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Failed GOP candidate Don Blankenship to make third party bid in West Virginia

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Don Blankenship, who lost his bid to win the Republican nomination in the West Virginia U.S. Senate primary, just announced he will re-enter the race in a third party bid. Blankenship is best known for spending a year in jail after one of his mines exploded, causing the deaths of 29 miners. He placed the name on the Obama administration.

Blankenship also waged a racist campaign, during which he called Black people “Negroes,” and Asians “China people.” He also attacked Senate Majority leader Mitch KMcConnell as “Cocaine Mitch.”

But Blankenship’s criminal behavior and offensive remarks aren’t even his biggest problems at the moment.

West Virginia has a “sore loser” law, banning those who lost a primary race to re-enter the race via another party, or as an independent.

Blankenship will run as the Constitution Party nominee.

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If he does overcome that obstacle, he will all but hand the race to Democrat Joe Manchin.


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Tombs riddle could see Vatican efforts to find teen backfire: analysts

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The Vatican's attempts to help the family of an Italian teenager who went missing 36 years ago have merely deepened the mystery surrounding her fate, and risk backfiring, analysts say.

Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, was last seen leaving a music class in Rome aged 15, and theories have circulated for decades about who took her and where her body might lie.

Two tombs at the Teutonic Cemetery in the Vatican were opened last week after an anonymous tip-off that they might contain her remains.

But in a surprise twist, not only was there no trace of Orlandi, the remains of two princesses believed to have been buried there were gone too.

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Trump and Pence’s racist weekend spectacle was no accident: It’s the re-election plan

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If you doubted that the 2020 presidential campaign will be the ugliest you've ever experienced,  the past few days should have disabused you of that. It's been a descent into grotesque racism and xenophobia on a level we haven't seen in our national politics for many decades. And it's not just a matter of Donald Trump acting out and having one of his regular tantrums. There's a rationale behind his behavior that's extremely disturbing.

As everyone is well aware by now — or should be — the refugee camps at the border are a national disgrace. If this was happening in another country (and if we had a different president) the United States would be leading the charge to condemn what was happening. The plight of families, particularly the kids, is an ongoing nightmare and Trump seems determined to exploit the pain and suffering of these vulnerable people to keep the country in a constant state of hysteria.

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Lindsey Graham backs up Trump after his racist attacks on Dem women: ‘They hate our own country!’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday backed up President Donald Trump after he launched racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers, although he did say the president should "aim higher" than telling them to "go back to the crime-infested places from which they came."

During a Fox News interview, Graham was asked what he thought of Trump's attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), whom Trump told to "go back" to their native countries despite the fact that all four women are American citizens -- and that three of them were born in the United States.

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