Nov 11, 2019

Veterans group launches campaign to label Trump a "national security threat"

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VoteVets, a progressive veterans group, is marking Veteran's Day with a roughly $30,000 campaign to fly planes with banners that read “Vets: Trump is a National Security Threat” over North Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky and Colorado, according to The Hill.

Why it matters: VoteVets wants to target Republican senators that face re-election in 2020, including Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Martha McSally of Arizona, and Cory Gardner of Colorado.

What they're saying: “In less than a year, voters will go to the polls. We intend to remind them every day between now and then that Donald Trump is a national security threat and that these key Senate Republicans encourage and enable him at every step of the way,” Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets, told The Hill.

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N.C. GOP Rep. George Holding to retire in 2020 after district is redrawn

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Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) announced Friday that he will not seek re-election in 2020 after North Carolina's recently redrawn congressional maps placed him in a heavily Democratic district.

Why it matters: Holding's decision to leave Congress is one of the first major impacts of North Carolina's new maps, which still favor Republicans in eight out of the state's 13 congressional seats. He is the 21st House Republican to announce their retirement this cycle.

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Fiona Hill warns of "fictional narrative" on Ukraine in testimony

Former White House official Fiona Hill told Thursday's impeachment hearing that a "fictional narrative" about Ukraine, driven by partisan politics, distracted President Trump from the real threat that Russia poses to America's democracy.

Why she matters: Hill, who left last summer as Trump's top adviser on Russia and Europe, gives House investigators a window into former national security adviser John Bolton's objections to Trump's Ukraine activities. In closed testimony last month, Hill said Bolton called Rudy Giuliani a "hand grenade that is going to blow everybody up."

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Impeaching Trump is unpopular in key election states

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Polls in key 2020 states show that support for impeaching President Trump is lower than in national impeachment polls, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The polls signal that pursuing impeachment could potentially hurt Democrats in states they need to carry to defeat Trump in his bid for a second term.

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