Politics

LIVE VIDEO: Women’s March On Washington DC

USA Today reports: Battling internal power struggles, including accusations of anti-Semitism, the Women’s March that roared onto the political scene following the election of Donald Trump as president is hitting the streets of Washington Saturday, joined by “sister marches” in hundreds of other U.S. cities. But a cause that in 2017 drew 3.3 million to 5.2 million nationwide – making …

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Gillibrand Defends Call For Al Franken To Resign: My Silence Meant Defending Him, Which I Wouldn’t Do

CNN reports: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand defended her decision to call on former Sen. Al Franken to resign after allegations of unwanted touching and kissing were made against him, earning praise from a friendly audience of Iowans in Sioux City on Friday. Gillibrand said Friday that she made the decision to help push him out because “my silence meant I was …

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GOP Leaders Of Michigan And North Carolina Offer To Host Trump’s SOTU At Their State Capitol Buildings

Mediaite reports: The GOP House Speakers of two states have invited President Donald Trump to give his State of the Union from their respective state capitols. “Due to the unavailability of the United States House of Representatives for your State of the Union address, I would like to extend to you an official invite to deliver your address in the …

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Mueller’s Office Disputes Buzzfeed’s Perjury Report

CNN reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is disputing a BuzzFeed report that President Donald Trump directed his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the proposed Moscow Trump Tower project. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not …

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Kamala Harris Picks Baltimore For 2020 Headquarters

The Baltimore Sun reports:  Sen. Kamala Harris has selected Baltimore for her campaign headquarters if she runs for president, as expected, in 2020, according to sources familiar with the California Democrat’s plans. Harris picked Baltimore because of its diversity, its proximity to Washington and because it is in the Eastern time zone, the sources said, who requested anonymity because Harris …

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Pelosi’s Spox: Our Trip To Afghanistan Is Off Due To “Grave Threat” Created By Trump Revealing Its Details

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump and the White House’s revelation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Afghanistan travel plans had put the group traveling there in danger and forced them to scrap the trip entirely, her spokesperson said Friday, pointing to a formal government assessment. After Trump decided to block Pelosi, D-Calif., and other lawmakers from using a military jet …

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GOP Rep. Steve King Fundraises Off Racism Backlash

The Des Moines Register reports: While Republicans and Democrats are condemning or calling for Rep. Steve King’s resignation after his comments on white nationalism and white supremacy, the congressman is using the backlash to raise money for his campaign. “The unhinged left has teamed up with Republican ‘NeverTrumpers’ and is pulling out all the stops to destroy me,” King wrote …

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McConnell Again Blocks Bill To Reopen Government

ABC News reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Thursday that would have reopened most of the federal government impacted by the partial shutdown. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tried to get consent to take up a House-passed bill that would reopen all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is at the center of the …

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Tapper: Trump Told The Taliban That Pelosi Is Coming

Mediaite reports: A visibly astonished and displeased Jake Tapper took pains to point out that when President Donald Trump ostentatiously canceled Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s secret trip (with a congressional delegation) to Afghanistan, he compromised the entire delegation by announcing “to the world, including the Taliban,” that Pelosi was headed to the war-torn region. Tapper led Thursday’s edition …

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GOP House Rep. Tom Marino Abruptly Resigns

CNN reports: Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced Thursday he’ll resign from Congress to pursue a private sector job, after just starting his fifth term in Congress. “As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress,” Marino said in a statement. “Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position …

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Dem Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Apologizes For Anti-LGBT Past: “My Views Have Since Changed Significantly” [VIDEO]

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who last week launched her campaign for president, today posted a video apology for her past as an anti-LGBT activist. From the included text on the below YouTube clip: Aloha. In my past I said and believed things that were wrong, and worse, hurtful to people in the LGBTQ+ community and their loved ones. Many years …

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AOC’s First House Speech Sets C-SPAN Record [VIDEO]

Oh, how this is triggering the cultists: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) first speech from the House floor quickly became C-SPAN’s most-viewed Twitter video of any remarks by a House lawmaker, drawing 1.16 million viewers in just over 12 hours. C-SPAN’s communications director, Howard Mortman, shared the results on his Twitter feed Thursday afternoon, one day after Ocasio-Cortez gave her first …

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Nancy Pelosi: I Haven’t Heard From Trump Since I Sent Him A Letter Requesting SOTU Postponement [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: “I’m not for a wall,” Pelosi said repeatedly at the press conference, referring to $5.7 billion funding for the border wall Mr. Trump is requesting in order to sign bills funding the government. “Insistence on the wall is a luxury the country can no longer afford.” Replying to a question from CBS News’ Nancy Cordes, Pelosi said …

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Howard Dean: Tulsi Gabbard Isn’t Qualified For 2020

Mediaite reports: Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean thinks all the 2020 Democratic candidates are qualified for the presidency, except for Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “I’m really not gonna take sides in this,” said Dean on CNN this morning “There are no candidates, with one exception, that I really don’t think should be president.” The Hill reports: “And who’s that exception?” …

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Rand Paul: Pelosi Postponing The SOTU Is An Affront To Americans, Trump Should Just Do It Before The Senate

Josh Israel reports at Think Progress: In response to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) recommendation that President Donald Trump postpone his State of the Union speech until the government reopens, due to concerns about security, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) offered an alternate proposal: ignore the security concerns entirely and just hold the event in the Senate chamber. Appearing …

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Trump Campaign Manager Attacks George Conway: Think How Bad A Husband You Are To Act This Way

The Hill reports: President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale on Wednesday lashed out at George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, over a tweet in which Conway mocked Trump as a “laughingstock.” The exchange between Parscale and Conway came after Trump this week raised eyebrows by serving a large quantity of fast food to the national …

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Donations Pour In For Unpaid TSA Security Workers

The Associated Press reports: The shutdown has brought an outpouring of generosity to TSA agents and other federal employees who are working without pay. Food, financial help, haircuts and toiletries are among the donated goods and services. On Wednesday, donations of diapers, juice, garbage bags, canned soup and boxes of Ramen noodles were being unloaded onto luggage carts at the …

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Cuomo Forecasts $300M Annually In Legal Weed Taxes

The Buffalo News reports: Adult recreational use of marijuana will be legalized under a plan advanced today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo along with the creation of three new taxes – eventually passed on to consumers – that will total $300 million annually. The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act will regulate marijuana from cultivation to retail sales “for the purposes …

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AOC Rivals Trump In Mock 2020 Election Matchup

From Rasmussen: Though just one-in-three voters have a favorable opinion of freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, if she were old enough to run for president in 2020, she’d give President Trump a run for his money. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if the 2020 presidential race was between Trump and Ocasio-Cortez, 43% of Likely U.S. …

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ARIZONA: Husband Of GOP Former Senate Candidate Accused Of Spitting In The Eye Of Turncoat Volunteer

The Arizona Republic reports: Former U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward’s husband was accused of spitting in the eye of one of her former volunteers because the volunteer subsequently supported her former political foe, Martha McSally, police records obtained Tuesday show. The alleged incident happened at the Arizona Republican Party’s general-election night gala on Nov. 6 at the Paradise Valley Doubletree …

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