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President of Ukraine and the Prime Minister of Montenegro signed the Joint Declaration on the Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine​

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held talks in the video format with Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazović.

The Ukrainian President told the interlocutor about today's Russian air attacks on the territory of Ukraine, which proved once again that the Russian military-political leadership has no intention of stopping its aggressive actions.

"I am sure that societies all over the world will understand that it is impossible to balance good and evil, that evil must be put in its place. I am sure that we will certainly do it with the whole world. We’ll make sure that Russia respects international law and the sovereignty of any state," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.


The President called on the Parliament of Montenegro to join the parliaments of other countries in recognizing Russia as a state - sponsor of terrorism.....

 

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Olena Zelenska was honored with Hillary Rodham Clinton Award​

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First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska received the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award, which is presented annually by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security for exceptional leadership in recognizing the important role of women in creating a more peaceful and secure world.

US Secretary of State in 2009-2013 Hillary Clinton presented the award to Olena Zelenska online.

"To be honest: I don't have the feeling that this award belongs to me only. All of Ukraine is now fighting for freedom and at the same time for peaceful life in the whole world. Therefore, allow me to express gratitude and share this award with every Ukrainian woman and man who defends the right to peace," the wife of the President of Ukraine emphasized during her speech at the award ceremony.

She added that she considers this award as another sign of support for Ukraine from the United States.....
 

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“Justice Dept. subpoenas Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin officials for Trump communications”


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Special counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed local officials in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin — three states that were central to former president Donald Trump’s failed plan to stay in power following the 2020 election — for any and all communications with Trump, his campaign and a long list of aides and allies.
The requests for records arrived in Dane County, Wis.; Maricopa County, Ariz.; and Wayne County, Mich., late last week, and in Milwaukee on Monday, officials said. They are among the first known subpoenas issued by Smith, who was named last month by Attorney General Merrick Garland to oversee the Jan. 6 Capitol attack case as well as the criminal probe of Trump’s possible mishandling of classified documents at his Florida home.
The subpoenas, at least three of which are dated Nov. 22, show that Smith is extending the Justice Department’s examination of the circumstances leading up to the Capitol attack to include local election officials and their potential interactions with the former president and his representatives. The virtually identical requests to Arizona and Wisconsin name Trump individually, in addition to employees, agents and attorneys for his campaign. Details of the Michigan subpoena, confirmed by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, were not immediately available.
 

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Rupert Murdoch will be deposed next week in billion-dollar Big Lie defamation lawsuit

Walter Einenkel

The Big Lie is first and foremost … a lie. The fact that the MAGA-world, with the cowardly complicity of the entire Republican Party, believes it does not mean it isn’t still a lie. The fact that leaders in the political party promoting the Big Lie know it is a complete fabrication of events does not make it any more true. That’s how reality and lies work. And while the threat to our democracy is very real, there is a ton of money at stake for people that make money off of our election infrastructure.

One such company is Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion Voting equipment has been at the nexus of all kinds of fact-free conspiracy theories of how the wildly unpopular disgraced former president could somehow remain wildly unpopular and receive a lot less votes than his opponent in 2020. As the right-wing-o-sphere of propaganda pushed the theory that Dominion Voting Systems are corrupted by secret “deep state” forces, Dominion decided that instead of potentially losing billions of dollars, it would sue all of the people promoting the lie for defamation.

One of the entities being pressed in the $1.6 billion defamation case is Fox News. Dominion Voting Systems’ lawyers have argued that Fox News’ on-air personalities have knowingly promoted a lie. They have repeatedly reported falsehoods, knowingly, for profit. In so doing, they have called into question the integrity of the product Dominion Voting Systems makes. That’s the defamation part. When you are a billion-dollar company suing another billion-dollar company, people are going to be deposed. So far Fox luminaries like Jeanine Pirro, Steve Doocy, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Lou Dobbs have reportedly been deposed, along with various “news” producers at the network.

On Monday, reports began filtering out that the 91-year-old big fish at Fox News would soon be sitting down to give the court an Australian accented deposition.

Rupert Murdoch will reportedly be forced to answer questions under oath concerning his network’s handling of the 2020 presidential election. Murdoch is the chairman of Fox News parent company Fox Corp. The Washington Post reports that he will face Dominion lawyers on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14. The deposition will be conducted via video conference according to court filings on the matter. What will Murdoch be asked and what he will testify to will be interesting to know. When Fox News failed to get Dominion’s defamation lawsuit thrown out of court, the judge cited a report noting Murdoch had spoken with Donald Trump a few days after the election and had told the Donald he was a big loser and had been fired by the American people.

