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Former Sen. Norm Coleman Says Cancer Has Returned
Cancer has now spread to his lungs

Former Sen. Norm Coleman announced his cancer has returned.

The Minnesota Republican said in a social media post that the cancer that began in his neck and throat and is at its most advanced stage, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

O’Connor Hoping Provisional Ballots Trigger Recount
Campaign says 3,000 provisional ballots could bring deadlocked race within margin for automatic recount

A week after Election Day, Democrat Danny O’Connor’s campaign in the special election in Ohio’s 12th District is optimistic there will be a recount.

Speaking on a media call, O’Connor’s campaign team said it’s hopeful that provisional ballots yet to be counted will bring the race within the 0.5 percentage point margin that would trigger an automatic recount.

DNC Looking Into Ellison Allegations
Comes as he wins Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general

The Democratic National Committee said it is looking into charges of domestic abuse by Rep. Keith Ellison, who serves as deputy chairman of the organization.

“These allegations recently came to light and we are reviewing them,” the committee said in a statement to NPR. “All allegations of domestic abuse are disturbing and should be taken seriously.”

Walz Wins DFL Nomination for Minnesota Governor
Former Gov. Pawlenty gets thrashed in Republican primary

Rep. Tim Walz won the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party nomination in Minnesota’s gubernatorial race.

With 99 percent of the vote counted, Walz had 41.7 percent ahead of state Rep. Erin Murphy’s 32.1 percent and Attorney General Lori Swanson’s 24.4 percent, according to The Associated Press.

Poll: Near Tie Between MacArthur and Democratic Challenger Kim in New Jersey
Monmouth poll shows the two within a point of each other in 3rd District

A new poll in New Jersey’s 3rd District shows Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in a near-tie with Democratic challenger Andy Kim.

The Monmouth University survey found MacArthur, a two-term congressman, leading Kim, who served in national security and counterterrorism roles in the Obama administration, 41 percent to 40 percent among all potential voters. Fifteen percent of respondents were undecided. Under a likely voter model based on historical midterms, the result was essentially unchanged, with Kim up a point, 45 percent to 44 percent. 

Zeldin Again Takes on NFL Player Protests
Tells players to ‘stand up and show some respect’

New York Rep. Lee Zeldin is again taking on professional football players who protest during the National Anthem, telling them to “stand up and show some respect.”

The Republican, who served in the U.S. Army, posted an image of former San Francisco 49ers players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid kneeling while showing soldiers holding them up.

Poliquin Again Amps Up Mailings Ahead of Election Deadline
Critics say it is an abuse of taxpayer dollars

Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin is flooding Maine's 2nd District with congressional mailers.

Poliquin’s mailers highlight his work on the GOP tax legislation passed last year, the opioid crisis, and increasing consequences for sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Trump Calls Former Aide Omarosa a ‘Dog’
Says he gave a ‘crazed, crying lowlife a break’ in giving her a White House job

President Donald Trump continued his attacks on his former ally and employee Omarosa Manigault Newman on Twitter on Tuesday, calling his former aide a “dog.”

Trump praised White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for firing his former director of communications for the White House Public Liaison Office and contestant on his show “The Apprentice.” 

Goodlatte’s Son Says Father’s ‘Political Grandstanding’ Ruined Strzok’s Career
Bobby Goodlatte calls hearing over Strzok’s text messages ‘a low point for Congress’

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte’s son on Monday criticized the firing of former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok, blaming his father’s “political grandstanding.”

Bobby Goodlatte tweeted that Strzok was “a patriot” and called the joint hearing for Stzrok that his father chaired last month a “low point for Congress.”

Some House Members Flop In Bids for Governor
Colleen Hanabusa is the latest one to fall

Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s loss in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary is the latest example of House members losing their bids for the highest office in a state. 

Hanabusa lost the primary Saturday to incumbent Gov. David Ige. Hanabusa returned to the House in 2016 after the death of former Rep. Mark Takai.

Beto O’Rourke Drops $1.27 Million in Ads
Ads will play in all 20 of Texas’ media markets.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke went on the offensive against Sen. Ted Cruz after a fundraising blitz, dropping $1.27 million worth in ads against his opponent.

The Democrat’s campaign said it would play ads in all 20 of Texas’ media market.

Goodlatte’s Son Pushes Democrat Running for Father’s Seat
Goodlatte is retiring at the end of his current term

Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s son announced he had donated the maximum amount to the Democratic candidate running to succeed his father and urged others to do the same.

Bobby Goodlatte announced in a tweet that he had donated  to Jennifer Lewis.

Police, Opponents Criticize Warren’s Remarks on ‘Racist’ Justice System
Democratic senator said system was ‘racist ... I mean, front to back’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was criticized by her Republican challengers and law enforcement in Massachusetts after declaring in a speech that the criminal justice system is “racist.”

Speaking at New Orleans’ Dillard University last week at an event hosted by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond, the Massachusetts Democrat said “the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist ... I mean, front to back.”

Group Files Lawsuit to Challenge Electoral College
Includes former Massachusetts governor, Al Gore’s former lawyer

A group is suing two red states and two blue states to change the Electoral College system.

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig and David Boies, who served as former Vice President Al Gore’s lawyer in Bush v. Gore, make up the group according to the Boston Globe.

Audio Catches Cohen in Blackburn Jump-Off-a-Bridge Bind
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Audio of Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohencaught him saying he wished President Donald Trump would tell Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn to jump off a bridge.

The audio obtained by HuffPost was of Cohen at a community prayer breakfast in Memphis supporting former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who is running for Senate against Blackburn.

Cruz Admits He Has a ‘Real Race’ Against O’Rourke
‘The anger on the left is real’

Sen. Ted Cruzadmitted his race against Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke will be a tough one.

The Republican told ABC13 that his re-election bid is a “real race” because of energy on the “hard left.”

Senate SCOTUS Confirmation Preventing Rosenstein Impeachment, Nunes Says
Leaked audio from a Republican fundraiser also warns of Trump impeachment risk

The House chosing to refrain from impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could have more to do with the Supreme Court than anything else.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said the reason the House has not voted to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is because of the Senate’s need to confirm a Supreme Court justice.

Walorski Opponent Drops More than $100,000 On Ad
Highlights work as a minister

Rep. Jackie Walorski’s Democratic challenger in Indiana’s 2nd District announced Wednesday an ad buy worth more than $100,000.

Democratic businessman Mel Hall’s latest ad highlights his time as a minister in inner city Detroit.

Republicans Made ‘Big Mistake’ on Trying Obamacare First, Heller Says
Dean Heller is running against Rep. Jacky Rosen

Sen. Dean Hellersaid Republicans in Congress made a “big mistake” when they tried repealing the 2010 health care law as their first legislative item of the Trump administration.

Republicans could have successfully repealed the law if they had passed tax and transportation legislation first, Heller told the Washington Examiner.

North Carolina GOP Candidate Preached Extensively on Wives Submitting to Husbands
Former Baptist preacher Mark Harris is running in the 9th District

Democrats were already targeting North Carolina’s 9th District before incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger lost his Republican primary in May. And they’re hoping that past comments from the former Baptist minister who defeated him improves their chances of flipping the seat this fall. 

Mark Harris on multiple occasions — as a preacher and political candidate — has said that women should submit fully to their husbands and that he believed homosexuality is a choice. Before venturing into politics, he was a pastor at First Baptist Church in Charlotte.