Politics

Giuliani’s “Truth Isn’t Truth” Named Quote Of The Year

Yale Law School librarian Fred Shapiro has issued his annual list of the year’s most memorable quotes. Here’s the top five: 1. “Truth isn’t truth.” — Rudy Giuliani, interview on “Meet the Press,” Aug. 19. 2. “I liked beer. I still like beer.” — Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on his Supreme Court nomination, Sept. 27. 3. “While …

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Time Magazine’s 2018 Person Of The Year: Journalists

NBC News reports: A group of journalists whose work has landed them in jail — or cost them their lives — have been named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018. “Like all human gifts, courage comes to us at varying levels and at varying moments,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay about the selection. “This year …

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Right Wing Christians Turn On “Fraud” Brett Kavanaugh

Yesterday Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh voted with the majority to reject an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. As you’d expect, right wing Christians, who were among his biggest fans during the confirmation process, already have their knives out. World Net Daily‘s Joseph Farah writes: I hate to say it, but I saw this one coming. When President Trump selected …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Agrees To Plea Deal, Faces Five Years In Prison Depending On Her Level Of Cooperation

ABC News reports: Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist who stands accused developing a covert influence operation in the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in any ongoing investigations. She admits, as part of the deal, according to a copy obtained by ABC News that is expected …

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GOP Reps Call For “Autopsy” On Disastrous Midterms

The Hill reports: Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is calling on incoming House GOP campaigns chief Tom Emmer (R-Wis.) and the rest of the leadership team to conduct an autopsy to find out what went wrong for Republicans in the disastrous 2018 midterms. In a “Dear Colleague” letter obtained by The Hill, Stefanik and other allies wrote Monday that the “disappointing …

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FEC Complaint Accuses NRA Of Illegally Coordinating $25M 2016 Election Spending With Trump Campaign

Bloomberg reports: Donald Trump’s presidential campaign may have illegally coordinated with the National Rifle Association in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election, two watchdog groups said in a complaint filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action and its political action committee, the NRA Political Victory Fund, placed $25 million worth of television …

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Elizabeth Warren Shops For 2020 Headquarters

Politico reports: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has the core of her 2020 team in place if she runs for president. She has the seed money — there’s $12.5 million ready to go, left from her recent Senate run — and a massive email list she’s amassed over years, boosted by a $3.3 million investment in digital infrastructure and advertising in the …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Changes Plea To Guilty

Talking Points Memo reports: Prosecutors and Maria Butina — a Russian national who’s been accused of being an unregistered foreign agent — requested Monday that a judge schedule a hearing this week so that Butina can change her plea. The filing was a suggestion that Butina and prosecutors may have reached a plea deal in the case. Butina had pleaded …

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SCOTUS Rejects Bid To Defund Planned Parenthood

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to Louisiana and Kansas, turning away their appeals of lower court rulings that blocked their efforts to end public funding to Planned Parenthood, a national women’s healthcare and abortion provider, through the Medicaid program. The justices’ decision to turn away both states’ appeals leaves intact lower court rulings that …

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NYT: Beto Is the Democratic “Wild Card” For 2020

The New York Times reports: Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas has emerged as the wild card of the presidential campaign-in-waiting for a Democratic Party that lacks a clear 2020 front-runner. After a star-making turn in his close race against Senator Ted Cruz, Mr. O’Rourke is increasingly serious about a 2020 run — a development that is rousing activists in early-voting …

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Robert De Niro’s Mueller Returns To SNL [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: As Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election drew closer to President Donald Trump, “Saturday Night Live” stayed close to the headlines Saturday with a cold open that featured Robert De Niro as the special counsel. Eric Trump, played by Alex Moffat, was in a children’s bed and Donald Trump, Jr., played by Mikey …

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DOJ Investigates Millions Of Fake Comments Posted To FCC Site In Support Of Ending Net Neutrality Rules

Buzzfeed News reports: The Justice Department is investigating whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people’s identities were posted to the FCC’s website without their permission, falsely attributing to them opinions about net neutrality rules, BuzzFeed News has learned. Two organizations told BuzzFeed News, each on condition that they not be named, that the FBI delivered subpoenas to them …

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Stormy Cancels Strip Club Show Over Anti-Gay Slur

As she returned to the national headlines yesterday thanks to the sentencing memos for Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels made additional news when she revealed that she had canceled an appearance at a Fort Lauderdale-area strip club after its owner allegedly called her assistant a “fucking faggot.” Stormy says the cancellation cost her a “$6800 paycheck,” but it was the right …

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Kremlin-Backed Social Media Trolls Spread False Claims That French Police Are Near “Mutiny” Against Macron

Bloomberg reports: Emmanuel Macron successfully dodged cyberattacks and fake news reports that were widely blamed on a Kremlin effort to destabilize his 2017 presidential campaign. Now, with France convulsed by violent protests, the Russians appear to be back – and may be hitting closer to their mark. Among 600 Twitter accounts known to promote Kremlin views, the top hashtag now …

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NFL Owner And GOP Reps Work To Slip Stadium Deal Into Spending Bill Before Democrats Take Over House

The Washington Post reports: Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is getting help from District officials, congressional Republicans and the Trump administration as he tries to clear a major roadblock to building a new, 60,000-seat stadium on the site of RFK Stadium. Nearly three years after the Redskins unveiled futuristic designs for their next football stadium, the team has been working …

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Ocasio-Cortez Hits Back At Junior’s “Very Large Brain”

Talking Points Memo reports: Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) fired back at Donald Trump Jr. on Friday after the president’s eldest son shared a meme implying that her democratic socialist views would lead to Americans eating dogs. Since pulling off this one of this year’s biggest upsets during primary season when she unseated Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Ocasio-Cortez has become …

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Trump Confirms Bill Barr Will Be AG Nominee, Former Fox Host Heather Nauert Will Be Ambassador Nominee

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump said Friday he will nominate former Attorney General William Barr to again lead the Justice Department, a move that could have ramifications for the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The attorney general for President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, Barr in recent months has criticized aspects of the …

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John Kelly Expected To Resign, Not Speaking To Trump

We’ve heard this before, but multiple outlets are saying so. Axios reports: West Wing officials widely believe that chief of staff John Kelly’s departure is imminent and that Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Pence, will replace him. As we reported right after the midterms, Ayers’ backers have been telling the president he has the sharp political instincts …

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NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Rep-Elect Discloses $34,000 Debt To Outfit Linked To Absentee Ballot Fraud Scandal

The New York Times reports: The congressional campaign of Mark Harris disclosed late Thursday night that it owed more than $34,000 in connection with an absentee ballot and voter turnout operation that has prompted fears of election fraud and called the North Carolina Republican’s narrow victory into question. In a filing with the Federal Election Commission, Mr. Harris’s campaign listed …

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Trump Junior Attacks Ocasio-Cortez: Socialists Eat Dogs

The Hill reports: Donald Trump Jr. took aim at Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Instagram in a post Thursday suggesting democratic socialist policies the incoming congresswoman espouses would lead to Americans eating dogs. On Sunday, the freshman Democrat questioned why so many top Republicans were aiming their criticism at an incoming freshman lawmaker rather than towards Democratic party leaders. “I’m …

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