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BRANDON RAYGO

Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.

Hillary Clinton was caught by surprise by Wisconsin loss, she says in her book: Bill Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Hillary Clinton didn't campaign in Wisconsin during last year's general election, but her book managed to land in the state Tuesday. And she'll be coming to Wisconsin in November. Only, instead of fighting for votes in a crucial battleground state, she'll be on tour to share her story and promote her book, 'What Happened,' during a Nov. 9 appearance at the Riverside Theater. The cheapest seats go for $145. The book is likely to reopen old wounds among Democrats, especially in Wisconsin, and draw a fresh round of derision from Republicans. It's an up-close-and-personal look at the campaign from Clinton's perspective. Wisconsin is but a tiny slice in a wider story. Clinton became the first Democrat presidential nominee to fail to win Wisconsin since 1984. The defeat here was part of the crumbling of the so-called blue wall of states, as President Donald Trump won in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. 'For example, some critics have said that everything hinged on me not campaigning enough in the Midwest,' Clinton writes in her book. 'And I suppose it is possible that a few more trips to Saginaw or a few more ads on the air in Waukesha could have tipped a couple of thousand votes here and there.' 'But let's set the record straight,' Clinton writes. 'We always knew that the industrial Midwest was crucial to our success, just as it had been for Democrats for decades, and contrary to the popular narrative, we didn't ignore those states.'" Read more.


Kenosha drops out of bid for Foxconn: The Kenosha News reports: "Mayor John Antaramian publicly pulled the plug Tuesday on Kenosha’s bid to house the massive proposed Foxconn Technology Group plant. 'The job I have is to protect the city of Kenosha,' Antaramian said at an afternoon news conference. A day earlier, he sent a letter to Gov. Scott Walker saying the city was pulling out due to concerns that apparently went unheeded by state officials. Antaramian said the proposed Foxconn legislation won’t work for Kenosha because it puts local taxpayers at risk to cover potentially unmet future costs. While some issues were dealt with, others, including three major obstacles to the city housing the proposed $10 billion Foxconn liquid crystal display manufacturing plant, went unheeded, according to Antaramian. For those reasons, he said, Kenosha’s withdrawal now leaves only Racine, combined with Mount Pleasant, in the running for the plant. 'Foxconn is a wonderful opportunity for the region,' Antaramian said, noting the city and county of Kenosha will benefit greatly from the plant being built in Racine County." Read more.


Nun with a chainsaw becomes symbol of post-Irma cleanup: 'She rocks': Bill Chappell of NPR writes: "The cleanup after Hurricane Irma is a massive undertaking, after the destructive storm hit Florida and neighboring states over the weekend. In Miami, a nun chipped in to clear trees in her neighborhood — and no one, it seems, can resist a story about a chainsaw-wielding nun. Sister Margaret Ann was spotted at work by an off-duty officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department, which posted video and images from the scene Monday. The department calls the sister's work another sign that Miami's community will work together to repair what Irma broke, writing on its Facebook page, 'Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this!' Sister Margaret Ann is the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, southwest of downtown Miami — which wrote on its Facebook page early Tuesday, 'We are so blessed to have her and the Carmelite Sisters at our school. We are proud of the example they show for our students and other members of the community every day.' The phrase 'chainsaw-wielding nun' is one we didn't know we would need to use in the wake of Irma, but it shows the breadth of the work it will take to recover from this storm — in Florida, in neighboring states, and in the Caribbean." Read more.


