Politics

Biden: No Private Meeting With Saudi Crown Prince

Reuters reports: President Joe Biden said on Friday he was not going to have a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman during a trip next month and that he was only seeing the Saudi crown prince as part of a broader “international meeting.” Biden’s plan for talks with the crown prince, known as MBS, were part …

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NYC Moves To Ban Solitary Confinement At Rikers Jail

Gothamist reports: Corrections officers at the Rikers Island jail complex would be barred from holding incarcerated people alone in cells for extended periods of time under legislation that Public Advocate Jumaane Williams plans to unveil today. The draft legislation, shared first with Gothamist, would allow officers to put people in solitary confinement only for a few hours if someone poses …

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Arkansas Gov Is “Laying The Foundation” For WH Bid

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson continued to hint at a presidential run as he told a group of attorneys Wednesday that he was starting to “lay the foundation” for a 2024 campaign. Hutchinson, speaking at the Arkansas Bar Association annual meeting in Hot Springs, talked about a range of topics, including his plans for the future. “I …

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NYC Mayor Belatedly Endorses Hochul For NY Gov

The New York Times reports: As Gov. Kathy Hochul seeks a full term as New York’s first female governor, she has moved quickly to secure the backing of nearly every major New York Democrat. One surprising holdout: Mayor Eric Adams. That will change on Wednesday, when the mayor plans to announce his support for Ms. Hochul at a rally in …

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Poll: Fetterman +9 Over Oz, Shapiro +4 Over Mastriano

The Erie Times-News reports: A USA Today Network/Suffolk University poll in Pennsylvania released this week suggests a clear U.S. Senate frontrunner — with a tighter race for governor. According to the Suffolk University Political Research Center, Democrat John Fetterman holds a 9-point lead over Republican Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s closely watched U.S. Senate race. The two are seeking to fill …

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GOP Rep Who Voted To Impeach Loses House Primary

The Associated Press reports: U.S. Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina has been ousted from Congress in his Republican primary after voting to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 insurrection. He is the first of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump to lose a reelection bid. Rice, a five-term congressman, was defeated Tuesday by state Rep. …

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House Approves SCOTUS Security Bill In 396-27 Vote

The Washington Post reports: The House passed a bill guaranteeing security arrangements for the families of Supreme Court justices Tuesday, sending it to President Biden, after Democratic leaders stepped back from a brewing partisan fight over protection for the high court amid a rising spate of threats. The 396-to-27 vote Tuesday came after top Senate Republicans escalated the tiff by …

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Cotton Pitches Top Donors On 2024 White House Bid

Politico reports: Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton huddled with two dozen of his top donors Tuesday morning to describe his planning for a potential 2024 White House campaign, telling them a comeback bid by former President Donald Trump wouldn’t deter him from running. During the meeting at the Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, which was described by two attendees, Cotton said he …

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Sanders: I Won’t Primary Biden If He Runs In 2024

ABC News reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders, the progressive firebrand and former Democratic presidential candidate, said on Monday he would not challenge President Joe Biden in a 2024 primary and would back him if he runs — a comment that comes as Democrats are uncertain whether the 79-year-old President should run again. “I think it’s a little too early,” the Vermont …

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Former Dem Rep. Alan Grayson Launches US House Bid

Florida Politics reports: Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is making another run for Congress, this time in the newly drawn Florida’s 10th Congressional District covering northern Orange County. In CD 10, which stretches across much of northern Orange from Pine Hills to the University of Central Florida, Grayson would enter a Democratic Primary Election field that includes state Sen. …

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GOP Gov Says Trump Is “Morally Responsible” For Riot

The Hill reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Sunday said former President Trump is “politically, morally responsible” for the Jan. 6 riot last year and called for Republicans to do some “soul-searching” after the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Hutchinson told “Fox News Sunday” guest host Bret Baier that while he did not believe Trump was criminally responsible for …

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GOP Rep Claims He Won’t Support Trump In 2024

Axios reports: Former President Donald Trump wouldn’t get Rep. Don Bacon’s (R-Neb.) vote in the 2024 primary election if the former president chose to run again, Bacon told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Speaking of the 2020 election, Bacon said voters were “tired of the name calling, the Twitter. But they, by and large, liked the policies,” citing Republicans …

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CNN: Senators Close To Agreement On Gun Reform

CNN reports: Senate negotiators in both parties are pushing to announce as soon as Sunday the outlines of an agreement on new measures to address gun violence. Negotiators are hoping to get 10 Republican senators to sign on to the agreement before it is announced, in order to show they can overcome the 60-vote filibuster threshold. The four main Senate …

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NFL Coach Fined $100K For Downplaying Capitol Riot

CBS Sports reports: Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio had a busy week commenting on — and apologizing for remarks about — the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, which he initially downplayed as a “dust-up” in comparison to riots across the country the prior summer. On Friday, his head coach, Ron Rivera, made him pay for it. …

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Capitol Cop Testifies To Assault By Proud Boys [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: The prime-time hearing featured dramatic video of the Proud Boys, a right-wing extremist group, leading the assault on the Capitol, and the emotional testimony of a Capitol Police officer who suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of the mob. “What I saw was a war scene,” the officer, Caroline Edwards, one of the …

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SCOTUS: Undated PA Mail Ballots Must Be Counted

The New York Times reports: The Supreme Court said on Thursday that election officials in Pennsylvania may count mailed ballots accompanied by voters’ declarations that were signed but not dated. The court’s order came in a tight race for a seat on a state court, but it is likely to affect other contests in the state as well. The court’s …

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GA Sec Of State May Testify Publicly Before Riot Panel

Politico reports: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is in talks with the Jan. 6 committee to testify publicly, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. Raffensperger, a Republican and Georgia’s top elections official, withstood pressure from then-President Donald Trump, in a now-infamous Jan. 2, 2021 call, to “find” enough votes to ensure the president’s victory in the state, …

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PGA Suspends All Players Who Joined Saudi Golf Event

ESPN reports: The PGA Tour has suspended the 17 members who are competing in the inaugural LIV Golf event, it announced Thursday. Players who resigned their membership before starting the LIV Golf event being held outside London that began Thursday are also no longer eligible to compete in tour events or the Presidents Cup. “These players have made their choice …

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Hundreds Of “Hissing Cockroaches” Released During Rent Protest Inside New York State Courtroom [VIDEO]

NBC New York reports: A courthouse in upstate New York was closed for fumigation Tuesday after hundreds of cockroaches were released during an altercation that broke out at an arraignment, according to court officials. The clash broke out during proceedings in Albany City Court for four people for an arrest at the state Capitol. A defendant who started to film …

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Police: Man Charged In Kavanaugh Threat Was Suicidal, Angry About Mass Shootings And Abortion Draft Ruling

The New York Times reports: Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, Calif., was charged with attempted murder after two U.S. deputy marshals saw him step out of taxicab in front of the justice’s house in Chevy Chase, Md., early Wednesday morning, dressed in black and carrying a suitcase, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland. Mr. Roske saw …

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