Politics

Moore And Jones Tied In Post-Scandal Poll

Buzzfeed News reports: Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are tied at 46% in the survey, which was conducted Thursday by Opinion Savvy and commissioned by Decision Desk HQ in the aftermath of a bombshell Washington Post report in which the accuser, now 53, went on record with her story. The results also suggested that a write-in campaign by another Republican ...

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VIETNAM: Trump And Putin Wear Traditional Matching Outfits At Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit

Vanity Fair reports: For all the norms and traditions and basic standards of human behavior Donald Trump has broken in his 10 months as president, there is one pastime he couldn’t get away from. At the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, held this year in Vietnam, Trump donned an oversize, bright blue, traditional Vietnam shirt alongside his fellow world leaders ...

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AWKWARD: Republican Leaders Grimace Silently As Reporters Shout Questions About Roy Moore [VIDEO]

CNN reports: When Senate leaders planned an event Thursday afternoon with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House economic guru Gary Cohn to tout the rollout of their tax plan, the words “Roy Moore underage girl” were not likely on their minds. But by the time the event happened, the allegations — first reported by The Washington Post — that ...

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Gates, Bezos, Buffett: America’s Three Richest People Are As Wealthy As 50% Of US Households Combined

The Guardian reports:  The three richest people in the US – Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett – own as much wealth as the bottom half of the US population, or 160 million people. Analysis of the wealth of America’s richest people found that Gates, Bezos and Buffett were sitting on a combined $248.5bn (£190bn) fortune. The Institute for ...

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82% Of Trump Voters Would Do It Again

Politico reports: One year after the 2016 presidential election, the vast majority of Donald Trump voters have no regrets. According to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted on the eve of the first anniversary of Trump’s historic election, 82 percent of those who say they supported Trump last year would vote for him again if they had to do it over. ...

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Sen. Luther Strange Urged To Launch Write-In Campaign In Wake Of Allegations Against Roy Moore

The Hill reports: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Thursday she has talked to Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) about running a write-in campaign in the wake of an explosive new report that Roy Moore, the GOP candidate for Senate in Alabama, had inappropriate encounters with teenage girls. Strange challenged and lost to Moore in the Republican primary for the open Alabama ...

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Bodyguard Testifies That Trump Was Offered Five Women During Moscow Pageant, Offer Was Refused

NBC News reports: After a business meeting before the Miss Universe Pageant in 2013, a Russian participant offered to “send five women” to Donald Trump’s hotel room in Moscow, his longtime bodyguard told Congress this week, according to three sources who were present for the interview. Two of the sources said the bodyguard, Keith Schiller, viewed the offer as a ...

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GOP Fears Second Rout In 2018 Midterms

McClatchy reports: The Tuesday night rout of Republican candidates up and down the ballot has triggered alarm bells in Republican circles that a deteriorating political environment could set in motion a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterm elections. The most dramatic results unfolded in Virginia, where Democrats swept up victories in the governor’s race and delegate contests across the state, ...

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AP Analysis Reveals Russian Twitter Trolls Worked To Deflect Attention From Trump’s #PussyGate Scandal

The Associated Press reports: Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year’s presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, according to an Associated Press analysis of since-deleted accounts. Tweets by Russia-backed accounts such as “America_1st_” and “BatonRougeVoice” on Oct. 7, 2016, actively pivoted ...

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30th House Republican Hits The Exit

CNN reports: The head of the powerful House judiciary committee, Bob Goodlatte, is not running for re-election, the Virginia Republican announced Thursday. “It’s been an honor to serve #VA06 – thank you for your support and trust. It’s time to step aside. I’ve decided I will not seek re-election,” Goodlatte tweeted. Goodlatte is the latest high profile House Republican to ...

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Country Music Awards Hosts Mock Trump [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, hosts of the Country Music Association Awards, flouted the whims of CMA producers with a political opening song poking fun at President Donald Trump. After Underwood informed Paisley that CMA guidelines said the show would be a “politics free zone,” Paisley joked that he wouldn’t be able to perform such parody songs as ...

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Trump Praises China’s “Unfair” Trade Practices, Blames Previous Presidents For Letting Them Get Away With It

The Hill reports: President Trump in China on Thursday blamed past administrations instead of Beijing for “unfair” trade practices, offering a starkly different tone from the rhetoric he used during his campaign. Trump said during an event in Beijing that he does not place blame on China for what he described as “one-sided and unfair” trade practices, noting he gives ...

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LGBT Politicians Take Control Of Palm Springs

The Desert Sun reports: For years — starting with the election of Ron Oden, an openly gay man, in 1995 and then the passage of a domestic partnership ordinance — LGBT voters and their allies had been making slow but steady progress at Palm Springs City Hall. Then in 2008, after the passage of a statewide initiative to ban same-sex ...

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Sen. Tom Carper On How To Get Bloviating Trump Off The Phone: Tell Him He’s Brilliant And Just Hang Up

The Hill reports: A key Democratic senator who attended Tuesday’s meeting on tax reform with Trump administration officials recounted to The Hill trying to get off the phone with President Trump. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and White House legislative affairs director Marc Short came ready to listen; the president – who joined by ...

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MAINE: GOP Gov. Paul LePage Vows To Block Medicaid Expansion Despite Successful Ballot Measure

Talking Points Memo reports: Maine voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to become the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative, approving the measure by a nearly 20-point margin. But Republican Gov. Paul LePage, a vehement opponent of Medicaid who has vetoed expansion bills five times since the Affordable Care Act became law, is threatening once again to ...

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Trump Tweets Congratulations To His “Deplorables” For “MASSIVE Landslide Victory” On Anniversary Of Election

The Hill reports: President Trump congratulated his supporters on the Wednesday anniversary of his historic victory in the 2016 election, calling them “deplorables” in a nod to former Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. The anniversary tweet came attached to a photo of the president with key White House aides aboard Air Force One on Trump’s 13-day trip through Asia, including White ...

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US Tightens Economic Embargo On Cuba

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration on Wednesday tightened the economic embargo on Cuba, restricting Americans from access to hotels, stores and other businesses tied to the Cuban military. A lengthy list of rules, which President Trump promised in June to punish the communist government in Havana, came just as Mr. Trump was visiting leaders of the communist ...

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CHICAGO: Obama Reports For Jury Duty [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Former President Barack Obama, free of a job that forced him to move to Washington for eight years, showed up to a downtown Chicago courthouse for jury duty on Wednesday morning. Whether he will be selected to sit on a jury, and presumably be selected jury foreman, was not known. But if he is like other ...

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Corey Lewandowski: My Memory Has Been Refreshed About Emailing Carter Page On Russia [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Tuesday night his “memory has been refreshed” regarding his email exchange with Carter Page in which the former foreign policy adviser requested Lewandowski’s permission to travel to Moscow. Page, who testified last week before the House Oversight Committee as a part of their ongoing probe into Russian election meddling in 2016, ...

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Stephen Colbert Brutally Mocks Junior For Election Day Flubs: It Turns Out Eric Is The Smart One [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: With President Donald Trump out of the country, his son Donald Trump Jr. decided to urge people to vote Tuesday in the Virginia gubernatorial election. Except he completely messed it up, and, of course, Stephen Colbert had great fun at his expense. Colbert remarked: “Donald Jr. woke up this morning to urge people to get the vote out…but ...

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