Nov 19, 2018

Democratic donors want to know if Beto O'Rourke will launch 2020 bid

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Democratic donors and political operatives in Iowa and around the country are holding off on throwing their resources behind a candidate for the 2020 presidential primary until they find out whether Rep. Beto O'Rourke plans to run, reports Politico.

The big picture: The hype surrounding the charismatic Texas congressman β€” who raised a record-breaking $38 million in the third quarter of 2018 before narrowly losing to Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race β€” has reportedly been enough to spook donors from going all in on another candidate. O'Rourke has not yet declared whether he intends to run in 2020, but is expected to join a packed field of Democratic candidates if he decides to do so.

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Trump again nominates Rep. John Ratcliffe for intelligence chief

Ratcliffe at CPAC on Feb. 27. Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Trump again nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in a tweet on Friday.

Catch up quick: If confirmed, Ratcliffe would eventually replace Richard Grenell, a staunch defender of Trump and former U.S. ambassador to Germany who was installed as the acting DNI only a few weeks ago. Grenell would have had to leave the post on March 11 unless Trump formally nominated someone else to oversee the U.S. intelligence community, the New York Times reports.

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House Democrats lose appeal to force McGahn testimony

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Democrats in the House lost an appeal to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a subpoena, Politico was the first to report.

Why it matters: McGahn was seen as a crucial witness in the House investigation into whether President Trump tried to obstruct the Mueller inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election . The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 on Friday that it did not have the authority to resolve the dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

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