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Daily Briefing: Penetrate the Public

Abramoff paid directly for trips by Democratic and Republican lawmakers; payments for Clyburn, Thompson seen as against House rules. [WP, NYT, WT]


Only 41% say war with Iraq was worth it, in new Gallup poll; down from a high of 76%. [USAT]

Bolton widely portrayed as "hard-charging" and unaccommodating. [WP]

White House implies Bush is flexible on Social Security plan; Lott says he's "not overjoyed" by current proposal. Thomas, on the other hand, is in favor of "progressive indexing." [NYT, USAT, WSJ]

House, Senate finalize $82b for Iraq, Afghanistan. [NYT, LAT, WT]

Proposal by Davis (R-Virginia) gives D.C. a seat in the House. [NYT]

Lampson, former four-term Representative, plans to run against DeLay. [WP]

DeLay scandal rings similar to House banking scandal of the early 90s. Consultant: "I don't know if this will penetrate with the public in the same way the ability of members of Congress to routinely overdraft their checks did." [NYT]

Clinton, Huckabee launch program to curb childhood obesity. [NYT]

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Is there ANY good news for the bumblefucking Trump re-election campaign these days? Their polling numbers are in the shitter, therefore Trump is firing the pollsters. Trump's Hitler rally kickoff event in Florida last night was ... whatever it was. Oh, and did we mention that they ain't got no money? Like, of course, not counting whatever Russian money they're not telling us about.

Don Jr. recently called a prominent donor and warned that Trump's money haul is falling behind where Barack Obama was early in his reelection, while Jared Kushner has privately complained to RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel that Trump's war chest is not as big as it should be at this point in the cycle.

Whiiiiiiiiiine. Guess they're gonna have to see if they can launder some rubles somewhere, ALLEGEDLY.

Gabe Sherman has some more bad news about Trump's shithole campaign, and it is that Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the father-daughter billionaire duo who bankrolled much of Trump's "victory" in 2016 -- including funding Breitbart, and also the part of the "victory" that comprised Cambridge Analytica, the data company they owned that may have done some real hinky stuff, possibly with Russia, in order to get Trump "elected" -- have zipped up their checkbooks and decided Trump can go eat dicks for all they care.

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