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GEORGIA: Election Server Wiped After Lawsuit Filed

The Associated Press reports: A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned. The server’s data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs the state’s election system. The data ...

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House Passes Senate Budget, Paves Way For Tax Cuts

CNBC reports: The House on Thursday narrowly approved a Senate version of the 2018 federal budget, clearing the way for the GOP-controlled Senate to pass a massive set of tax cuts later this year. By passing the Senate version of the budget, House Republicans kick-started the reconciliation process, a window during which the Senate can pass legislation with only a ...

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Trump Spends $1.75 Million On Office Furniture

NBC News reports: The Donald Trump administration is spending $1.75 million on furniture for the executive office, according to government procurement records. That includes $17,000 for custom rugs, $7,000 for “furniture pedestals,” and $5,000 for wallpaper. There’s also $12,800 for a custom conference table from a company that made one for former President Richard Nixon in 1969 (“Nixon paid for ...

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Trump Hails “Great Heritage” Of The Confederacy In Tweets Slamming Dem Candidate For Virginia Governor

The Hill reports: President Trump on Thursday again weighed into the Virginia governor’s race, arguing Republican nominee Ed Gillespie “will be a great governor” and slamming Gillespie’s Democratic opponent. Trump has previously tweeted support for Gillespie, who is running against Lt. Gov. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) in the Nov. 7 election. Northam quickly fired back, pointing to service in ...

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EPA Head Blames Security Costs On Personal Threats

Bloomberg reports: The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said an increase in his security detail is the result of an escalation in threats to him and his family. While environmental groups have pilloried the potential $1.9 million annual cost of round-the-clock security that comes as the agency moves to cut staff, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said security officials deemed ...

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Trump Hits New Approval Low In Fox News Poll

Business Insider reports: President Donald Trump’s approval rating sank to a new low in a Fox News poll, with only 38% of respondents telling pollsters they approved of Trump’s job performance. The poll, released Wednesday, comes after a turbulent month marked by a series of destructive hurricanes, the resulting crisis in Puerto Rico, and Trump’s ongoing controversy with several Gold ...

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Death Threats Keep Rep. Frederica Wilson Out Of DC

The Miami Herald reports: Congressional Democrats celebrated Rep. Frederica Wilson on Wednesday by wearing stickers adorned with a red cowboy hat and posing for a group picture on the steps of the Capitol. But one notable person was missing: Wilson herself. A source close to Wilson confirmed that the Miami Democrat was not in Washington this week due to ongoing ...

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FEC Complaint Accuses DNC And Clinton Campaign Of Hiding Payments For Fusion GPS Trump-Russia Dossier

Courthouse News Service reports: A nonpartisan group of election law experts on Wednesday accused the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 president campaign of violating federal financial disclosure laws to hide payments for a dossier that alleged connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia. In a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission, the Campaign Legal Center says the ...

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REPORT: Trump Decides Not To Deport Fugitive Chinese Billionaire After Learning He’s A Member At Mar-A-Lago

Raw Story reports: President Donald Trump was reportedly on the verge of deporting billionaire Chinese fugitive Guo Wengui, but changed his mind after aides informed him that Guo is a fellow billionaire and a member in good standing at the president’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago. According to Vanity Fair‘s Isobel Thompson, Guo is wanted on charges of rape, bribery and kidnapping ...

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MIAMI: Private Prison Giant Parties At Trump Resort After Landing $110M ICE Detention Center Contract

The Washington Post reports: In recent years, the private prison company GEO Group has held its annual leadership conference at venues near its Boca Raton headquarters. But this year, the company moved its gathering to a Miami-area golf resort owned by President Trump. The event last week, during which executives and wardens gathered for four days of meetings, dinner receptions ...

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POLL: Record-High Support For Legal Marijuana

Gallup reports: Americans continue to warm to legalizing marijuana, with 64% now saying its use should be made legal. This is the highest level of public support Gallup has found for the proposal in nearly a half-century of measurement. The trajectory of Americans’ views on marijuana is similar to that of their views on same-sex marriage over the past couple ...

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POLL: Majority Of Whites Say Anti-White Discrimination Exists (But Most Say It’s Never Happened To Them)

NPR reports: A majority of whites say discrimination against them exists in America today, according to a poll released Tuesday from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. More than half of whites — 55 percent — surveyed say that, generally speaking, they believe there is discrimination against white people in America ...

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Michael Bloomberg: Brexit Was The Single Stupidest Thing Any Country Did Until Trump’s Election [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul and former mayor of New York, has said Brexit is the “single stupidest thing any country has ever done” apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president. Bloomberg argued that “it is really hard to understand why a country that was doing so well wanted to ruin it” with ...

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TEXAS: Republican House Speaker Joe Strauss To Retire After Battling Hate Groups On Transgender Rights

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election in 2018, a decision that has the potential to upend the political balance of power of the state. Straus, who has lately been the most powerful moderate Republican in the Texas Capitol, said he will serve until the end ...

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BOSTON: Right Wing Rally Organizer Sues Mayor For $100M Over Alleged Comments Linking Him With Nazis

Boston’s NPR affiliate reports: One of the organizers of a recent and controversial self-described “free speech” rally on Boston Common is suing Mayor Marty Walsh, saying the mayor slandered him by linking its participants with white supremacists and other hate groups. Brandon Navom [inset], of Lowell, said in the suit filed in Berkshire District Court that he lost his job ...

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Junior Complains That Colleges Don’t Teach “Civility”

Lack of self-awareness is a Trump hallmark. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: Brought in for the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series, Donald Trump Jr. spent a significant portion of his 30-minute speech admonishing American universities, with a notable exception of those in Texas. The oldest son of President Donald Trump said Tuesday that universities across the country, and specifically the University ...

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ARIZONA: Bannon-Backed Pro-Trump Senate Candidate Kelli Ward Celebrates Jeff Flake’s Exit Announcement

The Hill reports: Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward (R), who was polling ahead of Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in the GOP primary before he announced he wouldn’t run for reelection, touted her chances of being elected in 2018 in a Fox News interview today. “We need new leadership, new GOP leadership in Washington, D.C., and I look forward to being a ...

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“Need To Impeach” Ad Hits Airwaves: Trump Is Mentally Unstable And Armed With Nuclear Weapons [VIDEO]

The ad below ran many times on CNN yesterday and first appeared Friday on YouTube, where it currently has over 800K views. TIME Magazine reports: California billionaire Tom Steyer has released an ad as the centerpiece of a $10 million campaign calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. “A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less. And today, people ...

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$300M No-Bid Puerto Rico Contract Awarded To Two-Man Company From Sec. Ryan Zinke’s Hometown

USA Today reports: A $300 million contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure, which was awarded to a small, two-year-old Montana company that had only two employees when Hurricane Maria struck the U.S. territory, has sparked calls for an investigation from both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. In addition to its size and relative inexperience, the fact that ...

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Senate Kills Obama-Era Rule Allowing Consumer Class Action Against Banks, Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote

Reuters reports: Banks, credit card issuers and other financial companies will be able to block customers from banding together to sue over disputes, after the U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly killed a rule banning the firms from using “forced arbitration” clauses. Republican Vice President Mike Pence appeared on the Senate floor at 10:11 p.m. EDT to cast the tie-breaking vote ...

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