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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Enough senators have cast ‘not guilty’ votes to acquit Donald Trump of impeachment charge, incitement of insurrection. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Donald Trump is facing a criminal investigation in Georgia into his call to its secretary of state asking him to 'find' votes to overturn the election, it emerged Wednesday. Newly-elected Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis, a Democrat, sent a letter to state leaders, state officials telling them to save records related to the call, state officials with knowledge of the letter told The New York Times. Specifically, the criminal investigation is looking into the then-president's questionable January 2 call with Georgia's Secretary of State where Trump told Brad Raffensperger to 'find' enough votes to reverse his loss to Joe Biden in the Peach State. The letter does not specify what crimes are being investigated but experts have suggested that Trump could have committed conspiracy to commit election fraud, which can carry felony charges and a sentence of up to a year in prison on conviction. A Trump aide dismissed the...
    February 10, 2021 7:51 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The former president of the United States (USA), Donald Trump, does not seem to be very happy with the arguments used by his lawyer Bruce Castor, one of his defenders in the impeachment o impeachment against him held in the Senate. Castor, who represents Trump along with attorney David Schoen, delivered a speech on the first day of impeachment that included praise for those responsible for the impeachment. He argued, surprisingly, that the presentation of the case was “well done”. Aware that Democrats do not have the votes to convict Trump at the end of the trial that began on Tuesday, his lawyer starred in a rambling and sometimes incoherent allegation. That is, as if he knew that what he could say would not influence the outcome of the process. “US senators are extraordinary people, in a technical...
    TIMETABLE FOR THE TRUMP TRIAL Here is how the Trump impeachment will unfold:  Tuesday 1pm: Senate comes to order with president pro tempore Patrick Leahy (D-VT) presiding over four hours of presentation - two from each side - on whether the trial is constitutional Tuesday 5pm: Senate votes on whether it is constitutional to move forward. If there are at least 51 votes to continue, which is certain, the Senate adjourns for the day Wednesday 9am: Deadline for motions from both sides which could be voted on before the trial begins Wednesday 11am: Deadline for responses to motions  Wednesday noon: If there are motions, they must be voted on but if there are none the trial opens with Democratic impeachment managers beginning up to 16 hours over Wednesday and Thursday of outlining their case Friday noon: Donald Trump's team begin their defense with up to 16 hours to make their...
    Last week, Democratic state Sen. Adam Ebbin withdrew a bill to add Virginia's 13 Electoral College votes to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact after Senate Democrats realized they did not have enough votes to pass the bill either in committee or on the full floor. Senate Democrats hold a narrow 21-19 majority over Republicans, who uniformly oppose the measure. Democrats won full control of Virginia state government in 2019, but even though they passed a bill to join the compact in the state House last year, the Senate has now failed to advance the bill for the second year running. The situation appears unlikely to change unless supporters defeat some of the bill's opponents in 2023, when terms for senators are next up. Had Virginia joined the compact, it would have exceeded the 200-vote threshold for the first time and attained 209 of the 270 electoral votes needed to take effect, but instead the...
    Savannah Rychcik January 31, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is confident Democrats have enough votes to pass another COVID-19 relief package. “I believe that we do because it’s hard for me to imagine any Democrat, no matter what state he or she may come from, who doesn’t understand the need to go forward right now in an aggressive way to protect the working families of this country,” Sanders said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” He added, “Look, all of us will have differences of opinion. This is a $1.9 trillion bill. I have differences and concerns about this bill, but at the end of the day, we’re going to support the president of the United States, and we’re going to come forward, and we’re going to do what the American people overwhelmingly want us to do. The polling is overwhelming. Republicans, Democrats, independents.” Watch the...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared a victory over the possibility of abolishing the filibuster Tuesday morning, mentioning the fact two Democrats confirmed that they would not vote to change the Senate rules. “It should not be news that a few members of the majority pledge they won’t tear up a central rule. But the Democratic Leader was reluctant to repeat the step I took as majority leader in unified government when I ruled out that step on principle. Rather than relying on the Democratic leader, I took the discussion directly to his members,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Basic arithmetic now ensures that there are not enough votes to break the rule. This victory will let us move forward with a 50-50 power-sharing agreement containing all the elements of the 2001 model because it will sit on the same foundation,” McConnell added. Democrats now control the House, Senate...
