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  • Biden,Warren,Sanders face scrutiny at Democratic debate

    10/14/2019 7:08:57 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 41 replies
    ap ^ | 10/14/2019 | STEVE PEOPLES
    WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Joe Biden is facing baseless — but persistent— allegations of wrongdoing overseas that could undermine his argument that he’s best positioned to defeat the president. Bernie Sanders is recovering from a heart attack that raised questions about his ability to withstand the vigor of a presidential campaign. And Elizabeth Warren is fending off new scrutiny of her biography.A dozen Democratic presidential candidates will meet on Tuesday for the most crowded presidential debate in modern history. But it’s the three leading candidates — Biden, Sanders and Warren — who face the most intense spotlight that could expose...
  • Fusion GPS co-founders' book due out in November

    10/14/2019 3:14:06 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/19 | Justine Coleman
    The co-founders of political research firm Fusion GPS plan to release a book next month on the "never-before-told inside story" about President Trump's relationship with Russia. The book, entitled "Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump," will tell the story of how Fusion GPS helped put together the infamous "Steele dossier," The Associated Press reported on Monday. Co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch's book, which is due out Nov. 26, is being called an " 'All the President's Men' for the Trump era" by publisher Penguin Random House. "After four years on...
  • Is Trump Rethinking Abandoning The Kurds?

    10/08/2019 7:46:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    We’ve had more than 36 hours to absorb the news that President Trump was pulling our troops out of the way of an anticipated Turkish incursion into northern Syria. (And possibly out of the country entirely.) The response has been rapid and generally brutal across the board. Has any of this sunk in with the President yet, potentially leading him to reconsider this decision? As of last night, it certainly didn’t sound like it. (Associated Press) “I held off this fight for almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars,...
  • Police Union President to Sell "Cops for Trump" T-Shirts

    10/07/2019 12:44:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    KNSI-AM ^ | October 7, 2019 | Jennifer Lewerenz, The Associated Press
    The Minneapolis police union is selling "Cops for Trump" T-shirts after the police department banned officers from wearing their uniforms in support of candidates at political events or in ads. The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis has accused police administrators of instituting the new policy just days before President Donald Trump's visit to Minneapolis. Union chief Bob Kroll says a lot of officers want to go to Thursday's rally wearing their uniforms because Trump is a "very pro-law enforcement president." The Star Tribune reports the police department denies the new policy has anything to do with politics and says it's...
  • AP sources: Trump allies pressed Ukraine over gas firm

    10/06/2019 6:12:11 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    AP ^ | 10/06/19 | DESMOND BUTLER, MICHAEL BIESECKER and RICHARD LARDNER
    As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic. Their aims were profit, not politics. This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, according to two people with knowledge of their plans. Their plan hit a...
  • Rep. Mo Brooks compares Democrats, media to Hitler

    03/25/2019 6:07:45 PM PDT · by boycott · 16 replies
    AL.com ^ | 3-25-2019 | Paul Gattis
    In a speech Monday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Mo Brooks quoted Adolf Hitler to describe the attacks President Trump faced from “socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies” during the Mueller investigation.
  • Foundation says governor violated Constitution with prayers

    09/26/2019 10:29:41 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 09/26/19 | Staff
    A national organization says South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is violating the Constitution by holding prayers before press conferences. News outlets report the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the governor’s office concerning two prayers earlier this month before press conferences regarding Hurricane Dorian. Foundation attorney Ryan Jayne says the practice violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits government from favoring one religion over others. A spokesperson for the governor, Brian Symmes, says as long as McMaster is governor and the state has to prepare for dangerous storms, there will be a chaplain saying prayers...
  • ‘We’re all in big trouble’: Climate panel sees a dire future

    09/25/2019 7:09:08 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 97 replies
    ap ^ | 9/25/2019 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    NEW YORK (AP) — Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday. Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and snow shrink, and oceans are getting more acidic and losing oxygen, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report issued as world leaders met at the United Nations.
  • ‘Everybody cries here’:Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

    09/19/2019 7:15:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    ap ^ | 9/18/2019 | CEDAR ATTANASIO and TIM SULLIVAN
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open,someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It’s impossible to see who is crying.
  • Journalist John Solomon leaves the Hill to start own media outlet

    09/18/2019 5:22:03 PM PDT · by bitt · 70 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 9/18/2019 | Paul Bedard
    Journalist John Solomon has rocked the Washington media world by announcing his departure from the Hill newspaper and the Hill.TV brand he created to start his own media firm. In a memo to his team, Solomon wrote, “After two-plus amazing years at Hill.TV I am moving on next month to build my own startup media company.” He did not reveal any details about his future plans for an online media site. In his memo, he praised the Hill, his TV group, and Capitol Hill Publishing Chairman James A. Finkelstein. “With Jimmy's vision and your continued great work, I am confident...
  • Elizabeth Warren decries Trump as ‘corruption in the flesh’

    09/16/2019 4:51:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 16, 2019 | Steve Peoples and Will Weissert
    Facing thousands of cheering supporters in the nation’s largest city, Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren on Monday decried President Donald Trump as “corruption in the flesh” and outlined her plans to root out corruption in the White House, Congress and courts. “Corruption has put our planet at risk. Corruption has broken our economy. And corruption is breaking our democracy,” said Warren, a Massachusetts senator who has emerged as a leading presidential contender. While aggressive, the message was a familiar one. Warren has embraced corruption as a central campaign theme from the beginning of her 2020 presidential bid. […] “Giant corporations...
  • Alaska reaches settlement in case brought by Muslim inmates

