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When the going gets tough, Scott Brown falls to pieces | MSNBC

In a season in which plenty of politicians are trying to deliberately terrify voters, Republican Scott Brown stands out – offering a unique combination of demagoguery, cynicism, cowardice, and confusion. The former senator, hoping to re-join the Senate after his other home state rejected him two years ago, started hitting the panic button in early September, seizing on Americans’ fears about Islamic State terrorists to baselessly argue that ISIS may attack through the Mexican border. Brown later added that terrorists with Ebola may also try to infiltrate the Southern U.S. border. The more anxiety the public feels, the more Scott Brown descends into rambling, fear-based incoherence. If crises reveal a person’s true character, recent tumult reveals the New England Republican has the spine of a marshmallow. Today, however, Dave Weigel reports that Brown’s desperate hopes of scaring voters have taken an unintentionally hilarious turn.In an interview with NH1, Brown rejected the idea that he was running on “fear” – Ebola, he said, was the “No. 1, 2, and 3” issue on the minds of voters he talked to. “Carrying diseases doesn’t need to be Ebola,” said Brown. “but the whooping cough and polio and other types of potential diseases are coming through.”Yes, the often-confused Republican believes polio – a disease that no longer exists in the Western hemisphere – may be sneaking into the United States. So New Hampshire should make him a senator again … so he can tackle an issue he’s never shown any interest in … which he has no working understanding of … and he can oppose a bipartisan immigration reform bill that strengthens border security.

via When the going gets tough, Scott Brown falls to pieces | MSNBC.

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Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company | The Nation

Before the Ping May, a rusty cargo vessel, could disembark from the port of Santa Marta en route to the Netherlands in late August, Colombian inspectors boarded the boat and made a discovery. Hidden in the ship’s chain locker, amidst its load of coal bound for Europe, were approximately 40 kilograms, or about ninety pounds, of cocaine. A Colombian Coast Guard official told The Nation that there is an ongoing investigation.The seizure of the narcotics shipment in the Caribbean port occurred far away from Kentucky, the state in which Senator Mitch McConnell is now facing a career-defining election. But the Republican Senate minority leader has the closest of ties to the owner of the Ping May, the vessel containing the illicit materials: the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a firm founded and owned by McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family.

via Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company | The Nation.

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Georgia governor’s corruption shocker: Right-winger’s shady get-rich scheme could be wildest GOP scandal – Salon.com

My favorite bit from the article …

The meeting was described as “contentious” and “hostile,” and Graham has said that Deal left no doubt he wanted the $1.7 million for title inspectors restored to the state budget, justifying the move in part by speculating that if left to the free market, “illegal aliens” might end up getting the work. Despite the pressure, Graham refused to budge.

via Georgia governor’s corruption shocker: Right-winger’s shady get-rich scheme could be wildest GOP scandal – Salon.com.

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If GOP Loses Next Week, Cue the Crack Up – The Daily Beast

According to all the polling averages that political junkies have been obsessively checking for months, next Tuesday should be a breeze for the GOP.Seven, eight, nine, ten Senate seats are swinging their way, which would give Republicans control of the upper chamber for the first time since 2006.But what if, somehow, the polls are wrong? Six Senate seats is a lot, after all. And with seven days to go until the election, any number of factors could go against the GOP, allowing the Democrats to retain control, if by the slimmest of margins. What happens then?When asked about that scenario, one top GOP fundraiser, who has raised money for Mitt Romney and a host of Republican congressional candidates over the last several election cycles simply paused for several seconds, as if time was needed to merely wrap one’s head around such a dire outcome.“It would be an unbelievable disaster. The party would be devastated. The fundraising would dry-up. It would just become suddenly non-existent.”

via If GOP Loses Next Week, Cue the Crack Up – The Daily Beast.

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Independent Eliot Cutler just helped Democrats in the Maine governor’s race. Sort of. – The Washington Post

Democrats have long believed that if independent Eliot Cutler wasnt on the ballot, theyd have a great shot at unseating unpopular Maine Gov. Paul LePage R. Well, Cutlers not leaving the race. But hes doing the next best thing for Democratic nominee Mike Michaud: Encouraging supporters to “vote their conscience” and bluntly acknowledging that he is a long shot.“If you don’t think that I can win, and you want to vote strategically, do that,” Cutler said Wednesday, according to the Bangor Daily News. “But Id be grateful for your support.”Cutlers message is this: Im not dropping out, but lets face it, I probably wont win — so understand that when you cast your ballot. Its a message that could prompt some supporters to consider voting for Michaud instead.

via Independent Eliot Cutler just helped Democrats in the Maine governor’s race. Sort of. – The Washington Post.

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First Four-Month Government Surplus In Years – Business Insider

he U.S. government posted a net surplus over a four-month period for the first time since 2007 in the March-June, according to the latest monthly Treasury statement. For June, the surplus totaled $71 billion. That actually fell short of expectations of a surplus of $80 billion.Still, Washington is now on pace to record the lowest annual deficit since 2008, with a fiscal year to date deficit of $366 billion. Thats 28% less than the shortfall recorded in the same period last year, according to Marketwatch, thanks mostly to increased revenue.

via First Four-Month Government Surplus In Years – Business Insider.

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White House Hit With What Appears To Be Sustained Cyberattack

WASHINGTON — The White House computer network has been hit by what appears to be a sustained cyberattack, administration sources told HuffPost.The White House — or the Executive Office of the President EOP — regularly gets hit with hapless cyberattacks from all corners of the web, but the one revealed Tuesday, said people familiar with the situation, has been much more significant in duration and strength, putting the system on the fritz for nearly two weeks, if not longer.A White House official confirmed on Tuesday that the White House had “identified activity of concern on the unclassified EOP network.” Network outages are not uncommon in the White House, but they typically last no more than a few hours. For the system to be damaged for days on end indicates an attack of significant strength.

via White House Hit With What Appears To Be Sustained Cyberattack.

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