Politics

AG Says Congress To Get Mueller Report In Mid-April

The Washington Post reports: Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report detailing his investigation of President Trump and Russia’s election interference will be delivered to Congress by mid-April, Attorney General William P. Barr said Friday in a letter to lawmakers offering important new details about how the document will be edited before its public release. “Everyone will soon be able …

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Pelosi Rips Devin Nunes In Defense Of Adam Schiff

Talking Points Memo reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized Rep. Devin Nunes’s (R-Calif.) leadership while chairman of the House Intelligence Committee as Republicans call for the resignation of his successor atop the panel, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). On Thursday, Pelosi called Nunes’s behavior as the previous chairman of the committee “almost criminal” during a press conference and also criticized those …

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New York Lawmakers Approve Ban On Most Plastic Bags

The New York Times reports: New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on most types of single-use plastic bags from retail sales, changing a way of life for millions of New Yorkers as legislators seek to curb an unsightly and omnipresent source of litter. The plan, proposed a year ago by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, would …

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George Clooney Calls For Boycotting Hotels Owned By Sultan Of Brunei Over Coming Gay Death Penalty Law

George Clooney writes for Deadline Hollywood: The nation of Brunei will begin stoning and whipping to death any of its citizens that are proved to be gay. Let that sink in. In the onslaught of news where we see the world backsliding into authoritarianism this stands alone. At the head of it all is the Sultan of Brunei who is …

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Rand Paul Blocks Resolution For Mueller Report Release

Talking Points Memo reports: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report be made public, arguing that Congress should also call for communications and testimony from Obama-era officials. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who is one of several Democratic senators running for president, tried to get unanimous consent for the Senate to pass the resolution, …

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New York Hits Opioid Maker Family With Massive Suit

CBS News reports: New York state prosecutors on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and the family that owns the OxyContin-maker, alleging they fraudulently transferred funds out of the company. The complaint also adds charges previously filed against other companies that made and distributed opioids. “We found that pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors engaged in years of deceptive marketing about …

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NRA Seeks To Block Violence Against Women Act

Newsweek reports: Top Democratic presidential candidates have slammed the National Rifle Association over its reported bid to block a measure seeking to renew and expand the Violence Against Women Act. The gun lobby announced plans to lower grades for politicians who vote in favor of the legislation, which includes a measure to keep firearms out of the hands of abusers, …

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Junior May Run For Office: I Definitely Enjoy The Fight

Mediaite reports: Is Donald Trump Jr. laying the groundwork for a run for office? Appearing on Bloomberg radio, the son of President Donald Trump definitely left the possibility open, when asked by host Kevin Cirilli whether he’s considering it. “I never want to rule it out,” Trump Jr. said. “I definitely enjoy the fight. I definitely like being out there …

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Pelosi Delivers Fiery Defense Of Schiff After GOP Reps Demand He Resign As Intel Committee Chair [VIDEO]

Politico reports: The House Intelligence Committee devolved into bitter infighting Thursday, as all nine Republicans demanded Chairman Adam Schiff resign his post and the California Democrat responded with a blistering account of “evidence of collusion” between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. “We have no faith in your ability to discharge your duties,” said Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who led …

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New York State Poised To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

USA Today reports: New York appears poised to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and mandate a small fee for paper bags, with a final deal expected to be part of a $175 billion state budget due Sunday. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, told reporters Wednesday he expects a ban on plastic bags to be part of the final budget. But …

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US Approves Sales Of Nuclear Tech To Saudi Arabia

The Daily Beast reports: The U.S. Department of Energy has approved six authorizations for U.S. companies seeking to conduct nuclear related work in Saudi Arabia, according to two sources with knowledge of those approvals. Federal law stipulates that companies obtain clearance from the U.S. government for exporting nuclear technology to or engaging in the production or development of special nuclear …

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REPORT: Mick Mulvaney Backed Obamacare Reversal, Other Cabinet Members Objected To Surprise Move

Politico reports: The Trump administration’s surprising move to invalidate Obamacare on Monday came despite the opposition of two key cabinet secretaries: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General Bill Barr. Driving the dramatic action were the administration’s domestic policy chief, Joe Grogan, and the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russ Vought, according to …

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Venezuela Blames US For Another Nationwide Blackout

Bloomberg reports: A second blackout in less than a week occurred in Venezuela on Wednesday, leaving the vast majority of the country’s residents without internet connections or other electrical needs. A graph tracking disruptions to the country’s internet connectivity by NetBlocks.org showed about 91 percent of the country offline just before 6:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, the worst outage the …

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Barbara Bush Rips Trump In Posthumous Book

USA Today reports on a coming book about Barbara Bush: How did she think things were going in the USA in the Age of Trump? “I’m trying not to think about it,” she said in an interview as the first anniversary of Trump’s election approached. “We’re a strong country, and I think it will all work out.” Even so, she …

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Rand Paul: I’ve Told Trump To Pardon Michael Flynn

“No American should be prosecuted for something they said in a private phone call unless a judge gave a warrant to the government and said they can listen to the phone call. They listened to General Flynn because they were spying on the ambassador. Okay, that’s foreign intelligence, but that shouldn’t be domestic prosecution. So what they did to Flynn––not …

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rebukes Prosecutors For “Whitewash” In Dropping Smollett Charges [VIDEO]

Deadline reports: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson dismissed Empire actor Jussie Smollett’s latest insistence on his innocence and decried the prosecutors’ dismissal of criminal charges against the Empire actor as, in Emanuel’s words, “a whitewash.” Emanuel lambasted Smollett as selfishly exploiting hate crime laws for his own personal gain. “He took those laws and turned them …

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Michelle Obama’s Memoir Sales Near All-Time Record

The Washington Post reports: Sales for Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” continue to skyrocket. According to publisher Penguin Random House, the book has sold more than 10 million copies — including hardcover, audiobooks and e-books — since its November release. That puts it near the top, if not the pinnacle, of all-time memoir sales. Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House’s chief executive, …

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Andrew Sullivan Jeered At Hollywood “Inclusion” Event

From the Hollywood Reporter: At an event billed as ‘A Day of Unreasonable Conversation,’ it seemed only fitting that journalist and provocateur Andrew Sullivan provided the audience with its most uncomfortable moment. During a Monday morning panel probing how Hollywood screenwriters and showrunners portray “the other side,” Sullivan criticized “Hollywood” for regularly painting non-coastal elites in unflattering terms, which has …

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Schiff: Evidence Of Collusion Is In “Plain Sight” [VIDEO]

“There was a big difference between whether there was evidence of collusion — and I think that evidence is in plain sight — and whether you can establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a criminal conspiracy You have an attorney general who applied for the job by talking down any potential obstruction conviction or indictment who then went to …

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NJ To Become 8th State To Allow Assisted Suicide

NewJersey.com reports: New Jersey is poised to become the eighth state to allow doctors to write a lethal prescription for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. The state Assembly voted 41-33 with four abstentions Monday to pass the “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act.” Minutes later, the state Senate approved the bill 21-16. Gov. …

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