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MIDTERM MADNESS: Anti-McConnell strategy doesn’t pay for GOP insurgents

Leigh Ann Caldwell looks at how GOP candidates who bash Mitch McConnell aren’t necessarily seeing it pay off.

Democrats are pointing to their lack of damaging primaries as a strength, writes Paul Kane.

Republican gerrymandering might backfire for the GOP this year, POLITICO reports.

More brutal primaries are looming for the Republican Party.

Mike Pence is planning a joint fundraiser in Indianapolis for Josh Hawley and Mike Braun, the Washington Examiner reports.

CA-SEN: What’s going on with that anti-Semitic California candidate?

FL-GOV: Richard Corcoran is dropping out, setting up a two-man race between Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis.

MD-GOV: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz has died just weeks before the primary.

MI-GOV: The Detroit Free Press profiles Shri Thanedar.

MO-GOV: The name of the woman at the center of the Eric Greitens trial will be used in court.

MS-SEN: Robert DeNiro and Alec Baldwin are raising money for a Democrat trying to unseat Roger Wicker.

NY-GOV: Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate Eric Schneiderman.

TN-SEN: The Wall Street Journal notes that the Bredesen-vs.-Blackburn race is emerging as a bellwether.

TX-GOV: The Texas Tribune traces how Andrew White came around to politics.

WI-SEN: A group of Democratic veterans is calling for Kevin Nicholson to apologize for his controversial remarks about military vets who support Dems.

WV-SEN: Don Blankenship’s defeat may have shattered Democrats’ dreams of taking back the Senate, POLITICO writes.

(We’re not quite sure that the Dem odds of retaking the Senate before last week – 20 percent? 40 percent? – hinged on Blankenship being the GOP’s nominee in West Virginia.)

Trump called Blankenship after his loss.

TRUMP AGENDA: Welcome home

Trump has welcomed three Americans freed from North Korea — and praised Kim Jong Un.

The Washington Post asks if Trump’s efforts at foreign policy victories can mitigate the damage of his personal scandals.

The Washington Post looks at how Michael Cohen convinced companies to pay him millions for access to Trump.

Cohen says Michael Avenatti released records associated with other people who share his name.

Europe is struggling to protect its interests after again being humiliated by Trump, writes the New York Times.

John McCain is opposing Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the CIA.

The New York Times looks at what’s happening inside Eric Schneiderman’s downfall.

Trump says he’ll curb drug prices. The Wall Street Journal looks at the pros and cons of the plan.

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Ministers fear 'anti-British' Joe Biden could wreck UK/US trade deal



SENIOR ministers in the Cabinet are extremely worried about Joe Biden winning the Presidential election because they believe he is “anti-British”.

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Kentucky millennials with felony records head to the polls for first time



With the election just days away, Mirage Davis is both excited and anxious. For the first time, she will be casting a ballot, and she doesn’t take her right to vote lightly.

Davis, 29, who lives in eastern Kentucky, is enthusiastic about Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath, but is still undecided in the presidential election. Seeing a woman on the ticket compelled her to vote inthis year’s election, Davis said, adding that she wants to see more women run for office in the state.

But Davis, a registered independent, didn’t always have a say in politics; convicted of possessing stolen property and drugs, she and tens of thousands others with felony records had been barred from voting until last year, when Kentucky’s governor gave them back that most democratic of rights.

“I’ve gone my whole life feeling like I’m invisible — and I’m not invisible,” said Davis, who is making a point to vote in person. “And it’s empowering being a woman, a felon, and having the right to vote.”

Nearly 5.2 million Americans are unable to cast a ballot in this year’s election because of felony convictions, according to the Sentencing Project, a group that advocates for criminal justice changes. Many states automatically restore voting rights to those who complete their prison sentences, but Kentucky, along with Iowa, Florida, and Virginia, until recently had permanently disenfranchised the majority of felons.

Just after taking office last December, Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, ended the state’s lifetime voting ban for more than 170,000 Kentuckians who have completed their sentences for nonviolent crimes.

“I believe in the power of forgiveness, and those who have committed nonviolent, nonsexual crimes and have served their time deserve to be full participants in society,” Beshear told NBC News in a recent interview. “Part of the dignity in being an American is the ability to make your voice heard through your vote.”

Voters cast their ballots in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 13, 2020.Jon Cherry / Getty Images
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear ended the state’s lifetime voting ban for more than 170,000 Kentuckians who have completed their sentences for nonviolent crimes.Bryan Woolston / AP file

Unlike some other states, those who are re-enfranchised in Kentucky are not required to pay fines or restitution before regaining their right to vote — an issue that has become a major political conflict in the key election battleground of Florida. Before Beshear’s executive order, about 9 percent of Kentuckians were ineligible because of their felony records, making the state’s disenfranchisement rate the third highest in the country, according to the Sentencing Project.

Now, as a result of the order, Kentucky millennials with a felony record, like Davis, will be able to vote for the first time this year. While some have been left out of the political process for much of their adult lives, many say they are now motivated to cast their ballots for a variety of reasons — and they hope to see more people their age vote given the low turnout among the state’s millennials in 2016.

“Women for centuries have been working really hard to make a change, and it would be a shame for us to stop that progression by not casting a vote,” Davis said. “I want women like me to know that they have a voice in this election.”

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Brexit deadline: Boris Johnson has just HOURS to respond to huge EU legal threat



BORIS JOHNSON has just hours to respond to a legal threat from the European Union over the implementation of the UK Government’s Internal Market Bill, with the consequences potentially shaping the outcome of post-Brexit trade talks.

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