Sunday: Gillibrand, Noem, Panetta, Wexton, Salvanto

Despite a chorus of former top intelligence officials rebuking President Trump's decision to strip former CIA Director John Brennan of his security clearance, the president doubled down Friday morning, threatening to "quickly" revoke the security clearance of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr next.

President Trump's comments came as he departed for a fundraiser in New York, where the president hopes to raise millions in contributions for the Trump Victory Fund. The president has aggressively fundraised and campaigned in recent months for Republican candidates around the country, playing a leading role in defending GOP control of the House and Senate.

On Tuesday, Trump-aligned candidates notched primary wins, including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach finally securing the Republican gubernatorial nomination after last week's neck-and-neck results.

The primaries also set the stage for potentially historic elections this fall in Connecticut, Vermont, Minnesota and Wisconsin. An increasingly diverse roster of Democrats are vying for wins in November, including a record number of women and veterans.

Our CBS News Battleground Tracker has been keeping tabs on the competitive race for Democrats fighting to flip the House and Senate. In June, CBS News estimated a toss-up in the House, with 219 seats in Democratic control and 216 in GOP hands.


As races around the country heat up, join "Face the Nation" (@FaceTheNation) moderator Margaret Brennan (@margbrennan) this Sunday for a special look at the midterms and female candidates.

CBS News Elections & Surveys Director Anthony Salvanto (@SalvantoCBS) will join us with new polling, including the latest seat estimate in the battle to control the House. We'll also talk to him about his new book, "Where Did You Get This Number?"

We'll hear from Rep. Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem), R-South Dakota, the frontrunner in a race that could make her South Dakota's first female governor.

We'll air our interview with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand), D-New York, and Jennifer Wexton (@JenniferWexton), the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat GOP Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in Virginia's 10th Congressional District.

Brennan sat down this week with a focus group of five Virginia voters to talk gender, politics and the presidency. We'll air their conversation.

And we'll hear also from former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was among those to sign a letter of support for former CIA Director John Brennan. 

And we'll get perspective on races around the country with our panel, this week:

  • Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe), CBS News Political Correspondent
  • Anthony Salvanto (@SalvantoCBS), CBS News Elections & Surveys Director
  • Leslie Sanchez (@SalvantoCBS), CBS News Political Contributor
  • Amy Walter (@amyewalter), The Cook Political Report and "The Takeaway"

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