Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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Under the assumption that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will eventually leave his post, President Donald Trump “is considering” as many as five potential replacements, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, based on unnamed White House officials and outside advisers. The Journal acknowledged that Sessions “isn’t currently planning to leave,” and “there are no finalized plans to remove him,” but that Sessions does anticipate “he may be asked to resign,” in the paper’s words.

The Journal’s sources listed five potential replacements for Sessions: 

“Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Transportation Department general counsel Steven Bradbury, former Attorney General Bill Barr, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Janice Rogers Brown, a retired appeals court judge from the District of Columbia Circuit.”

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Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson has given tens of millions of dollars in last-minute donations to two major Republican super PACs, the Senate Leadership Fund and the Congressional Leadership Fund, Politico reported Thursday citing two unnamed “senior Republicans familiar with the donation.”

That’s on top of Adelson and his wife’s combined $25 million and $30 million in donations to the Senate and House super PACs, respectively, Politico reported, likely making Adelson the largest Republican donor of the 2018 cycle.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder riffed on former first lady Michelle Obama’s famous line — “When they go low, we go high” — in a speech over the weekend, urging Democrats to push back against Republican voter suppression efforts.

“When they go low, we kick ’em,” Holder said to applause from a small crowd of Georgia Democrats. Holder noted later that he simply wanted Democrats to “be tough,” not do anything “inappropriate” or “illegal.”

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