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Wisconsin Judge Blocks GOP Lawmakers’ Lame Duck Power Grab

A Wisconsin judge has blocked a set of laws that Republican lawmakers pushed through in a December lame duck session to curb the power of newly elected Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Thursday. Dane County Judge Richard Neiss issued a temporary injunction, ruling that Republican leaders violated the state constitution by calling an extraordinary session to force the legislation through before Democratic leaders could assume th...
Tags: News, Senate, House, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Republican, Allegra Kirkland, Scott Fitzgerald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Robin Vos, Kaul, Evers, Tony Evers, Lame Duck, Molly Beck, Wisconsin GOP


Redistricting Edge Saved GOP From Deeper Midterm Losses

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn’t as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That’s because they may have benefited from a built-in advantage in some states, based on how political districts were drawn, that prevented deeper losses or helped them hold on to power, according to a mathematical an...
Tags: Texas, News, Maryland, Obama, Eric Holder, Massachusetts, Ap, Pennsylvania, Gop, South Dakota, House, Wisconsin, Redistricting, Nevada, Republican, North Carolina


NTSB: Impaired truck driver likely cause of GOP train crash

CROZET, Va. (AP) — Federal investigators say a trash truck driver was likely under the influence of marijuana and anti-seizure medication when his vehicle was struck by an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers in Virginia last year. The National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report on the accident Thursday. The crash killed a passenger […]
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Trump's invective at John McCain dismays some Republicans

Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain , even claiming credit for the senator's moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked.
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GOP Senators Push Back Against Trump’s Relentless McCain Attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain , even claiming credit for the senator’s moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked. By the time the president began his anti-McCain tirade in Ohio on Wednesday, several leading Republicans had signaled a new willingness to defy Trump by defending the Vietnam War veteran as a hero seven months after he died of brain c...
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Trump’s criticism of McCain raises ire of some Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain, even claiming credit for the senator’s moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked. By the time the president began his anti-McCain tirade in Ohio on Wednesday, several leading Republicans […]
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Trump aims new blasts at McCain, claims credit for funeral

Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain Wednesday, even claiming credit for the senator's moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked.
Tags: Washington, John Mccain, Republican, Donald Trump, Trump, McCain


Senate committee OKs hearing for Medicaid expansion bill

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation involving Medicaid expansion in Idaho will get a public hearing in a Senate committee. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved the hearing for the bill put forward by Republican Sen. Fred Martin. The first section of the bill directs the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to look […]
Tags: News, Senate, Ap, Idaho, Republican, Medicaid, Northwest, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, BOISE Idaho, Senate State Affairs Committee, Sen Fred Martin


Devin Nunes’ Cow Twitter Account Gets More Followers Than Nunes

This is what happens when a Republican congressman files a lawsuit over parody accounts including @DevinCow.
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Health industry lobbyists are posing as "ordinary citizens who don't want Medicare for All"

Here are some "ordinary citizens" who have recently been featured in the press as people who are completely OK with the state of American healthcare and totally opposed to Medicare for All or any other project to reform America's worst-in-the-world health care system: "Mustafa Tameez, businessman, Texas" (Tameez is managing director at Texas-based Outreach Strategists, a public affairs and lobbying firm that reps Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, University of Texas Physicians, and St. Luke’s Ho...
Tags: Health, Post, Corruption, Florida, Texas, News, America, Iowa, Jeb Bush, Medicare, Roy, Dc, Astroturf, Republican, ACA, St Luke


Republican senator Johnny Isakson says Trump will get a major ‘whipping’ after McCain attacks: ‘The country deserves better’

The Republican chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee was slated to deliver a major rebuke of Donald Trump after his repeated attacks against the late war hero and former Senator John McCain. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican who heads the veterans committee in the US Senate, told journalist AB Stoddard he would deliver a “whipping” towards Mr Trump after he attacked Mr McCain in a series of misleading tweets over the weekend. Mr Isakson, who has previously described Mr Trump’s at...
Tags: News, Georgia, US Senate, John, Republican, Donald Trump, Trump, McCain, Isakson, Johnny Isakson, Senate Veteran Affairs Committee, John McCain Johnny Isakson, AB Stoddard


State AGs put tech giants on notice: 'Something must be done with these companies ... they have become too big'

