BREAKING … NEW YORK REP. CHRIS COLLINS SUSPENDING RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN ….Collins statement: “After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Trump’s agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress.
“I will fill out the remaining few months of my term to assure that our community maintains its vote in Congress to support President Trump’s agenda to create jobs, eliminate regulations, reduce the size of government, address immigration and lower taxes. I will also continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me and I look forward to having my good name cleared of any wrongdoing.”
BEHIND THE SCENES … KEVIN MCCARTHY, the House majority leader, has been taking a more active and forceful role when it comes to keeping the majority. Before the GOP left for the August recess, he organized a political meeting at the Capitol Hill Club, where he secured contributions of $10 million.
AND YESTERDAY, McCarthy held a political conference call with more than half of the House GOP to discuss fundraising, polling and messaging.
THE NEWS: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will hold a fundraiser for House Republicans Sept. 27 in D.C. That event has already attracted $13 million in contributions and commitments. McCarthy reminded Republicans on the call that they needed to raise money — the GOP is getting beat by Democrats in the fundraising game.
MCCARTHY also seems to believe the political picture is brightening for the GOP. “Our policies are working, the economy is surging, and recent polling is starting to reflect that,” McCarthy wrote in an email to members before the call. “For instance, the generic ballot is now at the same spot it was the day before the 2016 election and the right direction/wrong track is at its best point since 2009.”
BOEHNER IN IOWA … DES MOINES/AP: “Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner says his party has an uphill climb in its goal to hold the majority.”
OUCH!!! … OKLAHOMA REP. MARKWAYNE MULLIN (R) filed his financial disclosure form yesterday, revealing that he took a massive loss on Innate Immunotherapeutics stock — the same stock that got REP. CHRIS COLLINS (R-N.Y.) in trouble. Mullin bought between $100,000 and $250,000 of stock in January. It’s now worth between $1,000 and $15,000. Mullin also just settled an ethics case, in which he had to repay $40,000 to a company he was once affiliated with.
Good Saturday morning. PHISH begins a two-night stand tonight at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland.
BREAKING OVERNIGHT … SEATTLE TIMES: “Horizon Air worker takes plane from Sea-Tac Airport, crashes on island in south Puget Sound”: “A Horizon Air worker took off Friday night in one of the airline’s Q400 turboprops at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and crashed on an island in south Puget Sound after being coaxed by air-traffic control to try to land and trailed by two fighter jets, officials said.
“The plane was taken by a 29-year-old Sumner man about 8 p.m. and crashed on Ketron Island, near Steilacoom, about 90 minutes later, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. No passengers or crew appeared to be aboard the 76-seat plane. … The plane crashed either while the man was doing stunts or because of a lack of flying skills, according to the Sheriff’s Department.” With video. Seattle Times
— THE PRESIDENT will have a photo op with Bikers for Trump today in Bedminster. Sarah Sanders released this statement on the incident in Seattle: “The President has been briefed on the incident involving a stolen plane from Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle and is monitoring the situation as information becomes available. Federal authorities are assisting with the ongoing investigation which is being led by local authorities. We commend the interagency response effort for their swift action and protection of public safety.”
TRUMP had dinner with Apple CEO Tim Cook last night.
THE PRESIDENT, at 9:17 a.m.: “Why isn’t the FBI giving Andrew McCabe text messages to Judicial Watch or appropriate governmental authorities. FBI said they won’t give up even one (I may have to get involved, DO NOT DESTROY). What are they hiding? McCabe wife took big campaign dollars from Hillary people…..”
… at 9:18 a.m.: “…..Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired? So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!”
… at 9:26 a.m.: “The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!”
STANDOFF WITH PYONGYANG … “Once ‘No Longer a Nuclear Threat,’ North Korea Now in Standoff With U.S.,” by NYT’s David E. Sanger and William J. Broad: “North Korea is insisting that the United States declare that the Korean War is over before providing a detailed, written disclosure of all its atomic weapons stockpiles, its nuclear production facilities and its missiles as a first major step toward denuclearization.
“Two months after President Trump declared his summit meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong-un a complete success, North Korea has not yet even agreed to provide that list during private exchanges with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to American and South Korean officials familiar with the talks. Mr. Pompeo maintains progress is being made, although he has provided no details. But John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, this week said, ‘North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize.’” NYT
OMAROSA’S TELL-ALL — “Omarosa Manigault Newman says she refused hush money, pens White House memoir calling Trump racist,” by WaPo’s Josh Dawsey: “After she was fired, Manigault Newman wrote, she received a call from Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, offering her a job and the [$15,000] monthly …read more
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