Nov 16, 2018

Stacey Abrams is preparing to take Georgia's governor race to court

Stacey Abrams. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Stacey Abrams' campaign is preparing for an unprecedented legal fight in the Georgia governor's race that will rely on a statute that allows losing candidates to challenge results based on “misconduct, fraud or irregularities” in the voting process, the AP reports.

Why it matters: If Abrams' challenge is successful, it could lead to another round of voting in Georgia's election for governor. The unofficial vote count currently shows Republican Brian Kemp in the lead with 50.2% of the vote — just above the 50% threshold needed for a runoff election in December. But Abrams' case could break that threshold.

The backdrop: Kemp served as the state's chief elections officer until just two days after the election, during which he was accused of improperly removing hundreds of thousands of people from voter rolls ahead of the election.

Yes, but: The burden of proof is high for Abrams' case. The strategy is a long shot, given the statute has never been used in a race with such high stakes. Her campaign must prove that there was a mistake made during the process that drastically shifted the outcome of the race in order to win.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.