Politics

WH Aides Again Discuss Ivanka As UN Ambassador

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump is considering four people to be his next UN ambassador: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner Dina Powell, the current ambassadors to Canada and Germany, Kelly Craft and Richard Grenell, and John James, a former Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Michigan, according to people familiar with the matter. The people asked not to be identified because …

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REPORT: Bernie Sanders Records 2020 Campaign Video, In Talks For Outdoor Launch Speech At Brooklyn College

Politico reports: Bernie Sanders, inching closer to a second bid for the White House, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with the spot. It’s the latest sign the independent senator, the runner-up in the 2016 contest for the Democratic nomination, is nearing a presidential announcement. …

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Poland Withdraws from European Conference After Netanyahu Says “Poles Collaborated With The Nazis”

The Associated Press reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust set in motion a diplomatic crisis that on Monday scuttled this week’s summit of central European leaders in Israel. Poland’s abrupt decision to cancel its participation in the planned Visegrad conference in protest blew up the gathering, which Netanyahu has touted as a …

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NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Election Fraud Probe Begins

Politico reports: North Carolina’s board of elections will dig into fraud allegations in the state’s disputed 9th Congressional District on Monday, kicking off hearings that could prompt a new election this year. The district has gone without a congressman this year after the board declined to certify the 2018 election results amid accusations that McCrae Dowless, an operative hired by …

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SURVEY: Most Americans Would Fail Citizenship Test

Axios reports: A majority of Americans in every state except Vermont would fail a test based on the questions in the U.S. citizenship test, according to a survey by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. It suggests most Americans can’t live up to the standards we set for people applying to be U.S. citizens — and we set those standards …

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Andrew McCabe: Trump Said “I Don’t Care, I Believe Putin” When Told About North Korean Missiles [VIDEO]

“The president launched into several unrelated diatribes. One of those was commenting on the recent missile launches by the government of North Korea. And, essentially, the president said he did not believe that the North Koreans had the capability to hit us here with ballistic missiles in the United States. And he did not believe that because President Putin had …

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Former Rep. Anthony Weiner Released From Prison

The New York Post reports: Convicted ex-congressman Anthony Weiner has been sprung from prison — and is now part of a federal re-entry program in New York, records show. Weiner has been transferred from Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass. where he served a bulk of his 21-month sentence for sexting a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina. The 54-year-old is …

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GOP Senator: Republicans Didn’t Control The Senate

“You said we controlled both chambers. We didn’t. We had a majority in the Senate. So you don’t control it. We needed Democrats to support us and they’ve been unified in trying to thwart this president’s #1 issue in the campaign, which was to secure the borders. So no, we didn’t have control. We needed Democrats, we never had any …

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MAINE: Former GOP Gov. Paul LePage Charged State For Dozens Of Nights At Trump’s Hotel, Lavish Meals

The Portland Press Herald reports: Former Gov. Paul LePage and his staff members paid for more than 40 rooms at Washington, D.C.’s Trump International Hotel during a two-year period, spending at least $22,000 in Maine taxpayer money at a business owned by the president’s family. Documents recently obtained by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram show that the LePage administration …

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State Dept Spox Heather Nauert Withdraws From UN Ambassador Consideration Over Issues With Nanny

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s pick to be the next United Nations ambassador withdrew from consideration Saturday, the State Department said. The department’s spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, had been tapped to succeed Nikki Haley at the United Nations, but her name was never formally sent to the Senate for confirmation. The withdrawal is related to the employment of a nanny …

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Pence Met With Stony Silence At International Meeting After Delivering “Greetings From President Trump”

Talking Points Memo reports: Vice President Mike Pence received absolute silence from an audience at the Munich Security Conference when he said that President Donald Trump had passed along his greetings. “I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump,” Pence said. He paused for several seconds to allow for applause but the …

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NH Gov Sues DOJ Over Ban On Online Lottery Sales

Courthouse News reports: New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and his state’s lottery commission sued the Department of Justice on Friday over a recent regulatory change that would bar the sale of lottery tickets online. “Today New Hampshire is taking action to protect public education in New Hampshire,” Sununu said in a statement. “The opinion issued by DOJ puts millions of …

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Endorses Kamala Harris

San Francisco’s NBC affiliate reports: Calfiornia Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Kamala Harris have been a force in San Francisco politics for years, and now Newsom and Harris play to a national crowd. On MSNBC Friday, Newsom announced he will endorse Harris for president. “You asked me first, so I will let you know. I will be endorsing her candidacy …

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George Conway Compares Trump To Jar Jar Binks

The Huffington Post reports: On Friday, George Conway, who has been critical of the Trump administration even though his wife is a senior White House adviser, upped the ante by ripping the president’s oratorical skills. Conway’s post on Twitter linked to a Washington Post column by Henry Olsen that lambasted what he called Trump’s ”rambling and disjointed explanation” for why …

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SPAIN: Beleaguered Socialist PM Calls New Election

Reuters reports: With his left-wing coalition government fractured over Catalonia’s drive for independence, Spain’s Socialist prime minister was forced Friday to call for a new general election in April. A new election likely will result in a far-right political party taking seats in Spain’s parliament for the first time since the nation’s transition to democracy after the Franco dictatorship ended …

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NFL Settles Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Lawsuit

ESPN reports: Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid have reached a settlement with the NFL concerning their collusion grievances against the league, it was announced Friday. Kaepernick filed a grievance in fall 2017 under the collective bargaining agreement alleging collusion against signing him to an NFL contract. The filing, which demanded an arbitration …

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SCOTUS To Hear Census Citizenship Question Case

Talking Points Memo reports: The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form. The Supreme Court’s move is the latest dramatic turn in a case that has proceeded in a remarkable way. The Justice Department appealed the decision directly to the Supreme Court — bypassing an …

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AOC And Joaquin Castro Plan Bill To Block “Emergency”

Bloomberg reports: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she will introduce a bill with fellow Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro to stop President Donald Trump’s planned emergency declaration. New York’s Ocasio-Cortez, who was speaking on Instagram, didn’t provide specifics but Castro previously said he’d offer a joint resolution. “If President Trump declares a national emergency to fund his border wall, I’m prepared to …

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RBG Returns To Work For First Time Since Surgery

Yahoo News reports: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at her office for the first time since receiving treatment for cancer in December, the court announced Friday. A spokeswoman for the court said Ginsburg would be joining the justices’ private conference, marking her return to the building after working from home since her medical procedure. The …

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KENTUCKY: Dem Trolls Abortion Bill With Amendment Requiring Women To Report Their Pregnancies To State

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Should pregnant women be monitored by the state? That’s what a Louisville lawmaker is proposing out of frustration with a flurry of bills in the current legislative session meant to restrict or eliminate abortion in Kentucky. “It’s so arrogant of a bunch of legislators,” said Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat and supporter of abortion …

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