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Rep. Darrell Issa’s Trump support could cost him as Dem Marine opponent surges

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Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) road to an eighth re-election has become rockier with the rise in support for the Democratic Marine Corps veteran challenging him this year, the Orange County Register reported.

After winning by at least 30 percentage points in the 2012 and 2014 primaries, Issa only beat Doug Applegate by 5.7 points in the June primary this year. Under the state’s open primary system, Applegate’s performance enabled him to move on and challenge Issa for his seat representing the state’s 49th congressional district in the general election this November.

It also boosted the Iraq War veteran’s funding; according to the Register, Applegate raised $128,000 between the announcement of the primary results and the end of June, compared to the $58,000 he raised beforehand. His campaign manager, Robert Dempsey, said Applegate’s budget was “in the neighborhood” of $1 million. Issa’s campaign budget is currently $3.8 million.

“In talking with donors, I was told: ‘If you come within 20 points in the primary, call me back,'” Applegate told KNSD-TV after the primary. “And actually I said, ‘Democrats don’t perform that well in primaries. You are setting a bar that I will never be able to call you back. That’s not fair.'”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) also took notice of the primary result, conducting polling in the area that it said showed the two candidates tied, prompting it to designate Applegate’s campaign to oust Issa as one of the party’s “emerging races.”

The DCCC survey also showed that 60 percent of respondents in the district had an unfavorable view of the GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Issa has acted as a surrogate for Trump and was a state delegate for him at this year’s Republican National Convention.

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“Donald Trump has become our best marketing tool,” Orange County Democratic Party chair Henry Vandermeir said to the Register. “He’s insulted pretty much every constituency in this county, which has helped drive Democratic registration and turnout to new highs.”

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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