California Rep. Denham ousted

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Rep. Jeff Denham has become the latest California Republican to lose his seat.

The Associated Press on Tuesday night declared Josh Harder the winner in the race in California’s 10th District in the state’s Central Valley east of San Jose. Harder, a former venture capitalist, had a lead of approximately 4,900 votes when the race was called.

Denham was first elected in 2010. He joins Steve Knight (25th District) and Dana Rohrabacher (48th District) as California Republicans who were defeated for reelection this month. Caifornia Democrats also picked up an open seat in the 49th that was held by Darrell Issa.

Two other California seats, both now held by Republicans, are still being counted: The 39th (an open seat formerly held by Ed Royce) and the 45th (now held by Mimi Walters).

Overall, seven House districts remain uncalled throughout the nation, including one each in Georgia, Maine, New Jersey, Texas Continue reading “California Rep. Denham ousted”

Amazon confirms Northern Virginia, New York City for new HQs

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Amazon today confirmed that Northern Virginia and New York City won the yearlong bidding competition for the company’s new headquarters amid growing criticism the move will further concentrate wealth in America’s coastal, urban centers.

The e-commerce giant formally announced that Crystal City in Northern Virginia and Long Island City in Queens, New York will share the 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment that the company dangled as a prize last September.

“These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. "The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”

The company also said Nashville will serve as a new "operations center of excellence" with more than 5,000 jobs, a move that could blunt Continue reading “Amazon confirms Northern Virginia, New York City for new HQs”

Trump blames California forest policies for deadly wildfires

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President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed "mismanagement" of California’s forests for ongoing deadly wildfires, threatening to withhold federal payments after multiple blazes killed 9 people and prompted evacuation orders for some 250,000 state residents.

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” he tweeted.

Trump earlier issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds to help firefighters, according to the Associated Press.

Trump has previously criticized state management of California’s forests, blaming the spread of wildfires and widespread drought on the state’s water policy. Trump in August said California’s “bad environmental laws” are a cause of wildfires. Experts have disputed those claims.

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Sinema takes slim lead in too-close-to-call Arizona Senate race

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Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema took a narrow 2,106-vote lead over GOP Rep. Martha McSally Thursday evening as Arizona’s election authorities counted more ballots in the state’s uncalled Senate race.

The lead amounts to just a tenth of a percentage point with over 1.8 million votes counted. McSally was up by 17,703 votes earlier in the day, before the counties processed another 130,000 votes — but about a half-million more votes remain to be counted across Arizona, according to both campaigns.

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Trump moves to restrict asylum access at the border

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The Trump administration today announced executive actions that will restrict the ability of migrants to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border — a move that’s almost certain to trigger legal challenges and backlash from pro-immigrant groups.

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PHOTOS: Jeff Sessions’ time in the Trump administration

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Wednesday that Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general, and that Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will take over as the acting head of the Justice Department.

Trump, with a wink, endorses Pelosi for House speaker

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday enthusiastically threw his support behind Nancy Pelosi in her bid to once again become House speaker, seemingly relishing the thought of using her as a foil as he revs up his reelection campaign.

“In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats,” Trump tweeted. “If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!”

Democrats romped their way back to a majority in the House of Representatives on Tuesday night, but the White House has sought to spin the midterm elections as a big win for Trump, pointing to Republican gains in the Senate.

Pelosi, who is expected to be selected as speaker, has so far urged her colleagues to be restrained in pursuing any impeachment proceedings against Trump, but the House will likely pursue aggressive oversight Continue reading “Trump, with a wink, endorses Pelosi for House speaker”

Election update: Remaining races

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These are the major races that remain uncalled as of 2:30 a.m. Wednesday:

Gubernatorial races: Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, and Nevada .

Of these the most prominent was the battle in Georgia, between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, which might be headed to a runoff.

Senate races: Arizona, California, Florida, Mississippi, Montana and Nevada.

Republicans are trying to build on their advantage in the Senate by topping Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, and retain seats in Arizona and Nevada. Gov. Rick Scott has a lead over Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida but the race remains uncalled.

Mississippi‘s second Senate seat is headed to a runoff between Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy. California was deciding between two Democrats, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Kevin de Leon.

House races: About two dozen

The largest number are in California.

