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  • Bredesen Says He Won’t Back Schumer for Majority Leader
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 08:43 AM

    Politico: “Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen said at a debate Tuesday that if he is elected to the Senate, he would not back Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to continue as Democrats’ leader.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Second Kavanaugh Accuser Is Willing to Testify
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 08:05 AM

    John Clune, the attorney for Deborah Ramirez, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser, told the Today Show that Ramirez would be willing to testify about her allegations: “She would be willing to testify but we can’t even talk with the Senate Judiciary Committee about what that would look like and they certainly haven’t invited her, so at this point it’s a moot question.”
    He added that his client would prefer an FBI investigation first: “It’s the only intelligent way to get to the truth of what happens.”

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  • Republicans Start to Pull the Plug on Members
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 08:00 AM

    “The House GOP’s campaign arm pulled the plug on its remaining ad buys last week for the Pittsburgh media market, where Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) is desperately fighting to hang on to his seat in a race against Rep.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Two Brett Kavanaughs
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 07:11 AM

    Politico: “Call them the two Brett Kavanaughs: One was a rowdy frat boy who once bragged about ‘100 kegs.’ The other was a studious rule-follower who spent his free time going to church, volunteering and remaining chaste.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Democrats Have Had No Contact with Kavanaugh Accuser
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 07:19 AM

    “Tens of millions of people will be watching Christine Blasey Ford when she appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a potentially history-shaping hearing on Thursday,” Politico reports.
    “Yet Ford has had no apparent contact with the people who could help her most through the ordeal: Senate Democrats.”

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  • Arizona Prosecutor Will Question Kavanaugh Accuser
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 09:00 PM

    The Washington Post reports that Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona county sex crimes prosecutor, is the choice of Senate Republicans to question Christine Blasey Ford about her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were teenagers.

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  • Extra Bonus Quote of the Day
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 06:24 PM

    “We are sleepwalking in a very dangerous era, when split-second decisions can kill hundreds of millions of people and people don’t seem to give a damn — or even know about it.”
    — California Gov.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • GOP Senators Won’t Ask Questions at Thursday Hearing
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 04:52 PM

    “Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday they will not be questioning Christine Blasey Ford about her sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh later this week. Instead, they are hiring a woman as outside counsel to do it for them,” the HuffPost reports.

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  • GOP Senators Told to Be Available This Weekend
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 02:52 PM

    “Republican senators have been told they should expect to be in town this weekend to process Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court as he battles sexual misconduct claims,” The Hill reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Bonus Quote of the Day
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 01:55 PM

    “I try and tune out the president whenever I can, in terms of his tone and saying things that I think are inappropriate. Unfortunately … it takes a lot of oxygen.”
    — Rep.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Donnelly Holds Edge In Indiana
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 08:54 AM

    A new Reuters/Ipsos poll in Indiana shows Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) leading challenger Mike Braun (R), 46% to 43%.
    New polls in the other Rust Belt states show Democratic Senate candidates also leading in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio.

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  • Anonymous Writer Could Get Huge Book Deal
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 08:18 AM

    A book deal for the “senior Trump administration official” who wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed could be worth $10 million, literary agent Keith Urbahn tells the Washingtonian.
    Literary agent Larry Weissman adds that the most lucrative deal would likely be struck before Anonymous’s identity is leaked, intentionally or unintentionally.

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  • No One Is Sure If Trump Will Sign Spending Bill
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 07:06 AM

    Playbook: “The White House and Hill Republicans say they think President Trump will sign the spending package that the House will pass today to avert a partial government shutdown. But there is a palpable fear lingering in the Capitol that Trump will want to distract from the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, and will do so by vetoing the bill, plunging the nation into crisis 41 days before Election Day.

