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Bill De Blasio Formally Announces Bid For US House

Gothamist reports: Former Mayor Bill de Blasio officially announced Friday that he will run for U.S. Congress, entering what is expected to be a crowded field of Democratic contenders for a newly carved out 10th district — stretching from Lower Manhattan to the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park and Park Slope. “People are hurting, they need help, they need help …

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NYC Council Member Wants Staten Island To Secede

NY1 reports: It’s the attempted secession of Staten Island, the sequel. “If we could be our own city, we could control our own destiny in terms of education,” said City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli. “We could control our own destiny in terms of law enforcement, we could control our own destiny in terms of how big the government is, …

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Poll: SCOTUS Leak Has Fired Up Democratic Voters

NPR reports: About two-thirds of Americans say they do not support overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. Seven-in-10 U.S. adults, however, say they are in favor of some degree of restrictions.That includes 52% of Democrats. The poll shows that two-thirds of Democrats …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden And NATO Applicants Hold Presser

The Guardian reports: NATO is on the cusp of adding two new members to the mutual defense alliance and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden and President Sauli Niinistö of Finland are meeting Joe Biden at the White House to discuss the security of Europe. The two Nordic nations say they’ve been forced into the decision by Russia’s invasion of …

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Colorado Gov Candidate: Eliminate The Popular Vote

Denver’s NBC News affiliate reports: Coloradans have elected just one Republican governor in the last 50 years. A current GOP candidate for governor has an idea that could change that: stop counting each vote equally. Former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez, who holds the top line on the 2022 Republican primary ballot, says Colorado should create an electoral college system for …

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Recount Likely In Pennsylvania GOP Senate Primary

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate primary was still undecided Wednesday, with celebrity surgeon Mehmet Oz clinging to a narrow lead of about 2,500 votes over David McCormick. But with thousands or even tens of thousands of votes still to be counted (including both some in-person votes and mail ballots), it was unclear who would have the edge once …

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Erdogan Posts Video On Planned “No” Vote To NATO

Reuters reports: Turkey has told allies that it will reject Sweden and Finland’s membership to NATO, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in a video posted on his Twitter account on Thursday. Finland and Sweden formally applied on Wednesday to join U.S.-led NATO, a decision spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Turkey’s objections have come as a surprise to the other …

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De Blasio Forms Committee To Explore US House Run

Gothamist reports: Five months after leaving office, former Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that he would form an exploratory committee to run for the newly drawn 10th Congressional District, which includes Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn areas of Park Slope and Borough Park. De Blasio is among seven individuals have so far expressed interest in the 10th District …

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Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Pro-GOP House Map

The Associated Press reports: Kansas’ highest court on Wednesday upheld a Republican redistricting law that makes it harder for the only Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation to win reelection in a big victory for the GOP. The state Supreme Court declined for now to declare that overly partisan gerrymandering violates the Kansas Constitution. The ruling sets district boundaries less …

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Turkish President Blocks Start Of NATO Expansion Talks

The Washington Post reports: Turkey blocked the start of Finland and Sweden’s accession talks to NATO on Wednesday shortly after the Nordic nations submitted their formal applications, a signal of what could be a bumpy process to expand the alliance and reshape Europe’s post-Cold War security architecture. Turkey’s resistance deprived Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of the consensus he needed to …

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John Fetterman Wins Pennsylvania Dem Senate Primary

NPR reports: John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, has won the state’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, according to a race call from The Associated Press. The 6-foot-9 Fetterman, who often wears shorts to campaign events and has the persona of an authentic anti-politician, topped Rep. Conor Lamb in the primary. Fetterman’s win was expected despite the fact that he suffered …

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Finland And Sweden Sign Applications To Join NATO

Politico Europe reports: The ink was still drying on Sweden and Finland’s applications to join NATO on Tuesday when Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö arrived at the royal palace in Stockholm in a horse-drawn carriage. Niinistö’s state visit is seen as a potential bookend over accession by the two Nordic states into the Western defense alliance. Earlier Tuesday, in front of …

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REPORT: De Blasio Plans House Bid Due To New Map

The New York Post reports: Ex-New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a state lawmaker he plans to run for New York’s newly drawn 10th Congressional district — the seat entrenched Rep. Jerrold Nadler is vacating to fight it out with former longtime ally Rep. Carolyn Maloney in the rejigged 12th. De Blasio told state Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein (D-Borough …

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DOJ Requests Interview Transcripts From Riot Panel

The New York Times reports: The Justice Department has asked the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack for transcripts of interviews it is conducting, which have included discussions with associates of former President Donald J. Trump, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The move, coming as Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appears to be ramping up the …

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Fetterman To Get Pacemaker After Suffering Stroke

Philadelphia’s ABC News affiliate reports: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the leading contender in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, is getting a pacemaker following last week’s stroke. “John Fetterman is about to undergo a standard procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator. It should be a short procedure that will help protect his heart and address the underlying …

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Turkey Hardens Stance Against Expansion Of NATO

The Associated Press reports: Sweden and Finland on Tuesday pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO even as Turkey insisted it won’t let the previously non-aligned Nordic countries into the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strongly worded objections caught the two applicants and other NATO members off guard, complicating what …

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Georgia Sees Record Turnout For Early Voting: +155%

NBC News reports: One week before thousands of neighborhood precincts open for the Georgia Primary next Tuesday, more than 400,000 voters had already cast ballots in party contests for governor, U.S. Senate and dozens of other statewide and local offices. As the third week of early voting for Georgia’s 2022 primary election began, over 380,000 people early voted in Georgia …

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Draft NY House Map Pits Democrats Against Each Other

Gothamist reports: Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler are political institutions in Manhattan and Washington, D.C., having climbed the ranks to become influential committee chairs during their respective 30-year tenures in the U.S. House of Representatives. Soon, one of them could be out of work. Both are now running for the same House seat. In what could be one of …

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DeSantis Signs Ban On Protests Outside Private Homes

Just in via press release: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1571, which prohibits picketing and protesting outside of a person’s place of residence. “Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This bill will provide protection to those …

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Fetterman To Stay In Hospital, Miss Election Night Party

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will remain in the hospital at least until after Tuesday’s primary election and will miss his election night party in Pittsburgh as he recovers from a stroke, his campaign says. Mr. Fetterman’s wife, Second Lady Gisele Fetterman, will attend the party instead on Tuesday night as results from his U.S. Senate …

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