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Immigration hardliner and Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul Babeu announced Monday he is beginning his second congressional bid after a scandal pushed him out of a 2012 bid for the House.

Babeu most recently dabbled in national politics when he briefed retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on the state of illegal trafficking in Pinal County.

But the sheriff may be best known for a 2012 incident in which his former lover gave text messages and explicit photos of Babeu to local media and said the immigration hardliner threatened to deport him.

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Get ready for more Mika and JoeScar.

MSNBC is considering expanding its morning news talk show, "Morning Joe," beyond its current three-hour time slot to give co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough an even bigger platform on the West Coast, an executive told Variety in an interview published Monday.

Andrew Lack, who supervises MSNBC and NBC News, called the show "the most influential" morning cable news program on television, and said the network was considering how to expand the program, although a plan hadn't been finalized.

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Erick Erickson will transition out as editor of RedState, the conservative website he founded, and has named Leon Wolf, a writer for the site, as managing editor of RedState, the Huffington Post reported on Monday.

Erickson's departure comes after RedState was acquired by Salem Communications, a group that manages conservative talk radio shows and owns media entities like Twitchy. As the Huffington Post noted, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in August that Erickson may leave RedState to focus on his radio work with Salem's competitor, Cox Radio Group.

The Huffington Post obtained a memo from Jonathan Garthwaite, vice president and general manager of Townhall Media, a conservative site owned by Salem.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) -- who is challenging House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as the conservative alternative to replace House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) -- said he would be willing to risk a default on the national debt or a government shutdown to extract demands from President Obama.

"I have no interest in just simply raising the debt ceiling without changing the trajectory of spending," Chaffetz told CNN Monday. "It's a time where we should be reflecting on, what are we going to do so that we don't have to keep changing the debt ceiling and raising it."

The Treasury Department has signaled a Nov. 5 deadline for raising the debt ceiling, which is only days after Boehner is set to step down from the speakership. In 2011, Standard & Poors downgraded the U.S.'s credit rating after Republicans seemed willing to blow past the debt ceiling deadline.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) –€” Another day of heavy rain drenched an already inundated South Carolina on Monday as rescue teams went door-to-door to check on people in swamped neighborhoods and authorities surveyed a statewide road system torn apart by historic flooding.

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Facing accusations of bringing back Jim Crow, Alabama officials are arguing that the closure of 31 driver's license offices will not make it harder to vote in the state -- which requires government-issued photo IDs at the ballot box -- because of the state's efforts to provide a free state-issued ID for voting.

However, since the photo ID voting law went into effect in 2014, only a small portion of the estimated 250,000 Alabamans who do not already have the accepted IDs have obtained the free version. In 2014, an election year, only 5,294 of those IDs were issued, state officials told TPM.

The number of IDs issued this year is even smaller. As of September 28, 1,442 IDs had been issued since January 2, 2015.

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