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What We’re Following Today
It’s Friday, September 6.
‣ The U.S. economy added 130,000 jobs in August.
‣ A new report today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 450 cases in 33 states of a “vaping illness” that affects the lungs of healthy—and mostly young—people.
Here’s what else we’re watching.
Why People Still Love Steve King: The Republican from Iowa has become a pariah for his racist and xenophobic comments in recent years, even among members of his own party. When he won his most recent reelection campaign in November (his ninth), I chalked it up to party loyalty. But it became clear during my recent trip to my home state that many of his supporters simply don’t believe that he’s said anything wrong. Here’s what they told me.
Shifting Sands in the Lone Star State: Amid a spate of GOP retirements, Democrats are mobilizing to win back several Republican-held seats in Texas. They plan to bring a formidable challenge to Senator John Cornyn, and top Democratic strategists are debating how to turn the state blue in 2020. For the first time in decades, there’s a sense that Texas is competitive once again, Ronald Brownstein reports.