly irrelevancy of TV ads.

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Donald Trump's 'Russia hoax' turned out to be real

  • The indictment – signed by special counsel Robert S Mueller III, and announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod J Rosenstein, both of whom Trump has at times mused about wanting to fire – reveals that the scope of Russia's alleged efforts to help Trump defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was extraordinary.
  • Mueller's indictment came three days after the nation's top intelligence chiefs warned in Senate testimony that Russia is targeting the 2018 mid-term elections in its continuing effort to disrupt the US political system.
  • Trump's scepticism of the intelligence about Russian interference and his administration's handling of the security threat was documented by The Washington Post last December, including efforts to explore the return of two Russian compounds in the US that had been seized by President Barack Obama.

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Joe Biden said in a private meeting he's keeping his 2020 options open — and a presidential run is a real possibility

  • One possibility that Biden's longtime advisers have discussed privately is that he could announce his intention to serve only one term, clearing the path for his running mate to take over in 2024 and potentially setting up Democrats for a 12-year White House stretch.
  • Biden's brief discussion about his 2020 deliberations came as he brought foreign policy staffers together to set the 2018 agenda for the newly opened Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement — where many of them are now working, including Colin Kahl, his vice presidential national security adviser, and Steve Ricchetti, his former chief of staff.
  • Biden has started denouncing the current president's leadership more frequently in public, as he crisscrosses the United States and beyond to promote his new book, his cancer initiative, his new domestic policy institute in Delaware, the diplomacy center and his new political action committee, American Possibilities.

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Someone please remind Trump that he ended DACA

  • President Donald Trump howled over the Senate's failure on Friday morning by lashing out at Democrats who refused to vote for the White House's preferred legislation, which would not only have funded his promised border wall, but also slashed legal immigration -- an issue that was not, until Trump took office, much of a topline concern to Republicans or candidate Trump.
  • So, yes, Republicans might well be working hard, but no, it's not on pursuing a viable path to salvage DACA.
  • Democratic lawmakers entered this past week largely willing to exchange billions of dollars for border wall construction in exchange for some kind of legislation to save DACA and the "dreamers," a wider swath of the mostly young, DACA-eligible undocumented immigrants.
  • DACA recipients will, in their best case scenario, live the coming year on tenterhooks awaiting higher court decisions on their fate.

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We spoke to the Republican candidate in the most-watched race in the country — and he knows it's going to be a battle

  • But Rick Saccone, the Pennsylvania Republican who calls himself "Trump before Trump," believes that the special election taking place in the Keystone State's 18th congressional district will, at least in part, be a national referendum on President Donald Trump and his agenda.
  • Saccone, one of the most conservative members of the Pennsylvania statehouse, told Business Insider in a recent interview that he's been running on the Trump agenda for years — since he first was elected to office in 2010.
  • The seat Saccone is fighting with Democratic candidate Conor Lamb for was previously occupied by Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned late last year after a scandal emerged involving a mistress and allegations that he suggested she have an abortion.
  • When asked about why some are expecting a close race in a district Republicans have carried since Murphy's first election in 2002, Saccone pointed to the 70,000-person advantage Democrats hold in voter registration within the district.

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Potential 2020 hopeful Garcetti heads to South Carolina for Dem fundraiser

  • Garcetti is traveling to the state for a two-day conference hosted by Accelerator for America, the non-profit group that he launched last year to develop policy with other mayors, business leaders and philanthropists.
  • Garcetti and Benjamin will address the private South Carolina Democratic Party fundraiser on Wednesday night, according to sources with knowledge of the event.
  • While some have questioned whether a mayor could make the leap to the White House, Garcetti often notes that Los Angeles has a larger population than that of 23 states.
  • The Accelerator for America gathering next week will also give several other high-profile mayors, including South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a platform to speak to voters in South Carolina, an early contest state that will play a critical role in selecting the next presidential nominee for the Democratic Party.

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Trump claims Democrats 'abandoned' DACA recipients, even though he canceled the program last year

  • But Trump's own administration ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and pushed a divided Congress to pass his preferred plan to shield the immigrants.
  • Three separate proposals to shield as many as 1.8 million young immigrants from deportation and offer a path to citizenship failed in the Senate on Thursday.
  • Republican leaders have tried to pin the blame on Democrats for not accepting Trump's immigration terms, despite the president's role in ending DACA.
  • On Thursday, the Trump administration thrashed a bipartisan Senate plan that would not have included the curbs on legal immigration the president has demanded.
  • After the votes Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Democrats for not supporting the bill that mirrored Trump's demands.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has criticized White House officials like policy aide Stephen Miller for the president digging in on his immigration demands.

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Washington's political impotence is on full display

  • The frozen, acrimonious politics of Capitol Hill and the antagonism of a White House that knows only how to attack were exposed Thursday as Americans tried to process the horror of kids mercilessly killed in yet another school massacre.
  • Neither the misery of those bereaved by the Florida school massacre nor the agony of the Dreamers could shake Washington's warring politicians from the entrenched positions of a dispiriting era devoid of the compromise meant to grease American governance and actually make things work.
  • After the Las Vegas massacre that killed 58 people last year, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had rebuked reporters, saying there was a "time and a place for a political debate" about guns, but not right after an attack.

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