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Texas Advances Voting Limits After All-Night Debate

Reuters reports: The Texas House of Representatives on Friday backed a bill to bar election officials from sending voters unsolicited mail-in ballot applications, while giving party-affiliated poll watchers greater access to voting sites. The overnight vote in the Republican-controlled legislature followed the enactment of similar measures in Georgia and Florida in the wake of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election win. …

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Graham Rips Cheney: “We Can’t Grow Without Trump”

Mediaite reports: There was a time when Senator Lindsey Graham was as vocal a critic of Donald Trump as any Republican official. During the run-up to the 2016 election, Graham called the eventual and now former president a “kook” (among other things), but now his tone is completely different. In fact, Graham now sees former President Trump as a critical …

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FEC Drops 2016 Hush Money Investigation Into Trump

The New York Times reports: The Federal Election Commission said on Thursday that it had formally dropped a case looking into whether former President Donald J. Trump violated election law with a payment of $130,000 shortly before the 2016 election to a pornographic-film actress by his personal lawyer at the time, Michael D. Cohen. The payment was never reported on …

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GOP Rep. Mo Brooks Refuses Service Of Riot Lawsuit

Axios reports: An attorney for Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) told Punchbowl News that Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) has refused to be served in a lawsuit alleging that he and other pro-Trump allies are “responsible for the injury and destruction” of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The lawsuit, which Swalwell has also filed against former President Donald Trump, …

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New Study Estimates 900K+ US Deaths From COVID

NPR reports: A new study estimates that the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. is more than 900,000, a number 57% higher than official figures. Worldwide, the study’s authors say, the COVID-19 death count is nearing 7 million, more than double the reported number of 3.24 million. The analysis comes from researchers at the University …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

The New York Daily News reports: “The Phantom of the Opera,” Broadway’s longest running show, will resume on Oct. 22 — one of several mainstay productions on the Great White Way that plan to open up in the fall. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday, the show’s website noted. Other shows, including “Aladdin,” “Hamilton,“ “Chicago,” and “Come …

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RNC Forced To Disclose $44K AMEX Fraud Incident

The Insider reports: Fraudsters stole almost $44,000 just before the 2020 election from the Republican National Committee — the latest news to emerge in a string of thefts from prominent federal political operations. The RNC’s treasurer, Ronald C. Kaufman, acknowledged the theft in an April 30 letter to the Federal Election Commission, an agency that is responsible for enforcing campaign-finance …

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Almost One Million New Obamacare Signups In 2021

The New York Times reports: Nearly one million Americans have signed up for Affordable Care Act coverage during the first 10 weeks of a special open enrollment period the Biden administration began in February. A total of 940,000 people enrolled in Obamacare coverage between Feb. 15 and April 30, new data released Thursday by Health and Human Services shows. Of …

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74 Infected At Oregon Church That Sued Governor To Overturn Lockdown, Pastor And Wife Both Hospitalized

The Salem Statesman Journal reports: At least 74 people associated with Peoples Church in Salem have contracted COVID-19, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon health officials began investigating the outbreak on April 6. OHA did not release information about it until May 5. It’s now the state’s eighth-largest active workplace outbreak. The church, located at 4500 Lancaster Drive NE, …

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Riot Suspect Arrested After Tips About His FB Posts

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: A Jackson County man with a history of engaging in right-wing protests is the latest Georgian to be charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Glen Mitchell “Mitch” Simon, 30 of Jefferson, was charged in federal court in Gainesville Wednesday with entering a restricted building and violent and disorderly conduct inside …

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