Politics

Twitter Boots Multiple Fake Pro-Schultz Accounts

NBC News reports: Twitter has suspended at least six pro-Howard Schultz accounts for violating its fake accounts policies. Those accounts — @blacks4Schultz, @women_4_schultz, @GaysForSchultz, @PresSchultz2020, @HowardJSchultz, @GOP4Schultz — provide a preview of the kind of fakery researchers expect to see on social media during the 2020 election. Online astroturfing has become commonplace, used by insiders, outside groups and even foreign …

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North Carolina: Dates Set For Special US House Election

Charlotte’s Fox affiliate reports: Following last month’s decision to hold a new election due to ballot fraud in the 9th district, the North Carolina State Board of Elections has set the date for the special election. North Carolinians will return to the polls September 10. The primary will be held on May 14. This comes on the heels of last …

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Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy: Public Hearings Are Utterly Useless (Now That They’re Being Used Against Trump)

The Daily Beast reports: Former Rep. Trey Gowdy, the man who led an 11-hour public congressional hearing on the Benghazi consulate attack, said Monday that he believes such hearings are “utterly useless”—now that they’re used to investigate President Trump’s inner circle. Gowdy, now a Fox News contributor, joined Fox & Friends to weigh in on last week’s House Oversight Committee …

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Trump And Ivanka Donated To Kamala In Recent Years

The Sacramento Bee reports: Asked last week if she believes President Donald Trump is a racist, California Sen. Kamala Harris told The Root, “I don’t think you can reach any other conclusion.” In 2018, the Trump White House accused Harris of “supporting the animals of MS-13,” a gang formed by Central American immigrants in Los Angeles. Earlier this decade, however, …

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Former Acting AG Matt Whitaker Resigns From DOJ

NBC News reports:  Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker left his position at the Justice Department on Saturday, a department spokeswoman said. Whitaker had been serving as a senior counselor at the Justice Department since Attorney General William Barr was sworn in last month. His next career move is unknown, but Whitaker has told friends that he will remain in …

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McConnell: Senate Will Pass “Emergency” Order Block

Roll Call reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said senators were still looking into whether the joint resolution to stop President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration can be amended. But, the Kentucky Republican also said he anticipated the Senate would pass the measure disapproving of the border security emergency. “I was one of those hoping the president would not take …

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Bernie Launches Campaign With Big Rallies [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders brought it all back home this weekend, hosting a pair of boisterous rallies in two cities he credited for a political awakening that set him on a path that could, as he launches his second presidential campaign, deliver him to the White House. In Chicago on Sunday night, Sanders again offered a rare public embrace …

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Roger Stone Appears To Break Judge’s Gag Order

CNBC reports: Roger Stone on Sunday suggested he has been “framed” by special counsel Robert Mueller in an Instagram post that appeared to run afoul of a judge’s barely week-old gag order barring President Donald Trump’s longtime friend from criticizing the prosecutors in the criminal case against him. Stone deleted the only image in that multi-image post that included “Who …

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Eric Holder Won’t Run For President In 2020

From a just-posted Washington Post op-ed: Though I will not run for president in 2020, I will continue to fight for the future of our country through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates. For too long, Democrats have lost sight of the state and local races that shape the day-to-day lives of the people we serve. With state …

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Former Dem Colorado Gov Launches 2020 WH Bid

NBC News reports: Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Monday that he is running for president, positioning himself as fighter for progressive priorities who won’t shy away from a brawl with President Donald Trump. In a video released Monday morning, Hickenlooper says his campaign would center on taking action on key issues like guns and climate change, but also in …

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Rand Paul Opposes Trump’s “Emergency” Declaration

The New York Times reports: Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, said on Sunday night that he would support a resolution that would overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, appearing to provide the crucial vote needed for the Senate to pass the measure. “I stand with the president often, and I do so with …

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GOP Rep Floats Third Party 2020 White House Bid

The Hill reports: Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said Sunday that he’s not ruling out seeking the Libertarian nomination for the presidency in 2020. Amash said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he believes the United States needs a president who is “presenting a vision for America that is different from what these two parties are presenting.” …

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Ivanka Trump: Being Me Is The World’s Hardest Job

“The press seems to think it’s ironic that I, born of great privilege, think people want to work for what they are given. As if being Donald Trump’s daughter isn’t the hardest job in the world.” – Ivanka Trump, speaking last night at the annual Gridiron Dinner, which features roasts of DC figures and political comedy skits. More from the …

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SNL Tears Into Michael Cohen Hearing [VIDEO]

Deadline reports: Saturday Night Live fired up this weekend’s cold open by taking on Michael Cohen’s jaw-dropping testimony earlier this week before members of the House. Ben Stiller returned to SNL as Cohen, and arrived with a statement for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he admitted was polished by Hollywood writers. Former SNL regular and current Barry …

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Megadonor Sheldon Adelson Gravely Ill With Cancer

The Forward reports: Billionaire casino magnate and pro-Israel mega-donor Sheldon Adelson is being treated for cancer. Adelson, 85, has been out of his office since late December due to side-effects from his treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A lawyer representing one of Adelson’s casinos referred to his health as “dire” in court today. Adelson is worth $39 billion, according to the …

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Chelsea Manning Subpoenaed In Julian Assange Probe

The Washington Post reports: Chelsea Manning has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in the investigation of Julian Assange, officials said, one of several indicators that prosecutors remain interested in WikiLeaks’ publication of diplomatic cables and military war logs in 2010. Prosecutors in Virginia have been pursuing a case based on conduct that predates WikiLeaks’ publication of hacked …

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CPAC Attendees Fear Biden More Than Any 2020 Dem

Reuters reports: They’re confident Donald Trump will win a second term, but many attendees of the nation’s largest gathering of conservative activists agreed that Joe Biden poses the greatest threat to the president in 2020. Grassroots activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference repeatedly invoked the former Democratic vice president when asked who would be the most formidable challenger …

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GOP Senator Served With Subpoena On CPAC Stage

The Kansas City Star reports: Sen. Josh Hawley capped a tumultuous week Friday with his debut appearance at the American Conservative Union’s CPAC conference— and receiving a subpoena as he left the stage. Elad Gross, a Democratic candidate for attorney general who is suing Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office, said on Twitter that the Missouri senator was served moments after …

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WaPo Issues “Editor’s Note” On Early Covington Reports

From an “Editor’s Note” posted this afternoon: A Washington Post article first posted online on Jan. 19 reported on a Jan. 18 incident at the Lincoln Memorial. Subsequent reporting, a student’s statement and additional video allow for a more complete assessment of what occurred, either contradicting or failing to confirm accounts provided in that story — including that Native American …

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Tulsi Gabbard Promotes Praise From Tucker Carlson

Mediaite reports: Aside from her low 2020 name-recognition, Gabbard is also loathed by many Democrats. That’s thanks to her questionable past position on gay marriage and brilliant decision in 2017 to go on an unsanctioned “fact finding” trip to visit mass murderer Bashar al-Assad in Syria — only to return with pro-regime talking points. It makes sense, then, that Gabbard …

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