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Election results 2018 by state, county and district

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The expected release of election results for the Nov. 6 midterms are listed state-by-state below. Please note that some states span more than one time zone. Also, poll opening hours may vary within each state, and voters should verify their locality’s voting hours with the state’s election office. The first poll closings are expected in Indiana and Kentucky at 6 p.m. EST. Expected times are listed in Eastern Standard Time as provided by The Associated Press on May 4.

2018 election results by state:  Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Continue reading “Election results 2018 by state, county and district”

What time do polls close? 2018 poll closing times by state (map)

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Times for 2018 poll closings and the expected release of results for the Nov. 6 midterm election are listed state-by-state below. Please note that some states span more than one time zone. Also, poll opening hours may vary within each state, and voters should verify their locality’s voting hours with the state’s election office. The first poll closings are expected in Indiana and Kentucky at 6 p.m. EST.

Poll closing times by state:  Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Deleware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio Continue reading “What time do polls close? 2018 poll closing times by state (map)”

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here’s an offering of the best of this week’s crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here’s an offering of the best of this week’s crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.

White House prepares executive order to block caravan migrants

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The White House is preparing an executive order and regulation intended to block Central American migrants traveling in a caravan from entering the United States, according to two administration sources familiar with the plan.

President Donald Trump has slammed reports of a caravan of migrants traveling from Honduras to the U.S., with some intending to claim asylum on account of the violence in their home countries.

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Mnuchin says he won’t go to Saudi conference amid tension over Khashoggi disappearance

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he would not attend an investment summit in Saudi Arabia, amid tensions over the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Just met with @realDonaldTrump and @SecPompeo and we have decided, I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia," Mnuchin wrote on Twitter.

The Trump administration has been under pressure to show that it is responding to Khashoggi’s disappearance, which occurred after the U.S. resident entered a Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this month. Turkish officials have said their intelligence shows Khashoggi was killed and dismembered.

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here’s an offering of the best of this week’s crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.

How do you know what’s ‘fake news’?

The term “fake news” has become a cudgel for political leaders trying to discredit reporting, but disinformation – false content created explicitly to deceive or misinform – runs rampant online.

Just last week, a study out of George Washington University found that a vast majority of Twitter accounts that spread disinformation in 2016 remained active this year.

The month leading up to the midterm elections will likely see a proliferation of false information spread under the guise of news in an effort to sway voters.

POLITICO is undertaking an ambitious effort to identify and trace the origins of political disinformation and debunk it.

Scouring the internet and contributions from the public, POLITICO will carefully examine potential pieces of disinformation. If an item fits our parameters for fakes, we will report on our findings in this publicly accessible database.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

Is Brett Kavanaugh Damaged Goods?

After a divisive confirmation fight, Brett Kavanaugh will be a Supreme Court justice—and he leaves a trail of bitterness on both sides of the political aisle. Democrats are furious at what they see as a sham FBI investigation of allegations that Kavanaugh mistreated women; Republicans are equally outraged at what they’re calling the attempted character assassination of a decent and qualified justice. One thing seems clear: The wounds opened by the Kavanaugh battle won’t heal anytime soon.

We asked a panel of legal scholars to assess whether Kavanaugh will be able to move past the rancor and establish his credibility on the high court—or whether he’ll be forever damaged by how he got there. Here’s what they told us:

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‘The public deserves better’
Deborah Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland professor of law at Stanford Law School.
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Brett Kavanaugh Senate confirmation vote live: Watch online streaming video

Brett Kavanaugh Senate confirmation vote time: Live streaming coverage begins Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 3:30 p.m. EST

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The Senate will vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday. Kavanaugh could join the Supreme Court this weekend after clearing a key procedural step in the Senate on Friday. The vote comes in the eye of a bitter partisan storm the likes of which Washington hasn’t seen in decades.

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How senators have said they will vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Brett Kavanaugh key Senate vote live: Watch online streaming video

Brett Kavanaugh procedural vote time: Live coverage begins Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 10:30 a.m. EST

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The Senate is scheduled to go through a critical vote on advancing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination Friday morning, with a final vote likely this weekend. The vote comes in the eye of a bitter partisan storm the likes of which Washington hasn’t seen in decades.

Watch POLITICO for live streaming coverage of the vote and follow here for more key moments and analysis.