Politics

LIVE VIDEO: Sen. Cory Booker To Testify Against Jeff Sessions During Attorney General Confirmation Hearing

UPDATE: Things are set to begin shortly. The hearing begins at 9:30AM Eastern and will be broadcast on all cable networks and via the live-stream embedded below. CNN reports on a breaking development: Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is set to testify against Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions Wednesday in an unprecedented move during his attorney general confirmation. This would be the ...

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Russian Town Wants To Name Street For Trump

Hair Furor Highway? CNN reports: The incoming U.S. president is popular in Russia, in part for his praise of Vladimir Putin, and one town is looking for a way to honor Donald Trump. Many in the town of Ryazan, about 150 miles outside Moscow, are hoping for a thaw in U.S.-Russian relations and pinning those hopes on President-elect Trump. Sergey ...

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DeVos Confirmation Hearing Delayed One Week

The Senate confirmation hearing for billionaire anti-LGBT activist Betsey DeVos has been delayed by one week. NPR reports: DeVos’ hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, but late on Monday night the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions committee announced it had been delayed until Jan. 17, next Tuesday. The move comes after Democrats had raised concerns about the wealthy philanthropists’ incomplete ...

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REPORT: Trump Security Council Pick Monica Crowley Also Plagiarized Portions Of Her Doctoral Dissertation

Politico Magazine reports: Monica Crowley, President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for a top National Security Council job, plagiarized numerous passages in her Ph.D. dissertation, Politico Magazine has found. An examination of the dissertation and the sources it cites identified around more than a dozen sections of text that have been lifted, with little to no changes, from other scholarly works ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Democrats Begin (Maybe) All Night Shame-A-Thon On GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Campaign

The Washington Post reports: House Democrats hit public relations gold last year when they staged a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun control. Now Senate Democrats hope they can re-create the glow for Obamacare. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced Monday that Democrats will “hold the floor late into the night” to protest GOP ...

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Trump On Distancing Himself From His Companies: All I Can Say Is That It’s Very Simple, Very Easy [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: President-elect Donald Trump is again insisting that it will be “simple” to disentangle himself from his extensive international business interests. Trump tells reporters during a brief appearance in his Trump Tower lobby that he plans to address the topic at a press conference planned for Wednesday. “All I can say is it’s very simple, very easy,” ...

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REPORT: No White House Job For Ivanka, Husband Jared Kushner To Take No Salary To Dodge Ethics Rules

Via Reuters: President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will become a senior White House adviser and work on trade deals and the Middle East, transition officials said on Monday, in a rare case of a close presidential family member taking on a major job. Kushner, 35, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is taking the job after receiving legal ...

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Chuck Schumer Trolls Mitch McConnell With His Own 2009 Letter Demanding Delay For Obama’s Nominees

Vox reports: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has a simple request for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees must meet the same traditional standards that were demanded of President Barack Obama’s nominees eight years ago. In fact, the request is so similar that Schumer sent the exact same letter McConnell sent to Harry Reid, then the Democratic ...

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Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech Spawns Avalanche Of Donations To Journalism Non-Profit [VIDEO]

Money Magazine reports: Donations are pouring in to the Committee to Protect Journalists after Meryl Streep urged viewers to support the non-profit at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards. Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement to denounce President-elect Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter in 2015. She went on to encourage the ...

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Fiat Chrysler: No, Donald Trump, You Had Nothing To Do With Our Long-Planned Billion-Dollar Expansion

Think Progress reports: On Sunday, FCA US, the parent company of Fiat and Chrysler, announced that it will spend $1 billion to expand plants in Michigan and Ohio and create 2,000 more jobs in the U.S. The move, as the company made clear in its press release, is simply the next phase in an expansion plan it announced last year ...

