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Ex-McConnell chief of staff warns the GOP should be ‘genuinely alarmed’ by Tuesday’s election defeats

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Josh Holmes, the former chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), thinks that his party has plenty of reasons to worry after Tuesday’s elections.

The most high-profile Republican loss was the apparent defeat of Trump-loving Tea Party Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, but Democrats scored major victories in races in Virginia and Pennsylvania as well.

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It’s these lower-profile losses, Holmes argues, that should be the biggest concern for the GOP.

“Taking a step back from KY and looking at all the elections last night, GOP should be most concerned about what happened in local elections in Chester, Delaware and Bucks County, PA last night,” he writes on Twitter. “That is genuinely alarming if you know the voting history.”

As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Democrats will hold all five seats on the Delaware County Council, a Republican stronghold since the Civil War, and also assumed a majority on the legislative body in Chester County.” Additionally, the Inquirer reports that “in Bucks County, Democrats also held a late lead for control of the board of commissioners in a close race.”

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Mike Pence’s office punishes CNN for refusing to air his portion of coronavirus briefing

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Vice President Mike Pence has kept the nation's top health officials from appearing on CNN since the network stopped carrying the daily coronavirus briefings in their entirety.

The vice president's office, which is responsible for booking those officials to deliver pandemic information, told CNN that Dr. Deborah Birx or Dr. Anthony Fauci would not be permitted to appear on the network until it carries the briefings, including Pence's remarks, in full.

"When you guys cover the briefings with the health officials then you can expect them back on your air," a Pence spokesperson told CNN.

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‘Well-spoken cultist’: Bill Barr trashed for praising ‘statesmanlike’ Trump and urging an end to COVID-19 lockdowns

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During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham Wednesday night, Attorney General Bill Barr praised President Trump's "statesman-like" effort at the "beginning" of the coronavirus epidemic where he "tried to bring people together" while "working with all the governors" -- a characterization that did not go over well with many of the President's critics on Twitter.

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The Supreme Court is poised to extend gun rights at the worst possible time

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” —Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

As the deadly COVID-19 contagion sweeps across the country, gun sales are surging, spurred in many regions by panic buying and purchases by first-time firearm owners. Fearful and insecure Americans are taking advantage of weak and ineffective gun-control laws and stocking up, as President Trump might say, “like never before.”

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