Politics

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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Senate Dems To Move On Abolishing Electoral College

Politico reports: A group of Senate Democrats will introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College this week, the latest sign that idea is picking up mainstream support in the Democratic Party. The amendment is being led by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and initially will be supported by Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California and …

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2020 US Census Adds Seven New Language Options

NPR reports: Speakers of Arabic — one of the fastest-growing languages in the U.S. — will have one fewer barrier to participating in the upcoming 2020 census. For the first time, the federal government is planning to officially collect census responses in Arabic along with six other new language options for the head count, including French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Polish, …

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Dems To Vote On Subpoena For Full Mueller Report

Mother Jones reports: House Democrats say they will vote this week to subpoena Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s complete report, underlying evidence, and other material—rejecting as insufficient Attorney General William Barr’s pledge to produce a redacted version of the report later this month. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that the panel will meet Wednesday morning to consider a …

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NEW YORK: State Lawmakers Agree To First-In-Nation Congestion Pricing Plan For Manhattan Commuters

The New York Times reports: After weeks of intraparty bickering, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo agreed to a $175 billion budget early Sunday morning, packed with a bevy of progressive programs, including changes to the cash bail system, a new tax on high-end homes and a novel plan to charge motorists to drive into Manhattan’s …

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AG Says Congress To Get Mueller Report In Mid-April

The Washington Post reports: Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report detailing his investigation of President Trump and Russia’s election interference will be delivered to Congress by mid-April, Attorney General William P. Barr said Friday in a letter to lawmakers offering important new details about how the document will be edited before its public release. “Everyone will soon be able …

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