More than 3 years after attempted killing, trial begins in Slender Man case: Bruce Vielmetti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "A girl who helped a friend try to kill their classmate shouldn't be held criminally responsible for the crime because she believed at the time that she and or her family would be killed by the internet character Slender Man if she didn't act, her lawyer told a jury Tuesday. 'How could she have believed this?' Joseph Smith Jr. asked rhetorically. He said three psychological experts would explain how his client, Anissa Weier, and her co-defendant, Morgan Geyser, shared a delusion and lost touch with reality. During his opening statement, Smith played segments of Weier's disturbing interrogation during which she described Slender Man and his purported powers to a police detective who had never heard of the character. 'He could easily kill my whole family in three seconds,' she tells the detective. A prosecutor said the state won't dispute the experts but said the real issue is why Weier went along with the attack. 'She wanted to preserve her one and only friendship' with Geyser, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Osborne said, and she knew the stabbing was wrong because she twice declined to do it herself as originally planned. Instead, Osborne said, Weier told Geyser to do it. 'Go berserk,' was the command, he said. The opening statements began what is expected to be a weeklong trial on whether Weier should be sent to prison or committed to a state mental hospital." Read more.


Justices allow refugee ban while case proceeds: Adam Liptak of the New York Times writes: "The Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily allowed the Trump administration to stop some 24,000 refugees from entering the United States while the court considers broad challenges to the administration’s revised travel ban. The court’s brief order effectively reversed part of an appeals court ruling that had lifted the travel ban’s restrictions on the nation’s refugee program. There were no noted dissents. The appeals court had also rejected the administration’s efforts to bar travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries by people with grandparents, uncles, aunts and other relatives here. The administration did not challenge that part of the appeals court’s ruling, and the Supreme Court did not address it. The court will hear arguments on the lawfulness of the travel ban on Oct. 10. Tuesday’s order was the latest in a series of interim measures interpreting statements in a June ruling in which the court agreed to hear the case. In the meantime, the court temporarily reinstated the travel ban — but only for people without 'a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.'” Read more.

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Ryan transferred $2M to NRCC in August: Elena Schneider of Politico writes: "House Speaker Paul Ryan in August transferred $2 million to the NRCC, bringing his total haul for House Republicans’ campaign arm to nearly $30 million in 2017. Ryan's fundraising accounted for more than half of what the NRCC raised in August, just before a round of GOP retirements put more battleground districts at risk ahead of a potentially difficult — and expensive — 2018 election for House Republicans. In the last week, Michigan's Dave Trott, Pennsylvania's Charlie Dent and Washington's Dave Reichert announced their plans to not run for reelection, vacating competitive seats that will prove more expensive without an incumbent congressman on the ballot. Earlier this year, Florida's Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also said she would also not run for reelection, in a seat that Hillary Clinton won by 20 points in 2016. But the NRCC's fast fundraising pace, with nearly $34.7 million banked for the 2018 campaign by the end of July, has emerged as a strength for House Republicans facing a growing battleground map. The DCCC had $22.8 million on hand at the end of July, according to the most recent FEC reports, though it has outraised the NRCC for three months in a row. 'Each retirement costs a couple million dollars of campaign money, and Republicans have over performed in recent years, so we have some vulnerabilities,' said former NRCC Chairman Tom Davis. '[But] any criticism Ryan gets, he’s a fundraising champ. It’s hard to think of anyone who has the persona that can raise money the way he’s done.'” Read more.


The iPhone X is the one phone where you’ll really want to wait for the reviews: Vlad Savov of The Verge writes: "With all the leaks ahead of Apple’s big event this week, we thought we knew all about the iPhone X. It’s just a $999 combo of iOS, a bezel-less OLED screen, wireless charging, and a polished glass back, right? We’re familiar with all of those things, even the eyebrow-raising price, from the world of Android, so the radically redesigned new iPhone flagship shouldn’t feel all that radical. But for myself (and, I imagine, most current iPhone users), Apple’s presentation threw up more questions than answers, and it positioned the iPhone X as the most enigmatic phone we’ve seen in years. Here’s a rundown of the things I’d want to know more about before passing judgment on this most fundamental of iPhone redesigns: If you want to talk about a revolution for hundreds of millions of smartphone users, Apple’s removal of the iPhone’s home button is it. A decade’s habit of hitting the home button to safely return to your starting position is being wiped out with this change in the iPhone X. Every non-techie I know, when encountering a new mobile device, has looked for a home button, not a home swipe." Read more.