A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. This is TPM’s morning memo.
Turns out GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker (GA), who lied about everything from his academics to his business ventures to weird things like working for the FBI, didn’t spare his own members. campaign staff for his perpetual lying – to the point where they can no longer believe what he says, according to the Daily Beast.
- For one thing, Walker didn’t tell his own campaign about his three secret children, an adviser told the Daily Beast.
- And Walker’s campaign is reportedly secretly investigating another secret child allegation behind the candidate’s back, having learned at this point that he clearly cannot be trusted to narrate the campaign himself.
- And The Daily Beast reported that three people the outlet spoke to all independently described the contestant as a “pathological liar.”
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assassinated
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot and killed during a campaign event near Osaka on Friday. Tetsuya Yamagami was arrested as a suspect in the shooting, but current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said it was too early to determine the motive for the killing.
Kentucky Guv tells Biden to drop out with GOP anti-abortion court nominee
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) made it clear at a press conference Thursday that he was losing patience with Biden over his plan to appoint Chad Meredith, a Republican member of the anti-abortion Federalist Society, to a federal judgeship.
- “It’s been a long time, and now they should tell us it’s going to be cancelled,” Beshear said, days after he publicly released the “privileged” (in White House terms) email from the White House informing him of the upcoming nomination.
- Meredith’s nomination is apparently part of a bewildering deal between Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has apparently agreed not to block future nominations for the president, Kentucky officials have suggested. However, this has not been confirmed.
- Remember, Beshear is taking a political risk in Kentucky Red by slamming Biden on this mess (and unsuccessfully trying to veto his state’s trigger ban on abortion): He is re-elected in 2023, and several of his GOP challengers have highlighted their opposition to abortion.
Senate Democrats back abortion exclusion (no, not those two)
The senses. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced Thursday that they support filibuster reform to codify abortion rights into law after the Supreme Court overturned it. Roe vs. Wade.
IRS calls for investigation into Comey and McCabe’s suspicious audits
The IRS announced Thursday that the agency’s Trump-appointed commissioner, Charles Rettig, has asked the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to examine how former FBI chiefs and Trump James punching bags Comey and Andrew McCabe had just been selected for incredibly rare reasons and intensive tax audits.
Michigan gubernatorial candidate pleads not guilty to January 6 charges
Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley, who avoided being devastated by the signature forgery scandal only to be arrested for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, pleaded not guilty on Thursday of the misdemeanor charges he received for said participation in the attack. . The candidate claimed he was only on the steps of the Capitol that day, not trashing the building with the violent mob.
Cipollone testifies today before the January 6 panel
Former White House attorney Pat Cipollone is expected to sit for a private transcribed interview with the House committee on Jan. 6 today after reaching an agreement with the panel on his subpoena earlier this week.
Blumenthal and Graham meet Zelensky
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who both serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, traveled to Kyiv on Thursday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and discuss US support for Ukraine in the context of the Russian invasion.
(Zelensky’s reading does not mention whether the president asked Graham how the GOP senator tried to legitimize Trump’s lobbying campaign against him.)
Roy Moore loses defamation bid for bogus pedophile detectorist
A federal appeals court on Thursday dismissed Roy Moore’s $95 million libel lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
- You may recall that Cohen, under a very convincing disguise as an Israeli counter-terrorism expert, tricked Moore into an interview in which Cohen presented Moore with a special pedophile detection wand that mysteriously went off whenever she approached the candidate of the time.
What’s great is that at no point does Cohen himself actually accuse Moore of being a pedophile; he repeatedly says the wand must be malfunctioning or something. Moore gets carried away anyway.
A look back at UK A+ media coverage of Boris Johnson’s downfall
Following the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday, let’s commemorate some awesome moments on local TV during the whole circus:
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