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3 House incumbents lose as primary challenges flood the map

3 House incumbents lose as primary challenges flood the map

House members from both parties are in peril in Tuesday’s primaries — with redistricting, perceived loyalty to Donald Trump and ideological and generational opposition all challenging the current order in Congress. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), fell in his primary runoff after facing attacks on his congressional record and ethics questions. And two more members of Congress lost in a pair of primaries that pit incumbents against each other for the same seat. Democratic Rep. Sean Casten defeated fellow Rep. Marie…

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The Supreme Court has chipped away at the Voting Rights Act for 9 years. This case could be the next blow.

The Supreme Court has chipped away at the Voting Rights Act for 9 years. This case could be the next blow.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been slowly whittled away over the last decade by the Supreme Court — and a case set to be heard in the fall could shrink the protections offered by the law to the smallest level yet. The redistricting cycle preceding this year’s elections was the first in 50 years to take place without “preclearance” requirements under the law — a pillar of the Voting Rights Act as originally written, in which states with…

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Supreme Court reinstates Louisiana House map amid racial bias claims

Supreme Court reinstates Louisiana House map amid racial bias claims

The Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday reinstating Louisiana’s congressional map, meaning the state will hold the 2022 elections under district lines a federal judge had struck down for violating the Voting Rights Act. The decision from the high court resets the map, for at least the 2022 election, to one Republican legislators drew earlier this year. District Court Judge Shelly Dick, a Barack Obama appointee, ruled earlier this month that the map likely violated the VRA. Under the map…

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Jan. 6 committee announces surprise Tuesday hearing

Jan. 6 committee announces surprise Tuesday hearing

The Jan. 6 select committee, in a surprise announcement with about 24 hours’ notice, scheduled a Tuesday hearing “to present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony.” It was not immediately clear whom the panel was calling to testify, nor what new evidence was being presented. But the sudden schedule change intensified intrigue in Washington, where the panel has mounted a carefully choreographed set of hearings about former President Donald Trump’s effort to subvert the 2020 election. The shift was…

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Eastman says phone seized by federal agents as Jan. 6-related law enforcement activity escalates

Eastman says phone seized by federal agents as Jan. 6-related law enforcement activity escalates

John Eastman, the attorney who developed Donald Trump’s last-ditch strategy to seize a second term, said in court Monday that he had his phone seized by federal agents last week. In a court filing in federal court in New Mexico, Eastman indicated he was confronted by agents when leaving a restaurant. He’s moving for a judge to order his phone returned. “The federal agents identified themselves as FBI agents, but they appeared to be executing a warrant issued at the…

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‘This is a crisis’: Politicians dig in on abortion following Supreme Court ruling

‘This is a crisis’: Politicians dig in on abortion following Supreme Court ruling

It was clear on Sunday that the Supreme Court decision to overturn decades of abortion precedent has only further cemented Republican and Democratic entrenchment in their positions on the issue. “I am horrified … that my daughters will have fewer rights than I’ve had virtually my whole life,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” a comment reflective of the emotional response to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Friday’s 5-4 ruling from the…

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Trump fatigue sets in: ‘Some donors are getting sick of the sh–show’

Trump fatigue sets in: ‘Some donors are getting sick of the sh–show’

As the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots lays out Donald Trump’s obsessive efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, Trump allies have responded with the political equivalent of a collective eye roll. But elsewhere in the party, operatives are taking notice. The former president is being damaged, they say — perhaps not fatally, but notably so. In interviews, those operatives describe a GOP electorate still enamored with Trump and dismissive of the committee and its findings. But elements…

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