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Days. A year. Centuries, maybe

U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) on Wednesday officially accepted the GOP nomination for vice president in a meandering speech that praised the running mate he had once disparaged as a “reprehensible idiot.” It was one of many inconvenient facts whitewashed for prime time as Vance sought to depict himself as an unlikely success story from a Midwestern town “cast aside and forgotten by America’s ruling class,” our D.C. bureau reported.

Unhinged but also ELECTABLE

Today I was forced to remember that Vivek Ramaswamy is a person that exists, which of course means that now you, too, will be forced to remember that Vivek Ramaswamy is a person that exists.

Off the rails, as per usual

The Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign on Monday filed a federal lawsuit accusing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state officials of violating the National Voter Registration Act by directing government agencies to offer voter registration services, a responsibility allegedly delegated solely to lawmakers, the Michigan Advance reported.

Here we go

Politicians returned to politicking on Monday, less than 48 hours after Donald Trump survived an attempted assassination at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. The Biden campaign resumed its fundraising efforts, reminding supporters via email that “it would mean a lot to Joe to know you have his back today. Especially today” — an apparent reference to the Republican National Convention, which began as scheduled (though not necessarily as planned) in Milwaukee. 

The murder thing was just a mistake

Donald Trump was originally supposed to be sentenced Thursday in his New York hush money trial, which is now delayed until September courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of presidential power. I mention this because I kept thinking that something was supposed to be happening yesterday, and also because my toxic trait is that I find it difficult to begin talking about the 2024 election without mentioning that one of the nominees is a convicted felon. (The other one is, well, also going through it.)

I do not understand quantum physics

The Biden campaign on Thursday continued its Sisyphean attempts to assuage panicked lawmakers, this time by dispatching a trio of senior officials to a private lunch meeting with Senate Democrats. The gathering came a day after the caucus met on its own to discuss President Joe Biden’s future (results: unclear) and just hours before his first solo press conference since The Debate That Will Live In Infamy, our D.C. bureau reported

Self-solving problems

A federal judge on Tuesday declined to decide whether to overturn a pandemic-era law allowing mail-in ballots to be processed in Mississippi for up to five days post-election, saying he needed more time to review relevant case law and reflect on oral arguments, Mississippi Today reported.

One for the ages. Or for Tuesday.

Astonished at the breadth of distrust in elections following eight years of ceaseless election-related lies, several Arizona Republicans are fighting back by joining the board of a new bipartisan nonprofit seeking to bolster faith in elections. Which will, former Gov. Jan Brewer noted, “be tough,” because it turns out that a lot of people actually believe these conspiracy theories. Man, who’d have thought?

But not long enough

President Joe Biden spent Sunday on a campaign swing through Pennsylvania, seeking to shore up support in a key battleground state amid persistent speculation about the future of his candidacy in the wake of his disastrous performance in a June 27 debate (debacle) with Donald Trump. Biden began the day at a traditionally Black church in Philadelphia, where he gave brief unscripted remarks that attempted to make light of concerns over his age, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star reported.

Look, I don't control the news

That extremely on-trend topic comes to us from New Hampshire, where environmental regulators are monitoring public beaches for fecal contamination as well as cyanobacteria, which are not caused by waste but do resemble itoccasionally, the New Hampshire Bulletin reported.

Household repairs and our authoritarian future

The Missouri Republican Party must replace 54 national delegates and alternates – including two leading GOP candidates for governor — due to “alarming irregularities” in the selection process, a Republican National Convention committee ruled Friday. State leaders have until 5 p.m. Friday to name replacements, the Missouri Independent reported.

Curtain call

The conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court on Monday checked off yet another box on the Right Wing wish list, ruling 6-3 that former presidents enjoy “absolute” immunity for official actions taken while in office but may be prosecuted for unofficial conduct. The decision redefines the scope of presidential power and hands yet another win to Donald Trump, further delaying a pending election interference trial that will now almost certainly not begin before voters head to the polls in November, our D.C. bureau reported.