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    The tight Pennsylvania Senate race between Republicans Dave McCormick and Mehmet Oz is likely headed for a recount, according to the Associated Press. Three days after the state’s GOP primary was held, a winner has yet to be declared. Oz, who had the backing of former President Donald Trump, led the race Friday evening by just over 1,000 votes. The AP reported: A recount would mean that the outcome of the race might not be known until June 8, the deadline for counties to report their results to the state. Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, led McCormick by 1,079 votes, or 0.08 percentage points, out of 1,340,248 ballots counted as of 5 p.m. Friday. The race is close enough to trigger Pennsylvania’s automatic recount law, with the separation between the candidates inside the law’s 0.5% margin. The Associated Press will not declare a winner in the race until the likely recount is complete. The AP noted a recount could mean the contest could drag out for weeks, up until June 8, when counties must report their...
    David Perdue speaks during a Trump rally for Georgia GOP candidates at Banks County Dragway in Commerce, Ga., Saturday, March 26, 2022. Among Donald Trump's list of political enemies, Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp ranks right up there with Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Whereas Cheney sought to impeach Trump and end his political career, Kemp certified an election in his state that ultimately contributed to Trump's ousting from the White House. Trump has arguably gunned with equal fervor to banish both from the Republican Party and end their careers. Cheney still has a tough row to hoe despite the fact that she has been raising historic sums in her bid to beat back her Trump-endorsed primary challenger, among other GOP candidates. But Kemp currently appears poised to soundly defeat the candidate Trump recruited to challenge the sitting GOP governor—former Sen. David Perdue. The Daily Kos Elections Team talks with Joe Sudbay about the big primaries and all of the redistricting nonsense on The Downballot podcast x Embedded Content In fact, Perdue—who arguably had the stature and name recognition to compete...
    The first trial to emerge from Special Counsel John Durham's probe finally got underway Tuesday – as prosecutors accused former Hillary Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann of trying to engineer an 'October surprise' when he sought out a top FBI official to discuss an allegation about Trump and Russia.  The allegation didn't pan out, but the meeting itself constituted an effort to 'use and manipulate' federal law enforcement for political ends, prosecutors argued.  Sussmann's defense team argued he was forthright when he acted on his own to bring information to authorities, and said the intervention did not benefit the Clinton camp in any way.  It all comes years after the first media reports about was described as suspicious computer traffic between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank, at a time when Trump and his campaign were under scrutiny for Russia ties in the election.  Lawyer Michael Sussmann contacted FBI general counsel James Baker with a 'tip' of information about apparently unusual traffic between Trump Organization and a Russian bank. He is charged with lying to the FBI when he said...
    Nina Jankowicz, a Russian disinformation expert, will head up the new Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board The administration is setting up a new board to combat disinformation related to homeland security – headed by a woman who questioned the validity of Hunter Biden's laptop and criticized free speech on social media. Nina Jankowicz will head The Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board as executive director, Politico Playbook reported Wednesday morning. 'Cat's out of the bag: here's what I've been up to the past two months, and why I've been a bit quiet on here,' Jankowicz tweeted of her new endeavor and the new DHS board. 'Honored to be serving in the Biden Administration @DHSgov and helping shape our counter-disinformation efforts.' She added that 'a HUGE focus of our work, and indeed, one of the key reasons the Board was established, is to maintain the Dept's committment (sic) to protecting free speech, privacy, civil rights, & civil liberties.' The Russia disinformation expert previously called the laptop of President Joe Biden's son Hunter a 'Trump campaign product'. This is causing...
    US President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland on March 26, 2022.Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty Images President Joe Biden's job approval ratings keep falling in his second year in the White House, with just 40% of Americans approving of the job that he is doing, a new NBC News survey finds. That is the lowest rating Biden has seen in his presidency. Biden's 3-percentage-point drop in job approval since January comes as a large majority of Americans continue to say the United States is headed in the wrong direction, the poll found. A total of 71% of respondents to the poll said they believe the country is "off on the wrong track." That is a single percentage point less than the portion of respondents who gave that answer in the same poll taken in mid-January. The latest grim numbers for Biden come as he leads a Western coalition backing Ukraine's resistance to its invasion by Russia, Americans are dealing with an inflation rate not seen since the 1980s, and as the U.S....
