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Now that he’s officially out of the running for 2016, reporters and bloggers won’t have Mitt Romney to kick around anymore. The man whose candidacy came to a crashing end with one well-placed cellphone camera will forever be an object of curiosity. Cipher of a candidate that he was, the endlessly mutable Massachusetts governor was difficult to pin down: What exactly did he stand for? Just becoming president? And he seemed ambivalent about even that. The Real Romney, by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, published in that jittery year of 2012 when it looked like Mercurial Mitt might actually be our president, comes as close as anything to answering these questions.

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The House Select Committee hearings are swaying political independents and centrists to reject the power-grabbing tactics used by Donald Trump and his Republican enablers to overturn the 2020 presidential election, according to several polls and surveys of battleground state voters released on Thursday, June 30.

“Vast majorities of the American people are paying attention, and they are deeply concerned,” said Leslie Dach, co-chair of Defend Democracy Project, an advocacy group dedicated to the principle that voters determine the outcome of elections. “They believe that a crime has been committed. They want accountability in the courts and at the ballot box. And they hold not just President Trump responsible, but they hold his allies and Republicans responsible for what happened.”

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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