The Hill: Juan Williams: The GOP’s tired Farrakhan smear

Republicans need some new material. Seriously. Their latest effort is a desperate attempt to use 84-year-old Louis Farrakhan, the racist leader of the cult-like Nation of Islam, to silence President Trump’s critics in the Congressional Black Caucus. Donald Trump Jr. retweeted Farrakhan earlier this month, saying “Sounds like the Democrat’s [sic] front runner for 2020.…

Politico: GOP fears midterm backlash from Trump’s tariffs

President Donald Trump’s threatened trade war has opened a rift within the Republican Party that some lawmakers and strategists believe could undermine their effort to keep their majorities in Congress. Republicans plan to brag about the economy in midterm campaigns in hopes of countering Trump’s unpopularity, touting a strong stock market, low unemployment rate and…

JTA: NRA chief singles out Soros, Bloomberg as ‘socialists’

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, told a conservative conference that three liberal philanthropists were funding a socialist takeover of the United States. “Every time in every nation in which this political disease rises to power,” LaPierre told the CPAC conference on Thursday, describing socialism, “its citizens are repressed, their…

Washington Post: Va. Republicans move to dump controversial leader over anti-Semitic online post

For several years, Fredy Burgos has been a controversial but tolerated figure within Virginia’s Republican Party — a verbal bomb thrower whose attacks against Muslims, immigrants and others have turned off moderates while reflecting a new brand of conservatism in the era of Donald Trump. But in the wake of a wave of Democratic victories…

Politico: Sound the alarm: National GOP breaks glass in Pennsylvania race

The day after Conor Lamb won the Democratic nomination to run in this very pro-Donald Trump House district, Republican strategist Corry Bliss knew his party had another special election problem on its hands. Bliss, who heads the main super PAC for House Republicans, arrived at his office at 6:30 a.m. and played an internet clip…