June 25, 2014
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Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party–backed challenger for U.S. Senate in the Mississippi Republican primary, is not taking his loss all that well. Instead, he is now fully challenging the moral legitimacy — and perhaps even the legal legitimacy — of incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran's victory.

The Cochran campaign had reached out to African-American voters, who often vote Democratic, to vote in the Republican runoff in order to stop the more extreme McDaniel. Cochran has won the race with just under 51 percent of the vote.

"But there is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual, about a Republican primary that's decided by liberal Democrats," an outraged McDaniel told his supporters. "So much for bold colors, so much for principle. I guess they can take some consolation in the fact that they did something tonight — by once again compromising, by once again reaching across the aisle, by once again abandoning the conservative movement."

He later added: "And today, the conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats in the state of Mississippi. In the most conservative state in the Republic, this happened. And if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere. And that's why we will never stop fighting."

McDaniel also explained to the cheering crowd: "As you know, folks, there were literally dozens of irregularities reported all across this state. And you know why. You read the stories. You're familiar with the problems that we have. Now it's our job to make sure that the sanctity of the vote is upheld. Before this race ends, we have to be absolutely certain that the Republican primary was won by Republican voters. And so we will stand with courage, we will stand with judgment, we will stand with integrity, and we will stand with dedication."

To watch the speech, via C-Span, click here. Eric Kleefeld

3:38 p.m. ET
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Atlanta's brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will have a Chick-fil-A, but football fans looking to scoop up a tasty sandwich at a game are going to be out of luck: The fast-food chain is closed on Sundays, and all but one of the Atlanta Falcons' regular season games is on a Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Chick-fil-A won't make an exception for the NFL. The company's founder "saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose — a practice we uphold today," Chick-fil-A's website explains. "Sundays are meant for getting out and spending time with family and friends." Or, you know, watching football.

The Mercedes-Benz Chick-fil-A will be open the other six days of the week for other events at the stadium, including some college football games and a Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood concert. On Sundays, the Chick-fil-A space will transform into a "custom concept called 'Fries Up,'" a media relations spokesperson for the AMB Group told SB Nation. "The menu items take a southern spin on classic poutine fries and are intended to be shareable items with unique packaging designed for portability."

The hot ticket for chicken sandwich lovers will be Dec. 7, when the Falcons play the New Orleans Saints. It will be NFL fans' one and only chance to pick up a Chick-fil-A sandwich at a game all season. Jeva Lange

2:38 p.m. ET
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After President Trump's unscripted press conference Wednesday, at least one Republican lawmaker is hoping the commander in chief will just stick to golf from now on:

Michigan Rep. Dave Trott's suggestion would not represent an insignificant increase in golf practice: According to Trump Golf Count (yes, it's a thing), Trump has visited his golf clubs at least 50 times since his inauguration and was confirmed golfing 23 of those days. Jeva Lange

1:43 p.m. ET
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Greg Pence might be gearing up to run for Indiana's newly vacated 6th district seat, which was once occupied by his younger brother, Vice President Mike Pence, Roll Call reports. The eldest Pence is currently serving as the finance chairman of Indiana Rep. Luke Messer's (R) Senate campaign, and his unusual visibility in the role is leading some to suspect he might be eyeing Messer's empty seat.

"If you're looking for people to go run for office, I'd put [Greg Pence] at the top of the list," said Bob Grand, a fellow member of Messer's finance team.

Another Republican familiar with Indiana told Roll Call that the 6th district might be especially receptive to Greg Pence's name, as the Trump administration remains popular in the region. "There's just no real frustration that you read about. That's not on the ground in the 6th District," the Republican said.

While Greg and Mike Pence are close, "Greg doesn't have any electoral experience himself," Roll Call notes. His counsel to Mike Pence is "best described as the kind of candid advice only a brother could give." Jeva Lange

1:37 p.m. ET
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On Wednesday, President Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum decided to disband. A member of the group, comprised of top business leaders and led by Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman, told CNBC that the break-up was due to Trump's response to the weekend's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump was slow to directly condemn the white nationalists, and he has repeatedly blamed "both sides" for the rally's violence.

