President Trump is slowly but surely giving Democrats an increasing shot at winning the House and Senate in 2018. If this happened, the House would surely move to impeach him.
The numbers — not just in Alabama, but for the totality of elections in 2017 — have top Republicans rattled:
Democrats, flat as could be after 2016, suddenly see the makings of a 2018 comeback:
But Dems still face a tough path to either majority, as this AP math shows:
Be smart: Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman who lost the Virginia governor's race last month in a surprising blowout, told David Axelrod in an "Axe Files" podcast for CNN that he wouldn't recommend any R run in this environment.
... Steve Bannon is abashed. A person quite familiar with his thinking emails that the Alabama loss is "McConnell's Pyrrhic Victory":
"This is a long war, and McConnell showed the entire party he would rather have a Democrat than a conservative."
Shot ... A top establishment Republican emails me the other view: "My hope is that it's a wake-up call for this President and what is currently a non-functioning WH political office."
"Deal Clears Way for Vote Next Week," per N.Y. Times 4-column lead story:
A dozer from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department clears a fire break across a canyon from atop Camino Cielo in the Santa Ynez Mountains, to make a stand in case the fire moves in that direction.
President Trump tweeted best wishes to Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice contestant turned White House aide, who is stepping down, NPR reports:
The Secret Service tweeted: "Reporting regarding Secret Service personnel physically removing Omarosa Manigault Newman from the @WhiteHouse complex is incorrect."
"Walt Disney Co. is close to a deal to acquire a large piece of 21st Century Fox Inc., ... in a pact that could help the entertainment giant accelerate its ambitions in streaming media, shore up its television business and grab hold of lucrative movie franchises," according to the Wall Street Journal.
P.S. Layoffs likely in Disney-Fox deal," per an L.A. Times A1 teaser: "Substantial job cuts in Southern California could result."
"Today, nearly three months after Hurricane Maria., more than one-third of Puerto Rico is still without power and thousands of businesses remain closed," Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
"Seattle is among a fistful of cities that have flourished in the 10 years since the Great Recession officially began in December 2007, even while most other large cities — and sizable swaths of rural America — have managed only modest recoveries," per AP Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber:
"Many relatives of the 26 children and educators killed five years ago [today] at Sandy Hook Elementary School [in Newtown, Conn.] have dedicated themselves to charity, activism and other efforts to channel their grief and, in many cases, to help prevent violence," AP's Pat Eaton-Robb writes:
Reliving 2017 in 30 images ... Americans help each other: Men push a stalled pickup through a flooded street in Houston in August, after Tropical Storm Harvey dumped heavy rains.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees (April 14 in Cleveland): Nina Simone, New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu: