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    Former President Donald Trump said Friday that he will headline a rally in Arizona next month on behalf of his MAGA-endorsed candidates, including gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake and Senate hopeful Blake Masters. Trump will attend an Oct. 9 rally in Mesa, Arizona, about four weeks before November's general election. The event will be held at Legacy Sports Parks in Mesa, a 320-acre private family sports and entertainment complex. Trump is slated to take the stage at 4 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET). 'A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE': TRUMP ERUPTS AT DEMOCRATS AT FIRST RALLY AFTER FBI RAID Trump held a similar rally in July in Prescott Valley, where thousands packed the Findlay Toyota Center in the deeply conservative Arizona enclave just before the primary elections. His October rally will take place three days before early voting gets underway. Lake has run a full Trumpist campaign, saying she wouldn't have certified President Joe Biden's 2020 Arizona win due to questions of fraud and chicanery — assertions for which there's no evidence. Many of her campaign posters have her smiling next to...
    This is the heartbreaking moment a traumatised dog stands over the ruins of his home after a Russian missile strike wiped out his family in Ukraine.  The atrocity in Dnipro early yesterday morning killed Krym's (Crimea's) owners Natalia, her children Vasylisa, 12 and Ivan, 8, their grandmother Alla and their puppy Jack. Devastated Krym (Crimea) was found howling on top of the ruins by first responders who took him to the vet. And their father returned home from fighting on the frontline to find his whole life ripped apart. The blast in Dnipro early yesterday morning killed Krym's (Crimea's) owners Natalia, her children Vasylisa, 12 and Ivan, 8, their grandmother Alla and their puppy Jack. Pictured: Krym stands over the rubble  The sole survivors of the tragedy were Krym and their father. He returned home from fighting on the frontline to find his whole life ripped apart RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Injured dog is found tied up to a tree with purple markings... Girl, 11, left with life-changing injuries after being... ...
    When Democrats enjoyed a major blue wave in the 2006 midterms and recaptured both branches of Congress, the dominant factor was frustration over the Iraq War. But Democrats, especially Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, also hammered then-President George W. Bush over his proposal to privatize Social Security. Republican Bush described that blue wave as a “thumping” for his party. Despite that 2006 thumping, former House Speaker Paul Ryan subsequently advocated privatizing Social Security during the Barack Obama years — once again giving Democrats an issue to attack Republicans on. Journalist Natalie Allison, in an article published by Politico on September 22, emphasizes that as wildly unpopular as that proposal is, some Republicans continue to revisit it anyway. “For two decades, campaign after campaign, Republican politicians have floated the idea of privatizing government entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare,” Allison explains. “And campaign after campaign — from Paul Ryan to George W. Bush — it’s been a loser. But for some reason, they keep trying. The latest is Don Bolduc, New Hampshire’s GOP Senate nominee, who advocated privatizing Medicare during...
    by Laurel Duggan   Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is fundraising for Republican Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters, according to Punchbowl News. McConnell will be the special guest at a Wednesday fundraising event for Masters, according to Punchbowl. The news comes amid an apparent conflict between Masters and McConnell: the Senate Leadership Fund, which is affiliated with McConnell, pulled millions of dollars in ad buys for Masters in August after Masters publicly criticized him multiple times. “I think it’s a close race,” McConnell told Punchbowl. Scoop in @PunchbowlNews PM: MCCONNELL will fundraise for @bgmasters Here’s a list of the things Masters has said about McConnell. We asked McConnell about the event. He said this: “I think it’s a close race.”https://t.co/MNo5x4pNgR pic.twitter.com/AgSz0BPB4W — Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 19, 2022 Masters represents a movement away from the GOP establishment, and he listed out some of his disagreements with the party in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation Sept. 11. He was particularly critical of the recent decision to pour $40 billion into Ukraine’s defense, a measure McConnell supported. Masters declined to directly answer whether McConnell’s hesitation to...
    Sen. Mitch McConnell has come around to the party's Trumpiest newcomer candidates and this week will host a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. for Georgia Republican Herschel Walker.  One month after decrying GOP 'candidate quality,' the Senate Republican leader will host a high-dollar fundraiser for Herschel Walker on Thursday, DailyMail.com confirmed. The event will be held at Charlie Palmer Steak, a ritzy steakhouse just across from the Capitol, Punchbowl News reports.   On Wednesday McConnell is planning to hold a fundraiser for Trump-backed Arizona candidate Blake Masters.  The about-face comes after McConnell offered little enthusiasm about the GOP's Senate prospects in comments he made last month.  'I think there's probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate,' McConnell said in Florence, Kentucky, at a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Aug. 18.  'Senate races are just different, they're statewide. Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.' On Aug. 27, McConnell hosted and event in Louisville, Ky., to benefit Walker, Pennsylvania Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz and Rep. Ted Budd, who is running for Senate in North Carolina. ...
    Peter Thiel, president and founder of Clarium Capital Management LLC, speaks during the Bitcoin 2022 conference in Miami, Florida, on Thursday, April 7, 2022.Eva Marie Uzcategui | Bloomberg | Getty Images Republican megadonor Peter Thiel is hosting a fundraiser at his Los Angeles home next week for Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters after GOP officials asked the tech mogul for more money heading into the final stretch of the November midterm elections. The invite lists Thiel as the host for the Masters campaign event and says the gathering is set to take place on Sept. 30 at his $5 million home in Southern California. Tickets for the event go from $1,500 per person to $11,600 per couple and includes a host and VIP reception, followed by a general reception, depending on the ticket, according to the invite. Other co-hosts of the event include several of Thiel's allies, including Keri Findley, the CEO of investment firm Tacora Capital, whose fund was once backed by Thiel, as well as longtime hedge fund manager Michael Wang, whose social media investing platform was reportedly...
    Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel slammed former President Donald Trump and venture capitalist Peter Thiel for abandoning the GOP Senate nominees in Arizona and Ohio. Reportedly, Thiel has stopped funding the campaigns of Arizona GOP Senate nominee Blake Masters and Ohio GOP Senate nominee J.D. Vance as both candidates have shown vulnerabilities in polling. On Thursday, Strassel blasted Thiel and Trump for abandoning Masters and Vance, both of whom have worked for Thiel: Only where’s the would-be kingmaker now? Sitting in his counting house, the doors firmly locked. Mr. Thiel has abandoned the Arizona race, as well as the Ohio Senate candidate he spent $15 million to nominate, J.D. Vance. Mr. Trump is meanwhile using this cycle to hoover up grassroots donations that might otherwise go to competitive midterm candidates and so far refuses to commit any of the estimated $99 million in a leadership PAC to his endorsees. The Lucys have pulled the football, leaving the GOP’s Arizona project to fall on its back. Criticism is landing on Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund, which recently...
    Oprah Winfrey has chosen a California death row inmate’s autobiography — in which he proclaims his innocence — as her influential book club’s next read, she announced Tuesday. The move was sure to bring immense attention to — and spur sales of — Jarvis Jay Masters’ book, “That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row,” which was first published in 2009 and recounts Masters’ traumatic childhood, his life in prison and his discovery of Buddhism behind bars. The selection also shines a spotlight on Masters’ ongoing legal battle to overturn his conviction and death sentence in the murder of a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison in 1985. Masters’ claims of innocence, and new evidence to support them, are set to be heard for the first time in federal court next month, after being rejected in state courts. In announcing the selection on “CBS Mornings,” Winfrey said her intention was “to expose the story” and to let people know that there are people on death row “for whom there has been a miscarriage...
    By HILLEL ITALIE | The Associated Press NEW YORK  — Oprah Winfrey has selected a prison memoir by Jarvis Jay Masters, currently on death row in San Quentin State Prison in California, for her latest book club pick. Masters’ “That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row” was first published in 2009. Activists for years have called for the release of Masters, sentenced to death in 1990 for taking part in the murder of a San Quentin prison guard. Masters, first imprisoned in 1981 for armed robbery, has filed numerous appeals in efforts to have his murder conviction overturned. A hearing is scheduled for next month in federal court. “A little more than 10 years ago, I was given a memoir by Jarvis Jay Masters, a man serving a death row sentence in San Quentin,” Winfrey said in a statement Tuesday. “His story, of a young boy victimized by addiction, poverty, violence, the foster care system, and later the justice system, profoundly touched me then, and still does today, which is why I’m naming...
    The Department of Justice and attorneys for Donald Trump submitted a list of potential nominees to be appointed as the special master over the investigation into classified documents found at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home. The department and Trump’s legal team each submitted two names to a federal judge for consideration to be appointed as the special master, allowing that person to act as a third party to review the materials taken from Mar-a-Lago. The list comes in response to a ruling from District Court Judge Aileen Cannon earlier this week that the DOJ cannot continue reviewing the documents until a third party looks at the materials to see if they are protected by attorney-client or executive privileges. The DOJ appealed this ruling on Thursday, arguing the decision puts its investigation and national security at risk. However, lawyers for the former president argue a special master is necessary because the DOJ conducted an “unjustified pursuit” of Trump’s home and seized declassified materials that had nothing to do with their search while recovering government documents. Here are the...
    An Emerson poll released Friday shows that both the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races in Arizona, are essentially dead-heats. The poll shows Senator Mark Kelly (R-AZ) leading his insurgent challenger Blake Masters by only two points, 47 percent to 45 percent. Five percent of voters remain undecided, and four percent say they will vote for someone else. Meanwhile, 53 percent say they expect Kelly to win, regardless of whom they support. Even tighter is the contentious gubernatorial race between Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) and firebrand former television news anchor Kari Lake. That race is tied at 46 percent for each candidate, with six percent undecided and two percent saying they will vote for another candidate. Meanwhile, 54 percent of voters expect that Lake will beat Hobbs. “Blake Masters, Mark Kelly, and Kari Lake all hold an overall 48% favorability, while 46% of Arizona voters view Katie Hobbs favorably,” the pollsters say. “Forty-nine percent have an unfavorable view of Kelly, 48% of Masters, 47% of Lake, and 43% of Hobbs.” The poll says that the economy is the biggest...
    (CNN)The Justice Department and former President Donald Trump's lawyers proposed two selections each to a federal judge for who should serve as "special master" in the Mar-a-Lago investigation.District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, the Trump-appointed judge presiding over the case, earlier this week granted the former President's request to appoint a third-party attorney, known as a special master, to independently review the materials -- including more than 100 classified documents -- that the FBI seized from his Florida residence and resort.READ: DOJ and Trump team proposals for special master reviewTrump's legal team has argued that the Justice Department can't be trusted to do its own review for potentially privileged materials that should be siloed off from the criminal probe. The Justice Department on Thursday appealed the court-ordered special master review as it argued the order was putting US national security at risk.Cannon has said she'll decide "exact details and mechanics" of the special master process "expeditiously" after both sides submit their proposals, but it's not clear when the judge will rule or what form that ruling will take.Here are the four...
