Senators, Kushner prepare to launch sentencing overhaul push in lame duck session

White House officials and a bipartisan group of senators are mounting an ambitious effort to push criminal justice legislation through Congress by the end of the year, four sources close to the process told CNN.
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CNN On What House Democrats Can Do About Guns

CNN: Deutch said implementing universal background checks, a “gun violence restraining order,” which allows law enforcement to ask a judge to temporarily take guns away from people who are deemed a threat, and banning so-called “bump stocks,” are at the top of his list, along with other school safety and mental health initiatives. With Democrats in control of the House, they can also hold hearings on gun violence, which they tried to pressure Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, the Repub...
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Trump is preparing to remove Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary, aides say

Trump has changed his mind on key personnel decisions before, and Chief of Staff John Kelly is fighting Kirstjen Nielsen's pending dismissal and attempting to postpone it, aides say. But Kelly's future in the administration also is shaky, according to three White House officials.
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Amazon selects New York, Northern Virginia, for HQ2 expansion, reports say

Amazon's reported selection of the New York City borough of Queens and the Arlington, Va., community of Crystal City, for its expanded headquarters project, would end a 14-month search that focused the attention of the nation on the Seattle retailer's plans.
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In Georgia, a certification deadline and another court fight

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Georgia’s secretary of state to wait until Friday to certify the results of the midterm elections that include an unsettled race for governor and to take steps to protect provisional ballots. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ruled Monday that the secretary of state must not certify the […]
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Trump Reportedly Plans to Fire Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will be the next Trump Administration official on the chopping block, according to a report from the Washington Post. Trump has reportedly told advisors that he will fire Nielsen in the next few weeks if not sooner, five current and former White House officials told the Post…Read more...
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Centrist Democrat Kyrsten Sinema flips Arizona Senate seat

In a year of liberal challenges to President Donald Trump, an avowed centrist scored the Democratic Party’s biggest coup — flipping a red state’s U.S. Senate seat. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema won the Arizona Senate seat being vacated by Republican Jeff Flake. The race against Republican Rep. Martha McSally was tight enough that a winner wasn’t […]
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Radical Press

Art by A.F. Branco Jim Acosta USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Radical Press.Radical left winger Jim Acosta of CNN loses his press hard pass to the White House over his abrasive unruly behavior at President Trumps press Conference.Did you enjoy this cartoon?Sign up for Ammoland in your Inbox and get our daily cartoon and email news! You call yourself pro-gun? Prove it by joining any one or all of these fine civil rights organizations: National Rifle Association (NRA) : www.membership.nrahq.orgSecond Amen...
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Whitaker to Consult Ethics Officials Over Recusal From the Russia Probe

The Acting Attorney General is facing pressure from Democrats to step aside
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United States: Using Cuban Confiscated Property, White House Considering Allowing Lawsuits Under Helms-Burton Act - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

What Happened: On November 1, 2018, National Security Advisor John Bolton confirmed that the White House will undertake "a very serious review" and use a "fresh set of eyes" on the enforcement
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UTLA’s toxic rhetoric sets a bad example, hinders progress

It is an understatement to say we are living in dysfunctional, divisive and even dangerous times. Now more than ever, our community and civic leaders must set an example for how adults disagree in the context of civility, respect, and a common humanity. As a Los Angeles Unified dad, I believe that begins with not saying or doing anything that would violate the norms of any Los Angeles Unified elementary school playground: no name-calling, no personal attacks and no conspiracy theories. Seems sim...
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Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona Senate. Now Dems have 47 seats to GOP's 51.

Kyrsten Sinema, the apparent winner in Arizona's Senate race, is the first Democrat to win that vote for decades. She will become the first woman to ever represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. She is also the first openly bisexual person ever elected to the U.S. Senate. That's a lot of firsts. Sinema's win was called late in the day by Associated Press on Monday November 12. Election day was Tuesday, November 6. Democrats now control 47 Senate seats. Republicans control 51. At least 2 race...
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Democrats gain veto-proof majority in Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley, giving the party veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.Vote totals updated since Election Day made winners Monday of Melissa Hurtado and Assemblywoman Anna Caballero.Hurtado won the open 12th District seat while Caballero defeated Republican Sen. Andy Vidak in the neighboring 14th District. Both are in the Fresno area.The victories give Democrats a two-th...
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The 2018 Elections Saw Record Midterm Turnout

The Nov. 6 elections had the highest number of votes in a non-presidential election in U.S. history
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Pence, Abe discuss trade, NKorea ahead of regional summits

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday to discuss bilateral trade and to touch base on their policies on North Korea as the two sides tried to showcase alliance ahead of key regional summits this week. Pence told Abe as their talks started that he planned […]
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Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal

