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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Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

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Judge sets "scheduling" conference call ahead of Roger Stone sentencing

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has requested a Feb. 18 "scheduling" conference call in the Roger Stone case, two days before the former Trump associate is set to be sentenced.

Why it matters: Stone's defense team on Friday filed a sealed motion for a new trial — the second time they've done so — amid allegations of juror bias and a growing controversy over Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the case.

Biden says Bloomberg's money can't "erase" his record

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that Michael Bloomberg's vast fortune cannot "erase" his record, and that scrutiny of Bloomberg's positions on things like race and policing will ramp up now that he's in the national spotlight.

Why it matters: Biden's polling free fall in the wake of poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire has coincided with a surge for Bloomberg, who appeals to a similar moderate bloc of the Democratic Party. The billionaire's limitless spending capacity poses an especially stark threat to Biden, who has struggled with fundraising.