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Half Way to a GOP Majority in the Senate; McConnell Re-Elected

By on 11.4.14 | 9:21PM

It's a bit past 9 p.m. and Republicans have gained three Senate seats - Shelley Moore-Capito in West Virginia, Mike Rounds in South Dakota and Tom Cotton in Arkansas. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has also been re-elected in Kentucky. Democrat challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes sealed her fate when she couldn't bring herself to admit she voted for Obama. 

Republicans need three more seats for McConnell to go from Senate Minority to Senate Majority leader.

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It Only Matters if Walker Wins

By on 11.4.14 | 4:21PM

In his Bloomberg column, Ramesh Ponnuru doesn't think much of Scott Walker's presidential prospects even if he is re-elected tonight:

For one thing, Walker's struggle raises the question of whether a politician can make a credible run for the presidency after barely winning over his own state's voters. The last two presidents each won their states convincingly before they ran. George W. Bush won 68 percent of the vote to be re-elected governor of Texas in 1998, and Barack Obama won 70 percent of the vote in Illinois to become a senator in 2004.

Meanwhile, over at Commentary, Seth Mandel doesn't buy Ponnuru's argument:

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Eric Holder Has His Eye on You Today, America

By on 11.4.14 | 3:34PM

Just in case you were considering suppressing someone's vote today, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder would like to make sure that you know that he's watching you. Closely. But in the most fair and non-partisan way, of course. So don't try any funny business.

“One of the Justice Department’s most sacred responsibilities is ensuring access to the ballot box for every eligible American,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message on the department’s website.

“I want the American people to know that the Justice Department will stand vigilant — working in a fair and nonpartisan manner to ensure that every voter can cast his or her ballot free of intimidation, discrimination or obstruction,” he said.

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Re: Kim Kardashian is Voting for Obama Today

By on 11.4.14 | 12:36PM

I try not to keep up with the Kardashians, but I think Emily might be slightly underestimating Kim Kardashian's intent on Election Day.

Her tweet doesn't actually say she's going to vote for Obama, but rather she says, "I'm standing w Obama in the midterm election 2morrow!"

President Obama famously said that while he wasn't on the ballot, his policies were. In fact, every single one of them. So I think it is reasonable to conclude Kardashian is standing with Obama's policies and is well aware that Obama cannot seek another term in the White House.

But hey give KK some credit here. She's doing what Allison Lundergan Grimes, Michelle Nunn and virtually every other Democrat running for office in this country refuses to do - stand with Obama (even if it is in animated form). Unfortunately for Obama, Kim Kardashian isn't on the ballot.

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Kim Kardashian is Voting for Obama Today

By on 11.4.14 | 11:53AM

Kim Kardashian is doing her civic duty and encouraging her Twitter and Instagram followers to vote today. She, herself, is apparently planning to vote for Barack Obama. Which will be difficult because Barack Obama himself is not on the ballot. 

I suppose we could be generous and acknowledge that, perhaps, Kim is voting to preserve Barack Obama's agenda, which, perhaps unknown to Kim, includes punishing her and her husband Kanye West for their undeserved fame and conspicuous over-consumption, hers earned by starring in a sex tape, and his earned by being a rapper who was pretty good ten years ago but insists on continuing to make records. But that would imply we think Kim has thought long and hard about this and the evidence seems to show that Kim Kardashian has never thought long and hard about anything. 

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Wendy Davis Is Losing Because of Redistricting Or Something

By on 11.4.14 | 11:35AM

As I'm not attached to a campaign this year, I feel secure in noting that I'll be watching the returns in my pajamas, while drinking wine straight out of the bottle. Not that I wouldn't do that if I were attached to a campaign, but this year, it will at least be easier to switch the channel away from Wolf Blitzer and instead watch people compete to give other, more courages people, tattoos on a reality television show, if things don't go my way. 

But if there's anything I'm really looking forward to, it's Wendy Davis's concession speech. I don't want to jinx anything, but I feel like it could be one of those rare, sweet moments, when you know that not only has a truly awful candidate been defeated, but that people who spent loads of money trying to accomplish an obviously impossible task, instead of, say, throwing cash at a really winnable election (Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan come to mind), will spend their last few pennies on pints of Ben & Jerry's New York Triple Fudge Chunk. 

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Could Pablo Sandoval Sign With The Red Sox?

By on 11.4.14 | 10:33AM

The San Francisco Giants have extended a qualifying offer of $15.3 million to third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The hefty yet agile Sandoval who just collected his third World Series ring in five years will probably decline the offer. After all, he did turn down a three year, $40 million offer during spring training. So look for Kung Fu Panda to test the market.

It looks like the New York Yankees won't be pursuing Sandoval and will be sticking with A-Rod at third as he comes off his year long suspension. Given the amount they have vested in him they don't have much of a choice.

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Five Cabinet Ministers Resign from Manitoba NDP Government

By on 11.3.14 | 11:21PM

Canada's lone NDP government is situated in Manitoba. They have been in power since 1999. Gary Doer served as Premier for 10 years before he was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to be Ambassador to the United States. Doer was succeeded by Greg Selinger who had served as his Minister of Finance. The NDP would be re-elected under Selinger in 2011.

During that campaign, Selinger pledged to keep the provincial sales tax at 7%. But last year, Selinger did an about face and raised the tax to 8%. Since then there has been dissension among NDP ranks about Selinger's leadership as the party's poll numbers have been plummeting. Five of Selinger's top cabinet ministers called for Selinger's resignation as Premier. Today, these ministers resigned forcing Selinger to abruptly reshuffle his cabinet. The five ministers will remain in the NDP caucus and plan to run in the next provincial election which could take place as early as October 2015, but no later than April 2016. The question is how long will Selinger remain Premier. 

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Before They Were Kirk & Spock They Cried U.N.C.L.E.

By on 11.3.14 | 9:26PM

A few weeks ago, I began watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E. co-starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. I had never seen it before. It's amazing to me that the old doctor on N.C.I.S. was in his day as popular with the ladies as The Beatles. The show may have aired 50 years ago, but it's like something brand new to me. The hell with The Walking Dead. I'll take The Man from U.N.C.L.E. any day of the week.

One of the charms of watching these old shows is seeing the guest stars before they became famous. The opening credits of the episode I watched last night said "Special Guest Star: William Shatner." 

Cool. But minutes later who should I see on the screen but Leonard Nimoy. Me and my roommate Christopher had our minds blown. 

Shatner and Nimoy on screen together pre-U.S.S. Enterprise. Out of this world. Shatner played a brilliant scientist while Nimoy played a bumbling Russian diplomat. For good measure, Werner Klemperer of Hogan's Heroes fame also guest starred.

This morning I bumped into a hardcore Trekkie outside of Dunkin' Donuts and told her about this and she was absolutely amazed.

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