Politics

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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12 For California: An Idea For Senate Reapportionment

In reaction to swelling discussion about the oversized influence small states have on national politics due to their mandated two US Senators, many suggested “fixes” are being floated. Here’s one from Wharton professor Eric Orts: Let’s allocate one seat to each state automatically to preserve federalism, but apportion the rest based on population. Start with the total U.S. population, then …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-LGBT Former Gov Rules Out Run For Contested House Seat, Floats US Senate Bid

The Hill reports:  Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory ruled out a possible run in the state’s 9th District on Wednesday, saying that Republican Mark Harris deserves a chance to “get the facts out” about alleged fraud in the disputed race. But McCrory also opened the door to a potential gubernatorial bid in 2020 or a Senate run in 2022, …

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Cuomo: Joe Biden Has The “Best Case” For 2020

“I think it sounds like a lot of people are running. The main issue for the Democrats is not going to be the articulation of the negative, it is going to be the articulation of the positive, and credibility. Of all the names that are out there, I think Joe Biden has the best case because he brings the most …

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Rand Paul Lashes Out At “Virtue Signaling” Mitt Romney

From the right wing Washington Examiner: Washington is already taking sides in the battle between President Trump and incoming Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, with Trump ally Sen. Rand Paul slamming the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. Paul tweeted that Romney is a “Big Government Republican” and faux conservative. In reacting to Romney’s attack in the Washington Post on Trump, Paul also …

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Pelosi Critic: Dems Now “Absolutely” United Behind Her

Politico reports: House Democrats are “absolutely” united behind presumed incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Tim Ryan said Wednesday, putting the caucus in line behind the longtime Democratic leader as she prepares to face off against President Donald Trump on ending an ongoing government shutdown. Ryan (D-Ohio) has been among Pelosi’s most prominent critics, mounting a bid to unseat her as …

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RNC Member Calls For Convention Rule Change That Could Block Trump Challengers From Being Nominated

From the right wing Washington Examiner: Mitt Romney’s scorching critique of President Trump in a New Year’s Day op-ed has sparked a call from within the Republican National Committee to change party rules to protect Trump from any long-shot primary challenge in 2020. “Look, the political history is clear. No Republican president opposed for re-nomination has ever won re-election,” RNC …

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Wave Of Dem WH Bids Expected In Next Few Weeks

Mike Allen reports at Axios: A wave of announcements, like the one Sen. Elizabeth Warren made on New Year’s Eve morning, is planned for the next few weeks. The hopefuls need to raise money, and need an organization for housing the aides they want to hire to take them off the hot 2020 job market. Look for announcements this month …

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BRAZIL: Far-Right President Jair Bolsonaro Takes Office, Claims To Have Freed Nation From Political Correctness

Reuters reports: Brazil’s newly inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday his election had freed the country from “socialism and political correctness,” and he vowed to tackle corruption, crime and economic mismanagement in Latin America’s largest nation. Bolsonaro, a former army captain turned lawmaker who openly admires Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, promised in his first remarks as president to adhere …

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Former Sen. Harry Reid Compares Trump To Mafia Boss

The Daily Beast reports: Harry Reid, the former Senate Majority Leader who is suffering from pancreatic cancer, has given a rare interview in which he compares a “weird” President Trump unfavorably to mafia bosses who “are really good with what they do.” He told The New York Times: “Trump is an interesting person. He is not immoral but is amoral. …

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