    Madison Summers January 26, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden is weighing in ahead of the Senate impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump. Biden spoke with CNN on Monday in the West Wing where he told the network that he believes Trump’s Senate impeachment trial “has to happen.” Biden also noted that he does not believe there will be enough votes — at least 17 Republican senators have to join Democrats — to convict Trump. He said, “The Senate has changed since I was there, but it hasn’t changed that much.” The president said that results would have been different if there were six months left of Trump’s time in office. While recognizing the impeachment trial could affect the confirmations of his Cabinet nominees and legislative agenda, Biden says not having the trial would have “a worse effect.” House Democrats sent the article of impeachment — charging Trump...
    The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin within the next few weeks, and the big lingering question is whether the anger Mitch McConnell has privately felt towards Trump would be enough to end up with a conviction joined in by a sufficient percentage of Republicans. As CNN chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported Friday, it’s not very likely. Raju spoke with Brooke Baldwin about the negotiations over when the trial officially begins, after the House sends over the article of impeachment, and the question of how long it could take in the first month of the Joe Biden presidency. He went on to throw some cold water on the idea there are enough Republicans at this point to get a conviction: “They would need 17 Republicans at least to join with 50 Democrats, if they all stay united, in order to convict Trump and then...
    WASHINGTON -- The House has just reached enough votes to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to "fight like hell" against election results.This is a breaking news story. An earlier version of the story is below. Check back for updates.President Donald Trump is on the verge of being impeached for a second time, the House planning the unprecedented vote one week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to "fight like hell" against election results and the U.S. Capitol became the target of a deadly siege.While the first impeachment of Trump last year brought no Republican votes in the House, a small but significant number of leaders and other lawmakers are breaking with the party to join Democrats on Wednesday, unwilling to put American decency and democracy at further risk, even with days remaining in the president's term.The stunning collapse of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): 4:20 p.m. A majority of the U.S. House has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, just a week after he encouraged loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results and a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. The House vote on an article of impeachment for incitement of insurrection was still underway Wednesday, but the Democratic-led House had secured enough votes to impeach Trump. Some Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach the president. During debate before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republicans and Democrats to “search their souls.” Trump is the first American president to be impeached twice. The impeachment proceedings came one week after a violent, pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol, sending lawmakers into hiding and revealing the fragility...
    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. Even the mainstream bits of the right-wing media machine are capable of getting the message eventually: After months of stoking anger about alleged election fraud, one of America’s largest talk-radio companies has decided on an abrupt change of direction…. “We need to help induce national calm NOW,” Brian Philips, executive vice president of content for Cumulus, wrote in an internal memo, which was first reported by Inside Music Media. Cumulus and its program syndication arm, Westwood One, “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths.’ ” The memo adds: “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.” ….Since the election, Cumulus has remained silent while...
    Washington — On an hour-long phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Saturday, President Trump pressured him and other officials to "find" enough votes in the state's presidential election to make him the winner, according to audio of the call obtained by CBS News. During the call, which Mr. Trump revealed occurred in a tweet earlier Sunday, the president told Raffensperger, "All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state." The Washington Post first reported on the contents of the call and published the audio. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows also participated in the discussion. "The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry," Mr. Trump can be heard saying on the audio recording. "And there's nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you've recalculated."...
    Washington — On an hour-long phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Saturday, President Trump pressured him and other officials to "find" enough votes in the state's presidential election to make him the winner, according to audio of the call obtained and published by The Washington Post. During the call, which Mr. Trump revealed occurred in a tweet earlier Sunday, the president told Raffensperger, "All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state," the Post reported. "The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry," Mr. Trump can be heard saying on the audio recording of the call. "And there's nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you've recalculated." Raffensperger, a Republican, pushed back against Mr. Trump's suggestion, telling him "the data you have...
    Donald Trump, in a rambling, unprecedented hour-long call with Georgia's Secretary of State Saturday night, pressured him to 'find' enough votes to overturn his defeat in the Joe Biden in the southern state. A recording of the conversation, obtained by The Washington Post, depicts a desperate president berating Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to do anything to change the outcome of the presidential election in Georgia. Donald Trump demanded in an hour-long rambling call with Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Saturday that he 'find' a way to overturn Joe Biden's win in Georgia 'The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,' Trump said on the call. 'And there's nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you've recalculated.' 'Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong,' Raffensperger responded. Throughout the call, the secretary of...
