Politics

GOP Rep. Steve King Fundraises Off Racism Backlash

The Des Moines Register reports: While Republicans and Democrats are condemning or calling for Rep. Steve King’s resignation after his comments on white nationalism and white supremacy, the congressman is using the backlash to raise money for his campaign. “The unhinged left has teamed up with Republican ‘NeverTrumpers’ and is pulling out all the stops to destroy me,” King wrote …

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McConnell Again Blocks Bill To Reopen Government

ABC News reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Thursday that would have reopened most of the federal government impacted by the partial shutdown. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tried to get consent to take up a House-passed bill that would reopen all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is at the center of the …

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Tapper: Trump Told The Taliban That Pelosi Is Coming

Mediaite reports: A visibly astonished and displeased Jake Tapper took pains to point out that when President Donald Trump ostentatiously canceled Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s secret trip (with a congressional delegation) to Afghanistan, he compromised the entire delegation by announcing “to the world, including the Taliban,” that Pelosi was headed to the war-torn region. Tapper led Thursday’s edition …

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GOP House Rep. Tom Marino Abruptly Resigns

CNN reports: Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced Thursday he’ll resign from Congress to pursue a private sector job, after just starting his fifth term in Congress. “As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress,” Marino said in a statement. “Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position …

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Dem Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Apologizes For Anti-LGBT Past: “My Views Have Since Changed Significantly” [VIDEO]

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who last week launched her campaign for president, today posted a video apology for her past as an anti-LGBT activist. From the included text on the below YouTube clip: Aloha. In my past I said and believed things that were wrong, and worse, hurtful to people in the LGBTQ+ community and their loved ones. Many years …

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AOC’s First House Speech Sets C-SPAN Record [VIDEO]

Oh, how this is triggering the cultists: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) first speech from the House floor quickly became C-SPAN’s most-viewed Twitter video of any remarks by a House lawmaker, drawing 1.16 million viewers in just over 12 hours. C-SPAN’s communications director, Howard Mortman, shared the results on his Twitter feed Thursday afternoon, one day after Ocasio-Cortez gave her first …

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Nancy Pelosi: I Haven’t Heard From Trump Since I Sent Him A Letter Requesting SOTU Postponement [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: “I’m not for a wall,” Pelosi said repeatedly at the press conference, referring to $5.7 billion funding for the border wall Mr. Trump is requesting in order to sign bills funding the government. “Insistence on the wall is a luxury the country can no longer afford.” Replying to a question from CBS News’ Nancy Cordes, Pelosi said …

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Howard Dean: Tulsi Gabbard Isn’t Qualified For 2020

Mediaite reports: Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean thinks all the 2020 Democratic candidates are qualified for the presidency, except for Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “I’m really not gonna take sides in this,” said Dean on CNN this morning “There are no candidates, with one exception, that I really don’t think should be president.” The Hill reports: “And who’s that exception?” …

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Rand Paul: Pelosi Postponing The SOTU Is An Affront To Americans, Trump Should Just Do It Before The Senate

Josh Israel reports at Think Progress: In response to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) recommendation that President Donald Trump postpone his State of the Union speech until the government reopens, due to concerns about security, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) offered an alternate proposal: ignore the security concerns entirely and just hold the event in the Senate chamber. Appearing …

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Trump Campaign Manager Attacks George Conway: Think How Bad A Husband You Are To Act This Way

The Hill reports: President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale on Wednesday lashed out at George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, over a tweet in which Conway mocked Trump as a “laughingstock.” The exchange between Parscale and Conway came after Trump this week raised eyebrows by serving a large quantity of fast food to the national …

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Donations Pour In For Unpaid TSA Security Workers

The Associated Press reports: The shutdown has brought an outpouring of generosity to TSA agents and other federal employees who are working without pay. Food, financial help, haircuts and toiletries are among the donated goods and services. On Wednesday, donations of diapers, juice, garbage bags, canned soup and boxes of Ramen noodles were being unloaded onto luggage carts at the …

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Cuomo Forecasts $300M Annually In Legal Weed Taxes

The Buffalo News reports: Adult recreational use of marijuana will be legalized under a plan advanced today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo along with the creation of three new taxes – eventually passed on to consumers – that will total $300 million annually. The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act will regulate marijuana from cultivation to retail sales “for the purposes …

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AOC Rivals Trump In Mock 2020 Election Matchup

From Rasmussen: Though just one-in-three voters have a favorable opinion of freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, if she were old enough to run for president in 2020, she’d give President Trump a run for his money. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if the 2020 presidential race was between Trump and Ocasio-Cortez, 43% of Likely U.S. …

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ARIZONA: Husband Of GOP Former Senate Candidate Accused Of Spitting In The Eye Of Turncoat Volunteer

The Arizona Republic reports: Former U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward’s husband was accused of spitting in the eye of one of her former volunteers because the volunteer subsequently supported her former political foe, Martha McSally, police records obtained Tuesday show. The alleged incident happened at the Arizona Republican Party’s general-election night gala on Nov. 6 at the Paradise Valley Doubletree …

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“Defeated” ISIS Kills Four US Soldiers In Syria [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: U.S. service members were among those killed by an explosion in Syria on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group said. Earlier, a senior Kurdish security official told NBC News that members of the U.S.-led coalition were caught up in a blast at a market in the northern city of Manbij. The official …

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Pelosi To Trump: Delay SOTU Until Shutdown Is Over

CNBC reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged President Donald Trump in a letter Wednesday to either reschedule his State of the Union address or deliver it in writing to Congress while the government continues to be partially shut down. Pelosi, D-Calif., in a letter to Trump, cited “security concerns” related to the shutdown’s effect on the U.S. Secret Service, which …

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LIVE VIDEO: Confirmation Hearing For EPA Nominee

USA Today reports: A rollback of mercury emissions standards. A revamp of clean water regulations. A retreat from a climate change agenda. Democrats have seethed as they helplessly watched the Trump administration undo or block a slew of Obama-era environmental proposals during the past two years. On Wednesday, they will get a chance to grill President Donald Trump’s point person …

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SURE JAN: White House Claims Bloody Bandage On Trump’s Hand Is From “Joking Around With Barron”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump is often called thin-skinned. It’s usually not meant literally. But the back of Trump’s right hand was covered with an adhesive bandage during a Thursday trip to McAllen, Texas, with blood visibly seeping through the dressing. His hand was similarly bandaged again on Monday as he departed for a trip to New Orleans. Armchair medics …

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Russia: We Caught That American Spy “Red-Handed”

Reuters reports: Russia said on Wednesday that it had caught former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Russia on spying charges, while he was in the act of carrying out illegal activities in his Moscow hotel room. Whelan, a former U.S. marine who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by Russia’s Federal Security Service …

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Iowa Newspapers: GOP Rep. Steve King Should Resign

From the editorial board of the Des Moines Register: Congressman Steve King should resign. He has lost even the potential to effectively represent his Iowa constituents because of his abhorrent comments about white nationalism and white supremacy. The move by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to strip King of his committee assignments leaves Iowa without a seat on the vital …

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