Murdoch’s deposition will be the highest-ranking power player to be forced into questioning in the defamation case. He follows Rupert’s son Lachlan Murdoch, chief executive at Fox Corp., in sitting for a deposition on Monday. It also comes a few weeks after Fox News CEO, Suzanne Scott, and President Jay Wallace sat for depositions in the case.

Even though Fox News hijacked the MAGA narrative on election night by telling the truth for a change—announcing the harsh reality that Donald Trump lost Arizona—it could not maintain the pivot towards a more reality-based conservatism. After digging through the bottom of the barrel for decades, its many on air personalities spent the following weeks and months promoting the Big Lie rather than lose the MAGA zombies they profit off of.

Fox News has argued a number of things: The fact that Donald Trump was president and saying the election was stolen is newsworthy enough to present with zero factual support; Fox News’ on-air hosts have journalistic protections that should shield them from discovery of their sources. It’s the “somebody who told me there was cheating without providing any evidence so I just passed on the rumor” defense.

But as dean of the Roger Williams School of Law, David A. Logan, told The New York Times, while most defamation cases favor media outlets and their rights, “This is a very different kind of case.” It’s a different case because this isn’t a matter of a single report, an erroneous statement followed up by a half-hearted correction. “Rarely do cases turn on a weekslong pattern of inflammatory, provably false, but also oddly inconsistent statements.”


Dominion’s lawsuit against Fox News is just one of many similar lawsuits taking place against the right-wing propaganda machine-turned-fascist propaganda machine. OANN and Newsmax are being sued by both Dominion and Smartmatic (in separate cases). Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne is being sued by Dominion. MyPillow guy Mike Lindell, far-right attorney Sidney Powell, and black hair ink aficionado Rudy Giuliani are all being sued by both Smartmatic and Dominion for promoting baseless lies.
 
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Jan. 6 committee expects to issue criminal referrals, as DOJ subpoenas officials leaned on by Trump

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Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson indicated that the House select committee on Jan. 6 will be making criminal referrals to the Department of Justice. Those referrals might potentially include charges against Donald Trump, as well as for high members of his White House staff like former chief of staff Mark Meadows. The DOJ does not necessarily have to act on these referrals, but such an announcement from the committee could make clear that they found what they believe to be serious criminal wrongdoing in the lead-up to Jan. 6.

Back in July, NBC News reported on the possibility of such a referral being made. At the time, committee members already said they could envision multiple referrals being made based on the evidence heard at the time, and that was before several witnesses came forward, as well as before the committee gained access to some documents. The committee itself has no prosecution powers, and has been thwarted in its efforts to hear from Trump and other officials who resisted subpoenas to testify.

But even as the committee prepares to send over its recommendations, recently appointed special counsel Jack Smith is already taking action. As The Washington Post reports, Smith has subpoenaed local officials in Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin who cooperated in Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Additional subpoenas for records in select counties went out last week. Together they show that Smith is following a similar path as the committee: one that directly connects violence at the Capitol with Trump’s efforts to end democracy.

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While the Republicans may still be snarling and circling each other over who will take the gavel as speaker of the House in January, there’s almost no doubt that any GOP leader will immediately put an end to the House select committee investigating events related to the Jan. 6 insurrection. That means that the clock is ticking loudly on that final report expected from the committee, and on any other actions they may take.

NBC News is now reporting more statements from Thompson, who said, “We have made decisions on criminal referrals,” However, it appears that the committee hasn’t decided exactly what charges will be forwarded.

“I wish I could tell you one, two, three, four,” said Thompson, “but that’s all still being discussed.”

The DOJ has charged at least 955 people with crimes related to events on that day. The investigation now taken over by Smith has largely moved on from looking at those who pushed through police lines to break into the Capitol that day, and is now dealing with the planning behind those events and actions taken by Trump and others to encourage the violence.

Among those subpoenaed are election officials in Maricopa County, Arizona—who were contacted by both Trump and Rudy Giuliani— as well as officials in Milwaukee and Dane counties in Wisconsin. Smith is after any communication the election officials had with Trump, Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien, Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn, and attorneys Justin Clark, Matthew Morgan, John Eastman, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Cleta Mitchell.

One of those sought, former Maricopa County board supervisor Clint Hickman, received multiple direct calls from Trump, but refused to pick up the phone. Instead, he let the calls go to voicemail.