    Earlier Sunday, President Donald Trump revealed he spoke this weekend with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Raffensperger shot back that his characterization of their conversation was not true. Respectfully, President Trump: What youre saying is not true. The truth will come out https://t.co/ViYjTSeRcC — GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) January 3, 2021 Well, the Washington Post obtained audio from that rather stunning call. The president repeated his false claim to Raffensperger that “we have won this election in Georgia” and pushed him to publicly say they’ve “recalculated.” Raffensperger patiently explained to the president “the data you have is wrong.” Trump pushed some allegations he freely admitted were rumors, including ballots being shredded in Fulton County and “also that Dominion took out machines.” Ryan Germany, general counsel for the Secretary of State’s office, told Trump that no, Dominion has not moved machinery out. “But have...
    CNN White House correspondent John Harwood called out the “bottomless pit of nuttery” that pro-MAGA Republicans have displayed since Election Day, as they have continued to enable and legitimize Donald Trump’s unabashed, anti-democratic efforts to overturn the election he lost of President-elect Joe Biden. Speaking on a panel with CNN Tonight host Don Lemon, Harwood offered his take on the GOP’s latest Hail Mary attempt to  override the will of the voters, a delusional lawsuit by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) that would empower Vice President Mike Pence to personally pick and choose which Electoral College votes count and, thus, throw out Biden’s swing state victories. “Seems like he’s being a petulant child, John,” Lemon remarked, “still saying I won. This is crazy. What is this actually going to accomplish?” “Nothing, puts a little pressure on Mike Pence who will have to declare whether he wants to fight this lawsuit or doesn’t,” Harwood said. “This is a crackpot idea advanced by a...
    Vice President Mike Pence delivered a fiery speech to screaming young MAGA supporters at a Turning Point USA conference Tuesday – where he publicly endorsed the president's effort to challenge the election results without backing any specific conspiracy charge.  'As our election contest continues, I'll make you a promise. We’re going to keep fighting until every legal vote is counted,' Pence told the crowd on a trip to Florida. 'We're going to keep fighting until every illegal vote is thrown out,' he added.  He urged screaming young supporters to 'stay in the fight' – even as the crowd cheered to 'stop the steal' and called for 'four more years.' Vice President Mike Pence spoke to Turning Point USA Tuesday. He got a coronavirus vaccine Dec. 18 'Stay in the fight.  Stay in the fight in our election. Stay in the fight in Georgia’s election. And stay in the fight...
    Donald Trump is taking out his anger over the election on Vice President Mike Pence for not doing enough to overturn the results as a Tuesday report indicates White House Counsel Pat Cipollone could be the next to go. In the final days before ending his term, the president has mainly targeted his outrage over his election loss to on Pence, Cipollone, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, several top officials told Axios. Trump has complained that Pence is not fighting hard enough to overturn the election, a source who spoke to the president said. The same source claims a Lincoln Project ad that suggests Pence is 'backing away' from Trump has gotten into the president's head and made him more paranoid about his relationship with the vice president. On January 6, Pence – as president of the Senate –...
    The Electoral College made Biden the victor on Monday, while the Wisconsin state Supreme Court threw out the last significant challenge to the 2020 election. Donald Trump's month-long quest to overturn his landslide loss officially ended on Monday, when the six states whose results he was seeking to overturn all cast their Electoral College votes for Joe Biden, cementing his status as president-elect. Biden won't officially cross the 270-vote threshold needed to win the Electoral College until California casts its votes later Monday afternoon. However, with Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin all casting their votes for Biden, he will certainly be the winner by day's end. Of course, it's been apparent since just a few days after Nov. 3 that Biden won. But Trump and his allies embarked on a multi-tiered effort to baselessly allege voter fraud in the hopes...
    Photo credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images. President Donald Trump tweeted his displeasure with Fox News again Thursday evening, sharing a bonkers op-ed from a conservative website that called for some of the cable news channel’s anchors and commentators to be fired. “So true, a must read!” tweeted Trump, including a link to a post at The American Spectator website. So true, a must read! https://t.co/DMP4vs5HV2 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2020 The article in question, “Fox News’ Media Suicide,” was written by Lou Aguilar, and begins by bemoaning that this was the “worst election in my lifetime.” Not because the “second-best president in my lifetime” (Trump, coming in second to the author’s favorite Ronald Reagan) had lost, but “because we don’t know for sure that he did.” Well, yes, actually we do know that for sure. To recap, President-elect Joe Biden won a majority of the votes in...
