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Chaffetz to Become Fox News Contributor
Congressman to start new job the day after he leaves office

Jason Chaffetz, who resigned his Utah congressional seat in the middle of his term because “the time has come for us to move on,” will become a Fox News contributor on July 1, the day after he leaves office.

Chaffetz said that he was looking for new jobs, “poking around to see what I might be worth,” as early as April. Fox News will pay him to give his opinion on politics on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. His first appearance on the conservative news network comes Wednesday, the day of the announcement, while he is still technically serving in Congress.

Strange Ad Shows Him All-in on Trump’s Immigration Agenda
Ad highlights senator’s efforts to defund ‘liberal sanctuary cities’

Sen. Luther Strange launched his third ad ahead of a special election for the seat he’s filling in which he’s all-in on President Donald Trump's border wall and travel ban, and opposes sanctuary cities and undocumented immigrants.

The ad opens with Trump saying “We're going to build a wall,” and leading a rally in a chant of “Build that wall!” contrasting Strange’s support of Trump with politicians who “aren’t supporting President Trump’s agenda.”

Warren: ‘The Next Step is Single-Payer’
Massachusetts senator says it’s time for Democrats to back national single-payer health care

Sen. Elizabeth Warrensaid Tuesday that opposing the Republican health care bill wasn’t enough, and the Democratic Party should start running on a new national single-payer plan.

“President Obama tried to move us forward with health-care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer.”

Ted Kennedy Jr. Isn’t Running for Connecticut Governor
State senator withdraws name from contention

Connecticut state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. announced Monday that he is not running for governor of the state, despite previous signals that he was considering it.

“I will not be a candidate for statewide office in 2018. I am deeply grateful to everyone who has contacted me and encouraged me to run. I value the contribution I am able to make as the state Senator for the 12th District,” Kennedy said in a statement, the Middletown Press reported.

Opponents Prepare for Week of Fighting Obamacare Repeal
Activists plan marches and rallies, smaller groups focus on individual lawmakers

Fresh off of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ weekend of rallies opposing the Republican health care bill, opponents are gearing up for a week of protests.

Republican leadership wants a vote on the bill before Congress leaves at the end of the week for its Fourth of July recess, but some GOP senators are doubtful that’s going to happen.

Opponents, Led by Sanders, Mobilize to Fight Health Care Bill
With days before a possible vote in the Senate, activists hit the streets

Sen. Bernie Sanders will spend his weekend pressuring Republican colleagues in the Senate to vote against the Republican health care bill as Republicans hope to bring it to a vote next week.

That’s one tactic of many that Democrats and aligned groups are using to prevent the bill from clearing the Senate and replacing the 2010 health care law.

United Utah Party Sues to Get on Ballot to Replace Chaffetz
Party is led by Jim Bennett, son of late Sen. Bob Bennett.

Jim Bennett, the son of former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, has a new political party, and he wants it on the ballot in the Utah special election to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Bennett is suing the state of Utah to get on the ballot with United Utah Party next to his name, after state officials ruled in May that there wouldn't be time to verify the 2,600 signatures gathered to create the new party before the election.

Activists Applaud Senate Democrats’ Harder Line on GOP Health Care Bill
In the days before the bill's expected unveiling, Senate Democrats seem to be listening

As Senate Republicans prepare to release a draft of their health care bill and attempt to pass it before the July 4 recess, activists are applauding Senate Democrats for pulling out all the stops to derail it.

At a Wednesday rally against the bill hosted by Senate Democrats, activist groups and unions including Ultraviolet, Moms Rising, MoveOn, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Teachers, Sen. Debbie Stabenow said, “We have a very simple message: ‘No hearing, no vote.’”

Navajo Candidate Drops Out of Race Against Hatch
James Singer said he couldn’t raise the kind of money it would take to unseat seven-term Republican

James Singer, the Democrat who launched a bid to unseat seven-term Sen. Orrin Hatch in April, has ended his campaign for Senate, citing fundraising as his campaign’s primary shortcoming.

While Singer said it would have been possible to continue his campaign as a “‘principled protest’ rather than a winning campaign,” since he wasn’t able to raise “the millions of dollars needed to challenge an established politician like Orrin Hatch,” he did not want to “waste the time, money, and energy of my friends and supporters in this matter.”

Former Rep. Tauscher’s Super PAC Aims to Turn 7 Red California Seats Blue
Group plans to spend $10 million between now and June

Republicans hold 14 House seats in California. A new super PAC co-founded by former Rep. Ellen Tauscher wants to cut that number in half next year.

The super PAC, Fight Back California, aims to turn seven of those Republican districts blue by spending a planned $10 million getting involved in races early, before the primary and even before candidates announce their runs. 

