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This year's last special election left Democrats energized and Republicans worried: A U.S. House race in Ohio that should have been a layup for Republicans instead wound up too close to call with 100% of the vote in, although Republican Troy Balderson and President Trump declared victory.
Why it matters ... Regardless of which way the race tips (in a district that Trump won by 11 points in 2016, and Mitt Romney carried by 10 in 2012), we have learned four things heading into the epic November midterms:
Be smart: Both parties will obsess about luring their own people to the polls, with little incentive or bandwidth for outreach to the middle (less likely to vote in midterms than in presidential elections) or the other side (everyone dug in).
"There are now at least 172 women nominees for U.S. House and 11 women nominees for governor — the highest in history, per the Center for American Women and Politics," Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
P.S. "Labor Gains Victory as Missouri Voters Reject Anti-Union Law," per the N.Y. Times' Noam Scheiber:
From this weekend's New York Times Magazine ... "War Without End," by C.J. Chivers, a Marine Corps infantry veteran of the Persian Gulf war who is a writer at large for the Magazine, and a former international correspondent for The Times (adapted from his new book, "The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq," out next Tuesday from Simon & Schuster):
"More than 2.7 million Americans have served in uniform in these wars":
Why it matters: "The foreign policies that sent these men and women abroad, with their emphasis on military action and their visions of reordering foreign nations and cultures, have not succeeded."
China appears determined to seize the AI "high ground" of future conflict, while the Pentagon "is still largely wedded to legacy weapons of the past," David Ignatius writes in this important Washington Post column:
At an Aspen Strategy Group conference, "Republicans and Democrats were equally passionate about spreading the message that this is a Sputnik moment for modernizing our military."
Be smart: "[T]here was an intense discussion here of the issue that’s vexing America this summer: the growing political polarization that’s creating so much discord that it’s becoming a national security problem."
"The courtroom showdown between Paul Manafort and his former right-hand man, Rick Gates, grew painfully personal ... as a defense lawyer forced Gates ... to admit he had a transatlantic extramarital affair and embezzled money to live beyond his means," the WashPost's Rachel Weiner, Matt Zapotosky, Roz Helderman and Devlin Barrett report:
"Snap’s Drop in Active Users Could Signal a Social Media Peak," the N.Y. Times' Kate Conger writes on the cover of Business Day:
"Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk jolted financial markets ... with a surprise proposal to take the electric-car maker private in what would be the biggest buyout in history," The Wall Street Journal's Mike Colias and Miriam Gottfried report (subscription):
"The way Mr. Musk broke the news added to the drama, disclosing in a casually worded tweet the prospect of a buyout that would be an enormously complicated transaction for a company struggling to generate cash."
"Rising energy demand means use of fossil fuels is heading in the wrong direction," The Economist reports in its lead editorial:
Be smart: "Averting climate change will come at a short-term financial cost — although the shift from carbon may eventually enrich the economy, as the move to carbon-burning cars, lorries and electricity did in the 20th century."
"Reusable notebooks where writing disappears with heat are among the basic school supplies raising their game against gadgets like iPads," AP national retail writer Anne D'Innocenzio reports:
"'Every Minute Matters': Disney Diehards Race to Hit 49 Rides in One Day" — Wall Street Journal A-hed by Nancy Coleman (subscription):
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