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With last night’s Alaska primary, the much-heralded Republican Senate primary cycle came to a close (unless someone to Bill Cassidy’s right upsets him in Louisiana’s “jungle primary” on November 4). And with the victory of every Beltway Republican’s favorite to take on Mark Begich, former Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan (pictured), the GOP can congratulate itself on failing to nominate any blatantly self-destructive yahoos for competitive seats, and for not making any safe seats suddenly vulnerable — though that very nearly happened in Mississippi.

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And just like that, she's gone. Michelle Rhee is stepping down as head of Students First, a group that she started to aggressively lobby for and back candidates who support an education reform agenda. The apogee of her influence had already been waning by the time the organization got started — soon after she lost her post as the chancellor of Washington, D.C.'s schools. But now she's pretty definitively leaving the front lines of the fights plaguing American education.

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The outrage in #Ferguson was brought to the attention of the nation in part through the power of “Black Twitter,” the powerful online community of African-American users of the social media platform. But what is it about the microblogging platform that makes it the gathering place of choice for the African-American community?

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You can read the eight-page complaint at this link. The complaint essentially incorporates McDaniel’s 243-page complaint filed with the MS Republican Party into the complaint. He asks for votes from Hinds County and elsewhere to be thrown out, and for him to be declared the winner of the election. In the alternative, he asks for a new election [corrected]. The complaint puts great emphasis on his argument that any voters (i.e., (Black) Democrats) who voted in the Republican runoff should have their votes thrown out, because they violated Mississippi law by voting without having the intent to support the ultimate Republican nominee in the election.

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There is an odd recognition in Rich Lowry’s pearl-clutching POLITICO Magazine piece, “The Callow President.” Lowry, who only ends up on the high road when he takes the wrong exit, accuses Barack Obama of recently striking a “characteristically — and tellingly — juvenile and plaintive note,” but by making an argument with all the staying power of the bar napkin he wrote it on, Lowry’s insult comes back on its author.

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There’s been quite the buzz in the chattering classes this week over Robert Draper’s suggestion in the New York Times Magazine that the Republican Party, and perhaps even the nation, may finally prepared for a “libertarian moment,” likely through the agency of the shrewd and flexible politician Rand Paul. It’s obvious, in fact, that some of the aging hipsters Draper talks to who have been laboring in the libertarian fields for decades glimpse over the horizon a reconstructed GOP that can reverse the instinctive loathing of millennials for the Old Folks’ Party.

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