Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham On Hush Money Payments: People Don’t Write Checks If They Think It’s A Crime [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports:  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of President Donald Trump’s most stalwart allies, creatively dismissed Michael Cohen’s evidence that Trump signed reimbursement checks for Stormy Daniels’ hush money payments from his personal account, saying that “people don’t write checks if they think they’re involved in a crime.” Sen. Lindsey Graham on copy of Trump check and Stormy …

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Dem Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Enters 2020 WH Race

The Associated Press reports: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, mixing calls for combating climate change and highlights of his liberal record with an aggressive critique of President Donald Trump. The 68-year-old governor is launching his bid Friday in Seattle, following recent visits to the first primary state of New Hampshire and the early caucus …

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Cory Booker Intros Bill To Legalize Weed Nationwide

CNBC reports: Sen. Cory Booker introduced a bill on Thursday to legalize marijuana nationwide as he mounts his presidential campaign. Co-sponsors of the bill, known as the Marijuana Justice Act, include fellow 2020 contenders Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand. Booker first introduced the bill in 2017, but it was not taken up for a vote. Currently …

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Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage: If The Electoral College Is Abolished, White People Will No Longer Have A Voice

The Hill reports: Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Thursday that eliminating the Electoral College and electing a president based on the national popular vote would thwart the voice of white people. “Actually, what would happen if they do what they say they’re going to, white people will not have anything to say,” LePage, who served as governor from …

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu To Be Indicted For Bribery, Fraud

NBC News reports: Israel’s attorney general announced Thursday that his office plans to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges after a two-year investigation. The prime minister faces one count of bribery and two counts of fraud and breach of trust. Police have previously recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three different cases. The …

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Prosecutor: More Arrests Likely In Election Fraud Case

Yesterday the Republican operative at the center of North Carolina’s election fraud scandal was arrested on seven felony charges. Today we learn more arrests may be coming. The Washington Post reports: Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman’s decision to seek indictments almost immediately after the close of those hearings sent a “clear signal,” she said, “that we take seriously the …

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House Passes First Major Gun Control Bill In Decades

NPR reports: The House passed what advocates call the most significant gun control measure in more than two decades on Wednesday when it approved the first of two bills aimed at strengthening the federal background check system for firearms purchases. The bill will likely stop in the House, though, as the Senate is unlikely to take up the measure and, …

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REPORT: Beto To Announce 2020 WH Bid Within Weeks

The Dallas Morning News reports: Beto O’Rourke has decided not to run for Senate next year against Republican incumbent John Cornyn and likely will announce a campaign for president soon, people close to the former El Paso congressman told The Dallas Morning News Wednesday. Numerous people close to O’Rourke said they expect him to announce his presidential campaign within weeks. …

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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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