Mississippi is new headache for GOP in the South

Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) impending retirement has opened a new path for Tea Party firebrand Chris McDaniel to reach the Senate — a prospect that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) desperately wants to avoid. McConnell and other Republican leaders are worried about a reprise of last year’s electoral debacle in Alabama, when another conservative insurgent,…

How the Washington establishment is losing out to little-known Trump advise…

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson privately warned senior trade officials on Tuesday that President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum could endanger the U.S. national security relationship with allies, according to five people familiar with the meeting. The morning meeting came as Republican lawmakers grasped for a strategy to…