Politics

Democrats Seek To End House Ban On Headwear

The Washington Post reports: Democrats want to change a rule banning House members from wearing hats on the chamber floor to accommodate the first Muslim women to ever be elected to Congress — one of whom wears a headscarf. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Rep. Jim McGovern, and congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar of Minnesota are the co-authors of the proposal, …

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UTAH: Judge Tosses GOP Bid To Stop House Vote Count

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: A judge has dismissed U.S. Rep. Mia Love’s legal challenge to the ballot-counting process in vote-rich Salt Lake County, where the congresswoman’s Democratic rival holds a slight advantage. The Republican incumbent — who’s trailing Democrat Ben McAdams in the 4th Congressional District race — earlier this week filed her lawsuit calling for the Salt Lake …

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REPORT: Trump Is Questioning Mike Pence’s Loyalty

The New York Times reports: In recent weeks, with his electoral prospects two years from now much on his mind, Mr. Trump has focused on the person who has most publicly tethered his fortunes to him. In one conversation after another he has asked aides and advisers a pointed question: Is Mike Pence loyal? Mr. Trump has repeated the question …

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Fudge Meets With Pelosi, Speaker Bid Decision Soon

Roll Call reports: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi met with her potential competition for the speaker’s gavel on Friday, Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, who left the meeting still contemplating a bid. “No,” Fudge told reporters when asked if Pelosi asked her not to run. “What she asked me was basically how we could get to a point where I could be …

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Top Republicans Back House Rep For Attorney General

The Hill reports: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and other top Republicans are calling on President Trump to name Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as the next attorney general. “Look, it’s the president’s choice but one thing I know is John Ratcliffe probably has the best abilities to do the job and most knowledge to do the job,” McCarthy told …

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Michelle Obama’s Book Sells 750K Copies On First Day

The Associated Press reports: First day sales for Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady’s memoir include hardcover, audio and e-books editions for the United States and Canada. Crown also announced that it …

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NRA-Linked Alleged Russia Spy Seeks Plea Agreement

Bloomberg reports: Lawyers for alleged Russian spy Maria Butina have entered into negotiations with federal prosecutors, according to a document filed in federal court Friday. The two sides requested to postpone the next hearing in the case because they are currently “in negotiations regarding a potential resolution of this matter,” indicating that they are working towards a plea agreement. Butina …

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George Conway On Trump’s “Shitshow Dumpster Fire”: I’d Move To Australia Before Voting For Him Again

The Huffington Post reports: George T. Conway III, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, said the Republican Party has become “a personality cult” under President Trump and that he would “move to Australia” rather than vote for the president again. “I don’t feel comfortable being a Republican anymore,” Conway said in an exclusive interview for the Yahoo News …

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Kellyanne Conway: Trump Might Shutdown Government Over Border Wall Funding, All Options Open [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Friday said “all options are open” in response to a question about President Trump potentially shutting down the government over funding for the border wall. “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy said that “it doesn’t look he’s going to get funding for the wall” in the upcoming spending bill and asked …

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Senate GOP Urges Trump To Replace Whitaker Quickly

Politico reports: Senate Republicans are urging President Donald Trump to quickly nominate a permanent attorney general, hoping a new top law enforcement officer will blunt bipartisan concern over the future of special counsel Robert Mueller and boost the GOP ahead of tough government funding talks. “If we had some confidence that there is somebody nominated that would be confirmed in …

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Scott Walker: I Lost Because Too Many People Voted

MSNBC reports: Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday returned to the public eye since losing an expensive and hard-fought bid for a third term — telling reporters he doesn’t know what’s next but doesn’t see his loss as a “rejection.” “It was without a doubt a big election — bigger turnout than ever before — but the numbers we received a …

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Filing Shows Assange Has Been Charged Under Seal

The Washington Post reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing — a development that could significantly advance the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and have major implications for those who publish government secrets. The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange. …

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CALIFORNIA: Dem Flips Seat Of Anti-LGBT House Rep

The Associated Press reports: Democrat Katie Porter has seized a Republican-held U.S. House seat in the heart of Southern California’s Reagan country. Thursday’s vote count update in Orange County gave Porter, a law professor, the upset over Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in the 45th District. Porter has 51 percent and leads by 6,203 votes. Democrats now have won five GOP …

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Sen. James Lankford: The Bible Is Mostly About Politics Therefore God Wants Christian Politicians To Proselytize

From Pat Robertson’s CBN News: As a battle wages for the soul of America, the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship is working to prepare Christians to serve as public policy shapers and decision makers. “It’s very interesting for me to be able to hear, ‘Well, if you come from a biblical worldview, you know, really that’s a ministry …

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REPORT: Justice Dept To Prosecute Julian Assange

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is increasingly optimistic it will be able to get him into a U.S. courtroom, according to people in Washington familiar with the matter. Over the past year, U.S. prosecutors have discussed several types of charges they could potentially bring against Mr. Assange, the …

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FLORIDA: Senate Race Heads For Manual Vote Recount

The Miami Herald reports: An unprecedented statewide hand recount is now under way in the Sunshine State, further extending a high-stakes, partisan battle over every last vote in Florida’s crucial U.S. Senate race. Following a five-day machine recount of the more than 8.3 million votes cast in the Nov. 6 elections, Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered hand recounts Thursday …

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Pelosi Confident In Winning House Speaker’s Gavel

CNN reports: Nancy Pelosi continued to express confidence on Thursday that she will become House Speaker in the next Congress, despite the fact that her detractors are growing more outspoken in their criticism of the long-time Democratic leader and Rep. Marcia Fudge publicly weighs a potential challenge against her. Pelosi downplayed the possibility that Fudge could enter the speakers’ race …

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MAINE: Democrat Jared Golden Flips US House Seat

Bloomberg reports: Democrat Jared Golden, a U.S. Marine veteran, has defeated two-term Republican Representative Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s Second District, AP projects, as the state’s first use of ranked-choice balloting in a congressional race proved consequential. Poliquin, the incumbent, led after ballots were initially tabulated, though no candidate had an absolute majority. However, under ranked-choice voting, the lowest-choice candidates were …

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Feds Spent $100K To Guard Junior On Condo Sales Trip

The Washington Post reports: Donald Trump Jr.’s lavish trip to India to sell his family’s luxury condominium projects cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $100,000, documents obtained by The Washington Post show. The Department of Homeland Security, responding to a Freedom of Information request, released 47 pages of purchase orders, requisition forms and planning work sheets showing Trump Jr.’s February trip cost …

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US Sanctions 17 Saudi Officials (But Not Crown Prince)

Politico reports: The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions targeting 17 Saudi Arabian officials — but not the powerful crown prince — over the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi more than a month after the Saudi critic went missing. The Treasury Department designated the officials for sanctions over what it called “serious human rights abuse,” freezing any U.S. …

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