Politics

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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Alec Baldwin Pleads Guilty In Parking Space Scuffle

The New York Daily News reports: Alec Baldwin won’t fight his latest legal woe. The perpetually-peeved actor agreed Wednesday to complete a one-day anger management program after copping a plea to charges in a Greenwich Village scuffle over a parking space. Baldwin appeared before Judge Herbert Moses in black thick-rimmed glasses, a dark purple scarf and a black blazer to …

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IOWA: “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Ban Struck Down

Reuters reports: Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” law, the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States, was declared unconstitutional Tuesday, as it violates the Iowa state constitution, a state judge ruled. Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the restriction in May 2018, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant. …

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ARIZONA: Republican Lawmaker Intros $20 Internet Porn Tax With Proceeds To Fund Trump’s Border Wall

The Arizona Mirror reports: A GOP lawmaker has a novel idea for how a border wall with Mexico should be funded: Force every Arizonan who wants to access pornographic material on an electronic device to pay $20. Republican Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, has introduced House Bill 2444, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet install …

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Cuomo Signs Bill Codifying Roe Into NY State Law

The Albany Times-Union reports: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, flanked by Democratic leaders of the state Legislature, on Tuesday night signed into law a series of measures codifying abortion protections and expanding reproductive health rights for women and their health care providers. The vote, made possible by the new Democratic majority in the Senate, came 46 years to the day after …

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“STUPIDITY Act” Could End Government Shutdowns

The Week reports: The unprecedented shutdown fell into its 32nd day over President Trump’s demand for border wall funding and Democrats’ refusal to give in. But while there remained no hint of a deal to reopen the government on Tuesday, Sen. Mark Warner did introduce the STUPIDITY Act to prevent hypothetical shutdowns in the future. Under the craftily acronymed act, …

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REPORT: Multiple Gaffes May Sideline Giuliani From TV Appearances, Some Allies Worry He’d Been Drinking

The Associated Press reports: Rudy Giuliani’s latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from televised interviews. Trump was frustrated with Giuliani, according to three White House officials and …

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Openly Gay South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg Unveils His 2020 Presidential Exploratory Committee [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old, two-term Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, took a significant step toward a run for the White House on Wednesday, announcing that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee, the precursor to an official campaign. He was commissioned as a Navy intelligence officer in 2009 and in 2013, while serving as mayor, he …

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Lara Trump: Unpaid Federal Workers Are Going Through A “Little Bit Of Pain” But This Is Bigger Than Them

Newsweek reports: The 800,000 furloughed federal employees and 400,000 working without pay due to the government shutdown over $5 billion dollars in funding for a wall on the U.S. southern border are going through “a little bit of pain,” but “this is so much bigger than any one person” said Lara Trump, campaign adviser and daughter-in-law to President Donald Trump …

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House Votes 357-22 To Bar Trump From Leaving NATO

Defense News reports: The U.S. House passed legislation Tuesday evening that seeks to bar President Donald Trump from withdrawing from NATO amid renewed concerns over his commitment to the 29-nation military pact. In a bipartisan 357-22 vote, the Democrat-led lower chamber sent the Senate the NATO Support Act, which would prohibit the use of federal funds to withdraw from the …

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Billionaires At Davos Forum Fear AOC’s Tax Hike Plan

CNBC reports: The elite financiers attending the World Economic Forum are worried about the 70 percent tax rate on earnings above $10 million proposed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. “It’s scary,” Scott Minerd, global chief investment officer for $265 billion Guggenheim Partners, said in an interview. “By the time we get to the presidential election, this is going to …

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Mitch McConnell: Blocking The Appointment Of Merrick Garland Is The Most Consequential Thing I’ve Ever Done

From McConnell’s interview with New York Times Magazine: When I asked McConnell how he felt about his legacy and Trump’s being so closely linked, he rejected the premise. “I don’t think so,” he said. “I think the most consequential call I made was before President Trump came to office.” I asked what he meant. “The decision not to fill the …

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McConnell And Schumer Agree To Two Shutdown Votes

The New York Times reports: The Senate will vote Thursday on two separate bills that would bring an immediate end to the partial government shutdown: one backed by President Trump that includes $5.7 billion for his border wall and another that would simply extend funding for shuttered agencies through Feb. 8. The plan, a compromise between Senator Mitch McConnell, the …

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John Kerry At Davos: Trump Needs To Resign [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: John Kerry had a one-word answer when asked his message for President Donald Trump: “Resign.” The former secretary of State and Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts made the declaration while speaking on a CNBC panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Kerry, who lost in his bid to become president in 2004, first hesitated to answer …

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North Carolina Court Refuses To Certify US House Race

The Charlotte Observer reports: The state’s investigation into election fraud by the Mark Harris campaign will continue, a judge ruled Tuesday morning. Harris is the Republican candidate who appeared to narrowly win an election for North Carolina’s 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 elections. But the state has not officially certified his victory, due …

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Tom Steyer To Democratic Hopefuls: Don’t Even Bother Running For President If You’re Against Impeachment

The Atlantic reports: Tom Steyer is launching an effort to make every Democrat campaigning to run against President Donald Trump first come out in support of impeachment. Volunteers from Steyer’s organization, Need to Impeach, already showed up at several of Elizabeth Warren’s events earlier this month during her first swing through Iowa and tried to pin her down on impeachment. …

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Democrats Vow To Fight Back And Reverse Trans Ban

Just in from the Democratic National Committee: “Prejudice is not patriotism. Discrimination is not a national security strategy. This ban is nothing more than bigotry codified into law and an insult to all who have worn our nation’s uniform. Not only does it go against our values as Americans, it also makes us less safe. “Democrats believe diversity is our …

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GOP Sen. Joni Ernst Divorces Because Husband’s Hatred Of Her “Any Successes” Cost Her Being Trump’s VP

The Guardian reports: The Iowa senator Joni Ernst has stated she turned down the opportunity to be Donald Trump’s vice-president because she believed her husband Gail “hated any successes I have”. In an affidavit filed as part of divorce proceedings with her husband of 26 years, Ernst states: “in the summer of 2016, I was interviewed by Candidate Trump to …

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AOC Gives “Zero Fucks” About Her Critics [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) in an interview late Monday said she gives “zero” f—s about criticism she’s received from members of her own party. “I want to ask this question in a respectful manner, knowing also that you’re from Queens, so you will understand this question,” he continued. “And the BX,” Ocasio-Cortez, who is …

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Trump: Covington Students Are Symbols Of Fake News

The Washington Post reports: After a weekend marked by bitter recriminations over race and political bias, with the nation transfixed by viral videos depicting a confrontation between a crowd of Catholic schoolboys and a Native American elder, calls went out Monday — the federal holiday celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. — for restraint. But for President Trump, …

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