Politics

REPORT: Obama Was Told In August 2016 That Putin Directly Ordered Hacking To Benefit Trump [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. The White House debated various options to punish Russia, but facing obstacles and potential risks, ...

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Jeff Sessions On DOJ Pride Event Honoring Transgender Student: We’ll Protect And Defend Trans Rights [VIDEO]

THIS was expected. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A day after an LGBT employee group at the Justice Department announced plans to honor lawyers and a student seeking to advance transgender rights at a pride month program next week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke positively to staff Thursday about the upcoming event. “We are going to have a pride group, ...

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Trump Taps Billionaire Pharma Mogul And NFL Franchise Owner Woody Johnson To Be Ambassador To Britain

Swampity! The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump officially announced his intent to nominate New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to be ambassador to the United Kingdom. The White House confirmed the news Thursday night in a press release. If approved by the Senate, Johnson would be taking over one of the top American diplomatic posts. He contributed millions of dollars ...

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Four Republican Senators Oppose Trumpcare Bill Because It Doesn’t Fully Repeal Obamacare [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Four conservative Republican senators announced Thursday that they opposed the current version of GOP Senate leadership’s health care bill as written. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement they’re “not ready to vote for this bill.” “Currently, for a variety of reasons, ...

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Cops Drag Wheelchair-Bound Trumpcare Protesters Away From Sen. Mitch McConnell’s DC Office [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I wonder how many a video is worth. In newly surfaced footage posted to Twitter on Thursday, protesters in wheelchairs and wearing medical equipment are carried and dragged away from outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s office, where they were protesting the GOP’s health care bill. The protesters, participating ...

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Obama Blasts Senate Trumpcare Bill As A “Massive Transfer Of Wealth” To The Richest People In America

From President Obama’s personal Facebook page: The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with ...

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Congressional Black Caucus Rejects Trump Invite

The New York Daily News reports: The Congressional Black Caucus sends its regrets to “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault.” The CBC on Wednesday rejected the reality star villain-turned-adviser’s invite to meet with President Trump, citing his inaction on their key policy issues — and following a report some of its members had been miffed by Manigault’s grandiose sign-off. “Given the lack ...

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Senate Republicans Finally Unveil Trumpcare Bill Details

CBS News reports: Senate Republicans unveiled a “discussion draft” of the bill Thursday of their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that would end the health care law’s penalties for people who don’t buy insurance, cut back an expansion of Medicaid, but would keep more protections for people with pre-existing conditions, compared to a House-passed bill. The measure would also ...

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Trump: I Only Want Rich People In Charge [VIDEO]

TIME Magazine reports: Contradicting rhetoric from his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump explained why he chose Wall Street billionaires for several of his Cabinet roles during a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday evening. “So somebody said, ‘Why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?’ I said, ‘Because that’s the kind of thinking ...

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Montana Dems Gift GOP House Rep. Greg Gianforte With An Orange Jumpsuit As He’s Sworn Into Office

From the Montana Democrats: Today, convicted criminal Greg Gianforte – who, after infamously picking up another person, slamming him to the ground, and then punching him, blamed it on the victim – will be sworn into Congress. To celebrate the occasion, the Montana Democratic Party mailed him a gift. Everyone knows you need plenty of suits to work on Capitol ...

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NEW YORK: State Senate Confirms Judge Paul Feinman As First Openly Gay Man On State’s Highest Court

The Associated Press reports: New York’s highest court has a new member. The state Senate on Wednesday confirmed Paul Feinman to serve on the Court of Appeals. He will be the first openly gay person to serve on the court. Feinman has been a judge for more than 20 years. He fills a vacancy created by the death of Judge ...

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Trump Fans Send Death Threats To Family Of Julius Caesar Director And Staffers At Unrelated Theaters

Gothamist reports: The Public Theater’s controversial production of Julius Caesar closed Sunday night, but the so-called “right-wing hate machine” surrounding the play continues to churn, with a torrent of anonymous threats made in recent days against the Public Theater’s director Oskar Eustis, as well as other Shakespeare companies across the country. The Post reports that Eustis and his wife have ...

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US House Republicans Block Democratic Resolution Demanding Trump’s Tax Returns For The Tenth Time

The Hill reports: For the tenth time in the last several months, Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic resolution offered on the House floor to request President Trump’s tax returns. The measure was defeated on a procedural vote of 227-188 that fell largely along party lines. The resolution considered Wednesday was offered by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), the top Democrat ...

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ISRAEL: Noted Diplomat Jared Kushner Arrives To Broker Peace, Journalist Forced To Delete Photos

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump’s son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner, has arrived in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories for a whistlestop visit aimed at restarting the long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Kushner’s carefully managed visit – conducted far from media scrutiny and lasting less than a day – comes amid scant indication of any imminent breakthrough between ...

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Republicans Will Get Tired Of Winning If Democrats Don’t Get An Agenda [VIDEO]

Fox News reports: Democrats did hold on to a seat in California earlier this month. But Republicans are now boasting a “5-0” record in special elections for seats Democrats sought to flip — counting Georgia twice, as Ossoff was unable to lock down an outright win in the initial contest and lost to Handel in the runoff. The Georgia race ...

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Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: It’s A “Plain And Simple” Fact That Putin Himself Ordered The Hacking

Raw Story reports: Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday bluntly shot down any doubts about whether Russia was responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee that was intended to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. “The Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyber attacks on our nation for the purpose of ...

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House Republicans Block Russian Sanctions Bill

The Hill reports: A bill that slaps new sanctions on Russia, and passed the Senate almost unanimously, has hit a major stumbling block in the House. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said the legislation has been flagged by the House parliamentarian as a “blue slip” violation, referring to the constitutional requirement that revenue bills originate in the House. “The House obviously ...

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Trump Mocks Democrats Over Ossoff’s Loss

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump slammed the Democratic Party Wednesday morning for what he described as a failure to work with Republicans in Congress. Trump late Tuesday also mocked Democrats for losing five special elections since he was elected president. On Tuesday night, Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in the special election for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, ...

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GEORGIA: Karen Handel Wins US House Race

CNN reports: Republican Karen Handel has won Georgia’s high-stakes special election, CNN projects, the most expensive US House race on record. A little after 9:45 p.m. ET, Handel led Democrat Jon Ossoff by 5.7 percentage points, with 136 out of 208 precincts counted and 190,000 votes reported. At a Hyatt Regency in northern Atlanta, more than 100 Handel supporters packed ...

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LIVE THREAD: Georgia US House Election Returns

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Heavy rain made for a wet afternoon in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, although it was unclear if the deluge will have much of an effect on voting as the hours ticked closer to the end of Tuesday’s nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The National Weather Service said storms would likely ...

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