Ilhan Fends Off a Challenger - The Wednesday AM Quickie 8/10/22
Mar-A-Lago day two! The story that keeps on giving. Lots of other news to go through elsewhere too. - Jack
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THE BIG NEWS
Ilhan Omar Narrowly Fights Off Challenger and More Primary Stories
Ilhan Omar won her primary contest by a razor-thin margin on Tuesday night, signaling a bit of trouble for one of the most consistent progressives in the House.
Omar clinched the primary race by just 2.5 percent late on Tuesday night, when about 85 percent of the ballots had come in.
What those numbers show is both Omar's margin of victory shrinking, but also something a bit more worrisome – she didn't turn out votes this time. Part of that can be ascribed to the fact that she didn't buy TV ads this cycle, but still – hopefully a wakeup call for one of the most valuable Reps the left has got, who also carries one of the biggest targets on her back.
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, Republicans chose a Trump-endorsed construction executive for Governor, Tim Michels. He'll run against incumbent Tony Evers.
One of the bigger stories of the night, however, is that Becca Balint beat Lt. Governor Molly Gray in the Democratic primary for the House seat in Vermont. The Times notes that this was seen as sort of a referendum between the Democratic party's progressive and moderate wings. Remember, this is the House seat Bernie held for 16 years before moving to the Senate (as the current House rep Peter Welch is attempting to do after Patrick Leahy retired.)
That's most of the races of note last night!
MORE STORIES TO WATCH
Miracle At Mar-A-Lago Fallout Continues
Let's sum up some of the more concrete info we got on Tuesday after last night's hilarity. Ok. First: The Times reports that the FBI raid was separate from the DOJ's Jan. 6 investigation, so the evidence they were going after probably isn't connected to those particular crimes (isn't it fun we can pick and choose a former president's crimes?)
The upshot for the midterms is that Republicans are going to lean hard on this as their big issue, although there's no sign it really plays with any of the moderates up in the air. Might rally the base? Who knows.
Meanwhile, Trump's worries outside of the raid are compounding. As we mentioned yesterday, a court has ruled that the House Ways and Means Committee could get a look at Trump's tax returns. (The committee claims it's looking into a program that audits former presidents.)
Israel Kills Militants in West Bank After Fragile Peace in Gaza
One day after a ceasefire ended an Israeli bombing campaign on the Gaza strip, the IDF was back at work, killing 3 "militants" in a raid on Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank. Raids like these are the same as the one that killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. In a separate incident, the Palestinian health authority said that a 17-year-old was killed by Israeli troops. The bloody churn of apartheid continues, ceasefire or not.
- Albuquerque Police Catch Suspect in Killings of Four Muslims The man who allegedly shot four Muslim men in New Mexico may be off the streets. via WaPo.
- U.S. Signs Off On Finland and Sweden Joining NATO An incredible own-goal by the Putin regime, given that neither of these countries had any interest in joining before the Ukraine war. via NYT.
- Ambulance Rides Escape Surprise Billing Laws, Ruining Lives With Debt I honestly live in fear of something happening to me that requires a hospital urgently enough that I can't get myself there or take a taxi. via The Intercept.
- Judge Says Giuliani Has to Testify in Georgia Election Probe Wonder if he'll literally melt on the stand again. via AP.
- Explosion Rocks Russian Base in Crimea A massive explosion, potentially caused by a Ukrainian strike, rocked a military base in Russian-occupied Crimea on Tuesday. Via NYT.
Approximate final count of the bodies investigators found in the Ukrainian suburb of Bucha. 419 of those bodies bore markings of being shot, tortured, or beaten to death.
ON THE SHOW TODAY
8/10: Sam and Emma break down the latest in news, perhaps with a guest!
Don't Miss MR Clips
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Oh, now they're into defunding police? Weird.
Giuliani's Henchman Claims Libs Will Assassinate Trump To Keep Him From Running In 2024
Ok man. Sure. Uh huh.
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