"As our members have expressed individually over the past several days, intolerance, racism, and violence have absolutely no place in this country and are an affront to core American values," the members said in a statement to CNBC. "We believe the debate over forum participation has become a distraction from our well-intentioned and sincere desire to aid vital policy discussions on how to improve the lives of everyday Americans." An executive told CNBC that "the thinking it was important to do as a group," not as "individuals, because it would have a more significant impact."

Trump, however, tweeted Wednesday that it was his decision to end the council. "Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!" he wrote.

The forum is separate from Trump's American Manufacturing Council, which has been bleeding members. This week, seven business leaders quit the council over Trump's response to the Charlottesville protests. Becca Stanek

12:55 p.m. ET

Every now and then there is a total solar eclipse, but it's even rarer to turn around and see Bonnie Tyler singing in the midst of it. For lucky cruise-goers on Royal Caribbean's seven-night Total Eclipse trip, though, Tyler will be on hand to perform her hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" during the total eclipse of … the sun.

"It's going to be so exciting," Tyler, who will be backed on Oasis of the Seas by the Joe Jonas-helmed band DNCE, told Time. "It doesn't happen very often, does it?" In fact it doesn't: The last total solar eclipse over the contiguous United States was in 1979.

Tyler added that "the eclipse of the sun lasts 2 minutes and 40 minutes, I'm told. Unlike my song. It had to be chopped about, because it was so long. I never thought it would be played on the radio, in the beginning."

Landlubbers will likely be putting on Tyler's song during the eclipse, too — Time reports that during a total solar eclipse in 2016, the song's streams increased 75 percent. Start forever below, and learn more about the solar eclipse at The Week. Jeva Lange

12:29 p.m. ET
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On Monday, President Trump held a press conference to declare racism "evil" and to directly condemn "the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists." On Tuesday, Trump held another press conference, during which he snapped at reporters as he insisted that "both sides" were to blame for the deadly violence at Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In Trump's opinion, Tuesday's was the more successful of the two press conferences, Politico reported:

Trump, however, was in "good spirits" on Tuesday night, according to a White House adviser who spoke to him. The adviser said the president felt the news conference went much better than his statement on Monday, in which he declared that “racism is evil” and denounced certain hate groups by name. Aides had pressured Trump to deliver the statement after his initial remarks on Saturday — in which he blamed "many sides" for the fatal protests in Charlottesville — set off a firestorm.

The president was not alone in his pleasure at the news conference. Chief strategist Steve Bannon, whose nationalistic views helped shape Trump's presidential campaign, was thrilled with the remarks, according to a friend of Bannon. [Politico]

To be clear: The press conference the president thought "went much better" was not the one that at which he confirmed that "hatred, bigotry, and violence" have "no place in America," but the one that former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke heartily praised. Becca Stanek

12:27 p.m. ET

More than 1,000 people attended the memorial service for Heather Heyer of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday, with friends and relatives recalling her passion for justice and helping others, ABC News reports. Heyer, 32, was killed Saturday when a white nationalist demonstrator rammed a crowd of counter-protesters with his car.

"She wanted equality and in this issue of the day of her passing, she wanted to put down hate," Heyer's father, Mark Heyer, said in his eulogy. He went on to say, "And for my part, we just need to stop all this stuff and just forgive each other. I think that is what the Lord would want us to do — is just love one another."

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told the crowd that she could have had a small funeral to remember her daughter, "but that's not who Heather was. Anyone who knew Heather said, 'Yep, this is the way she had to go, big and large.' Had to have the world involved, because that's my child."

She added: "We don't all have to die. We don't all have to sacrifice our lives. They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what: You just magnified her."

"Let's channel ... anger not into hate, not into violence, not into fear, but let's channel that difference, that anger, into righteous action," Bro went on, adding: "Say to yourself, 'What can I do to make a difference?' That's how you're going to make my child's death worthwhile." Watch below. Jeva Lange

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