Politics

Mick Mulvaney: Another Shutdown Is Still On The Table

The Washington Examiner reports:  “The president has to sign a piece of legislation in order to keep the government open. He cannot sign everything they put in front of him. There will be some things that simply we couldn’t agree to,” Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “So the government …

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Pecker’s Lawyer: This Wasn’t Extortion Or Blackmail

The Daily Beast reports: An attorney for the publisher of the National Enquirer says the person who leaked text messages between Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez is “well known” to both of them. In an appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday morning, lawyer Elkan Abramowitz, who represents AMI chief executive David Pecker, also denied that a letter sent …

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GOP Issues 2020 Target List Of 55 House Democrats: “Freedom Or Socialism, That’s The Choice In 2020”

Roll Call reports: Republicans will be targeting 55 House Democrats in 2020, the majority of whom are new members, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced Thursday. The lengthy target list, shared first with Roll Call, includes all 31 Democrats in districts President Donald Trump carried in 2016. The list also includes 20 districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016 that …

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Liz Cheney Backs Trump’s Racist Mocking Of Warren

The Hill reports: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Sunday said it isn’t surprising President Trump would mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) over her claims to Native American heritage, because she “has made herself a laughing stock.” “Look, Elizabeth Warren has made herself a laughing stock. I don’t think anybody should be surprised that that’s been the reaction to her,” Cheney …

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POLL: Virginians Split On Gov. Ralph Northam’s Fate

The Washington Post reports: Virginians are deadlocked over whether Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should step down after the emergence of a photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page depicting people in blackface and Ku Klux Klan garb, with African Americans saying by a wide margin that he should remain in office. The poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday, finds residents …

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SPAIN: Right Wingers Rally To Bring Down Socialist PM

The Associated Press reports: Thousands of Spaniards joined a right-wing rally in Madrid on Sunday to demand that Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez step down. Many in the crowd gathered in the capital’s Plaza de Colon, waving Spanish flags. They chanted slogans in favor of the nation’s security forces and for Sanchez to resign. The conservative opposition Popular Party and …

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Fairfax Calls For FBI Probe Into Assault Allegations

NPR reports: Virginia’s lieutenant governor showed no intention of resigning Saturday, the day after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax released a statement late Saturday requesting that “no one rush to judgment,” and called for an FBI investigation so that “due process will provide the fairness, justice and honesty that is …

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Northham: I Overreacted To First Reports On Yearbook

The Washington Post reports: Gov. Ralph Northam (D), amid continued calls for his resignation over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, sought to defend his determination to remain in office by promising to pursue racial reconciliation. “I overreacted,” he said, by putting out a statement taking blame for the picture. “If I had it to do over …

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TEXAS: Beto O’Rourke To Speak At Anti-Trump March Across The Street From Trump’s El Paso Cultist Rally

CBS News reports: Potential 2020 Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke will speak at a march Monday in his hometown of El Paso against President Trump’s proposed border wall, O’Rourke said Friday. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and O’Rourke is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m., the same time Mr. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” rally is set to start. …

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LIVE VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren Launches WH Campaign

The New York Times reports: Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was expected to formally begin her campaign for president on Saturday with a rally in this former mill town, before traveling to New Hampshire, Iowa and four other states. The selection of Lawrence was symbolic: It was the site, in 1912, of one of the most famous labor strikes in …

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Former Enquirer Editor: David Pecker Might Go To Jail

Mediaite reports: On Friday, Jerry George — who spent decades working at the National Enquirer including serving as senior editor and Los Angeles bureau chief — warned that his former boss, David Pecker may well land in jail. “I think there’s a very strong chance that David Pecker may end up doing time,” George said. “Wow!” host Erin Burnett replied …

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VIRGINIA: Second Woman Accuses Lt. Gov Of Rape

The New York Times reports: A second woman came forward Friday with claims that she had been sexually assaulted by Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, alleging that he raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000 and demanding that he resign immediately. The statement released by a lawyer for Meredith Watson — who sent a letter to …

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SERIOUSLY: Northam To Make Amends By Focusing On Racial Equality And Reading Alex Haley’s Novel Roots

Buzzfeed News reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, still facing calls to resign as governor a week after the revelation that his page in a medical school yearbook features a racist photograph, is now tightly focused on coming up with plans to survive. His office has begun to explore how it might recalibrate Northam’s legislative agenda to focus closely on race …

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US Pressures Venezuela Military To Abandon Maduro

Reuters reports: The United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela’s military urging them to abandon leader Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him, a senior White House official said. The Trump administration expects further military defections from Maduro’s side, the official told Reuters in an interview, despite only a few …

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Fox Host Chris Wallace: It’s Rich For The GOP To Rant About Whitaker Hearing After All Their Obama Probes

“I do find it kind of rich that Republicans are so outraged that there would be this kind of a hearing of the other party’s president and administration. It’s not like Republicans sat on their hands when Barack Obama was president. They investigated Benghazi, they investigated Fast & Furious, they investigated the IRS, and those were all legitimate issues to …

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Actor Terry Crews Joins “AMI Blackmailed Me” Chorus

Mediaite reports: Terry Crews joined Jeff Bezos and others in accusing American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, of extortion by threatening to publish scandalous stories in an attempt to silence. After Bezos accused AMI of blackmail — the Amazon founder published emails showing executives threatened to publish nude photos of him and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez …

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LIVE VIDEO: Acting AG Testifies Before US House Panel

The Associated Press reports: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is testifying before Congress for the first time Friday, with Democrats eager to press him on his interactions with President Donald Trump and his oversight of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Whitaker’s highly anticipated testimony was in limbo for much of the day Thursday after the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee approved …

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REPORT: Amazon “Rethinking” New HQ In New York City

Axios reports: Amazon is rethinking its plans to bring 25,000 jobs and a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens after local activists and state lawmakers voiced staunch opposition to the company’s deal with New York, reports the Washington Post, citing two people familiar with Amazon’s thinking. The backdrop: While Amazon has had smooth processes in Virginia and Tennessee …

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Trump’s First Manhattan Hotel To Be Torn Down

The Associated Press reports: The building that helped Donald Trump make a name for himself in his first big deal in Manhattan is being sold to developers who plan to tear it down. Developer TF Cornerstone said Thursday that it and a group managing billionaire Michael Dell’s money have agreed to buy the Grand Hyatt New York next to Grand …

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Ronan Farrow: The Enquirer Tried To Blackmail Me Too

The Wrap reports: Ronan Farrow had a message for Jeff Bezos on Thursday: Me, too. Farrow, whose journalistic efforts have detailed sexual misconduct accusations against the likes of Les Moonves and Harvey Weinstein, took to Twitter on Thursday to express solidarity with Amazon boss Bezos, after Bezos said that he had received a blackmail threat from National Enquirer parent company …

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