Politics

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Endorses Kamala Harris

San Francisco’s NBC affiliate reports: Calfiornia Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Kamala Harris have been a force in San Francisco politics for years, and now Newsom and Harris play to a national crowd. On MSNBC Friday, Newsom announced he will endorse Harris for president. “You asked me first, so I will let you know. I will be endorsing her candidacy …

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George Conway Compares Trump To Jar Jar Binks

The Huffington Post reports: On Friday, George Conway, who has been critical of the Trump administration even though his wife is a senior White House adviser, upped the ante by ripping the president’s oratorical skills. Conway’s post on Twitter linked to a Washington Post column by Henry Olsen that lambasted what he called Trump’s ”rambling and disjointed explanation” for why …

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SPAIN: Beleaguered Socialist PM Calls New Election

Reuters reports: With his left-wing coalition government fractured over Catalonia’s drive for independence, Spain’s Socialist prime minister was forced Friday to call for a new general election in April. A new election likely will result in a far-right political party taking seats in Spain’s parliament for the first time since the nation’s transition to democracy after the Franco dictatorship ended …

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NFL Settles Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Lawsuit

ESPN reports: Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid have reached a settlement with the NFL concerning their collusion grievances against the league, it was announced Friday. Kaepernick filed a grievance in fall 2017 under the collective bargaining agreement alleging collusion against signing him to an NFL contract. The filing, which demanded an arbitration …

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SCOTUS To Hear Census Citizenship Question Case

Talking Points Memo reports: The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form. The Supreme Court’s move is the latest dramatic turn in a case that has proceeded in a remarkable way. The Justice Department appealed the decision directly to the Supreme Court — bypassing an …

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AOC And Joaquin Castro Plan Bill To Block “Emergency”

Bloomberg reports: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she will introduce a bill with fellow Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro to stop President Donald Trump’s planned emergency declaration. New York’s Ocasio-Cortez, who was speaking on Instagram, didn’t provide specifics but Castro previously said he’d offer a joint resolution. “If President Trump declares a national emergency to fund his border wall, I’m prepared to …

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RBG Returns To Work For First Time Since Surgery

Yahoo News reports: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at her office for the first time since receiving treatment for cancer in December, the court announced Friday. A spokeswoman for the court said Ginsburg would be joining the justices’ private conference, marking her return to the building after working from home since her medical procedure. The …

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KENTUCKY: Dem Trolls Abortion Bill With Amendment Requiring Women To Report Their Pregnancies To State

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Should pregnant women be monitored by the state? That’s what a Louisville lawmaker is proposing out of frustration with a flurry of bills in the current legislative session meant to restrict or eliminate abortion in Kentucky. “It’s so arrogant of a bunch of legislators,” said Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat and supporter of abortion …

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Portland Cops Accused Of Colluding With Extremists

Williamette Week reports: Hundreds of texts between Portland police and right-wing organizer Joey Gibson [screen grab above] reveal the extent to which law enforcement officers talked to and even coordinated with right-wing activists in order to police protests in 2017 and 2018. The texts, obtained by WW through a public records request, show that Portland Police Lt. Jeff Niiya had …

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Trump’s Physical Results: Very Good Overall But Obese

CNN reports: President Donald Trump, 72, is in “very good health overall,” according to results from his physical examination, which were released on Thursday. At his physical exam last year, the 6-foot-3-inch Trump weighed 239 pounds, according to his doctor. Trump, who has a common form of heart disease, embarked on a mission last year to lose some weight. Now, …

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Telemundo To Co-Host First Dem Presidential Debate

NBC News reports: Telemundo in June will become the first Spanish-language network to host a Democratic presidential debate. The network will co-host the first Democratic 2020 presidential debate with NBC News and MSNBC, and it will be broadcast live in English and Spanish over TV and digital platforms. NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo will broadcast the debate simultaneously on back-to-back …

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GOP House Rep’s Unit Deployed To Mexican Border

Politico reports: Rep. Adam Kinzinger was deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this week with his Air National Guard unit, his office announced on Wednesday evening. “The Congressman is humbled to serve his IL-16 community here in the People’s House and equally proud to serve as a reconnaissance pilot in the Air National Guard,” Kinzinger’s communications director, Maura Gillespie, said …

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Senate Votes To Confirm Bill Barr As Attorney General

The Hill reports: The Senate voted Thursday to approve William Barr as attorney general, giving the Justice Department its first confirmed chief since President Trump ousted Jeff Sessions last fall. More than 50 senators voted for Barr’s nomination, giving him enough support to be confirmed. The vote caps off a relatively low drama fight over Trump’s second nominee for the …

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Trump Appointee Brock Long Out As FEMA Chief

The Associated Press reports: Brock Long, administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has reportedly resigned. In a statement announcing his resignation, Long said in part, “this has been the opportunity of the lifetime, it is time for me to go home…” Long said Peter Gaynor will serve as acting FEMA administrator in the meantime. From September 2018 report …

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Schumer Invites USMC Pilot To Challenge McConnell

Politico reports: Chuck Schumer is actively recruiting a high-profile fighter pilot to take on Mitch McConnell in 2020 — a calculated act of aggression against a leading Republican foe. Schumer met with Amy McGrath, a Marine veteran-turned 2018 congressional candidate, at Democratic Party headquarters last month to pitch her on running against McConnell. McGrath listened and didn’t rule it out. …

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Trump Installs Room-Sized Golf Simulator Game At WH

The Washington Post reports: President Trump has installed a room-sized “golf simulator” game at the White House, which allows him to play virtual rounds at courses all over the world by hitting a ball into a large video screen, according to two people told about the system. Trump’s system cost about $50,000, and was put in during the last few …

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Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar Hits Back At Trump: You Have Trafficked In Hate Against People For Your Whole Life

Roll Call reports: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., knocked the president in a tweet Wednesday, highlighting his record of racial and religious discrimination and bucking his calls for her to resign. “You have trafficked in hate your whole life — against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more,” Omar tweeted. “I learned from people impacted by my words. When will …

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Howard Schultz: I Honestly Don’t See Color [VIDEO]

The Huffington Post reports: Howard Schultz, the billionaire ex-Starbucks chief executive considering an independent presidential campaign, went viral on Twitter on Tuesday night after a CNN town hall. Schultz was asked a question about racial profiling in light of a highly publicized incident in which two black men were arrested after attempting to use the restroom at a Starbucks without …

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Cory Booker: I’d Look For A Female Running Mate First

“We have such a great field of leaders, I think that you’ll rarely see a Democratic ticket anymore without gender diversity, race diversity. I think it’s something we should have. I’m not going to box myself in, but should I become [the presidential nominee], you know I’ll be looking to women first. We have great people running. This is actually …

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REPORT: Trump Intends To Sign Border Security Deal

CNN reports: President Donald Trump intends to sign the border security deal to avoid another partial government shutdown, according to two sources who have spoke directly with the President. Trump said Tuesday that he was “not happy” with the tentative deal reached by congressional negotiators late Monday night that falls far short of his original demands. Congress faces a deadline …

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