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ALL IN THE FAMILY: Trump Son-In-Law Jared Kushner To Be Senior Adviser Despite Anti-Nepotism Laws

CNN reports: Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be senior adviser to the president, a senior transition official told CNN Monday. The 35-year-old businessman-turned-political strategist played a key part in his father-in-law’s presidential campaign and his new position is expected to test the limit of federal anti-nepotism rules. The move comes ahead of a Wednesday news conference in which Trump ...

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Cots Delivered To Senate As Democrats Plan All Night Live-Stream Shame-A-Thon Against Obamacare Repeal

The Huffington Post reports: Republicans are plowing forward this month with repealing the Affordable Care Act, and Democrats, with little ability to stop them, have plans to make it as politically damaging for them as possible. On Monday night, Senate Democrats plan to stay up late, delivering floor speeches and Facebook Live broadcasts attacking the Republicans’ drive to dismantle President ...

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BRITAIN: Russian Embassy Tweets Neo-Nazi Meme

The International Business Times reports: The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom posted a tweet Monday featuring the image of an odd cartoon frog, which, at first glance, would seem harmless enough. But that frog, in internet parlance, has become a meme employed by white supremacists and is defined as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Wrote Russia’s ...

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RIGHT ON SCHEDULE: Crybaby Donald Trump Attacks “Over-Rated Actress And Hillary Flunky” Meryl Streep

You KNEW he couldn’t resist. Via Politico: Donald Trump piled onto actress Meryl Streep in a Monday morning flurry of posts to his Twitter account, writing that she is “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big.” Without mentioning Trump by ...

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Priebus: Trump Accepts That Russia Did Hacking But The DNC Is At Fault For Poor Cyber Security [VIDEO]

Business Insider reports: President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff accepted on Sunday that Russia was behind last year’s hacking and leaking of internal emails from top officials at the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Reince Priebus acknowledged that Trump “accepts the fact that this particular case was ...

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Sen. Mitch McConnell Flips On 2009 Demand To Obama, Won’t Delay Trump’s Cabinet Nominees [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday rebuffed Democratic calls to slow down rapid confirmation of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks, even after a nonpartisan federal watchdog raised “great” concerns about moving ahead with hearings for nominees without their ethics reviews completed. Walter Shaub, the director of the independent Office of Government Ethics, laid out his warning in a ...

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Netanyanu Caught On Tape Offering “Huge Financial Benefits” In Return For Favorable Media Coverage

The Jerusalem Post reports: Arnon “Noni” Mozes, publisher of Israel’s Yedioth Ahronot newspaper, is reportedly at the center of the corruption investigation against Prime Benjamin Netanyahu. According to a Channel 2 report on Sunday, Mozes sought to receive financial benefits for Yedioth Ahronoth and possibly the closure of Israel Hayom‘s weekend edition newspaper in exchange for favorable coverage. Israel Hayom ...

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Kellyanne Conway: We Didn’t Need Wikileaks To Convince America That Hillary Is Unlikeable [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign did not need WikiLeaks to convince Americans they Hillary Clinton was an unlikable candidate. “We didn’t need WikiLeaks to convince the American people that they didn’t like her, didn’t trust her, didn’t find her to be honest,” Conway told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. ...

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CHICAGO: Thousands Wait In Pre-Dawn Frigid Temps To Nab Tickets To Obama’s Farewell Address [VIDEO]

The Daily Mail reports: Thousands waited for hours in single-digit temperatures to try to snag a ticket to President Barack Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago. People began lining up well before sunrise for Saturday’s 8 am ticket distribution, saying they want to show their appreciation and soak in the final moments of his history-making presidency. The lines stretched for blocks ...

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CNN’s KFile Exposes Trump Hire And Fox Host Monica Crowley For Plagiarizing “Large Sections” Of Latest Book

CNN reports: Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley, whom Donald Trump has tapped for a top national security communications role, plagiarized large sections of her 2012 book, a CNN KFile review has found. The review of Crowley’s June 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened,” found upwards of 50 examples of plagiarism from numerous sources, including the copying with ...

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