Politics

White House: Trump Is Still Going To Build The Wall

Newsweek reports: The Senate passed legislation Friday afternoon to reopen the government and make back payments to employees, and the president signed the bill Friday night. Lawmakers are now expected to reconvene in a bipartisan conference to try and work out a deal regarding the wall. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders noted Friday night that a wall will be …

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REPORT: Bernie To Announce 2020 Bid “Imminently”

Yahoo News reports: Three years after fighting a surprisingly competitive Democratic primary race against Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making another run for the White House. Two sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo News that Sanders, an independent and self-described “democratic socialist,” plans to announce his presidential bid imminently. While Sanders has been mulling a …

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Nancy Pelosi: The SOTU Will Happen When I Say It Will

Roll Call reports: Yes, there is a deal to re-open the parts of the government shutdown since Dec. 22. No, we don’t know when the State of the Union will happen. “The State of the Union is not planned,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said. She reiterated what she said to President Donald Trump in her recent letters, that when the …

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VENEZUELA: Kremlin Beefs Up Security For Maduro

Reuters reports: Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russia flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of U.S.-backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them. Russia, which has backed Maduro’s socialist government to the tune of billions of dollars, this week promised to stand …

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Bernie: My Dem Opponents Want Black, Gay, Female, Latino Candidates “Regardless Of What They Stand For”

From a just-published profile in GQ Magazine: “There are people who are very big into diversity but whose views end up being not particularly sympathetic to working people, whether they’re white or black or Latino,” he said. “My main belief is that we need to bring together a coalition of people—of black and white and Latino and Asian-American and Native-American—around …

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BRAZIL: Openly Gay Congressman Flees Nation After Death Threats Due To Rise Of President Jair Bolsonaro

The Associated Press reports: An openly gay congressman who frequently clashed with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday he was leaving his job and the country because of mounting death threats. In an interview published by daily Folha de S. Paulo, Congressman Jean Wyllys said he was currently outside of Brazil and had no plans to return. Instead, he said …

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Dem Sen. Michael Bennet Rages About Ted Cruz’s “Crocodile Tears” To Reopen The Government [VIDEO]

As you surely recall, Ted Cruz virtually single-handedly shut down the federal government in 2013. The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., bellowed at GOP Sen. Ted Cruz on the Senate floor Thursday and accused Cruz of faking his desire to re-open the government. “These crocodile tears that the senator from Texas is crying for first responders are too …

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Tell-All Excerpt: The Mooch Has Bragged To Black Men About Being Hung, “I’m Black From The Waist Down”

The Daily Beast reports on another tell-all excerpt: Scaramucci had just finished up an interview on the White House’s north lawn, Sims recalls, when he “was approached by several cameramen from one of the networks, each of whom wanted to take a photo with him.” As he snapped selfies, Scaramucci “put both hands on his belt buckle, leaned in close …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Early Voting Bill Into Law After Years Of Opposition By Republicans

The Albany Central reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed legislation making New York the 38th state to allow early voting. The bill, which the Democratic-led state Legislature passed last week, establishes a nine-day early voting period before election days. The early voting period would conclude on the Sunday before an election. Democratic lawmakers attempted for years to adopt an …

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Pelosi Rips GOP’s “Let Them Eat Cake Attitude” [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi lit into Donald Trump and his administration, accusing them of having a “Let them eat cake attitude” about federal workers and contractors who are going without pay. “What do they have? They have Wilbur Ross saying he doesn’t understand why oh, when he was asked about people going to food lines …

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Sen. Joni Ernst Reveals Being Raped In College [VIDEO]

Bloomberg reports: Republican Senator Joni Ernst says that she was raped in college by someone she knew and that her ex-husband physically abused her, making her one of the highest-profile women in her party to allege assaults in the era of the #MeToo movement. Ernst publicly disclosed the rape in an interview with Bloomberg News, which she decided to do …

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Three GOP Senators To Break With Trump On Shutdown

From the editorial board of the Denver Post: Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner’s spokesman told us Wednesday he intends to vote for a clean funding bill that would open the government with no increased border-security funding attached. It’s the right thing to do. We cannot stress enough that our democracy’s health is at stake in this political stalemate. When we …

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Chris Christie Hints At Future Run For President

The Palm Springs Desert Sun reports: Chris Christie is making it clear that his political ambitions are far from over. One week before his book “Let Me Finish” hits shelves, the former New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate gave a broad and crowd-pleasing speech Tuesday evening in Indian Wells that covered his past and possible future. Christie did not …

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Former DHS Chiefs Issue Joint Call To End Shutdown

CNN reports: Former White House chief of staff John Kelly and the other four former secretaries of homeland security sent President Donald Trump and Congress a letter Wednesday calling for full department funding and an end to the monthlong partial government shutdown. “As former secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), we write to you today with a simple …

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Trump Caves To Pelosi On State Of The Union Address

Newsweek reports: The State of the Union address, the president’s annual speech, will not go ahead as planned on Jan. 29. President Donald Trump tweeted his decision to postpone the message late on Wednesday, hours after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi informed him that he would not be allowed to deliver the address to Congress until the government has …

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The Mooch Didn’t Last One Moochspan On Big Brother

US Weekly reports: The Mooch is out. Anthony Scaramucci’s time in the Celebrity Big Brother house was officially shorter than his stint in the White House. The former White House communications director, who was fired by President Donald Trump after 11 days in July 2017, traveled to Davos, Switzerland, for a business conference on Wednesday, January 23, according to The …

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Assange Files To Force US To Unseal “Secret Charges”

The Guardian reports: Julian Assange, the fugitive WikiLeaks founder whose diplomatic sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy appears increasingly precarious, is launching a legal challenge against the Trump administration. Lawyers for the Australian activist have filed an urgent application to the Washington-based Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) aimed at forcing the hand of US prosecutors, requiring them to “unseal” any …

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VENEZUELA: Maduro Expels US Diplomats After Trump Recognizes Opposition Leader As Interim President

The Associated Press reports: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is giving American diplomats 72 hours to abandon the country after breaking diplomatic relations with the U.S. over its decision to recognize an opposition leader as interim president. “Before the people and nations of the world, and as constitutional president…..I’ve decided to break diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist U.S. government,” …

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Pelosi Fires Back At Trump’s SOTU Letter: I Said “No”

Politico reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she will block President Trump from delivering the State of the Union address in the House chamber on Jan. 29. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi said she would not move forward with the legislative steps needed for the address to take place. “The House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution …

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WHERE’S MITCH: “Hungry” Unpaid Federal Workers Mob Senate Office Building And Wave Paper Plates [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: Federal workers gathered Wednesday at the Hart Senate Office Building to protest the ongoing government shutdown, which has left hundreds of thousands of them without pay. The workers held 33 minutes of silent protest, or one minute for every day the shutdown has lasted. Protesters shook their fists during the protest and chanted, “No more food banks. …

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