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Morning Digest: Beto O'Rourke showed how Democrats could flip Texas' House—and stop gerrymandering

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Lead
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Morning Digest: Beto O'Rourke showed how Democrats could flip Texas' House—and stop gerrymandering

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● TX State House: On Monday, Republican state Rep. Jonathan Stickland announced that he would not seek re-election to Texas' state House next year, but the news has implications well beyond his seat. Not only could Stickland’s retirement point to a path for Democrats to retake the chamber for the first time since 2002, but doing so could spell an end to GOP gerrymandering in the second-largest state in the country. Campaign Action A conservative hardliner, Stickland only won re-election by a 50-47 margin last year over Democrat Steve Riddell as GOP Sen. Ted Cruz carried his Fort Worth-area 92nd District by a similar 51-48 spread. That makes Stickland’s seat a top pickup target next year for Democrats, who need to flip nine seats to win the 150-member Texas House, and Riddell has already said he’ll run again. And this district is emblematic of many others. The Texas Legislative Council has calculated that Democrat Beto O'Rourke won a majority of seats in the House—76 in total—meaning, coincidentally, that exactly nine Republicans hold districts that voted blue in 2018's Senate race. That’s a huge improvement from 2016, when Hillary Clinton carried just 65 seats. What’s more, another eight Republicans sit in districts where, as in Stickland’s, Cruz only won by 4 points or less. These are the seats that offer Democrats a roadmap to a majority. Stickland's near-loss was a result of the tidal wave that hit Texas in 2018, which saw Democrats gain 12 seats in the state House: After a series of easy victories, Stickland ran into the reality that diversifying and highly educated suburban districts such as his had veered sharply to the left in reaction to Donald Trump and would no longer reflexively tolerate his extreme views. With demographics continuing to shift, resulting in people of color and college-educated white voters making up an increasing share of the electorate, Texas’ once-red suburbs will be fiercely contested in 2020. Lone Star Democrats will go all-in on the House next year, both because the state Senate is safely red and because if they can win the lower chamber, they’ll be able to block all the diabolical legislation the GOP can currently pass with no resistance. That includes everything from bills to strip abortion rights to another Republican gerrymander of Texas’ congressional map.

'Ty ponimayesh?' UFC's Henry Cejudo continues goading of Lomachenko with Russian message

UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo has stepped up his online assault on Vasyl Lomachenko with a Russian message to the pound for pound boxing king by calling out the Ukrainian's wrestling and MMA experience. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'Ty ponimayesh?' UFC's Henry Cejudo continues goading of Lomachenko with Russian message

UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo has stepped up his online assault on Vasyl Lomachenko with a Russian message to the pound for pound boxing king by calling out the Ukrainian's wrestling and MMA experience. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia’s advanced S-500 SAM ‘ready for series production’ – minister

The S-500 Prometey, Russia’s next-generation surface-to-air long-range missile system, has completed most of its trials and is ready to go into series production, according to the Russian industry and trade minister. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia’s advanced S-500 SAM ‘ready for series production’ – minister

The S-500 Prometey, Russia’s next-generation surface-to-air long-range missile system, has completed most of its trials and is ready to go into series production, according to the Russian industry and trade minister. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘State secret?’ Defiant BoJo fails 26 times to answer ... was photo with girlfriend ‘STAGED’?

Tory leadership favorite Boris Johnson has declined to refute allegations that a photo of him and his partner in the English countryside was “staged” or “old” in a radio interview on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘State secret?’ Defiant BoJo fails 26 times to answer ... was photo with girlfriend ‘STAGED’?

Tory leadership favorite Boris Johnson has declined to refute allegations that a photo of him and his partner in the English countryside was “staged” or “old” in a radio interview on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com

Former Sacramento Kings executive jailed for defrauding team of $13.4 million

Jeffrey David, a former executive of NBA team the Sacramento Kings, has been sentenced to seven years in jail after being found to have funneled cash from the team into a private account which funded personal purchases. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Former Sacramento Kings executive jailed for defrauding team of $13.4 million

Jeffrey David, a former executive of NBA team the Sacramento Kings, has been sentenced to seven years in jail after being found to have funneled cash from the team into a private account which funded personal purchases. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian MP brands NATO chief ‘irresponsible babbler’ over ‘Russian INF non-compliance’ claim

