Sep 20, 2018

Six Republicans added to progressive group's 2018 target list

Florida GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan. Photo: Bill Clark/Roll Call

The progressive group Swing Left added six new GOP-held districts to their list of targeted races where they're channeling the energy of their 500,000 volunteers to try to help Democrats take back the House — they're now targeting a total of 84 races.

Why it matters: Although all of the districts are favorable to Republicans, per Cook Political Report ratings, Swing Left co-founder Ethan Todras-Whitehill says they're seeing a surge of grassroots activists in these areas who "can move the needle to secure critical wins."

The six districts are: Florida's 16th, Illinois' 14th, New York's 1st, Ohio's 12th, Pennsylvania's 16th, and Texas' 31st.

Go deeper: Swing Left has now raised more than $1 million for Democrats in competitive races who have raised less than their Republican opponents.

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Harvey Weinstein convicted in rape trial

Harvey Weinstein leaves New York City Criminal Court. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

A jury in Manhattan found film producer Harvey Weinstein guilty on two counts on Monday, including criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

Why it matters: Allegations of sexual assault and harassment from women in Hollywood against Weinstein nearly three years ago helped spark the global #MeToo movement.

Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.