              With three percent of a small sampling of 100 ballots audited in Maricopa County, Arizona found to be altered, similar results across the more than two million votes cast there would be enough to change the outcome of the presidential election in the state. With 11 electoral college votes at stake, Arizona certified the results of the presidential election in favor of Biden on Monday with a margin of about 10,000 votes over President Trump. In her daily update Tuesday, Dr. Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party said there was “explosive news” about her lawsuit. In todays update, Chairwoman @kelliwardaz announces the findings from our investigation of 100 duplicate ballots, in which TWO votes were discovered to have been altered and removed from President @realDonaldTrumps total. pic.twitter.com/6Dg9zd2XGd — Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) December 2, 2020 Ward filed a petition in...
    Failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized President Donald Trump via Twitter on Friday for not conceding the election. “Protecting one man’s ego is not worth damaging the legitimacy of our democracy,” she wrote: Protecting one mans ego is not worth damaging the legitimacy of our democracy. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 20, 2020 During a recent interview for the 2020 Reykjavík Global Forum, Clinton said she was looking forward to the future if former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) did end up in the White House as the mainstream media predict. “I am feeling better than I have felt in four years,” she commented. However, Trump in a tweet on Saturday asked “Why is Joe Biden so quickly forming a Cabinet when my investigators have found hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes, enough to ‘flip’ at least four States, which in turn is more than enough...
    Georgia began a manual recount on Friday after the vote ended with Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump by just over 14,000 votes . Authorities in Georgia reported Monday of the finding about 2,600 votes that were not counted during the first ballot of the US elections on November 3, a figure that will not alter the provisional result in favor of the Democratic presidential hopeful, Joe Biden. Georgia began a manual recount of the ballot on Friday last week after the ballot concluded with President-elect Joe Biden ahead of still-president Donald Trump by just over 14,000 votes. Votes found during manual counting belong to Floyd County, where Trump prevailed with more than 70%. According to the local newspaper The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the president of the Republican Party in that county, Luke Martin, The votes found will allow Trump to reduce by about 800 votes...
    Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, host of The Dershow, told Breitbart News on Thursday that President Donald Trump is likely to win a lawsuit his campaign filed in Pennsylvania challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots received after Election Day. Dershowitz predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would take up the Trump campaign’s lawsuit if the number of votes being challenged are enough to change the outcome of the presidential election in Pennsylvania. “I do think that Trump will win the Pennsylvania lawsuit,” said Dershowitz on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Joel Pollak, “namely, the lawsuit that challenges ballots that were filed before the end of Election Day but not received until after Election Day.” Dershowitz continued, “The [Pennsylvania] legislature had basically said no to that and the [Pennsylvania] Supreme Court said yes because of the pandemic. That may have been the right decision in some theoretical sense, but the...
    Impeached two-time popular vote loser, lame duck Donald Trump continues his quest in the courts, filing yet another lawsuit in Pennsylvania, this time to invalidate the whole of the election there, disenfranchising every voter—even his own. The tell on these cases, the thing that shows that they are simply nuisance cases designed to drag this whole thing out because Trump is an autocrat and won't leave, is that none of them actually would change the results of the election. There aren't enough votes in dispute, even in all the cases combined, to flip it to him. The furthest advanced case, already essentially blessed by Justice Samuel Alito on the U.S. Supreme Court, is the one to have the SCOTUS toss all of the Pennsylvania mail-in ballots that were received after Election Day, in the extended deadline approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. There are only 7,800 of those ballots among...
    A Georgia election official said on Monday that the state would find illegal votes but likely not enough to close the roughly 10,000-vote gap between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump. "We are going to find that people did illegally vote -- that's going to happen. There are going to be double voters. There are going to be people who did not have the qualifications for registered voters to vote in this state. That will be found, said Gabriel Sterling, who serves as Voting System Implementation Manager in the state. "Is it 10,353?" Sterling said, referring to Biden's lead. "Unlikely. But every election, as I've said I think every day at this podium, is imperfect." He added, however, that with the tight margins his state saw, he would thoroughly investigate the issue. "We know the system counted properly. We know the ballots that were there were counted properly and correctly. We know...
    A leading official from the Republican-led Georgia’s Secretary of State’s office began a press conference Monday ticking through misinformation and falsehoods that have attempted to undermine the integrity of the state’s presidential election, disproving them one by one as the margin of votes in Georgia between president elect-Joe Biden and President Donald Trump remains small. ‘The facts are the facts regardless of outcomes,” Gabriel Sterling, the statewide voting system implementation manager in Georgia, said before disproving both conspiracy theories and explaining issues that have arisen. “And that's one of the things we're focusing on here is getting our count accurate and right, giving accurate information so that [at] the end of the day everybody, regardless of whose side won and whose side lost, understands that in Georgia, we had an actual accurate outcome." Sterling also highlighted the attack that “Georgia suddenly flipped from Republican for years to Democrat,” before cutting...
