Politics

Ron DeSantis Dominates Trump-Less 2024 GOP Poll

Florida Politics reports: DeSantis is the choice of 30% of those surveyed in a field not including the 45th President, up four points from the same survey in November. Other candidates were far behind. Former Vice President Mike Pence is in an increasingly distant second place, down three points to 12%. Donald Trump Jr. and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of …

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California Rep. Alan Lowenthal Won’t Seek Reelection

Politico reports: Rep. Alan Lowenthal will not run for reelection, adding to a generational changing of the guard in California politics. The Long Beach Democrat said in a statement that he would not seek a sixth term in Congress, choosing instead to “pass the baton” and spend time with family. Lowenthal’s current seat is safely Democratic and will likely remain …

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Barack Obama Again The World’s Most Admired Man

YouGov reports: Barack Obama retains his position as world’s most admired man in YouGov’s international survey this year, having wrested the position from long-time incumbent Bill Gates last year. Michelle Obama likewise holds on to her position as world’s most admired woman for the third year running. In fact, the top three spots for each sex are unchanged since last …

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Pelosi Rejects Banning Congress From Trading Stocks

The Insider reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected the idea of banning members of Congress and their spouses from holding and trading individual stocks while in office. “This is a free market, and people — we are a free market economy. They should be able to participate in that,” Pelosi said when asked by Insider at her weekly …

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NYPD Gets Its First-Ever Female Commissioner [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor-elect Eric Adams has selected a Long Island police chief to become the first female commissioner of the NYPD — opting for a backyard pick after an extensive national search for his first top cop, four sources told the Daily News late Tuesday. Keechant Sewell, the chief of detectives for the Nassau County Police …

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Biden Admin To Release Some JFK Assassination Docs

CNN reports: The Biden administration faces a Wednesday deadline to publicly release a tranche of secret documents that some historians — and conspiracy theorists — hope might shed light on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The release is expected to prolong the bitter debate between the federal government and JFK researchers, who have argued that the CIA, …

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Senate Moves To Make Future Riot Responses Faster

Roll Call reports: The Senate unanimously passed a measure Monday evening that would allow the Capitol Police to request assistance from the National Guard without approval from the Capitol Police Board, removing a bureaucratic step that critics say could hinder the police force’s ability to react quickly in an emergency. The bill reflects one of several recommendations made by the …

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Senate Raises Debt Ceiling Hours Before Deadline

CNBC reports: Congressional Democrats moved toward raising the debt ceiling Tuesday, one day before the Dec. 15 deadline that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned could mark the start of the first-ever U.S. default. The effort began in the Senate, which passed a debt limit hike late Tuesday afternoon in a 50-49 party-line vote. The bill will go to the House, …

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“Rick Perry” Files To Challenge Abbott For Texas Gov

The Texas Tribune reports: Rick Perry is running for governor — but not that Rick Perry. The Republican Party of Texas updated its list of candidate filings Monday — hours before the deadline for the March primary election — to include a Rick Perry running against Gov. Greg Abbott. Neither Perry could be immediately reached for comment. The candidate Perry’s …

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NY Gov Announces $9.5B Makeover Of JFK Terminal

Gothamist reports: New York’s busiest airport is in line to receive a $9.5 billion facelift. Governor Kathy Hochul and Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton on Monday unveiled the latest plan to overhaul John F. Kennedy International Airport, replacing a pair of existing terminals with a 2.4 million sq. ft. Terminal 1 that will have 23 gates catering to international …

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Russia Threatens To Deploy Mid-Range Nukes In Europe

Reuters reports: Russia said on Monday it may be forced to deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe in response to what it sees as NATO’s plans to do the same. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia’s RIA news agency in an interview that Moscow would have to take the step if NATO refused to engage with it on preventing …

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MI Shooter And Parents Are “Deliberately Estranged”

The Detroit News reports: The parents of accused Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley will have no influence, and likely no insight, into their juvenile son’s high-stakes criminal case or life in the near term, legal experts say. Ethan Crumbley and his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are deliberately estranged, and the teen’s court-appointed lawyer, Paulette Michel Loftin, does not …

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Startup Pitched Tasing Migrants With Their Drones

The Intercept reports: Brinc, a rising star among the many companies jockeying to sell drones to police, has a compelling founding mythology: In the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, its young founder decided to aid law enforcement agencies through the use of nonviolent robots. A company promotional video obtained by The Intercept, however, reveals a different vision: …

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Vladimir Putin Laments Collapse Of Soviet Union

Reuters reports: President Vladimir Putin has lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago as the demise of what he called “historical Russia” and said the economic crisis that followed was so bad he was forced to moonlight as a taxi driver. Putin’s comments, released by state TV on Sunday, are likely to further fuel speculation about his …

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Hillary Clinton Predicts Trump Will Run In 2024 [VIDEO]

The Today Show reports: Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump running for president again in 2024 could have a negative impact on the country. The former Secretary of State and presidential candidate spoke frankly to Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist about what she believes would be the dire consequences for the nation if Trump reclaims the White House in three years. “If …

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G7 Leaders Meet On Russia’s Threat To Ukraine

The Hill reports: Leaders in the Group of Seven are looking for a consensus regarding Russia’s “malign behavior” towards Ukraine. The leaders of the U.K., U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Italy are meeting at the Museum of Liverpool for two-day talks, with Russia-Ukraine tensions the key issue on the table. The meeting is hosted by British Foreign Secretary Liz …

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Supreme Court Rules Abortion Providers May Sue Texas

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court has ruled that Texas abortion providers can sue over the state’s ban on most abortions, but the justices are allowing the law to remain in effect. The court acted Friday, more than a month after hearing arguments over the law that makes abortion illegal after cardiac activity is detected in an embryo. The …

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China Urges Communist Party Members To Have 3 Kids

The Guardian reports: An editorial in a Chinese state-run news website has suggested Communist party members are obliged to have three children for the good of the country, as Beijing seeks to address plummeting birthrates. The editorial, which was first published last month, went viral this week and drew sharp reaction from Chinese internet users, with millions of shares, views …

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US Wins Appeal To Extradite Julian Assange From UK

Axios reports: England’s High Court on Friday overturned a British judge’s decision to block the extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S., dealing a major blow to the WikiLeaks founder in his decade-long fight to avoid prosecution by the U.S. government. Assange, who was arrested in Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2019 after its government revoked his asylum, is wanted …

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New York City Council Votes 33-14 To Allow Non-Citizen Residents To Vote In Municipal Elections: Historic Move

The New York Times reports: The city council here on Thursday approved a measure that will allow immigrants who are not U.S. citizens to vote for mayor and other key municipal positions, a historic move that is igniting threats of legal challenges from Republicans and hopes from Democrats that other cities will follow suit. The council voted 33 to 14 …

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