“Hello, sir. This is the White House operator I was calling to let you know that the president’s available to take your call if you’re free. If you could please give us a call back, sir, that’d be great. You have a good evening.”

From this it’s clear that Hickman knew what Trump was trying to do was wrong. It also seems that at least one person involved in this whole mess actually did get called “sir.”

 

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John Bolton threatens to run in 2024 after calling Trump ‘un-American’

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John Bolton, former national security adviser to ex-President Donald Trump, slammed comments made by his former boss recently that call for the termination of the Constitution. These comments inspired Bolton to threaten to launch his own presidential run in 2024. And now it’s official: The clowns are lining up early.

In an appearance Monday on NBC News’ Meet the Press Now, Bolton said Trump’s recent Truth Social post was “disqualifying.”

“A president, when he’s sworn into office, takes a Constitutional oath and says in part, ‘I will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.’ Donald Trump has just said he won’t do that. That is disqualifying, and Republican leaders have to say that,” Bolton said.

Bolton went on to say that any Republican candidate who runs for president in 2024 needs to repudiate Trump’s comments. And if they don’t, “there’s one thing that would get me to get into the presidential race, which I’ve looked at at prior elections, it would be to make it clear to the people of this country that Donald Trump is unacceptable as the Republican nominee.”

When pushed about whether Bolton would actually enter the 2024 race, he answered, “Absolutely.”

“I think to be a presidential candidate, you can’t simply say, ‘I support the Constitution,’ you have to say, ‘I would oppose people who would undercut it,’” Bolton said, adding that to say what Trump said is “un-American.”

Bolton added that in order for him not to run, he would need to see “Shermanesque statements from all the potential candidates … If I don’t see that, I’m going to seriously consider getting in,” and he doubled down by tweeting this segment of his interview.




Let’s talk about who is also un-American (and equally vile): John Bolton.

First off, Bolton was a devout supporter of the Vietnam War but someone who refused actually to fight in it himself.

Under the late former President Ronald Reagan, Bolton fought relentlessly to remove regulations on marketing baby formula in nations without clean water. And under former President George W. Bush, Bolton lied about Cuba having a biological weapons program.

In a 2015 op-ed for The New York Times, Bolton suggested the U.S. should “Bomb Iran!” And let’s not forget Bolton’s call for a war with North Korea—by, in essence, destroying the Constitution.

Bolton resigned from Trump’s Cabinet in 2019 and went on to write a memoir that primarily focused on the former president.

Bolton said of the former president: “He second-guessed people’s motives, saw conspiracies behind rocks, and remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the White House, let alone the huge federal government.”

When asked about his platform if he were to run, Bolton said simply, “Trump’s a whiner; he’s negative; he’s the ‘most-persecuted American out there.’ This is a 180-degree opposite of Ronald Regan.”

Bolton added that he would be a Reagan-styled candidate and would be announcing his run sooner rather than later.
 

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HUH? Tucker Carlson (Senior FOX News Misinformer) Declares that 'Misinformation Can Be True'

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Since it's inception, the mission of Fox News has been to advance the propaganda and lies of the Republican Party and its ultra-rightist agenda. Their management, editors, and program hosts are all chosen for, and devoted to that mission. And in recent years their extremist political evangelism has fervently pledged to the Cult of Donald Trump.

Leading the wingnut evangelical crusade at Fox News is their top-rated host, Tucker Carlson. His program has become the most popular media destination for America's white supremacists, misogynists, homophobes, and many other hate groups.

On Monday's episode of Carlson's hate-fest, he joined the conservative media's embrace of Elon Musk's Twitter nothingburger that purported to reveal an ingrained bias in favor of Democrats and then-presidential candidate Joe Biden. Suffice to say that the entire alleged "bombshell" was a spectacular dud that produced nothing but rank speculation, fabrication, and the disturbing doxing of private Twitter communications and staff.

Nevertheless, Fox News and Carlson were determined to further brainwash their audience with flagrant falsehoods. And apparently aware that their deceits were too obvious to disguise, they endeavored to frame lies as truths. Carlson literally defined falsehoods as facts. And not even "alternative facts" as previously dubbed by his Fox News colleague, and Trump toady, Kellyanne Conway. Carlson confabulated that...

"Misinformation is a new word. It's been around the intel world for a long time but it's never been used in common conversation until recently. The distinction between misinformation and lying is that misinformation can be true. It doesn't have to be untrue to be censored. It used to be truth is a defense. If you're telling the truth, you can say it. Not anymore. With mis- and disinformation, if I don't like it, if I'm in power, I can censor you."



