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Virginia Democratic candidate Ralph Northam wins election against Trump-backed Ed Gillespie

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Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee in Virginia’s governor’s race, has won against Republican opponent Ed Gillespie.

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Winning the endorsements of both current Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and former President Barack Obama, Northam was nonetheless the center of his own controversy after a pro-Northam Latino group ran an ad that painted Gillespie supporters as violent racists.

Northam was quick to distance himself from the ad, but right-wingers (likely influenced by Twitter bots) heralded the ad as “racist against white people.” The ad portrayed immigrant children running from a truck bearing Gillespie stickers that was chasing them, and ran after a Gillespie attack attempted to link Northam to the Salvadoran gang MS-13 in an attack on “sanctuary cities” — something Virginia does not have.

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After both ads ran, Northam announced that he intended to ban sanctuary cities. In response, the progressive Democracy For America group renounced their support of him and called him “gutless” and “a racist.”

Northam has been Virginia’s lieutenant governor since 2014, when McAuliffe won the office.

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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