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Statehood for DC and Puerto Rico is not a partisan issue, it's about finally making good on America's promise of equal rights

President Donald Trump throws a paper towel roll as he visits the Cavalry Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017 MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Voting is a fundamental human right, not a partisan issue. The American citizens of Puerto Rico and Washington, DC deserve to have a say in how they are governed. Granting statehood to Washington, DC and Puerto Rick is the morally right thing to do and would help restore balance and lend much-needed diversity to the US Senate. Chris I...
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Conservative Columnist Says There’s Only One Way To Save The GOP

Max Boot lamented the Republican Party's descent "into collective madness" in his column for The Washington Post.
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Lindsey Graham Is Being Boosted by a Tea Party Group That Has Always Hated Him

It’s no secret that Sen. Lindsey Graham is in the fight of his political life in the closing days of his campaign to win reelection to the U.S. Senate.“I’m getting overwhelmed,” Graham begged on-air with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last month, as his Democratic rival Jaime Harrison brought in a record-shattering $57 million in donations to unseat him. “Help me—they’re killing me money-wise. Help me.”But with ersatz ally President Donald Trump nowhere to be seen, a group that once despised Graham—and ...
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SCOTUS Denies Republicans’ Request To Revive Tighter Ballot Deadlines In N.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied Wednesday two requests by Republicans that the court revive a tighter deadline for returning absentee ballots in North Carolina. The dispute centered on a consent agreement that the State Board of Elections reached as part of a lawsuit brought by voting rights advocates. The board agreed to extend the receipt deadline for mail ballots from three days after the election to nine days after the election. It also loosened up the rules around the state’s witness requi...
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Supreme Court Denies GOP Requests To Revive Tighter Ballot Deadlines In N.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied Wednesday two requests by Republicans that the court revive a tighter deadline for returning absentee ballots in North Carolina. The dispute centered on a consent agreement that the State Board of Elections reached as part of a lawsuit brought by voting rights advocates. The board agreed to extend the receipt deadline for mail ballots from three days after the election to nine days after the election. It also loosened up the rules around the state’s witness requi...
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The roots of totalitarianism & Trump: To a new journalism

I do not believe most people espousing QAnon’s agitprop believe it. I believe they want us to believe they believe it. It’s performative: owning the libs, the pollsters, the media, the elites. Our old institutions fall for it and that is why the conspirators continue to play us. The primary weakness here is not in their belief system but in ours. For us to think that journalism, fact-checking, and appeals to rationality will win this war on truth is itself irrational; we now know better....
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Listen to Kushner's full remarks on Trump's Covid-19 handling

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke to Bob Woodward about Trump's approach with the Republican party and in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
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Megyn Kelly slams Sunny Hostin over SCOTUS comments: ‘More intentionally dishonest than stupid’

Megyn Kelly is no stranger to controversy and being called out on social media, but this week she was the one taking the offensive against Sunny Hostin for what she believes to be “intentionally dishonest” rhetoric. Hostin, who serves as a co-host and political analyst on The View, slammed the Republican Party on Tuesday for stealing seats from the Democrats and pushing through right-wing judges in their place. “We all know the Republican Party has been packing the Supreme Court for decades,” ...
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Biden Decries ‘Rushed And Unprecedented’ Barrett Confirmation

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden late on Monday tore into Senate Republicans for the “rushed and unprecedented” confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court amid the election, condemning its potentially damaging blow to the Affordable Care Act just days after the election. “The rushed and unprecedented confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, in the middle of an ongoing election, should be a stark reminder to every American that your vote...
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Survey: Beyond presidential politics, Southern Californians agree on some key issues

Though they differ sharply – and predictably – on choices for president and some other political questions, a new survey shows Democrats and Republicans in Southern California agree more than they disagree on a host of other issues, including a shared concern that the upcoming election might spark violence. On the predictable side, a survey of 956 adults in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties conducted by researchers at the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside show...
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Win or Lose, It’s Donald Trump’s Republican Party

The G.O.P.’s politicians, activists and voters are still figuring out what that means.
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Biden attacks Trump's 'rushed and unprecedented' confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett – US politics live

Full story: Barrett confirmed in major victory for conservativesWhy Barrett’s addition to court may undermine climate fightBob Woodward: The Trump Presidency – live event todaySign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 8.20am GMT There were contrasting reactions to the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett on the Twitter streams of the two main opponents in next week’s US election. Donald Trump proudly posted a video of the ceremony, with this voiceover saying:On this October ...
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Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation shows how the courts will be Trump’s most lasting legacy

With Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation, even if the Republican Party faces potential cataclysm on Election Day, it can rest safely in the knowledge that it has fully remade the federal judiciary in its image.
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Analysis: This chart shows why Trump is so dangerous to the GOP

Win or lose in eight days' time, President Donald Trump's lasting legacy on the Republican Party will be a shrinking base that looks less and less like the country.
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This chart shows why Trump is *so* dangerous to the GOP

Win or lose in eight days' time, President Donald Trump's lasting legacy on the Republican Party will be a shrinking base that looks less and less like the country.
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Pompeo Facing Yet Another Ethics Probe, This Time For Jerusalem RNC Speech

Ethics officials are probing yet another potential violation from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, this time in the speech he gave to the Republican National Convention in August during a diplomatic trip to the Middle East. The Office of Special Counsel has opened a case file on Pompeo’s speech, the chairs of the House Foreign Affairs and Appropriations committees said in a statement.  “As we get closer to both this year’s election and his own inevitable return to electoral politics, Mike...
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America, flaws and all, is still a land of opportunity