The attorney general for Louisiana, Jeff Landry, has described a growing unease among US attorneys general about the power of tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Landry told SiriusXM's "Breitbart News Daily" show that "all actions" are being considered by his peers when it comes to reining-in the Silicon Valley behemoths. His comments come amid a growing, bipartisan wave of hostility against big tech in recent months, with major Democrat and Republican figures expressing concern....
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Louisiana, Department Of Justice, Republican, Donald Trump, Landry, Google Facebook, Breitbart News Daily, FEC


Appeals Court Gives Hostile Treatment To Trump Emoluments Lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday grilled lawyers for the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia about their claims that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting profits through foreign and domestic officials who stay at his Washington hotel. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals expressed skepticism about claims in a lawsuit that alleges Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits fede...
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Feds release files on GOP train crash ahead of final report

CROZET, Va. (AP) — Federal investigators have released nearly 100 documents that detail last year’s fatal accident between a trash truck and an Amtrak train that was carrying Republican lawmakers in Virginia. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway said the information was made public Tuesday “in anticipation that a final report may be issued […]
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Voting Rights Primer: Ross Declines To Answer Key Questions About Census Citizenship Question

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was grilled Thursday by the House Oversight Committee about his move to add a census citizenship question. Many of the explanations he gave about damning 2017 emails — emails that contradicted his official justification for adding the question — didn’t pass the smell test. He also refused to say whether he spoke to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions about adding the question, or to anyone else at the White House besides Steve Bannon. Ross was not the only admin...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, Virginia, Georgia, Commerce, Aclu, Kansas, Republican, Justice Department, Ross, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed


Explainer: Road to Mueller report paved by Watergate, Iran-Contra, Lewinsky, Waco

The release of the findings by previous investigators analogous to Mueller has been handled differently, sometimes with voluminous reports and other times with no reports or with key elements kept under wraps for months and even years. Mueller is preparing to submit a report to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on his findings, including Russia's role in the election and whether Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. The Republican president has denied collusion and obstruction.
Tags: News, Russia, Republican, Trump, Mueller, William Barr, Lewinsky Waco


Devin Nunes: Republican congressman sues Twitter for $250m over parody account of his mother

Devin Nunes has sued Twitter and several of its users, among them a parody account of his mother and a cow. The Republican congressman is seeking $250m (£188m) in damages for “abusive, hateful and defamatory” content allegedly hosted on Twitter, which the suit claims was intended to interfere with the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election. The complaint, filed in a Virginia state court on Monday, refers specifically to the accounts “Devin Nunes’ Mom” (@DevinN...
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Argument analysis: Justices divided in Virginia racial-gerrymandering case

The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in a challenge to the map drawn in 2011 for Virginia’s House of Delegates. A group of African-American voters allege that the state legislature engaged in racial gerrymandering – that is, it relied too much on race when it drew 11 of the state’s districts, which would violate the Constitution. But the state legislators defending the map argue that, although race was one of the factors that the legislature considered, it wasn’t the only one. After rough...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Virginia, House, Norfolk, Republican, Paul Clement, Democratic, Sonia Sotomayor, House of Delegates, Roberts, Howe, Alito, Virginia Supreme Court, Sotomayor


Lundergan Grimes Stripped Of Authority Over Kentucky State Board of Elections

The bill takes multiple steps to scale back the level of control Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has asserted over the board in recent years. The Kentucky legislature passed a bill on Thursday that strips Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes of her authority over the State Board of Elections, restructures the SBE and makes misusing the voter registration system a misdemeanor crime. The bill takes multiple steps to scale back the level of control Grimes has asserted over the ...
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Filing deadline looms in open N Carolina congressional seat

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A conservative soldier in the country’s culture wars heads the Republican field as a deadline nears for a new North Carolina congressional election needed because of earlier ballot misdeeds. Three candidates had entered the Republican primary in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district ahead of Friday’s deadline. New elections were ordered after […]
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As the Congress Turns: In presidential probes, many So Cal reps play starring roles

With Democrats in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, committees are stepping up investigations and oversight of Trump administration practices and policies. Here’s a look at the Southern California reps in position to play the biggest roles in those hearings: Adam Schiff, D-Burbank Role: Chairman, House Intelligence Committee, leading congressional Democrats’ investigation of Russia’s ties to President Trump and his 2016 campaign. Trump has tried accusing Schiff of ethics violations, ...
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House demands that upcoming Mueller report be made public

