Politics

R. Kelly Denies Charges In Explosive Interview [VIDEO]

TV Line reports: R&B singer R. Kelly, charged with multiple counts of aggravated sexual abuse, angrily denied the accusations in a new, at times heated interview with CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King. Looking directly into the camera, Kelly, through tears, screamed, “I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f—ing life!” Kelly was arrested in …

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McConnell Scrambles On Pending “Emergency” Block

The Hill reports: Opposition to President Trump’s emergency border declaration is snowballing in the Senate, forcing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to scramble for a way to avoid a major embarrassment for the president. While McConnell has long viewed a resolution of disapproval backed by Democrats as likely to pass the Senate, support for the measure is growing. Some …

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Bernie Signs Pledge To Run And Serve As A Democrat

The Washington Post reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), a longtime independent, signed a pledge Tuesday saying he would seek the presidency as a Democrat and govern as a Democrat if elected. The move comes in response to a new rule from the Democratic National Committee that requires all candidates for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination to sign such a pledge …

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BREAKING: Bloomberg Will Not Run For President

The New York Times reports: Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who joined the Democratic Party last year to crusade against President Trump, has decided not to challenge Mr. Trump as a candidate in the 2020 election. Rather than entering the race himself, Mr. Bloomberg intends to plow his political energy and immense personal fortune into other …

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Abruptly Resigns

The Washington Post reports: Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who used his post to tackle difficult public health issues from youth vaping to opioid addiction – surprising early skeptics worried about his drug industry ties – resigned Tuesday, effective in about a month, according to an administration official. Gottlieb, who has been commuting weekly to Washington from his home …

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NEVADA: Gay Dem Senate Majority Leader Resigns, Pleads Guilty To Personal Use Of Campaign Funds

The Nevada Independent reports: Democratic Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson is expected to resign from the Legislature on Tuesday after pleading guilty to federal charges of misappropriation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use. The sudden resignation marks a precipitous fall for Atkinson, the state’s third African-American and first openly gay Senate majority leader. A …

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Hillary: I’m Not Running For Anything Again [VIDEO]

New York City’s News 12 reports: Hillary Clinton ruled out a 2020 presidential run for the first time on camera in an exclusive interview with News 12, pledging instead to take an active role by working with the candidates in the crowded Democratic field. “I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for …

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Pelosi Announces Dem Bill To Reinstate Net Neutrality

The Hill reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Monday that Democrats will introduce a net neutrality bill to replace the open internet rules that were repealed in 2017. In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said a bill called the Save the Internet Act will be unveiled Wednesday and will be introduced in the Senate as well. Democrats have …

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Bernie Files For 2024 Senate Run As An Independent

The Daily Beast reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is officially running for two different federal offices under two different party labels. On Monday, Sanders filed for re-election to the Senate in 2024, listing his party as “independent.” Team Sanders said the filing was an automatic renewal of Sanders’ candidacy, a standard move for victorious congressional candidates ahead of anticipated reelection …

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Cuomo Hints He’ll Run For WH If Biden Doesn’t

The New York Post reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday suggested his decision on entering the presidential race is based on whether former Veep Joe Biden runs. “We live our lives on a set of assumptions and a set of assumptions,” Cuomo said during an interview with Albany radio station WAMC. “I have a set of assumptions as to who …

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Beto Backs Legal Weed Nationwide, Expunging Records

The Hill reports: Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Monday expressed support for the federal legalization of marijuana as he mulls a potential presidential bid in 2020. O’Rourke sent an email to supporters in which he backed the repeal of the federal criminalization of marijuana and called for the records of those jailed over marijuana possession to be expunged. “Giving …

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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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