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Pennsylvania GOP Senate Primary Still Too Close To Call

Bloomberg News reports: Pennsylvania’s bitterly fought Republican US Senate primary was too close to call early Wednesday with celebrity physician Mehmet Oz holding the slimmest of leads over former Bridgewater Associates Chief Executive Officer David McCormick. Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, had 31.3% of the vote to McCormick’s 31.1%, with 99% of the votes counted, according …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Variety reports: A new series of “Black Mirror” is in the works at Netflix, Variety can reveal. It’s been almost three years since Season 5 of the dystopian drama premiered on the streaming service in June 2019, but sources indicate that a new anthology series of “Black Mirror” is shaping up, and casting is now underway. While details about specific …

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Trump Pick Cawthorn Unseated In NC House Primary

Raleigh’s NBC News affiliate reports: Cawthorn, just two years ago seen as a rising star in the party, had faced fierce intraparty opposition and a string of high-profile gaffes. But Cawthorn retained the support of former President Donald Trump, who said this week that the 26-year-old deserved a “second chance” despite making “foolish mistakes.” Top state lawmakers and North Carolina’s …

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QAnon Extremist Mastriano Wins PA GOP Gov Primary

Philadelphia’s NBC News affiliate reports: Doug Mastriano, the ultra-conservative state senator from central Pennsylvania, won the Republican primary for Pennsylvania governor, NBC News projects, setting up a race against Democrat Josh Shapiro in the November general election. With the victory, Mastriano completed a meteoric rise through the state Republican Party ranks, despite efforts from many of the party’s establishment trying …

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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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Trump Pick Ted Budd Wins NC GOP Senate Primary

NBC News reports: Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., won North Carolina’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, defeating former Gov. Pat McCrory and former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker. His victory sets up a fall battle with Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley, the former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Budd was locked in a tight race with McCrory for months but …

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Apple Extends WFH Option, Reinstates Office Mask Rule

From Apple’s memo to employees today: Based on current conditions, we have two updates to share: First, we are temporarily asking team members to wear masks in common spaces, meeting rooms, hallways, and elevators—in general, all areas outside of your personal workspace. Second, we are extending the phase-in period of the pilot and maintaining two days a week in the …

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REPORT: Riot Panel Not Likely To Call Trump Or Pence

Forbes reports: Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, said the committee does not expect to call former President Donald Trump or former Vice President Mike Pence as witnesses, Politico reporter Kyle Cheney said on Twitter on Tuesday, marking a shift from earlier statements that Trump was not off-limits from the committee’s …

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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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