For the record, misinformation cannot be true. It is, by definition, untrue. If it were true there would be nothing amiss in it. And only in the perverse world of Carlson and Fox News could such a ludicrous contention be made or taken seriously. But then again, it was Carlson who was actually defended in a defamation lawsuit by his own Fox News lawyers who told the court that "no reasonable person" would believe anything he said.

In the same program, Carlson elaborated on his adoption of the Musk Twitter files non-scandal. He complained about Twitter's decisions to moderate the content on their platform in order to prevent Russia from spreading propaganda that was intended to benefit Trump and to sow distrust of American elections. Never mind that Musk's pathetic exposé failed to reveal any wrongdoing or bias. Carlson was outraged at what consumed his imagination, or at least what he wanted to consume the imaginations of his viewers. He huffed that...

"Twitter did this with the help of the FBI committing censorship on behalf of one candidate while working to hurt the other candidate. It is hard to imagine a more brazen attack on our democracy than this. This is not how our system is supposed to work. In fact, it's illegal. What Twitter did is in violation of the First Amendment, as well as established campaign finance law. They never declared those contributions to the Biden campaign. That's a crime."



First of all, Twitter didn't do anything with the FBI. The internal messages that Musk published proved that all of the decisions about what disinformation to suppress were made solely by Twitter "safety and trust" staff. No government entity or personnel were involved, other than to flag tweets that potentially violated Twitter's rules. And those came from both Democrats and Republicans. Also, at the time, Biden wasn't president. It all took place during Trump's administration with his appointees heading the FBI and the Justice Department.

Yet Carlson thinks that there was something nefarious going on for which he found it "hard to imagine a more brazen attack on our democracy." Really? More brazen than the attempt to overthrow the government on January 6, 2021? More brazen than trying to undermine the election for two years and install the loser as dictator? More brazen than calling for the "termination" of the Constitution.

Carlson also appears to have no idea what the First Amendment says. It is a constraint on government from imposing censorship. It has no authority over private individuals or businesses, such as Twitter.

Finally, Carlson really needs to think twice before bringing up in-kind contributions to political campaigns. Because if that were a concept that were upheld, Fox News would have have to declare billions of dollars in donations that it made to Trump and other GOP candidates for the past quarter century.
 

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Donald Trump failed to disclose a $19.8m loan from a company with historical ties to North Korea, while he was the US president, according to a new report.

Documents obtained by the New York attorney general, and reported by Forbes, on Sunday indicate a previously unreported loan owed by Trump to Daewoo, the South Korean conglomerate.

Daewoo was the only South Korean company allowed to operate a business in North Korea during the mid-1990s.
Forbes revealed that Trump’s relationship with Daewoo is at least 25 years old. At one point, Daewoo partnered with Trump on a development project near the United Nations headquarters in New York City, Trump World Tower.

Trump and Daewoo continued to do business together, including using Trump’s name on six South Korea-based properties from 1999 to 2007, according to the magazine......
 

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Live Coverage: Georgia Senate runoff election

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022 · 8:42:08 PM EST · Steve Singiser
And just like that: Walker takes a small lead (7000 votes out of 2.1 million cast). Again, this is exactly what happened in both 2021 and in November. Smaller rural counties are much more likely to count their election day votes quickly, because (natch) there are fewer of them to count. Warnock still has a huge cushion waiting on him in Atlanta metro, including another 250,000 votes or so in DeKalb County, which is likely to split 80-20 for him (or better!).
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022 · 8:37:28 PM EST · Steve Singiser
We’re now heading towards two million total votes, and Republican Herschel Walker has cut the lead for Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock to 51-49. HOWEVER, there are no less than 700,000 votes left to count in Democratic stronghold counties in metro Atlanta. This will likely look a lot like November (and the 2021 runoffs, for that matter) where the Republicans will claim a small lead for a short while, only to cough it up when more of those big urban counties report.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022 · 8:14:40 PM EST · Steve Singiser
All but a handful of counties have tallied at least some votes, and it looks like at least two dozen very red and rural counties have reported most of their votes. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s lead is now 53-47, but if there is cause for optimism, he has built a lead of over 115,000 votes with little vote tallied from DeKalb (only about 13,000 votes of an expected 250,000) and with a lot of deep red counties already having reported their votes.

 

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QAnon thinks Kirstie Alley was murdered over vaccine skepticism, because that's just logical

Aldous J Pennyfarthing

We appreciated Kirstie Alley for her iconic appearances in Star Trek II, Cheers, and other beloved films and TV programs, but most of us likely got off the bandwagon when she went MAGA. Whatever you think of her, though, it’s simply not okay that “they” murdered her over her vaccine skepticism.

