Politics

Waiting Game: Beto’s In No Hurry To Declare For 2020

The Associated Press reports: If the deep field of potential Democratic presidential contenders is on pins and needles as Beto O’Rourke decides his next move, it could be a long wait. The outgoing Texas congressman’s team says he has no timeline or roadmap for deciding if he’d like to parlay a surprisingly close loss to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz into …

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Bernie Tops Progressive Straw Poll By Wide Margin

Politico reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tops the first 2020 straw poll by the progressive political action committee Democracy for America by a wide margin, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), meanwhile, has seen her stock slide among the group‘s members, according to the poll released Tuesday and obtained first …

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Trump’s Acting Chief Of Staff In 2016: In An Ordinary Universe He’d Be Disqualified From Becoming President

CNN reports: Incoming White House acting-chief of staff Mick Mulvaney once said Donald Trump’s past words and actions would disqualify him from becoming president in an “ordinary universe.” Mulvaney made the comments in a previously unreported October 2016 radio interview in which he also said Trump is not a role model and has said “atrocious things.” On October 7, 2016, …

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NC State GOP Demands Certification Of US House Race Unless Evidence Shows Ballot Fraud Changed Result

Charlotte’s NPR affiliate reports: The North Carolina Republican Party says it’s “totally unacceptable” that the State Board of Elections has postponed a hearing on allegations of fraud in the 9th Congressional District until Jan. 11. The board had planned to hold a hearing on the 9th district on Friday, and had said it was mindful that the new Congress will …

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Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander To Retire In 2020

USA Today reports: After roughly a quarter century in elected office, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee will retire after 2020. The former Republican governor, who has served in the Senate since first being elected in 2002, said Monday that he will not seek a fourth term in the upper chamber. “I will not be a candidate for re-election to the …

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Andrew Cuomo To Push For Legal Weed Early In 2019

ABC News New York reports: New York Governor Cuomo announced that he would push to legalize recreational marijuana early next year. He made the announcement as he laid out the upcoming legislative agenda for the first 100 days of 2019 at the New York City Bar Association on Monday. New York would join 10 other states and Washington, D.C. have …

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INDIANA: Openly Gay South Bend Mayor To Retire At End Of Term As 2020 White House Ambitions Swirl

Indianapolis Monthly reports: Pete Buttigieg is running. Today, it’s along the St. Joseph River on a crisp and gray October morning in South Bend, as the mayor tried to clear his mind in the middle of a packed day. A meeting with the NAACP. A meeting with staff to discuss the city’s $368 million budget. In the very near future, …

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GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz: Democrats Are Going To Impeach Trump, They Won’t Be Able To Help Themselves

The Rising reports: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said in an interview that aired Monday on “Rising” that House Democrats will move to impeach President Trump, saying the won’t “be able to help themselves” while citing pressure from the press, progressives and Democratic voters. “The Democrats aren’t going to be able to help themselves,” Gatez, a member of the House Judiciary …

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Two Former Flynn Associates Indicted For Conspiracy

The New York Times reports: Two former business associates of Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, have been indicted as part of a federal investigation into Turkey’s secret 2016 lobbying campaign to pressure the United States to expel a rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Charges against the two former associates, Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin, …

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Sen. Chris Coons: Trump Sounds Like A “Mob Boss”

The Hill reports: Delaware Sen. Chris Coons (D) on Monday said that President Trump is “clearly going after the rule of law” by attacking the FBI and the Department of Justice over investigations into him. “The president is clearly going after the rule of law and our criminal justice system. And he’s undermining it,” Coons said in an appearance on …

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Watergate’s John Dean: Trump Is An “Incompetent Wuss” Who Like Most Bullies “Thinks Nasty Is Strong”

Newsweek reports: Richard Nixon’s White House counsel John Dean has said that Donald Trump is a “wuss” and a “fake leader” as the president continues to swing out at Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian election interference and collusion. Dean, who served a pivotal role in the Watergate investigation that took down former President Nixon, posted the comments in response …

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Pelosi Faces Mueller/Impeachment Balancing Act

Politico reports: Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top allies are trying to stamp out the impeachment chatter spurred by a rapid-fire series of revelations that have brought special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe ever closer to the Oval Office. Their goal: Give Mueller space and time to finish his work before considering impeachment proceedings while satisfying the Democrats’ burning …

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POLL: Economic Pessimism Hits Five-Year High

Bloomberg reports: The number of Americans expecting the U.S. economy to get worse in the next year is at its highest point since 2013, a national NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows. A majority of Americans also say President Donald Trump has been untruthful about the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign, and half say the probe has given …

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Senate Gets New Report: Russia Targeted US Blacks In 2016 Effort To Suppress Turnout By Democratic Voters

The New York Times reports: The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of posts on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its Facebook operations, according to a report produced for the Senate Intelligence …

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Schumer Rips Trump’s “Temper Tantrum” As Shutdown Looms: He’s Not Getting The Wall In Any Form [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Sunday said President Donald Trump is preventing a deal to avert a partial government shutdown because of a “temper tantrum” over his demand for more funding to build a border wall. “We Democrats, Leader Pelosi and I, offered the president two options as to how to avoid the shutdown,” he said. “We …

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Obama Blasts Judge’s Ruling Against Obamacare

From a posting to his Facebook page: A lot of good people are fighting to ensure that nothing about your care will change. The ACA protects your pre-existing conditions, no matter how you get your insurance. Young people can stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26. Preventive care like checkups, mammograms, and contraceptive care are still covered. Mental health …

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Bob Corker Won’t Say If Trump Should Be Primaried

Axios reports: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), nearing the end of his time in the Senate after his decision to retire, was mum on whether or not he’d support a primary challenge against President Trump in 2020 during an interview on MSNBC’s “Kasie DC,” saying instead, “We’ve got to remember what the Republican Party is.” He added, “What is happening right …

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Sen. Cory Booker: My Truth Is I’m Heterosexual

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: In the last presidential campaign, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who is also single, faced questions about campaigning as a bachelor (he suggested a rotating cast of family and friends could be first lady). In past political campaigns Booker’s opponents have tried to use his single status to question his sexuality. “I’m heterosexual,” Booker said Thursday. …

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O’Rourke On 2020 Beto Mania: I’ve Made No Decision

The Dallas Morning News reports: TMZ trails him around the capital. Fans still check his Facebook page to see if he’s going live again anytime soon. Democratic activists keep trying to lure him to Iowa and New Hampshire, and campaign operatives are sending him resumes, uninvited. U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is getting more buzz as a potential White House contender …

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Prosecutors Fear For Safety Of NRA-Linked Russian Spy

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S. government fears for the safety of Maria Butina, the 30-year-old Russian who’s cooperating with U.S. prosecutors after admitting she failed to register as a foreign agent, according to a court filing. “Although the fact of defendant Butina’s cooperation is now public, the details of her transportation to and from the jail are not,” Justice Department …

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