Politics

Hillary Ridicules Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize Ambitions

“I think he would love to get a Nobel Prize — that was the biggest joke of the week, where he got [Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe to nominate him for a Nobel Prize — by getting a deal and claiming it. And you know, this is what he used to do in real estate. So many guys who did …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Republican Operative Arrested On Seven Felony Charges Over 2018 House Election Fraud

Raleigh’s CBS affiliate reports: McCrae Dowless has been indicted on seven charges in connection to an investigation into absentee ballot irregularities in the NC District 9 general election. Dowless has been charged with three counts of felonious obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of absentee ballot. Dowless was arrested …

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CHICAGO: Open Lesbian Advances To Mayoral Runoff

Reuters reports: Two black women will face off in an historic April runoff for Chicago mayor, one a former prosecutor and anti-establishment candidate and the other a career politician, as the third-largest U.S. city struggles with crime and racial divisions. Lori Lightfoot, 56, the former president of independent civilian body the Chicago Police Board, had 17 percent of the first …

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Jumaane Williams Elected NYC Public Advocate

The New York Times reports:  Jumaane D. Williams, a Democratic councilman from Brooklyn, was elected as New York City public advocate Tuesday night, notching a victory over 16 other candidates in a free-for-all race that could give him a platform to seek higher office. Mr. Williams entered the race as a front-runner after his surprise insurgency campaign for lieutenant governor …

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Joe Biden: My Family Is Now On Board For 2020 WH Bid And We’re Very Close To Getting To A Final Decision

CNN reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden revealed on Tuesday that his family is on board with a 2020 run and he’s “very close” to making a decision in his most direct comments to date about his thinking on jumping into the campaign. Speaking at the University of Delaware, Biden said that he has discussed a run with his family, …

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Sen. Mitch McConnell Blames Democrats For Republican Election Fraud In North Carolina House Race [VIDEO]

“For years and years, every Republican who dared to call for common sense safeguards for Americans’ ballots was demonized by Democrats and their allies. We were hit with left-wing talking points insisting that voter fraud wasn’t real. Never happens, they said. That fraud just didn’t happen. That modest efforts to ensure that voters are who they say they are and …

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Bernie Sanders’ Top Advertising Strategists Jump Ship

Politico reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders’ nascent presidential campaign made a major staffing shuffle on Tuesday, with three of his top ad gurus from his 2016 campaign announcing they would not stay on for his 2020 run. Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey and Mark Longabaugh in a joint statement cited a differing “creative vision” from the senator for their split. The eponymous …

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Hillary Clinton: Just Because I’m Not Running, I’m Not Shutting Up, I’ll Still Keep Speaking Out Against Trump

The Hill reports: Hillary Clinton says she “can’t imagine” running for president again but says in a new interview that she’s “going to keep speaking out” about President Trump. “I can’t imagine that, no,” the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said Monday on Tina Brown’s podcast “TBD” when asked whether she could change her mind about …

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Kamala Harris Backs Decriminalizing Sex Work [VIDEO]

The Root reports: Harris says she is open to seeing sex work decriminalized. For those who have criticized her support of SESTA (The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017) and FOSTA (Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017), her willingness to explore decriminalization may be welcome news — or not. In our interview, Harris …

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Top California Democrats Endorse Kamala Harris

Politico reports: In a show of force aimed at locking down support in California — an early primary state critical to her 2020 hopes — Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday announced the backing of a score of Democratic California statewide officers. The Harris campaign Tuesday will announce the backing of California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, …

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Nikki Haley Tapped For Boeing’s Board Of Directors

CNBC reports: Boeing announced Tuesday the nomination of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for election to the company’s board of directors. Haley served as ambassador to the U.N. under President Donald Trump from January 2017 until December, when she resigned. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to contribute to Boeing’s continued success as a cutting …

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Ivanka Attacks AOC: Americans Want To Work For What They Get, They Don’t Want Any “Guaranteed Minimum”

Fox News reports: Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter and a White House senior adviser, lauded her father’s economy and said the majority of Americans ideologically believe differently than Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in an interview with Fox News host Steve Hilton. “I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I’ve spent a lot of time …

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Second GOP Senator Will Vote To Block “Emergency”

The Associated Press reports: North Carolina’s Thom Tillis on Monday night became the second Republican to promise a vote to block President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border. Tillis said Congress must defend its power of the purse and warned that a future Democratic president might abuse the power to advance “radical policies.” He revealed his …

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Study Links Anti-Vax Movement To Rise Of Populism

The Guardian reports: Scepticism about the use of vaccines for children has risen across Europe in line with votes for populists, according to a study, which proposes that public health officials should track populist parties in opinion polls as a proxy signal for vaccine hesitancy. Big surges in the number of measles cases and deaths map to countries where populist …

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House Democrats: “Terminate Trump’s Fake Emergency”

Politico reports: House lawmakers will vote, likely within hours of Trump’s arrival in Hanoi, on a resolution of disapproval that would block the president’s national emergency declaration to secure funding for his long-desired wall along the southern border. A Democratic leadership aide said that the president’s travel plans played no role in the House floor schedule. The resolution is expected …

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Brazil To US: You Can’t Invade Venezuela From Here

Reuters reports: Brazil’s vice president, retired general Hamilton Mourão, said on Monday that under no circumstances would his country allow the United States to intervene militarily in Venezuela from Brazilian territory. In an interview with Globo News cable channel, Mourão said Brazil will do all it can to avoid a conflict with neighboring Venezuela. He spoke from Bogotá, where he …

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NEW YORK: Dems Move To Decriminalize Sex Work

Salon reports: Inspired by a recent wave of progressive candidates in New York who have vocally advocated for the decriminalization of sex work, sex workers and their advocates on Monday launched a major push to decriminalize sex work — a movement they hope to vault to the forefront of national politics ahead of the 2020 primaries, similar to the #AbolishICE …

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Former NC Gov Teases And Drops Bid For House Seat

The Charlotte Observer reports: Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday that he will not run for Congress in the state’s 9th District, hours after a tweet that suggested he might. “My fire in the belly is teaching and being a radio host and keeping the option open of running for governor or senator (in 2022),” McCrory, a Republican, …

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Pence Unveils New Sanctions On Venezuela, Money For Opposition, Threatens US Military Intervention [VIDEO]

Agence France-Press reports: The Trump administration on Monday announced new sanctions on allies of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and financial assistance to his opponent Juan Guaido as an effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the economically devastated nation faltered amid strong resistance from security forces who remain loyal to the socialist leader. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in the Colombian capital …

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MINNESOTA: GOP State Rep Calls For Stomping And Running Over Gun Opponents, Governor Condemns

The Twin Cities Pioneer-Press reports: The two major gun control proposals lawmakers plan to debate this session haven’t even had a hearing yet at the state Capitol and already accusations and condemnations are flying. Gov. Tim Walz released a statement Sunday condemning comments made by Rep. Cal Bahr, R-East Bethel, during a Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus rally at the Capitol …

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