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Republican Sen. Bob Corker To Retire In 2018

The Tennessean reports: Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year. “After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,” the Chattanooga Republican said in a statement. “When I ran for the ...

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Trump Contradicts State Department, Says US Opposes “Foolish” Independence Campaign By Catalonia [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: President Trump said Tuesday that the United States opposes an independence drive in the Spanish region of Catalonia, telling reporters that such secession would be “foolish.” “I think Spain is a great country, and it should remain united,” Trump said during a news conference with the visiting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The president’s remarks mark ...

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GOP Surrenders: No Vote On Obamacare Repeal

Politico reports: Senate Republicans do not intend to vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill, putting an end to their Obamacare repeal effort for now. The decision was reached Tuesday after it became clear the bill would fail. Three Senate Republicans had said they would vote against the measure, and the GOP could only afford two defections. Last night Jimmy Kimmel spiked ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Press Conference With Spanish PM

Trump will surely be grilled about the NFL, Puerto Rico, Trumpcare, and North Korea. But the Spanish prime minister’s presence will add a unique wrinkle to the press conference. Bloomberg reports: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington Tuesday while his team back in Madrid attempts to turn the screws on a secessionist push ...

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Dem Rep Vows To Force Impeachment Vote [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) said Tuesday that he will move to force a House floor vote to impeach President Trump next week as he denounced Trump’s attacks on NFL players protesting police brutality. Green, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, stood on the GOP side of the House chamber to announce his plans to file a ...

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ALABAMA: Anti-Gay Former Republican State House Leader Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud, Faces 20 Years

AL.com reports: State Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, pleaded guilty to devising a scheme to commit mail fraud, U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin in Montgomery announced today. Hammon used campaign money to pay his personal expenses, Franklin said. Hammon has represented the 4th district in the Alabama House since 2002. He served as majority leader in the House from the time Republicans ...

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Bannon Rages Against GOP And Mitch McConnell: I Wear Their Contempt As A Badge Of Honor [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Monday night, saying he wears the top GOP lawmaker’s contempt as “a badge of honor.” “The elites represented by Mitch McConnell hold me in contempt,” Bannnon told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in a rare TV interview. “They think I’m a bad ...

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Secret Service Reactivates Trump Junior’s Protection

CNN reports: Donald Trump Jr.’s Secret Service protection has been reactivated, sources familiar with the matter told CNN. The President’s son had previously requested his protection be scaled back, seeking more privacy. By law, as an immediate family member of President Donald Trump, his son is authorized, but not required, to have protection. It is not clear what prompted the ...

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IT’S DEAD, JIM: Collins Sticks The Knife In Trumpcare

Business Insider reports: The Congressional Budget Office said the latest attempt by Republicans in the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will leave “millions” of Americans without insurance. The CBO stopped short of putting a more specific number on its assessment, as it has in the past, saying it needs more time to do that. The score ...

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Bill Cassidy Literally Yawns As Police Drag Screaming Disabled Protesters Out Of Trumpcare Hearing [VIDEO]

Law Newz reports: Chaos erupted in the Senate today as hearings began on the Graham-Cassidy bill which aims to repeal and replace Obamacare. Almost as soon as the gavels went down to initiate the hearings, pro-healthcare protesters with the organization ADAPT–which stands for Americans Disabled Attendant Programs Today–made their presence felt. A chant began, “No cuts to Medicaid, save our ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

The Hill reports: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will answer questions from reporters Monday afternoon. It’s the first briefing since President Trump attacked NFL players who kneel during the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right ...

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North Korea: Trump Has Clearly Declared War On Us

The Associated Press reports: North Korea’s top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump’s tweet that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” was a declaration of war against his country by the United States. Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters that what he called Trump’s “declaration of war” gives North Korea “every right” under the U.N. ...

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GERMANY: Infighting Roils Extremist AFD Party After Shocking Election, “Moderate” Leader Asked To Resign

The Washington Post reports: A senior figure in the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany says party co-leader Frauke Petry should quit, amid deepening infighting a day after its strong showing in national elections. Petry, who is co-chairwoman of AfD, announced Monday that she won’t join its new parliamentary caucus and walked out of a news conference. She’s been sidelined in the ...

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Anthony Weiner Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison

The Daily Beast reports: Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison Monday on federal charges of sending pornography and sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl. “Transmitting obscenity to a minor to induce her to engage in sexually explicit conduct by video chat and photo — is far from mere ‘sexting,'” prosecutors implored the judge. Weiner pleaded guilty ...

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REPORT: Trump Campaign Conspired With Family Research Council To Infiltrate Facebook Management

Buzzfeed reports: Steve Bannon plotted to plant a mole inside Facebook, according to emails sent days before the Breitbart boss took over Donald Trump’s campaign and obtained by BuzzFeed News. The email exchange with a conservative Washington operative reveals the importance that the giant tech platform — now reeling from its role in the 2016 election — held for one ...

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Trump Warns Alabama: If “Ray” Moore Wins Senate Runoff, Democrat Doug Jones Will Win The General

AL.com reports: A primary win by “Ray” Moore would open Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat to Democrats, President Donald Trump told radio-hosts “Rick and Bubba” this morning. Trump called the popular syndicated radio show on Monday, just days after appearing at a Huntsville, Alabama rally for Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange. “Luther Strange is going to be a great Senator,” Trump ...

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Fox & Friends Host Brian Kilmeade On NFL Protests: Trump Is Making Things Worse (But Obama Started It)

Uproxx reports: “Yesterday, I thought the president — overall his remarks Friday and his tweets Saturday — made everything worse,” noted Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade. As damning as Kilmeade’s condemnation here may seem, however, the Fox & Friends co-host tagged it onto a two-minute explanation for why the explosive NFL anthem protests were actually President Obama’s fault. “People should ...

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McCain: My Cancer Prognosis Is “Very Poor” [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer is “very, very serious,” the Arizona Republican said in an interview Sunday night, adding that doctors told him “it’s a very poor prognosis.” “So I just said, ‘I understand. Now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can. And at the ...

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Trump Supporter Tom Brady Slams “Divisive” Tweets

“I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive. Like I said, I just want to support my teammates. I am never one to say, ‘Oh, that is wrong. That is right.’ I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values ...

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GERMANY: Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term, Extremist AFD Party Has Likely Taken 89 Seats In Parliament

The New York Times reports: Angela Merkel is headed toward a fourth term as German chancellor, according to normally reliable exit polls released just after the polls closed in Germany. But the polls also show that a far-right party, Alternative for Germany, has gotten some 13.5 percent of the vote, a significant showing of voter anger over immigration and inequality. ...

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