In defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, David Brat didn't garner the support of big national Tea Party groups or heavily-funded outside groups. Instead, his energetic grassroots campaign was buoyed by a few prominent conservative voices, most notably, Laura Ingraham.
As The New York Times notes, Ingraham even spoke at a rally for Brat:
Ms. Ingraham was so taken aback at the size of the crowd — inside the clubhouse, hundreds of people crammed onto staircase landings, leaned over railings, and peered down at her from above — she wondered aloud what was really going on.
"We all looked at each other, saying, 'He could totally win,'" Ms. Ingraham said in an interview. "I've had two moments in American politics in the last 15 years where I knew there was a big change afoot. One was when I left the Iowa caucuses in 2008. I walked out of there and said to a friend, 'Barack Obama is going to win.' And the other was when I left that rally last Tuesday." [The New York Times]
There were other prominent conservative boosters. Some (like radio host Mark Levin and Breitbart.com) were mentioned in the article, others, like Daily Caller blogger Mickey Kaus, were omitted. But Ingraham is arguably the biggest name, and she seems to relish this role as kingmaker:
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 12, 2014
But is she a kingmaker? Not that long ago, Ingraham was among those voicing some concern that Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse might be soft on immigration. By that time, however, nearly the entire conservative and tea party movement was on Sasse's side, and he easily won his primary. This time, however, Ingraham and her pals saw the potential to shock the American political world — and they had the game all to themselves. Matt K. Lewis
New emails in Clinton private server investigation were discovered because of Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal
The FBI announced Friday that it would be renewing its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server after learning of "the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation," as FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to Congress. Those new emails were apparently discovered in the FBI seizure of "electronic devices belonging to Huma Abedin and her husband, Anthony Weiner," The New York Times reports.
Abedin and Weiner separated earlier this year after renewed reports of Weiner sexting other women. "The FBI and the New York Police Department have opened preliminary investigations of allegations that the former New York Democratic congressman exchanged sexually explicit text messages with a purportedly underage girl," CNN reported in September.
In July, the FBI recommended no criminal charges after looking into if Clinton or her aides had mishandled classified information. Comey did, however, say at the time that Clinton was "extremely careless" with her private email server.
The Observer has obtained the contents of a 2006 audio tape that appears to reveal then-Sen. Hillary Clinton suggesting the U.S. should have rigged the Palestinian election. "I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake," Clinton is heard telling the editorial board of The Jewish Press about the Jan. 25, 2006 election for the second Palestinian Legislative Council, in which Hamas won a victory over the U.S.-preferred Fatah. "And if we were going to push for an election," Clinton went on, "then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win."
The original tape belongs to Eli Chomsky, a former editor and staff writer for The Jewish Press, who claims to have the only copy in existence. Chomsky told The Observer, which is published by Donald Trump's son-in-law, that at the time he was surprised "anyone could support the idea — offered by a national political leader, no less — that the U.S. should be in the business of fixing foreign elections."
The news went unpublished at the time, Chomsky explained, because "The Jewish Press had this mindset that they would not want to say anything offensive about anybody … My bosses didn't think it was newsworthy at the time. I was convinced that it was and I held onto it all these years."
After FBI Director James Comey announced that the bureau would be renewing its look into Hillary Clinton's private email server, liberals reacted with both shock and concern over an election that many had already been celebrating as a victory.
Comey refused to even tell Congress if FBI was investigating Trump camp for Russia hack, but regular updates on Clinton are apparently A-ok.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) October 28, 2016
Note to media: so far this is a story about Comey and his behavior. We know nothing at all about what if anything this has to do with HRC
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) October 28, 2016
If we don't hear more from Comey, we just have to conclude that he was trying to swing election. And *that* should be the story.
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) October 28, 2016
What an utterly reckless and irresponsible act by Comey. No context, no recognition of explosiveness of impact. One paragraph. Outrageous
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) October 28, 2016
Dropping a letter full of portent but lacking any information 10 days before the election seems like a wild abuse of power, but ymmv.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 28, 2016
On Friday, the FBI announced it would be doing a further review of emails potentially related to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server. Clinton was on a plane en route to Iowa when the news broke, which led to frenzied anticipation of the Democratic nominee's response to the news.
After spending almost half an hour still inside the plane when it finally did land, Clinton emerged at last — and was greeted by this:
Hillary Clinton ignores shouted questions about the FBI investigation news as she deplanes in Iowa. No reaction except for a smile and wave. pic.twitter.com/cKWa9yAkAU
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) October 28, 2016
Russia has lost its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, having been ousted by a vote Friday among the 193 member countries of the United Nations. Russia had been a member of the UNHCR since its creation in 2006.
Membership to the 47-member council is appropriated geographically, and Russia was competing with Hungary and Croatia for two available seats allotted to Eastern Europe. In the elections Friday, Russia received only 112 votes, while Hungary and Croatia received 144 votes and 114, respectively. Russia has been widely criticized for human rights violations, particularly with its treatment of LGBT individuals and its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Also Friday, Saudi Arabia — another nation with a spotty human rights record, as New York Times United Nations reporter Somini Sengupta notes — won one of the seats available for Asia. Egypt, Iraq, China, and the United States were also elected to the council. Kimberly Alters
Donald Trump praised the FBI's decision to reopen its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, calling it "brave" and a chance for the bureau to "right the horrible mistake that they have made."
"We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office," Trump declared to his audience in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Video: Trump reacts to Clinton/FBI news: “Perhaps finally justice will be done.” https://t.co/3EDrIVpdb6
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 28, 2016
Trump joked, "With that being said, the rest of my speech is going to be so boring. Should I even make the rest of my speech?" But he continued to return to the topic, saying, "I think [the FBI is] going to right the ship, folks, I think they're going to right the ship." He then declared: "This is bigger than Watergate."
Trump claimed he had only been told the news 10 minutes before taking the stage. Clinton, meanwhile, was on a plane en route to Iowa "with no wi-fi for the last two hours," Politico reports, when the news broke. Jeva Lange
Stocks screeched downward on Friday after the FBI announced it would be investigating new emails linked to Hillary Clinton's use of a private server while serving as secretary of state. "Stocks turned negative after the report of the new probe. Many analysts have said that markets were pricing in a Clinton victory in November," NBC News reported.
— BI Markets (@themoneygame) October 28, 2016
The Dow has dropped more than 100 points since the Clinton-FBI news broke 20 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/P4GWz78ny5
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) October 28, 2016
Trump jitters. https://t.co/6FP5k9lGYv
— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) October 28, 2016