Politics

Pentagon Chief Of Staff Kevin Sweeney Resigns

The New York Times reports: Rear Adm. Kevin M. Sweeney has resigned his post as chief of staff to the United States secretary of defense, the Defense Department said late Saturday. Mr. Sweeney had become chief of staff to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in January 2017, and his resignation comes soon after Mr. Mattis’s own pointed departure in December. Mr. …

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Schumer Rips Trump: Enough With Your Wall Memes

The Hill reports: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took a swipe at President Trump for posting “Game of Thrones” memes to promote his policies. “Enough with the memes,” the New York Democrat tweeted in response to Trump sharing an image in the HBO show’s style that said: “The Wall is Coming.” The use of the meme was mocked on social …

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Paris Again Rocked By “Yellow Vest” Riots [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Rioters in Paris torched motorbikes and set barricades ablaze on the upmarket Boulevard Saint Germain on Saturday, as protests against high living costs and the perceived indifference of President Emmanuel Macron turned violent on the fringes. The latest “yellow vest” marches began peacefully but degenerated in the afternoon as protesters threw missiles at riot police blocking bridges over …

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Russian Minister: It’s Too Soon To Consider A Spy Swap

The Associated Press reports: Russia’s deputy foreign minister brushed back suggestions Saturday that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian citizen. Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in Moscow in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could …

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ARIZONA: State GOP Forbids Criticism Of Trump

Arizona Central reports: In a recent Arizona Republican Party newsletter, Chairman Jonathan Lines issued marching orders for elected Republican officials in clear, concise, mildly threatening terms: Lines declared that office holders must “stand with” President Donald Trump. And that it is “non-negotiable.” Chairman Lines was in a tizzy over an essay written by newly elected Utah Sen. Mitt Romney in …

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POLL: Record Number Of Americans Want To Emigrate

Gallup reports: While Donald Trump has spent much of his presidency focused on the number of people who want to get into the U.S., since he took office, record numbers of Americans have wanted to get out. Though relatively average by global standards, the 16% of Americans overall who said in 2017 and again in 2018 that they would like …

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US Man Held By Russia For Spying Holds Four Passports

The Washington Post reports: The Marine Corps found Paul Whelan, the American citizen detained by Russia on espionage charges, guilty of attempting to steal more than $10,000 worth of currency from the U.S. government while deployed to Iraq in 2006 and bouncing nearly $6,000 worth of checks around the same time, according to records obtained by The Washington Post. The …

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Chuck Schumer: Trump Just Threatened To Continue Government Shutdown For “Months Or Even Years”

CNBC reports: Democrats emerged from what they called a “contentious” two-hour meeting at the White House on Friday showing little optimism about ending a partial government shutdown. Bipartisan congressional leaders huddled with President Donald Trump as they try to break an impasse over the president’s demand for $5 billion to build his proposed border wall. The president threatened to keep …

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Pelosi Cautions Against “Divisive” Impeachment Talk

NBC News reports: Newly elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Friday shied away from moving forward with impeachment at this time, calling it a “divisive” option and saying that a colleague’s use of an expletive to describe President Donald Trump was no “worse” than some of the language the president himself has used. “I do think that we …

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REPORT: GOP Sen. Pat Roberts To Announce Retirement

From the right wing Daily Caller: Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts will announce his retirement at a press conference in Kansas Friday afternoon, two sources close with Roberts told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Roberts, 84, will make the announcement around 11:15 E.T. in his home state. Roberts, who has served in the Senate since 1997, will announce his retirement …

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Ocasio-Cortez Floats Up To 70% Tax For Super Wealthy

Politico reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is floating an income tax rate as high as 60 to 70 percent on the highest-earning Americans to combat carbon emissions. Speaking with Anderson Cooper in a “60 Minutes” interview scheduled to air Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez said a dramatic increase in taxes could support her “Green New Deal” goal of eliminating the use of fossil …

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Top German Politicians Hit With Mass Hacking Attack

Deutsche Welle reports: Germany’s digital defense body is “intensively” investigating the apparent data leak that saw data of hundreds of politicians from across the political spectrum being published online, a spokesman for the Federal Office for IT Safety (BSI) said on Friday. The hack targeted all of Germany’s political parties currently represented in the federal parliament, except for the far-right …

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NEW YORK CITY: Petition Calls For Renaming Trump Tower Block As “President Barack H. Obama Avenue”

The Hill reports: Thousands of people have signed a petition in New York City to rename the block in front of Trump Tower after former President Obama. A MoveOn petition started by Elizabeth Rowin is calling for the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets to be renamed “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.” The petition would require President …

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Dem Rep Introduces Constitutional Amendments That Would Abolish Electoral College, Limit Pardon Powers

Via press release from Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen: Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced two Constitutional Amendments today on the opening day of the new Congress. The first would eliminate the Electoral College and provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States. The second would limit …

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Openly Bi Dem Sen. Kyrsten Simena Took Her Oath On Copy Of US Constitution, Not The Bible [VIDEO]

The Arizona Republic reports: On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, took her ceremonial oath of office using a copy of the Constitution rather than a religious book, as most members usually do. Sinema’s move, while legally irrelevant, may only heighten speculation that she is an atheist. Vice President Mike Pence ended Sinema’s oath with the usual words, “so …

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House Votes To Reopen Government, No Wall Money

CNN reports: House Democrats late on Thursday approved a legislative package aimed at ending the partial government shutdown, while rejecting President Donald Trump’s demand for additional funding for a border wall, despite a White House veto threat. As a result, the legislation is expected to be dead on arrival in the Senate, leaving congressional Democrats and the administration at a …

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Newly-Elected Dem House Rep. Rashida Tlaib: We’re Gonna Go In And Impeach The Motherfucker [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: Well, it’s one way to make a name for yourself after being sworn into Congress for the first time. Hours after Rep. Rashida Tlaib made headlines for being sworn in as one of the two first Muslim female members of Congress on Thursday (alongside Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar), she told a cheering crowd about her mission against …

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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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