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Rep. Trey Gowdy: Memo Does Not Discredit Mueller

Mediaite reports: Trey Gowdy seemed particularly eager to inform the country about the allegations that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sought a FISA warrant to investigate Trump in connection with Fusion GPS’ controversial dossier. Now that the memo is out, Gowdy has taken to Twitter to say that even though the memo raises certain questions, the bulk of the ...

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CDC To Cut Global Disease Response By 80%

The Washington Post reports: Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said. The CDC programs, part of a global health security initiative, ...

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FLORIDA: Court Strikes Down System For Restoring Voting Rights To Felons, Says Gov Has Unfair Influence

The Tampa Bay Times reports: The state of Florida routinely violates the constitutional rights of its citizens by permanently revoking the right to vote for anyone convicted of a felony, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said Florida’s system unfairly relies on the personal support of the governor for citizens to regain “this fundamental right.” In ...

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Arizona House Votes To Expel GOP Rep For Sexual Harassment, First Expulsion In Nation Since #MeToo

Phoenix’s Fox affiliate reports: The Arizona House of Representatives has voted to expel Rep. Don Shooter of Yuma, after a report ordered by legislative leaders of his own party showed he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment toward women. Shooter is believed to be the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be voted out of his seat since ...

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Nancy Pelosi Calls On Speaker Paul Ryan To Remove Devin Nunes As Chair Of House Intelligence Committee

Talking Points Memo reports: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday called on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to remove Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) as chair of the House Intelligence Committee over his decision to edit the committee’s controversial memo before sending it to the White House for review. “The decision of Chairman Nunes and House Republicans to release ...

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CANADA: National Anthem To Go Gender-Neutral

The BBC reports: The Canadian Senate has passed a bill that changes the text of the English-language version of the national anthem to make it gender-neutral. It now awaits royal assent by the governor general to become law. The move is set to change the words “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command” in the anthem, ...

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NFL Hall Of Fame Quarterback Brett Favre: The Only Way To Make Football Safer Is Not To Play [VIDEO]

Retired NFL Hall Of Fame quarterback Brett Favre issued a sobering assessment ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl: “How do you make the game safer? You don’t play. You know, I mean, is that going to happen? No, I think the NFL is here to stay, obviously. And that being said, I think we, we have started the ball rolling, ...

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Warning Signals Eyed In Fatal GOP Train Crash

The Associated Press reports: Benny Layne, on whose property the truck landed, said the crossing arms had been known to malfunction, sometimes coming down even though no train was approaching. Sometimes, he said, they stayed down for hours. He said motorists would get out of their cars to help guide other motorists around the malfunctioning arms so they could cross ...

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Trump And RNC Spent $5.5M On 2017 Legal Fees

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s campaign spent more than $1 million on legal fees during the final three months of 2017, according to a new filing late Wednesday with the FEC. Combined with the Republican National Committee, Trump’s campaign paid a total of $5.5 million in legal bills during 2017 amid probes into Russia’s role in the 2016 election. The ...

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Adam Schiff: Nunes “Secretly Changed” Anti-FBI Memo

Newsweek reports: The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee made “material changes” to a controversial memo before providing it to the White House to be considered for public release, according to the top Democrat on the committee. In a letter Wednesday night, Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic ranking member of the committee, accused Representative Devin Nunes, its Republican chairman, of ...

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Trump 2020 Finished Year With $22M Warchest

The Hill reports: President Trump’s reelection campaign announced that it ended 2017 with $22.1 million in the bank, touting the “grassroots support” that boosted fundraising in his first year in office. Trump’s campaign said it raised $6.9 million in the fourth fundraising quarter of 2017, which includes fundraising from October to the end of December. Of that total, about $2.1 ...

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SECRET SOCIETY: Emails Show “Anti-Trump” FBI Agent Wrote Draft Of Comey Letter Reopening Hillary Probe

CNN reports: Emails obtained by CNN show the FBI agent at the center of a Capitol Hill storm played a key role in a controversial FBI decision that upended Hillary Clinton’s campaign just days before the 2016 election: the letter to Congress by then-FBI Director James Comey announcing the bureau was investigating newly discovered Clinton emails. The new revelation about ...

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Scandal-Plagued Dem House Rep. Bob Brady To Retire

Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate reports: Rep. Bob Brady of Philadelphia, a plainspoken former carpenter and cheerleader for the city, will not seek another term in Congress, giving up the seat he’s held for two decades, his office said Wednesday.Brady revealed the news to reporters and Democratic Party ward leaders in Philadelphia, his hometown and the city where he has been the ...

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Trump Trails Obama In TV Ratings For First SOTU

Variety reports: Viewership of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address is down slightly in the Nielsen ratings compared to his first televised address to Congress last February as well as President Barack Obama’s first such address. On broadcast, Tuesday’s coverage of the speech drew 7.1 million viewers on NBC, 7 million on CBS, 5.4 million on ABC, ...

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DOJ Drops Case Against Dem Sen. Bob Menendez

NJ.com reports: In a shocking turnaround, the U.S. Justice Department has dropped its case against Sen. Robert Menendez. In a court hearing in Newark today, federal prosecutors moved to dismiss the corruption indictment against the New Jersey Democrat. Last week, a federal judge had acquitted Menendez and his co-defendant, Salomon Melgen, of seven of the 18 counts against them after ...

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WaPo Blasts Trump’s “Hollow And Divisive” SOTU

From the editorial board of the Washington Post: Have a president’s words ever rung more hollow? In his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump spoke of “what kind of nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people and one American family.” Yet Mr. Trump could not avoid, even for ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Super Blood Moon Total Eclipse

The Associated Press reports: The moon is putting on a rare cosmic show Wednesday. It’s the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. Hawaii and Alaska have the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. should have good viewing, too, along with ...

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POLL: 48% Found SOTU To Be “Very Positive”

CNN reports: Almost half of Americans who watched President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address — 48% — say they had a “very positive” impression of the speech, down from 57% of speech-watchers after his first address to match Barack Obama’s rating after his first State of the Union address, according to a new CNN poll conducted by ...

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Fact-Checking Site PolitiFact Crashes During SOTU

CNN reports: President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address proved too much for non-partisan fact-checking site PolitiFact Tuesday night. The website saw its servers crash for six minutes during the President’s speech. “Welp … our website just crashed. Thanks for reading ?!!? We’ll keep things up here on Twitter while we see what happened,” the website tweeted, citing ...

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Stormy Daniels Dodges And Weaves On Kimmel

CBS News reports: Porn star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had sexual encounter with President Trump in 2006, appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night but did not answer any questions about the alleged affair. While a statement was released from Daniels earlier Tuesday denying any affair, she appeared to hint on Kimmel’s show that she did not sign it. Kimmel ...

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