Politics

Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: It’s A “Plain And Simple” Fact That Putin Himself Ordered The Hacking

Raw Story reports: Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday bluntly shot down any doubts about whether Russia was responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee that was intended to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. “The Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyber attacks on our nation for the purpose of …

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House Republicans Block Russian Sanctions Bill

The Hill reports: A bill that slaps new sanctions on Russia, and passed the Senate almost unanimously, has hit a major stumbling block in the House. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said the legislation has been flagged by the House parliamentarian as a “blue slip” violation, referring to the constitutional requirement that revenue bills originate in the House. “The House obviously …

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Trump Mocks Democrats Over Ossoff’s Loss

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump slammed the Democratic Party Wednesday morning for what he described as a failure to work with Republicans in Congress. Trump late Tuesday also mocked Democrats for losing five special elections since he was elected president. On Tuesday night, Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in the special election for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, …

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GEORGIA: Karen Handel Wins US House Race

CNN reports: Republican Karen Handel has won Georgia’s high-stakes special election, CNN projects, the most expensive US House race on record. A little after 9:45 p.m. ET, Handel led Democrat Jon Ossoff by 5.7 percentage points, with 136 out of 208 precincts counted and 190,000 votes reported. At a Hyatt Regency in northern Atlanta, more than 100 Handel supporters packed …

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LIVE THREAD: Georgia US House Election Returns

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Heavy rain made for a wet afternoon in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, although it was unclear if the deluge will have much of an effect on voting as the hours ticked closer to the end of Tuesday’s nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The National Weather Service said storms would likely …

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REPORT: Former AG Eric Holder Mulls Presidential Bid

Yahoo News reports: More than two years after leaving the Obama administration, former Attorney General Eric Holder is reentering the political fray. His goal: to lead the legal resistance to Donald Trump’s agenda — and perhaps even run against the president in 2020. Seized by a sense of urgency to oppose Trump and restore what he regards as America’s best …

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GOP Bill Would Legalize Concealed Carry For Congress Members Nationwide, Superseding Any Local Laws

The Hill reports: A Republican lawmaker introduced legislation on Tuesday to allow trained members of Congress to carry guns for self-defense in the wake of last week’s shooting at a GOP baseball practice. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) wants to ensure all lawmakers can qualify for concealed-carry permits that could be used in any state, regardless of local laws. “The tragic …

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Trump Admits His North Korea Strategy Has Failed

Raw Story reports: President Donald Trump on Tuesday acknowledged that his plan to contain North Korea has been a failure — but he gave the Chinese government credit for at least putting forth a good effort to help him out. Trump’s plan at the start of his administration was to rely on the Chinese government to use its leverage over …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Will this be Sean Spicer’s final briefing? After yesterday’s flurry of reports, many are surprised that this one is even happening. CNBC reports: White House press secretary Sean Spicer holds a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, his first on camera in more than a week. It comes after reports that the White House is considering moving Spicer out of the …

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Armed Russian Jet Menaces US Spy Plane

CBS News reports: An armed Russian jet came within five feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. A U.S. official said Tuesday that the Russian aircraft came within five feet of a wing tip for a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance plane. The Russian jet then passed under the U.S. aircraft …

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GOP US House Rep. Pete Olson: Bill Clinton Threatened To Have Former AG Loretta Lynch Murdered [AUDIO]

“I guarantee you, they had a conversation and he basically said, ‘Mrs. Lynch, call your attack dog off. We have killed people. We killed Vince Foster, we destroyed Webb Hubbell, we will destroy you’.” – Republican US House Rep. Pete Olson, telling a right wing radio host that when Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch on that airport tarmac, he threatened …

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US Air Force Flies Supersonic Bombers Over Korean Peninsula Hours After Death Of American Student

The Associated Press reports: The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said. The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic …

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Steve Bannon Explains Why White House Press Briefings Are Now Off-Camera: “Sean Got Fatter”

The Atlantic reports: Instead of canceling them entirely, the White House has appeared to embrace a different strategy: simply downgrading them bit by bit, from “briefings” to “gaggles,” and from on-camera to off-camera. Guidance for the briefings have begun to include a note that audio from them cannot be used. Additionally, though Trump has held short press conferences when foreign …

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Jill Stein Has No Regrets About Ruining Everything

This morning Politico published a longread interview with Jill Stein. An excerpt: Had a few thousand votes in key Midwestern states gone to Hillary Clinton instead of Jill Stein, many on the left believe, America might be having a very different conversation today. Instead, Democrats are still fuming about the role the Green Party nominee may have played in electing …

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MINNEAPOLIS: Gay Mayoral Candidate Introduces Himself With Amusing Ad With His Husband [VIDEO]

The Minneapolis CBS affiliate reports: Minneapolis mayoral candidate Tom Hoch is hitting the airwaves this week with an attention-grabbing television ad. The unusual ad introduces Hoch to Minneapolis voters in a humorous way, highlighting his same-sex marriage. Hoch’s husband is featured introducing him to voters. The Hoch for Mayor ad is a twist on a typical political storyline: the affectionate, …

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Trump Again Attacks Georgia’s Jon Ossoff

Somebody is very worried: President Trump on Monday called out Democrat Jon Ossoff for living outside of the sixth Congressional district in Georgia where he is running for a House seat. Trump’s criticism of Ossoff comes on the eve of the closely watched special election in Georgia to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. …

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Al Franken: Pence As President Could Be Even Worse

The International Business Times reports: If Donald Trump were impeached, as some Democrats would like, Mike Pence “would be worse” for domestic policy than the current president, U.S. Sen. Al Franken told International Business Times. But the vice president would be less dangerous on foreign policy, said Franken. “Pence ran the transition and some of the very worst nominees, I …

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Jared Kushner Makes Rare Public Remarks [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: With the government still using floppy disks and checking for Y2K compliance, the private sector’s creativity will help move the Trump administration past the turn of the century, according to Jared Kushner. Major technology executives met with Kushner on Monday to gather ideas for modernizing the government. Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, helps lead the …

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Chaffetz Trashes Trump And Sessions In Exit Interview

The New York Daily News reports: Chaffetz is checked out. With less than two weeks left before his early exit from Congress, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) trashed President Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a no-holds-barred interview. Chaffetz — an ardent Obama critic who withdrew his Trump endorsement weeks before the 2016 election — said he thinks the …

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Supreme Court To Hear Potential Landmark Case On Whether Partisan Gerrymandering Is Constitutional

The Washington Post reports: The Supreme Court declared Monday that it will consider whether gerrymandered election maps favoring one political party over another violate the Constitution, a potentially fundamental change in the way American elections are conducted. The justices regularly are called to invalidate state electoral maps that have been illegally drawn to reduce the influence of racial minorities by …

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