Politics

Police: Man Arrested In Threat To Kill Brett Kavanaugh

The Washington Post reports: A California man carrying at least one weapon near Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Maryland home has been taken into custody by police after telling officers he wanted to kill the Supreme Court justice, according to people familiar with the investigation. The man, described to be in his mid-20s, was found to be carrying at least one weapon …

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FBI Moves On Retired General In Qatar Lobbying Probe

The Associated Press reports: The FBI has seized the electronic data of a retired four-star general who authorities say made false statements and withheld “incriminating” documents about his role in an illegal foreign lobbying campaign on behalf of the wealthy Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. New federal court filings obtained Tuesday outlined a potential criminal case against former Marine Gen. …

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POLL: Greitens +6 In Missouri GOP Senate Primary

The Hill reports: Disgraced former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens leads the field of Republicans vying for the party’s nomination to succeed retiring Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), according to a new poll from The Hill and Emerson College. The poll of 1,000 likely GOP primary voters in Missouri found Greitens notching 26 percent support ahead of the Aug. 2 nominating contest. …

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San Francisco Recalls Progressive District Attorney

The New York Times reports: Voters in San Francisco on Tuesday put an end to one of the country’s most pioneering experiments in criminal justice reform, ousting a district attorney who eliminated cash bail, vowed to hold police accountable and worked to reduce the number of people sent to prison. Chesa Boudin, the progressive district attorney, was removed after two …

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McConaughey Delivers Emotional Call For Gun Reform

CNN reports: Actor Matthew McConaughey delivered impassioned and at-times emotional remarks at the White House press briefing on Tuesday, telling the stories of those who died in the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and urging more action on gun control. McConaughey, a Uvalde native, said he and his wife, Camila Alves, spent most of the past week with the …

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NY Gov Signs Bill To Convert Hotels Into Apartments

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Hochul signed a bill Tuesday that paves the way for underutilized hotels in the city to be converted into apartments, giving a boost to Mayor Adams who has characterized the legislation as a critical tool for tackling New York’s housing crisis. The bill — which Adams pushed state lawmakers to pass for weeks …

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Poland Creates National Registry Of Pregnant Women

The Associated Press reports: The government of Poland, where a near-total abortion ban is in place, faced accusations Monday of creating a “pregnancy register” as the country expands the amount of medical data being digitally saved on patients. Women’s rights advocates and opposition politicians fear women face unprecedented surveillance given the conservative views of a ruling party that has already …

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Fetterman Runs First General Election Ads On Fox News

Politico reports: Some Democrats think the party should boycott Fox News. Not John Fetterman, though. The Pennsylvania Senate Democratic nominee is airing one of his first two general election TV ads on the conservative network in an appeal to blue-collar voters. The commercial, which was shared exclusively with POLITICO, portrays Fetterman as a political outsider who has pushed for policies …

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Boris Johnson Survives No Confidence Vote: 211-148

The New York Times reports: Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a dramatic no-confidence vote on Monday, a too-close-for-comfort result that leaves him badly wounded and sets off a volatile period in British politics as he fights to stay in power and fend off potential challengers in his Conservative Party. The vote, 211 to 148, fell short of the simple majority …

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Resurrected Budget Package Faces Usual Roadblocks

Roll Call reports: ​Democrats face big obstacles and a deadline measured in weeks as they attempt to salvage a scaled-down tax, climate and health care package that could give them a boost ahead of the November elections. Conversations have been underway between Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer to negotiate a budget reconciliation bill — …

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FLOTUS Helps Unveil Nancy Reagan “Forever” Stamp

From the United States Postal Service: Today at the White House, the U.S. Postal Service revealed the artwork of a commemorative Forever stamp to celebrate the centennial of former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s birth. The stamp design was unveiled by First Lady Jill Biden; Postmaster General Louis DeJoy; Anne Peterson, niece of Nancy Reagan; and Fred Ryan, chairman of the …

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Mexican President To Skip US Summit Over Guest List

Politico reports: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will skip the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles later this week over objections to President Joe Biden’s guest list for the event. López Obrador confirmed his decision Monday following weeks of threats that he would to stay home if the White House refused to invite authoritarian leaders from Cuba, Nicaragua …

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LIVE VIDEO: Boris Johnson Faces No Confidence Vote

NPR reports: The Tory rebels need the backing of at least 180 Conservative lawmakers out of 359 to vote Johnson out. But if they fail to oust Johnson, the rebels can’t challenge him again for another 12 months, under the current rules. Johnson’s team is telling his fellow Conservatives to slow down, warning that an internal clash will only help …

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NY Magazine Calls Feinstein “Mentally Compromised”

In the middle of their deep dive into Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s decades in office and her legacy, New York Magazine drops this observation: Feinstein, who turns 89 in June, is older than any other sitting member of Congress. Her declining cognitive health has been the subject of recent reporting in both her hometown San Francisco Chronicle and the New York …

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Senators: Compromise On Gun Reform Within Reach

The Washington Post reports: Key senators said Sunday there is growing momentum to forge a bipartisan congressional response to recent mass shootings that could toughen federal gun laws for the first time in a generation. But a deal is not yet in hand, they warned, and the delicate talks are expected to continue for several more days as negotiators seek …

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Boris Johnson To Face No Confidence Vote Today

The BBC reports: Conservative MPs will decide whether to remove Boris Johnson from office later, amid a backlash to the Partygate scandal. The secret ballot has been triggered by scores of Tory MPs writing to party bosses calling on the PM to quit. Anger among backbenchers has been rising since Sue Gray published her official report into lockdown parties in …

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GOP Rep Who Voted To Impeach: I’d Support Trump Again “If He Apologized” For The Capitol Riot [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) in an interview broadcast on Sunday said he would consider supporting former President Trump again if Trump apologies for the Jan 6, 2021 attack at the Capitol. “There’s no way you can support [Trump] again?” co-host Jonathan Karl asked Rice, one of the ten Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach the former president …

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NYC Mayor To Stoners: “Enjoy Yourself, Light Up”

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor Adams promised Friday to not take a “heavy-handed” approach toward those who sell marijuana illicitly in the city and gave New Yorkers his blessing to smoke more pot. While New York legalized recreational weed use last year, the licensing system that’s supposed to regulate cannabis sales isn’t expected to kick off until late …

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Major Country Music Festival Bans Confederate Flags

The Tennessean reports: This year, CMA Fest joins a growing list of major country music events to ban attendees from displaying Confederate imagery. The four-day Nashville festival – considered one of the largest country music gatherings in the world – lists “Confederate flag imagery of any kind” under prohibited items for the 2022 event. “This year’s CMA Fest is our …

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McCormick Concedes To Oz In PA GOP Senate Primary

The Associated Press reports: Former hedge fund CEO David McCormick conceded the Republican primary in Pennsylvania for U.S. Senate to celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, ending his campaign Friday night as he acknowledged an ongoing statewide recount wouldn’t give him enough votes to make up the deficit. McCormick said he had called Oz to concede. “It’s now clear to …

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