    Tens of thousands of asylum seekers are expected to flood the US-Mexico border next month as Covid restrictions on immigration are set to be lifted. Immigration experts warn that a 'bottleneck' of an estimated 170,000 refugees has built up over the last two years in Mexico after being turned away at the southern US border under a Trump-era policy known as Title 42.  The policy allows border patrol agents to deny entry to migrants without considering their asylum claims if they have been in a country where a communicable disease – such as Covid – is rife. It has been used more than one million times during Donald Trump's and Joe Biden's presidencies. Already deeply controversial, the policy was lambasted by top Democrats when it emerged Ukrainian refugees fleeing their war-torn country to Mexico were being turned away at the US southern border under Title 42, despite Biden's promise to welcome them 'with open arms'. His administration is now reportedly planning to end the policy as soon as April 1. But immigration experts told DailyMail.com that although Title 42 has left...
    The Texas Attorney General race is apparently headed for a run-off election, with incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton holding a lead several points below 50 percent at 12:00 a.m. ET, Decision Desk HQ and the Associated Press projected.  With roughly 83 percent of votes cast in the state, Paxton received 42.7 percent of the vote or 628,695 votes. Paxton has heavily led his competition, including land commissioner George P. Bush at 22.2 percent, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman at 18.1 percent, and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at 16.9 percent. Texas law states that if no candidate exceeds 50 percent of the vote, the two top candidates advance to a runoff election. According to the projection, Paxton will face off with Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, on May 24, with the general election taking place on November 8. Paxton, who has been attorney general since 2015,  secured an endorsement from former President Trump in the summer of 2021. Notably, a Local Election Headquarters poll, in partnership with Emerson College Polling and The Hill in late February, found that nearly half of Republican...
    A Republican front-runner in Nevada’s U.S. Senate race who plans to co-host a fundraiser with former President Donald Trump this week says Democrats and the press are exaggerating the magnitude of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Adam Laxalt is one of several swing-state candidates deepening their ties to Trump despite intra-party rifts that have arisen since he falsely claimed former Vice President Mike Pence could have overturned the 2020 election and attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his role in the certification process. Laxalt, who has hired consultants associated with McConnell to advise him on campaign strategy, is scheduled to appear at two events this week at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida: a big-ticket fundraiser Tuesday in support of his bid against Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto; and another fundraiser Wednesday for a Trump-aligned political action committee. On Friday, Laxalt heads to the Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual summit in Orlando, where he will appear on a panel alongside other GOP candidates hoping to flip the evenly split Senate. Laxalt is the grandson...
    CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday called former President Donald Trump “the orange-headed love child of Rupert Murdoch and David Duke,” after rebuking Republican lawmakers who raised the idea of secession — such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who suggested a “national divorce.” “Let’s be honest, a lot of these agitators, instigators, they’re not going to be doing the fighting themselves,” Acosta said, before referencing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) walking back his Jan. 6 comments on Fox News. “We’ve already seen what happens when the going gets tough for Senator Ted Cruz. There won’t be a battle of Cancun. They can take our lives, but they can’t take our tequila.” “No, these instigators will send others into battle,” Acosta continued. “They’ll send our young adults, our teenagers, your teenagers, to do the fighting. Just like what happens in any other war. And for what? Or should I say for whom? The orange-headed love child of Rupert Murdoch and David Duke, who said this to one of his propaganda networks about the anniversary of January 6th?” Acosta then played a clip of Trump lamenting...
    This story first appeared at BlumsLaw. As we embark on a new year, we find ourselves asking the same old question about the disgraced 45th president of the United States: When—if ever--will Donald Trump be brought to justice? As president, Trump weathered both the Mueller investigation and two impeachment trials. And to this day, he has yet to be charged with a single criminal offense, whether for his attempts to undermine the results of the 2020 election; his role in sparking the January 6, 2021, insurrection; or his sordid history in the private sector as a marketing con man and real-estate huckster. Understandably, many Americans have become cynical about the prospects of holding Trump to account. Many fear that Trump has forever damaged what remains of our collective commitment to the rule of law. But all is not lost. Amid the gloom, there are encouraging signs that Trump may finally be headed for a day of reckoning. The House January 6 Select Committee is diligently investigating the origins of the insurrection, including Trump’s part in inciting the riot at the...
