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Midterm Results Depend on Women and Millennials

In a period in which reports of sexual abuse and sexual harassment by prominent men have led to the powerful #MeToo movement, the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the president — as well as a $130,000 payment by his personal lawyer to a porn star with whom Trump was alleged to have had an affair — have helped widen the gap further between Trump and many female voters. Given the issues that have risen to prominence early in this election year — school safety and guns — along with the continuing focus on sexual misconduct in the workplace and elsewhere, women could be more motivated to turn out, especially women in suburban districts that will play a big role in deciding who controls the House in January.

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‘Pure madness’: A Dark, Angry and Isolated Trump

These are the darkest days in at least half a year, said White House aids, and they worry just how much farther President Trump and his administration may plunge into unrest and malaise before they start to recover. As one official put it: “We haven’t bottomed out.” Trump has become increasingly isolated as senior staff jump ship at an unprecedented rate, including longtime confidante Hope Hicks. In an unorthodox presidency in which emotion, impulse and ego often drive events, Trump’s ominous moods manifested themselves last week in his zigzagging positions on gun control; his shock trade war that jolted markets and was opposed by Republican leaders and many in his own administration; and his roiling feud of playground insults with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Deep Ties Between NRA, Trump and Russia Revealed

A prominent Kremlin-linked Russian politician called Alexander Torshin has methodically cultivated ties with leaders of the National Rifle Association and documented efforts in real time over six years to leverage those connections and gain access deeper into American politics, Torshin said his ties to the NRA provided him access to Donald Trump — and the opportunity to serve as a foreign election observer in the United States during the 2012 election.

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Senate to Skip Gun Debate, Gut Consumer Protections Instead

Despite overwhelming support for a number of gun control measures, Republican leaders cannot seem to come to any sort of consensus, so they are going to skip the whole messy gun debate and move forward with stripping consumer protections from Americans through an overhaul of Dodd-Frank, which put new regulations and rules on banks after the 2008 economic crash, in an effort to prevent it from happening again.

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