Politics

James Comey On AG’s “Spying” Claim: What The Heck?

The Week reports: Former FBI Director James Comey is extremely confused about Attorney General William Barr’s spying comments. Comey spoke at a conference in California Thursday, one day after Barr told Congress that he believes spying on President Trump’s 2016 campaign “did occur.” “I don’t know what the heck he’s talking about,” Comey said. He added that Barr’s language was …

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Polish Lawmaker Calls For “Purging Those Not Worthy”

Reuters reports: Critics of Poland’s right-wing ruling party voiced outrage Thursday after one of its senators said Poland should be “purged” of those “not worthy of belonging to our national community.” They said the language used by Grzegorz Bierecki echoed fascists of the 1930s. He said his comments were misunderstood and refused to apologize. “Horrifying, shameful words evoking Europe’s darkest …

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Feds Hit Michael Avenatti With 36-Count Indictment

The Associated Press report: Federal prosecutors said Thursday that attorney Michael Avenatti has been charged in a 36-count federal indictment in Southern California. Details of the case were scheduled to be made public at a midmorning news conference by U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna and the Internal Revenue Service, Hanna’s office said in a statement to news outlets. The indictment alleges …

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Ecuador’s President: Britain Has Guaranteed Us That Assange Won’t Be Extradited To Death Penalty Country

Reuters reports: Britain has guaranteed to Ecuador that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be extradited to a country that has the death penalty, Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday after Assange was arrested in London. “In line with our strong commitment to human rights and international law, I requested Great Britain to guarantee that Mr Assange would not …

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ISRAEL: Opposition Concedes Election To Netanyahu

The Associated Press reports: Israel’s Blue and White party leaders are conceding defeat in Israel’s election, saying they will work against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the opposition. Yair Lapid, the party’s No. 2 figure, told a press conference Wednesday that though his party “did not win in this round, I respect the voters.” He said his party will …

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House Votes 232-190 To Restore Net Neutrality Rules, McConnell Declares Bill “Dead On Arrival” In Senate

Roll Call reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already declared the Democratic net neutrality bill, which passed the House on Wednesday, “dead on arrival” in the upper chamber. Democrats likely never gave their legislation, sponsored by Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle, much of a chance of advancing beyond the House. But while Republicans have spent weeks shaping their message …

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LIVE VIDEO: AG Testifies Before Senate Committee

The Associated Press reports: Attorney General William Barr is returning to Capitol Hill for a second time this week as lawmakers, the White House and the American public anxiously await his release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. Barr will speak to a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday, the second of two days of hearings about his department’s budget. Like …

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OREGON: Senate Votes To Bypass Electoral College

Williamette Week reports: In a contentious hearing today, Oregon senators voted 17-12 to pass a National Popular Vote bill. Should Senate Bill 870 gain approval from the state’s House of Representatives, Oregon will enter an interstate compact to award its Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes nationwide. So far, 15 states have passed national …

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu Likely Headed For Record 5th Term

The Jerusalem Post reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz both declared that they won Tuesday’s election after inconclusive exit polls were broadcast on the three Israeli networks. Netanyahu claimed victory, because his Right-Center bloc won handily over Gantz’s Center-Left bloc in polls broadcast on Channel 13 and KAN, 66 to 54 and 64 to …

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Bernie Sanders To Release His Tax Returns By Monday

The New York Times reports: Senator Bernie Sanders, whose $18 million fund-raising haul has solidified his status as a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Tuesday that he would release 10 years of tax returns by Tax Day on Monday and acknowledged that he has joined the ranks of the millionaires he has denounced for years. “April 15 is …

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Father’s Hate Crime Story Brings House Panel To Tears

CBS News reports: As Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha calmly, clinically, described reviewing the autopsy reports for his murdered daughters and son-in-law, members of the House Judiciary Committee clasped their hands over the mouths, stifling tears. The Feb. 10, 2015 murders of 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, her 23-year-old husband Deah Shaddy Barakat, and 19-year-old sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, shocked the Chapel Hill, …

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu Claims Low Turnout For His Party

The Jerusalem Post reports: Warning of the rise of the Left, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a planned campaign event in Ashdod on Tuesday and returned to Jerusalem, where he said he was going to work to “save the Right” and ensure that a right-wing government comes to power following the elections. “I received a dramatic update that there is …

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AG Says He’ll Release Mueller Report “Within A Week”

NBC News reports: Attorney General William Barr faced tough questions from a House panel Tuesday morning regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, telling lawmakers he would release a redacted version of the original document “within a week.” Barr’s appearance before the House Appropriations subcommittee which oversees funding for the Commerce and Justice Departments …

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LIVE VIDEO: Tech Giants And Far-Right Figures Testify At House Panel On White Nationalism And Hate Crimes

The Washington Post reports: For years, Silicon Valley has struggled to strike the right balance between allowing users to express themselves and preventing the viral spread of objectionable posts, photos and videos. But a series of recent, high-profile failures in the eyes of some Democrats and Republicans have prompted renewed debate in Washington over the need to hold tech companies …

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Hillary Clinton Connects MAGA To White Nationalists

Hillary Clinton this morning tweeted a link to a Huffington Post article, noting, “The white nationalists certainly think MAGA is a white nationalist slogan.” From the article: Alexandre Bissonette wore the hat. A Canadian, Bissonette hadn’t voted for Donald Trump. He lived in a French-speaking province, far from the U.S. president’s campaign rallies and “America first” appeals. But some of …

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LIVE VIDEO: Bill Barr Appears Before House Committee

USA Today reports: Congress has its first opportunity on Tuesday to question Attorney General William Barr on the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the details of which remain secret more than two weeks after the inquiry ended. The House Appropriations subcommittee is expected to press Barr on his decision to release a bare-bones summary of the special counsel’s …

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Woman Arrested For “Anthrax” Threat To Susan Collins

The Portland Press Herald reports: Federal prosecutors charged a Burlington woman with mailing a threatening letter containing a white powder to the Bangor home of Sen. Susan Collins. Suzanne E. Muscara, 37, faces one count of mailing a threatening communication, and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. She is expected to make her …

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Alec Baldwin: I Promise I Could Beat Trump In 2020

ABC News reports: Alec Baldwin is asking his social media followers if he could count on his their votes if he ran for president. The actor, who won an Emmy Award in 2017 for his portrayal of President Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” wrote to his more than 1 million Twitter followers on Monday. It’s not the first time that …

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House GOP Calls For Testimony By Robert Mueller

Politico reports: Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, called Monday for Democrats to immediately bring special counsel Robert Mueller to the Capitol to testify on his still-secret report on Russian contacts with President Donald Trump’s campaign — and whether Trump himself obstructed the probe. “If you seek both transparency and for the American public to …

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SNL Tees Off On “Touchy-Feely” Joe Biden [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Former SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis returned to his old stomping grounds to reprise his impression of Joe Biden that the former vice president once called “so good it scared me.” “I’m a hugger, I’m a kisser and a little bit of a sniffer. But the last thing I want to do is offend anyone,” Sudeikis’s Biden …

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