News from the note…
A round up of the day’s news that might be of interest to you.
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Judging by what happened in an Arizona special election on Tuesday night, the “large” wave option now looks to be very much in play.
Top Republicans have conceded for months that they’re likely lose the House in November’s midterms. But some well-wired operatives now tell Axios that President Trump may face his real nightmare: losing the Senate, giving Democrats both ends of the Capitol, and one-third of the government.
A jury has started deliberating the fate of Bill Cosby in his sexual assault retrial.
The jurors began their work late Wednesday morning after getting instructions from the judge.
Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Congressional Republicans hit the dugout before dawn Wednesday morning for their first baseball practice of the season, returning to Simpson Field together for the first time since the tragic June shooting that left six people hospitalized, including House majority whip Steve Scalise.
From The Hill
“Firing Mr. Mueller would be a grave error. It would trigger a crisis, possibly even impeachment,” Hatch, a former chairman and current member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
Don Blankenship, the coal executive recently released from federal prison and now running for US Senate in West Virginia, this week accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of having conflicts of interest in foreign relations because his father-in-law is “a wealthy Chinaperson.”
President Donald Trump could have avoided the firestorm over Ronny Jackson’s nomination if he’d taken Johnny Isakson’s advice to begin with.
In a private conversation with Trump last month, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs chairman mounted a strong defense of then-VA Secretary David Shulkin. But despite Isakson’s guidance, Shulkin was canned a few days later, and Jackson, the White House physician, was quickly nominated to take his place.
From The Hill
Democrats in New York flipped a New York Assembly seat on Tuesday, winning a seat that has been in GOP hands for nearly four decades.
Democrat Steve Stern, a former Suffolk County legislator, beat out Republican Janet Smitelli in the 10th Assembly District, a Long Island seat, with 59 percent of the vote, according to Daily Kos.
The district has been represented by a Republican since 1978.
More than half of registered voters say they haven’t noticed an increase in their paychecks as a result of the new tax law, and support for the law overall remains tepid, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
The April 19-23 survey suggests that Republicans’ message about the benefits of the tax cuts, which they are counting on to buoy their election fortunes in November, hasn’t broken through. At the same time, those who said they have seen a pay increase were more likely to support Republicans in Congress who voted for the tax overhaul than Democrats who opposed it.
Following days of friendly handshakes and photo ops with President Trump during his state visit to the U.S., French President Emmanuel Macron shifted his tone during his address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, taking jabs at Trump in four different areas.
Macron’s focus: Trade wars, isolationism, the potential collapse of the Iran nuclear deal, and Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord.
And a bonus note from the “why not?” category…
From Washington Examiner
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will be stepping back into the Trump orbit on Wednesday to unveil first lady Melania Trump’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York City.
TMZ is reporting that Spicer will be launching the “Give Melania a Voice” installation at the famous wax museum on Wednesday. The exhibit will allow be interactive and allow visitors to tweet on behalf of the first lady.