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Biden campaign names political director, adds new team members

Biden campaign names political director, adds new team members

Joe Biden’s campaign has elevated Alana Mounce to serve as its political director, along with bringing on board two other senior hires, according to two people familiar with the decision. Mounce, who has been serving as the Biden campaign’s ballot access director, will take on the critical role of helping chart out an increasingly challenging reelection campaign. Prior to her current job, she served in the White House as the deputy political director in the Office of Political Strategy and…

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California’s low energy primary: Turnout on track for a record low

California’s low energy primary: Turnout on track for a record low

SACRAMENTO, California — This could be one of the most consequential elections for Californians — but you wouldn’t know that by looking at ballot returns: Turnout is on track to be the lowest in history. Only 1.7 million of California’s 22 million registered voters had returned their mail-in ballots as of Tuesday. That’s about 8 percent of the total, according to Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data Inc., which monitors turnout. A few hundred votes could make a world…

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Trump and Biden win Michigan primaries

Trump and Biden win Michigan primaries

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump scored decisive wins in their respective Michigan primaries on Tuesday, though for each, it remains to be seen just how large their victories were. Trump continues to face a faction of Republicans who refuse to back his candidacy despite his chokehold on the nomination. Biden was confronted with a protest movement urging Democrats to vote “uncommitted” in the primary over his handling of the Israel-Hamas war. Early returns showed that “uncommitted” was…

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McConnell nudges Johnson as gap grows between GOP leaders

McConnell nudges Johnson as gap grows between GOP leaders

During a private White House meeting on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell nudged House Speaker Mike Johnson to take up the Senate’s $95 billion foreign aid bill — a move that would risk a right-flank rebellion against the speaker. The Senate GOP leader’s public and private remarks on Tuesday advocating for his chamber’s bill was a subtle but notable shift from his tactics just two weeks ago, when the Kentuckian said he didn’t “have any advice” for the speaker…

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Controversial Ohio GOP congressional candidate considers dropping out (again)

Controversial Ohio GOP congressional candidate considers dropping out (again)

J.R. Majewski, the controversial Ohio congressional candidate, has told people he plans to drop out of his battleground House race just days after early voting began in the Republican primary. Majewski, who lost his 2022 bid after news reports indicated he lied about serving in combat in Afghanistan, confirmed to POLITICO that he was seriously considering ending his 2024 campaign but said he had not yet made a decision. He said he told people “what they want to hear” to…

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She ran a dark-money group. Now Senate candidate Tammy Murphy wants to reform them.

She ran a dark-money group. Now Senate candidate Tammy Murphy wants to reform them.

Tammy Murphy has been talking like a campaign finance reformer, calling the amount of money in politics “disgusting.” But as New Jersey’s first lady, Murphy spent a year and a half leading a dark-money group without disclosing donors. Now she has a super PAC supporting her bid to replace Bob Menendez in the U.S. Senate. Like many other Democrats, Murphy is taking a familiar position — working within a system that she says she wants to dismantle. “The amount of…

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The Top Muslim State Lawmaker in Michigan Wants You to Turn on Joe Biden

The Top Muslim State Lawmaker in Michigan Wants You to Turn on Joe Biden

In late October, the Democratic floor leader of the Michigan House of Representatives, Abraham Aiyash, stood in front of thousands gathered in downtown Detroit to denounce a man who is vying to win another four years in the Oval Office. He spoke with the same urgency he had in 2020, when he addressed another crowd in Detroit to condemn then-President Donald Trump’s attempt to halt the vote count in the critical swing state. But now, he had a different target…

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Jack Smith says Trump’s handling of classified docs was far worse than Biden’s

Jack Smith says Trump’s handling of classified docs was far worse than Biden’s

Special counsel Jack Smith said Monday that President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents — which earned him a scolding from special counsel Robert Hur — is not “remotely” similar to the “deceitful criminal conduct” of Donald Trump. In a 12-page filing countering Trump’s claim that he’s been selectively prosecuted by attorneys loyal to the Biden administration, Smith’s team rejected Trump’s effort to compare the former president’s conduct to Biden’s. In fact, Hur’s report underscored why Trump is facing criminal…

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Justices hint Florida and Texas social media laws may be unconstitutional

Justices hint Florida and Texas social media laws may be unconstitutional

The Supreme Court grappled with competing views of free speech on social media as it heard nearly four hours of arguments Monday on a pair of state laws that regulate how large tech companies control what content can appear on their sites. Most justices seemed to think that, in some contexts, the Florida and Texas laws likely violate the First Amendment rights of the social media firms. But the justices also expressed concern that blocking the laws in their entirety…

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Andy Kim files lawsuit challenging NJ’s ballot design

Andy Kim files lawsuit challenging NJ’s ballot design

Democratic Senate candidate Andy Kim filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to abolish New Jersey’s unique and controversial “county line” balloting system, calling it “fundamentally unjust and undemocratic.” “The issue presented to the Court today is quite simple: the line must be abolished because it is unconstitutional,” reads the lawsuit filed by Kim, a three-term member of Congress from the 3rd District, as well as two underdog Democratic congressional candidates in South Jersey: Sarah Schoengood and Carolyn Rush. Kim is running…

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