May 8, 2014

Conservative groups vowed to go nuclear on the GOP establishment this year in an attempt to oust candidates they believe are not conservative enough. And now, we have a neat indication of how that battle is going:

That chart, flagged by The Washington Post's Aaron Blake, comes from the Center for Public Integrity. What it shows is conservative groups spending almost three times as much money attacking members of their own party as they're spending against Democrats.

To be fair, that ratio should come down after the primaries. But the fact that it's so large to begin with — and the fact that Democrats aren't seeing nearly the same monetary revolt from liberals — underscores the GOP's unique challenge in holding its coalition together. Jon Terbush

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If Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) doesn't win a sixth term in November, it won't be because of state Sen. Kelli Ward. On Tuesday, McCain handily beat back a challenge from Ward, who had suggested that the 80-year-old senator is too old to serve Arizona, and two other candidates in Arizona's Republican primary. McCain will face Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) in the general election, after Kirkpatrick won an essentially uncontested Democratic primary. McCain has led Kirkpatrick in every poll so far, but the race is considered competitive. Peter Weber

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The California Assembly voted 66-0 Monday in favor of a measure that requires a prison sentence for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person.

Under the state's current law, a prison sentence is imposed when physical force is used during the rape, which is often not the case when a victim is intoxicated or unconscious. The bill is now headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for his signature. "Sexually assaulting an unconscious person or intoxicated victim is a terrible crime and our laws need to reflect that," Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa), an author of the bill, said. "Letting felons convicted of such crimes get off with probation discourages other survivors from coming forward and sends the message that raping incapacitated victims is no big deal."

The vote comes after a former Stanford student, Brock Turner, was sentenced in June to six months in jail and three years probation after being convicted of three felony counts of sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious woman at a party. Prosecutors were asking for a sentence of six years in prison. There was widespread condemnation of the judge in the case, Aaron Persky, and a campaign to recall him has more than one million signatures, NPR reports. Turner is set to be released on Friday, several months early, due to good behavior. Catherine Garcia

August 30, 2016
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) defeated law professor Tim Canova in their Florida Democratic primary, The Associated Press projects.

With 82 percent of precincts reporting, Wasserman Schultz has 57.2 percent of the votes to Canova's 42.8 percent. Canova, backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), was a strong primary challenger for Wasserman Schultz, who stepped down in July as Democratic National Committee chairwoman after emails critical of Sanders were leaked. Their Florida district extends from west of Fort Lauderdale to Miami Beach. Catherine Garcia

August 30, 2016
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Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday night on Twitter that he will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The meeting will take place just a few hours before he is scheduled to deliver a speech in Arizona about immigration, The Washington Post reports. On Twitter, Peña Nieto's office said he extended invitations to Trump and Hillary Clinton to discuss the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, and his meeting with Trump will be private. A campaign official said Trump will be joined by Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, an immigration hardliner, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Bloomberg reports.

Sources familiar with the discussions told The Post that Trump and his advisers came up with the plan over the weekend and that Trump, pushed by campaign chief executive Stephen Bannon, asked for an expedited meeting. The trip will take place between a fundraiser Wednesday morning in California and the speech in Phoenix at night. Early in the campaign, Trump famously said Mexican immigrants are "bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people."

This is a developing story, and the post has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

August 30, 2016
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In Florida, incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio won his party's Senate primary on Tuesday, and will go up against Democratic primary winner Rep. Patrick Murphy in November.

With 68 percent of votes in, Rubio was ahead of challenger Carlos Beruff, a developer, 72 percent to 19 percent. On the Democratic side, with 69 percent of votes counted, Murphy is ahead of Rep. Alan Grayson, 59 percent to 18 percent. Rubio had said he would not seek re-election, but changed his mind after dropping out of the Republican presidential race, filing two days before the deadline. Catherine Garcia

August 30, 2016
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After a settlement deal fell apart, four survivors of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting are left having to pay the Cinemark chain at least $700,000.

The failed settlement and financial repercussions were laid out Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times, which pieced together the story through interviews with people involved in the talks between the owners of the Century Aurora 16 mutliplex and 41 plaintiffs, including survivors and relatives of victims. A federal judge overseeing their case had advised the plaintiffs that they should settle with Cinemark within 24 hours. Another group of survivors had filed a state lawsuit, and a jury decided Cinemark could not have foreseen the shooting, which left 12 dead and more than 70 injured during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Because of that ruling, the judge said, he would most likely also find the chain not liable for the shooting.

As plaintiff Marcus Weaver told the Times, the group had to decide if they were willing to accept $150,000 split among 41 plaintiffs. He said he didn't think it was enough, but was satisfied that the company was going to have to take new measures to protect guests. The plaintiffs also knew if they rejected the deal and the case moved forward, under Colorado law they would be responsible for Cinemark's court fees. As Cinemark drafted a press release announcing the settlement, one unidentified plaintiff rejected the deal. Weaver and 36 other plaintiffs quickly removed themselves from the suit, but four stayed on, and the judge ruled the next day in favor of Cinemark. The state court case cost $699,000, and the federal case is expected to be more.

Several plaintiffs and attorneys told the Times they were upset with how the state case was handled, and some federal plaintiffs were so suspicious of the weak case that rumors started to spread that Cinemark was actually behind it and wanted it to fail. Weaver, who married and had a child after the shooting, told the Times he is trying to move on with his life, but he can't shake what happened with the federal case. "Theaters aren't any safer," he said. "It's almost like everything was for naught." Catherine Garcia

August 30, 2016
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Singer Chris Brown was arrested Tuesday afternoon, more than 12 hours after detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department were sent to his home in the Tarzana neighborhood after a woman called 911 and said he pulled a gun on her, police said.

Brown was taken to LAPD headquarters, and arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, NBC Los Angeles reports. A 911 call came in at around 3 a.m. from outside Brown's home, and investigators spent several hours on the scene. In an Instagram video, Brown said he would stay put until they had a search warrant, and hours later, he left the house at about 2:30 p.m. to talk with an officer, CBS Los Angeles reports. TMZ says police retrieved at least one gun, other weapons, and drugs from the home.

TMZ says it spoke with the woman who called the police, identified as Miss California Regional 2016 Baylee Curran. Curran told TMZ she had spent time with Brown previously, and was at his home with a friend. He found her admiring a piece of jewelry, she said, and got angry, cursing at her and then pointing a gun. Curran said she asked for her cell phone, but members of Brown's entourage wouldn't let her have it unless she signed a non-disclosure agreement. She refused, she said, and left.

This is a developing story, and the post has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

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