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Can You Believe?

Can you believe there is a Russian asbestos company that features a seal of approval with Donald Trump’s photo? Of course, this comes on the heels of the Trump administration lifting restrictions on the use of asbestos, a known carcinogen. What’s next? Trump-approved DDT and a seal of approval for lead-based paints for baby cribs?

Can you believe that Rep. Devin Nunes actually outlined a plan for impeaching Rod Rosenstein while attending a fundraiser for Cathy McMorris Rodgers? The bottom line: the Supreme Court seat must first be filled by the Senate before they can turn to Rosenstein. And Nunes also acknowledged that the GOP must retain control of the House for the plan to be executed. That is the reason that we must #FlipTheHouse.

Can you believe the stories about Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross siphoning off funds from and even stealing from his friends and associates – to the tune of maybe $120 million? But it goes even farther. Ross allegedly would go to restaurants and steal Sweet’N Low packets for use in his office. His defense? His spokespeople say he doesn’t sweeten his coffee.

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit of the Week: Let’s start with this. Never expect that Senator Dianne Feinstein will take an attack lightly. She is tough as nails. So when Donald Trump tried to say that she had a “spy” on her staff and did nothing about it, Dianne answered. In part, she replied, “I took those concerns seriously, learned the facts, and made sure the employee left my office immediately. . . Compare that to your actions: attacking the FBI and refusing the advice of your national security team. SAD!”

Miss of the Week:  Hard to believe, but Rep. Tom McClintock failed to sign onto a letter requesting federal disaster designation during the worst fire season in California history. While at least 16 fires raged, including one in his own district, McClintock stayed silent. It’s time to elect someone with a voice for CA04, and that person is Jessica Morse.

Hot Race of the Week

Washington Housemember Cathy McMorris Rodgers is formally the House Republican Conference Chairwoman, but many think of her as the token woman in any GOP photo shoot. In her primary election on Tuesday, no one watched very carefully, assuming she would clearly prevail. But something else happened. Washington uses a top-two system (like California), and instead of winning by double digits, as expected, McMorris Rodgers barely squeaked out a win against little-known Democrat Lisa Brown. Going into November, this race has now shifted from “leans Republican” to “tossup” in Sabato’s Crystal Ball. It is just another indicator that Democrats can #FlipTheHouse.

Fight Back

You must – MUST – listen to my podcast this week. I was delighted to join Nicole in interviewing Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in a wide-ranging conversation about her state, her campaign, and her vision for being the first African American woman to serve as governor in the South.