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BREAKING: GOP House Rep. Darrell Issa To Retire

CNBC reports: Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Ca., will not seek re-election later this year, opening up another battleground in the deep blue state as Republicans and Democrats spar for control of the House. Issa’s decision to leave Congress follows the announced retirement of Rep. Ed Royce, R-Ca., earlier this week. He announced the move in a statement on Wednesday. His decision ...

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Dolly Parton Drops “Dixie” From Attraction Name

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports: Dolly Parton’s Pigeon Forge dinner attraction, Dixie Stampede, has a new name. It’s now known as Dolly Parton’s Stampede, according to a news release from World Choice Investments. It also has a location in Branson, Missouri. Parton explained in the press release that the change streamlines the name of the show, will remove any confusion ...

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At Least 15 Dead In California Mudslides [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The death toll from the mudslides that struck Southern California climbed to 15 on Wednesday as rescue crews searched for anyone trapped, injured or dead in the onslaught that smashed homes and swept away cars. The torrential rainstorm that set off the disaster cleared out and was no longer a hindrance as searchers made their way ...

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White House Flips Out Over “Outrageous” DACA Ruling

The Hill reports: The White House called it “outrageous” that a federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day,” the ...

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Trump Administration Waives Punishments For Major Banks, Including One Trump Owes At Least $130 Million

The International Business Times reports: The Trump administration has waived part of the punishment for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates. One of the Trump administration waivers was granted to Deutsche Bank — which is owed at least $130 million by President Donald Trump and his business empire, and has also been fined ...

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Idaho Lawmaker Commits Suicide Amid Sex Probe

CBS News reports: A former Republican state lawmaker from Idaho who was facing a sexual abuse investigation has shot and killed himself, authorities said Tuesday. Brandon Hixon died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his home, the Canyon County Coroner’s office told CBS affiliate KBOI. A family member discovered his body. Officials have released no details about ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Federal Court Again Tosses Racist Districts Map, Orders No US House Elections Until Fixed

Raleigh’s NBC affiliate reports: A panel of three federal judges has ordered the state to redraw its congressional map again, forbidding North Carolina from holding this year’s scheduled U.S. House elections until it does. In doing so the court ruled that state legislators, seeking to address a racial gerrymander the court complained about with a previous map, put too much ...

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Details Emerge About Trump’s Coming Physical Exam

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump is getting his first medical checkup since taking office, a head-to-toe exam on Friday as questions swirl about the health and fitness of the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. In advance, the 71-year-old president has pushed back vigorously against suggestions he’s mentally unfit, declaring himself “a very stable genius.” ...

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Online Sellers Rush Out Oprah 2020 Merch

The Hill reports: She hasn’t yet announced any plan to run for office, but online sellers are already creating a frenzy with “Oprah 2020” gear. From shirts to mugs to mousepads, multiple sites are awash in Oprah-themed presidential swag, created just days after Oprah Winfrey delivered a stirring speech at Sunday’s Golden Globes and immediately stoked talk of a White ...

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SNAP: Sen. Jeff Flake Mocks Joe Arpaio’s Senate Bid

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Tuesday dismissed former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s bid for the Republican nomination to replace him in the Senate, and said he’ll fizzle out as a candidate. “Write about it fast because it won’t last long,” Flake told reporters at the Capitol after attending a meeting at the White House on ...

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Senate Dems Release Fusion GPS Testimony

CNBC reports: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Tuesday released the full transcript from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice,” Feinstein said ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

We wonder if Sanders will mention this: CNN has announced a number of new assignments for its White House and Washington-based correspondents, timed to the start of President Trump’s second year in office. Jim Acosta has been named CNN’s chief White House correspondent. Acosta has covered the Obama and Trump White Houses for CNN since 2013. Pamela Brown will move ...

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Dem House Rep. Brendan Boyle Intros “Stable Genius Act” Requiring Medical Exams Of Presidential Candidates

The Philly Voice reports: Philadelphia congressman is pushing a piece of legislation with a painstakingly crafted title that challenges President Donald Trump’s mental fitness for office. U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Democrat who represents parts of Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County, announced Tuesday the introduction of the “Standardizing Testing and Accountability Before Large Elections Giving Electors Necessary Information for Unobstructed ...

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Trump: I’d Beat Oprah, It Would Be Fun [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he could beat media mogul Oprah Winfrey in a presidential contest but said he did not think the actress and talk show host would run. Trump, speaking to reporters during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House, said he liked Winfrey, whose rousing speech at the Golden Globe awards show ...

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Trump To Attend “Globalist” Davos Forum

The New York Times reports: President Trump is expected to attend the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, in the coming weeks, an administration official said Tuesday. In a statement, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said the president was looking forward to attending the gathering of world leaders and business executives. Mr. Trump’s planned appearance at an ...

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Gayle King: Oprah Is “Intrigued” About Running

CBS News reports: There is growing speculation that Oprah Winfrey may challenge the president in 2020 after her rousing speech at Sunday’s Golden Globes. Winfrey’s best friend and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King said on Tuesday “I do think she’s intrigued by the idea.” Winfrey’s partner, Stedman Graham, started much of the talk when he told the Los Anegels ...

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Tony Schwartz: Trump Has “Clearly Deteriorated”

Joe DePaolo writes: Tony Schwartz — co-writer of Trump’s The Art of the Deal — has carved out a niche as something of a Trump-whisperer on cable news. Speaking with Alisyn Camerota, the author stated that he thinks the president is getting less stable. “He has clearly deteriorated,” Schwartz said Tuesday on CNN’s New Day. He added, “Any reasonable person ...

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North And South Korea To Hold Military Talks

Reuters reports: North and South Korea agreed to hold military talks, a joint statement said after the two Koreas engaged in formal dialogue on Tuesday for the first time in more than two years. North Korea also decided to send a high-ranking delegation and a cheering squad to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, but the head ...

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WATERMELON: Trump Mumbles The National Anthem

Mediaite reports: Prior to the start of last night’s college football championship game between Alabama and Georgia, President Donald Trump took to the field to participate in the pregame singing of the national anthem. Considering that the president has made a really big deal about athletes showing respect during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, this presented the opportunity for ...

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SRSLY: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Grants “Exclusive” Interview To His Wife At Right Wing Site

From the increasingly far-right Daily Caller: Justice Clarence Thomas is in his 27th term in the U.S. Supreme Court, and he agreed to become the 341st leader interviewed for my Daily Caller News Foundation series. Now at age 69, he is looking back on his life with gratitude and discernment with valuable lessons for others. People often want to define ...

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