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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitch McConnell's Terrible Candidates Are His Own Fault … This week, Republicans began to complain openly about the downside to having so many of their nominees for high office composed of fascists, dilettantes, and the mentally ill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters …
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Jim Swift / Overtime:
Shut Down the Cheney 2024 Chatter  —  Plus, Liz vs. Nikki.  —  Recently at The Bulwark:  — CHARLIE SYKES: Protecting The Donald.  —  You can support The Bulwark by subscribing to Bulwark+ or just by sharing this newsletter with someone you think would value it.  —  Join … Join
Discussion: 19FortyFive and The Bulwark
W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
Conservatives rail against McConnell's Senate skepticism amid Trump feud  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) concession that Republicans might not retake the Senate in this year's midterm elections angered conservatives, who saw it as another front in the senior lawmaker's simmering feud …
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
'It's a rip-off': GOP spending under fire as Senate hopefuls seek rescue  —  A cash crunch at campaigns and the NRSC set off a panic as GOP candidates emerged from bruising primaries playing catch-up in polls and advertising.  —  Republican Senate hopefuls are getting crushed on airwaves across …
Discussion: Raw Story, Obsidian Wings and HotAir
Justin Baxley / WMAZ-TV:
Herschel Walker declines invitation to debate Senator Warnock in Macon  —  The Oct. 13 debate will be available across all WMAZ platforms and through our media partners.  —  WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. — Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker says he's declined an invitation to participate …
CNN:
White House officials privately express concern about classified information taken to Mar-a-Lago  —  White House officials have privately expressed deep concern over the tranche of classified material taken to former President Donald Trump's home in Florida, including some documents …
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Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Biden to host ‘unity’ summit against hate-fueled violence
Discussion: Washington Times, The Root and Twitchy
Monivette Cordeiro / Orlando Sentinel:
Arrested Orange voters said they were told rights had been restored, affidavits show  —  Governor Ron DeSantis announces 20 arrests related to election fraud across Florida stemming from investigations by new Office of Election Crimes and Security.  (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
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Miami Herald:
‘How did I commit fraud?’  Ex-felon voters confused by arrests, DeSantis' announcement  —  When Romona Oliver registered to vote in early 2020 at the Hillsborough Tax Collector's office, she was asked if she had a felony conviction.  She said yes.  —  The women helping her with the form submitted it, Oliver said.
Oliver Willis Explains:
Ron DeSantis Wants To Fake His Way To The Presidency, And It Could Work  —  Conservatives Love Being Mad About Things That Don't Exist  —  To live in the make believe world of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, one has to believe in a series of interlocking fairy tales, conspiracy theories, lies, and hoaxes.
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New York Times:
TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes, According to New Research  —  In the web browser used within the TikTok app, supplementary code lets the company track every character typed by users.  The company said the capability was for troubleshooting.  —  The web browser used within …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Marcy Kaptur, a Veteran Democrat, Breaks with Biden in New TV Ad  —  Ms. Kaptur is the most prominent Democrat to break with President Biden as she seeks re-election in a Toledo-area seat that was redrawn to be sharply more Republican.  —  Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio …
Discussion: CNN, Fox News, NRCC and The Hill
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Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
Top Ohio Democrat breaks with Biden in new campaign ad
Zoe Tillman / Bloomberg:
Mueller Memo Advising Barr on Trump Findings Is Ordered Released  —  The US Justice Department must release a 2019 memo advising then-attorney general Bill Barr on how to handle the conclusion of the Mueller investigation and the department's decision not to charge Donald Trump, a federal appeals court ruled.
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Mark DiCamillo / Mailchimp:
Californians oppose Biden and Trump running for President in 2024  —  By a nearly two-to-one margin (61% to 31%) California voters oppose Joe Biden seeking a second term as President in 2024.  Republicans are overwhelmingly against the President running again (87% to 9%) …
Tom Porter / Insider:
Newly unsealed documents from the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago put Trump in even worse legal peril, experts say  — New legal documents were unsealed Thursday by a federal judge in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago raid.  — They show new details about the possible crimes the FBI was investigating with the search.
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Kari Lake > Ron DeSantis  —  In the fight to become the heir of Trumpism.  —  1. The Trump Progression  —  We've done versions of this dance a dozen times before:  — He didn't do it; there is no story here.  — You don't have irrefutable evidence that he did it.  — That “evidence” is a fake-news plant.
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
Max Tani / Politico:
WaPo quietly suspended one of its top reporters last spring  —  The Washington Post quietly suspended one of its longest serving reporters, Paul Farhi, this past spring, in a move challenged by the union representing the paper's reporters.  —  The suspension of Farhi, a media reporter …
Merlyn Thomas / BBC:
Sanna Marin: Finnish PM reveals she has taken drug test  —  Finland's prime minister has said she has taken a drug test, after new footage emerged showing the leader dancing with a Finnish popstar.  —  Sanna Marin, 36, came under fire this week after a leaked video showed her partying …
CNN:
Iran drops key ‘red line’ demand as progress on a revived nuclear deal edges forward  —  Iran has officially dropped a key “red line” demand that had been a major sticking point in efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal, a senior administration official told CNN.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's next Mar-a-Lago move will escalate his supporters' rage  —  When it comes to the Mar-a-Lago matter, there will be no appeasing Donald Trump and his most fervent supporters.  There will be no point at which they acknowledge that any law enforcement activity related to it is legitimate.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
A Famous Walrus Is Killed, and Norwegians Are Divided  —  The killing of Freya has polarized Oslo and threatens to blight the image of a country more commonly associated with diplomatic good deeds than mob-like hits.  —  OSLO — It was another good day for Freya, the 1,300-pound walrus named …
Discussion: Reason and Washington Post
New York Times:
The Constitution Is Broken and Should Not Be Reclaimed  —  When liberals lose in the Supreme Court — as they increasingly have over the past half-century — they usually say that the justices got the Constitution wrong.  But struggling over the Constitution has proved a dead end.
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
Morgan Phillips / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It was party before country back then’: Ex-NSC counterterrorism staffer running for Congress on ‘country before party’ platform is accused of drinking on the job and sleeping with colleagues in the prayer room while at the White House  — Matt Castelli served as a director …
Insider:
Joe Manchin swipes at Kyrsten Sinema, arguing she ‘made us wait two years’ to pass prescription drug reform  — Joe Manchin chided Krysten Sinema on Friday, saying she delayed Democrats' plans to reform drug pricing.  — “We had a senator from Arizona who basically didn't let us go as far as we needed to go,” he said.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and NBC News
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Viral video of a racist rant led people to threaten the wrong business.  The owner blames Google.  —  Editor's note: This story contains racist epithets that could be offensive to some readers.  —  On June 13, Iris Mejia was trying to take a nap.  She had called out of work because she felt sick …
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
In Deep Red Texas, Beto O'Rourke Takes on Guns and Abortion  —  “I can't win this with Democrats alone,” Mr. O'Rourke said during a 49-day drive across Texas that has included deeply Republican towns.  —  WHITESBORO, Texas — As supporters of Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Republican says comment Garland should be executed was ‘facetious’  —  Carl Paladino, a Republican candidate for Congress in New York, recently caused controversy when he praised Adolf Hitler  —  A Republican candidate for Congress in New York said he was “being facetious” when …
 
 
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