    United they stand, divided they fall. That seems to be the normal midterm election mantra, where the president’s party (having governed and predictably overreached) is divided and on defense, while the “out” party is united with jaws slavering to rip apart the presidency. But as the 2022 midterms approach, President Joe Biden’s party isn’t the one engaged in the most bitter backbiting (for a change). “Sen. [Mitch] McConnell and I clearly have a strategic disagreement here,” Sen. Rick Scott, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told Politico this week, adding: “If you trash talk our candidates…you hurt our chances of winning, and you hurt our candidates’ ability to raise money.” Scott repeated the “trash talk” line in an op-ed at the Washington Examiner on Thursday, where he oddly seemed to blame McConnell—not Donald Trump—for losing the Senate in 2020. “Unfortunately, many of the very people responsible for losing the Senate last cycle are now trying to stop us from winning the majority this time by trash-talking our Republican candidates. It’s an amazing act of cowardice, and ultimately, it’s...
    After President Joe Biden again tacitly threatened to use military grade weapons against gun-owning civilians, Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Arizona Blake Masters and Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake are firing back. “This is the logic of an authoritarian. ‘We have bombs and missiles, you wouldn’t stand a chance. Therefore surrender your puny guns.’ No,” said Masters in a Tweet. This is the logic of an authoritarian. “We have bombs and missiles, you wouldn’t stand a chance. Therefore surrender your puny guns.” No https://t.co/MEdXC0Z3f4 — Blake Masters (@bgmasters) August 30, 2022 “In the same breath, [Joe Biden] can call grassroots Patriots semi-fascists & then gleefully rave about being able to crush any dissent under his heel,” said Lake, replying to Masters. “Every word that comes out of his mouth seem [sic] like a threat. THIS is the rhetoric of a tyrant. Freedom is on the line in November.” In the same breath, @JoeBiden can call grassroots Patriots semi-fascists & then gleefully rave about being able to crush any dissent under his heel. Every word that comes out of his...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and billionaire Republican donor Peter Thiel have locked heads over who will pay the tab for Republican Senate hopefuls J.D. Vance and Blake Masters' fall campaigns.  The Washington Post reported Wednesday that McConnell and Thiel spoke by phone last week, with the Kentucky Republican - as well as the Senate Leadership Fund's head Steven Law - asking the PayPal co-founder to pony up more money.  Thiel had bet early on the campaigns of 38-year-old Hillbilly Elegy author Vance in his quest for Ohio's open Senate seat, along with 36-year-old Masters, a former business associate of the billionaire who won the GOP primary in Arizona to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and billionaire Republican donor Peter Thiel (right) have locked heads over who will pay the tab for Republican Senate hopefuls J.D. Vance and Blake Masters' fall campaigns The Washington Post reported on phone calls between McConnell and Thiel, in which the billionaire donor was informed that the Ohio Senate campaign of J.D. Vance (pictured) was going to be more...
    Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Peter Thiel are at odds over Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters’ floundering campaign and who should spend the millions of dollars needed to fund the PACs to help him in the final months of the campaign, according to a report by the Washington Post. Masters has been trailing incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in the polls, and recent headlines about the Republican’s history of controversial comments seem unlikely to help. The Arizona contest was one of several states where GOP candidates backed by former President Donald Trump are facing uphill battles, which McConnell himself acknowledged in a recent interview where he said the House was more likely to flip than the Senate and blamed it on “candidate quality.” The Senate Leadership Fund PAC under McConnell’s direction canceled millions of dollars in ad buys for Arizona, rescheduling a portion of them for later in October. FEC campaign finance reports show that Saving Arizona, a PAC supporting Masters, raised over $16 million with $15 million of that coming from Thiel, and...
    Mario Tama/Getty Images Trump-backed GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Arizona, Blake Masters, tried to dunk on the Federal Reserve over the weekend in a tweet that sparked a quick backlash of angry condemnation. Masters sparked the fury by replying to a tweet from the Associated Press, which read: Leadership at the Federal Reserve has become its most diverse ever. There are more female, Black and gay officials contributing to the central bank’s interest-rate decisions than at any time in its 109-year history. The Arizona Republican thought to make a wisecrack regarding the AP’s pro-diversity framing of the story and shared the tweet with the comment, “Finally a compelling explanation for why our economy is doing so well.” Masters has been a lightning rod of controversy since announcing his bid for the senate as old posts and comments he has made resurfaced. Masters, who is now running as a hard-right “America First” candidate, once “called for ‘unrestricted’ immigration while praising drug smugglers as ‘heroes,’” reported Jewish Insider after delving through old posts online from when Masters was a libertarian. In...