    In a column for MSNBC, contributor Jessica Levinson claimed that Donald Trump's latest lawsuit, this one filed against New York Attorney General Letitia James, will likely crash and burn thereby extending his streak of legal maneuvers that have been slapped aside by the courts. As Levinson notes, Trump has been a study in perseverance, continuing to file lawsuits since he was unceremoniously booted from the Oval Office over a year ago -- few of which have succeeded other than working as stalling tactics as he battles multiple investigations in New York City, by the state of New York, the Justice Department and a House committee looking into the Jan 6th insurrection. Writing "There are few truisms in life, but here’s one: Trump is litigious. Very litigious. Before the 2016 election, a USA Today analysis found that he and his businesses had been involved in 4,095 lawsuits over three decades, and in more than 2,100 of those suits as the plaintiff," the legal analyst added, "It should therefore come as no surprise that lawsuits filed by Trump and his allies...
    Chris Rodriguez In what feels like a quest to play every size venue in Tampa Bay, Joe Biden hating nü-metal-turned-country-crooning songwriter Aaron Lewis is headed back to Tampa next year. Tickets to see Aaron Lewis play Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, March 3, 2022 go on sale Friday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. EST, but an artist Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. EST. Surprisingly, the presale code is “VIBE” and not “LOCKHERUP.” Over the last few years, the 49-year-old Staind frontman has come under fire for telling a Texas audience, “I don't know how to speak Spanish. I'm American." Just last month, he went on a rant about the takedown of Confederate statues. And despite once fucking up the lyrics to the "Star-Spangled Banner," Lewis also thinks Hillary should be in prison. Lewis is a frequent visitor to the east coast insurrectionist capital of America however, having played Dallas Bull, Tampa Theatre and Ruth Eckerd Hall within the last five years. It’s been awhile since Lewis’ last show in Tampa Bay, but for some...
    A House committee's investigation of the Capitol insurrection appears to be on a collision course with the U.S. Supreme Court, which could ultimately decide whether the American public ever learns the full truth about the events of Jan. 6, according to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa. "If this ends up at the Supreme Court, it will be perhaps one of the most monumental decision the court has made," Costa told MSNBC on Friday. During the Watergate scandal, president Richard Nixon was forced to release audio tapes by Chief Justice Warren Berger, because a crime had taken place — and "no president can have confidentiality when it comes to documents when a crime has taken place," Costa noted. "That was the threshold for Berger," Costa said. "What's the threshold for this Supreme Court? That's the lingering question." Costa said justices will have to decide whether they're going to "protect" Trump even though he is no longer in office and an insurrection occurred. If they allow Trump to keep the documents secret, it's possible "we might never have a clear answer" about...
    The FBI has opened up a criminal campaign-finance investigation into possible "misdeeds" committed by the right wing organization headed by conservative lobbyist and Trump confidant Matt Schlapp. The group, the American Conservative Union, is best known for its annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) event that attracts right wing politicians and activists from across the country. Citing sources, The Dispatch reports "federal investigators are currently looking into possible criminal campaign-finance misdeeds at ACU during Schlapp's tenure. As part of the investigation, the FBI has interviewed former and current ACU employees about the financial dealings of the organization and its leaders—and in particular, as one source said, about their 'knowledge of the events leading up to the endorsement of Brian Kelsey.'." Kelsey is a Tennessee state senator who in 2016 ran for the GOP nomination for a seat in Congress. Since 2015 Schlapp has been the chairman of the ACU. The allegations in our complaint—they're really quite bad," Adav Noti, chief of staff at the Campaign Legal Center, told The Dispatch. The CLC is the organization that filed the FEC complaint....
    Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is headed to New Hampshire as she positions herself as a leading Republican opponent to former President Donald Trump. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Cheney is scheduled to keynote an event in New Hampshire, a key early primary state in Republican presidential primaries, as speculation Trump will seek the White House in 2024 heats up. The congresswoman is urging Republican voters, and Republicans in Congress, to abandon their support for Trump, saying his claims that the 2020 election was stolen and his refusal to concede defeat to President Joe Biden disqualify him from political leadership and from holding public office. Cheney is scheduled to appear in New Hampshire on Nov. 9 to headline an annual gala promoting the First Amendment hosted by the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. According to the school's website, previous speakers at this event have included Trump and President Joe Biden. BUSH AND TRUMP BECOME CENTRAL FIGURES IN GOP CIVIL WAR Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is embroiled in a dogfight for reelection...
    In a move that will spark speculation about her potential national ambitions, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming will headline an awards dinner later this autumn in New Hampshire, the state that for a century has held the first presidential primary in the race for the White House. Cheney, one of the most well-known and vocal members of the small group of GOP lawmakers and leaders opposed to former President Trump, will be the featured speaker at the annual Nackey S. Loeb School’s First Amendment Honors program on Nov. 9. The former president and his allies have backed a primary challenger to Cheney when she’s up for reelection next year as Trump aims to oust Cheney from Congress. FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH TO FUNDRAISE FOR LIZ CHENEY, SETTING UP CLASH WITH TRUMP The school was named after its founder, the late publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader. New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, which was first to report the Cheney visit, noted that the event "honors individuals or groups who have in some extraordinary way exercised or sought to protect the Constitution's...
    EXCLUSIVE – The top lawyer for former President Donald Trump in his lawsuits against Twitter, Google and Facebook over his bans from those platforms says that multiple factors make them "state actors," meaning they'd be legally vulnerable under standards normally applied only to governments, like prior restraint. In an exclusive interview with Fox News that lawyer, John Coale, argued that the government is essentially deputizing social media companies to censor Americans. And he predicted that the Supreme Court will eventually decide the case.  "The basis for all of this case is that private companies cannot be empowered by the government via Congress, via [Section] 230," to censor people, Coale said. "The Biden administration and members of Congress can't delegate what they cannot do themselves." He added: "This issue will in the end be decided in the Supreme Court, it's that important." Attorney John Coale speaks next to former U.S. President Donald Trump at Trump golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., July 7, 2021.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz) READ IT: TRUMP LAWSUITS AGAINST TWITTER, FACEBOOK, GOOGLE OVER ALLEGED BIG...
    Newsmax host and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer joined SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday, where he discussed President Joe Biden’s administration and its impact on ordinary Americans. “They don’t want to do this,” Spicer said of efforts to maintain a safe southern border. “Their goal is to create a permanent new class of Democratic voters, so they want these people coming over. It could easily be stopped. It doesn’t take a federal judge, or a bunch of scientific studies. It basically takes common sense. If you really wanted to secure the border, you’d keep the policies President Trump had in place.” “When you get rid of those policies and encourage people to come and say ‘Don’t come, but if you do come here’s what we’re going to give you,’ what do you think is gonna happen? There’s a reason people are wearing Biden shirts at the border, there’s a reason they’re saying they wouldn’t have come under Trump but they are under Biden.” According to Spicer, Americans on the right do not see that Biden’s administration is “deliberately causing”...
    REUTERS/Bryan WoolstonVoters filling out ballots at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, on Election Day 2020.In the aftermath of the 2020 election — and the post-election hijinks and refusal to accept the results by the losing presidential candidate, Donald Trump, and many of his supporters — a large, distinguished and still-growing group of political scientists and scholars in other related fields from around the country have signed on to what they call a “Statement of Concern” about some of the ongoing “stop-the-steal” buffoonery. I was born late in the Truman administration and paid ever-growing attention to presidential elections since the Eisenhower era. Of course, I’ve never seen anything like this aftermath. While the rightful winner of the 2020 election, Joe Biden, has taken office, news stories appear every day about ongoing efforts to still overturn the result of the election and return Trump to power sometime later this year. I wish I could laugh, but I can’t. Article continues after advertisement Here’s the first paragraph of the document: We, the undersigned, are scholars of democracy who have watched the...