Live coverage: Cruz faces O’Rourke in Texas debate showdown

SAN ANTONIO – Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) face off in a debate on Tuesday night as a hotly contested Texas race enters its final stretch.The debate is likely to be the last face…

Alaska Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott Resigns Over ‘Inappropriate Comments’

His replacement, Valerie Davidson, hinted that the remarks may have had something to do with women.

Melania Trump’s Spokeswoman Calls For Boycott Of ‘Disgusting’ T.I. Video

The rapper's music video features a look-alike of the first lady stripping in an Oval Office mockup.

Diplomatic crisis spotlights Saudi Arabia’s spending in Washington

The growing diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi is shining a spotlight on just how integral the country — and its cash — have become to Washington, with lobbying firms, think tanks and investors all under scrutiny over their ties to the kingdom.

The Saudis have exerted influence in Washington for decades, from shelling out millions on lobbying firms to sending high-powered members of the royal family to serve as ambassadors and social figures.

The kingdom doled out cash to Washington think tanks such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The Emerson Collective, which has helped fund D.C. media organizations, also has links to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Aramco, the national oil company, has hired its own consultants and public relations firms, including for a planned $100 billion initial public offering.

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Trump Tells AP He’s Not To Blame If Republicans Lose House

He also accused Michael Cohen of “lying” under oath and defended his use of the nickname “Horseface” for porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Alaska’s second-in-command resigns amid governor’s race, saying he made ‘inappropriate comments’

Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP

The mysterious disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey is driving a wedge between President Trump and Republican members of Congress, who are pressing for an aggressive U.S. response i…

Watch live: Texas Senate debate

The second debate between Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) will be held Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Central Time (9 p.m. Eastern) in San Antonio, Texas.

Roberts vows independence following Kavanaugh nomination fight

Chief Justice John Roberts is vowing to keep the Supreme Court out of the political fray despite the intense and divisive fight over the nomination of the court’s newest member, Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

At the outset of an appearance at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, Roberts said he wanted to make some comments prompted by what he euphemistically called “the contentious events in Washington in recent weeks.”

“I will not criticize the political branches. We do that often enough in our opinions,” the chief justice said. “What I would like to do is emphasize how the judicial branch is and must be very different.”

Roberts professed “great respect” for public officials, presumably including the senators who conducted the two rounds of hearings for Kavanaugh.

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Roberts assures audience Supreme Court will serve ‘one nation,’ not one party or interest

Rejection of hundreds of absentee ballots in suburban Atlanta county draws legal challenges

Voting rights advocates say that voters of color are being disproportionately affected.

Washington Post told lobbyist: Quit working for Saudis or stop writing for us

The Washington Post told a prominent Republican lobbyist he’d lose his gig as a contributing opinion writer unless he stopped lobbying for Saudi Arabia, a spokesperson for the newspaper confirmed Tuesday.

The ultimatum came after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. permanent resident who was a columnist for the Post and wrote critically of the Saudi government. Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, and allegations that he was killed by Saudi authorities have strained the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.

The lobbyist, Ed Rogers, the chairman of the BGR Group, writes for the newspaper’s PostPartisan blog.

Kristine Coratti Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Post, confirmed that the newspaper told Rogers he’d no longer be able to contribute if he continued to lobby for Saudi Arabia. She declined to comment further.

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Harris advisers plot 2020 strategy: ‘The SEC primary meets the West Coast offense’

Sen. Kamala Harris’ advisers are privately discussing a rough Democratic primary strategy that would focus heavily on Iowa, but with an eye toward high-value nominating contests coming later in Nevada, South Carolina and California — more diverse states where her candidacy might resonate with larger minority communities.

Harris, a first-term senator, would still face significant obstacles in each of those states. But as a black woman who has also won statewide elections in California — where the black proportion of the electorate is relatively small — Harris could be well positioned to compete in both the Southeast and the West.

If she runs, she will attempt to stitch together a coalition of Democrats in those swaths of the country — what one adviser described to POLITICO as “the SEC primary meets the West Coast offense.”

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Republicans Are Still Rewriting History On Pre-Existing Conditions

Now it's Senate candidate Martha McSally telling whoppers about her record on health care.

Trump says it’s not his fault if Republicans lose the House

In a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press, the president also said his former attorney Michael Cohen was “lying” under oath.

Canada to pardon citizens convicted on simple marijuana possession charges: report

The Canadian government is reportedly planning to grant pardons to Canadians with past minor marijuana possession charges.Canada’s …

Trump seems eager to contain, not confront, fallout from journalist’s disappearance

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made no public mention of Jamal Khashoggi’s case as he met Saudi leaders for what the White House said was a tough fact-finding mission.

Pavlich: The left’s identity politics fall apart

As we head into the 2018 midterm elections and eventually the 2020 presidential race, the expectations Democrats have from voters has stayed the same as previous cycles.

Alaska’s lieutenant governor resigns over ‘inappropriate comments’

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott (D) abruptly resigned Tuesday following the discovery of unspecified “inappropriate comments.””It is with profound disappointment and sadness that I accepted the resignation of Lieuten…

‘We’re getting our asses kicked’: Republicans massively out-raised in election homestretch

Democratic challengers outraised Republican House incumbents in 92 House districts in the last three months — a staggering mismatch that boosts the odds of a GOP washout in November.

There is no historical precedent for financing this broad and deep for congressional challengers. About half of the 92 GOP incumbents are protecting battleground districts, and some of them posted personal-record fundraising totals in the third quarter of 2018 — but they still found themselves swamped by a combination of incandescent online fundraising for Democrats and bigger donors spreading money to challengers around the country, as 61 Democrats raised over $1 million. Fifty-one House Republicans were outraised at least 2-to-1, according to POLITICO’s analysis of the latest Federal Election Commission filings, while 71 were outspent by their challenger. Only five Democratic House incumbents were outraised.

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