Morning Digest: Mo Brooks complains that Trump has ‘publicly waterboarded’ Jeff Sessions

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AL-Sen: With less than a month to go before the Aug. 15 GOP Senate primary, we finally have a proper poll. Cygnal, on behalf of several unnamed “businesses and associations,” gives appointed Sen. Luther Strange the lead with 33 percent, while Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, beats Rep. Mo Brooks 26-16 for second. In the likely event that no one takes a majority, there will be a primary runoff in September.

Aside from rumored tidbits, this is the first and only complete poll we’ve ever seen here, so we don’t have anything to compare it to. However, Strange and his allies at the Senate Leadership Fund, a well-funded super PAC close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have been spending aggressively while Brooks and Moore have little outside support, so it’s not unreasonable to see the senator

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Morning Digest: How California’s top-two primary could wind up saving a vulnerable Republican

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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CA-48: Ugh. This is some very frustrating news—and yet another reason why we hate top-two primaries with a passion. GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is looking decidedly vulnerable next year after his Southern California House seat swung from a 55-43 win for Mitt Romney to a 48-46 win for Hillary Clinton, and no fewer than four notable Democrats have jumped in to challenge the incumbent, who has only won by less than double digits once in his three-decade career.

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But a new candidate in the race could screw everything up, and that’s because businessman Stelian Onufrei is a Republican. In any normal state, Onufrei, who’s pledged to self-fund $500,000, would simply

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Donald Trump is a below-average president, Americans say

Before Donald Trump was inaugurated, a poll showed that Republicans were about as likely to say history would view him as an above average president as Democrats were to say he would be seen as a below average president—about three quarters on each side. Things have changed:

In that context, the new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday offers bad news for President Trump. Sure, we still found a wide partisan split, with more than three-quarters of Democrats viewing Trump’s job performance as worse than most past presidents (including a staggering 62 percent saying it’s much worse). But only 57 percent of Republicans said he’s doing better than average — including 43 percent saying he’s doing much better. […]

Overall, half the country thinks he’s performing worse than most past presidents, with nearly 4 in 10 saying he’s doing much worse. Twenty-three percent of Americans say

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Donald Trump is a below-average president, Americans say

Before Donald Trump was inaugurated, a poll showed that Republicans were about as likely to say history would view him as an above average president as Democrats were to say he would be seen as a below average president—about three quarters on each side. Things have changed:

In that context, the new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday offers bad news for President Trump. Sure, we still found a wide partisan split, with more than three-quarters of Democrats viewing Trump’s job performance as worse than most past presidents (including a staggering 62 percent saying it’s much worse). But only 57 percent of Republicans said he’s doing better than average — including 43 percent saying he’s doing much better. […]

Overall, half the country thinks he’s performing worse than most past presidents, with nearly 4 in 10 saying he’s doing much worse. Twenty-three percent of Americans say

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Republican voters turn against book learning as the party’s enstupiding accelerates

As the Republican base’s voters get dumber, their resentment of people and institutions who are not dumb continues to grow.

A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year. By contrast, most Democrats and Democratic leaners (72%) say colleges and universities have a positive effect, which is little changed from recent years.

That’s a 13-point change on the Republican side in just one year—and it happened after years of the number being fairly stable. Why? God only knows, but at this point it’s safe to write the whole thing off as a newly aggressive defense of idiocy. We seem to be living in a new golden age for stupidity, as is evidenced by the vapid, ignorant jagoff selected by Republicans as their preferred leader and king, and the Republican-voting public seems to have redoubled

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Morning Digest: Montana Republicans keep searching for Senate option, may settle on state auditor

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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MT-Sen: National Republicans were disappointed when ex-Rep. Ryan Zinke took a Trump cabinet post rather than challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, and they weren’t happy when Attorney General Tim Fox also announced that he would stay out of the Senate race. Their attention has since turned to Matt Rosendale, who was elected state auditor just last year. Roll Call‘s Simone Pathé reports that Rosendale is “expected” to decide within the month, and an unnamed person close to Rosendale insists he’s “95 percent there.”

However, Republicans aren’t unanimous in how they feel about him. On the one hand, Rosendale was born in Maryland and still has the accent to

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Morning Digest: Montana Republicans keep searching for Senate option, may settle on state auditor

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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MT-Sen: National Republicans were disappointed when ex-Rep. Ryan Zinke took a Trump cabinet post rather than challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, and they weren’t happy when Attorney General Tim Fox also announced that he would stay out of the Senate race. Their attention has since turned to Matt Rosendale, who was elected state auditor just last year. Roll Call‘s Simone Pathé reports that Rosendale is “expected” to decide within the month, and an unnamed person close to Rosendale insists he’s “95 percent there.”

However, Republicans aren’t unanimous in how they feel about him. On the one hand, Rosendale was born in Maryland and still has the accent to

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