The TAKE with Rick Klein
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Roy Moore may yet save a precious Senate seat for a Republican Party that’s back on his bandwagon.
While he’s at it, he might be salvaging another political career: Steve Bannon‘s.
Bannon’s appearance with Moore Tuesday in Alabama is a reminder that he was with him from the beginning and hasn’t strayed.
President Donald Trump’s position was a bit more vague before he was publicly for Moore.
Bannon has been a Moore champion all along, a potential Exhibit A in the case he’s building against virtually all incumbent Republican senators.
If Moore had lost, or if he still goes on to lose, in a spectacularly lonely fashion, national Republicans from Mitch McConnell on down would be quick to write Bannon off.
So too could the donors he needs to make himself more of a player than a Breitbart-wielding, former aide, — even one who still has the president’s phone number.
At this point, whatever the outcome next Tuesday, the forces of Bannonism remain to be reckoned with – whether or not the GOP ultimately regrets rallying behind Moore.
The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks
When it comes to negotiations, we know President Trump likes deadlines and threats.
From health care subsidies to DACA protections, during his first year in office the president has often employed two these negotiating tactics: setting a drop-dead date or promising a controversial future move, as a way to try to spur others to action.
The jury is still out on whether the strategies are working.
But perhaps it makes sense to look at his announcement, expected today, that the U.S. will initiate the process of relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as example of this sort of method.
While a number of relevant world leaders have argued against this aggressive move and said it will only hurt any peace talks, perhaps Trump sees the decision as a worthwhile, albeit hugely risky, bit of brinksmanship.
Sources close to the White House say the president does not plan to outline a specific timeline for constructing a new embassy, but will continue to sign these six-month waivers, as other presidents have done, to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv for now.
THE TIP with Tara Palmeri
It was an icy greeting for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
As he kicked off his European tour in Brussels on Tuesday, European…