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  • Trump Open to Keeping Rosenstein
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 07:13 AM

    “President Trump told advisers he is open to keeping Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the job, and allies of the No. 2 Justice Department official said Tuesday he has given them the impression he doesn’t plan to quit,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

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  • Trump Thought Kavanaugh Was Weak
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 08:56 PM

    New York Times: “Mr. Trump’s aggressive comments on Tuesday came after privately expressing concern that Judge Kavanaugh had been too weak during an interview on Monday night on Fox News.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Rosenstein Likely to Leave After Midterm Elections
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 07:19 PM

    “Rod Rosenstein’s departure seemed so certain this week that his boss’s chief of staff told colleagues that he had been tapped by the White House to take over as second-in-command of the Justice Department, while another official would supervise the special counsel probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election,” the Washi

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  • Democrats Hold Narrow Leads In Florida
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 05:58 PM

    A new NBC News/Marist poll in Florida finds Sen. Bill Nelson (D) just ahead of Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 48% to 45% among likely voters.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • GOP’s Least-Worst Option Is to Pull Plug on Kavanaugh
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 03:42 PM

    Nate Silver: “There are huge risks to the GOP in both rushing to confirm Kavanaugh and in letting the process play out for several more weeks — which means that encouraging Kavanaugh to withdraw now, however painful it might be, is probably their least-worst option.”

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  • Murkowski Warns GOP to Take Allegations Seriously
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 01:55 PM

    “Republican Party leaders may be insisting that they will install Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is offering a blunt warning of her own: Do not prejudge sexual assault allegations against the nominee that will be aired at an extraordinary public hearing on Thursday,” the New York Times reports.

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  • Newspaper Seeks to Unseal Ellison’s Divorce Records
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 01:26 PM

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune has joined a legal effort to unseal the divorce records of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the Democratic candidate for attorney general.
    “The efforts follow allegations by Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, that Ellison domestically abused her in 2016.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Democrats May Be Putting More Seats In Play
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 08:48 AM

    First Read: “Speaking of leading gubernatorial candidates pulling the rest of their ticket, don’t lose sight of how Democrats running ahead in the GOV contests in Illinois and Michigan are making House races in those states much more difficult for Republicans.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Republicans Don’t Have the Votes on Kavanaugh Yet
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 08:23 AM

    NBC News: “Senate Republicans don’t yet have the votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, even as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is projecting a public face of certainty.”

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  • Christine Blasey Ford Offers Four Potential Witnesses
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 07:04 AM

    “In documents sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee and obtained by USA Today, Ford’s attorneys present declarations from Ford’s husband, Russell, and three friends who support the California college professor’s accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to pull off her clothes while both were high school students in 1982.”

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  • GOP Ground Game Focuses on Abortion
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 07:16 AM

    “Republicans desperate to juice base turnout in a brutal election cycle are weaponizing abortion against incumbent Democratic senators in more than a half-dozen races that could determine control of the chamber,” Politico reports.

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  • Race for Ohio Governor Is Tied
    Wednesday - 09/26/2018 - 07:27 AM

    A new NBC News/Marist poll in Ohio finds Richard Cordray (D) and Mike DeWine (R) deadlocked in the race for governor, 47% to 47%.

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  • Kavanaugh Vote Set for Friday
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 07:01 PM

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled its vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court for Friday morning at 9:30 am, CNN reports.

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  • Steyer to Spend Millions Backing Gillum in Florida
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 06:31 PM

    “Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and Democratic activist, has directed his political operation to spend more than $5 million aiding Andrew Gillum’s campaign for governor of Florida, an enormous investment that will test whether fired-up Democratic voters can flip control of a state long dominated by Republicans,” the New York Times reports.

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  • ‘Oh No Tony’
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 03:44 PM

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) released one of the stranger political ads of the year.

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  • Sanders Won’t Offer Assurances on Mueller Investigation
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 03:20 PM

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders would not offer any assurances that President Trump will allow the special counsel investigation to continue without delay if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein exits the Justice Department, telling ABC News that she doesn’t want to get ahead of the process.

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  • Avenatti Says New Accuser Will Go Public Before Thursday
    Tuesday - 09/25/2018 - 01:38 PM

    Michael Avenatti said another woman with damning new allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would reveal her identity and detail her claims when “we have adequate security measures in place,” CNBC  reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share