Politics

California GOP Writes Own Obituary Because Trump

The Los Angeles Times reports: Zero Republicans hold statewide office. Democrats enjoy a supermajority in the California Assembly and the state Senate. In races for the U.S. Senate, Republican candidates can’t even make it to the general election, now that the top two vote-getters in primary contests advance regardless of party. And when the House of Representatives reconvenes, the California …

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NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Demands Certification Of House Race As Absentee Ballot Fraud Probe Continues

Roll Call reports: Republicans in North Carolina are pressuring the state elections board there to certify the 9th District results, even as officials continue to investigate irregularities in absentee voting. Officials are collecting sworn statements from voters in Bladen and Robeson Counties about people who went door to door collecting absentee ballots, even if they were not complete. It is …

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George W. Bush To Eulogize Father, Trump Won’t Speak

Reuters reports: Former President George H.W. Bush will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, along with a mix of family and friends on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral, the most high-profile event in a week of proceedings that will remember the remarkable life of the president who died on Friday at 94. Along with his …

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Springsteen: I’m Not Seeing A Dem Winner For 2020

The Asbury Park Press reports: Donald Trump voters, the Boss feels your pain. Bruce Springsteen credited, or blamed, the rise in popularity of populist Trump that resulted in his becoming president on the loss of jobs, technical innovations and a rapid pace of change in the country that’s been unaddressed by both Democrats and Republicans. “I think that there are …

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AP: Bernie 2020 Is “Almost A Foregone Conclusion”

The Associated Press reports: An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision has not been made, but those closest to the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist suggest that …

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Air Force One Arrives To Transport Body Of GHWB

CNN reports: The late former president George H.W. Bush’s final flights on Air Force One will be called “Special Mission 41,” Bush’s spokesman said Sunday. By tradition, the plane is only called Air Force One when the president is on board. President Donald Trump will not be traveling on the aircraft, so the plane has been redesignated and renamed to …

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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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