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  • Flynn will invoke Fifth Amendment

    05/22/2017 9:04:18 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 5/21/2017 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged interference with the U.S. election (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents.
  • House GOP leaders emerge from late-night meeting without yet securing enough votes

    03/22/2017 8:54:03 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 91 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/22/2017 | MJ Lee, Deirdre Walsh, Phil Mattingly and Lauren Fox
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and House Republicans are still scrambling to reach a deal on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare ahead of what is expected to be a dramatic vote Thursday. House Speaker Paul Ryan held a long meeting Wednesday night in his office with moderate Republicans. Cameras from networks were set up for possible reactions and readouts, but it was clear leadership had no good news to share. With the exception of a few members who rushed away without speaking to press, all leaders, including Ryan, ducked out using side exits.
  • Trump Warns House Republicans: Repeal Health Law or Lose Your Seats

    03/22/2017 7:32:10 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 79 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/22/2017 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, THOMAS KAPLAN and ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday turned up the pressure on recalcitrant Republicans to support a sweeping bill to overhaul the health care system, threatening wavering lawmakers in his party with political payback if they failed to get behind a measure that has become an early test of his negotiating power. In a series of meetings and phone calls at the White House and on Capitol Hill, Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Republican congressional leaders haggled with holdouts over details as they struggled to assemble a majority to support a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable...
  • Acting Attorney General Orders Justice Dept. Not to Defend Refugee Ban

    01/30/2017 3:48:13 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 176 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 1/30/2017 | Mario Apuzzo and Eric Lichtblau
    WASHINGTON — Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, ordered the Justice Department on Monday not to defend President Trump’s executive order on immigration in court. “I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Ms. Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.”
  • Trump's cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it

    01/16/2017 1:59:30 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 16, 2017 | Manu Raju
    Washington (CNN)Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN.Less than a week after the transaction, the Georgia Republican congressman introduced the HIP Act, legislation that would have delayed until 2018 a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulation that industry analysts warned would significantly hurt Zimmer Biomet financially once fully...
  • Exclusive–Breitbart/Gravis Swing State Poll Roundup: FL, NM VA, NC and MI

    11/07/2016 5:55:13 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 7 2016 | Neil W. McCabe
    These Breitbart/Gravis five swing state polls show a nation in flux as America’s 2016 presidential election ends Tuesday night. VirginiaDemocrat Hillary Clinton leads her GOP rival Donald Trump with 47 percent to 42 percent for the New York City developer in the battle for Virginia’s 13 electoral votes, according to the Breitbart/Gravis poll conducted Nov. 1 through Nov. 4 with 1,362 registered voters there. The poll carries a 2.7 margin of error with a 95 percent level of confidence. Libertarian Gary Johnson has the support of four percent of the poll participants with Green Party nominee the choice of one...
  • Dick Morris Predicts Landslide Win for Trump as Male Vote Grows

    11/06/2016 10:10:32 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 143 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 5, 2016 | Dick Morris
    The latest Fox News poll, reported yesterday, shows Trump’s lead among white high school educated men is approaching landslide proportions. In the current poll, he leads Hillary among these voters by 41 points (61-20). One week ago, he led by 31 points (59-29) and two weeks ago, his lead was only 16 points (48-32). This huge swing in Trump’s vote — and the equivalent crash in Hillary’s vote — is moving the major industrial states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota in Trump’s direction. By contrast, Hillary has made some gains among high school educated women where she now...
  • Koch brothers' network focusing on GOP Senate, not Trump

    10/17/2016 6:59:21 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 10/17/2016 | JULIE BYKOWICZ
    FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (AP) — To the Republicans in the red "Can't Afford Katie" T-shirts, it's as if Donald Trump doesn't even exist. These activists have been sprinting through Pennsylvania neighborhoods, talking to people about how bad Democrat Katie McGinty would be as a U.S. senator. Here to help save Republican Sen. Pat Toomey — and, more broadly, the party's control of the Senate — are employees and volunteers for Americans for Prosperity, the best-known group financed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.
  • The RNC Has Spent $0 on TV Ads for Trump

    10/13/2016 10:27:59 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 45 replies
    NYMAG ^ | August 13, 2016 | Eric Levitz
    In 2008 and 2012, the Republican National Committee spent millions on TV ads supporting its nominees or savaging their Democratic rivals. In 2016, it has spent $0 on commercials boosting Donald Trump, according to a new analysis by Politico. The RNC did spend $321,000 on attacking Hillary Clinton — last fall, before Trump had emerged as the party’s standard-bearer.
  • Maine Gov. Paul LePage: Maybe the country needs Trump to show 'authoritarian power'

    10/11/2016 9:57:30 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/11/2016 | Chris Massie
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage stood by Donald Trump in a radio interview on Tuesday, saying that the United States might need someone like the GOP nominee to show "authoritarian power," and dismissing concerns over an audiotape leaked last week that showed Trump describing how he forces himself upon women. "Sometimes, I wonder that our Constitution is not only broken, but we need a Donald Trump to show some authoritarian power in our country and bring back the rule of law because we've had eight years of a president, he's an autocrat, he just does it on his own, he ignores...
  • Pence is Sticking with Trump - so far

    10/09/2016 5:25:13 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 59 replies
    Indy Star article on PoliticalWire ^ | October 9, 2016 | copied by Taegan Goddard
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  • John McCain Won't Vote for Trump

