Politics

New GOP Rep Already In Campaign Finance Scandal

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Newly elected congressman Ross Spano has acknowledged that his campaign financing “may have been in violation” of federal law. In a filing with the Federal Elections Commission which Spano released publicly Saturday afternoon, he acknowledged borrowing $180,000 from two people he has described as personal friends from June through October this year, and then lending …

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Harris To Decide On 2020 WH Bid “Over The Holiday”

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris has long been rumored to be considering running a presidential campaign in 2020, but on Sunday, the first-term senator finally gave a timeline as to when she’ll make her decision. Harris took part in the Know Your Value conference in San Francisco, and in an onstage talk with “Morning Joe” …

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Trump Claims He’ll Delay Shutdown Because Of GHWB

Politico reports: President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are getting ready to punt on a major shutdown fight over Trump’s border wall for at least a week. The president said he would back a two-week delay of a government shutdown battle after the death of former President George H.W. Bush. Government funding expires on Dec. 7 for several departments, including …

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Comey Reveals Testimony Deal With House Republicans

Axios reports: Former FBI Director James Comey tweeted Sunday that he had reached a deal to take part in a hearing with House Republicans behind closed doors but with the ability to release a transcript the next day, stating the deal was ” the closest I can get to public testimony.” Comey had been subpoenaed by House Republicans to discuss …

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Adam Schiff: Cohen’s Guilty Plea Confirms That Trump And His Business Are “Compromised” By Russian Ties

ABC News reports: The leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday on “This Week” that there is now a witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who he said confirms that “the president and his business are compromised.” “There is now testimony, there is now a witness, who confirms that in …

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Macron Mulls Emergency Decree As Paris Riots Worsen

The Associated Press reports: France’s most violent urban riot in more than a decade engulfed some of central Paris on Saturday as “yellow jacket” activists torched cars, smashed windows, looted stores and tagged the Arc de Triomphe with multi-colored graffiti. Protesters angry about rising taxes and the high cost of living clashed with French riot police, who closed off some …

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Israeli Police Call For Charging Netanyahu With Bribery

Haaretz reports: The police and Israel Securities Authority on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau and his wife, Sara, as well as media mogul Shaul Elovitch and his wife, Iris, for bribery and other corruption charges in the investigation dubbed Case 4000. This is the third case in which the police have recommended charging the prime minister with bribery. …

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Trump Claims He Will Withdraw US From NAFTA

The New York Times reports: President Trump announced his intention late Saturday to quickly withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, a move intended to force House Democrats to enact a revised version of the pact despite concerns that it fails to protect American workers. If the president follows through on his threat, congressional leaders will …

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Trump Announces 90-Day Trade War Truce With China

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump is hitting pause in the escalating trade war with China after a meeting with President Xi Jinping. Just a day after Trump threatened to bludgeon China by doubling U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods, the White House said a planned increase from 10 percent to 25 percent on Jan. 1 will not …

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Trump Ditches G20 Presser “Out Of Respect” For GHWB

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump has postponed a press conference designed to tout the “great success” of the Group of 20 meeting in Argentina, citing the death of former president George H.W. Bush. Via Twitter, the president said on Saturday that he would wait until after his return to the United States to brief the press on the confab of …

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Jimmy Carter Hails “Grace And Civility” Of GHWB

Via press release from the Carter Center: Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by the death of former President George H.W. Bush. His administration was marked by grace, civility, and social conscience. Through his Points of Light initiative and other projects, he espoused a uniquely American volunteer spirit, fostering bipartisan support for citizen service and inspiring millions to embrace community …

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White House: Trump Will Attend Funeral For GHWB

The Hill reports: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump plan to attend funeral services for former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday at the age of 94, the White House announced. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Saturday that a state funeral is being arranged with accompanying honors for Bush at the …

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Clinton Remembers Friendship With George H.W. Bush

Via press release from the Clinton Foundation: Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love, and friendship. I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed. From the moment I met him as a young governor invited to his home in Kennebunkport, I was struck …

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Trump Hails “Authenticity” Of George H.W. Bush

Via White House press release: Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, “a thousand points …

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Obama Mourns “Humble Servant” George H.W. Bush

Via press release from former President Barack Obama: America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Not merely for the years he spent as our forty-first President, but for the more than 70 years he spent in devoted service to the country he …

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NORTH CAROLINA: AP Retracts Call For GOP Candidate In House Race After “Irregularities” Delay Certification

The Associated Press reports: The Associated Press is retracting its call of a winner for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The AP had called the race for Republican Mark Harris on Nov. 9 after Democrat Dan McCready conceded the election and said he would not request a recount. Unofficial results show Harris with a lead of 905 …

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Hackers Greet Each Other Warmly At G20 Summit

Each one a hacker in a different way, of course. Newsweek reports: Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman own President Donald Trump and can do whatever they want. The comment was made in a tweet attached to a video of the Russian and Saudi leaders …

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Sarah Palin Reports Damaged Home After Major Quake

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Sarah Palin and her family are safe following two intense earthquakes in Alaska, however, as she tweeted Friday, her residence is not. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 7.0 magnitude quake near Anchorage, Alaska, at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Five minutes later, another, measuring at 5.8, struck again nearby. According to seismologists, both earthquakes had “epicenters …

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Federal Workers Banned From Discussing Impeachment

The Washington Post reports: In a move that some ethics advocates say could be an opening to limit dissent, the federal government has issued new guidance for the political activity of federal government workers, warning that weighing in on impeachment or talking about “the Resistance” may constitute prohibited activity. The Office of Special Counsel is charged with enforcing the Hatch …

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DC Bureau Tells GOP Politician He Needs Passport For Marriage License Because New Mexico Isn’t A State

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports: Gavin Clarkson, a recent candidate for New Mexico secretary of state, experienced a one-of-our-50-is-missing moment earlier this month when applying for a marriage license in the nation’s capital. Clarkson, who lives in Las Cruces, and his then-fiancée visited the District of Columbia Courts Marriage Bureau on Nov. 20 to apply for a marriage license. But, …

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