And make no mistake about it, that’s exactly what the ubiquitous, amorphous “they” have done. And they did it after she reached the age of 71—which is “17” backwards … which is obviously code for the 17th letter of the alphabet: Q.

Yeah, you probably know where this is going, huh?

Turns out Alley didn’t die of cancer—as our secret reptilian overlords, with the imprimatur of the Supreme Galactic Emperor Xenu (Alley was also a Scientologist), recently announced—but from murder most foul. Because all human deaths are now vaccine- or Hillary Clinton-related, whether we want to admit it or not.

VICE News:

[W]ithin minutes of Alley’s death being announced, far-right conspiracy groups on platforms like Telegram were spinning up their own narratives, without any evidence, about why or how Alley died.
On the QAnon message board the Great Awakening, members concluded that the sudden nature of Alley’s death was a clear sign that her death was part of a global plot to silence critics of the COVID vaccines.
“I wholly believe the [deep state] has a way of dosing people with poisons that create aggressive cancers,” one member wrote. Another added: “She either just drew the short straw or she was poisoned by the Deep State for being a public Patriot.”



According to VICE News, QAnon adherents on extremist message boards and right-leaning to entirely tipped-over sites like Truth Social, Gab, and Telegram have also speculated that Alley may have been forced to get a COVID-19 vaccine after joining the cast of The Masked Singer, despite her vocal criticism of the shots. In addition, one commenter on Telegram said they’d called the hospital in Florida where Alley was being treated to find out if it required their patients to get COVID shots. While that individual never got an answer, they encouraged others to call, too. Because of course. I mean, why wouldn’t you?

Another commenter stated, “Can't help but wonder if ‘they’ got her in another way.”

Yeah, “they” get you one way or another eventually. It’s Kobayashi Maru everywhere you look these days.

But that person wasn’t alone in their unhealthy skepticism.

“Smells fishy,” wrote a QAnon group on Telegram. “She’d been asking a lot of questions about official narratives. Funny thing, these fast acting cancers and celebs that don’t fall in line.”

Yup, that’s the plan. Fill has-been B-list celebrities with “fast-acting” cancers, instead of, say, taking out Kim Jong-un. Just like how Democrats stole the 2020 election from Donald Trump but left Mitch McConnell in power. Makes sense.

Speaking of Trump, his eponymous company was just convicted on 17 counts of tax fraud. As we noted earlier, “17” = Q. Weird, huh?

Nope. All part of the plan.




After I’m cryogenically frozen and thawed out in the year 2143 as part of a Swanson Hungry-Reptile-Man TV dinner, I’ll be too embarrassed to tell them which era I’m from. “Donald Trump? Never heard of him. So would you like a wing or a leg? The legs are bigger, but there’s more implanted alien DNA in the arms. You know, because of the COVID vaccines. Bon appétit!”
 

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TTM note: It’s a fan edit, and a very well done one, combining two performances by the dueling former Floyds. The verses are sung by David Bowie, at a 2006 appearance with David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall, while the bridge is sung by Eddie Vedder, appearing with Roger Waters in 2012 at a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit in Madison Square Garden, New York.
 
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022 · 9:09:30 PM EST · Steve Singiser
With 2.6 million votes counted, we are...for all intents and purposes...tied. Herschel Walker has a nominal lead of just 980 votes. So why are Republicans a bit down and Democrats confident?

Because of simple math: at this point, the five big Atlanta area blue counties (Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Henry) have about 575,000 votes left to count. The whole state? Probably 800,000 votes left in total, maybe 900,000 at most. You would much, much rather be Raphael Warnock right now.

 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022 · 9:50:00 PM EST · Steve Singiser
Fulton County just dropped about 45,000 votes, which broke heavily for Senator Warnock. That addition to the count puts him back ahead in the count, which I do believe is the seventh time that the lead has changed in this evolving ballot count.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022 · 9:44:01 PM EST · Steve Singiser
Here is the quick math on why Democrats are still feeling quite confident despite Herschel Walker retaking a very narrow lead for the third time tonight:


If you only count counties that have >10% of their votes outstanding, that means that roughly 635,000 votes are on the table, according to NY Times estimates. 519,000 of them are in Democratic counties carried by Raphael Warnock in November. That’s 81.7% of the outstanding vote.

In other words, Walker is getting dangerously close to tapped out.
 

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