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With Spending Deal Close, Trump Lambasts Democrats
Pelosi: Trump ‘projecting his own bad intentions’ in his Twitter rants

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to blast Democrats just as the negotiations on a government funding bill are entering the most serious phase. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With less than 48 hours to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump on Thursday voiced his opposition to including in a government funding bill two items that are vitally important for Democrats.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated Thursday morning that Democrats want a still-emerging spending measure for the rest of fiscal 2017 to include funds for financially struggling Puerto Rico. Democrats also say they have secured an agreement from the Trump administration to continue paying subsidies to health insurers — though Trump officials say those payments will not necessarily continue permanently.

One Month Until Republicans’ Latest Round of Excuses
Special election for Montana seat moves from Solid Republican to Likely Republican

If Republicans struggle to hold Montana’s at-large district, where Republican Greg Gianforte, left, takes on Democrat Rob Quist in a May special election, it would be yet another indication of the effect President Donald Trump is having on Democratic enthusiasm, Gonzales writes. (Photos courtesy Greg for Montana, Rob Quist for Montana)

When it comes to special election results, Republicans always have an excuse, and their stumbles are never a national trend.

In Kansas, Republicans turned a 27-point victory for Donald Trump in 2016 into a recent 7-point special election victory for state Treasurer Ron Estes even though Democratic lawyer James Thompson had virtually no support from local or national Democrats.

Will He or Won’t He? Hatch Keeps Utah in Suspense
Senate’s most senior Republican weighs an eighth term

Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch was first elected to the Senate in 1976. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There’s been a question on the minds of many Utahans lately: Will Sen. Orrin G. Hatch run for an eighth term?

“While I have taken steps to run, I have yet to make a final decision,” Hatch, the most senior GOP senator, said in a statement. “I remain focused on my work in the Senate and will make any political decisions in due course.”

Jon Ossoff, Karen Handel Advance to Runoff in Georgia Special Election
Democrat Ossoff falls short in bid to win race outright Tuesday

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will meet in the June runoff. (Photos by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ATLANTA — With Tuesday turning into Wednesday, Democrat Jon Ossoff has fallen short of the majority needed to win outright in the Georgia special election primary and is headed for a June runoff against Republican Karen Handel.

With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Ossoff had 48 percent to Handel’s 20 percent in the 18-candidate field in the 6th District, The Associated Press reported. 

Ossoff Not Getting Much Cash From Liberal Hollywood
Celebrity supporters include Jane Fonda and Wonder Woman

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff poses for a selfie with campaign volunteers as they head out to canvass the 6th District on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans have tried painting Georgia Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff as a “darling of out-of-touch Hollywood celebrities,” but that’s largely an exaggeration, according to his latest campaign finance reports.

His Federal Election Commission filings show most celebrities who gave to the Democratic front-runner in Tuesday’s 6th District special election are not big-name Hollywood donors.

Liberal PAC Makes First Senate Endorsements of 2018
Brown, Baldwin and Tester score early backing from End Citizens United

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin have earned the endorsement of End Citizens United. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three Democratic senators from states carried by President Donald Trump last fall have earned the backing of an influential liberal political action committee.

End Citizens United announced its support Thursday for the re-election campaigns of Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Jon Tester of Montana, in its first endorsements of the 2018 cycle. 

Opinion: Trump Is Paying Back Corporations by Wiping Out Regulations
11 protections have been lost through CRA resolutions so far

More than 80 days into his administration, the CRA resolutions are the only legislation of consequence that President Donald Trump has signed, Gilbert writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If many of President Donald Trump’s proposals become law, regular Americans — including many diehard Trump supporters — have a great deal to lose.

In the past month, this has been illustrated most clearly through Trump’s health care plan and his proposed budget, both of which would harm regular Americans to pay back the Republicans’ benefactors and corporate cronies.

Trump Steps Into Closer-Than-Expected Kansas Special Election
National Republicans have made late investments in heavily GOP district

Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes is the Republican nominee in Tuesday’s 4th District special election. (Courtesy Kansas for Estes Facebook page)

It’s not often that a sitting Republican president, vice president, a former presidential candidate and senator and the speaker of the House make an effort days before a special election to hold what’s supposed to be a safe GOP seat. 

“Today, the eyes of the whole country are on Kansas,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said at a Monday rally for state Treasurer Ron Estes, the GOP nominee in the 4th District.

Is Trump Capable of Picking Primary Fights With Incumbents?
Threats could embolden House hard-liners, Republicans say

President Donald Trump has tweeted about challenging members of the House Freedom Caucus, led by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There are primary threats, and then there are primaries.

President Donald Trump’s tweets last week calling for House Freedom Caucus members to be challenged have left the political class scratching its head and pondering alliances that defy conventional logic.

NRSC Sets Off-Year Fundraising Record
GOP Senate campaign committee raised $7 million in March

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $7 million in March, its highest monthly haul for a non-election year. 

So far this year, the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm has raised more than $16 million and has more than $13 million in cash on hand, according to numbers obtained first by Roll Call.