NEW YORK (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will consult with Justice Department ethics officials about “matters that may warrant recusal” amid pressure from Democrats to step aside from overseeing the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says Whitaker is fully committed to following appropriate procedures, including consulting with senior ethics officials about […]
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How Stan Lee changed pop culture, comic books and movies forever

Comic books have always loved alternate histories, so consider a world in which Stan Lee never existed: One where he never created a single comic or character, never inspired a movie or a TV show, never signed an autograph for a fan dressed as Spider-Man at a comic convention. It’s a weird place, isn’t it? Not as strange as the time Marvel did a series by Neil Gaiman in which Captain America and his super friends lived in the Elizabethan Court of 1602, but definitely weirder than that time Spide...
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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema defeats Republican Martha McSally in the Arizona race for U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Kyrsten Sinema defeats Republican Martha McSally in the Arizona race for U.S. Senate.
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Five takeaways from Michelle Obama's new memoir, Becoming

The former first lady recalls falling in love with Barack and reveals their darkest hour in the White HouseMichelle Obama reveals dread of Trump and how news cycle ‘turns her stomach’Read an exclusive extract from BecomingIn her memoir, Becoming, Michelle Obama:Recalls falling in love with Barack Obama. At first she was sceptical of the local hype around him. “In my experience, you put a suit on any half-intelligent black man and white people tended to go bonkers.” His photo had a “whiff of geek...
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Michelle Obama reveals dread of Trump and how news cycle 'turns her stomach'

In her new memoir, Becoming, the former first lady sometimes wonders ‘where the bottom might be’ as her husband’s legacy is aggressively unravelledRead an exclusive extract from Michelle Obama’s memoir, BecomingMichelle Obama has told of her dismay that so many American women chose “misogynist” Donald Trump as their president instead of the first female nominee of a major party, Hillary Clinton.In her new memoir, Becoming, which is published on Tuesday, the former first lady admits that some new...
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‘I wanted everything’ – read an exclusive extract from Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming

In an excerpt from her book, the former first lady recalls her internal struggle with her identity in the first days of her marriageIt sounds a little like a bad joke, doesn’t it? What happens when a solitude-loving individualist marries an outgoing family woman who does not love solitude one bit?The answer, I’m guessing, is probably the best and most sustaining answer to nearly every question arising inside a marriage, no matter who you are or what the issue is: you find ways to adapt. If you’r...
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Experts cite vulnerabilities in Washington state, North Carolina voting security

Cyber experts said Washington appears to have failed to plug all the holes after Homeland Security warned last year that Russian cyber operatives had downloaded voter records in Illinois and attempted to do so in 20 other states.
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Latest push for passage of FIRST STEP Act with sentencing reforms now afoot

The New York Times and CNN are reporting this evening on the latest chapter in efforts to enact significant federal criminal justice reforms.  This lengthy New York Times piece is headlined "Bipartisan Sentencing Overhaul Moves Forward, but Rests on Trump," and here are excerpts: A bipartisan group of senators has reached a tentative deal on the most substantial rewrite of the nation’s sentencing and prison laws in a generation, giving judges more latitude to sidestep mandatory minimum sentence...
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Did Obama Have Journalist Brenda Lee Forcibly Removed from Air Force One?

Barack Obama has possibly set a record for being the target of the most false political equivalencies.
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No ‘blue wave,’ but Democrats’ midterm success sinking in

NEW YORK (AP) — No it wasn’t a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on Election Night. As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, firming up their grip on the U.S. House of Representatives and […]
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EU auditors struggle to track use of Turkey refugee money

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union auditors on Tuesday said that Turkish officials refused to provide information that would help establish whether 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in EU refugee aid money is being properly spent. The auditors said in a new report that Turkey’s family and social policies ministry declined access to the names, ID […]
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Michelle Obama shares a behind-the-scenes look inside the White House

Michelle Obama has revealed how she made the White House into a family home for her...
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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona US Senate seat

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat Monday in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The three-term congresswoman won after a slow vote count that dragged on for nearly a […]
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Zinke ‘100 percent confident’ he’ll be cleared in probes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he’s “100 percent confident” no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL faces a number of probes by Interior’s inspector general, including one […]
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For comic book kids, Stan Lee was The Man long before Marvel movies began

You didn’t need to have been there when it happened to appreciate just how marvelously Stan Lee transformed the superhero comic book. But if you weren’t a kid in the 1960s, I feel sorry for you. I was, and I can tell you that the sense of discovery, wonder and oddball empathy that came with each month of new Marvel Comics opened and shaped young imaginations like nothing else. By injecting a sense of reality into the mythic, he made us storytelling junkies for the rest of our lives, and the firs...
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