Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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The Cook Political Report reported Tuesday morning that Democrats will take back their majority and win five to seven Senate seats in November.

Cook Political Report's Senate analyst Jennifer Duffy wrote that it looks like Republicans have finally reached the point where they can no longer simply run their own races. They are being drowned out by their presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he is confident that he has laid the groundwork for Democrats to nuke the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees if they win back the Senate in November.

Envisioning Hillary Clinton in the White House and Democrats controlling the Senate, Reid warned that if a Senate Republican minority block her Supreme Court nominee, he is confident the party won't hesitate to change the filibuster rules again.

Such a move would be an extension of what Reid did in 2013 when he was still majority leader, eliminating filibusters (with a simple majority vote) on the President's nominees. There was only one exception: the Supreme Court. As it stands now, Democrats still need 60 votes to move forward with a Supreme Court nominee.

Reid said, however, that could change.

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LAS VEGAS – In the spin room after the debate Wednesday night, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer once again found himself trying to clean up one of his nominee's messes.

This time, he said that the RNC will accept the results of the presidential election after his nominee, Donald Trump, said on stage that he was going to leave American in suspense about whether he would accept the results.

"If he wins the election, which we think he will, then this won't be an issue, but regardless, ya know, we're going to accept the results and the will of the people."

The answer came after a repeated pushing from reporters. At first, Spicer insisted that Trump would "100 percent" accept the election when it came in November.

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LAS VEGAS – In a bizarre turn in the final debate Wednesday, Donald Trump once again stood up for Russian President Vladimir Putin and said that Putin has "outsmarted [Clinton] at every step of the way."

In an off-the-rails moment, the debate moderator Chris Wallace tried to gain control back.

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There was a moment in the second presidential debate that was so uncharted in American political history that it bears repeating: Donald Trump threatened to sic a special prosecutor on Hillary Clinton and jail her if he wins.

That chilling moment stood out even in one of the most dizzying weeks of a dizzying campaign, with Trump caught on tape bragging about groping women, numerous women coming forward to confirm he groped them, and him denying that these particular women were attractive enough for him to have groped. He also managed to insinuate that he didn't find Clinton all that attractive either, and he openly wondered why women weren't making similar sexual misconduct allegations about President Obama.

Former Republican Attorney General Michael Mukasey called Trump's debate barb that Clinton would be in jail if he were president a "watershed moment." The New York Times wrote this week how Trump's mere suggestion of locking up his political opponents reminded political scientists, not of American democracy, but of "troubled democracies abroad" in Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Historians who spoke with TPM about the way in which this election has defied the norms of presidential politics cited it as one of the starkest ways in which 2016 has– perhaps irreversibly– redefined our country's democratic system, but not the only one.

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The Trump campaign has officially severed ties with Ohio's Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges just weeks before the presidential election in the must-win battleground, according to a letter sent by Trump's Ohio state director.

After Borges expressed concerns about Trump's tactics in numerous interviews this week, the Trump campaign wrote in a letter that "Chairman Borges does not represent or speak for the candidate and he no longer has any affiliation with the Trump-Pence campaign."

"This past week, Chairman Borges conduced a self-promotional media tour with state and national outlets to criticize our party's nominee. I have no idea what game he was playing," wrote Trump's Ohio state director Robert Paduchik in the letter flagged by the Columbus Dispatch. “It’s no great secret that Chairman Borges was never fully on board, but his actions over the last week demonstrate that his loyalties to Gov. John Kasich’s failed presidential campaign eclipse his responsibility as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party."

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