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    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.Tom Williams/Congressional Quarterly via ZUMA Press For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Just hours before President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are set to square off in their first debate, John Ratcliffe, Trump’s Director of National Intelligence, has declassified documentation of a theory floated by Russian intelligence. While Ratcliffe explicitly warned that US intelligence could not vouch for the theory’s accuracy, writing that it may “reflect exaggeration or fabrication,” Trump backers, including the president’s son, have already seized upon the Trump-ally’s selective disclosure to spread claims that Hillary Clinton somehow masterminded a plot to pin a “Russia hoax” on her 2016...
    The most recent reports filed by Minnesota political committees reveal that the biggest spenders so far in the 2020 election are familiar names. For Republicans, it’s groups associated with business; for the DFL, it’s organized labor. Minnesota campaign finance law results in a complex web of entities that spend on political campaigns. Some are independent expenditure (IE) groups, a classification that came out of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision: They can accept corporate contributions but can’t work directly with campaigns. Other groups, including party committees, are called political funds (PF) and can both launch independent campaigns and work directly with candidates. Many of the groups give money to each other — and sometimes give money back again  —...
    Warning: This article contains spoilers for Big Brother Season 22. Big Brother All-Stars is approaching its last month with only nine players left in the game. Now that the numbers are dwindling down, its time for the larger alliance to start crumbling. This past week tensions have heightened behind the scenes within The Committee alliance, and duos within it are starting to plan their takedowns of one another. The group is becoming weary of each other and many of its members want to take the first shot, and not be the next houseguest sent packing. According to Big Brother Daily on Twitter, there is one plan currently between Tyler Crispen and Christmas Abbott where they decided to put up Dani...
    Democratic senators are already claiming they will not meet with Amy Coney Barrett as her nomination moves to the Senate floor next month, claiming her 'extreme' views are not suited for the Supreme Court. 'I will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett,' Senator Kirsten Gillibrand asserted in a tweet Sunday afternoon. 'This nomination process is illegitimate.' The New York Democrat added: 'I refuse to participate in the further degradation of our democracy and our judiciary.' Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii joined in Gillibrand's sentiment earlier in the day Sunday. 'I will oppose the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, as I would any nominee proposed as part of this illegitimate sham process, barely...
    Lindsey Graham said Sunday that the Judiciary Committee will hold its confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett next month and will report her nomination to the Senate floor on October 22. 'So, we'll start on October 12, and more than half of the Supreme Court justices who have had hearings were done within 16 days or less,' Graham told 'Sunday Morning Futures' host Maria Bartiromo. 'We'll have a day of introduction. We'll have two days of questioning, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on the 15th we'll begin to markup, we'll hold it over for a week, and we'll report her nomination out of the committee on October 22.' 'Then it will be up to [Senate Majority Leader Mitch]...
    On Saturday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, laid out the timeline for the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who Graham argued had been consistent with past Supreme Court confirmations. When asked by host Jeanine Pirro, Graham said he anticipated October 12 as the start date for hearings before his committee. “October 12 — that would be 16 days for the nomination and 24 of the 42 Supreme Court justices who have had hearings were done within 16 days,” Graham said. “Kennedy — 14, Stevens — 10, Powell — 12, Rehnquist — 12, Blackmon — 14, Chief Justice Burger 11. So, 16 days from now,...
    (Reuters) - U.S. appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's third nominee to the Supreme Court, will face a series of informal and formal meetings with the Republican-controlled Senate, which has the power to install her in the lifetime role. Trump wants Barrett seated before the Nov. 3 election. That leaves little time for the Senate to fulfill its role and confirm the new justice. Here is a breakdown of what's next: INFORMAL MEETINGS ON CAPITOL HILL Barrett as early as Tuesday is expected to begin informal meetings with senators on Capitol Hill, starting with Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This process generated controversy in 2017 when Senator Richard Blumenthal revealed that Trump's nominee at the time, now-Justice Neil...
    Da’Vonne Rogers is the second member of the jury in Big Brother All-Stars after she was evicted last night. This is the second time the reality star has found herself in the jury and third time she has been unsuccessful in winning the game. Da’Vonne has amassed quite the fanbase over the years, especially this season, but one of her biggest downfalls which has been discussed among her fandom was her bad reads on fellow houseguests. Da’Vonne was given some new intel after leaving the game Thursday where Julie Chen revealed The Committee alliance, and Nicole Franzel told her in her goodbye message that she had been lying to her all week. The BB veteran caught up with Entertainment Weekly...
    The top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee say they have successfully “reset” the conversation about climate change on Capitol Hill, promoting private sector innovation as an alternative to Democratic ideas favoring regulation, taxes, or mandates. But Greg Walden of Oregon, the panel’s ranking Republican, and John Shimkus of Illinois, the No. 2 GOP member, won’t be around in Congress to realize whether voters perceive their party as finally taking the issue seriously after neglecting it for years. “We have made real progress,” said Walden, 63, who is retiring along with Shimkus, 62, in January. “We have made clear that Republicans have innovation at the head of our agenda. We frankly have shook up the Democrats and gotten...
