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Appeals court rejects bid to end straight-ticket voting in Michigan

Straight ticket voting upheld in MichiganProcedures allowing Michigan voters to easily cast straight-ticket ballots look likely to remain in place for this fall's election after a federal appeals court refused to restore a law that would have ended the practice.

A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion Wednesday declining the state's request to overturn a judge's order finding that the straight-ticket voting option was heavily relied on by African-Americans and that the state's attempt to ban it appears to violate both the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.


Donald Trump shakes up campaign team

Trump The Republican nominee tapped pollster Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager and Breitbart News Chairman Stephen Bannon as campaign chief executive, Conway confirmed to POLITICO early Wednesday morning.

The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.


Manafort helped Ukraine party secretly pay US lobbyists: report


Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort helped a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine secretly funnel more than $2 million to two lobbying organizations in Washington, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Citing unidentified sources with knowledge of the effort, the AP reported that the $2.2 million in payments was concealed in order to mask the party’s efforts to influence U.S. lawmakers.


Trump Casinos Got $25M Tax Break Under Christie

Trump Casinos got $25m tax breakGov. Chris Christie’s New Jersey tax collectors let Donald Trump off the hook for almost $25 million in back taxes, according to The New York Times. In 2010, New Jersey auditors had been working for years to collect overdue taxes—totaling nearly $30 million—owed by Trump’s casinos in the state.

New Jersey had  pursued the issue aggressively for nearly six years, including at one point accusing the company of filing false reports with its casino regulators. But then, the Times reports, Christie took office, and the state agreed instead to accept just $5 million to settle the matter.


State Department to release all of Clinton’s deleted emails

State Dept. to release emailsThe State Department will release all of the work-related emails that the FBI recovered from Hillary Clinton’s private system, the department confirmed in a recent court filing, eliminating the possibility that the messages will remain secret.

However, it remains unsettled whether the full set of emails will be out before the presidential election on Nov. 8.

The thousands of messages will be released to Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that has filed numerous legal complaints over the former secretary of State’s email setup while in office, the department said. Judicial Watch, which routinely releases documents it obtains via open-records lawsuits, is expected to make the emails public.


Trump adviser Al Baldasaro: Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason, not assassinated

Trump adviser: shoot Hillary for treasonAn adviser to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on comments he made saying that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason.

But New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro, a Republican who co-chairs Trump's national veterans' coalition, stressed that he was not saying someone should assassinate Clinton.


Report: Roger Ailes advising Donald Trump ahead of debates

Roger Ailes to advise TrumpFormer Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who resigned from the company in July after mounting allegations of sexual harassment, will advise Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for the upcoming presidential debates, The New York Times reports.

According to the Times, Ailes is helping Trump prepare for the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, which is scheduled for Sept. 26.


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