Politics

Trump Is Sending Mike Pompeo To Attend Inauguration Of Far-Right Incoming Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

The Washington Post reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head a U.S. delegation to Brazil seeking to foster closer ties with the far-right incoming president, Jair Bolsonaro, and discuss ways to counter the Venezuelan government. Pompeo will leave Washington for Brasilia on New Year’s Eve to attend Bolsonaro’s inauguration the following day before heading to Colombia. He plans to …

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North Carolina State Elections Board Dissolves Under Court Order, GOP Candidate Demands Certification

The New York Times reports: The North Carolina state elections board dissolved on Friday under a court order, two weeks before its much-anticipated hearing to consider evidence of possible absentee ballot fraud in the disputed November election for the Ninth District’s seat in Congress. The unwinding of the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is a consequence of a …

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Barack Obama Posts Best Of 2018 List: Cardi B, Janelle Monae, BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, & Much More

Just posted to Barack Obama’s Facebook page: As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to …

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Robert Mueller’s Team Obtains Mystery “Nude Selfie”

The Huffington Post reports: In a court filing Thursday, a Russian company indicted early this year referred to a “nude selfie” obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller. No other details were provided, including the identity of the individual or individuals in the selfie. “Could the manner in which he [Mueller] collected a nude selfie really threaten the national security of …

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Democrats Plot To Reopen Government Despite Trump

Politico reports: Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants are considering several options that would refuse Trump the $5 billion he’s demanded for the wall and send hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees back to work, according to senior Democratic sources. While the strategy is fluid, House Democrats hope to pass a funding bill shortly after members are sworn in. …

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Bernie Rips “Wall Street Dems” In 2020 Money Beg

Politico reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday slammed “Wall Street Democrats” campaigning against his progressive goals while teasing a possible 2020 White House bid. Sanders slammed think tank Third Way for running ads in early primary states that single him out, accusing the group of attempting to undermine his progressive goals. In a fundraising email, Sanders asked for donations …

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Fox Panel Slams Trump’s Iraq “Campaign Rally” [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: The hits keep coming from Fox News to President Trump. The day after his surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq—his first to soldiers in a war zone since taking office nearly two years ago—the hosts of Outnumbered shared some sharp criticism of his impromptu “campaign rally” overseas. “I just don’t think it’s ever worked out …

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Major Bernie 2016 Backers Are Unsure On Bernie 2020

The New York Times reports: Some of his top congressional supporters won’t commit to backing him if he runs for president again — and two may join the 2020 race themselves. A handful of former aides might work for other candidates. And Bernie Sanders’s initial standing in Iowa polls is well below the 49.6 percent he captured in nearly defeating …

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DC Mayor Warns Trump Of Shutdown’s “Severe Impact”

Washington DC’s WTOP radio reports: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser penned a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday urging him to end the partial government shutdown. Bowser’s letter, on behalf of the 702,000 D.C. residents and businesses, said that the city will experience a severe impact if the shutdown continues. “Indeed, many DC residents, businesses including restaurants and hotels, and federal …

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POLL: Majority Of American Voters Don’t Believe Polls

Reuters reports: According to a new HarrisX poll released Thursday, a majority of registered voters (52 percent) are doubtful about surveys they hear about in the news media. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they don’t believe most polls but do trust a few while 19 percent said they “almost never” believe that polls are accurate. While the majority were mistrustful …

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Bloomberg Ready To Spend $100M+ On 2020 WH Bid

CNBC reports: Billionaire Mike Bloomberg is prepared to spend well over the $100 million he put into his last campaign for New York City mayor if he runs for president in 2020. And he does not plan to accept any outside money from political action committees if he jumps into the race, CNBC has learned. Howard Wolfson, Bloomberg’s top political …

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Michelle O. Ends Hillary’s 17-Year “Most Admired” Run

Gallup reports: For the first time in 17 years, a woman other than Hillary Clinton has been named by Americans as the woman they admire most. Former first lady Michelle Obama, who finished second to Clinton three times and is currently touring to promote her recently released autobiography, won by a significant margin this year. Oprah Winfrey was second, with …

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POLL: Democratic Voters Want “Someone Entirely New”

USA Today reports: Asking voters their pick for president more than a year before the primaries begin typically doesn’t tell you much beyond name recognition. Instead of asking about support, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll tested which Democratic candidates now seem intriguing to voters, and who turns them off, in an effort to get clues about the dynamic ahead. Landing …

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Stock Bounce Back With Dow Jones Soaring 1000+ Pts

Bloomberg reports: U.S. stocks staged one of the biggest rallies of the 9 1/2 year bull market after coming withing points of seeing it end, with major indexes surging at least 4.9 percent. Crude jumped almost 10 percent. All but one member of the S&P 500 advanced, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 1,050 points and the Nasdaq …

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GEORGIA: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Michael Williams Reports To Jail On Insurance Fraud Charges

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: State senator and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams turned himself into Hall County jail Wednesday, days after news broke that he had been indicted on charges that included insurance fraud. Williams’ attorney, A.J. Richman, said he negotiated bond with the district attorney and that his client will be “out soon.” The charges against the Forsyth …

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Trump Makes Surprise Visit To Troops In Iraq

The New York Post reports: President Trump used the cover of the partial government shutdown to slip off to visit US troops in Iraq. Trump and first lady Melania Trump met with military personnel on Wednesday at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, according to photos from Reuters. His whereabouts sparked speculation about what Trump was up to because he …

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Medical Checks Ordered After 2nd Migrant Child Dies

The Associated Press reports: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ordered medical checks on every child in its custody after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency’s care this month. The death came during an ongoing dispute over border security and with a partial government shutdown underway over President Donald …

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Santorum Blasts Trump On Syria: It’s Horrible Foreign Policy To Abandon Allies, This Will Hurt Him Politically

“The way [Trump] did it in the face of the president of Turkey, basically abandoning our allies [the Kurds], who the Turks see as terrorists, is just a horrible piece of foreign policy. I am very disappointed in the president that he would do this in this fashion. We need to stand for our allies, particularly allies who have fought …

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Pelosi Shade: Trump’s Wall Is Now A Beaded Curtain

USA Today reports: Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of using “scare tactics” to build support for his proposed U.S.-Mexican border wall, which she joked had been reduced from a giant, cement structure “to, I think, a beaded curtain.” Trump and congressional Democrats remain locked in a bitter stalemate over billions of dollars in funding for the wall, which Trump …

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RBG Released From Hospital: “No Evidence Of Disease”

CNN reports: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday and is recuperating at home after undergoing surgery, according to a court spokesperson. “Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is recuperating at home,” said Kathy Arberg, public information officer for the Supreme Court. There is no evidence of any remaining disease nor …

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