RNC posts $56 million quarter as donations boom ahead of midterms

The Republican National Committee raised $56 million in the third quarter of the year, including $26.2 million in September—a record amount for one month in a non-presidential election year—according to new figures provided to POLITICO.

The haul brings the RNC’s total to $269.9 million so far this cycle.

The Democratic National Committee has yet to release its third quarter numbers, but has lagged behind its GOP counterpart all year. The Democratic committee raised about $116 from the start of the year through the previous quarter, according to its last fundraising report, and had around $8 million in the bank at the end of July.

The RNC’s third quarter total is up about 35 percent from the $41.5 million the party raised in the second quarter of this year.

The strong results are welcome news for Republicans anxious that they are being swamped by Democratic money in House Continue reading “RNC posts $56 million quarter as donations boom ahead of midterms”

White House considers two female ambassadors to replace Haley at U.N.

The White House is adding two high-profile women, both confirmed ambassadors, to the list of candidates to succeed Nikki Haley at the United Nations, according to two senior administration officials: Jamie McCourt and Kelly Knight Craft.

White House aides have said the president is inclined to select a woman for the post, and — while they stressed it’s still early in the process — that they are looking to tap somebody already in the administration.

“It’s so hard to get a security clearance so there’s a bias to get someone who is already in the system,” said a senior administration official.

An official at the State Department who declined to be identified because the process is still ongoing echoed that sentiment.

“If you go picking somebody not in government, they would have to go through paperwork for background checks, financial vetting, and that can take awhile,” the official said. “The Continue reading “White House considers two female ambassadors to replace Haley at U.N.”

Eyeing midterm gender gap, Trump aides seek woman for U.N. post

President Donald Trump’s aides are urging him to replace departing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley with another woman, hoping the move could help shore up support among female voters before the midterms, three people familiar with the matter told POLITICO.

Trump aides are fleshing out a list of female candidates with experience in the foreign policy arena after top pick Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and Trump administration alumna, withdrew her name from contention, citing her desire to remain close to her young kinds, according to two people familiar with Powell’s decision.

The expanded list now includes Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, according to one Republican close to the White House, as well as New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whom two senators, including close Trump friend Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), suggested as a good fit for the Continue reading “Eyeing midterm gender gap, Trump aides seek woman for U.N. post”

Dina Powell out as contender for U.N. post

Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and former aide to President Donald Trump, has withdrawn her name from consideration to replace outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, according to two people familiar with her decision.

Powell, the former deputy national security adviser, had been seen as the White House’s top pick for the job after Haley announced on Tuesday that she would step down at the end of the year. She informed Goldman Sachs executives of her decision on Thursday, a source at the firm told POLITICO.

A mother of two young children, Powell hesitated at the amount of travel the U.N. post would entail, though the people familiar with her decision said she strongly considered the potential offer. Powell’s Goldman executive-level colleagues also leaned on her to stay put.

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Trump, no longer ratings gold, loses his primetime spot on Fox News

President Donald Trump loves to brag about ratings, but he’s not getting them anymore.

As he’s ramped up his rally schedule ahead of the midterms, viewership numbers for the raucous primetime events have been roughly similar to — sometimes dipping below — Fox News’ regular programming, and the network has recently stopped airing most evening events in full.

During three Trump rallies last week, Fox News showed clips and highlights from his speeches but stuck largely with its normal weekday primetime programming. On Saturday, when “Fox Report Weekend” and “Justice with Judge Jeanine” would ordinarily air, the network showed Trump’s speech from Topeka, Kan., in full. But on Tuesday, a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was particularly hard to find — it was not aired live on any major network, and even C-SPAN cut away for other news. And on Wednesday night, as Trump took the stage in Erie, Continue reading “Trump, no longer ratings gold, loses his primetime spot on Fox News”