    There is so far no evidence of massive voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election as President Trump has claimed, Fox News' Chris Wallace said Friday. “You heard John Roberts just said there is a debate in the White House. Some people are saying give up gracefully, talk about the unity of the nation and concede the election. That doesn’t seem to be certainly based on what the president said around 6:30 eastern last night,” the host of "Fox News Sunday" told “America’s Newsroom.” Wallace said Trump has “every right to challenge the election count in a lot of these states.” “So far, you’re not seeing the kind of mass fraud of a scale that would be enough to overturn an election that would lead to victory,” Wallace said. Wallace said the difference between the 2000 Bush-Gore legal dispute over the Florida electoral process and the current situation is that it had a legitimate issue: the margin...
    Pennsylvania may soon deliver victory to Joe Biden. Perhaps as early as Wednesday night. The Keystone State, with its 20 electoral votes, would be more than enough to put the Democrat over the 270 threshold needed to win the White House. But there are many variables to consider and legal fights threaten to extend the process for several weeks. As of 9:20 p.m. EST, President Trump leads in Pennsylvania with roughly 89% of the estimated vote total counted, but with his margin shrinking throughout the day, election experts say it's only a matter of time before it goes blue and stays that way. "Trump's lead in PA shrinks to 196k (3.1%). If the EDay/mail results were being reported in reverse order, this race probably wouldn't be viewed as so competitive," the Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman tweeted. "Much as Trump did in 2016, Biden is currently on pace to carry...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is sounding the alarm over the prospect of a Trump victory on Tuesday, warning that Trump could declare himself the winner before enough votes are counted and ultimately “attempt to suppress enough votes to win.” “This comes as no surprise. It has been Trump’s strategy for months, and nobody should fall for it. It’s why he is demonizing mail-in ballots and sabotaging the postal service,” Sanders said in response to an Axios report alleging that the president will declare victory Tuesday night if it appears he is “ahead.” “As I have warned many times, Trump is very likely to declare himself the winner at a moment when a large portion Republican-leaning, in-person votes have been counted, but before a vast number of Democratic mail-in ballots are counted,” Sanders continued, painting a dark scenario where Trump “will continue his lies about voter fraud in an attempt to suppress...
    HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board of directors could not muster enough votes Thursday to act on a recommendation to cut ties with the chief executive of the city's massive rail transit project. The full board failed to follow the recommendation of the authority's human resources committee to allow the expiration of its employment contract with CEO and Executive Director Andrew Robbins, who is the city's highest paid employee. “We do not have enough votes to pass this," board Chairman Toby Martyn said Thursday. Robbins’ three-year contract expires Dec. 31, and the human resources panel recommended replacing him. Robbins earned $317,000 annually. His contract also granted a $55,000 annual housing allowance and a $7,200-a-year transportation allowance with the possibility of future raises and bonuses. Robbins, 62, oversaw the authority’s recovery plan and has steered the $9.2 billion transit project toward a projected start of limited service...
    SENATOR Lindsey Graham has claimed that President Donald Trump "has the votes" to confirm his Supreme Court nominee, who will fill the seat left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee slammed Democrats who have vowed to delay the confirmation in a Monday night interview with Hannity. 6Donald Trump 'has the votes' to confirm his Supreme Court nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat, Sen Lindsay Graham said on MondayCredit: AP:Associated Press 6The Senate Judiciary Chairman pledged to push forward with the nomination and slammed Democrats who are trying to delay the processCredit: Alamy Live News "It's pretty obvious that if they [Democrats] want an outcome, they'll just destroy anybody's life to keep the seats open," Graham told host Sean Hannity. He continued: "They said they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat -- they were dumb enough to say that. I've seen this movie...
    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Monday night said his party has enough votes to confirm a new Supreme Court justice before the November election. “We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election,” Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “We’re going to move forward in the committee, we’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election.” Earlier Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was a bit more vague, vowing to hold a floor vote “this year” on President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump said he would announce his nominee, a woman, on Friday or Saturday. Republicans, who hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, need at least 50 votes to confirm a nominee. Two GOP senators, Susan Collins of...