2016 Florida Democratic Senate Hopeful Keith to Challenge Mast in 2018
Pam Keith lost primary to Murphy, who went on to lose to Rubio

Democrat Pam Keith, former primary opponent of Rep. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson in 2016, is running against freshman Rep. Brian Mast for his Florida 18th District House seat in 2018. 

Keith, a lawyer who has worked for the Navy and in the corporate world, was unable to attract much fundraising for her 2016 run. Murphy went on to be the Democratic nominee for Senate and lose to Sen. Marco Rubio.

Who’s Nickelback-Trolling Ben Sasse?
Sasse says someone signed multiple email addresses up for Nickelback newsletters

Sen. Ben Sasse says “It's Not. Funny” that someone keep signing him up for newsletters for the band Nickelback. But his public response to the signups might have the opposite effect from what he intended.

Nickelback is a Canadian rock band that was popular in the early 2000s, but experienced a change of fortune as listeners in later years decided they were unhip and weren’t really that pleasant to listen to.

Perry Postpones Town Hall After Shooting
Pennsylvania Republican says he made decision after discussions with law enforcement

Republican Rep. Scott Perry has postponed a town hall meeting scheduled for Saturday as a result of security concerns raised by the Wednesday shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and four others.

“In light of Wednesday's attack, continued security concerns, extensive and myriad discussions with law enforcement and other officials, I’ve decided to postpone our town hall meeting on Saturday,”  The York Dispatch reported Perry said in a statement late Thursday.

Scalise to be Honorary Coach for College World Series
Louisiana State University announces it will honor him with the role

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, who was one of five people shot Wednesday while practicing for Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game, will be an honorary coach for his alma mater in the College World Series.

“He really is in our thoughts and prayers. We’re hoping that he’s going to have a full recovery and a speedy recovery, but my understanding is he’s having to deal with some real issues here,” Louisiana State University coach Paul Mainieri told NOLA.com shortly after the team arrived for the tournament in Omaha, Neb.

Poll: Most Think Trump Interfered With Russia Investigation
As Trump calls the investigation ‘phony’

Most Americans think President Donald Trump has attempted to interfere with the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia and possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a new poll from The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Other results that don’t bode well for Trump: Just one in five Americans support his firing of James Comey as FBI director, 68 percent are moderately to very concerned about possible Trump ties to Russia, and only three in 10 say they aren’t very concerned.

Newhouse Gets Challenger For Washington Seat
Democratic former news anchor to challenge two-term Republican

Democrat Christine Brown formally announced Wednesday that she will run against two-term Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse for Washington's 4th District congressional seat.

Brown is a former reporter and TV news anchor, which she said would be an asset in her run for office. 

Sanders Gets First Endorsement for 2020 Presidential Race
Ro Khanna notes Sanders has ‘trust at a time when people don’t trust anyone in politics’

California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna got an early start talking about the 2020 presidential election on Monday when he tweeted that Rep. Bernie Sanders should “absolutely run again in 2020!”

Khanna went on to say Sanders “has vision, stamina, and most importantly, trust at a time when people don’t trust anyone in politics.”

Ad Says Bacon Fights to Keep Base Open — But Nobody’s Trying to Close it
In reality, Offutt Air Force Base is getting a new $1.2 million investment

New ads from a Republican super PAC emphasize GOP Rep. Don Bacon's fight to “keep Offutt Air Force Base open.” The problem is, there are no current efforts to close the base or cut its funding.

In fact, the base is currently receiving new investments that include $1.2 billion for a U.S. Strategic Command headquarters.

Sanders ‘Delighted’ by Corbyn’s Success in UK Election
Vermont senator campaigned for Corbyn and the Labour Party in the days before Thursday's electoral upset

Sen. Bernie Sanders congratulated Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party he leads for what’s being called one of the most stunning upsets in U.K. political history

“I am delighted to see Labour do so well,” said Sanders, who campaigned for Corbyn in the days before the election. “All over the world, people are rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality. People in the U.K., the U.S. and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1 percent.”

Analysis: Can Corbyn Channel Sanders-Style Socialism Into UK Upset?
Election results could steer Democrats in the U.S. to the left

Defying all expectations, Jeremy Corbyn has led the Labour Party in the United Kingdom to a stunning turnaround from guaranteed loser to genuine contender in Thursday’s election.

Though still very much the underdog, Corbyn has reinvigorated the party with a surge of youthful, socialist enthusiasm that will look familiar to anyone who followed last year’s Democratic presidential primaries. And that success could provide a guide for Democrats looking to build their party up in the age of Trump.