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Negron leads close GOP primary in 2nd Congressional District

As the votes were totaled throughout the night, Steve Negron’s narrow lead grew in the Republican battle for the 2nd Congressional District.By midnight, Negron, the Air Force Veteran from Nashua, led by nearly 1,000 votes over Hopkinton physician Stewart Levenson and Concord veteran Lynne Blankenbek…

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Former state senator to challenge Gov. Sununu in general election

Molly Kelly became the Democratic nominee for New Hampshire governor Tuesday by a decisive two-to-one margin after a campaign that focused on her experience in state government and eagerness to take on Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.Earning about two-thirds of the total votes, Kelly, a former five-ter…

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Merrimack County: Hilliard, Halvorsen win GOP primaries for sheriff, county attorney

Former Concord city councilor Paul Halvorsen held a commanding lead in the race for the Republican nomination for Merrimack County Attorney on Tuesday night, while incumbent Scott Hilliard won the GOP nomination for county sheriff.Halvorsen was poised to defeat Hillsborough County prosecutor Nicole…

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The Ohio Special Election Is a Warning to Republicans

By Russell Berman

Republicans look poised to eke out a victory in the last major congressional bellwether before the November midterm elections. But a razor-thin margin in a suburban Ohio district the GOP has held comfortably for decades confirms that the party’s grip on control of Congress is shaky.

Troy Balderson, a Republican state legislator who secured a late push from President Trump, appeared to hold off Democrat Danny O’Connor on Tuesday in a special House election in and around Ohio’s capital city of Columbus. With all precincts reporting, Balderson led 50.2 percent to 49.3 percent, although the race remained too close for the major networks and the Associated Press to call. Rather than explicitly concede, O’Connor rallied his supporters for a November rematch both candidates knew was coming regardless of the night’s result.

“We’re not stopping now,” he said late Tuesday. “Tomorrow we rest and then we keep fighting through to November.”

The race was the last in a series of closely watched special elections in House districts that Republicans have dominated for years. The GOP has won all but one of them—a narrow loss in Pennsylvania in March—but over-performance by Democrats in nearly every instance has buoyed the party’s hopes that it can …read more

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Special Featured

By Elaine Godfrey

Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

Today in 5 Lines

  • After reimposing sanctions against Iran, President Trump warned in a tweet that “anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.”

  • On the sixth day of Paul Manafort’s trial, his former deputy, Rick Gates, described how Manafort skirted taxes and used offshore companies to accept millions of dollars from Ukrainian businessmen.

  • The Trump administration is expected to unveil a proposal that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens, according to NBC News.

  • Forbes reported that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stole millions of dollars throughout his career as an investment banker.

  • Missourians are voting on an amendment that would outlaw mandatory union fees.

The Races We’re Watching

Keep an eye on the special election in Ohio’s 12th district, where President Trump won comfortably in 2016. The race has come down to Trump-backed Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor, and recent polling shows it as a tossup. If O’Connor wins, it’ll be a good sign of things to come for Democrats in November.

In Kansas, the Republican gubernatorial primary is one to watch. Against the recommendations of senior party officials, Trump endorsed Kris Kobach over current …read more

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Jim Acosta’s Dangerous Brand of Performance Journalism

By Todd S. Purdum

The verb to accost comes from the old French that meant “to sail up close to a ship or a shoreline.” CNN’s Jim Acosta lived up to his patronymic (which has comparable coastal roots in Portuguese and Spanish) when he confronted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with guns blazing last week, demanding to know if she shared Donald Trump’s belief that the press is the enemy of the American people.

Stipulate that Sanders traduces the truth each waking or speaking hour. Stipulate, too, that Acosta had just been the object of threatening and abusive taunts at a Trump rally in Florida. Even stipulate, if you wish, that his question was a cri de coeur and not a showy bid for clicks and ratings in the debased ritual of performance art that the White House briefing has become.

But acknowledge this also, please: Whenever a reporter who has not been kidnapped by terrorists, shot by an assailant, or won a big prize becomes an actor in her own story, she has lost the fight. Or in this case, reinforced the corrosive, cynical, and deeply dangerous feedback loop that has convinced Trump’s most fervent supporters that his …read more

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The Ultimate Betrayal of Paul Manafort

By Franklin Foer

You know what would be surprising? If Rick Gates and Paul Manafort had suddenly suspended their apparently deeply ingrained habits of fraudulence and thievery during the three months they ran the Donald Trump campaign.

Other chapters of their recent history—the chapters bracketing the campaign—include alleged episodes of witness tampering, lying to federal prosecutors, bank and tax fraud, as well as the failure to register as agents of a foreign government. Therefore, given all that has emerged about their shared ethical framework, it’s hard to imagine that the public has received the exhaustive account of those months.

To understand just how ingrained their slippery habits had become, consider a defining moment from Monday’s proceedings of the Manafort trial. In the course of turning state’s witness against his old boss, Gates, a former lobbyist, admitted to the court that he had repeatedly defrauded Manafort by inflating the expense reports he submitted to him. It wasn’t a trivial sum that he had siphoned. He described his take as amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Or put it this way: Gates defrauded Manafort, who was, in turn, allegedly defrauding banks and the United States government (with his Potemkin tax returns).

Nor was …read more

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Congress Finally Can Tell Hemp From Pot

By Olivia Paschal

Hemp is currently a Schedule I federally controlled substance, in the same legal category as LSD, heroin, and Ecstasy. Like all forms of cannabis, it was criminalized in 1970, partially because Congress was worried that law enforcement couldn’t tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. “There was tremendous biological understanding of the difference, but Congress was not making policy based on this—they were basing it on fear,” said John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of Marijuana: A Short History.

Now, four years after universities and state agriculture departments were allowed to begin growing limited quantities of hemp for research purposes, Congress is expected in September to make the crop legal for Americans to grow for the first time in nearly 50 years. Legalization as part of the 2018 omnibus farm bill would be a major victory for American hemp producers, who believe hemp cultivation could become a billion dollar–plus industry, given hemp’s growing use in pharmaceuticals, food, and textiles. But legalization is just the first step in cultivating the American hemp industry, with many challenges ahead for farmers to ensure the viability of what is essentially a brand-new crop: establishing a supply chain, …read more

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What Rick Gates’s Testimony Means for Manafort—and Trump

By David A. Graham

Robert Mueller cultivates a reputation as a staid, even dour, man of the law, but the special counsel’s team isn’t above a bit of courtroom showmanship.

Last week, prosecutors trying Paul Manafort in federal court in Northern Virginia suggested they might not call Rick Gates, Manafort’s former partner and protege, to testify against him. That raised eyebrows: Gates, who pleaded guilty after being pressured by Mueller’s team, had been expected to be a star witness in the trial. And in fact, Gates took the stand Monday, and his testimony was as dramatic as expected.

“Were you involved in any criminal activity with Mr. Manafort?” a prosecutor asked.

“Yes,” Gates replied.

“Did you commit any crimes with Mr. Manafort?”

“Yes,” Gates said again.

Manafort, who served as chairman of President Trump’s campaign during the summer of 2016, is charged with laundering tens of millions of dollars. Gates said he conspired to file falsified tax returns on Manafort’s behalf. He also said that he and Manafort had 15 foreign bank accounts they did not report to federal authorities, in violation of federal law but at Manafort’s behest.

Gates’s testimony wasn’t just accusations. “He’s probably one of …read more

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