Politics

Russian Dissident Sentenced To 2.5 Years In Prison

CBS News reports: Russian opposition leader and fierce Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison on Tuesday in a court proceeding that he condemned as politically motivated. The court gave him credit for about year of the sentence he had already served under house arrest, saying he would be required to spend another …

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Michael Steele Floats Bid For Governor Of Maryland

The Baltimore Sun reports: A pair of high-profile political figures of opposite parties — Republican Michael Steele and Democrat Tom Perez — say they are considering running for Maryland governor in 2022. Steele, the former lieutenant governor who is now an MSNBC commentator, said he will seriously consider a campaign to succeed two-term Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who cannot run …

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Grocery Giant Distances From Rally-Funding Heiress

Newsweek reports: Supermarket chain Publix is seemingly trying to distance itself from heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli, who is one of Publix’s founder George W. Jenkins’ seven children, following reports that she was a key funder in the January 6 rally, which culminated in rioters storming the United States Capitol. Following the article’s publication, some people called on Publix for a …

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Ex-Rep. Beto O’Rouke Floats 2022 Bid For Texas Gov

The Hill reports: Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said this week he is considering a 2022 gubernatorial run, setting up a potential challenge against incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). “It’s something I’m going to think about,” O’Rourke told Buzz Adams on Texas radio station KLAQ on Monday. O’Rourke went on to hit Abbott’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, accusing …

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Facebook To Stop Pushing Political Content To Users

CNN Business reports: CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is considering steps it can take to reduce the amount of political content in the News Feed. “One of the top pieces of feedback that we’re hearing from our community right now is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services,” Zuckerberg said. Ahead of …

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Sanders Raises $1.8M With Mittens Meme Merch

ABC News reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Wednesday that he raised $1.8 million for charitable organizations in his state in a matter of days thanks to sales of his currently sold-out merchandise featuring the viral image of him bundled in a jacket with mittens on Inauguration Day. Sanders began selling the merchandise, dubbed “Chairman Sanders,” through his campaign store …

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Former DNC Chair Tom Perez Floats Bid For MD Gov

Politico reports: Former Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez is considering a run for Maryland governor in 2022. “I live here in Maryland,” he told liberal podcaster Bill Press in an episode of Press’ show, “The Bill Press Pod,” set to air on Tuesday morning. “Our current incumbent [governor] is term-limited. [I’m] taking a look at that; we’ll see what …

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AP: 31 Cops Under Investigation For Roles In DC Riots

The Associated Press reports: An Associated Press survey of law enforcement agencies nationwide found that at least 31 officers in 12 states are being scrutinized by their supervisors for their behavior in the District of Columbia or face criminal charges for participating in the riot. Officials are looking into whether the officers violated any laws or policies or participated in …

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NRA Loses Court Battle To Escape NY Attorney General

Law & Crime reports: The National Rifle Association cannot transfer, stay or dismiss the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit filed in Manhattan seeking its dissolution, a judge ruled on Thursday. “Today’s order reaffirms what we’ve known all along: the NRA does not get to dictate if and where they will answer for their actions,” Attorney General Letitia James (D) said …

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NY AG To NRA: You Can’t Escape Me With Bankruptcy

The New York Times reports: Seeking an end-run around an investigation by the New York attorney general, the National Rifle Association said Friday that it was declaring bankruptcy and would reincorporate in Texas. The gun group was set up in New York after the Civil War. The group’s effort to circumvent New York’s legal jurisdiction raised immediate questions from Letitia …

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13 DC Metro Stations To Close For Inauguration Week

The Washington Post reports: Metro will shut down more than a dozen stations near the U.S. Capitol and Mall for days around the presidential inauguration because of the possibility of violent protests. Starting Friday, the transit agency will begin closing 13 stations through the following Thursday, the day after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on the steps of the Capitol. …

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Andrew Yang Unveils Bid For NYC Mayor [VIDEO]

Spectrum’s NY1 reports: After weeks of weighing a candidacy, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced on Wednesday night that he is entering the race for mayor. Yang’s campaign released a video showing him in iconic locations across the five boroughs. He plays the piano near the Coney Island boardwalk, rides the subway near Yankee Stadium, watches a skateboarder, and then …

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Trump Megadonor Sheldon Adelson Dead At 87

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports: Sheldon Adelson, who rose from selling newspapers on Boston street corners at age 12 to one of the most successful luxury resort developers, philanthropists and political influencers of his generation, died Monday night at his home in Malibu, California. He was 87. Adelson founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., …

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Acting Homeland Security Sec. Chad Wolf To Resign

Axios reports: Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf will step down from his position, Fox News first reported and Axios has confirmed. Word of Wolf’s departure comes a week before the inauguration and the massive security concerns following the Capitol siege. Wolf’s announcement follows last week’s departure of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, among numerous administration …

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Capitol Police Chief To Resign Over Rioting Response

The Associated Press reports: Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund is resigning, effective Jan. 16, a spokeswoman for the Capitol Police said Thursday. The announcement comes one day after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were attempting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had called for the resignation of Sund, saying, “There was a …

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LIVE VIDEO: Congress Meets To Certify Electoral Votes

CBS News reports: The House and Senate will convene Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a joint session of Congress to tally electoral votes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election over expected challenges from Republicans that could lengthen the proceedings. Required under the Constitution, the meeting is typically a …

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Flight Risk: UK Court Denies Bail For Julian Assange

NBC News reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been denied bail, a U.K. court ruled on Wednesday, and will remain in prison while lawyers for the U.S. government try to secure his extradition from Britain. The bail ruling comes just days after the same judge found that Assange could not be legally extradited to the United States to face espionage …

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Warnock Defeats Loeffler In Georgia Senate Runoff

The Associated Press reports: Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the party’s reach.  A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a …

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Pentagon Has 3 Years To Change Confederate Names

Politico reports: Lawmakers’ rebuke of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tank annual defense policy legislation last week has paved the way for a yearslong process to remove the names of Confederate leaders from military bases and scrub other monuments to the secession. But there are still unanswered questions about the nascent process, which must kick off by March, including who …

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UK Court Denies US Request To Extradite Assange

The Guardian reports: Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the US to face charges of espionage and of hacking government computers, a British judge has decided. The ruling was delivered at the central criminal court by the district judge, Vanessa Baraitser. She said the WikiLeaks founder was likely to be held in conditions of isolation in a so-called supermax prison …

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