Top White House aides, lawmakers, donors and political consultants are privately asking whether President Donald Trump realizes that losing the House next year could put his presidency in peril.
In more than a dozen interviews, Republicans inside and outside the White House told CNN conversations are ramping up behind the scenes about whether Trump fully grasps that his feuds with members of his own party and shortage of legislative achievements could soon put the fate of his presidency at risk.
Some Republican donors received the message at a summer fundraiser: If Republicans forfeit the House, Democrats will almost certainly create a spectacle that will derail conservatives' agenda and the remainder of Trump's first term -- a spectacle complete with a raft of new subpoenas, a spotlight on the Russia investigation and, many are convinced, impeachment proceedings. Ref. CNN.
I could be wrong because I'm not an expert on US politics but if Trump keeps up his disagreements with the Republican party then he will likely loose a lot of key votes in congress.
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Outside groups backed by rich mega donors pummel vulnerable senators in early wave of television advertising. The midterm congressional elections are months away, but outside groups dominated by a handful of rich donors are bombarding incumbent senators in what will be a multi-million dollar brawl for control of the Senate. Political groups have funded more than 70% of the early television spots that have aired in key Senate battlegrounds, according to a USA TODAY tally of advertising data compiled by Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political advertising. Ref. USAToday.
'The United States is under attack,' Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says, as Russia continues to target the 2018 election cycle. Russia and other adversaries will continue to engage in cyber warfare, the nation's top intelligence official told a Senate panel Tuesday, to "Degrade our democratic values and weaken our alliances." In strong language, Coats said that Russia President Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by his country's successful interference in the 2016 presidential elections and is targeting the midterm election cycle. "There should be no doubt that (Putin) views the past effort as successful," Coats said. Ref. USAToday.