Politics

SCOTUS Rules For Ted Cruz In Campaign Finance Case

NBC News reports: The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal restriction that applied to candidates who loan large amounts of money to their own political campaigns, a victory for Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who challenged it. In a 6-3 ruling, the court said the law, adopted in 2002, was a violation of a political candidate’s free …

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NE Gov To Call Special Session To Ban Abortion [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Republican Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said Sunday he would call a special legislative session to “do more to protect pre-born babies” if Roe v. Wade is overturned. “Nebraska is a pro-life state,” Ricketts told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “I believe life begins at conception. And those are babies too.” “So, if Roe vs. Wade, which …

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John Fetterman Suffers Stroke, “Feeling Much Better”

Penn Live reports: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said Sunday that he suffered a stroke on Friday caused by a blood clot that was removed, but his U.S. Senate campaign “isn’t slowing down one bit” just two days before the Democratic primary. In a statement released around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Fetterman said he was still in Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital …

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Sweden’s Ruling Party Approves Applying To NATO

Reuters reports: Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats said on Sunday they backed the country joining NATO, abandoning decades of opposition in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and creating a large parliament majority in favour of membership.  With neighboring Finland already set to hand in its application, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson [photo] is now all but certain to launch a …

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Mehmet Oz Blasts QAnon Rival’s Claim That Pedophilia Is “Cornerstone Of Islam” As Defamatory, Disqualifying

The Associated Press reports: After spending much of the campaign steering clear of fellow Republican Senate contender Kathy Barnette, Mehmet Oz on Saturday said she was out of step with the GOP and would be unable to win the general election in November. In an interview, he took issue with a 2015 tweet from Barnette in which she wrote that …

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Finnish President Confirms Plan To Join NATO [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto confirmed on Sunday that his country would apply for membership of the NATO military alliance, in a historic policy shift prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow, which shares a 1,300 km (800 mile) border with Finland, has said it would be a mistake for Helsinki to join the 30-strong transatlantic alliance and that …

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Putin Warns Finnish President Against Joining NATO

Reuters reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto on Saturday that ditching neutrality and joining NATO would be a mistake that could damage relations between their two countries, the Kremlin said. The two countries said their presidents spoke by phone two days after Finland declared its intention to join the Western alliance. Moscow has described that …

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Atlanta Will Bid To Host 2024 Democratic Convention

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said Friday that Georgia’s capital city would compete to host the 2024 Democratic nominating convention, which would give one of the nation’s premier battleground states an even more prominent role in the next race for the White House. Dickens told Democrats at the state party’s annual gala that Atlanta is well-positioned to …

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Thomas Calls Abortion Draft Leak “Tremendously Bad”

Politico reports: Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving sitting member of the Supreme Court, declared Friday that the publication of a draft majority opinion on abortion has permanently damaged trust within the nation’s highest court and is a symptom of a broader decline in America’s institutions. “I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad,” Thomas declared during …

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DeSantis Appoints Lackey To Oversee Florida Elections

Florida Politics reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Rep. Cord Byrd to be Florida’s next Secretary of State. Byrd, a three-term Neptune Beach Republican, was rumored to be on the shortlist to replace outgoing Secretary of State Laurel Lee, who announced she would leave the administration Monday amid talk she would run for Congress. In Byrd, DeSantis will have someone …

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McConnell: Abortion Battle Won’t Impact Midterms

NPR reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defended the U.S. Supreme Court’s potential move to issue rulings that are in conflict with a majority of Americans’ views on abortion rights, telling NPR that is a feature of the system. McConnell said the debate about abortion will shift to the states. Democrats are retooling their message for the November midterms to …

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Two PA GOP Staffers Fired For Alleged Ballot Harvesting

Salon reports: C.J. Parker, 24, and Shamus O’Donnell, 27, and were both sacked after allegedly sending dozens of ballots to a P.O. box associated with a Republican political action committee known as the Republican Registration Coalition. The PAC’s chairman, Billy Lanzilotti, told the Inquirer that he had intended to hand deliver the ballots to voters himself. The incident is just …

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Florida Appeals Overturn Of Racist US House Map

Florida Politics reports: Secretary of State Laurel Lee’s Office appealed a court decision which found Florida’s new congressional map was unconstitutional. The replacement cartography only redraws districts in North Florida, most notably restoring Florida’s 5th Congressional District into a configuration similar to how it has looked for five years. That makes it a seat with a 49% Black population and …

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Turkey May Veto Finland And Sweden Joining NATO

The Associated Press reports: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his country is “not favorable” toward Finland and Sweden joining NATO, indicating that Turkey could use its status as a member of the Western military alliance to veto moves to admit the two countries. “We are following developments concerning Sweden and Finland carefully, but we are not of …

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Dems Seek To Strip Cuomo Of Campaign War Chest

The New York Post reports: Albany Democrats are proposing legislation that would strip former Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his approximately $16 million campaign war chest before he could mount a much-rumored comeback bid. If passed, the legislation would apply to any elected official who has been convicted of crimes, impeached or resigned following a finding by the state attorney general …

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PA Gov Candidate Drops Out And Endorses Rival As GOP Scrambles To Stop QAnon Loon Doug Mastriano [Video]

Harrisburg’s NBC News affiliate reports: Jake Corman is ending his Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign and endorsing fellow Republican Lou Barletta for governor. “It’s time for me to step aside and support someone who can win in the fall,” Corman, the president pro tempore of the state Senate, said Thursday. Corman said Republicans have an opportunity to win against Josh Shapiro, the …

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GOP Govs To DOJ: Stop The Protests At Justices’ Homes

The Washington Post reports: The Republican governors of Virginia and Maryland, where the homes of Supreme Court justices have become the targets of protests, are demanding that Attorney General Merrick Garland enforce a federal law that forbids demonstrations intended to sway judges on pending cases. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wrote to Garland (D) on Wednesday, …

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Texas Court To Reconsider Crystal Mason’s Conviction

The Texas Tribune reports: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has told a lower appeals court to take another look at the controversial illegal voting conviction of Crystal Mason, who was given a five-year prison sentence for casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 election while she was on supervised release for a federal conviction. The state’s court of last …

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Finland To Seek NATO Membership “Without Delay”

The BBC reports: Finland’s president and prime minister have called for the country to apply for Nato membership “without delay”. The move comes amid a surge in public support for Nato membership following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow said Finland’s move was a threat to Russia and the further expansion of Nato would make Europe less stable and secure. Finland …

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Senate Rejects Bid To Codify Roe V Wade In 49-51 Vote

The New York Times reports: “Where’s the tolerance? Where’s compassion? Where’s the humanity?” Mr. Sasse asked on the Senate floor as he accused Democrats of promoting “brutal indifference hiding behind euphemisms” by holding on to abortion rights instead of policies that would help mothers, babies and children. “What laws are these states prepared to pass?” Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat …

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