    09/09/2019 5:38:11 PM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    AP ^ | Sept. 6, 2019 | BECKY BOHRER
    The Alaska Department of Corrections has agreed to policy changes to accommodate Muslim inmates who wish to practice their religion, settling a lawsuit brought last year. A federal judge Friday signed the agreement in a case brought on behalf of two Muslim inmates by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which argued that meals provided to the men during the holy month of Ramadan did not meet caloric standards under federal health guidelines. They also said the meals were cold when others received hot meals and sometimes contained pork at odds with their faith.
  • Gorsuch: Americans should remember political opponents 'love this country as much as we do'

    09/07/2019 9:32:41 AM PDT · by be-baw · 132 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 7, 2019 | JESSICA CAMPISI
    Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in a newly released interview laments a lack of civility in the country while demurring on political questions involving President Trump. Gorsuch told The Associated Press for a story published Saturday that Americans should remember that their political opponents “love this country as much as we do." snip Gorsuch has conducted a series of interviews as the 52-year-old conservative justice makes the rounds to promote his new book, “A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” which is slated for release Tuesday. snip As one of the court’s most conservative members, Gorsuch praised federal judges who...
  • Iran threatens to make weapons-grade uranium with tech banned by nuclear deal

    09/07/2019 9:47:34 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 51 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 07, 2019 12:34 PM | Tim Pearce
    Iran is using advanced centrifuges banned under the 2015 nuclear deal to enrich uranium faster and well past limits set in the deal. Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, unveiled the Islamic country’s newest capabilities in a press conference on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Kamalvandi addressed reporters while standing in front of 20 IR-6 centrifuges and 20 IR-4 centrifuges. "Under current circumstances, the Islamic Republic of Iran is capable of increasing its enriched uranium stockpile as well as its enrichment levels and that is not just limited to 20%," Kamalvandi said. "We are capable inside the...
  • Official: Trump to challenge California authority on mileage

    09/05/2019 9:13:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 5, 2019 | Tom Krisher and Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposal to revoke part of California’s authority to set its own automobile gas mileage standards, a government official said Thursday, confronting a state that has repeatedly challenged the administration’s environmental rollbacks. The Environmental Protection Agency was preparing paperwork for the White House for the move, meant to help the administration set a single, less rigorous mileage standard enforceable nationwide, according to the official, who is familiar with the regulatory process and spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public. President Donald Trump has pushed for months to...
  • Analysis: Trump’s conservative critics are speaking a code

    09/04/2019 12:39:39 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 33 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | September 4, 2019 | Calvin Woodward, AP
    WASHINGTON — Like whisperers in a tempest, conservative-minded officials across the breadth of Donald Trump’s government are letting it be known what they think of him, and some of it isn’t pretty. But they are speaking oh so softly, in a kind of code, to a country that may only hear shouting. Jim Mattis is just the latest in a string of leading lights from the conservative establishment to throw shade at Trump. As with others — the chief justice, a special counsel, various Republican lawmakers who hope to have a political future — the ex-Pentagon chief’s words are subtle,...
  • Biden, Buttigieg say no compromises on overhauling gun laws

    09/03/2019 7:44:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 2, 2019 | Thomas Beaumont and Bill Barrow
    Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, moderates who project themselves as pragmatic collaborators, are taking a no-compromise approach on the overhaul of the nation’s gun laws after the latest mass shooting. Campaigning separately in eastern Iowa on Monday, the former vice president and the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, say the minimum provisions include universal background checks, a ban on military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition, and red flag laws to allow officials to confiscate firearms from dangerous people. Biden told reporters before a Labor Day picnic in Cedar Rapids that inaction from President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans...
  • Democrats face identity crisis in next phase of 2020 race

    09/03/2019 7:19:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 3, 2019 | Steve Peoples
    Doug Ogden doesn’t know what to do. The 75-year-old retired law enforcement officer is disgusted by President Donald Trump. But he can’t imagine voting for a Democrat in 2020, either. A self-described independent in South Carolina, Ogden doesn’t recognize the modern-day Democratic Party. “The state of the Democratic Party is wild against wilder,” says Ogden, standing with his arms crossed at a recent town hall meeting for Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg. “It scares me.” At the core of Ogden’s concern is a broader question about the direction of the Democratic Party and its values in the age of Trump....
  • Buttigieg making faith-based appeal to voters in 2020 bid

    08/24/2019 3:50:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 24, 2019 | Thomas Beaumont
    The question was about climate change. The answer soon turned to the Bible. And Pete Buttigieg knew the verses. “There’s a lot about the stewardship of creation that is in Scripture that I don’t see being honored by the administration right now, not to mention the stuff about loving your neighbor and taking care of the least among us and feeding the poor,” the South Bend, Indiana, mayor said. The crowd of about 250 at a Mississippi River park in southeastern Iowa this month erupted with cheers. Republicans for a half century have built a loyal following among white evangelical...
  • I Do Not Panic About Trump-Hater Polls

    08/22/2019 12:32:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 22, 2019 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, the AP has a story touting their latest poll. Are you ready? 62% disapprove of how Trump is handling his job. You might think, “Whoa! Rush, that’s horrible! Oh, my God! All of this criticism of Trump is working. Sixty-two percent.” Nearly eight in 10 Republicans approve of Trump’s overall job performance. Eighty percent of Republicans. This is hidden in the story. You have to dig deep. You have to be talented. You have to know where to go to find this Drive-By Media stuff. Eighty percent of Republicans approve of Trump’s overall job performance. Sixty-two percent of...