Hot on the Left: With retirements of Republican members of the House could open seats be picked up by Democrats; should we restrict Trump’s nuclear power

Here is a roundup of editorial that includes who will take control of the open seats left by Republicans who have announced retirement, should we restrict Trump’s nuclear power, how a GOP bet went wrong.

1. Frenetic pace of GOP retirements bodes well for Democrats- and should frighten Republicans

From Daily Kos: “We’re currently up to 17 empty seats for Republicans, a number they did not reach until December of 2007 in the 2008 cycle, the last big Democratic wave year.”

2. Time to restrict the President’s power to wage nuclear war

From The New York Times: “For the first time in a generation, there is widespread anxiety about the possibility of nuclear war, stimulated by the extreme tensions between North Korea and the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has advised Americans that they can sleep safely at night, a reassurance that most people probably wish they did not need to hear.”

3. GOP leaders made a huge wager — and they’re losing

From The Washington Post: “In the spring of their hopes, Republican leaders placed a bet — which seemed reasonable at the time — that they could contain President Trump and pass legislation despite him.”

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