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On the roster of experts: Primary Day: A look at scoots to watch – Time Out: Merit based – W. Va. to allow smartphone voting for service members – Manafort gazes daggers at Rick Gates – And the stop clues say’ whoaaa! ’

PRIMARY DAY: A LOOK AT RACES TO WATCH
Tonight we will be waiting on the results of big-hearted races in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington state and the special ballot in Ohio’s 12 th District. With these scoots in memory, we decided it would be helpful to gather some news nuggets on the scoots we are maintaining our nose on.

As a remember, you can find our Fox News Power Rankings on our website. It is updated regularly and designed to give you a opportune and practical purposes to sort out this year’s midterms. Every hasten for House, Senate and minister is placed into one of five working categories, from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican” to “Toss Up” to “Lean Democrat” to “Likely Democrat.”

Ohio
FiveThirtyEight : “Just like in Georgia’s 6th District and Pennsylvania’s 18 th District, Democrat in Ohio’s 12 th District picked as their campaigner a fresh-faced 30 -something: Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor . And just like in Georgia and Pennsylvania, Republican preferred a 50 -something veteran of state politics: position Sen. Troy Balderson . Like his Democratic antecedents, O’Connor has outraised his resist in safarus currency, deploying that advantage early on Tv ads burnishing his centrist bona fide: He confined himself to Republican Gov. John Kasich and explicitly predicted not to vote in favour of Nancy Pelosi for orator.( Although he may have given back some of that yardage on July 24 where reference is said here on MSNBC that he would support’ whoever the Democratic Party puts forward’ instead of letting Republican control of the House .) Meanwhile, in keeping with special-election tradition, some Republican have anonymously complained about their applicant, although others have publicly embraced him: Kasich( albeit after some initial quietnes) endorsed Balderson and chipped an ad for him, and President Trump winged in Saturday for a rally.”

Kansas

Gubernatorial scoot – Hays Daily News : “President Donald Trump infused his influence into the Kansas governor’s race Monday, endorsing Kris Kobach in his hotly contested primary provoke a daytime before such elections. Polling shows the secretary of state locked in a virtual restrain with Gov. Jeff Colyer as they clamber to chase undecided Republican voters in the final hours of the campaign. Kobach is a close ally who talks regularly with the president and twice welcomed Donald Trump Jr . to stump for him in Kansas. … Bob Beatty , a political science professor at Washburn University, said the endorsement won’t change people’s minds about the candidates in the race, where onetime district Sen. Jim Barnett and Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer are acting as possible spoilers. The significance of the endorsement, Beatty said, is the potential to cause Trump allies to show up at referendums . … As of Saturday, about 50,000 Republican voters once had cast ballots in advance of Tuesday’s election.”

In the House – CNBC : “Two GOP-held House tushes in Kansas could also be competitive in November as Democrat try to snap the 23 GOP accommodates needed to take a House majority. In the 3rd District, numerous Democratic candidates aim to request Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder . The race is among a few primaries Tuesday that will test whether Midwestern Democrat promote an applicant who endorse progressive programmes, or those considered more centrist and more efficient able to compete in the legislative elections for a swing sit. In Kansas’ 2nd District, Democrat Paul Davis lopes unopposed as he attempted to throw a crimson posterior vacated by GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins ’ retirement. In a cramped Republican field, resulting applicants include country Sens. Steve Fitzgerald and Caryn Tyson . ”

Michigan
CBS News : “In Michigan, incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow is passing for re-election. She will run in the general election against onetime West Point graduate and Iraq veteran John James or businessman Sandy Pensler . In the gubernatorial hasten, there are three Democratic applicants vying for their party’s nomination — Gretchen Whitmer , Abdul El-Sayed , and Shri Thanedar . Meanwhile, there are four Republican candidates but the two who have developed as the frontrunners: State Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley . Mr. Trump endorsed Schuette via tweet “says hes” will be a’ fantastic’ head. Calley rescinded his promotion of then candidate Trump during the 2016 general elections after the’ Access Hollywood’ tape was wrote. CBS News also frequencies Michigan’s 8th and 11 th congressional quarters as’ very likely’ or’ probably’ competitive in November’s midterm polls. Hillary Clinton registered a robocall ahead of Tuesday for Haley Stevens in Michigan’s 11 th, endorsing Stevens’ experience as chief of staff for the auto bailout during the course of its Obama administration.”

