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Congress seen as not likely to pass tax overhaul quickly

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After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won’t be an overhaul of the tax code. Overhauling the tax code could prove harder to accomplish than repealing and replacing Barack Obama‘s health law. Congressional Republicans are divided on significant issues, especially a new tax on imports embraced by House Speaker Paul Ryan. And the White House is sending contradicting signals on the new tax, adding to the uncertainty.…

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Marco Rubio, bipartisan group of Senators, throw down gauntlet on Russia

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As new allegations arise charging details of Russian interference in the American presidential campaign, Florida’s U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio joined a bipartisan group of senators to unveil a bill calling for comprehensive sanctions on Russia for cyber intrusions, aggression, and destabilizing activities. Rubio, a Republican, was joined by Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin, Arizona Republican John McCain, New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse, Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, and…

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DSCC scales back advertising in Florida, GOP claims ‘weakened’ support for Patrick Murphy

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In an abrupt move, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee delayed its first week of television ads in Florida’s Senate race, originally scheduled for later this month. Ads supporting Democrat Patrick Murphy were initially supposed to run Sept. 20-26. According to a top Republican super-PAC, we now know why. Citing a report from the Columbus Dispatch, the Senate Leadership Fund — a group tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — points to a private meeting between DSCC Executive Director Tom Lopach…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.11.16 – Marco Rubio isn’t dominating Patrick Murphy or Alan Grayson in latest Q Senate poll

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Before we dig into the new poll on the Florida Senate race, can I reference the lead story in this morning’s Tampa Bay Times? Two men get into a road-rage argument on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Plant City. One guy pulls out a gun and shoots the other dead. He then “cooperates” with the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Dept., isn’t charged, and is free to go home, where he tells a reporter who confronts him that, “it’s been a very taxing day.”…

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Large number of GOP senators skipping Donald Trump’s convention

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Sen. Steve Daines of Montana will be fly-fishing with his wife. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he has to mow his lawn (yes, he has one even in Arizona). Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will be traveling her state by bush plane. And Sen. John McCain of Arizona will be visiting the Grand Canyon, and joked that his friend Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would be coming along and might even fall in (just kidding, an aide later…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.30.16 — The GOP’s Tom Steyer?

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There are many people in the world concerned about the pace of climate change, and are our leaders doing enough to combat it for future generations? Most of those people aren’t elected officials in the Republican Party. In recent years, the GOP has castigated San Francisco-based environmentalist Tom Steyer, tagging him with famed boogeyman George Soros as among the biggest liberals they love to loathe, ostensibly because of their financial resources to help out Democrats. Steyer’s passion is combating climate change, and his…

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Personnel note: Caitlin Conant to join CBS News, ‘Face the Nation’

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Caitlin Conant, former communications staffer with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, is joining CBS News as Director of Communications for the D.C. Bureau and the Sunday news show “Face the Nation.” Conant is married to Alex Conant, Rubio’s former senior communications director. She most recently worked with the Rubio presidential campaign directing regional press and surrogate communications. Before that, Conant served from 2012-2015 as communications director and press secretary for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. CBS News’ Senior Vice President…

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