Politics

Trump Nominates Former Coal Lobbyist To Head EPA

Axios reports: President Trump has formally sent Andrew Wheeler’s nomination for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to the Senate for confirmation, the White House announced Wednesday. Wheeler, the current acting chief of the EPA, is a former coal lobbyist who is expected to run a more conventional and inclusive policy process than former administrator Scott Pruitt. The end result, …

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Politico: Beto O’Rourke Is “Leaning Toward Running”

Politico reports: Beto O’Rourke is leaning toward running for president, according to four people who have spoken with him or his advisers in recent days. But for a presidential contender, his radio silence is becoming increasingly awkward. In Iowa and New Hampshire — where Democrats are accustomed to being courted aggressively by presidential contenders — calls from Democratic Party organizers …

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Sanders: Emergency Wall Order Is Still On The Table

The Hill reports: President Trump considers the declaration of a national emergency to circumvent Congress and begin construction on a border wall to be on the table, his top spokesperson said Wednesday. Though Trump didn’t mention the possibility of a declaration during a primetime address to the nation Tuesday night, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News that …

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3.4M: Michelle Obama’s Book Was 2018’s Top Seller

The New York Post reports: “Becoming,” the memoir by former first lady Michelle Obama, has emerged as the bestselling hardcover book in 2018, with 3.4 million copies sold, despite its November release. According to stats released by NPD Bookscan, which tracks about 80 percent of the retail market, Obama’s book surged, with 712,000 sold in the week before Christmas. That …

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TSA Official: Some Airport Screeners Have Already Quit

The Daily Beast reports: Airport security screeners forced to work without pay during the government shutdown have been calling out sick. But now the mad-as-hell workers are actually quitting their jobs. “Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown,” Hydrick Thomas, head of the American Federation of Government Employees’ TSA …

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Third GOP Senator Backs “No Wall” Reopening [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Patience is beginning to wear thin among Senate Republicans for a prolonged government shutdown, with a growing number at risk of revolting if the fight over funding President Donald Trump’s border wall drags out indefinitely. “I think we can walk and chew gum,” GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said on Tuesday, adding she’s “amenable to a process …

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Santorum: Trump Showed His “Softer Side” Last Night

“Anybody who honestly looked at what was said tonight, this was a win for the president, and on several fronts. The president did something he doesn’t do very often, and I thought he did it, for him, very well, which was to show a softer side, to make a more compassionate argument, and to tone down the rhetoric. We need …

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REPORT: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein To Resign Soon

ABC News reports: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his role in the coming weeks, multiple sources familiar with his plans told ABC News. Rosenstein has communicated to President Donald Trump and White House officials his plan to depart the administration around the time William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, would take office following a Senate …

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Esquire: How AOC Is Making The Right People Crazy

Charles Pierce writes at Esquire: In Tuesday’s Washington Post, Max Boot, the former imperialist cheerleader now d/b/a Never Trumper extraordinaire, addressed one of the nation’s pressing problems: the popularity of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, rookie congresswoman from New York and subject of a current conservative obsession bordering on a full-on manic episode. I admit, I was dubious about AOC. But then, for …

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NYC Mayor Unveils “Health Care For All” Plan [VIDEO]

NBC New York reports: New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone’s ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers currently using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. NYC Care is expected to launch in the Bronx …

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SCOTUS Rules Against Company Targeted By Mueller

The Washington Post reports: The Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place a lower court order requiring an unnamed foreign-owned corporation to comply with a subpoena said to be part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The court dissolved a temporary stay that had been put in place by Chief Justice …

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McConnell: Dems Are Throwing A “Partisan Tantrum”

Politico reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ripped Senate Democrats on Tuesday, comparing their plan to prevent the chamber from taking up legislation to a “partisan tantrum.” “Now they’re threatening to shut the Senate down, too. They’re threatening to shut down efforts to protect our allies and strengthen our relationship with Israel. Something they all recently claim to support,” …

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REPORT: Mick Mulvaney Already Plotting WH Escape

Vanity Fair reports: Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, installed in the job just before Christmas, may already be looking at escape routes. Unlike his long-suffering predecessor, John Kelly, Mulvaney has indicated he’s prepared to walk away if things go south with the president. “Mick has both eyes open,” said a person who spoke with Mulvaney recently. “So far, Trump …

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Sen. Kamala Harris On The View: The US Is “Absolutely Ready” For Its First Woman Of Color President [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Tuesday said that she believes the U.S. is “absolutely” ready for a woman of color as president. Harris made the remarks during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” to promote her new memoir, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.” “Is this country, after what [President] Trump has unleashed and what we …

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Networks To Air Dem Response To Trump’s Speech

Variety reports: NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS confirmed that they will air a Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s primetime address on border security on Tuesday evening, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requested the time. Other broadcasters, like Telemundo and PBS, also will carry Trump’s speech and the response, as will cable news networks, …

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Russian At Trump Meeting Charged With Obstruction

Talking Points Memo reports: Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who attended the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump’s inner circle, was charged last month with obstruction of justice, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. Prosecutors accuse Veselnitskaya of lying about her cooperation with a “Senior Russian prosecutor” in drafting “supposed investigative findings” for an asset forfeiture case …

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FLORIDA: Voting Rights Restored For 1.4M Felons

NPR reports: Tuesday is a historic day in Florida. Under an amendment passed by the voters in November, as many as 1.4 million former felons are regaining the right to vote. The referendum overturned a 150-year-old law that permanently disenfranchised people with felony convictions. Before the change, people who served their time could apply for clemency to a board headed …

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Pence Says Trump Had “Impression” Former Presidents Backed Wall After All Former Presidents Say Trump Lied

The Hill reports: Vice President Pence on Tuesday said President Trump has the “impression” that previous presidents wanted to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, following claims from Trump that former presidents have told him that they wanted to build a wall. Spokespeople for multiple former presidents, including Former President Carter, Clinton and George W. Bush, in recent days have publicly …

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Democrats Demand Equal Time After Trump’s Address

CNN reports: Following news that the networks would air Trump’s immigration address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement that they should be given an equal amount of time to respond. “Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will …

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Team Of Vipers: Another Trump Tell-All Is Coming

Axios reports: President Trump is curious — and White House aides, alumni and reporters are anxious — ahead of the Jan. 29 publication of the tightly embargoed “Team of Vipers,” a delicious, unsparing memoir by former Trump aide Cliff Sims. ABC News has won a fiercely competitive effort to score the first broadcast interview with Sims, whose book deal was …

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