memeorandum: Democrats Winning Over the “Meh” Voter (Amy Walter/Cook Political Report)
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1:20 AM ET, September 7, 2022

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Washington Post:
Material on foreign nation's nuclear capabilities seized at Trump's Mar-a-Lago  —  Some seized documents were so closely held, only the president, a Cabinet-level or near-Cabinet level official could authorize others to know  —  A document describing a foreign government's military defenses …
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Andrew Weissmann / The Atlantic:
A Ruling Untethered to the Law  —  One of the most dispiriting aspects of the decision yesterday by Federal District Court Judge Aileen Cannon—which granted former President Donald Trump's request to appoint a special master to review the evidence seized from Mar-a-Lago by the FBI …
Politico:
GOP offers strained Trump defenses in Mar-a-Lago probe — for now  —  It's just a bookkeeping issue.  Presidents have broad declassification authority.  And if the records actually posed a national security threat, Congress would have known about it.  —  In the days since the FBI search …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Why Trump's FBI investigation could now be delayed for months or even years  —  Trump Judge Aileen Cannon's order is egregiously wrong and could be overturned on appeal.  But it helps Trump run out the clock.  —  Judge Aileen Cannon's order suspending one of the Justice Department's criminal investigations …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Trump search case judge doesn't get the national security stakes
Discussion: BizPac Review and HotAir
Washington Post:
Steve Bannon faces state indictment in N.Y., will surrender Thursday  —  The former Trump strategist, convicted of contempt of Congress this summer, was pardoned by Trump on federal charges in 2020  —  NEW YORK — Stephen K. Bannon is expected to surrender to state prosecutors on Thursday …
Caitlin Cruz / Jezebel:
Dr. Oz on Incest: More Than First Cousin?  ‘Not a Big Problem.’  —  It's incredible that this man really thought he should run for office after publicly weighing in on people “smashing” their cousins, among other things.  —  Alerts  —  The problem with being a celebrity before you enter politics …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Political Wire
New York Times:
Judge Unseats Official Who Trespassed at Capitol on Jan. 6  —  The ruling made Couy Griffin, a county commissioner in New Mexico, the first official in more than 100 years to be removed under the Constitution's bar on insurrectionists holding office.  —  WASHINGTON — A judge in New Mexico …
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Miru / CREW:
Judge removes Griffin from office for engaging in the January 6 insurrection
Stephen Neukam / The Texas Tribune:
Ted Cruz says he will vote against bill to codify same-sex marriage protections  —  On an episode of his podcast Tuesday, the U.S. senator said the bill would be an attack on religious liberties.  —  Copy link  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said he will vote against a bill …
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Politico:
GOP tries to neutralize Scott-McConnell ‘distraction’ amid battle for Senate
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
CNN:
‘It concerns me a lot’: Republicans anxious about cash-strapped NRSC amid Scott's feud with McConnell
Discussion: NBC News
Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
Oz declines to say whether he'll back McConnell for Senate majority leader
Discussion: TheBlaze
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Live results: Massachusetts primaries  —  Can Republicans keep their hold on the gubernatorial seat in Massachusetts?  It seems odd, but it's true — the GOP has had a near stranglehold on the top office of this very blue state for 30 years.  Since Michael Dukakis' term ended in 1991 …
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Abby Aguirre / Vogue:
Jennifer Lawrence Talks Motherhood, Causeway, and the End of Roe v. Wade  —  Lawrence has no patience for the politically unengaged.  “You have to be political.  It's too dire.  Politics are killing people.”  Dior top, skirt, and belt.  Photographed by Tina Barney, Vogue, October 2022.
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Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
Democrats Winning Over the “Meh” Voter  —  A big reason we pay so much attention to a president's job approval rating, even in a midterm election when the president isn't on the ballot, is the significant correlation between voter opinions of a president and their vote choice in an election.
Discussion: Washington Post
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
As Obamas visit White House on Wednesday, tensions linger between Obama, Biden camps  —  Barack and Michelle Obama return for the unveiling of their portraits.  The event will showcase the Obama-Biden friendship, but beneath the surface, their camps are at odds over credit and style.
Discussion: Insider
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Fox News:
White House press secretary grilled on tweet calling 2016 election ‘stolen’
Kevin Liptak / CNN:   Biden's Cabinet hasn't changed, a sharp break from Trump
Politico:
‘Turnout is going to be through the roof’  —  READY, SET, SPEND — Labor Day marks the traditional beginning of the fall campaign, and the airwaves are about to be inundated with political ads — from today through Election Day, $1.4 billion has been booked on TV for all political races across the country, according to AdImpact.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Former Pentagon Leaders Warn of a Dangerous Era  —  The challenge to the 2020 election result has helped create “an extremely adverse environment,” former defense secretaries and generals said in an open letter.  —  WASHINGTON — The challenge to a peaceful transfer of power …
Discussion: Raw Story
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John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
A Democratic president who does not back down changes everything  —  After “The Speech,” bothsidesism may be a sign of hope.  —  On Friday, I explained why I think the president's prime-time address last week, in which he named the public's enemy in the course of becoming the people's partisan, was a BFD among BFDs.
Discussion: MSNBC and Townhall
Axios:
Scoop: McCarthy's “Commitment to America” rollout  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will formally unveil a four-part “Commitment to America” in Pittsburgh on Sept. 19 to tell voters why they should vote for Republicans — not just against Democrats — in November, Axios has learned.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Beneath campaign nastiness, legitimate concerns about Fetterman's health  —  Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman has not fully recovered from the serious stroke he suffered in May. His campaign has acknowledged his obvious struggles with “auditory processing” …
Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
Rape, incest exceptions out of South Carolina abortion bill  —  Abortion South Carolina  —  A South Carolina Senate committee voted Tuesday to remove exceptions for rape and incest from a proposed abortion ban setting up a showdown among Republicans wary of passing such a restrictive bill.
John Knefel / Media Matters for America:
New CNN chief's first major hire is retired cop who recently lied about the NYPD spying on Muslims after 9/11  —  John Miller has a long history of obfuscation when it comes to police misconduct.  Welcome to Chris Licht's new CNN.  —  CNN's newest pundit is John Miller …
 
 
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CNN:
Newly obtained surveillance video shows fake Trump elector escorted operatives into Georgia county's elections office before voting machine breach
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