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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For Mulvaney To Testify

The New York Times reports: Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt on Tuesday to issue a subpoena summoning Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, to testify in President Trump’s impeachment trial. The 53-to-47 vote, which fell along party lines, was the latest effort by Democrats to force the inclusion of new evidence in the proceeding. Mr. Mulvaney …

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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For State Department Docs

NBC News reports: Sen. Chuck Schumer has introduced his second amendment, to subpoena State Department documents related to the charges against the president. They are reading the text of the amendment now. Why it’s important: The State Department is in possession of highly relevant records and communications involving officials in the Office of the Secretary as well as officials covering …

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Senate Republicans Kill Bid For White House Docs

Bloomberg News reports: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced an amendment that would order the White House to produce what could be thousands of pages of documents related to the charges against Trump, including material from Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. That includes any records related to meetings or calls between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, …

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Pelosi Slams McConnell’s “Dark Of Night” Trial Plan

Just in from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Leader McConnell’s plan for a dark of night impeachment trial confirms what the American people have seen since Day One: the Senate GOP Leader has chosen a cover-up for the President, rather than honor his oath to the Constitution. Shamefully, this sham proposal does not even allow for admitting the House record into …

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Trump Announces House Impeachment Defense Team

Just in via press release from the White House: Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that the following Members of the House of Representatives will serve as part of his team working to combat this hyper-partisan and baseless impeachment. This initial list includes the following Members: Congressman Doug Collins Congressman Mike Johnson Congressman Jim Jordan Congresswoman Debbie Lesko Congressman Mark …

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GOP Coalition To Endorse Rep. Steve King’s Opponent

Axios reports: The Republican Main Street Partnership PAC — which is supporting a group of 53 moderately conservative members of Congress — will endorse Rep. Steve King’s GOP opponent Randy Feenstra for Iowa’s deeply conservative 4th district. The group, which advocates for a sizable, if shrinking part of the Republican caucus, is the first national GOP organization to publicly endorse …

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GOP Senator: Lev Parnas Is Just A Grifting Hanger-On

Axios reports: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday dismissed new impeachment evidence obtained from Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, stating that there is “no question that there have been a series of grifters” who have associated themselves with the Trump campaign. Parnas has claimed that the campaign to pressure Ukraine to announce an …

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GOP Senator Shrugs Off Trump’s Extortion Of Ukraine As Just Mistaken Judgment: “The President Is Human”

ABC News reports: A brief filed Saturday, written by the seven House impeachment managers, asserts that President Donald Trump’s scheme to withhold $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine in order to seek the announcement of a probe to benefit him politically was “the Framers’ worst nightmare.” “I don’t know that has been actually proven,” Shelby told ABC News Chief …

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C-SPAN Complains To GOP About Senate Trial Access

The New York Times reports: Journalists are up in arms about new restrictions on their movement inside the Capitol, which they say will prevent them from easily interviewing lawmakers about the proceedings. The rules, negotiated by Republican Senate leadership, have yet to be written down, causing confusion among reporters and the Capitol Police expected to enforce them. A few stationary …

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Bondi: Impeachment Case Is “Basic Trash” [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has joined President Trump’s defense team, said Saturday that although House manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., could be called as a witness, they’re ready to move on from a “basic trash” impeachment. “If you and I were falsely accused we would want witnesses too, but now this thing has …

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Oklahoma GOP Reps Float “MAGA” License Plate

Fox News reports: Two Republican state senators in Oklahoma have introduced a bill to create a “Make America Great Again” license plate. Senators Nathan Dahm [photo] and Marty Quinn filed the bill, which also includes a “Keep America Great” plate, on Tuesday. The bill calls on the Oklahoma Tax Commission to design the special license plates and issue them to …

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GOP Virginia Pol Wears AR-15 To City Council Meeting

The Virginian-Pilot reports: Two of Nathan Clark’s peers on the Portsmouth City Council criticized his decision to wear an AR-15 into a public meeting — without telling them ahead of time — to show his enthusiasm for the Second Amendment. One asked him to apologize. “It was a disgrace, disheartening and an embarrassment,” Vice Mayor Lucas-Burke wrote to the council …

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Martha McSally’s “Liberal Hack” Stunt Was Staged

Vox reports: McSally’s stunt received praise from the MAGA media, including Fox News staple Mark Levin (“Kudos to Martha McSally! Love this!”) and Breitbart, who wrote that McSally “slammed a CNN reporter to his face — and it was glorious.” McSally, for her part, leaned into the incident by posting video of it on her Twitter page. Within a couple …

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BREAKING: GOP Former Rep Sentenced To 26 Months

The Buffalo News reports: A judge Friday sentenced former Rep. Chris Collins to 26 months in federal prison for igniting an insider trading scheme that also prompted his son, Cameron, and his son’s future father-in-law to break the law. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick, according to a journalist tweeting from the courtroom, …

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Republicans Plot Speedy End To Trump’s Trial

Politico reports: As President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial kicks off in earnest, Senate Republicans are still wrestling with how to follow the precedent set by Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial while also giving Trump the swift acquittal he desires. Senate GOP leaders are weighing accelerating the pace of the trial, eyeing a schedule that would maintain the same overall number of …

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Meghan McCain: McSally Didn’t “Earn” My Dad’s Seat

The Daily Beast reports: The View’s Meghan McCain took some shots at Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Friday after the lawmaker personally insulted a CNN reporter, pointing out that McSally didn’t “earn” the Senate seat she was appointed to after McCain’s father passed away. View co-host Ana Navarro speculated that McSally likely lashed out at Raju because she’s on “thin …

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GOP Sen. Cory Gardner Dodges On Witnesses [VIDEO]

Denver’s CBS affiliate reports: Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who has dodged requests for scheduled interviews, flew from Washington D.C. to Denver on Thursday evening, ahead of the Senate’s long weekend. 9NEWS reporter Steve Staeger met the senator when his flight landed at Denver International Airport to ask once more. “We have a trial. That’s where we’re at right now,” Gardner …

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Collins Passes McConnell As “Most Disliked” Senator

USA Today reports: Republican Sen. Susan Collins has surpassed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the most unpopular U.S. Senator, according to a new tracking poll. The Maine Senator’s net approval rating has dropped 10 points since the end of September, leaving her with a 52 percent disapproval rating, a quarterly Morning Consult tracking poll found. The poll comes as …

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McSally Celebrates Insulting CNN Reporter, Dodges Same Question From “Liberal Hack” Laura Ingraham

Mediaite reports: Former Air Force combat pilot and appointed Senator Martha McSally chose the GOP-friendly confines of Fox News to dismissively mock the outrage over her insult of CNN reporter Manu Raju—but then repeatedly ducked and dodged when Laura Ingraham pushed her to answer his “easy question” about whether or not there should be witnesses in the Senate trial of …

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Sen. Susan Collins “Likely” To Support Trial Witnesses

Via press release from GOP Sen. Susan Collins: There has been a lot of mischaracterization and misunderstanding about my position on the process the Senate should follow for the impeachment trial. Rather than have my position relayed through the interpretation of others, I wanted to state it directly: From the outset, I have said that we should follow the model …

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