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Ex-Santorum campaign staffer kills himself after stabbing fellow Yale conservative

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A former campaign staff member for Rick Santorum took his own life on Tuesday morning after stabbing a Yale University student, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities said 22-year-old Tyler Carlisle jumped from a ninth-story window in an apartment complex across the street from the university after stabbing 21-year-old Alexander Michaud. Carlisle fell onto a terrace on the building’s third floor and died. Michaud was hospitalized and was listed in stable condition as of Tuesday night.

Carlisle, who recently graduated from the university, worked on Santorum’s presidential campaign in 2012 and was the campaign manager for Republican Joseph Bentivegna’s congressional campaign last year. Michaud, who is slated to graduate in 2017, is the publisher for a conservative campus publication, the Yale Free Press.

Michaud is also listed as the “chancellor of cards and games” for the Party of the Right, a campus organization that described its mission on its website as making “Great Men.”

“We are a band of brothers, brought together by the battles we have fought,” the group’s website states. “The intense personal interaction that the Party demands of its Members helps to forge strong ties and lasting friendships. The Party holds many social events throughout the semester, which include Toasting Sessions, Nights of Cards and Games, Table at Commons, the Annual Banquet, the Fall Bacchanalian Orgy, and much more.”

The AP reported that Carlisle was also a member of the group. According to WCBS-TV, police described the two men as acquaintances.

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“I don’t believe the victim was a roommate,” Officer David Hartman said. “We’re not certain about the relationship. We know that they knew one another.”

The university said in a statement that both mental health counselors and the school chaplain’s office were available for students seeking help following the fatal incident.

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Retired admiral could pose serious threat if he decides to run against Iowa Republican: report

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On Wednesday, Iowa Starting Line reported that Ret. Adm. Michael Franken is in talks with state and national Democrats about challenging GOP Sen. Joni Ernst.

Franken, who has served as Deputy for Military Operations for AFRICOM, Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Department of the Navy, hails from Sioux Center, a town in the deeply conservative northwest part of the state.

Ernst, who first gained national attention for her 2014 campaign ad about castrating hogs, is a reliable vote for President Donald Trump in the Senate, and the president's poor approval ratings in Iowa have left Democrats hopeful that they can defeat her.

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Here’s why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

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President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

While the United States insists that Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace last week, Russia rejected the charge on Tuesday and supported Iran’s claim that the Global Hawk drone with a 116-foot wingspan was shot down over Iranian territory.

A top Russian official stated Moscow’s intelligence findings at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

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How the GOP is embracing more ruthless power grabs in the face of huge political challenges

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases highlighting the collision between partisan power grabs and setting the ground rules for two of the most important elections in America—those for U.S. House and state legislative chambers.

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

One ruling concerns whether the Trump administration can add a question to the 2020 census that asks if anyone residing in that address is not a U.S. citizen. The other concerns whether hyper-partisanship is unconstitutional when state legislatures run by a single party draw electoral districts to maximize their party’s likelihood of winning elections.

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