As Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un (Juche Megalomania) threatens to make Representative Hank Johnston’s (D) fear of Guam tipping over a reality, it is time for today’s roundup:
Clinton-Emails: A Federal judge has ordered the State Department to try harder to discover emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) regarding the infamous Benghazi attack. The District Court ruled the State Department must search other employees emails to ensure the FOIA request at issue is fulfilled.
Manafort: The FBI raided the home of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (R/United Russia) on July 26. The raid was tied to the ongoing probe of whether Manafort was part of a Russian conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Biden: As former Vice President Joe Biden (D) is roaming around trying to figure out what to do after serving in Washington for nearly 50 years, donors tied to former President Barack Obama (D) are not lining up behind Biden if he makes a 2020 run. Some are stating the obvious that the Democrats need a fresh face and Biden has been in Washington longer than over half the US population has been alive!
AL-Sen: Senator Luther Strange (R) is basking in the rousing Republican primary endorsement he received from President Donald Trump (R?) Tuesday. The surprise endorsement of Strange over former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R-Religious Controversy) and Representative Mo Brooks (R) appears to be lifting his fortunes as Brooks is asking for Trump’s team to reconsider.
AZ-Sen: Senator Jeff Flake (R-Self Loathing) got some bad news on Wednesday as Trump mega donor Robert Mercer dumped $300,000 into a group supporting challenger State Senator Kelli Ward (R-Sharon Angle Clone). Mercer’s support might be the beginning of a trend of wealthy Trump supporters trying to derail Flake, whose not made friends of anyone including yours truly.
MA-3: In case you missed it, Representative Niki Tsongas (D) announced her retirement from Congress at the end of this term. The Politico has a good writeup of the Great Mentioner with former Representative Marty Meehan’s wife, Ellen Meehan, being at the top of the list and being pushed by Tsongas.
PA-16: Representative Lloyd Smucker (R) has another Democratic challenger in non-profit director Jess King (D-Bold Progressive). King is running on a far-left platform for a R+5 seat in central Pennsylvania. 2016 candidate Christina Hartman is also running for the Democrats, but is taking a less progressive stance on some issues and has establishment support (for whatever its worth in this seat).
MI-13: The House Ethics Committee extended its investigation into Representative John Conyers (D) over how he kept paying a staffer after placing her on leave. You got to wonder if the Committee cannot make a decision on this if the Committee is trying to figure out how to handle a member well past his prime.
NY-SD-26: 26th Senate District State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Bold Progressive) announced his resignation from the Prize Patrol effective Friday. Squadron seems to be resigning due to the corruption found in the Prize Patrol and to take part in national efforts in 2018. Squadron was delusional that he thought being a New York State Senator is about more than getting your fair share of the Prize Patrol.
North Carolina: Decision Desk HQ has an interesting look at one of the most unusual counties in North Carolina, Robeson County. The county has the unusual distinction of being for Obama twice then flipping to Trump plus McCain doing better than Romney.