Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has long fought to protect privacy in the U.S. and now says the FBI has gone too far with its "leadership failures" in the week before the election.

In a blistering statement Thursday, Wyden said that the FBI's "leadership failures" prove that intelligence agencies cannot be trusted on their own and must be held accountable by independent watchdogs.

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A North Carolina Republican leader pulled out a pair of handcuffs on MSNBC Thursday and said Clinton could be wearing them by Inauguration Day.

Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, was on MSNBC Thursday defending emails he'd sent about early voting in the state, but he quickly changed the subject. Woodhouse said that there was no "suppression vote problem in North Carolina" but that Democrats had a "depression problem."

"You know why? It's very simple their candidate – if elected–could have these on Inauguration Day," Woodhouse said holding up the pair of handcuffs.

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The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee warned Wednesday on Fox News that Hillary Clinton could be impeached if she were elected, essentially delegitimizing Clinton before Election Day.

Reacting to the FBI's announcement last week that it was reviewing a newly discovered batch of emails related to Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) was emphatic that impeachment would proceed if a criminal indictment of Clinton appeared imminent.

"This investigation will continue whether she wins or not, but assuming she wins and the investigation goes forward, and it looks like an indictment is pending, at that point of time in the Constitution, the House of Representatives would engage in an impeachment trial," McCaul said referring to a House investigation into Clinton's e-mails. "It would go to the Senate, and impeachment proceedings and removal would take place."

McCaul then went on to compare Clinton to Richard Nixon who resigned from the White House rather than face impeachment.

"I would hate to see this country be thrown into a constitutional crisis because of Hillary Clinton's behavior," McCaul said.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate majority whip, wouldn't say Tuesday if Republicans would permanently block Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court nominees if she were elected president, as some GOP senators have been promising on the campaign trail.

In a radio interview with KFYO in Texas, Cornyn said he didn't want to "speculate" about what Republicans should do if Clinton is elected and in a position to appoint Supreme Court justices.

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The presidential election takes the prize for the strangest thing happening on the ballot this cycle, but below the radar are don't-miss House races across the country.

There's a Republican congressman running in a competitive race without a campaign manager, former GOP Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa is sending out mailers touting legislation he worked on with President Barack Obama and Republican turned independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist is actually running in a newly drawn district against a Republican congressman who literally brought live mosquitos to the House floor this year to highlight Zika.

Flipping the House is a tall, tall order for Democrats this cycle, even as the party has tried to capitalize on Trump's propensity for gaffes and bombastic statements.

But these down ballot races are worth watching.

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