FROM THE BLOG: 

Gansler’s mistaken pool party
Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D), who is running for governor, conducted a bizarre press conference in which he said he made a mistake by attending a teenage party last June, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hayden’s interview tweeted live
Yahoo News detailed a string of tweets a former MoveOn.org Political Action director sent out while sitting in front of former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden while doing a background interview on a train. 

Hannity offers Obama operator support
Fox News anchor Sean Hannity vowed to finance a healthcare enrollment operator who lost her job after talking with him on the air earlier this week.

Bush is a Graham donor
The State newspaper reports that Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBrunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Saudi Arabia, Turkey to form joint investigation into Khashoggi disappearance Democrats must end mob rule MORE (R-S.C.) received a political donation from former President George W. Bush for his 2014 reelection. 

 

OTHER NEWS: 

Clinton at CAP
Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarter Page files defamation lawsuit against DNC Dems fear party is headed to gutter from Avenatti’s sledgehammer approach Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE on Thursday night blamed lawmakers who govern by ideology for sending the country careening from crisis to crisis during an appearance at the anniversary for the Center for American Progress, Mario Trujillo reports for The Hill.

Reid: No grand bargain 
Erik Wasson writes for The Hill that Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenate heads home to campaign after deal on Trump nominees GOP has always been aggressive in trying to weaponize the system of judicial nominations Republicans come full circle with Supreme Court battle to the end MORE (D-Nev.) ruled out a grand bargain to budget negotiations.