    The Arizona Republican Senate nominee has a long history of bigoted statements. On Sunday, Arizona Republican Senate nominee Blake Masters appeared to blame the nation's economic challenges on the fact that the Federal Reserve Bank has more women, LGBTQ people, and people of color in charge. This fits a long pattern of bigoted behavior from the millionaire venture capitalist candidate. The Associated Press noted in a tweet Saturday that, "Leadership at the Federal Reserve has become its most diverse ever. There are more female, Black and gay officials contributing to the central bank's interest-rate decisions than at any time in its 109-year history." In response to the news, Masters sarcastically tweeted, "Finally a compelling explanation for why our economy is doing so well." The news marks a significant step forward for the powerful central bank. It did not have a Black governor until Andrew Brimmer was appointed in 1966, and it did not have a female governor until Nancy Teeters was appointed in 1978. Lisa Cook became the first-ever Black woman appointed to be a governor this year. While Masters expressed outrage...
    by Jennie Taer   A Mitch McConnell-linked Senatorial Republican Super PAC has pulled millions of dollars in ad buys in Arizona, where Trump-backed Blake Masters will likely face a tight race in November. The Senate Leadership Fund, a group aligned with McConnell, is cancelling ad buys worth nearly $8 million in Arizona, where Masters is running, set for early fall. The ads are about half of what the super PAC bought, leaving the rest to start in early October, according to Politico. Masters, who is backed by PayPal co-founder and Republican donor Peter Thiel, will run against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in what is considered a “toss up” race by Cook Political Report. Kelly is beating Masters in most polls, with his lead averaging 8.3 percentage points, according to FiveThirtyEight. The Trump-aligned candidate said Friday he hopes to get McConnell’s support. “We’re leaving the door wide open in Arizona but we want to move additional resources to other offensive opportunities that have become increasingly competitive, as well as an unexpected expense in Ohio,” Senate Leadership Fund President Steven Law told the Daily Caller News...
    Photo via Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images The GOP’s Senate primary Super Pac is canceling some $10 million worth of ad buys in both Arizona and Alaska, sounding alarm bells for Blake Masters’s campaign to unseat incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ). Politico reported Friday, “The Senate Leadership Fund, which is aligned with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is scrapping roughly $8 million in ads — about half of its initial Arizona reservation — that were supposed to start in the early fall. The group’s ads are now set to begin in early October.” Arizona is a key pick-up for McConnell and the GOP to reclaim the majority in the U.S. Senate. The PAC announced last week it would pump some $28 million into Ohio’s senate race, where Trump-backed J.D. Vance running very close to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) — a race many pundits and insiders did not expect to be competitive. Both Vance and Masters were heavily funded in their respective GOP primaries by Silicon Valley tycoon Peter Thiel and received the endorsement of Trump. In Alaska, Politico notes, the cutting of $1.7...
    Before winning the Republican nomination, Blake Masters said, 'Absolutely no abortions.' Prior to winning Arizona's Republican Senate nomination, racist venture capitalist Blake Masters presented himself as "unapologetically" and "100%" against abortion from the moment of conception. Since winning the nomination, he has suggested that he would support a federal ban only on abortions performed later in pregnancy. In an interview with the Arizona Republic published on Aug. 8, Masters, who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in the general election, distanced himself from his previous support for a federal "personhood law," which would grant legal rights to a zygote from the moment of conception and ban virtually all abortions in the United States. "The federal government should prohibit late-term abortion, third-trimester abortion and partial-birth abortion," he told the paper, using misleading and scientifically debunked terminology. "Below that, states are going to make different decisions that are going to reflect the will of the people in those states, and I think that's reasonable. I think that's what most people certainly in this state and nationwide are looking for. ... I...
    The Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement slamming Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who spent Thursday in Arizona rallying with local and federal level Democrats. “Biden bureaucrat Pete Buttigieg’s campaign stops are a slap in the face to hardworking Arizonans after Democrat Mark Kelly just voted to raise taxes on them during a recession and sic 87,000 IRS agents on them. Biden and Buttigieg’s attempt to bail out Mark Kelly will fail,” said RNC Spokesperson Ben Petersen. Buttigieg reportedly held a Thursday morning press conference in Tucson with Kelly, who faces firebrand challenger Blake Masters in November’s general election. He then headed to Phoenix, where he held another press conference with U.S. Representatives Greg Stanton (D-AZ-09) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-07), and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. At the conferences, he touted new projects that will be completed using taxpayer funds from last year’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. In Arizona, that bill helps extend the Phoenix light rail system by just over a mile and a half, costing $158 million. The state also received $7.9 billion for highway projects. Meanwhile,...
    Arizona Republican Senate nominee Blake Masters received an endorsement Tuesday from the nation’s oldest pro-life organization, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). “National Right to Life is pleased to endorse Blake Masters for election to the U.S. Senate,” said Carol Tobias, president of NRLC. “Blake Masters has what it takes to flip the Arizona Senate seat, and he will be a strong defender of the right to life in the Senate.” “Blake Masters is a strong pro-life leader and will carry the pro-life message to Congress that we must protect and defend both unborn babies and their mothers.” @LifeNewsHQ https://t.co/aBTfycNzMn — Blake Masters for U.S. Senate Press (@MastersPress) August 11, 2022 The Arizona Sun Times reached out to Masters’ campaign for a comment on the endorsement, but it did not respond. According to the NRLC, its endorsement came because Masters supported pro-life legislation such as the Hyde Amendment, which bars using federal funds to cover abortions unless the woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy results from incest or rape. Furthermore, unlike Masters’ Democratic rival for the...
    (CNN)Republicans in Arizona have chosen Kari Lake, the former television journalist who has become a leading voice behind former President Donald Trump's lies about election fraud, as their nominee for governor, CNN projects. Her victory makes her the fourth Republican who has pushed Trump's election lies to win a major nomination in Arizona, after CNN's projections earlier this week for US Senate, secretary of state and attorney general. Lake, who was endorsed by Trump, will defeat Karrin Taylor Robson, a former member of the state Board of Regents and the establishment GOP favorite, who was supported by outgoing Gov. Doug Ducey and former Vice President Mike Pence. The race in its closing days turned into a proxy battle in the tug-of-war between Trump and Pence over the direction of the Republican Party, with Trump visiting Arizona to campaign for Lake and a slate of election deniers he had endorsed for statewide office and Pence campaigning alongside Robson. Lake has made lies about election fraud the centerpiece of her campaign -- an approach likely to continue in a November general election...