Missouri
KCUR : “Tuesday is Missouri voters’ firstly chance to weigh in on statewide primary races — including espousing which Republican will take on U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in November — as well as a vital union-related ballot measure. … Establishment Republicans’ chosen candidate is Attorney General Josh Hawley , a 38 -year-old who’s been in statewide office for approximately one year and a half. He has the lead in fundraising, as well as in big-name GOP promotions, including President Donald Trump, and has campaigned on a populist send. Ten other people are on the GOP primary ballot, and two of them, Austin Petersen and Tony Monetti , may be in line to catch the voters who aren’t enthralled with Hawley . … On the Democrats’ side, incumbent and two-term Sen. Claire McCaskill faces some challengers, but she is expected to win by a very large margin. Because of that, she has focused on Hawley…”

Washington
AP : “Washington voters will decide which candidates boost to the November ballot in 10 congressional races, a U.S. Senate seat and dozens of judicial struggles in the state’s primary election. As national Democrats gaze offsetting increases in the U.S. House, the coincide that is getting the most attention in Tuesday’s election is the open 8th Congressional District race to supersede Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert , who is adjourn after more than a decade. Among the dozen nominees on the ballot, Republican Dino Rossi , a onetime mood senator who had abortive guides for bos and U.S. Senate, is expected to advance along with one of three Democrats: pediatrician Kim Schrier , attorney Jason Rittereiser , and onetime federal public-health official Shannon Hader . The other nine U.S. House seats are also contested in the primary, with the incumbents striving re-election. In the 5th Congressional District, Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers is expected to advance to November, together with Democrat Lisa Brown , a former chancellor of Washington State University which have already been provided as majority president in the commonwealth Senate.”

THE RULEBOOK: ALL ABOUT BALANCE
“By increasing too much the number of electors, you yield the representatives too little acquainted with all their local circumstances and lesser concerns; as by reducing it too much, you interpret him unduly attached to these, and too little fit to discern and seek great and national objects.”- James Madison , Federalist No. 10

TIME OUT : MERIT BASED
History : “On the working day in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington , the commander in chief of the Continental Army, starts the’ Badge for Military Merit, ’ a garnish consisting of a violet, heart-shaped slouse of silk, margined with a restricted binding of silver-tongued, with the word Merit seamed across the is now facing silver-tongued. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for’ any singularly meritorious action’ and granted its wearer to pass protectors and sentinels without defy. The honoree’s appoint and force is likewise to be inscribed in a’ Book of Merit.’ Washington’s’ Purple Heart’ was awarded to only three known soldiers during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill , William Brown and Daniel Bissell, Jr . The’ Book of Merit’ was lost, and the medal was principally forgotten until 1927, when General Charles P. Summerall , the U.S. Army chief of staff, referred an abortive draft law to Congress to’ revive the Badge of Military Merit.’ In 1931, Summerall’s successor, General Douglas MacArthur , took up the case, hoping to rehabilitate the medallion in time for the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. On February 22, 1932, Washington’s 200 th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the’ Guild of the Purple Heart.’”

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SCOREBOARD
Trump job performance
Average approval:
41.2 percent
Average disapproval:
53 percent
Net Score:
-1 1.8 points
Change from one week ago:
down 0.4 points
[< i> Median includes: Gallup: 41% approve – 54% disapprove; IBD: 41% approve – 50% veto; NPR/ PBS/ Marist: 41% approve – 51% veto; Quinnipiac University: 38% approve – 58% veto; NBC/ WSJ: 45% approve – 52% disapprove .]< i>

Control of House
Republican average:
40.4 percent
Democratic median : 48.6 percent
Advantage:
Democrat plus 8.2 points
Change from one week ago:
no change
[< i> Average includes: NPR/ PBS/ Marist: 47% Dems – 40% GOP; Quinnipiac University: 51% Dems – 39% GOP; NBC/ WSJ: 49% Dems – 43% GOP; Fox News: 48% Dems – 40% GOP; IBD: 48% Dems – 40% GOP .]

W. VA. TO ALLOW SMARTPHONE VOTING FOR SERVICE MEMBERS
The Hill : “West Virginia plans to allow voters acting overseas in the military to assign their midterm referendum referendums via a smartphone app this November. The first-ever mobile phone voting app for federal elections consumes a person’s registered photo from their government-issued identification and defers a video of their face, CNN reported Monday. Voatz, the Boston-based firm that developed the app, expends facial acknowledgment software to compare the government ID with the selfie-style video to ensure it is the same person. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner told the network that information and communication technologies has been tested under smaller private ballots. Warner said they measured the app in two districts during a primary the beginning of this year and it was successful.’ There is nobody that deserves the right to vote any more than the guys that are out there, and the women that are out there, putting their lives on the line for us, ’ Warner told CNN. Each county will have the final judgment on whether to use the app, said Michael Queen , Warner’s deputy chief of staff.”

