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2018's open House seats

New today: Republican Rep. Tom Rooney won't run for re-election in a district Trump won by 27 points in 2016.

By the time Nov. 6 rolls around, there will be at least 53 vacated House seats up for grabs — more than two-thirds of those are held by Republicans this term. The openings are significant because incumbents have outperformed non-incumbents of the same party in similar districts by about seven points in the last decade or so, per the New York Times.

Note: The Cook Partisan Voter Index is a measure of how liberal or conservative a district leans based on the two most recent elections; Data: Daily Kos Elections and Cook Political Reports; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios
Dave Lawler 3 hours ago
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What Trump and Putin did and didn't discuss

President Trump spoke with Vladimir Putin this afternoon, and congratulated him on winning re-election on Sunday. After the call, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked whether Trump felt the election had been free and fair, and said it wasn’t up to the U.S. to “dictate" how Russia holds elections.

The bottom line: Trump is not alone in congratulating Putin — leaders in France, Germany and elsewhere have done so this week, as Barack Obama did in 2012. But past administrations certainly have seen it as America’s role to call balls and strikes when it comes to elections abroad, and weigh in when democratic institutions are being undermined. A departure from that approach would be welcomed not only by Putin, but other leaders of pseudo democracies around the world.

Kia Kokalitcheva 41 mins ago
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Travis Kalanick is a CEO again

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building on day three of the trial between Waymo and Uber Technologies on February 7, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is a chief executive again—this time of City Storage Systems, "a holding company focused on the redevelopment of distressed real estate assets in the areas of parking, retail and industrial," according to his Facebook page.

Why it matters: Kalanick resigned from Uber last June amid a flurry of scandals, a job he's held since 2010, raising questions about how he'll occupy his time now. Recently, he announced the debut of a fund, which has acquired a controlling stake in City Storage Systems.