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14 Sep, 4 tweets, 1 min read
GOP Sen. Josh Hawley says he will place a hold on "every single civilian nominee" for the State and Defense departments unless Blinken and Austin resign.

He said that his holds will apply to any civilian nominee at the deputy and secretary levels, as well as ambassadors.
The move would force Schumer to take time-consuming procedural steps required to advance many non-controversial nominees. And with scant floor time, it could be enough to indefinitely delay any number of nominees who normally would be quickly confirmed by voice vote.
Hawley pushed back at the notion the move would jeopardize national security efforts.

"I'm concerned that 13 marines were killed," he told me. "I'm concerned that hundreds of American civilians were left behind enemy lines and are still there.” He said Biden should also resign
Bob Menendez scoffed at the move. “That would undermine U.S. national security and its interests," said Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat. "That would be a brilliant idea on behalf of Sen. Hawley."

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14 Sep
Manchin just emerged from McConnell’s office — and told me they were talking about a “cadre of things.” (They don’t really meet that often.)
Manchin says his meeting with McConnell tonight was about their new voting legislation that Democrats proposed today. McConnell blasted the plan today, but Manchin said: “I always think there’s a pathway forward … I’m optimistic.”
Schumer has deputized Manchin to find 10 GOP votes to break a filibuster. Manchin said he’s talking with “every Republican I can. If you can’t even talk to each other, how can you work together?”

Manchin said they didn’t talk debt limit or reconcilation.
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Aug. 3-Sept. 7
Should Donald Trump
Be the Republican Party’s Leader?
Yes     63%
No      37%

Republicans' Chances
Are Better With Trump
Now        51%
Mar. ‘19   78%
Dec. ‘15   46%…
Aug. 3-Sept. 7
GOP’s 2024 Chances
Are Better With Trump
Non-College      58%
College Grad     34%

GOP’S 2024 Chances
Are Better With Trump
Conservative     57%
Moderate         41%
Aug. 3-Sept. 7
How Important Is
Believing Trump Won 2020
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Very important        36%
Somewhat important    23%
Not too important     15%
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Asked Sen. Marco Rubio about Gov. Ron DeSantis' crackdown against local school districts’ mask mandates.

“He’s not telling them they can't wear masks, he’s telling them they can't mandate them. And I haven't had a chance to speak to him and hear his argument for it…
“…. why it is that he feels like they should be prevented from having it, so I'm not going to sit and criticize it when I haven’t had the chance to talk to him about his thinking, with regards to it,” he said when asked about GOP’s belief in local control.
Rubio added: "I personally feel like parents should have the choice about whether the kids want to wear a mask or not. .... I just honestly, I don't believe we can mask our way out of this, especially the younger kids are, the harder it is to enforce mask mandates anyway.”
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6 Aug
New - GOP Senate candidates are roundly bashing the bipartisan infra bill, even as GOP senators are going to help push this through. Asked if he believes that Trump is influencing the views of the candidates, Tillis said: "I'm sure that has an influence."…
Murkowski was blunt when asked if Trump's opposition would affect any GOP votes in the Senate: "It hasn't affected mine." Young wouldn’t comment on Trump’s views but said he’d back the bill “unless I find something really objectionable — and I haven't so far."
"I have encouraged President Trump to take credit for this," Portman said, the lead negotiator who says it’s good for OH. But his would-be GOP successors are lining up against it. Mandel’s camp: “The current infrastructure bill is filled with the far left's wasteful wish list.”
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5 Aug
New - GOP fears grow over Herschel Walker in #gasen, who has been pushed by Trump. McConnell has privately suggested that Loeffler and Perdue should take another look at the race. McConnell meeting with Latham Saddler this week. w/@arogDC @MichaelRWarren…
Three prominent GA consultants engaged in informal talks with Walker this summer. But all three declined to work on his Senate campaign. Cornyn: “I want to win that race, and so I want the best nominee. I don't know whether he's it."
McConnell meeting with Saddler and likely with other potential GA candidates as he’s raised concerns about Walker. Saddler told us he wouldn’t get out of the race if Walker ran - and also couldn’t say yet whether Biden or Trump won GA even as recounts confirm Biden win
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New: Dems fear their midterm message isn’t breaking thru — and warnings from vulnerables on agenda, a reason why eviction moratorium stalled. DCCC presented frontliners with bad polls — and a warning House is gone if election were held today. W/@MZanona…
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"It reaffirmed our belief, and our urging of the DCCC, to make sure that leadership understands that they need to really listen to us ... They've got to trust us," said one Democrat in a key battleground district. "Ignore us at your peril."
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