Politics

Schultz Deletes His Tweet Praising Right Wing Column Which Called Harris “Shrill” And Warren “Fauxcahontas”

The Hill reports: Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who has floated an independent run at the White House, deleted a tweet Wednesday in which he praised a column that insulted other 2020 contenders. In the now-deleted tweet, Schultz linked to a piece that called Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “shrill” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Fauxcahontas,” a reference to her …

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Sen. Rand Paul Awarded $583,000 In Assault Lawsuit

The Bowling Green Daily News reports: The jury in U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s civil trial against neighbor Rene Boucher awarded Paul more than $500,000 in damages Wednesday evening. The jury unanimously decided to award the Bowling Green Republican $200,000 in compensatory damages and in a 9-3 vote decided to award $375,000 in punitive damages. Paul was also awarded $7,834.82 in …

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Graham Demands FBI Briefing On Roger Stone’s Arrest: Why So Many Agents And Who Leaked Raid To CNN?

The Hill reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has requested that the FBI give a briefing to the panel about last week’s arrest of longtime GOP operative and former informal Trump adviser Roger Stone. Graham sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday expressing concerns about the “manner” in which Stone was …

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Nikki Haley Rakes It In On Speaking Circuit: $200,000 And Use Of A Private Jet For Domestic Engagements

CNBC reports: With the Trump Cabinet’s revolving door continually spinning, organizations looking for an inside glimpse into the administration have increasing options — but they come with increasingly higher price tags. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is currently quoting $200,000 and the use of a private jet for domestic speaking engagements, according to seven people with …

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Russian Oligarch Names Trump Transition Team Member To Board Of Directors Now That Sanctions Are Lifted

Salon reports: A member of President Trump’s transition team was announced as a new board member of a company owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska as soon as the Treasury Department lifted sanctions on Deripaska’s companies Sunday. On Monday, EN+ announced seven new board directors, including Christopher Burnham, who served on Trump’s State Department transition team and previously worked as …

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Mitch McConnell Mocks Plan For Election Day Holiday

Talking Points Memo reports: Less than a week after the 35-day shutdown, during which hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made a floor speech Wednesday ridiculing the idea of making Election Day a paid holiday for federal workers. “This is the Democrat plan to restore democracy? A brand-new week of paid …

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Howard Schultz Doesn’t Know Cost Of Cheerios [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, amid a media tour rife with awkward moments, got stumped by Morning Joe on Wednesday when asked: “How much does an 18-ounce box of Cheerios cost?” “An 18 ounce box of Cheerios? I don’t eat Cheerios,” the billionaire responded to host Mika Brzezinski. When she revealed the price was four dollars, …

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NEW YORK: Lawmakers Approve Six Gun Control Bills

The New York Times reports: New York lawmakers on Tuesday approved the most comprehensive set of gun bills in the state in six years, including measures that would ban bump stocks, prohibit teachers from carrying guns in schools and extend the waiting period for gun buyers who do not pass an instant background check. In total, six gun bills passed …

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POLL: Voters Trust Pelosi More Than They Trust Trump

Just out from Quinnipiac Polling: American voters trust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi more than President Donald Trump, 49 – 42 percent “on issues that are important to you,” according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Independent voters trust Pelosi more than President Trump 49 – 36 percent. Men are divided as 48 percent trust Trump more and 42 …

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Former CIA Director: Trump Is “Intellectually Bankrupt”

Reuters reports: Former CIA Director John Brennan last year called Trump’s performance at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin “nothing short of treasonous” after Trump seemed to give credence to Putin’s denial of Russia meddling in the 2016 election. Trump then revoked Brennan’s security clearance. Brennan wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that Trump’s refusal to accept the …

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Biden Holds Big Lead In Poll On Dem 2020 Candidates

Politico reports: Kamala Harris made headlines in her first visit to Iowa as a presidential candidate with her firm support for a “Medicare for all” health care plan. She’s now the third choice of Democratic voters, who were asked to pick their favorite person for the party’s nomination next year. Over the course of four surveys this month, former Vice …

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Podesta: Hillary Won’t Run For President Again [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Tuesday that he takes the former secretary of state at her word that she does not intend to run for president in 2020. “I take her at her word,” Podesta told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “She’s not running for president — we’ve got a lot of great …

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Christie Shreds Jared Kushner’s Father: His Was One Of The Most Disgusting Crimes I Ever Prosecuted [VIDEO]

“Mr. Kushner pled guilty. He admitted the crimes. And so what am I supposed to do as a prosecutor? I mean, if a guy hires a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law and videotapes it, and then sends the videotape to his sister, to attempt to intimidate her from testifying before a grand jury, do I really need any more justification …

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Won’t Run For President

CBS News Los Angeles reports: Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce in Los Angeles today that he will not run for president in 2020, according to three sources. Garcetti had been considering a presidential campaign for months and traveled the country raising money for Democrats. No mayor has ever jumped directly from City Hall to the White House, and the prospects …

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Politico: Gabbard 2020 Campaign Is “Melting Down”

Politico reports: Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign hasn’t officially launched yet but it’s already melting down. Two-and-a-half weeks after she told CNN she had decided to run for the White House—an announcement that even her own staff didn’t know was coming, after weeks of debating the timing of the rollout—the 37-year-old congresswoman has struggled to contain the chaos. Campaign manager Rania …

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Portland Mayor Gets Ominous Threat From Proud Boys

The Guardian reports: Right wing activists in Portland, Oregon, appear to have shifted tactics in their ongoing confrontation with left wing groups and city authorities, attempting forced “demaskings” of opponents and picketing union venues and events. One activist has threatened the city’s mayor, Ted Wheeler. Last week, Reggie Axtell, a member of the “western chauvinist” Proud Boys group and a …

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Liz Cheney Calls Dems “Marxists” After Move To Strike “So Help Me God” Oath From House Panel Hearings

And it’s only for one committee. So far. Fox News reports: A key committee in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is moving to eliminate the words “so help you God” from the oath administered to witnesses testifying before the panel, as part of a new rules package expected to be approved this week, according to a draft obtained exclusively by …

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Baltimore To End All Arrests For Marijuana Possession

The Baltimore Sun reports: Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby [photo] announced Tuesday her office would cease prosecuting people for possessing marijuana regardless of quantity or criminal history. Calling the move a monumental policy shift, Mosby said she has asked the courts to vacate marijuana convictions against nearly 5,000 people. These convictions have saddled thousands of Baltimore residents with criminal records …

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Stacey Abrams To Deliver Dem Response To SOTU

Bloomberg reports: Democrats have tapped Georgia’s Stacey Abrams to deliver the response to President Trump’s State of the Union address, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday. Abrams narrowly lost the state’s race for governor in November after a lengthy dispute over blocked votes. She will address the nation in a prime-time speech shortly after Trump finishes his …

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CNN Hires Former Florida Gov Candidate Andrew Gillum

The Associated Press reports: Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum is joining CNN as a political commentator. The cable network announced the move Tuesday. The former Tallahassee mayor ran for governor last year but narrowly lost to former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. Despite his loss in the governor’s race, Gillum is among the young Democratic Party liberals who excited …

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