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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For Mulvaney To Testify

The New York Times reports: Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt on Tuesday to issue a subpoena summoning Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, to testify in President Trump’s impeachment trial. The 53-to-47 vote, which fell along party lines, was the latest effort by Democrats to force the inclusion of new evidence in the proceeding. Mr. Mulvaney …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: A Florida man who co-workers said holds anti-government beliefs is accused of fatally stabbing his pro-President Trump boss during an argument at a construction site, an arrest affidavit said. Mason Trever Toney, 28, was arrested Monday on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of William Steven Knight, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office …

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New Warren Ad: Trump Fears Me The Most [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: The presidential campaign of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released a new ad today, which aims to bill the senator from Massachusetts as the Democratic candidate President Donald Trump “fears” the most to take on in November. The new ad comes a week after Democratic presidential front runner Joe Biden released a campaign ad that boasted the question to …

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Debates McConnell’s Trial Rules

The New York Times reports: Senator Mitch McConnell has proposed rules for President Trump’s trial that will be debated when the proceedings open at 1 p.m. His plan makes meaningful changes from the precedent in President Bill Clinton’s trial, such as making the trial faster. The impeachment managers from the House, all Democrats, accused Mr. McConnell of doing the president’s …

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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For State Department Docs

NBC News reports: Sen. Chuck Schumer has introduced his second amendment, to subpoena State Department documents related to the charges against the president. They are reading the text of the amendment now. Why it’s important: The State Department is in possession of highly relevant records and communications involving officials in the Office of the Secretary as well as officials covering …

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New York Gov Backs Legal Weed In New Budget Plan

Marijuana Moment reports: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) included marijuana legalization in his budget proposal on Tuesday, setting the stage for another reform push in the legislature as the 2020 session gets underway. The move comes as a new poll shows that voter support for ending cannabis prohibition is at its highest level ever in the state. “Legalize adult …

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Trump’s Lawyer Supports Criminalizing Homosexuality

A timely reminder from Right Wing Watch: In 1990, Pat Robertson, the erstwhile Republican presidential candidate and Christian Broadcasting Network founder, placed Sekulow at the helm of a new, Robertson-founded entity, the American Center for Law and Justice. The organization’s stated aim was to act as a counterweight to the American Civil Liberties Union, and the group went as far …

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Virginia Moves To Make Election Day A State Holiday By Removing The Holiday Honoring Confederate Generals

Richmond’s CBS News affiliate reports: The Virginia Senate passed a bill that would eliminate Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday in favor of making Election Day a state holiday. Celebrated on the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day each January, Lee-Jackson Day honors Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. SB 601, introduced by Sen. Louise Lucas [photo], …

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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For White House Docs

Bloomberg News reports: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced an amendment that would order the White House to produce what could be thousands of pages of documents related to the charges against Trump, including material from Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. That includes any records related to meetings or calls between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, …

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REPORT: Saudi Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos’s Phone

The Guardian reports: The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “hacked” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, sources have told the Guardian. The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file …

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HHS Sec: No Need Yet For Obamacare Replacement

The Hill reports: Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said Tuesday that “there’s really not a need” for the Trump administration to put forward an ObamaCare replacement plan at the moment. Azar was asked where the administration’s replacement for the health law is in an interview on the “Kevin Wall Radio Show.” He replied that there is not …

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Trump Admin To Add Seven Countries To Its Travel Ban

From the conservative Washington Examiner: The White House will add seven new countries to its travel ban, including Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. Some countries will only face a ban on certain visa categories, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. An updated version of the ban was expected later this month. President Trump confirmed …

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Eight Senators Bend Trial Rules With Apple Watches

Roll Call reports: The rules of decorum state that senators can’t use phones or electronic devices in the chamber during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but what about Apple Watches? At least eight senators had them strapped on their wrists in the chamber at the start of the trial Tuesday, despite guidelines from Senate leadership that all electronics should be …

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Senate Dems Win Two Trial Concessions From GOP

CNBC reports: Senate Democrats won two key changes to the rules of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as proceedings kicked off Tuesday afternoon. The changes will permit each sides’ opening arguments to span three days, instead of two, and will also admit materials into evidence from the House investigation into Trump last fall. The surprise last-minute changes were revealed Tuesday …

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Warren Vows DOJ Task Force On Trump’s Corruption

Axios reports: 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren pledged Tuesday to start an independent Justice Department task force if elected to investigate possible corruption by members of the Trump administration “to restore public confidence in government and deter future wrongdoing.” While presidents historically have avoided large-scale investigations of their predecessors, Warren’s message tracks with her anti-corruption stance — as she …

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