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Senator Sinema, FTW! Maricopa County dropped another batch of votes last night, bringing the Arizona Democrat's lead up to about 32,000. McSally would have to take the remaining uncounted votes by a margin of 22 percent to win at this point. Which means Martha McSally is more likely to melt from someone throwing a bucket of water on her than to take Jeff Flake's seat.

Remember last Wednesday when Trump gave that bonkers presser and bragged about "retiring" Jeff Flake?

Hey, THANKS, DONALD!


We'll wait for the AP to make it official. But if Dave Wasserman is calling it, then the fat lady is singing.

BYE, GIRL! Take your ACA-hating, anti-choice, Planned Parenthood-defunding, pre-existing condition-lying, equal pay-opposing ass back to Tucson. Make sure to give a nice welcome to your successor in AZ-02, Democrat Anne Kirkpatrick. Hey, maybe Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will appoint you to fill out John McCain's old seat if John Kyl decides he can't face another winter in DC. The voters didn't want you, but maybe you'll get to run for the last two years of McCain's term in 2020. Keep telling them that lie about voting to protect pre-existing conditions -- it'll work next time for sure!

Perhaps we're being too hard on Rep. McSally. She hasn't descended into conspiracy loon lies about vote counting, like the rest of her depraved Republican cohort. Maybe because it always takes forever to count the votes in Arizona, so leaving a bunch of sound bites around complaining about it is counterproductive when you're contemplating another run. Maybe McSally actually holds out hope that she can pull off a win. Whatever the reason, golf clap for not shouting a bunch of wild nonsense about cheatin' Dems and summoning up a Russian troll storm to amplify the crazy.

We have no compunction whatsoever about dancing on Dana Rohrabacher's political grave, though. Putin's favorite congressman can fuck right off to a dacha, or join his dirty hacker pal in the Ecuadorean embassy. In fact, we'll have a whole post on that for you in a bit. But while we're in the Golden State, it looks like the Blue Wave is still washing a final few Republicans into the Pacific. The Cow Lover and Mister Sixty-Count Indictment held their seats easily (WTF?!?), but still ...

Luckily, the Republicans have a plan to stem the tide in California.

THAT SHOULD DO IT!

And speaking of bad takes, we'd like to pen a letter to our old selves. The sadder, angrier people who went to bed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning wondering what the fuck was wrong with America. The people who were so gutted when the Florida and Indiana numbers came in that we just grimaced at the news the Democrats had taken back the House. Those people need to CHILL OUT and learn some damn patience. Because not everyone votes on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. Arizona, where 75 percent of votes are cast by mail, is likely to become the norm nationwide, and we may not know the final election results for a week or more. Which means that the Wonkette liveblog might be ummm ... less than definitive. So no more crying in our beer before the results are in!

McCaskill, Donnelly, and Heitkamp lost. But Sinema, Tester and Rosen won, Florida Senate is anybody's guess at this point, we're still alive in Mississippi, and we're closing in on 40 flips in the House.

This was a huge blue wave, and we should celebrate it. Onward Wonkette soldiers!

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Yeah, that's definitely a repurposed animatronic Hillary (YouTube)

A whole bunch of protests were held today against the fake "president's" fake "emergency" declaration, with people turning out in cold crappy weather to call attention to the general nastiness of the guy who claims he absolutely had to do that declaration that wasn't necessary. Organizers with MoveOn.org said over 250 rallies were planned nationwide. So far, the national State Of Emergency doesn't appear to have caused any of the rallies to be cancelled, despite the very real possibility that terrified Honduran refugees fleeing violence in Central America might suddenly show up and ask for asylum.

Are there still actions taking place in your area? Check at MoveOn!

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WHAT. IS. PAUL. MANAFORT. HIDING?

Before Manafort pleaded guilty and signed up as a cooperating witness who didn't actually cooperate, we wrote this:

We have always kind of figured that Paul Manafort is the one who knows the whole Trump-Russia conspiracy story. He was the first big fish indicted, and they hit him for A LOT. Also note that just about all the other prosecutions that have come from the Mueller investigation so far have been farmed out by Mueller to different jurisdictions. Manafort, on the other hand, Mueller has kept squarely in his office. There has to be a reason for that.

Perhaps it's because, as this Josh Marshall podcast suggests, Paul Manafort, a foreign agent who worked for Oleg Deripaska, AKA Putin's favorite oligarch, and who got sideways financially with Deripaska, was literally sent into the Trump campaign by the Kremlin to do its dirty work. Perhaps the Steele Dossier is right when it suggests that the entire Trump-Russia election-stealing conspiracy was run by Manafort on the Trump side, and that others like (perhaps!) Michael Cohen only had to take over when Manafort's shit started to stink and the news media started reporting on his weird-ass Russian connections in the summer of 2016.

If it's possible, we are beginning to suspect it may be even worse than that.

On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller issued his sentencing recommendations for Manafort, after DC district court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled conclusively that the shady motherfucker very intentionally lied and blew up his cooperating agreement. Because Manafort defaulted, Mueller is no longer bound to recommend that Manafort's sentence be reduced, and is free to throw the book right at Manafort's face. HARD.

And that is what Mueller did! To be clear, the sentencing memo is harsh.

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