    GOP nominees in key races across the country are facing new ads about their desire to ban abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest, or risk to pregnant people. With the general election now underway in Arizona and Michigan following Tuesday's primaries, the Republican nominees in a handful of critical races are being hit with new ads that point out their anti-abortion beliefs. The television spots target two newly minted Republican nominees: Tudor Dixon, who is running to be Michigan's governor, and Blake Masters, who is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona. The ads point out that the candidates want to ban abortion outright, even in the case of rape, incest, and if the life of the pregnant person is at risk. In Michigan, a group called "Put Michigan First" is running an ad that uses clips of Dixon espousing her anti-abortion views that the group says are "not acceptable for Michigan." In one clip, an interviewer asks Dixon, "Are you for the exceptions for rape and incest?" To which Dixon responds, "I am not." And in a second clip, another...
     – – – Photo “Blake Masters” by Blake Masters. Photo “Jim Lamon” by Jim Lamon. Photo “Mark Brnovich” by Mark Brnovich. 
    Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters, a venture capitalist and military veteran who has been accused of espousing white nationalist beliefs, sailed to victory on Tuesday night with an endorsement from Donald Trump. He'll now face incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Kelly in November's midterm election Donald Trump has been having a field day celebrating his litany of successful endorsements in Tuesday night's primary races, boasting to followers on his Truth Social app from the early hours of Wednesday and throughout the morning. Voters in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Washington and Arizona went to the polls for several key primary races that will define the next three months ahead of the November midterm elections. On the GOP side, it was a referendum on whether voters want a Trump-led future or a return to more establishment principles.  Trump bragged he 'ran the entire board' with his endorsements.  In Michigan, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the ex-president over the US Capitol riot lost to a former Trump administration official named John Gibbs. A Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate also bested a...
    He will face first-term Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in November. Arizona Republicans chose millionaire venture capitalist Blake Masters on Tuesday to be their 2022 nominee for U.S. Senate, despite his history of overt racism and anti-LGBTQ bigotry. Masters will face incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in the November midterm elections. Former President Donald Trump gave Masters his "Complete and Total Endorsement" in the Republican primary race. But even with Trump's backing, Masters only received about 39% of the vote against the rest of the GOP field, including Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and businessman Jim Lamon. In June, Masters told the right-wing advocacy group FreedomWorks that he would be open to ending Social Security as we know it. In Arizona, roughly 18.3% of residents and 24.5% of voters are over the age of 65, according to U.S. Census data. "We need fresh and innovative thinking," Masters said. "Maybe we should privatize Social Security, right? Private retirement accounts, get the government out of it." Masters has repeatedly made bigoted comments. On April 11, he told the right-wing Jeff Oravits Show podcast...
    (CNN)Two Donald Trump-endorsed Republicans who have embraced the former President's 2020 election lies will win the GOP nominations for US Senate and secretary of state in Arizona, CNN projected Wednesday.Blake Masters, the onetime venture capitalist, will secure the Republican nomination for US Senate, while Arizona Republicans have chosen state Rep. Mark Finchem, an election denier, as their nominee to take the helm of the state's election machinery, CNN projects.Masters will face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, who was unopposed in his primary Tuesday, in what's expected to be one of the nation's most competitive, and expensive, midterm match-ups, with control of the 50-50 Senate on the line. Masters was chief operating officer of GOP megadonor Peter Thiel's investment firm, and his campaign was backed by more than $15 million in spending by Thiel. Six takeaways from Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Arizona and Washington primariesMasters, who has spread lies about the results of the 2020 election and accused Democrats of trying to "change the demographics" of the country, defeated businessman Jim Lamon and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, among others, in the...
    Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters has the support of billionaires Donald Trump and Peter Thiel.Mother Jones illustration; Mario Tama/Getty; Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.Blake Masters, a far-right disciple of Silicon Valley titan Peter Thiel who has echoed the ideas of an “absolute monarchist,” mused about retiring all government employees, and campaigned as the Arizona avatar of Trumpist nativism—losing in the process the respect of the best man at his wedding, with whom he longer speaks—has won the nomination to be the Republican nominee for Senate in Arizona. Masters beat a competitive five-person field on Tuesday. As with just about everything else in his professional life, the first-time candidate has Thiel to thank. The billionaire put at least $15 million behind the 35-year-old Masters—who was his chief of staff and the president of his charitable foundation until March—and proved essential to the Donald Trump endorsement that secured Masters’ victory. Masters will face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, the astronaut and husband of former member of Congress Gabby Giffords, in...
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    (CNN)For months leading up to the Parkland massacre, Nikolas Cruz searched the internet for information and videos about mass shootings, leaving behind YouTube comments expressing his desire to "kill people," according to testimony in the penalty phase of his trial. Broward County Sheriff's Office Detective Nick Masters, an electronic data analyst, took the stand Wednesday, where he read aloud dozens of Cruz's Google searches, some of which included broad, generic search terms like "murder" or "shooting people." These are the victims of the Florida school shootingBut Cruz also sought information about specific mass shootings, including those at Virginia Tech, in Las Vegas and at Columbine High School, and the people who carried them out, according to Masters' testimony and a list of posts and searches released by the court. Cruz searched for how many rounds were fired in different mass shootings, as well as information about the weapon used in Las Vegas, Masters testified. Some of the evidence revealed in court Wednesday was previously known. But the testimony gave jurors tasked with deciding if Cruz is sentenced to death a...
