Jul 26, 2018

West Virginia official rejects Don Blankenship’s third-party Senate bid

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Don Blankenship’s bid to appear on the Senate ballot as a third-party candidate has been denied by Mac Warner, West Virginia Secretary of State, who argues that the bit would violate the state's "sore loser" or "sour grapes" law, which says a candidate who lost in the primary is prohibited from launching a bid in the general election.

Why it matters: This is a win for Republicans seeking to secure enough votes against Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin in the general election this fall, as the decision helps prevent Blankenship supporters from placing their votes elsewhere.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response

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President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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