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Kansas Third District deadlocked as slow voting machines delay results

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The Kansas Third Congressional District is thought to be in play after the district voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Democrats Brent Welder and Sharice Davids faced off Tuesday to see who would go up against far-right conservative Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS).

As of early Wednesday morning, the race still hadn’t been called as they seem deadlocked with 443 precincts still out. Micheal Mahoney of KMBC TV revealed near midnight that Johnson Couty was holding up the final results.

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“Election Director Ronnie Metsker says it could be 2-3 hours for final JOCO results. Says the new computers are working slower than expected,” he tweeted. “There was an audible gasp in the KMBC News studio when” it was announced. He explained that the county has new, and very slow computer systems counting out the final results.

Welder ran as a populist Democrat promoting workers rights, affordable health care and fixing inequalities between working families, billionaires, and corporations.

Davids was the EMILY’s List choice, setting the Democrat up to be yet another woman running against a more progressive candidate. The controversy is one the pro-women organization has faced over the years.

The race has earned media attention for being part of the internal fight Democrats are battling: Establishment vs. progressive.

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Republican congressman collapses in capital rotunda moments before going on Fox Business

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According to Samantha-Jo Roth of NY1, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) collapsed in the Cannon House Office Building Rotunda as he was about to go on air with Fox News.

The police and members of the media quickly came to his aid until he was conscious.

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“I’m back,” Reed told police officers who came up to assist him.

According to Roth, he is speaking and conscious.

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DOJ shifts blame for intel chief’s refusal to share whistleblower complaint with Congress

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The Office of Legal Counsel advised the acting director of national intelligence not to share a whistleblower complaint with Congress, according to a new report.

Joseph Maguire, who Trump nominated Aug. 8 as acting DNI after Dan Coats resigned, has refused to turn over the complaint to the House Intelligence Committee despite a recommendation by the intelligence committee's inspector general.

New: A DOJ official says it was the Office of Legal Counsel that advised DNI not to disclose the whistleblower complaint to Congress. No word yet whether Barr was directly involved.

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‘A very grave situation’: Rep. Jackie Speier hints at ‘violation of law’ as she leaves whistleblower hearing

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California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier blasted the Trump administration on Thursday after it refused to turn over information about a whistleblower.

In a five-hour closed-door hearing on Thursday, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community reportedly refused to hand over information about a whistleblower, who allegedly felt a duty to report on President Donald Trump's connections with a foreign leader.

"We've got a very grave situation on our hands," Speier was quoted as saying. "He is answering some questions not on the specific subject matter but it’s deeply troubling."

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