Politics

Trump Seeks Ways To Finance Venezuela Opposition

CNN reports: The Trump administration is looking for ways to financially bolster Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by the US as the country’s interim president, with an influx of cash, which could involve freeing up frozen assets or loans. The initiative is meant to help Guaido pay Venezuelan military and government workers, three US officials have …

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Julian Assange To Battle Extradition To United States

The Associated Press reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has confirmed that he will fight extradition to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring to hack a government computer. At a court hearing Thursday, Assange said he would not surrender to extradition for doing what he called “journalism that has won many awards.” Assange appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court …

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Theresa May Sacks Defense Minister Over Security Leak

The BBC reports: Gavin Williamson has been sacked as defence secretary following an inquiry into the leak of information from the National Security Council. Downing Street said the PM had “lost confidence in his ability to serve” and Penny Mordaunt will take on the role. The inquiry followed reports over a plan to allow Huawei limited access to help build …

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Assange Sentenced To 50 Weeks For Jumping Bail

The Washington Post reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 weeks in a British prison for jumping bail. His sentencing comes a day before an extradition hearing in London related to separate charges in the United States for conspiring to hack a government password. Assange, 47, who appeared in court at London’s Southwark Crown Court wearing …

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US “Fully Supports” Venezuela Military Coup Attempt

Axios reports: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó posted a video to Twitter on Tuesday calling for a military uprising while surrounded by soldiers and a detained activist, per the AP. Guaidó’s stance against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has so far been relatively peaceful, but Tuesday’s video marks a significant escalation in his strategy — which the Trump administration “fully supports,” …

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VENEZUELA: Military Coup Attempt Underway [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido [photo] has taken to the streets with detained activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed soldiers in a military uprising. “This is the moment of all Venezuelans, those in uniform and those who aren’t,” said Lopez in his first public appearance since being detained in 2014 for leading …

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Wayne LaPierre Unanimously Reelected NRA CEO

Reuters reports: Wayne LaPierre was re-elected chief executive and executive vice president of the National Rifle Association on Monday, surviving a power struggle in which he was challenged by former NRA President Oliver North, who stepped down over the weekend. The NRA board voted unanimously in favor of LaPierre, who has been with the NRA for 40 years and has …

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SPAIN: Socialist Party Holds Power, Far-Right Advances

The New York Times reports: Spain’s Socialist Party strengthened its hold on the government on Sunday in the country’s third national election since 2015, with nearly complete results showing growing political polarization and party fragmentation. The elections came after an abrupt change of government in June, when Pedro Sánchez and his Socialist Party used a corruption scandal to oust Prime …

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REPORT: Five Of 37 Men Beheaded By Saudi Arabia Were Gay, According To “Confession” Under Torture

Britain’s Metro newspaper reports: Five of the 37 men beheaded by Saudi Arabia were gay, according to a confession heard by the Sharia law court. The country sparked outrage several days ago for the mass execution of the men, who were mainly minority Shia Muslims. Human rights groups have complained that confessions of terrorism and spying for Iran were obtained …

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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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