    Trump-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate from Arizona, Blake Masters, went after Fox News podcast host Jessica Rosenthal during a recent interview. Rosenthal is host of The Fox News Rundown podcast, and had the Senate hopeful on the show Saturday. It didn’t take long for Masters to become irritated with Rosenthal’s questions, even accusing her of collaborating with his Republican opponent Jim Lamon’s campaign to formulate the questions. Rosenthal began, “You have also talked a lot about Big Tech on the campaign trail. Some have, I guess, sort of called out that, you know, you are close to Big Tech –” “Hey, lemme interrupt you for a second,” Masters interjected, “All these questions — I’m happy to chat with you, but all these questions are taking the form of ‘Your critics say — your critics say this would –‘ It sounds like these questions are like coming from the Jim Lamon campaign.” “I would prefer if we have time to focus on a positive agenda, which is all I’m talking about on the campaign trail, right? Like I said, critics will snip...
    Former President Donald Trump will travel to Arizona on Saturday to hold a rally in support of gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters. Trump, who previously endorsed both candidates, will speak to supporters in Prescott Valley with the goal of encouraging residents of the state to vote for the duo. According to a release from the Save America PAC, the event will begin around 11:00 a.m., and special guests will speak a few hours later. At 4:00 p.m., Trump will take the stage. When announcing his endorsement of each candidate, Trump pointed to various policy beliefs of each candidate. For example, Masters has pledged to fight to construct the border wall. “Blake is Strong on Border Security, in particular, the disastrous Southern Border where people are pouring into the U.S. by the millions, and destroying our Country,” Trump’s commentary continued. “Just two years ago, with the help of the Wall, we had the Strongest Border in the history of our Country, and now we have the weakest — Blake will turn that around quickly,” Trump said...
    TIGER WOODS is one of the best golfers to have graced the planet - and his love life has been out of the rough recently. The golfing icon returned to the top of the sport after he secured the Masters title for the fifth time at Augusta in 2019. 2 Meet Erica Herman, the lady in Tiger Wood's lifeCredit: Getty Images - Getty The American mogul, however,  was involved in a horrific car accident which put his playing career on pause for a year. But the icon is back this year at Augusta, confirming earlier this wee that he was prepared to return to the most famous course on earth, in hope of winning a SIXTH green jacket.Who is Erica Herman? Golf legend Tiger Woods sparked rumours he had bagged himself another "birdie" when he was spotted cosying up to a beauty on the course. The star was pictured being hugged by Erica Herman as he watched the US win the Presidents Cup in New Jersey in October 2017. Erica - who managed his pop-up restaurant titled The Woods - was...
    FIVE Premier League titles, two Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, 23 England caps, World Cup, 15 years at the Theatre of Dreams…now driving the mini bus for the Manchester United team heading to Glasgow for the Masters tournament. It used to be Ole at the wheel at Old Trafford, now it’s Wes! The wheels on the bus have turned full circle for one of the most decorated players in English football.    But he was delighted to hire the minibus and drive it himself from Manchester to Glasgow for the 6-a-side Masters tournament streamed on 360Sports TV live on Friday. Brown played his entire career at the back, but he was up front with his team-mates at the back! He said: “Yes, it was 100 per cent my idea and I thought it would be a good laugh to travel up as a team. READ MORE ON MAN UTDUNITED LATEST De Jong latest, Utd bid for Lisandro Martinez “It makes sense as we all live here in Manchester so I thought it would be good fun to go up...
    Former Trump officials Ric Grenell and Kash Patel announced they are endorsing U.S. Senate candidate in Arizona Blake Masters. Under former President Donald Trump, Patel was the Chief of Staff to the Department of Defense, and Grenell, who is still an ally of the former president, was his Acting Director of U.S. National Intelligence and U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Grenell had previously supported Masters’ primary opponent Jim Lamon but withdrew his support after the candidate resorted to negative and false campaign ad attacks on Masters and other conservatives. Patel and Grenell put out this joint statement: We had the honor of working in President Trump’s Administration. We know what America First looks like, and what kind of person is needed in Washington, DC to fight against the swamp. We are proud to join Donald J. Trump in endorsing Blake Masters, a real America First patriot. Blake is already focused on Democrat Mark Kelly in November. He is traveling Arizona talking about the border crisis, Joe Biden’s disastrous economy, high gas prices, and the Left’s takeover of our schools. We are confident that Blake Masters...
    U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Eric Greitens (R-MO) represented the United States as a 400-meter runner at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland, over the Fourth of July weekend. Greitens, who served as a Navy SEAL officer and deployed four times in his military career, completed the race at 1:00:80 – just deciseconds behind the third and fourth place United States finishers, who clocked in at 1:00.6 and 1:00.76, respectively. Former Olympic hurdler Ian Weakley took home second place among U.S. runners, while Rawle DeLisle was the fastest American in the men’s 400-meter race for the 45-49 age division. Eric Greitens Suits Up, Courtesy of Eric Greitens Campaign His campaign manager Dylan Johnson said: Governor Greitens was honored to represent the United States of America in running for Team USA at the World Championships over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A two-time national champion gold medalist in track, Governor Greitens represented America in his first World Championships. He also met with fellow U.S. military veterans who proudly served their country. On Tuesday, Greitens shared a photograph of...
