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Will the Lone Stars Align for Beto O’Rourke in Texas Senate Race?
Political Theater Podcast, Episode 41

Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke joins Willie Nelson on stage during his Turn out For Texas Rally last month. Other Texas legends are coming out for O'Rourke. How much difference will it make, though? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Will appealing to Whataburger partisans get out the vote? What about a new Willie Nelson song? These are but some of the questions that will be answered by the Texas Senate race between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke

That’s because some of the Lone Star State’s favorite sons, like country-music legend Nelson and filmmaker Richard Linklater, have come out strong for O’Rourke and are putting their artistic talent where their mouths are. Will it make a difference, though? Leah Askarinam from Inside Elections and McClatchy’s Alex Roarty, who grew up in Houston, discuss the race, whether famous Texans will help O’Rourke and what sort of downstream effect the race has on competitive House races we might see on the latest Political Theater Podcast. 

Marsha Blackburn Strikes Back at Taylor Swift
Senate candidate touts her push to end violence against women and unequal pay

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is running against popular former Gov. Phil Bredesen to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running for Senate in Tennessee, snapped back at music superstar Taylor Swift for criticizing her record on women’s and LGBT issues.

The congresswoman went on “Fox  & Friends First” Wednesday to outline the ways that she has worked for women after Swift said Blackburn’s “voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies” her.

Taylor Swift Plugs Midterm Elections Again at American Music Awards
Vote.org saw registration spike following earlier Instagram post

Taylor Swift accepts the Artist of the Year award onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Without mentioning any candidates or a party affiliation, music superstar Taylor Swift continued her push to get Americans energized for the midterms.

Taylor Swift made her latest plea Tuesday night while accepting the award for Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, a fan-judged awards show.

Willie Nelson to Headline Rally for Texas Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke
It will be 85-year-old country music legend's first-ever performance at a free, rally-style event for a political candidate

Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke plays with country music legend Willie Nelson at a concert in July. (From @BetoORourke)

Willie Nelson may be getting up there in years, but there’s always time for firsts.

And for the first time ever, the 85-year-old country music star will take the stage to perform on behalf of a political candidate at a free-admission campaign rally.

‘Coyote Ugly’ Actress Among Those Arrested at Kavanaugh Hearing
Piper Perabo organized with the Women’s March before hearing

Actress Piper Perabo is shown on stage at The United State of Women Summit in May 2018 in Los Angeles. (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images file photo)

Actress Piper Perabo was arrested in the Senate on Tuesday for protesting at the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Brett Kavanaugh.

Perabo, known for her roles in “Coyote Ugly” and the “Cheaper by the Dozen” series said she protested because she doesn’t believe President Donald Trump should be able to nominate a Supreme Court Justice with his administration under a cloud.

Former Rival Bush Remembers McCain as ‘a Man With a Code’
'The world is smaller for his departure,' 43rd president says

Former President George W. Bush leaves the altar after speaking during the funeral service for Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral on Saturday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Updated 12:24 p.m. | Former President George W. Bush recalled in Sen. John McCain’s memorial on Saturday how their once-bitter rivalry “melted away.”

“In the end, I got to enjoy one of life’s great gifts: the friendship of John McCain. And I’ll miss him,” Bush said, describing the Arizona Republican as a “a man with a code” who respected his political opponents.

Paying Respects to McCain at the Capitol? Here’s What You Need to Know
Expect road closures and long lines

The public can pay its respects to the late Sen. John McCain in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday, Aug. 31. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The public can pay its respects as Sen. John McCain lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda Friday, Aug. 31, between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Public viewing will follow a private ceremony at 11 a.m.

Visitors must enter through the Capitol Visitor Center on the East Front of the Capitol. Attendees can start lining up Friday morning on First Street Northwest and Southwest, between Constitution and Independence avenues, or on Second Street Northeast and Southeast, between East Capitol Street and Independence Avenue Southeast.

‘Wacky Omarosa’ Once a Trump Favorite — But No More
President attacks Omarosa Manigault Newman after she releases tapes

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former director of communications for the White House Public Liaison Office, is on a media blitz promoting her book, which has drawn a Twitter rebuke from President Donald Trump. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images file photo)

Omarosa Manigault Newman is the latest person to earn one of President Donald Trump’s infamous nicknames, as the president attacked his former adviser on Twitter Monday.

“Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will,” Trump tweeted. “She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart.”

Sorry Kanye, Black Voters Don’t Buy Celebrity Trump Endorsements
Poll: House votes in competitive districts could hinge on Trump’s racism

An NAACP poll found that ethnic minorities associate President Donald Trump with racism. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Kanye West and Dennis Rodman’s recent endorsements of Donald Trump have not impressed black voters in competitive districts whose deep dissatisfaction with the president could play a “key role” in the midterms, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The poll conducted for the NAACP by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decision is the latest to find that ethnic minorities associate Trump with racism, and that they are mobilized to vote against Republicans in November. That’s in spite of efforts by Trump and his supporters to enlist surrogates to rally support from the black community.

Wilson Said He Was Duped Into Suggesting He Supports Arming Toddlers
Sacha Baron Cohen disguised himself as an Israeli anti-terrorism expert to get interviews with GOP lawmakers

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., says he was was targeted by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen because of his support for Israel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Joe Wilson got the Sacha Baron Cohen treatment Sunday night in a segment on the British comedian’s new show where he tries to convince lawmakers to back a made-up lobbying effort to arm American toddlers.

During a sit-down interview with Baron Cohen, who is well-known for conducting interviews with unwitting suspects while he role-plays as foreign characters with controversial views on race, politics, and sexuality, the South Carolina Republican appeared to suggest he supported the lobbying effort to help “Kinderguardians” by arming preschoolers with guns.