What We’re Following Today
It’s Friday, February 22. The past few weeks have offered a roller-coaster ride of news reports teasing the Russia investigation’s end date: A Department of Justice official is now saying that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report will not be delivered this week or next. Here’s what else we’re following:
No Other Option: North Carolina state officials on Thursday ordered a new election in the state’s Ninth Congressional District, the only remaining 2018 House race without a declared winner. The official count had the Republican Mark Harris ahead of the Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes, but Harris’s campaign has for months been mired in allegations of fraud. A redo—of both the primary and general election—in other words, has been a long time coming, writes David Graham.
The Last Never-Trump Holdouts: Last month, a handful of former staffers of the now-defunct Weekly Standard magazine launched a brand-new conservative news site. Their mission? Naming and shaming the prominent Donald Trump supporters in the conservative elite, reports McKay Coppins.
2020 Watch: There have been whispers for a while now that Larry Hogan, the moderate Republican governor of Maryland, would challenge President Trump in the GOP presidential primary. But this week, he ruled it out, saying he isn’t interested in a “kamikaze run.” There is still only one Republican who plans to challenge Trump in 2020, and a whole host of Democrats. Read about them all here.