    Notorious Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin published a glowing endorsement of Trump-backed Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters, reported Jewish Insider on Friday. Anglin, the publisher of the white supremacist platform the Daily Stormer, posted a statement praising Masters for an altercation he had with a 73-year-old activist at one of his campaign stops. “I cannot give a more forceful endorsement, and I demand that anyone in Arizona (who is not some kind of known neo-Nazi or whatever) get in contact with his campaign and see what kind of help he needs,” Anglin wrote in the post, which is linked here via the Jewish Insider so as not to link directly to the Daily Stormer. Anglin began the post by recounting the incident at the campaign stop, which he claims began when the activist attacked a woman. Video of the incident was widely shared online and does not appear to show the older activist attacking a woman. “Master Masters then physically removed the scum,” continued Anglin, who added, “This is exactly the kind of man this country needs.” The post was made...
    BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Scottie Scheffler stood in the eighth fairway at The Country Club and waited for his ball to stop rolling. When it did, he took a few steps to his left and tried for a third time to summit the false front protecting the pin. Instead of a long putt for eagle and a chance to build on his lead in the final round of the U.S. Open, Scheffler made a short one to save par. And when he finished one stroke behind winner Matt Fitzpatrick on Sunday, it wasn’t hard to find the shots that cost him. “This week I hit some of the worst shots I’ve hit in my career, and I’ve hit some of the best ones,” said Scheffler, the world’s top-ranked player and reigning Masters champion. He closed with a 3-under 67 to tie for second with Will Zalatoris. “It was kind of a roller coaster week,” he said, though he could have been talking about the eighth hole alone. “To be at the end was definitely a lot of fun. Unfortunately,...
    MASTERS football makes its long-awaited return next month, and now the lineups for the tournament in Glasgow have been CONFIRMED. Stars from Manchester United, Liverpool, Celtic and Rangers teams of the past are set to feature in the iconic six-a-side competition. 6Masters football will return to our screens next monthCredit: Action Images - Reuters 6Jamie Carragher is one of a number of stars set to feature in the tournamentCredit: PA The return of Masters football will air on sports documentary streaming site 360 Sports Television So who will actually be playing? Well for the Red Devils Louis Saha will lead the line, with another striker still to be confirmed. Quinton Fortune is also in the eight-man squad, alongside Karel Poborsky and ex-midfielder Darren Gibson. Read More In FootballHERE WE GO Premier League fixtures announced for 2022-23 with Ten Hag facing tricky start Five-time Premier League winners Wes Brown and John O'Shea will partner each other in defence. Paul Rachubka, who made just three times professional appearances for the Red Devils, will play in goal. 6Manchester United's Masters squad includes Louis SahaCredit: Masters...
    FreedomWorks, a conservative group based in Washington D.C., will host a public forum for voters to hear from GOP candidates running to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. The forum, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix on July 23, will feature many of the leading Republicans in the contest. “Grassroots momentum is surging in Arizona, and Republicans have a real chance at unseating Democratic Senator Mark Kelly and taking back the Senate this election cycle. The forum will give voters a chance to hear firsthand from all top five candidates about their vision for Arizona and how they will fight for conservative values in the nation’s capital. With control of America hanging in the balance, our senate forum will play a key role in putting candidates on record and helping voters send the right candidate to Washington,” an emailed release from the group stated. According to FreedomWorks, Mark Brnovich, Jim Lamon, Blake Masters, Mick McGuire, and Justin Olson have agreed to attend. The group held a similar event during the crowded race for the same...
    Erik Finman is seen on the set of "Candace" on July 19, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.Jason Davis | Getty Images Erik Finman, who became a bitcoin millionaire by the time he was 18, is spending up to $20 million on Republican candidates running for Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. Finman, 23, said he wants to donate $10 million toward GOP candidates and political action committees, including Saving Arizona, a super PAC backing Trump-endorsed Arizona GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters. The committee has received at least $10 million from tech executive and Republican megadonor Peter Thiel, Federal Election Commission records show. Finman said he's sinking another $10 million into his new Washington D.C. based nonprofit America's Future. The 501(c)(4) will finance what he called a "midterms tour" – a series of rallies across the country for conservative candidates. Finman's new organization will also promote his conservative ideals as well as a proposed regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies, he said in an interview. Finman's foray into politics comes as the crypto industry evolves into a powerful lobbying force on Capitol Hill. Over...
    Arizona Senate candidate, Blake Masters, is under increased scrutiny since former President Donald Trump endorsed him last week in the GOP primary. The increased scrutiny has led to the venture capitalist’s old interviews being resurfaced online and controversial past comments becoming the focus of attack ads. News outlet Heartland Signal, which describes itself as a “newly launched regional digital newsroom anchored to the progressive radio station WCPT 820AM in Chicago,” resurfaced comments from April in which Masters blames “Black people” for gun violence in the U.S. “We do have a gun violence problem in this country, and it’s gang violence,” Masters tells a local Arizona radio program in the clip. “It’s gangs, it’s people in Chicago, in St. Louis, shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly. And the Democrats don’t want to do anything about that,” he adds. Blake Masters, a Republican Senate candidate in Arizona, blames gun violence on “Black people, frankly”: “It’s people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other.” pic.twitter.com/S1POQaZOAC — Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) June 6, 2022 “What they mean by gun...
