Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison Barber election tip sheet

SENATE: NORTH CAROLINA

Hagan is on a winning streak when it comes to polls, and she has been for the past month, but with a very narrow lead.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “Clinton Library to Release Lewinsky, Whitewater Documents Friday,” in the Wall Street Journal.

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The NYT Is Right: Brunch IS for Jerks

This is the second copyright-free image that comes up for 'brunch' on Flickr. Seems about right. GD hipsters. (Image via Flickr user Emmanuele)

The New York Times today published a jeremiad against brunch. It’s a fine piece, though David Shaftel is writing it for the wrong reasons:

But now that I have a young daughter, brunch is completely impractical. By noon I’ve been up for hours and am ready for an actual lunch — although that meal is an increasingly endangered species on the weekend.

This is the one of those things where an editor should have thanked his writer for the idea and told him that his sour grapes will corrupt the entire argument. “Oh, you don’t like brunch now that you have too many responsibilities? WELL BOO HOO OLD MAN.” You need a younger curmudgeon to write that piece. Younger than me, even—32-year-old married people nursing hangovers at brunch are roughly as pathetic as the 22-year-old vomiters guzzling carafes of sparkling wine watered down with pulpy, expired orange juice.

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SHOCK VIDEO: Alison Lundergan Grimes Stands Idly By as Shrek-Like Ogre Attacks Innocent Man

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Alison Lundergan Grimes demonstrated a reckless disregard for an innocent civilian’s life on Wednesday when she failed to intervene to prevent a Shrek-like Grimes supporter from attacking a man with a video camera. In fact, the ornery ogre was likely following orders from Grimes herself. Here is the disturbing footage:

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Free Beacon Election Forecast: 51.7% Chance Obama Resigns After the Midterms

Worse than Nixon? (AP)

The Free Beacon election team would like to introduce our readers to KATE, our kinetic analytics technology emulator. KATE operates an advance forecasting model that not only analyzes millions of conventional data points, but also incorporates a number of nontraditional methods to capture “ghost data” that the human brain is incapable of understanding.

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D.C. Cabs: Almost as Terrible as D.C. Bicyclists

Image by Flickr user Wayan Vota

If you’re ranking populations that use D.C. roadways by their general level of terribleness, the list, from least to most terrible, looks something like this:

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What’s the Matter with North Carolina?

Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis (AP)

Republicans had high hopes going into the 2014 election cycle, and while this year’s midterms probably won’t deliver a massive GOP wave on the scale of 2010’s “shellacking,” most poll watchers think Republicans have a good chance of retaking the Senate. They just might have to do it without winning North Carolina, which had seemed like one the most obvious pickup targets.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “Come On, Joe, Being Veep Ain’t So Bad,” by Jules Witcover, in Politico.

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Martin Dempsey on Syria: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Barack Obama, Martin Dempsey, Chuck Hagel

In an excerpt from an interview with ABC News made available last night, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the president’s senior military adviser, was asked about what appear to be dire developments in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Dempsey’s response began, “Well, it may be about to fall.” This delivered in a matter-of-fact tone of voice you might otherwise reserve for, say, opining about whether or not Japan is going to get hit by a bad hurricane. The tone of voice you reserve for describing someone else’s problem.

After relating that he had been discussing the matter with his Turkish counterpart earlier in the day, Dempsey continued:

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‘Lena Dunham’: A False Flag Conservative Op to Discredit Progressivism

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Ross Douthat this weekend revealed to his no-doubt-horrified readers that many cultural reactionaries (including myself) actually really enjoy the show Girls. Not because we’re terribly interested in the doings of Hannah Horvath (series creator Lena Dunham) and her coterie of imbecilic friends. Rather, we see in Dunham’s portrait of millennial life one of the truest examinations of the sadness that is decadent modernity. Here’s Ross:

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SHAME: Rock the Vote Propaganda Video Glamorizes Illicit Voting Practices

No, breaking the rules is NOT cool!

It would be great if millennials stopped trying to subvert democracy. Wouldn’t you agree?

Rock the Vote has released a whacky new video featuring a bunch of celebs urging young people to vote in the midterms elections. More specifically, they’re urging young liberal to vote for Democrats, but they’re not allowed to come out and say it because Rock the Vote is technically nonpartisan. And who knows? Maybe gun control and deforestation will turn out to be decisive issues this cycle.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day, “Why Ted Cruz is Making a Name for Himself on Gay Marriage,” in the National Journal.

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Raven-Symoné Does More for Racial Healing than Six Years of Obama

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“I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American.” With that simple statement, child star Raven-Symoné articulated a message of racial healing that all members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson’s “Rainbow Coalition,” and the Obama administration have been unable to achieve.

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Obama Holds the Military Back in Syria and Iraq

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For the past day or so the cable news networks have been—rightfully—highlighting the plight of Kobani, a predominantly Kurdish city on the border between Syria and Turkey that has been under assault from the Islamic State for weeks now. The situation there is grave, and despite an American-led bombing campaign that, in theory, offers the Islamist group no safe-haven, the town has been on the verge of falling into IS hands for days.

Luckily for the residents of Kobani, the pressure of cable news and the associated echo chamber of the Washington media is actually the thing most likely to move the White House on issues of war and peace. The president’s advisers have surely been paying attention to the coverage, considering the negative PR consequences of the slaughter of thousands of our natural allies in the region, and making the case to the boss that, really, we have to do something. Indeed, as I write, tweets are coming in from journalists on the Turkish side of the border at Kobani noting that airstrikes seem more frequent and intense there tonight than on previous evenings.

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Kay Hagan Missed Ebola Hearing After Photo-Op with Survivor

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Senator Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) appears to have excused herself from an extended Congressional hearing on the Ebola virus last month, but not before taking time to get her photo taken with Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantley. The Senate Appropriations Committee posted photos of Hagan and Brantley sitting in the committee waiting room on its …

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