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Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins Mississippi Senate race after joking about lynching

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Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith won Mississippi’s Senate race against Democrat Mike Espy after joking about a “public hanging” in a state known for its lynchings.

Backlash against Hyde-Smith’s comments led to a number of organizations retracting their donations to her campaign, including Google and the Major League of Baseball.

Along with the joke in which the Republican said she’d attend a “public hanging” at the behest of a friend she admired, other facts about Hyde-Smith — including that she and her child both attended all-white schools sometimes referred to as “seg academies” — have made race a deciding factor in her runoff election against her black Democratic opponent.

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A week before the runoff election to decide who would permanently fill the seat Hyde-Smith was appointed to after longtime Sen. Thad Cochran retired, a photo of the GOP candidate wearing Confederate garb and smiling resurfaced.

Hyde-Smith was also recorded earlier in November telling another joke in which she suggested liberals should have their votes suppressed. 

“And then they remind me, that there’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don’t want to vote,” she said at a campaign stop.

During the fallout from her “public hanging” comment, Hyde-Smith agreed to debate Espy in a private room devoid of reporters.

After that debate, the Democrat said Hyde-Smith refused to look him in the eye while apologizing.

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Trump ‘does have a tendency to lash out’: Texas Republican tells president to ‘temper’ his rabid impulses

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Republicans are concerned about President Donald Trump's rabid impulses and are urging self-discipline and constraint, two words that aren't typically associated with the president.

In a Politico report, Republican officials explained that they agree with the attorney general that Trump should calm down and let him handle things.

“The president does have a tendency to lash out, and I think in this case he would be well advised to try to temper that,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “Because I think Bill Barr is his best path on seeing that justice is done in terms of all of these various investigations, including the counterintelligence investigation and the lead-up to the Mueller report.”

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Martha McSally is in big trouble after impeachment votes: report

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Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) lost when she ran in 2018, but was given a participation prize by the Republican governor who had to appoint someone to cover Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) seat until it came up for reelection in 2020. Recent polling shows that McSally is in serious trouble.

Highground Public Affairs Consultants published their latest poll showing McSally has fallen significantly after the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Going into the impeachment, McSally was polling at 42 percent at PPP polls, RealClearPolitics reported. However, the new data today shows McSally struggling to break 40. Instead, she's hovering around 39 percent, while her opponent, Mark Kelly is at 46 percent.

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‘The guardrails are gone’: Experts horrified as Trump hands top intelligence agency to ‘rude Twitter troll’

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Following President Donald Trump's decision to appoint U.S. Ambassador to Germany and far-right political loyalist Richard Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence, experts expressed their horror at yet another erosion of federal institutions in favor of the president's cult of personality:

This is a national disgrace. Grenell would be the least qualified intelligence chief in US history. https://t.co/WliTv6DHTe

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