Politics

Hillary Reads Part Of Mueller Report Aloud [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill Clinton, were featured in a video with Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper during which Hillary read from the Robert Mueller report. Among other things, the former presidential candidate quoted a portion of the report, reading aloud: “The president slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my god, this is terrible, this …

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Former GOP Sen. Dick Lugar Dies At Age 87

USA Today reports: Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, a foreign policy leader in the Senate who received the nation’s highest civilian awards for his efforts to secure and destroy weapons of mass destruction after the collapse of the Soviet Union, died Sunday, according to his family. The cause of death was complications from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. Vice President Mike …

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NY AG Opens Probe Into NRA’s Tax-Exempt Status

The New York Times reports: Oliver L. North announced on Saturday that he would not serve a second term as the National Rifle Association’s president, deciding to step down as the organization grappled with a bitter dispute over its future and its worst leadership crisis in decades. He made the announcement as the N.R.A. faced a challenge from the New …

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Eric Holder Calls On US Supreme Court To Stop Trump From “Weaponizing” Census With Citizenship Question

Former Obama AG Eric Holder writes in a new op-ed: Following oral arguments earlier this week, I’m deeply concerned that the Supreme Court appears willing to allow the Trump administration to weaponize the 2020 Census to determine where political and economic power in the United States should reside. Allowing the administration to demand citizenship information from every household as part …

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Kansas State Supreme Court Upholds Right To Abortion

NPR reports: The Kansas Constitution protects a woman’s right to an abortion, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Friday. The landmark ruling now stands as the law of the land in Kansas with no path for an appeal. Because it turns on the state’s constitution, abortion would remain legal in Kansas even if the Roe v. Wade case that established a …

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Bernie Signs Pledge To Endorse Eventual Dem Nominee

The Daily Beast reports: National progressive outfit Indivisible on Thursday launched a pledge compelling all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to rally behind the eventual nominee. Bernie Sanders was the first to sign it, the group revealed. “I’ll support the ultimate Democratic nominee, whoever it is—period,” the pledge reads. “No Monday morning quarterbacking. No third-party threats. Immediately after there’s a nominee, …

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Michigan: Court Strikes Down Gerrymandered Districts

Roll Call reports: A three-judge panel on Thursday ruled that Michigan must use new congressional and legislative maps in 2020, potentially setting up a more favorable battlefield for House Democrats, who flipped two seats in the state last fall. The federal court invalidated portions of the existing maps, drawn by the GOP-controlled legislature in 2011, pointing to an unconstitutional partisan …

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Rob Reiner: Biden Is Our “Best Chance” To Beat Trump

The Hill reports: Rob Reiner says he’s rooting for Joe Biden because the former vice president has “the best chance to beat Trump” in 2020. “I think that if he becomes president, on day one, America will be brought back to where it belongs in the world,” the “Shock and Awe” director said in a Thursday interview with entertainment news …

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Pro-Bernie Progressive Group Blasts Biden: He Won’t Energize The Democrats Who Stayed Home In 2016

Just in from Justice Democrats: The old guard of the Democratic Party failed to stop Trump, and they can’t be counted on to lead the fight against his divide-and-conquer politics today. The party needs new leadership with a bold vision capable of energizing voters in the Democratic base who stayed home in 2016. Democrats are increasingly uniting around progressive populist …

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Twitter Adds Option To Report Election Misinformation

Mashable reports: Twitter is stepping up its fight against misinformation and voter manipulation. In a blog post, Twitter announced a new reporting feature for tweets that attempt to spread false information about the electoral process. The new feature appears as a default option when a user elects to report a tweet. When reporting a tweet, a user can simply select …

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NRA Sues Los Angeles Over New Transparency Law

Reuters reports: The National Rifle Association sued Los Angeles on Wednesday over a new law requiring that contractors disclose their ties to the gun rights group as a condition of obtaining business from the second most-populous U.S. city. Los Angeles was accused of trying to “silence NRA’s voice, as well as the voices of all those who dare oppose the …

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Nurses Mail Hundreds Of Decks Of Cards To GOP State Rep Who Said They “Probably Play Cards” At Work

Seattle’s KOMO News reports: The Tumwater UPS says they received 667 packages of playing cards Tuesday addressed to state Senator Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla), who came under fire when she opposed a bill mandating uninterrupted lunch breaks and rest periods for hospital nurses. Walsh said last week, “I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks. They probably …

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Saudi Arabia Beheads 37, Crucifies One As A Warning

The Washington Post reports: Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it had executed 37 people convicted of terrorism-related offenses, bringing the number of executions there in the first four months of the year to 105, according to the Saudi interior ministry and Reprieve, a human rights group that tracks the use of the death penalty in the kingdom. It was the largest …

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Tampa Elects Its First Openly Lesbian Mayor [VIDEO]

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Jane Castor is Tampa’s next mayor, making history as the first openly gay mayor to gain office in Tampa Bay. The retired police chief crushed opponent David Straz with 73 percent of the vote, stretching a near-win in the primary seven weeks ago into a full-on rout Tuesday night. It was over before the first …

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Young Voter Turnout Was Up 79% For 2018 Midterms

The Washington Post reports: Voter turnout spiked to a 100-year high in last year’s midterm congressional elections. Census Bureau data released Tuesday finds turnout rates jumped across nearly all groups, but the shift was particularly notable among young adults who typically stay home in nonpresidential years. The findings illustrate an extraordinary breadth of engagement in the first congressional election since …

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Conservative Justices Mostly Silent As Supreme Court Hears Case On Citizenship Question In 2020 Census

The Associated Press reports: Conservative Supreme Court justices were mostly silent Tuesday as a Trump administration lawyer defended the government’s plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, an indication the court’s majority may be inclined to side with the administration. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court’s only Hispanic justice, told Solicitor General Noel Francisco that the result of adding …

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De Blasio Vows To Ban New “Classic Glass And Steel” Skyscrapers As Part Of NYC’s Climate Change Effort

Gothamist reports: New York City will get its own Green New Deal, Mayor and rumored 2020 candidate Bill de Blasio announced on Monday, in honor of Earth Day. With the city’s wildly inefficient waterfront glass and steel skyscrapers as a backdrop, de Blasio outlined what his office calls “a bold and audacious plan to attack global warming on all fronts,” …

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TRAILER: AOC Documentary Knock Down The House

Vox reports: Knock Down the House is the rare documentary about today’s American political landscape that might make you shed happy tears. And after a triumphant festival run — including winning the Audience Award for US Documentary and Festival Favorite Award at its Sundance premiere in January — it’s coming to Netflix and select theaters on May 1. For months …

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UKRAINE: Comedian Elected President In Landslide

Deutsche Welle reports: Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy appeared set to win the Ukrainian election by a substantial margin, exit polls showed on Sunday. Polls showed Zelenskiy winning 73% of the vote, beating incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in the run-off elections. “We have accomplished this together,” Zelenskiy said in a speech. “All citizens of the post-Soviet countries, look at us! Everything is …

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Court Rules US House Can Ban Secular Invocations

Roll Call reports: The House chaplain scored a legal victory on Good Friday, when a federal appeals court ruled he could not be ordered to allow a self-described atheist to offer a secular prayer to the House of Representatives. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, in his official capacity as the …

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