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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

Articles by Matt

Former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday criticized the one-week deadline Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans set for the FBI to complete a background investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Still, Comey wrote in a New York Times op-ed, “the F.B.I. is up for this. It’s not as hard as Republicans hope it will be.”

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When 85-year-old country music legend Willie Nelson joined 46-year-old Texas Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) on stage Saturday night in Austin, they were greeted by more than 50,000 people, according to O’Rourke’s campaign. Other estimates cite roughly 55,000 in attendance. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday those kind of numbers would make it the largest rally for a single candidate since “at least” the 2016 presidential campaign. Nelson even debuted a new song at the rally, “Vote ‘Em Out,” which he ended with a shout out to the Democratic candidate: “Thank you Beto, all the way buddy!” Watch below:

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Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro referred to Democrats as “demon-rats” Saturday, pulling a phrase usually reserved for internet comment sections and social media trolls onto prime time television. Watch below via Media Matters’ Matthew Gertz:

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