Politics

BENGHAZEED: Trey Gowdy Swears Off Politics Forever

The Greenville News reports: Former U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy, who elevated his profile in American politics leading several high-profile government investigations, has joined the Greenville office of power law firm Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough to take on a similar role. The Spartanburg Republican’s eight-year congressional tenure ended Thursday, and Gowdy told The Greenville News he has no plans to …

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Speaker Pelosi Backs Hearings On Medicare For All

Politico reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports holding hearings on Medicare for all, her spokesman said Thursday, marking a major step forward for supporters of a single-payer health system. Some Democrats have been talking about holding hearings on the issue, but Pelosi’s backing is seen as a boost for those efforts. Pelosi had said last year only that Medicare for …

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State Department Issues Travel Warning For China

Issued today by the State Department: Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals. Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years. China uses exit bans coercively: to compel U.S. …

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GOP Senator: End Shutdown With No Deal For Wall

Reuters reports: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who faces a potentially tough re-election in 2020, says Congress should re-open the federal government, even without a deal on funding President Trump’s border wall. Gardner is the first Senate Republican to call for ending the partial shutdown even without a deal on President Trump’s demand for $5 billion to fund a border wall. …

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Pelosi Accepts The Gavel From GOP Minority Leader

The Washington Post reports: The House of Representatives elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as speaker for a second time on Thursday, the first day of a new, divided Congress that is more likely to confront President Trump. The 78-year-old California Democrat secured the votes of 220 members out of a total of 430 present. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), the top …

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Sen Dianne Feinstein: My Choice For 2020 Is Joe Biden

Politico reports: Dianne Feinstein’s California colleague Kamala Harris may run for president. But Feinstein already has her preferred candidate in mind: Joe Biden. The Democratic senator, fresh off reelection to a fifth term, told a pair of reporters on Thursday morning that the former vice president and Delaware senator is the ideal choice to run against President Donald Trump. This …

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LIVE VIDEO: US House Members Vote On New Speaker

The Hill reports: It’s a huge day in the House, with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) set to be elected to a second stint as Speaker, and Democrats ready to take control of the body and pass legislation that would end the shutdown. The day will begin with the Speaker’s vote and also include the swearing in of new members. Votes …

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Russia Formally Charges USMC Veteran With Espionage

The New York Times reports: The Russian authorities have brought espionage charges against an American citizen, Paul N. Whelan, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the news agency Interfax reported on Thursday. Mr. Whelan’s lawyer, Vladimir A. Zherebenkov, who said he spent much of Wednesday with Mr. Whelan, said he had found his client in an …

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Rep. Jerry Nadler To Re-Intro Mueller Protection Bill

The New York Daily News reports: Protecting Robert Mueller is a priority for Democrats as they take over the House on Thursday. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the incoming House Judiciary Chairman, plans to re-introduce legislation to protect Mueller from being fired by President Trump, a congressional source told the Daily News. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle contemplated a bill …

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2016 Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley Endorses Beto O’Rourke For 2020: We Need A Unifier And Healer

Martin O’Malley writes for the Des Moines Register: I will not be running for president in 2020, but I hope Beto O’Rourke does. And this is why. In 2016, my long-shot presidential candidacy found its flame extinguished between a rock and an angry place in my own party. America wasn’t in the mood for new leadership. We were in a …

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Dem Sen. Dick Durbin To Seek Reelection In 2020

The Hill reports: Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on Thursday that he will seek a fifth term in the Senate. Asked on CNN’s “New Day” whether he would run for reelection in 2020, Durbin replied that he would, adding that his response shouldn’t be taken “as a formal announcement.” “What I’ve said is, I’m raising money and I’m …

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Nancy Pelosi: Indicting Trump Is An “Open Discussion”

CNN reports: “It’s not the law,” Pelosi told NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie. “Everything indicates that a president can be indicted after he is no longer president of the United States.” Guthrie asked, “What about a sitting president?” “Well, a sitting president when he is no longer president of the United States,” Pelosi answered. Guthrie pressed again, asking, “A president who’s …

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Man Arrested For Breaching Secure WH Area Says He Was Trying To Deliver Crown Royal Whisky To Trump

NBC News Washington reports: A man accused of moving a White House security barrier told authorities he was trying to take two bottles of Crown Royal to President Donald Trump, according to court documents. The man, identified by his Canadian passport as Yianny Georgopoulos, gained access to a restricted area near Pennsylvania Avenue and East Executive Avenue shortly after midnight …

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RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel: I Love Uncle Mitt Romney But He Needs To Stop Attacking Our Glorious Leader

Politico reports: RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Thursday insisted there were no hard feelings between her and her uncle, Sen.-elect Mitt Romney, after Romney’s blistering criticism of the president put the two family members publicly at odds. “I love my uncle. My tweet yesterday had nothing to do with family,” she said. “I would have done this with any freshman …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Mark Harris To Demand Election Certification From State Court, Meet With Investigators

The Charlotte Observer reports: Republican Mark Harris said Wednesday he’ll ask a Wake County Superior Court judge to certify his election in the 9th Congressional District immediately, even as a probe into alleged election fraud continues. Harris’ announcement came after North Carolina state elections officials postponed next week’s hearing into allegations of election fraud in the 9th District — and …

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TODAY: House Democrats Take Back The Gavel

USA Today reports: Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to take the gavel as House speaker Thursday, told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview that President Donald Trump can expect a “different world” from the first two years of his presidency when the GOP controlled both chambers of Congress. The California Democrat plans to confront Trump on many fronts, from investigating …

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Bernie 2016 Staffers Complain Of Sexual Harassment

Talking Points Memo reports: As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gears up for another likely run at the presidency, women who worked on his last campaign are voicing their pain and anger after experiencing indignities including sexual harassment and pay inequality. As first reported by Politico, 2016 Bernie alums got the ball rolling Sunday with a letter to the senator’s campaign …

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Pelosi’s Message To Trump: “Nothing For The Wall”

NBC News reports: Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview set to air Thursday that she will not provide President Donald Trump with the border wall funding he has demanded and shut down the government over. Asked by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie if she was willing to give up any money specifically for the border wall, Pelosi said …

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Dems To Introduce Bill Requiring Presidential Nominees To Make Ten Years Of Tax Returns Available To Public

CNN reports: According to two sources familiar with the discussions, Democrats will include a provision in their new bill that would require presidential nominees to disclose 10 years of tax returns shortly after they become the nominee. Vice presidents would also be required to disclose a decade of returns. The tax returns would then be posted on the Federal Election …

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Vietnam Criminalizes Online Criticism Of Government

The Guardian reports: Vietnam has introduced a new cybersecurity law, which criminalises criticising the government online and forces internet providers to give authorities’ user data when requested, sparking claims of a “totalitarian” crackdown on dissent. The law, which mirrors China’s draconian internet rules, came into effect on 1 January and forces internet providers to censor content deemed “toxic” by the …

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