In last week’s debate, and throughout the time since he won the Democratic nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden has called America systemically racist. Many other leaders in academics and business have used the same phrase. The danger with that characteristic is that if a system is racist, then the essential elements of that system are unworthy of acceptance.  Labeling a person racist cuts off further conversation with that person. Labeling a system racist points us away from attempting i...
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Republican Party is now more illiberal and resembles authoritarian parties in India, Hungary and Turkey, study says

Study highlights ‘global trend’ in ruling parties in major democracies becoming more illiberal
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Monday round-up

The Senate is expected to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, and the White House is planning an outdoor swearing-in ceremony that could occur as soon as Monday night. Fifty-one votes are needed in the Senate to confirm Barrett, and Republicans, who hold a slim majority in the chamber, are expected to confirm her with no Democratic support. Barrett would fill the seat formerly held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18. All of SCOTUSblog’s coverage of B...
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Schumer Sounds Alarm Ahead Of Pence ‘Inexplicably’ Exposing Senate To COVID-19

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sounded the alarm to his colleagues on Sunday, a day before Vice President Mike Pence will preside over Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation vote. Pence is set to appear on the Senate floor on Monday despite several of the VP’s aides testing positive for COVID-19. In a Dear Colleague letter issued Sunday before the Senate Republicans voted 51-48 to advance Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, setting up a final confirmation vote for ...
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Trump reportedly doesn't 'want to help some' GOP senators amid warnings of 'potentially catastrophic' election

Josh Holmes, a top adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), told Politico he thinks the Republican Party could win more Senate races than people expect on Nov. 3, but the fact that there are so many close races means "you could have a whole bunch of scenarios play out on Election Day." The worst-case scenario for the GOP, he said, is "potentially catastrophic."As it turns out, the party may not get that much help from President Trump when it comes to avoiding such a fate. Trump...
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California needs a better election system

On April 28, the Election Integrity Project California notified Secretary of State Alex Padilla that its analysis of the state’s official voter registration file found more than 458,000 registered voters who were going to be mailed a ballot even though they had likely died or moved. None of these registered voters had voted or updated their registration since November 2008 or earlier, and 178,000 had never voted, yet all remained classified as “active” voters. EIPCa’s data analysts also found th...
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Biden promises increased scientific investment if elected in 'most in-depth statement of priorities'

In the latest episode of Pod Save America -- a podcast hosted by several former Obama administration staffers -- the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, laid out what Politico described as "the most in-depth statement of priorities we've heard from" the candidate.Biden, responding to the Republican Party's agenda for a second Trump administration term (which includes items focused on space exploration and a national high speed wireless network), said that, f...
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Letters to the Editor: Trumpism is a dangerous way of doing politics. Let's hope it ends with Trump

Trumpism is nothing but governing based on instinct and self-interest. If it has a future in the Republican Party, we should be very scared.
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Why Is Socialism Becoming Less Scary?

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis.  In her extraordinary new documentary film, “The Big Scary ‘S’ Word,” director Yael Bridge examines the surprising rebirth of American socialism. “Socialism is as American as apple pie,” notes one of the film’s interviewees, Harvard University philosopher and activist Cornel West. That statement becomes the film’s theme.  Of course, many would dispute West’s statement. “America will never be a socialist country,” P...
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Symposium: The particular perils of emergency election cases

This article is part of a symposium on the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket.” Edward B. Foley holds the Ebersold chair in constitutional law at Ohio State University, where he also directs the election law program. His latest book is Presidential Elections and Majority Rule. The truly important decision in Bush v. Gore as a practical matter was not the merits ruling released on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, but instead the stay decision issued the previous Saturday, Dec. 9. That stay surely ranks among ...
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Nothing New: How US Politics Turned Tribal, From George Washington To Donald Trump

This article is part of TPM Cafe , TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. It is excerpted from “Republic of Wrath” by James A. Morone . American politics is loud, angry, and bristling with us versus them. But is there anything new in our screaming political divisions? Do they endanger the republic, as many observers fear? Or should we all take a deep breath as American politics runs through just another rowdy stretch? We can scan American history to explain what is different about th...
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Trump defends his Chinese bank account, and says he closed it before he was elected. 'I was a businessman doing business.'

President Donald Trump defended his Chinese bank account during the final presidential debate on October 22. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters President Donald Trump closed his Chinese bank account before he ran for president, he claimed during Thursday's election debate. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Trump maintained a Chinese bank account and paid nearly $200,000 in local taxes between 2013 and 2015. Trump said he opened the account because he was considering a deal in China. He was me...
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Narrative Hardball

When Dave Pozen and I wrote our article two years ago on asymmetric constitutional hardball (building on the important and ongoing work by Mark Tushnet), our bottom line was that the constitutional hardball we observe is reciprocal but not symmetrical. Both Democrats and Republicans engage in constitutional hardball, and predictably tend to do so in response to one another; but for at least the past 25 years or so, the Republican party has simply played harder hardball. Over and over, Democrat...
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Which States Are At Greatest Risk Of Militia Activity Around The Election?

With the Trump campaign calling for an “army” of poll watchers and armed right-wingers charged with plotting the kidnapping of the governor of Michigan, some observers are concerned this election season that various groups may interfere with the democratic process.  Now two research groups have mapped out where right-wing groups might be most active before, during and after Election Day, based on a variety of variables including recruitment patterns, relationships with law enforcement,...
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