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Republican doctors in Congress give 'sketchy' advice on Covid-19

Six months ago, several Republican doctors in Congress said the right thing about Covid-19 protections. Some have since changed their minds.
House Freedom Caucus
House Freedom Caucus

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 10.22.21

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

Justice Dept. reportedly adds prosecutors to Matt Gaetz probe

As the Justice Department adds prosecutors to its investigatory team, it seems Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is not having an especially good week.
Image: Matt Gaetz
Image: Matt Gaetz

Louis DeJoy confronts new conflict-of-interest accusations

Louis DeJoy didn't need another new controversy, but the scandal-plagued postmaster general appears to have one anyway.
United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Feb. 24, 2021.
United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Feb. 24, 2021.

Why Mitch McConnell's celebration of Clarence Thomas matters

Amy Coney Barrett recently said she doesn't want people to see justices as "partisan hacks." I hope she saw Clarence Thomas' Heritage Foundation event.
Image: Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Washington on Oct. 21, 2021.
Image: Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Washington on Oct. 21, 2021.

Abbott taps former Trump lawyer for powerful Texas elections post

Last fall, a Republican lawyer helped take the lead in Trump's gambit to have the results of an election thrown out. Now he'll oversee Texas elections.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks in Austin on Sept. 17, 2020.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks in Austin on Sept. 17, 2020.

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Florida's surgeon general reminds us why DeSantis picked him

Ron DeSantis' handpicked surgeon general has been described as a "COVID crank." Dr. Joseph Ladapo seems eager to prove his critics right.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks in Lakeland, Fla., on May 28, 2021.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks in Lakeland, Fla., on May 28, 2021.
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Thursday's Mini-Report, 10.21.21

Today's edition of quick hits.
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Dems overcome GOP opposition, vote to hold Bannon in contempt

Congress is trying to get answers about an attack on our democracy. House Republicans suggested today that they're largely indifferent to those answers.
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Image: Steve Bannon listens as President Donald Trump speaks to the media
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Layoff totals fall again, improve to pandemic-era low

The last time layoff totals were this low, the pandemic hadn't even started in earnest. The numbers are starting to look ... normal.
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Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 10.21.21

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
2d ago

Schumer offers a big hint about his plans for the Senate's future

Chuck Schumer has been neutral on filibuster reforms. To protect voting rights, it doesn't sound like he'll remain neutral much longer.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks at the Capitol on Sept. 28, 2021.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks at the Capitol on Sept. 28, 2021.
2d ago

Texas's Dan Patrick finally pays his first voter-fraud reward

I wondered whether Texas's Dan Patrick would ever follow through on his financial-reward system. As it turns out, we now have an answer.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks in McAllen, Texas, on Jan. 10, 2019.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks in McAllen, Texas, on Jan. 10, 2019.
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Why the Trump Organization is reportedly facing a new criminal inquiry

The trouble surrounding the Trump National Golf Club Westchester may become the latest in a long line of legal headaches for the former president.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 9, 2021.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 9, 2021.
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Sinema reportedly fights to protect unpopular tax breaks she opposed

If Kyrsten Sinema fights to protect Trump-era tax breaks she used to oppose, the damage it could do to her party's domestic agenda is extraordinary.
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2d ago

Joe Manchin's governing model fails another critical test

Now that Senate Republicans have discredited Joe Manchin's preferred governing model, what is he prepared to replace it with?
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Image: Joe Manchin
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Wednesday's Mini-Report, 10.20.21

Today's edition of quick hits.