The money will come from the influential Senate Leadership Fund, a super-pac closely associated with Mitch McConnell, and one part of the American Crossroads powerhouse-fundraising suite. The super-pac will funnel its donation into increasingly close races in Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The group’s biggest payout — about $7.5 million — will go to Nevada, where incumbent Joe Heck slipped in the polls after announcing that he would not support Donald Trump. Heck’s new strategy of not saying whether he will vote for Trump does not seem to be doing him any favors.
But a look inside the numbers makes the Democrats’ challenge in 2018 all the more daunting. Fully 20 percent of the 25 Democratic seats are in states that then-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried in 2012 (and even Trump is likely to carry on Nov. 8): Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia.
All five Democratic incumbents in those states are expected to run for reelection, a prospect that gives Democrats a chance in each. But with 2018 looking almost certain to be the first midterm election of a Hillary Clinton presidency, it’s hard to see how her party avoids major losses in red states.
Some 71 percent of those who suspect Russia of meddling believe Moscow is doing so through the recent hacks of Democratic emails, according to the Oct. 18-24 survey. But 57 percent of those who suspect Russian interference also believe Trump has “no involvement in Russia’s release of unflattering information” on his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
By late Friday, Mr. Comey felt it necessary to further explain his actions in an email to F.B.I. employees in which he acknowledged that “there is significant risk of being misunderstood.” He explained that he was trying to balance the obligation he felt to tell Congress that the investigation he had said was completed was continuing, with not knowing yet “the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails.”
But the problem is going to get worse before it gets better, officials told Mr. Johnson Tuesday. Part of the surge is due to thousands of Haitians who left their country after it was stricken by a severe earthquake in 2010, fleeing to South America and taking several years to make it to the U.S. southern border, officials say. The influx in detained immigrants is not limited to Haitians, but they are a big part of it.
“You really need to make solar panels as appealing as electric cars have become,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of several hundred people as the sun set on the artificial neighborhood. “The goal is to have a roof that’s less than the installed cost of a roof plus electricity.”
In a private conversation with journalists after the announcement, Musk declined to state a price for the roof or a price-per-square foot. He did admit “it’s not gonna make sense for somebody to replace a brand new roof with a solar roof.” But if your roof needs replacing anyway, he said, the cost/benefit could make sense for many families.
At a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday, representatives of four of the animal welfare groups showed reporters photographs of an elephant used to sell cellphones outside a mall on the outskirts of Beijing and sea lions offered for interactions with shoppers who spend more than 500 renminbi, about $75, at another mall in Beijing. A “mall zoo” similar to Grandview is under consideration in Shijiazhuang, in Hebei Province, they said.
Ted Schultz, an entomologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, thinks that sprout cultivation could be important to the worms’ survival, and that this is a sophisticated adaptation because they must wait to harvest the food rather than consuming it immediately.
“The behaviour will likely be favoured by evolution, and future generations of ragworms will also store seeds and reap the deferred benefits,” he says. “It’s the beginning of agriculture.”
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