    Former President Donald Trump endorsed former Thiel Capital Chief Operating Officer Blake Masters for U.S. Senate in Arizona on Thursday. In a statement, Trump lauded Masters as a “great modern-day thinker” and “one of the most successful businessmen and investors in the Country.” “Blake is Strong on Border Security, in particular, the disastrous Southern Border where people are pouring into the U.S. by the millions, and destroying our Country,” Trump continued. “Blake will turn that around quickly. Additionally, he will Cut Taxes and Regulations, be Tough on Crime, and Support our Military and our Vets. Blake will fight for our totally under-siege Second Amendment, and WIN!” The former president also praised the venture capitalist for raising doubts regarding the outcome of the 2020 White House election. “Arizona is a State where the 2020 Election was Rigged and Stolen, and a very thorough audit proved it,” he stated. “Blake knows that the ‘Crime of the Century’ took place, he will expose it and also, never let it happen again.” President Donald J. Trump: "Endorsement of Blake Masters" #AZSen pic.twitter.com/tPxr0FSnXV — Brian Anderson (@AZBrianAnderson)...
    Neil W. McCabe, the national political editor of The Star News Network, interviewed Arizona GOP Senate hopeful Blake Masters about his primary opponent Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s failure to pursue evidence of election misconduct in the 2020 election. Masters said Brnovich was derelict because he is a ‘political hack’ – he ignored problems with the 2020 election, helping President Donald J. Trump lose to Joseph R. Biden Jr., so he could run for Senate in 2022 with a Democrat in the White House. TRANSCRIPT McCabe: Blake Masters, one of the leading candidates in Arizona’s August 2nd GOP Senate primary, told The Star News Network why he believes one of his opponents, Arizona Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, did not secure his state’s 2020 election. Masters: I actually think that Mark Brnovich, the attorney general in Arizona, I think he wanted President Trump to lose in 2020. McCabe: The former President of Thiel Capital said Brnovich was gaming the election so that he could have a smoother path for a Senate run in the 2022 midterms. Masters: I think it’s...
    Tiger Woods has opted for FootJoy over Nike at the PGA Championship as he continues rehabbing from injuries sustained in a car accident. Woods wore the $200 FootJoy Premiere Series Packard golf shoes at the 2022 Masters. This week, it has been reported that he will continue wearing FootJoy shoes when he competes in the upcoming PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because the shoes offer him better support for his physical limitations, the New York Post wrote. Last weekend, Woods also said that he feels stronger now than he did during The Masters. “I’ve gotten a lot stronger since the Masters,” Woods said on Sunday. “We went back to work on Tuesday [after the Masters]. Monday was awful. I did nothing and Tuesday was leg day. So, we went right back after it.” “We started ramping up a week or so ago, played a little bit more golf, and it was good. Everything is better,” he added. Tiger Woods wearing FootJoy shoes during the 2022 PGA Championship (Getty Images) Woods went on to say that he...
    The threat of Wimbledon being stripped of ranking points came closer to reality on Tuesday night when the head of the women’s tour backed the idea. WTA Chief Executive Steve Simon told a heavily-attended conference call of leading players that he was formally recommending it as a response the banning of Russians and Belarussians from SW19. Sportsmail understands that other UK grass court events will be spared the same fate, on the basis that there are alternative places for the barred players to compete during those weeks. Wimbledon set to be stripped of ranking points for women after banning Russian players  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Nick Kyrgios declares himself the world's best grass court... Men's ATP Tour announces that it will NOT strip UK's... Junior Wimbledon winner and British Olympic silver medallist... 'It sets a precedent and puts other sports in an... Share this article Share 60 shares The rendering of Wimbledon as effectively an exhibition event for the women will be confirmed later this week if his stance...
    U.S. Senate candidate Jim Lamon, who is running as a Republican for office in Arizona to defeat incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Kelly, is making waves with his provocative, bold TV campaign spots. The left-leaning big tech companies don’t like them, however, and so both Yahoo and Facebook have pushed back, with Yahoo fully censoring one. While broadcast TV is generally required by law to run political ads (FCC rules state that if a station allows state and local political candidates to run ads, it must accept them from all candidates), big tech is not. Yahoo refused to run an ad of his reportedly because it includes the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon.” Stephen Puetz, one of Lamon’s campaign staffers, told the Arizona Sun Times the ads are making a difference in getting Lamon’s name known, since polls show his support is increasing. Lamon is running against Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich in the Republican primary, who has considerable name recognition, while another candidate, Blake Masters, is making significant ground due to funding from his boss, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel. Puetz...
    SUTTON COLDFIELD, England (AP) — Thorbjorn Olesen shot a 6-under 66 to share the lead after the opening round of the British Masters on Thursday in his bid to end a four-year title drought and get his career back on track after a damaging court case. Olesen’s last win was at the Italian Open in June 2018. He was suspended by the European tour the following year after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman and being intoxicated on a flight following a World Golf Championships event in Tennessee. Olesen was acquitted by a court in December after saying he had no memory of his behavior because he had been drinking alcohol and taking sleeping tablets. The Danish player said the case had a “devastating impact” on his career, having plunged down the ranking from his position at No. 62 at the time of the incidents. Now ranked No. 376, Olesen hasn’t finished higher than a tie for 12th in any of his seven events on the European tour this year but made a strong start in this week’s tournament...