NATO is to discuss this week what it will do after the looming expiry of the INF Treaty, with its chief pinning the blame for the development on Russia. This charge prompted some name-calling from a senior Russian MP. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russian MP brands NATO chief ‘irresponsible babbler’ over ‘Russian INF non-compliance’ claim

NATO is to discuss this week what it will do after the looming expiry of the INF Treaty, with its chief pinning the blame for the development on Russia. This charge prompted some name-calling from a senior Russian MP. Read Full Article at RT.com

Violence escalates at Honduras student protests amid molotov cocktails & police fire (VIDEOS)

Honduran military police opened fire at protesters outside the national university, injuring five people. Authorities said live ammunition was used in response to molotov cocktails which injured officers. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Violence escalates at Honduras student protests amid molotov cocktails & police fire (VIDEOS)

Honduran military police opened fire at protesters outside the national university, injuring five people. Authorities said live ammunition was used in response to molotov cocktails which injured officers. Read Full Article at RT.com

'Naughty round of golf': UK company offers event with naked women and 'forbidden pleasures'

A UK firm which arranges golf events has announced it will a men-only tournament that will include “topless buggy ladies, a foam party and wet t-shirt competition.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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'Naughty round of golf': UK company offers event with naked women and 'forbidden pleasures'

A UK firm which arranges golf events has announced it will a men-only tournament that will include “topless buggy ladies, a foam party and wet t-shirt competition.” Read Full Article at RT.com

Cops release bodycam footage of actor Jussie Smollett in noose after ‘attack’ (VIDEO)

The Chicago Police Department has released body cam footage from the morning after Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack, showing the actor still wearing a noose around his neck which he claimed was used in the assault. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Cops release bodycam footage of actor Jussie Smollett in noose after ‘attack’ (VIDEO)

The Chicago Police Department has released body cam footage from the morning after Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack, showing the actor still wearing a noose around his neck which he claimed was used in the assault. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘State secret?’ Boris Johnson fails 26 times to answer questions over ‘staged’ photo

Tory leadership favorite Boris Johnson has declined to refute allegations that a photo of him and his partner in the English countryside was “staged” or “old” in a radio interview on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘State secret?’ Boris Johnson fails 26 times to answer questions over ‘staged’ photo

Tory leadership favorite Boris Johnson has declined to refute allegations that a photo of him and his partner in the English countryside was “staged” or “old” in a radio interview on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com

Trump's Chuck Todd interview: Right and wrong have come permanently unstuck in America

Chuck Todd's terrible interview with our fabricator-in-chief snapped the tether: From here on out there's no truth
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Trump's Chuck Todd interview: Right and wrong have come permanently unstuck in America

Chuck Todd's terrible interview with our fabricator-in-chief snapped the tether: From here on out there's no truth

Wantaway Neymar agrees cut-price deal to end PSG spell and return to Barcelona - report

Neymar's time at Paris Saint-Germain looks to be nearing its end with the controversial Brazilian star reportedly agreeing to take a wage cut to return to his former club. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Wantaway Neymar agrees cut-price deal to end PSG spell and return to Barcelona - report

Neymar's time at Paris Saint-Germain looks to be nearing its end with the controversial Brazilian star reportedly agreeing to take a wage cut to return to his former club. Read Full Article at RT.com

$300 oil? US war with Iran spells catastrophe for global economy, expert tells RT

An armed conflict between the US and Iran would send oil prices soaring and global stocks crashing, which will certainly not play into the hands of Washington, according to political and economic analyst, Shabbir Razvi. Read Full Article at RT.com
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$300 oil? US war with Iran spells catastrophe for global economy, expert tells RT

An armed conflict between the US and Iran would send oil prices soaring and global stocks crashing, which will certainly not play into the hands of Washington, according to political and economic analyst, Shabbir Razvi. Read Full Article at RT.com

Knitting website unravels ‘white supremacy’ by… gagging Trump fans

A popular social network for knitting and crocheting enthusiasts has stirred controversy by banning all forms of support for US President Donald Trump and his administration, saying it’s not compatible with inclusivity. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Knitting website unravels ‘white supremacy’ by… gagging Trump fans

A popular social network for knitting and crocheting enthusiasts has stirred controversy by banning all forms of support for US President Donald Trump and his administration, saying it’s not compatible with inclusivity. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Dialogue at gunpoint’: Bolton says Iran’s ‘silence’ is DEAFENING while it’s actually pretty vocal

