Politics

South Dakota Welcomes Meth Campaign Ridicule

The Hill reports: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is defending the state’s launch of an anti-drug campaign with the slogan “Meth, we’re on it.” The tagline drew a mix of criticism and ridicule across Twitter on Monday, but Noem cited the backlash as proof that efforts to raise awareness around South Dakota’s methamphetamine crisis was, in fact, working. “Meth …

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KENTUCKY: Gov. Matt Bevin Finally Concedes Election

Kentucky’s PBS affiliate reports: More than a week after initial results showed him losing to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear by more than 5,000 votes, Gov. Matt Bevin has conceded the election. Bevin’s concession means that Beshear will become the 64th governor of Kentucky on Dec. 10th, Inauguration Day. Bevin made the announcement during a press conference in the state …

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Trump Tax Break Went To Donor’s Superyacht Marina

ProPublica reports: The Rybovich superyacht marina lies on the West Palm Beach, Florida, waterfront, a short drive north from Mar-a-Lago. Superyachts, floating mansions that can stretch more than 300 feet and cost over $100 million, are serviced at the marina, and their owners enjoy Rybovich’s luxury resort amenities. Its Instagram account offers a glimpse into the rarefied world of the …

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Worried GOP Pours Big Bucks Into Louisiana Gov Race

Politico reports: The Republican National Committee is pouring another $1 million into the Louisiana governor’s race ahead of Saturday’s runoff — a move that comes amid mounting GOP concerns about losing a second major election in a conservative state in as many weeks. The last-minute spending doubles the committee’s investment in the race, where Republican Eddie Rispone is trying to …

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Erdogan Played Anti-Kurd Propaganda Clip For Trump

Axios reports: An Oval Office meeting yesterday with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took a dark turn when Erdoğan pulled out his iPad and made the group watch a propaganda video that depicted Kurds as terrorists, according to three sources familiar with the meeting. Why it matters: The meeting hosted by President Trump included five Republican U.S. senators who’ve been …

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Jimmy Carter To Undergo Brain Pressure Procedure

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted into Emory University Hospital on Monday for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, stemming from his recent falls, the Carter Center said. The Carter Center released a statement that said his procedure is scheduled for Tuesday morning. “President Carter is resting comfortably, and his wife, Rosalynn, is with …

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POLL: Louisiana Governor Runoff Is Neck And Neck

ABC News New Orleans reports: An exclusive FOX 8 News poll days ahead of the Louisiana Gubernatorial runoff election reveals incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards with a slim lead over Republican Eddie Rispone. The poll of 625 registered Louisiana voters shows Edwards with 48 percent of the vote while Rispone has 46 percent. Six percent say they are still undecided …

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KENTUCKY: McConnell Says Matt Bevin Lost Election

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday it appears that Gov. Matt Bevin has lost the election for Kentucky governor, but he declined to say whether he thinks the Republican governor should concede. “I’m sorry Matt came up short, he had a good four years and all indications are we’ll have a new governor,” McConnell …

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SPAIN: Far-Right Anti-LGBT Party Surges In Election

Agence France-Presse reports: With its hard line against Catalan separatism, immigration and feminism, far-right party Vox was the big winner of Spain’s repeat general election on Sunday, surging into third place. The party won 52 seats — more than doubling the 24 it took during its April parliamentary debut in the most significant showing by a far-right faction since Spain’s …

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Cuomo On Trump’s Move To Florida: “Good Riddance”

NBC News reports: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t mince words when he learned Thursday that President Donald Trump had filed paperwork to change his permanent residence from New York City to Palm Beach, Florida. “Good riddance. It’s not like Mr. Trump paid taxes here anyway,” Cuomo said in statement. “He’s all yours, Florida.” Trump, who was born and has …

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Man Runs For CA Gov So He Can Post False FB Ads

CNN reports: A San Francisco man is going to extreme lengths to call out Facebook’s controversial policy of allowing politicians to run false ads on its platform. On Monday morning, he registered as a candidate in California’s 2022 gubernatorial election — not with the primary goal of becoming governor, but so he can run false Facebook ads of his own. …

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Bernie Won’t Release Medicare For All Funding Plan

The Daily Beast reports: Bernie Sanders said he will not release a plan to pay for his Medicare for All proposal. In an interview broadcast Tuesday, CNBC’s John Harwood noted that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is “producing plans,” including one to pay for Medicare for All. “You’ve identified revenue sources for about half of it,” Harwood said to the Vermont senator. …

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Cop Told To “Tone Down” His Gayness Awarded $19M

CBS News reports: A St. Louis County police sergeant who said the department passed him over for promotions because he is gay was awarded $19 million in a discrimination lawsuit. Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, who filed the lawsuit against the St. Louis County Police Department in 2017, said he was told to “tone down your gayness” if he wanted to be …

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POLL: 70% Of Millennials Would Vote For A Socialist

Axios reports: Young Americans continue to lose faith in capitalism and embrace socialism, according to a new YouGov/Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey of more than 2,000 Americans 16 years and older. Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist, is one of the top presidential candidates in the 2020 Democratic field. His flagship health care proposal, Medicare for All, has driven …

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Russian Spy Gets Hero’s Welcome After Deportation

Reuters reports: Russian national Maria Butina, who was jailed in the United States in April after admitting to working as a Russian agent, arrived in Moscow on Saturday, greeted by her father and Russian journalists who handed her flowers. “Russians never surrender,” an emotional Butina told reporters at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, flanked by her father and the Russian Foreign Ministry’s …

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Bernie Vows To Legalize Pot Nationwide If Elected

Courthouse News reports: Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday proposed nationwide legalization of marijuana, to “end the horrifically destructive war on drugs,” that he said “disproportionately targeted people of color and ruined the lives of millions of Americans.” “We’re going to legalize marijuana and end the horrifically destructive war on drugs,” Sanders said in a statement, promising to use executive action …

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Live Video: Former Presidents Eulogize Elijah Cummings

The Associated Press reports: The late Elijah Cummings, a veteran Democratic lawmaker and civil rights activist who was a leading force in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, will be eulogized on Friday by former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in his hometown of Baltimore. On Thursday, Cummings became the first African American lawmaker to lie in state …

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Obama And Clintons To Speak At Cummings Funeral

The Baltimore Sun reports: Two former presidents, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, will speak Friday at the funeral service in Baltimore of Elijah Cummings, the Baltimore congressman, committee chairman and civil rights advocate who died a week ago. Also among those speaking, according to Cummings’ aides, will be Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former president’s wife and the 2016 Democratic presidential …

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Spain Exhumes Franco’s Body Over Fascist Protests

The New York Times reports: The Spanish government on Thursday exhumed the remains of the former dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from the underground basilica that he built after winning his country’s civil war. The move had prompted criticism that, coming just two weeks before a national election, it would reopen old rifts in Spanish society. Franco’s remains were moved in …

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Lack Of DC Senators Ends World Series Tradition

The Dallas Morning News reports: One of the Senate’s traditions is for lawmakers with a home state team in the World Series to bet against each other. Texas senators have wagered brisket and Dr Pepper against cheesecake and sausage in bets with counterparts from California, Illinois and Missouri. But as the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals squared off Tuesday night …

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