Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) lost the Democratic primary in Missouri on Tuesday night, falling to Cori Bush (D), an activist who entered politics after the Ferguson protests in 2014 and tapped into the recent energy of the Black Lives Matter movement to upset the 10-term congressman, the Washington Post reports.
Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS), who was just indicted for voter fraud, has been defeated in a Republican primary challenge by Jake LaTurner (R), according to Decision Desk.
Six incumbent congressmen have now lost renomination this cycle.
“Kanye West has officially submitted signatures to appear on the ballot in Wisconsin, arguably the most important state on the presidential map — and those signatures were dropped off by an experienced GOP operative,” Vice News reports.
“Lane Ruhland, who a local reporter recorded as she headed in to drop off the signatures that would qualify West for his presidential bid in Wisconsin on Tuesday, is one of a handful of GOP election lawyers in the state — and a former legal counsel for the state Republican Party.”
New York Times: Republicans aid Kanye West’s bid to get on 2020 ballot.
Roger Marshall (R) has won the Kansas Senate Republican primary by defeating Kris Kobach (R), according to Decision Desk.
Marshall will face Barbara Bollier (D) in the general election.
“Republican National Convention planners are considering the White House South Lawn as the site of President Trump’s nationally televised nomination acceptance speech later this month,” the Washington Post reports.
“The decision to stage the most high-profile political event of Trump’s reelection campaign at the national seat of presidential power would be just the latest break by Trump in presidential norms, which have historically drawn clear lines between official business of the president and campaign events.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) admitted to CBS Miami that the state unemployment system was deliberately designed to frustrate people, making it so difficult for them to apply for benefits that they would give up and just not get paid.
President Trump elaborated on his sudden support for mail-in voting in the state of Florida by noting the state is run by a Republican governor, The Hill reports.
Said Trump: “Florida’s got a great Republican governor. And it had a great Republican governor. Two great governors. And over a long period of time they’ve been able to get the absentee ballots done extremely professionally.”
He added: “They’re so well run. Florida’s a very well run state. Low taxes, low everything. They’ve done a great job. Really a great job. And the two governors, between the both of them, they’ve really got a great system of absentee ballots and even in the case of mail-in ballots.”
When Rep. Karen Bass’ “friend and mentor” died three years ago, she eulogized the community organizer’s passing in remarks she inserted into the Congressional Record, Politico reports.
Left out of the 406-word eulogy for Oneil Marion Cannon: He was a top member of the Communist Party USA for decades.
President Trump described a deadly explosion in Beirut as a “terrible attack” before authorities had publicly attributed any cause to the calamity, the Daily Beast reports.
Asked by a reporter how he came to that conclusion, he said: “It would seem like it based on the explosion… I met with some of our great generals and they seemed to feel that it was an attack… This seems to be, according to them, they seemed to think it was an attack, that it was a bomb of some kind.”
“A Trump campaign spokeswoman said Tuesday that the president has agreed to participate in three scheduled debates against Joe Biden organized by an independent commission,” Politico reports.
Politico: “Vulnerable Republicans have a clear message for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: no deal, no recess.”
“With talks between the White House and Democratic leadership at an impasse, Senate Republicans up in November are pressing for the chamber to stay in session until some agreement is reached.”
U.S. federal prosecutors have produced no evidence linking dozens of people arrested in anti-racism protests in Portland, Oregon, to the antifa or anarchist movements, despite President Trump’s assertions they are fueling the unrest, Reuters reports.
“In the absence of a national testing strategy for the novel coronavirus pandemic, six governors have formed a first-of-its-kind purchasing compact they hope will pressure companies that make rapid-detection tests to quickly ramp up production,” the Washington Post reports.
“The governors, three Republicans and three Democrats, say other states and cities may join them and that talks have already begun with one of the two companies approved by the FDA to sell point-of-care antigen tests that can detect the virus in less than 30 minutes.”
Hours after President Trump’s tweet to “OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!” the private school attended by Trump’s youngest son has determined it will not open the school year with in-person learning, CNN reports.
ProPublica found nearly half of all top-performing Facebook posts that mentioned voting by mail were false or misleading.
“Many of these falsehoods appear to violate Facebook’s standards yet have not been taken down or labeled as inaccurate. Some of them, generalizing from one or two cases, portrayed people of color as the face of voter fraud.”
President Trump’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Germany has a history of making xenophobic and racist comments about immigrants and refugees, CNN reports.
Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, a decorated combat veteran, author and frequent guest on Fox News, claimed that Muslim migrants were coming to Europe “with the goal of eventually turning Europe into an Islamic state.”
He criticized Germany for giving “millions of unwanted Muslim invaders” welfare benefits rather than providing more funding for its armed services.
“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Senate Republicans that negotiators are no closer to a coronavirus relief deal than they were last week, blaming Democratic leadership for the continuing stalemate,” The Hill reports.
Meanwhile, Politico reports the White House is considering a trio of executive orders aimed at shaking up negotiations with Democrats.
“The three actions under consideration would delay the collection of federal payroll taxes, reinstitute an expired eviction moratorium, and in the riskiest gambit of them all, extend enhanced federal unemployment benefits using unspent money already appropriated by Congress.”
President Trump banned Jeffrey Epstein from his exclusive Mar-a-Lago club for hitting on the teenage daughter of another member, according to a new book entitled The Grifter’s Club, according to CNBC.
The late Epstein’s banishment by Trump from the club appears to have occurred months before Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to state criminal charges in Florida.