Election News

A road repair funding dispute continues to stall the approval of the state’s 2020 budget. The deadline for approving a budget is October 1. But agreement on a new budget has so far eluded Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the GOP-led legislature, hung-up on the major snag of how to fund road repairs.

Republican Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia will vacate his seat at the end of this year due to health concerns.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Stephen Fowler (@stphnfwlr), politics reporter at Georgia Public Broadcasting, about how the 74-year-old’s departure will impact state politics.

Updated at 3:11 p.m. ET

Former FBI Director James Comey violated official policy in the way he handled his memos describing his exchanges with President Trump, an investigation concluded — but Comey won't be charged.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz conducted the investigation into Comey's actions and then referred his results to prosecutors.

The Sept. 12 Democratic debate stage is set with just 10 candidates, ensuring there will be a one-night event in which the front-runners will finally come face to face.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest Democratic presidential candidate to drop out of the 2020 race.

She announced her exit Wednesday afternoon in a video posted on Twitter.

"It's important to know when it's not your time and to know how you can best serve your community and country," Gillibrand said. "I believe I can best serve by helping to unite us to beat Donald Trump in 2020."

Gillibrand thanked her volunteers and supporters in the video, saying "I'm so proud of this campaign and everything we've achieved."

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to a crowd of hundreds at the American Legion’s national convention in Indianapolis Wednesday. He made a case for the Trump administration’s re-election in 2020. 

A memorial first installed in 2008 to mark the spot where 14-year-old Emmett Till was recovered from the Tallahatchie River in 1955 has been repeatedly vandalized — shot through with bullet holes. The sign was removed last month after an image surfaced of three white University of Mississippi fraternity brothers posing next to it with guns.

Civil rights tour guide Jessie Jaynes-Diming says it was painful to see.

"It would be the same thing if I had a Bible up there, or if I had the flag up there and you shot it up," she says.

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Yes, it's a cliche: "Yoga saved my life."

Google the phrase, and you'll get 12 million matches!

But when Walter Mugwe says it, he really means it. It's not an exaggeration. It's the truth.

With Kimberly Atkins

Patriotism. Religion. Having children. American values are changing, reports a new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll. We explore national character in 2019.

Guests

Jeff Horwitt, Democratic pollster and senior vice president at Hart Research Associates.

Republican strategist Alice Stewart (@alicetweet) and Democratic strategist Bill Press (@BillPressPod) join Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson and Peter O’Dowd to discuss the week in politics, including how President Trump is preparing for Tropical Storm Dorian to hit Puerto Rico and the Democratic candidates who qualified for the third debate.

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