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The California Recall Could Be a Road Map for Democrats

The California Recall Could Be a Road Map for DemocratsCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom is confronting the toughest challenge Democrats may face in next year’s midterm election—and guiding his party toward a possible solution as the Republican-driven recall against him enters its final days.One key reason the president’s party historically fares so poorly in midterm elections is that its supporters turn out at lower rates than voters of the party not in the White House. Polling earlier this summer showed that Newsom faced an especially acute version of that challenge; California Democrats displayed far less interest in, or even awareness of, the recall than did Republicans.[Read: What California’s recall election says about America]But the large number of mail ballots already returned by Democratic voters, as well as the latest poll results, signal that Newsom has mostly closed that enthusiasm gap, placing himself in a strong position to defeat the recall when…


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Will the White House Face a Reckoning Over Afghanistan?

Will the White House Face a Reckoning Over Afghanistan?Who, exactly, is responsible for today’s calamity in Afghanistan? ISIS appears to be the author of this tragedy, but are American officials at fault as well? At least 12 U.S. soldiers and dozens of Afghan civilians are dead after attacks by a pair of suicide bombers just outside the Kabul airport. The number of casualties is sure to rise.For that matter, who will Americans blame when they think about the image of desperate Afghans clinging to a departing C-17? Even before the bombings in Kabul, the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan had been intermittently chaotic—some of those lucky enough to escape were transferred to rat- and feces-infested holding facilities in Qatar. A lost war is ending much as it began 20 years ago, with a gruesome terrorist attack targeting Americans.Prior to today’s attacks, Congress had already opened hearings into the Biden administration’s handling…


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‘Unelect These Bastards!’ Former RNC Chair Michael Steele Goes Off on Republicans Standing by Tr...

‘Unelect These Bastards!’ Former RNC Chair Michael Steele Goes Off on Republicans Standing by Tr…Michael Steele, a former RNC chairman who has since become a vociferous critic of the Trump-era GOP, went off on the Republicans still standing by the big lie. Nicolle Wallace spoke with Steele about concerns of the upcoming “Justice for J6 rally,” describing it as a rally “for people who used flagpoles to maim and mutilate the bodies of the Capitol Police officers who protect them.” Steele said he’s alarmed by the “us against them” narrative that Trump in particular is pushing. “It really boils down to, Nicolle, how much the American people are willing to tolerate,” he continued. We just need to stop talking about these people as if this is somehow commonplace, normal, to even have that debate. No, we’re not going to debate “do we overthrow the government today or do we go…


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Trump’s Continued Support of Jan. 6 Rioters Shows He’s a ‘Public Safety Threat to the American...

Trump’s Continued Support of Jan. 6 Rioters Shows He’s a ‘Public Safety Threat to the American…Former President Donald Trump’s continued encouragement and support for those involved in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol showed that he was not just a “threat to democracy,” but also a “public safety threat to the American people,” Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Thursday evening. Crow was on Burnett’s program to discuss the upcoming Sept. 18 rally being organized to support those arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 riot. Burnett opened the segment by mentioning an unclassified intelligence briefing from the Department of Homeland Security that warned of online chatter threatening violence before and during the rally, as well as a threat to kidnap a member of Congress. Trump was also “endorsing the message behind the rally,” said Burnett, quoting the statement the former president released earlier in the day….


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Trump Mocks ‘RINO’ Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, Backs Guy Who Allegedly Slapped Stephanie Grisham as H...

Trump Mocks ‘RINO’ Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, Backs Guy Who Allegedly Slapped Stephanie Grisham as H…Alex Wong/Getty Former President Donald Trump has lashed out at Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) in a Friday morning statement released by his Save America PAC. Gonzales is the Ohio Congressman who revealed that will not run for reelection in 2022 in part due to threats of violence towards him and his family by Trump loyalists angry that he voted to impeach the 45th president over his role in the January 6th attack on the Capitol. “RINO Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, who has poorly represented his district in the Great State of Ohio, has decided to quit after enduring a tremendous loss of popularity, of which he had little, since his ill-informed and otherwise very stupid impeachment vote against the sitting President of the United States, me,” Trump wrote, likely angered that Gonzalez went on record as calling…


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The Man Behind Saturday’s Pro-Trump Rally Once Praised a Far-Right Assassin

The Man Behind Saturday’s Pro-Trump Rally Once Praised a Far-Right AssassinEditor’s note: This article first appeared in David Corn’s new newsletter, This Land. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial of This Land here. A conservative outfit has announced it is organizing a rally on September 18 at the US Capitol to—get this—seek “justice” for the rioters arrested during the insurrectionist raid on Congress on January 6. The man behind this event is a former Trump 2016 campaign aide who after the 2020 election tried to cast himself as an independent elections expert and data analyst who had uncovered evidence of significant voter fraud. He also happens to be someone I’ve done a bit of reporting on. Matt Braynard is the executive director of Look Ahead America, which describes itself as “an America First nonprofit dedicated to standing up for patriotic Americans who have been forgotten by our government.”…


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