Politics

Alec Baldwin: I Promise I Could Beat Trump In 2020

ABC News reports: Alec Baldwin is asking his social media followers if he could count on his their votes if he ran for president. The actor, who won an Emmy Award in 2017 for his portrayal of President Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” wrote to his more than 1 million Twitter followers on Monday. It’s not the first time that …

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House GOP Calls For Testimony By Robert Mueller

Politico reports: Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, called Monday for Democrats to immediately bring special counsel Robert Mueller to the Capitol to testify on his still-secret report on Russian contacts with President Donald Trump’s campaign — and whether Trump himself obstructed the probe. “If you seek both transparency and for the American public to …

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SNL Tees Off On “Touchy-Feely” Joe Biden [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Former SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis returned to his old stomping grounds to reprise his impression of Joe Biden that the former vice president once called “so good it scared me.” “I’m a hugger, I’m a kisser and a little bit of a sniffer. But the last thing I want to do is offend anyone,” Sudeikis’s Biden …

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Fritz Hollings, Dem Senator For 38 Years, Dies At 97

The Charleston Post & Courier reports: Ernest Frederick “Fritz” Hollings, the charismatic and quick-witted former U.S. senator and South Carolina governor who became one of the state’s most important national political figures, died early Saturday after a period of declining health. He was 97. “Our father, Fritz Hollings, was dedicated to his family, the United States Senate and the people …

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NY Lawmakers Try Again To Limit Vaccine Exemptions

The Hudson Journal-News reports: State legislators are pushing to end non-medical exemptions to vaccinations for school-aged children, as measles cases in Brooklyn, Queens and Rockland County have reached 425. State Sen. Brad Hoylman and state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, the main sponsors of the bills, were joined by medical professionals and State Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City, Thursday afternoon on the …

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Ecuador Denies Plan To Expel “Ingrateful” Assange

NBC News reports: Ecuador has denied WikiLeaks’ claims that it is set to expel Julian Assange from its embassy in London, rejecting what it called “an attempt to stain the dignity of the country.” On Friday, WikiLeaks tweeted that Assange would be expelled from the embassy “within ‘hours to days'” and claimed that Ecuador “already has an agreement with the …

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Harry Reid Loses Suit Against Exercise Band Maker

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports: A Las Vegas jury rejected former U.S. Sen Harry Reid’s claims in a civil case against the makers of a resistance exercise band after about an hour of deliberations Friday. Reid was injured while using an exercise band and blamed the injuries for ending his political career. According to Reid’s lawsuit, with losing vision in …

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AOC: I’m Proud To Have Been A Bartender [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) said she was proud of her humble roots as she delivered a speech at the National Action Network convention on Friday. “I’m proud to be a bartender,” the self-proclaimed democratic socialist said. “Ain’t nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail.” “There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes …

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Assange Claims Expulsion Would Violate Refugee Law

CNN International reports: The legal team of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has said expelling him from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London would be “illegal” and would “violate international refugee law.” “It will be a sad day for democracy if the UK and Ecuadorean governments are willing to act as accomplices to the Trump administration’s determination to prosecute a publisher for …

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Dem Senator Discloses Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Politico reports: Sen. Michael Bennet revealed Wednesday evening that he has prostate cancer, but still hopes to run for president. In a statement, the Democrat from Colorado said that he was diagnosed last month and will undergo surgery during April recess. “This unanticipated hurdle only reinforces how strongly I feel about contributing to the larger conversation about the future of …

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Schiff: Testimony From Mueller Himself Is “Inevitable”

Newsweek reports: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff told MSNBC on Wednesday that he believed it was inevitable that special counsel Robert Mueller would have to testify before Congress. As the battle over the release of the report of Mueller’s 22-month investigation rages on, Schiff said the Democratic Party would want to hear conclusions from the head of the Russia …

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House Panel Votes To Subpoena Full Mueller Report

NBC News reports: The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to authorize a subpoena for the full, unredacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the U.S election and alleged obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. The committee took the action after Attorney General William Barr told Congress that he intends later this month to provide …

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AUSTRALIA: Parliament Formally Censures Senator For Blaming New Zealand Terror Attack On Killer’s Victims

CBS News reports: An Australian senator was censured by his colleagues on Wednesday for seeking to blame the victims of last month’s mosque shootings and vilify Muslims. Sen. Fraser Anning was the target of widespread condemnation for blaming the attack in New Zealand on immigration policies. He faced more criticism later for physically striking a teenager who cracked a raw …

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UTAH: GOP Gov Signs LGBT-Inclusive Hate Crimes Bill

Ben Winslow reports at Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: After years and years of trying and failing, Utah finally has a working hate crimes law. In a public ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday, Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 103 into law. “I think with the passage of Senate Bill 103, we are sending a message that …

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Chicago Elects Its First Openly Lesbian Mayor [VIDEO]

The Chicago Tribune reports: Lori Lightfoot won a resounding victory Tuesday night to become both the first African-American woman and openly gay person elected mayor of Chicago, dealing a stinging defeat to a political establishment that has reigned over City Hall for decades. After waging a campaign focused on upending the vaunted Chicago political machine, Lightfoot dismantled one of its …

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Man Quotes Trump In Civil Suit Against Alec Baldwin

Courthouse News reports: Calling his “life changed forever,” a Polish immigrant who says he was clobbered in broad daylight by Alec Baldwin has sued the actor for assault, battery and slander. “When you’re a star, they let you do it – hit ’em right in the face,” says the complaint filed Sunday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Represented by the law …

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Bernie Sanders Raises $18.2 Million In First Six Weeks

Talking Points Memo reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) raised $18.2 million in his first six weeks as a candidate, his campaign announced, a large sum that will likely lead the Democratic presidential field. Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said Tuesday morning that those donations had come from 900,000 donations, and the average donation was $20. That number of donors fell …

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Polish Nationalists Protest In NYC Over Holocaust Law

Newsweek reports: A large group of Polish nationalists took over a major square in downtown Manhattan on Sunday, protesting U.S. legislation that seeks to compensate Holocaust survivors whose property was seized during World War II. The marchers were draped in Polish flags and carried signs opposing bill SS47, which became law in May 2018. The law calls for the return …

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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal From Right Wing Group That Secretly Recorded Planned Parenthood Employees

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from an anti-abortion group that surreptitiously recorded Planned Parenthood employees. The justices joined lower courts Monday in allowing Planned Parenthood’s racketeering and other claims against the Center for Medical Progress to proceed. Two members of the group also are facing criminal charges in California over the secret recordings. The …

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Press Freedom Group Petitions DC Court For Public Release Of All Grand Jury Materials In Mueller Report

Via press release: This morning the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a request in the federal district court for the District of Columbia for an order that would authorize the public release of grand jury material that is “cited, quoted, or referenced” in the report submitted to Attorney General William Barr by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. On …

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