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has said that defiant Iran stays silent over meaningful talks with Washington, when, in fact, Tehran repeatedly argued that a barrage of threats and sanctions has made talks impossible. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Dialogue at gunpoint’: Bolton says Iran’s ‘silence’ is DEAFENING while it’s actually pretty vocal

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has said that defiant Iran stays silent over meaningful talks with Washington, when, in fact, Tehran repeatedly argued that a barrage of threats and sanctions has made talks impossible. Read Full Article at RT.com

Wlad's glad: Wladimir Klitschko reveals relief after being saved from burning yacht

Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has revealed he needed to be rescued from a burning yacht when an evening cruise went badly wrong. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Wlad's glad: Wladimir Klitschko reveals relief after being saved from burning yacht

Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has revealed he needed to be rescued from a burning yacht when an evening cruise went badly wrong. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Forced abortion’ decision overturned in case of 22-weeks-pregnant mentally ill woman

Three UK judges have overturned a court order to perform an abortion on a 22-weeks-pregnant mother, who has the mental capacity of a child, just three days after the ruling was handed down. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Forced abortion’ decision overturned in case of 22-weeks-pregnant mentally ill woman

Three UK judges have overturned a court order to perform an abortion on a 22-weeks-pregnant mother, who has the mental capacity of a child, just three days after the ruling was handed down. Read Full Article at RT.com

US shale an “unmitigated disaster” with industry hundreds of billions in debt - shale pioneer

Fracking has been an “unmitigated disaster” for shale companies themselves, according to a prominent former shale executive. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US shale an “unmitigated disaster” with industry hundreds of billions in debt - shale pioneer

Fracking has been an “unmitigated disaster” for shale companies themselves, according to a prominent former shale executive. Read Full Article at RT.com

US sanctions on Khamenei & Zarif ‘close path of diplomacy’ – Iran

The US has destroyed the glimmering chance for negotiations and undermined “world peace and security” by targeting the Iranian leadership with a new wave of sanctions, Tehran has said. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US sanctions on Khamenei & Zarif ‘close path of diplomacy’ – Iran

The US has destroyed the glimmering chance for negotiations and undermined “world peace and security” by targeting the Iranian leadership with a new wave of sanctions, Tehran has said. Read Full Article at RT.com

SpaceX loses Falcon Heavy center core in fiery explosion during failed landing (VIDEO)

In its latest audacious mission to retrieve rockets after launch, SpaceX fell just short with its center core booster overshooting the sea-based landing pad, crashing into the water with a fiery explosion. Read Full Article at RT.com
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SpaceX loses Falcon Heavy center core in fiery explosion during failed landing (VIDEO)

In its latest audacious mission to retrieve rockets after launch, SpaceX fell just short with its center core booster overshooting the sea-based landing pad, crashing into the water with a fiery explosion. Read Full Article at RT.com

Google pulls videos accusing it of election manipulation from YouTube... which it owns

Google’s video platform YouTube is apparently no place for content that accuses the tech giant of political bias and election meddling. An expose based on a sting operation was taken down by the company a day after its release. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Google pulls videos accusing it of election manipulation from YouTube... which it owns

Google’s video platform YouTube is apparently no place for content that accuses the tech giant of political bias and election meddling. An expose based on a sting operation was taken down by the company a day after its release. Read Full Article at RT.com

Conspiracy aside: Russian military plane in Venezuela ‘for maintenance of supplied equipment’

The much-hyped arrival in Venezuela of a plane operated by Moscow’s Defense Ministry is anything but sensational, a senior Russian diplomat has insisted. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Conspiracy aside: Russian military plane in Venezuela ‘for maintenance of supplied equipment’

The much-hyped arrival in Venezuela of a plane operated by Moscow’s Defense Ministry is anything but sensational, a senior Russian diplomat has insisted. Read Full Article at RT.com

Mexico sends 15,000 troops to US border in all-out push to halt migrant tide & avoid Trump's tariffs

Mexico has sent nearly 15,000 troops to its northern border, announcing a crackdown on illegal crossings and caving in to President Donald Trump’s threats to impose punitive tariffs unless it cuts the flow of migrants into the US. Read Full Article at RT.co
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Mexico sends 15,000 troops to US border in all-out push to halt migrant tide & avoid Trump's tariffs

Mexico has sent nearly 15,000 troops to its northern border, announcing a crackdown on illegal crossings and caving in to President Donald Trump’s threats to impose punitive tariffs unless it cuts the flow of migrants into the US. Read Full Article at RT.com

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