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Meadows texts reveal direct WH communications with pro-Trumper behind plans to seize voting machines

(CNN) As allies of then-President Donald Trump made a final push to overturn the election in late-December 2020, one of the key operatives behind the effort briefed then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about his attempts to gain access to voting systems in key battleground states, starting with Arizona and Georgia, according to text messages obtained by CNN.

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Republican Lead in Race for House Control Shrinks Again

(Political Wire) A new CBS News Battleground Poll finds the Republicans still have a lead in the race for control of the House, but “it keeps shrinking.” “While they’re still in a very good position to capture a House majority, that majority looks narrower today than it ever has, having ticked down for the second straight month to 223 seats in our model estimate. Republicans were at 226 in August and 230 in July.”

lees1975

Trump is the drag on the Republican Party's chances to win the Midterms

(Signal Press) It's become apparent, with all of Trump's screaming, raging, ranting and raving about the election that he clearly lost, and the blatant ignorance he has demonstrated in what he points to as evidence that he didn't, that he doesn't understand that getting elected is a matter of getting the most votes. He leans much more to the side of those who believe that manipulating the right people will get you what you want. Why not? That's worked for him in business all his life.

BumRushDaShow

Ian strengthens into a hurricane, heads toward Cuba, Florida

(AP) Hurricane Ian moved near the Cayman Islands and closer to western Cuba early Monday on a track to hit Florida as a major hurricane this week. Ian was forecast to intensify rapidly and become a major hurricane as soon as late Monday before becoming an even stronger Category 4 hurricane over warm Gulf of Mexico waters before striking the west central coast of Florida on Wednesday.

applegrove

Whaddya Know? A Majority Of Americans Support Expanding The Supreme Court

(Above The Law) Well, this has got to be a fly in John Roberts’s “I swear the Supreme Court is legitimate” tour: Marquette Law School just published the results of its latest survey on the Supreme Court and fans of the Court won’t be happy. First of all, overall approval isn’t great — 40 percent of respondents approve of the Court. But, in a post-Roe world, SCOTUS’s tanking polling is nearly a given. What truly stood out is that a majority of Americans — barely at 51 percent, but count it nevertheless — now support expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court.

Nevilledog

Far-right "constitutional sheriffs" threatening the midterms

(Salon) A controversial group of right-wing sheriffs that has spread false claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election and propagated Donald Trump's Big Lie is now vowing to monitor this year's midterm elections through surveillance of drop boxes and a hotline for reporting purported election fraud.

catbyte

Trump's 'Special Master' Delay Is Already Backfiring

(Daily Beast) Former President Donald Trump has learned time and again that the best way to kill legal action is to first delay it. And while Trump’s “special master” gambit initially showed promise in that regard, the tactic may have actually backfired and put him on a fast-track collision course with the federal government he once led.

catbyte

Why Republicans love desperate refugees

(Detroit Free Press) This is not about immigration. It's about cruelty as political stratagem. After all, if you solve a problem, you can no longer exploit it. But leave it unsolved and you can use it to rub raw the emotions of your target audience -- e.g., white people terrified at the browning of America -- and stampede them to the polls. Few things could be of greater interest to DeSantis, whose presidential lust is an open secret. Sure enough, he received a standing ovation from the party faithful in Kansas a few days later. It was a vivid snapshot of the moral imbecility and rottenness of character that now define the Republican Party. They should be ashamed of themselves, but they won't be.

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