Politics

OKLAHOMA: New GOP Gov And Wife Announce Mission To Use Office To “Bring People To Jesus” [VIDEO]

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: Newly elected Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma attended an “Inaugural Prayer Service” today, during which he declared that it is his mission to align the state “with what God is doing in Oklahoma,” while his wife proclaimed that it is their responsibility “to go our into our state and save people and …

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EPA Criminal Pollution Prosecutions Hit 30-Year Low

The Associated Press reports: The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show. EPA said in a statement that it is directing “its resources to the most significant and impactful cases.” But the 166 cases referred for prosecution in the last fiscal year is …

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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney Calls On Steve King To Resign

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the third-ranking House Republican, called Tuesday for Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) to “find another line of work,” as Democrats remained divided over how harshly to punish the longtime lawmaker for openly questioning whether the term “white supremacist” is offensive. Cheney’s comments came at a news conference held by House Republican leaders a …

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Atlanta Airport: Plan For Three Hours To Clear Security

The Associated Press reports: Passengers at the nation’s busiest airport are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown and it’s coming in the forms of long security lines. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is warning passengers to give themselves at least three hours to clear security. Issues with screenings have prompted several airports – including Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Miami …

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McConnell Again Blocks Bill To Reopen Government

The Hill reports: Senate Republicans blocked a House-passed package to reopen the federal government for a second time in as many weeks on Tuesday. Democratic Sens. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) asked for consent take up a package of bills that would reopen the federal government. One bill would fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. …

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Federal Court Blocks Census Citizenship Question

Bloomberg reports: A federal judge blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to put a question about citizenship on the 2020 census, which will help determine U.S. elections, congressional seats and federal funding decisions for a decade. The ruling comes after a two-week trial in Manhattan that the government sought more than a dozen times to derail. The Supreme Court may have …

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LIVE VIDEO: Confirmation Hearing For William Barr

NPR reports: President Trump’s choice to lead the Justice Department, William Barr, is likely to enter a contentious scene when he answers questions from lawmakers beginning Tuesday morning. Barr, who previously served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing. Senators are sure to question him about …

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CNN Hires Republican Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Axios reports: Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich is joining CNN as a contributor, serving as an analyst across the network, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker told his team Tuesday morning. The 66-year-old Kasich, a former U.S. House member, has been one of cable news’ most in-demand Republican voices as the party’s only likely primary challenger to President Trump. John Weaver, …

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Steve King Rages About His Freedom Of Speech After GOP House Leaders Boot Him From All Committees

NBC News reports: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters Monday that the GOP had voted unanimously to remove Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, from all committees amid the rising uproar over his recent comments about white nationalism. “We will not be seating Steve King on any committees in the 116th Congress. It was a unanimous decision…” McCarthy told reporters. …

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China Reports Record Trade Surplus With United States

The Wall Street Journal reports: China’s trade surplus with the U.S. hit a record last year, as robust American demand for Chinese goods undercut the Trump administration’s tariff offensive aimed at narrowing the countries’ lopsided trade gap. China recorded $323.32 billion in surplus with the U.S. in 2018, representing a 17% jump from the figure in the previous year, according …

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Sen. Mitt Romney Calls On Rep. Steve King To Resign

Mediaite reports: Sen. Mitt Romney called on Rep. Steve King to resign Monday, after the Iowa congressman asked why the term “white supremacist” was considered offensive in an interview. Romney, the newly-elected Utah senator, spoke to CNN’s Manu Raju about King, who has been condemned by Republican party leadership. “I think he ought to step aside and I think Congress …

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McConnell Blasts Steve King: There’s No Place In The Republican Party For White Supremacy (LOLOLOLOL)

Fox News reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., slammed Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King on Monday over recent remarks King made about the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist,” arguing that if the representative “doesn’t understand why ‘white supremacy’ is offensive, he should find another line of work.” “There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or …

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House Democrats Move To Censure Rep. Steve King

The Week reports: On Monday, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said he will introduce a resolution to censure King for his “rabid, racist remarks,” saying that he “has become too comfortable with proudly insulting, disrespecting, and denigrating people of color” and that “as with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated.” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) …

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Stormy Sues Ohio Cops Over 2018 Strip Club Arrest

The Associated Press reports: Stormy Daniels is suing the Columbus Division of Police and several officers after her July 2018 arrest at a Columbus strip club. Stephanie Clifford, who performs in adult films and strip clubs under the stage name Stormy Daniels, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court. In the lawsuit, Clifford claims her arrest was planned days before …

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The Mooch Joins Cast Of Celebrity Big Brother

Entertainment Weekly reports: Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci will be among 12 new contestants competing on season 2 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition when the reality show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves premieres Monday, Jan. 21 on CBS. Scaramucci lasted only six days as President Donald Trump’s White House Communications Director in July of 2017 after going on …

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John Kasich In Talks To Sign With CNN Or MSNBC

CNBC reports: Republican John Kasich, who is thinking about running for president in 2020, is likely to announce as soon as this week that he will join a major cable news network, CNBC has learned. Kasich has signaled to close advisors and some donors that he is looking to sign with either CNN or MSNBC as he finishes his two-term …

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Sen. Rand Paul To Have Hernia Surgery In Canada

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine, will travel to Canada later this month to get hernia surgery. Paul, an ophthalmologist, said the operation is related to an injury in 2017 when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him while Paul was mowing his lawn. The incident left Kentucky’s junior senator …

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Randy Rainbow: There Is Nothin’ Like A Wall [VIDEO]

YouTube star Randy Rainbow is back today with a take on the government shutdown set to the tune of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s There’s Nothing Like A Dame, from the classic 1949 musical South Pacific. Watch below as Randy interviews “RuPaul’s Drag Race season three finalist” Mike Pence before launching into song. 

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Delta Passenger Flies To Japan With Gun In Carry-On

CNN reports: A traveler carrying a firearm boarded a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew to Tokyo Narita International Airport on January 3, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration. “TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a …

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Trump Threatens To “Devastate Turkey Economically”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump on Sunday vowed to “devastate Turkey economically” should the Turkish military attack U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters — a rare direct threat by Trump to a NATO ally as his administration grapples with the execution of its plan to withdraw American soldiers from Syria. The planned U.S. troop drawdown has provoked international uncertainty amid conflicting statements from …

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