Updated Mar 19, 2018

Progressive group challenges Republicans on tax bill after PA-18

GOP Rep. Rod Blum. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The progressive group Not One Penny is launching a $5 million campaign against the GOP tax cuts that will run across the country. The first two ads, out today, target Iowa Republican Reps. Rod Blum (IA-01) and David Young (IA-03).

Why it matters: After the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th district, in which Republicans ditched their pro-tax plan ads, progressives are going on the offensive. Expect other left-leaning groups to try to use the GOP tax bill against Republicans in 2018, recognizing it might not be as great a selling point for them as they'd hoped.

What they're saying: "Reps. Blum and Young know that Iowans overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer-funded giveaways to millionaires and billionaires, and they will be held accountable for their actions," said Tim Hogan, Spokesperson for Not One Penny.

But, but, but: New peril for moderate Dems in red states — many Americans are happy with Trump's economy.

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President Trump finally acted on his now year-old threat to take action against social media platforms for alleged bias against conservatives. But so far, according to experts in both government and the industry, the threat looks mostly empty.

Driving the news: Trump escalated his war on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting repeatedly that the company needs to be regulated after it overnight added a warning label to a tweet of his calling for the military to start shooting looters, which violated Twitter’s rules against glorifying violence.

In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

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Demonstrators demanding justice burned a Minneapolis police station and took control of the streets around it last night, heaving wood onto the flames, kicking down poles with surveillance cameras and torching surrounding stores.

What's happening: The crowd was protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose life was snuffed out Tuesday by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes.

Minneapolis mayor to Trump: “Weakness is pointing your finger” during a crisis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at President Trump on Friday, after the president accused the mayor of weak leadership amid violence sparked by the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Driving the news: Trump made his accusations in a pair of tweets early Friday, saying he would bring the national guard into Minneapolis if Frey couldn't “bring the City under control.”