Politics

NORTH CAROLINA: Dem Gov Vetoes Bill Requiring New Primary In US House Election Under Fraud Probe

Charlotte’s NPR affiliate reports: Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would’ve required a new primary election in the 9th District Friday, saying it would make it harder to root out corruption in elections and campaigns. The elections bill, House Bill 1029, aimed to restore the governor’s control of the state elections board, an action Cooper was pleased by, but …

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GOP Senators Rebuff Trump On “Nuclear” Option To End Filibuster Rule In Order To Pass $5B Wall Spending Bill

ABC News reports: Senate Republicans quickly rejected President Trump’s push that they go “nuclear” and change Senate rules to eliminate the legislative filibuster in order to pass a funding bill with $5 billion for his wall on the Mexican border. “I’ve long said that eliminating the legislative filibuster would be a mistake,” said outgoing Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) …

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Amb. Nikki Haley Suggests US Leave United Nations: The American People Need To Decide If It’s Worth It

Bloomberg reports: As Nikki Haley finishes her tenure this month, the woman who has spent the last two years representing the U.S. at the United Nations has a question for the American public: Should the U.S. remain a member? “The American people need to decide if it’s worth it,” she said in an interview with a small group of journalists …

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Fox Host Eviscerates Trump In Segment With Sanders: He Just Gave Russia A Big Win And “Re-founded ISIS”

The Hill reports: “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade on Friday said President Trump had “re-founded ISIS” and was giving Russia “a big win” with his decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria. Kilmeade made the remarks during an interview with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “He also is doing exactly what he criticized President Obama for doing. …

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Los Angeles Freeway Renamed For President Obama

CBS Los Angeles reports: A portion of the 134 Freeway between Glendale and Pasadena is now officially named the President Barack H. Obama Highway. Caltrans crews have installed signs renaming the busy stretch of the 134 Freeway. Obama attended Occidental College from 1979 to 1981 and lived in Pasadena during his sophomore year. State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, who co-authored …

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DNC Nixes “Undercard” Debates For WH Candidates

There will be no “kids table” debates for Democrats like we saw with Republicans in 2016. Politico reports: With the prospect of upward of 20 Democrats running for president in 2020, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez announced on Thursday that the party would split up candidates by random selection and host debates on consecutive nights if there were too …

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House Advances Bill That Includes Border Wall Funding

NBC News reports: The House voted Thursday to advance a spending bill with money for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, further muddying the scramble to dodge a partial government shutdown by Friday. The chamber approved the measure in a 221-179 vote. It suggests the House can pass the short-term spending legislation in an expected vote later Thursday night. But …

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Senate May Vote On Amended Spending Bill Tomorrow

Bloomberg reports: Senators are preparing for a possible vote on Friday if the House is able to send it an amended government funding bill. Senators and aides say they’ve been told to tentatively plan for a vote around noon on Friday, even as scores of senators have already left Washington after passing a seven-week stopgap funding measure on Wednesday night. …

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GEORGIA: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Michael Williams Charged With Insurance Fraud, Lying To Police

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: State Sen. Michael Williams, who waged a controversial campaign for governor this year, was charged this week with making a false report that computer servers were stolen from his campaign office shortly before his last-place finish in the May primary. The indictment, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, accuses the Forysth County Republican of insurance fraud, making …

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Former Rep. Aaron Schock Posts Heart Emoji Comment On Instagram Page Of Gay Party Promoter Eliad Cohen

Back in July, former Republican US House Rep. Aaron Schock petitioned the US Supreme Court to intervene in his corruption case, which has included controversial questions about his sexuality posed by prosecutors, who apparently want to know who Schock’s traveling companions really were on publicly-funded trips. Today eagle-eyed JMG reader Chris tips us that Schock has commented on the Instagram …

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Pelosi: I Was Too Busy To Watch Paul Ryan’s Farewell

The Hill reports: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she didn’t hear Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) farewell speech on Wednesday because she “was busy doing other things.” “This may come as a shock to you, but I was busy doing other things at the time. I wish him well as he goes forward,” she said when asked …

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Santa Obama Delivers Gifts To DC Children’s Hospital

The New York Daily News reports: Barack Obama has already tackled the second-hardest job in the world as U.S. President, but on Wednesday he donned the hat of the busiest guy in the world — Santa Claus. Hauling a festively colored bag, Obama, 57, made a surprise visit to Children’s National hospital in Washington to distribute gifts — remote-control cars, …

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Trump Admin Moves To Restrict Food Stamps Eligibility

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year’s farm bill didn’t: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday is proposing a rule that would restrict the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment to receive …

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Fox Host Blasts “Irresponsible” Trump Over Syria Move

Mediaite reports: Co-host Brian Kilmeade did not hold back in criticizing the Commander in Chief’s stunning announcement via Twitter plans to withdrawal 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, saying it was “stunning and irresponsible” and blindsided Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. As many commentators have pointed out, in no way has ISIS been “defeated” in Syria — contrary to what is …

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Brooklyn DA Vacates Low-Level Weed Convictions

AM New York reports: More than two dozen people with criminal records for misdemeanor marijuana possession received new leases on life Wednesday as the Brooklyn district attorney moved to erase the cumbersome convictions. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez agreed to vacate 28 convictions in court Wednesday morning as well as 1,422 outstanding warrants related to misdemeanor marijuana possession cases, which he …

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Russia Hails US Plan To Withdraw Troops From Syria

From the Russia state agency TASS: The US decision to pull its troops from Syria creates good prospects for a political solution in that Arab country, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Maria Zakharova said on Channel One on Wednesday. “A milestone story which might evolve from this decision is a real prospect for a political solution,” she said adding that the …

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Paul Ryan Leaves Behind Ballooning Federal Debt

Bloomberg reports: When Paul Ryan became speaker of the House in 2015, the federal budget deficit was $438 billion. He blamed the “failed policies of President Obama” for budget deficits that had exploded to $1.4 trillion in 2009, the year after the Great Recession, though shortfalls began shrinking in the following years and were continuing to fall as Ryan took …

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Graham Rips Trump For “ISIS Defeated” Claim: Pulling Out Of Syria Would Be A “Huge Obama-Like Mistake”

Mediaite reports: Following reports that the president is planning a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria (along with his proclamation on Twitter that ISIS has been defeated in Syria) Graham broke from the White House and bashed the move. “With all due respect, ISIS is not defeated in Syria, Iraq, and after just returning from visiting there — certainly …

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Schiff: If Cohen Deserves Jail, So Does Trump [VIDEO]

“If the Justice Department takes the position that Michael Cohen should go to jail, that these allegations are so serious that he should go to jail for these campaign fraud allegations, what is the argument against jail for the individual who coordinated and directed that scheme? The rich and powerful shouldn’t play by some other set of rules. That argument …

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POLL: Border Wall Last On List Of Voters’ Priorities

Morning Consult reports: President Donald Trump has spent much of the past month saying it’s imperative that Congress helps him build his proposed border wall with Mexico. But as lawmakers searched for a deal with the White House to avert a partial government shutdown, a new Morning Consult/Politico poll shows voters place wall funding at the bottom of a list …

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