The 420-0 House vote, with four conservative Republican lawmakers voting "present," gave Democrats who control the chamber a political victory and put pressure on Attorney General William Barr to make the report public after Mueller submits it to him. The measure faces an uncertain future in the Republican-led Senate. A bid by the Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, to have the resolution approved by voice vote after the House's action was thwarted by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
Tags: News, Senate, House, Republican, Chuck Schumer, Mueller, William Barr


Trump Says Theresa May ‘Didn’t Listen’ To His Brexit Negotiation Ideas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday sharply criticized Britain’s handling of negotiations over leaving the European Union, saying the talks have been bungled and that the wrenching debate was dividing the country. “I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation,” he said. Trump, who holds himself up as a master deal-maker, said he gave Prime Minister Theresa May his ideas on how she could negotiate a successful deal for leaving the 28-member grou...
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Your Career on Trump

12 Republicans broke with the President in this border emergency vote. But what jumps out to me is that Cory Gardner, almost certainly the most vulnerable Republican in 2020, voted for Trump. Tom Tillis of North Carolina did too, though he’s in a much better position for reelection than Gardner. He even penned an oped opposing the President on this before flipping. Gardner’s decision illustrates a core principle of Trump Republicanism. Even in cases where a vote is clearly against public opin...
Tags: News, Congress, Republican, North Carolina, Trump, Josh Marshall, Gardner, Cory Gardner, Editor’s Blog, Tom Tillis


Former Dem Senator Who Authored Landmark Title IX Law Dies At 91

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91. Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after midnight from pneumonia, his family said in a statement. His son, Evan, followed him into politics and became Indiana’s governor and a senator. The liberal Democrat had a back-slapping, humorous campaigning style that he...
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Republicans, Democrat Paint Contradictory Pictures Of Whitaker Statements

After former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s closed-door appearance before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and lawyers present for the Republican committee members gave diametrically different accounts of what Whitaker admitted to. According to a Wednesday Politico report, Nadler said that Whitaker would not deny if he’d had any communication with President Donald Trump about the scope of the investigation into Michael Cohen and “personnel deci...
Tags: News, Republican, Donald Trump, Trump, Whitaker, Michael Cohen, House Judiciary Committee, Republican committee, Matthew Whitaker, Nadler, Wednesday Politico, Jerry Nadler, Jerry Nadler D NY, Kate Riga, Southern District of New York the New York Times


‘Party’s Over’: GOPers Seem Ready To Deal Trump Defeat On Nat’l Emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate is set to deal President Donald Trump a rebuke on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, with the only remaining question how many GOP senators will join Democrats in defying him. Republicans are predicting that Thursday’s showdown vote will result in Congress sending Trump a resolution blocking the border emergency he proclaimed last month to steer an extra $3.6 billion to building border barriers. Since the Democratic-contr...
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Senate GOP effort on Trump border wall seems to fall short

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eleventh-hour rescue mission by Republican senators to stave off an awkward defeat for President Donald Trump on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, and to protect themselves from a politically dicey vote opposing him, seemed to collapse Wednesday.
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Senate Rebukes Trump Over Saudi War In Yemen

The Senate has passed a resolution aimed at ending U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war in Yemen, a rebuke to President Trump that may force him to issue the first veto of his presidency. The resolution passed by 54-46 with bipartisan support, the culmination of a years-long effort led by Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to claw back Congress’s constitutional war powers and end American support for a humanitarian disaster in Yemen. “Today, we in the S...
Tags: News, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Senate, White House, Democrats, House, United Arab Emirates, Dc, Republican, Yemen, Mike Lee, Uae, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders


Latino voting dreams not coming true for big parties

Both Democrats and Republicans have long harbored big dreams about Latino voters. Now, as California gets set for its first seemingly influential presidential primary in decades, the dreams of both parties may not be coming true. Here are their high hopes: Democrats in California and elsewhere want Latino voting rates to climb ever higher on the assumption those voters will always lean their way and guarantee victories next year and beyond. Republicans dream that Latinos will eventually shift th...
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