O’Rourke’s campaign could reshape Texas politics – Texas Tribune : “U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke ’s campaign for U.S. Senate has caught so much better burn throughout the state that the new favorite bet competition in Texas politics is’ How open can he get to Ted Cruz in November? ’ The inference in the question’s phrasing is that O’Rourke’s loss remains a contributed. Despite the high exuberance the El Paso congressman’s campaign has reaped among Democrat, Texas has not elected a Democrat statewide in over 20 times . … Even so, O’Rourke’s 18 -month statewide tour continued to cure vastly rebuild a flagging parties to the apparatus. The term being hurled around calmly among Democrats is’ losing forward.’ In that ability, the stakes are much higher for both parties than a single race. How this very strange match up of Cruz, a onetime GOP presidential runner-up, against O’Rourke, a rank-and-file-congressman-turned-political-sensation shakes out could adjust the path of the coming decade in Texas politics.”

Dem nominee for S.C. governor tried to run under several parties – Fox News : “The Democratic campaigner for bos in South Carolina could have jeopardized his safarus by trying to run as presidential candidates for three other parties as well. State Rep. James Smith , who won the June Democratic primary, tried to become a so-called’ fusion’ applicant in the gubernatorial poll by simultaneously striving to grow the campaigner of the Green, Libertarian and Working Families parties as well. While it’s technically legal for presidential candidates to appear on the ballot as the campaigner for more than one defendant, South Carolina does have a’ sore loser’ statute which restricts a person who lost a party’s nomination from appearing on the ballot, the Charleston Post and Courier reported. After questions were raised about his expedition, Smith eventually withdrew his candidacy from the other three defendants on Friday, “says hes” wanted to’ eliminate potential misunderstanding.’”

MANAFORT STARES DAGGERS AT RICK GATES
Fox News : “Ex-Trump safarus chair Paul Manafort stared coldly at Rick Gates as his business partner-turned-witness testified against him Tuesday in federal tribunal, incriminating him in an alleged scheme to commit excise and bank impostor with millions realise through political work in Ukraine. Gates, who witnessed a daytime earlier that he and Manafort dedicated fraud together, is considered the virtuoso witness in the high-profile speciman by Special Counsel Robert Mueller ’s unit. Manafort on Tuesday was determined with his arms folded, staring knives as his former representative vouched, on the stand as part of a request deal. Manafort exclusively interrupted his stare to review government exhibits on a small monitor in front of him. Barriers, who left the courtroom on Monday without so much as establishing eye contact with his ex-partner, would only look at the public prosecutor during Tuesday’s questioning. Under questioning, Gates said when Manafort did consulting work for Ukrainian legislators, he would send the money he made to accounts in Cyprus . … According to Gates, Manafort too shortened his taxable income by cabling fund immediately from those notes in Cyprus to expensive merchants in the states for construction projects and fancy clothes.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Federal lawyers examine Michael Cohen for tax fraud WSJ

Kavanaugh approval battle positions adversity on Sen. Doug Jones Fox News

Rand Paul is consistent with Russian lawmakers in Moscow on Monday, invited some to visit Washington NYT

Trump replaces’ biting sanctions’ against Iran, informs countries doing business with Tehran Fox News

AUDIBLE: Refer OF THE GAME
“It boomerangs. He goes in the other direction, so that’s not effective. The pee-pee coincide doesn’t work.”- Speaker Paul Ryan discussing is just too critical of President Trump with the NYT .

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AND THE STOP SIGNS SAY’ WHOAAA! ’

WWMT : “Anyone who has ever taken an Uber ride knows it’s convenient and very popular so one serviceman in St. Joseph County[ Michigan] has felt a lane to realize move sharing more panoramic. Timothy Hochstedler announces it Amish Uber. He is supplementing some horsepower to ride sharing. The newest taxi serving in Colon has four rotations, four legs and good gas mileage. Inside his horse and buggy, parties share a go and Hochstedler gets to share some stories. Everyone’s joyous.’ Uber is a cool event, every single year something new be coming back and Uber is hot right now, so we have the Amish Uber. We can deliver beings to their front doorway stairs, ’ Hochstedler said. So far, parties are loving it. … Bruce Jordan and his grandkids took a trip after traveling from Grand Rapids.’ It was fascinating. It’s not specific activities it is usually associate with the Amish, ’ Jordan said. No automobile? No difficulty for Hochstedler. His device, a colt, has a lot more character.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES …
“Today we don’t even bother with the man-machine game. No human can beat the best application. The eventual life succession is between computer programs. And machines don’t sweat. Or strive, stand or exult. Humans do.”- Charles Krauthammer writing in the Washington Post, Aug. 11, 2016.

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