    10/08/2016 2:11:48 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 203 replies
    John McCain ^ | 10/8/2016 | John McCain
    Phoenix, AZ– John McCain issued the following statement today withdrawing his support of Donald Trump: “In addition to my well known differences with Donald Trump on public policy issues, I have raised questions about his character after his comments on Prisoners of War, the Khan Gold Star family, Judge Curiel and earlier inappropriate comments about women. Just this week, he made outrageous statements about the innocent men in the Central Park Five case. “As I said yesterday, there are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments in the just released video; no woman should ever be victimized by...
  • Bullet Voting (Vanity)

    10/08/2016 12:56:19 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 1 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | 10/8/2016 | VANITY
    Bullet voting is a tactic in which the voter only selects one candidate, despite the option to indicate a preference for other candidates. They might do this either because it is easier than evaluating all the candidates, or (depending on the voting system in use) as a form of tactical voting. If enough voters bullet vote, almost any voting system functions like a plurality voting system. This is generally considered a poor result, as many voting systems are intended as reforms or improvements that avoid or minimize some alleged disadvantages of plurality (aka first past the post). However, if voters...
  • Republicans Call for Donald Trump to Drop Out; Trump Says He Won't Quit

    10/08/2016 11:03:43 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 377 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/8/2016 | Tamara Keith
    Reaction to the video of Donald Trump using explicit language and apparently describing himself forcing himself on women continues to roll in. And it is not good for the GOP nominee. Prominent Republicans are calling on him to drop out and elected officials are running from him and fast. See the full list of Republicans calling on Trump to step down at the bottom on this post. The candidate isn't backing down, telling the Washington Post's Robert Costa in an interview today, "I'd never withdraw. I've never withdrawn in my life." The Post reports, Trump called from his home in...
  • Donors for Bush, Kasich and Christie Are Turning to Clinton More Than to Trump [RINOS BACK CLINTON]

    08/09/2016 8:57:14 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 9, 2016 | Adam Pearce
    People who donated to establishment Republican candidates in the primary season are more likely to give money to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, than to their own party’s candidate, Donald J. Trump. In a typical election year, donors whose candidates have dropped out of the race funnel additional contributions to another candidate in the same party. But this presidential election is different. Of the donors who gave at least $200 to Jeb Bush, Gov. John Kasich, Gov. Chris Christie or Senator Lindsey Graham in the Republican primaries, more of them have also contributed to Mrs. Clinton than to Mr. Trump,...
  • Trump says he may let Russia keep Crimea

    07/31/2016 10:40:49 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 225 replies
    CBS ^ | July 31, 2016 | Emily Schultheis
    Donald Trump has come under fire for his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his ties to the country--and he suggested Sunday that he might recognize Russia's control of Crimea. "You know, the people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were," he said on ABC's "This Week." "And you have to look at that, also. Now, that was under -- just so you understand, that was done under Obama's administration. ... Crimea has been taken. Don't blame Donald Trump for that." Trump made those comments just after saying Putin is "not...
  • Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

    06/23/2016 7:26:00 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 78 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 23 2016 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory. The vote was 4-3. Only seven justices participated in the decision, as Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself for prior work on the case as United States solicitor general and the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat remains vacant. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel...
  • &#9658; Alzheimer's disease could be caused by herpes virus, warn experts

    03/10/2016 5:39:27 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 25 replies
    Telegraph ^ | March 9, 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by viruses like herpes, a group of renowned dementia experts have warned, as they call for urgent investigation into the link. The worldwide team of 31 senior scientists and clinicians, which include specialists from Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Manchester Universities and Imperial College, have written an editorial which suggests that microbes are the major cause of dementia. The herpes virus - the type which causes cold sores - and chlamydia bacteria are named as the major culprits, as well as a type of corkscrew-shaped bacteria called spirochaete. “There is incontrovertible evidence that Alzheimer’s Disease has...
  • Ted Cruz Failed to Report a Second Campaign Loan in 2012

    01/15/2016 1:49:46 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 84 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/15/2016 | Mike McIntire
    The Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, already facing scrutiny for not disclosing a Goldman Sachs loan he used for his 2012 Senate campaign, also failed to disclose a second loan, from Citibank, for the same race, according to a letter he sent Thursday to federal election officials. The one-page letter said that the “underlying source” of money for a series of personal loans Mr. Cruz made to his Senate campaign in Texas included both bank loans, which totaled as much as $1 million. Both loans were “inadvertently omitted” from the required filings, the letter said. Previously, Mr. Cruz has only...
  • Ted Cruz Didn’t Disclose Loan From Goldman Sachs for His First Senate Campaign

    01/13/2016 3:50:20 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 324 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 13, 2016 | Mike McIntire
    As Ted Cruz tells it, the story of how he financed his upstart campaign for the United States Senate four years ago is an endearing example of loyalty and shared sacrifice between a married couple. "Sweetheart, I’d like us to liquidate our entire net worth, liquid net worth, and put it into the campaign," he says he told his wife, Heidi, who readily agreed. But the couple’s decision to pump more than $1 million into Mr. Cruz’s successful Tea Party-darling Senate bid in Texas was made easier by a large loan from Goldman Sachs, where Mrs. Cruz works. That loan...