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Michigan voting precincts running out of ballots amid high turnout: reports

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Several polling locations around Michigan ran out of ballots amid Tuesday’s primary elections, WZZM-TV reported.

Officials attributed some of the ballot shortages to increased turnout. Polls around the state are scheduled to close at 9 p.m. EST. Although one precinct in Plainfield Township reported that Democratic ballots ran out due to a miscommunication with the Kent County clerk’s office causing them to be mistakenly delivered to another location.

According to Think Progress, voters at a polling location in Flint had to wait for an hour or when Democratic primary ballots ran out, or choose to be notified at home when more ballots were available.

“Absolutely there’s more interest this year,” said Loyce Driskell, a local elections coordinator, who attributed the upswing in turnout to the city’s water crisis, as well as a Democratic Party debate in the city last weekend.

“I just think that Flint is on the map for the world to see and I just think all of that has really gotten voters to turn out,” she said.

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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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