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Darkness at Nunes

Devin Nunes, Memogate and the ghost of Michael Flynn



HATCHET JOB? Critics say Nunes has transformed a oncebipartisan national security panel into a GOP platform to attack Democrats.



“Those who try to enter illegally should be rescued at sea and sent back where they came from.”

WATCHING THE DEVIN NUNES MOMO BLOW up like a trick cigar in early February, Andrew Janz calls himself “probably the happiest man in the country.”

An assistant district attorney vying to oust Nunes from his California congressional seat, Janz says his campaign war chest has more than tripled since Nunes announced he was releasing highly edited, top-secret information to discredit the FBI and Justice Department’s investigation into “Russiagate.” That’s not saying much: The Democrat’s $240,000 purse would hardly cover the cost of robocalls in today’s congressional elections, where winning candidates spend an average of $1.3 million—and Nunes already has three times that figure. And while there have been some signs that the incumbent’s grip is slipping—a January poll commissioned by Janz showed Nunes leading a re-election bid by only 5 percent against a generic Democratic opponent—his release of the documents has proved popular among Republicans.

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THE (ORANGE) ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM Some believe that an Obama- or even Grant-sized loss awaits President Donald Trump when he faces his own midterm test in November. His average approval rating for the first year in office, 38.4 percent, is the lowest in American history. Can Donald Trump save the Republican Party? Or will his controversial presidency lead to a massive GOP defeat in 2018?