    Getty Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Less than a day after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, a political battle has begun over whether President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — legally or morally – have the right to fill the spot she left vacant on the bench. In the same statement acknowledging her death, McConnell announced that he plans to hold a vote in the Senate to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat. The Hill reported that on average, the Senate confirmation of a Supreme Court justice nominee would take 70 days, according to the Congressional Research Service. On that time frame, McConnell would have to confirm a justice during Congress’ lame-duck session, the session that takes place between presidential and Senate transitions of power.Trump Has Urged A Vote ‘Without Delay’ to the Outrage of Many Democrats .@GOP We were put in this position of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The election is just over eight weeks away and even though the President is trailing in the polls, Democrats are insisting they are not overconfident. Trumps surprise win in 2016 , even after the release of the Access Hollywood tape late in October, shows how resilient he can be. For Democrats the question is whether voters will turn out for Joe Biden, or will a critical number of them sit out the way  they did four years ago. Hilary Clinton squeaked out a win in Minnesota in 2016, but just barely. She beat Donald Trump by 45,000 votes. Clinton got 180,000 fewer votes here than Barack Obama had gotten four years before. It was that way in states across the country. Nationally, Black voting dropped by seven percentage points in 2016 over 2012. The question is whether Joe Biden bring back progressive and Black voters in Minnesota and...
    Progressive "Squad" member Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is leading her establishment primary challenger as votes trickle in Wednesday morning, a sign of what could be yet another win for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Tlaib beat her challenger, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, in a crowded primary in 2018 before first being elected to her seat, but this time it was Tlaib and Jones head-to-head -- and Jones is a popular politician in Detroit with deep roots in the city's political establishment. The incumbent Tlaib holds a wide lead in early returns, but there are still many votes yet to be counted and a final result is not likely until later Wednesday. PROGRESSIVE CHALLENGER CORI BUSH UPSETS LONGTIME INCUMBENT LACY CLAY IN MISSOURI DEM PRIMARY "I’m confident in the movement that we started. I’m confident that as we experience this tonight, we are going to see that...
    IN A historic move, one US city has apologized for its role in slavery and voted in favor of providing reparations to its African-American community. The vote to provide reparations passed unanimously in the Asheville, North Carolina, city council on Tuesday. 3 A Black Lives Matter protest in Graham, North CarolinaCredit: AFP or licensors 3 Amid ongoing calls for racial justice across the US, Asheville, North Carolina has voted to provide reparations to the Black communityCredit: AFP or licensors The reparations won't come in the form of direct payments to Black residents, but will instead invest in areas where the community often deals with disparities. "Hundreds of years of Black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today," Councilman Keith Young, one of two Black members on the council, said. "It is simply not enough to remove statues. Black people in this country are dealing with issues...
    Mississippi lawmakers intent on removing the Confederate emblem from the state flag could prevail after the number of required votes 'appear to be there,' according to a senior lawmaker. Mississippi is the last state in America to fly a flag with the controversial Confederate battle emblem, which has increasingly come under criticism as anti-racism and police brutality protests grip the nation.    State Rep. Robert Johnson III told NBC News that officials appeared to have enough support to redesign the state flag ahead of a likely vote on Saturday. 'Supporters of a flag change worked through the night to secure the remaining votes necessary for a successful vote to change the state flag,' said Johnson, the Democratic leader of the state's House of Representatives.  'The votes to make that change are there in the House and appear to be there in the Senate. There very well may be a first step taken...
    The days that the Confederate battle emblem is featured on Mississippi’s state flag are likely numbered, NBC News reports. State Rep. Robert Johnson III, the Democrat leader of the state House of Representatives, told NBC News that all the needed votes “appear to be there” for the state flag’s image to be changed. A vote to change the flag’s appearance is likely to take place on Saturday. Mississippi is the last state in the U.S. to have a flag featuring a Confederate emblem. “Supporters of a flag change worked through the night to secure the remaining votes necessary for a successful vote to change the state flag," Johnson said. "The votes to make that change are there in the House and appear to be there in the Senate. There very well may be a first step taken today in the House by passing a rules suspension to take up a...
    A Mississippi lawmaker believes he had enough votes to change the Magnolia State’s flag, getting rid of Confederate imagery that has adorned it for over 120 years. As NBC News reported, State Rep. Robert Johnson III hopes to see his state change the flag, which has been a lightning rod of controversy for decades. And he believes that the votes he needs to get the changes made “appear to be there” in the state legislature. What’s more, he believes that a vote on the matter could take place as early as Friday. “Supporters of a flag change worked through the night to secure the remaining votes necessary for a successful vote to change the state flag. The votes to make that change are there in the House and appear to be there in the Senate,” Johnson said. Further, Governor Tate Reeves, a Republican who has opposed changing the flag, indicated...
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