Laura Loomer Is Losing Her Effing Mind After Primary Defeat

INSIDE: James O'Keefe ... Mark Meadows ... Alex Jones
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: Laura Loomer waits backstage during a "Demand Free Speech" rally on Freedom Plaza on July 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. The demonstrators are calling for an end of censorship by social media co... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: Laura Loomer waits backstage during a "Demand Free Speech" rally on Freedom Plaza on July 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. The demonstrators are calling for an end of censorship by social media companies. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) MORE LESS

A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. This is TPM’s Morning Memo.

Wowsers, This Is Nuts

The far-right, conspiracy-trafficking, anti-Muslim internet personality Laura Loomer lost to incumbent Rep. Dan Webster in the FL-11 this week, and it wasn’t even particularly close. Webster won 51-44. But Loomer, in fitting Trumpian fashion, is refusing to concede in increasingly unhinged ways.

Loomer declared Thursday in a rambling and vaguely threatening statement: “I actually am the Congresswoman in Florida’s 11th District, and everyone knows it.”

Loomer is alleging without basis all kinds of corruption and voter fraud that led to her defeat, she’s going “scorched earth” against Webster and the Republican Party, and she is excusing her loss with Big Lie style misdirection and misinformation.

Just FedEx It!?!?

It’s becoming clearer as new reporting comes in that the National Archives bent over backwards to accommodate former President Trump and not escalate the dispute over government documents he took to Mar-a-Lago.

At one point last year, the National Archives let Trump send back his correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un via FedEx!

“Please let me know before you mail it and then pass along the tracking code once it has been sent. I need to make sure I have staff on this end to receive the package,” a National Archives official wrote to a Trump attorney and others in a June 2021 email obtained by CNN.

Redacted Mar-a-Lago Affidavit To Be Unsealed Today

The federal judge who approved the search of Mar-a-Lago has ordered the release later today of a redacted version of the affidavit the FBI used to obtain the search warrant. The Justice Department said it would propose extensive redactions, and the judge appeared to approve those redactions. Do not expect the redacted affidavit to be especially revealing.

Georgia Election Investigation Grinds On

  • The Georgia grand jury investigating Trump’s 2020 election interference is seeking testimony from Mark Meadows on Sept. 27.
  • The grand jury is also calling in Trump lawyer Sidney Powell and cyber researcher James Waldron, Politico reports.

This Is Getting Good

Take a peek at the upcoming deposition schedule in Dominion’s giant defamation case against Fox News for giving widespread play to conspiracy theories about the election tech company:

Friday: Tucker Carlson

Tuesday: Lou Dobbs

Wednesday: Sean Hannity

Quote Of The Day

Joe Biden: “It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the—I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”

This Soooo Damning

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas might be about to get its comeuppance.

Pennsylvania Is Having All The Fun

The spectacle of Fetterman v. Oz for Senate should be plenty, but Pennsylvania governor’s race is no slouch.

Case-in-point headline: Doug Mastriano pranked with fake poll by high school student

The Curious Case Of Alvin Bragg

Mueller probe attorney Andrew Weissmann reassesses the decision by the Manhattan district attorney to wind down his criminal probe of Donald Trump.

New This Morning From TPM

Matt Gaetz’s general election race is gonna be WILD, y’all

The Shifting Sands Of Abortion Politics

Aaron Blake: Buyer’s remorse could be creeping in for GOP on abortion

Landmark Union Expansion

A Michigan Chipotle became the first of the fast food chain’s stores to unionize.

Today’s Deep Dive

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PARADISE, CA – NOVEMBER 08: A firefighter looks on as a home is consumed by the Camp Fire on November 8, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading wildfire has ripped through the town of Paradise, charring 18,000 acres and destroying dozens of homes in a matter of hours. The fire is currently at zero containment. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

WSJ: Inside the Investigation That Secured a Guilty Plea for 84 Wildfire Deaths

Morally Bankrupt

Sandy Hook families accuse Alex Jones of hiding assets from them.

Must Read

David Corn: J.D. Vance Appeared With Podcaster Who Once Said “Feminists Need Rape”

Ukraine Update

NYT: Putin Orders a Sharp Expansion of Russia’s Hard-Hit Armed Forces

Reuters: Ukraine narrowly escapes nuclear catastrophe as plant loses power, Zelenskiy says

NYT:

The U.S. State Department and Yale University researchers said Thursday that they had identified at least 21 sites in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine that the Russian military or Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists are using to detain, interrogate or deport civilians and prisoners of war in ways that violate international humanitarian law. There were signs pointing to possible mass graves in some areas, they said.

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