Get ready: 2018 will be even more political than previous year

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If Republicans lose control of the House and Senate in 2018 - shiny new tax cut notwithstanding, a very real possibility - Trump will, predictably, become a monster overnight. In Brooklyn and Staten Island, relatively moderate Rep. Dan Donovan has found himself harried over the a year ago by groups like Fight Back Bay Ridge and Staten Island Women who March, who wanted to make sure he voted the right (or left) way on issues like health care and taxes. "The second time it bites you, it's your own damn fault".

"Anything obviously needs nine votes from Senate Democrats (welcome, Doug Jones!)", Reynolds said in an email, "but it's harder for Democrats to demand more if their votes aren't also needed for things in the House".

The competitive race was sobering for some state Republican leaders. He said that national-security-minded Democrats could be the key to taking over purple districts because they tend to be strong on terrorism and fiscally conservative, but progressive on social issues. "They've picked good candidates, and there may have been a complacency factor on the part of Republicans".

The Republican chairs had refused to allow a retired superior court judge invited by Democrats to address the committee.

All 99 state House seats and 17 of the 33 state Senate seats are up amid a wave of retirements and departures. Once again (as they have done with health care and the tax cuts), Trump is betraying his core supporters.

Then there are the local groups, made up of a few dozen or more friends or acquaintances who just wanted to do something after Trump's election.

The Republican tax overaul is not a legislative victory for President Donald Trump, who did not propose any specific act and appeared to be willing to sign anything the Republican Congress passed. Securing the USA border and figuring out how to normalize the status of "the 10 million to 15 million undocumented immigrants" already here - "who, let's be honest, will not and should not be forcibly removed" - are the two biggest challenges, they add, and "when prioritizing the immigration problems we face, the case of 200,000 Salvadorans who accepted our invitation to live and work here legally would not even make a Top 10 list".

Antonio Brown expected to be game-time decision
Brown was wearing a walking boot and using crutches to get around the locker room, saying he "landed on it wrong" during a drill. No man playing this game has never had adversity. "I didn't want him to get any of the guys that weren't sick sick".

With health care exchanges for buying coverage in various states struggling to hang on, the Trump administration, in collusion with a compliant Republican leadership on Capitol Hill, strives to sabotage Obamacare by a thousand bleeding cuts.

The pollsters conducted telephone interviews with 802 Iowans 18 or older from December 3 to 6 on behalf of The Des Moines Register and Mediacom.

"If the investigation gets wound up too quickly, the minority report would be largely about outstanding questions that were never examined", Himes told me, though he stressed that he hopes this does not happen.

"At this point, there's not really anyone at the DNC who I would trust with my money", he said.

Democrats have seized on the shift. But he only eked out a 308-vote margin in a six-county district northeast of Nashville that Trump carried by 48 percentage points in 2016 over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Yet the political ground continues to shift beneath him as critics and friends alike realign their allegiances based on their own interests.

GOP strategists and candidates alike called on Trump to launch an immediate public relations tour to sell the plan to help avert an anti-Republican tsunami in 2018. Iowa's congressional lawmakers all voted in favor of the tax bill. Only five other states have that benefit. That starts with passing two stabilization bills that relatively moderate Republicans have negotiated with Democrats. They know full well the damage Trump has done to the Republican Party - damage that will most likely be felt during the 2018 midterm elections, after which numerous congressmen and women praising the value of the private sector will surely be forced to once again re-join it.

The change may be a regression back to the mean for Iowa. The state twice went to President Barack Obama.