    A leading Republican congressman demanded Thursday that the FBI reveal whether it’s investigating allegations of “potential criminal activity” by the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. In a two-page letter, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to write back regarding what he called the “explosive report” released by Republican senators on Wednesday. “Among other findings, the report documented ‘potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh, and Chinese nationals,’ ” he wrote. Jordan also said the 87-page report from Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) “shows...
    Justice Brett Kavanaugh was appointed to the Supreme Court in October 2018 after a highly contentious confirmation process.  Progressive groups, some media and activists warned that Kavanaugh was the fifth vote needed to overturn Roe v. Wade, but those warnings have not come to fruition. Now, as President Donald Trump weighs who will fill the Supreme Court vacancy, another confirmation process looms before the nation — one that could put Roe v. Wade in a more perilous situation than before. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation sparked massive backlash across the United States in an 89-day confirmation process fraught with sexual assault allegations, anxiety over his stances on Roe v. Wade, and more. When Kavanaugh replaced former Supreme...
    The week of Oct. 12 marks the likely start of confirmation hearings for the next nominee to the Supreme Court. Republican sources on Capitol Hill signaled the process will begin mid-October in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where lawmakers will spend several days questioning and then voting on the female nominee President Trump plans to announce on Saturday at 5 p.m. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, has not announced the schedule, but the Oct. 12 start date confirmed by Republicans sources allows the nominee time to complete pre-hearing paperwork and collection of background material by staff. Perhaps most importantly, it allows time for the nominee to hold private meetings with individual senators. A GOP aide told the...
    The Republican National Committee spent hundreds of thousands of dollars last month on books by Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News personality Sean Hannity, federal records show. The RNC’s August expenditure report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows that the committee spent $405,404 on “donor mementos” from book retailers Barnes & Noble, booksamillion.com and Porchlight Books. The RNC promoted Hannity‘s book, titled “Live Free or Die,” in early August, offering signed “priority access” copies as an incentive for political donations of $75 or higher. Around the same time, the committee launched a similar promotion for Trump Jr.’s new book, “Liberal Privilege,” which it awarded to donors at the same price point. Emails sent from an RNC address in late July suggested that the committee would make bulk pre-orders of the books, and it appears to have reported...
    Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee who were strongly in favor of voting for Judge Merrick Garland have voiced their disapproval for voting on the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s potential replacement. President Barack Obama nominated Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in February 2016 after Justice Antonin Scalia died, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t consider the nomination since it was an election year, The Washington Post reported at the time. Ginsburg spoke out against McConnell’s decision to halt a vote to confirm Garland saying it was the Senate’s job to vote. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year,” Ginsburg...
    Caren Morrison September 22, 2020 7:13AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, thrusting the acrimonious struggle for control of the Supreme Court into public view. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already vowed to nominate and confirm a replacement for the 87-year-old justice and women's rights icon. : This contradicts the justification the Republican-controlled Senate used when they refused to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's pick for the Court after the death of Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Garland, a moderate judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, was nominated in March 2016, but McConnell balked...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated that Senate Republicans have “the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election.” And said that the Senate Judiciary Committee will report the nomination so there can be a vote on the floor of the Senate on the nominee prior to the election and that Republicans will confirm Ginsburg’s replacement prior to the election. Graham also vowed that the nominee to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will be supported by all the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Graham said, “We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election. We’re going to move forward in the committee. We’re...
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transition committee names former defense minister Bah N’Daw to lead the West African nation to new elections. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Taj Mahal reopens even as India coronavirus cases soar Wilson tosses 5 TDs, Seahawks hold off Patriots in SNF thriller Big Brother recap: Theres a new HOH, and The Committee continues to steamroll the competition This season of Big Brother has been really, really easy for The Committee. They've been rolling over all the other players since Day 1 and it's made for a rather maddening season. The Committee has cracks that could be exploited, and only a few of the players in that alliance are actually playing well strategically, but ever since Janelle and Kaysar couldn't convince players like Bayeligh, Da'Vonne, David, and Kevin that things weren't going their way and they needed to make moves now, it's been all...
    Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisUkraine language in GOP platform underscores Trump tensions GOP's Gohmert introduces resolution that would ban the Democratic Party Overnight Defense: Panel approves 4.6B bill addressing border wall funds, Confederate name changes | Navy ship fire rages on MORE (R-Md.) is overseeing the trial for a drug to potentially treat COVID-19 after denouncing wearing masks and stay-at-home orders, Politico reported on Thursday. Harris, a medical doctor, took on the unpaid job of joining the data and safety monitoring committee for a drug trial handled by NeuroRx, whose CEO and founder Jonathan Javitt has connections to the representative.  The Maryland Republican serves as one of three members of the committee, which is responsible for overseeing the safety...
    By spreading misinformation and attacking voting by mail, Trump and his campaign are waging war on the 2020 election. Down in the polls and facing the possibility of defeat, Donald Trump is using his platform to generate mass confusion ahead of the November general election, which could make it harder for Americans to vote in the middle of a deadly pandemic. Trump, along with the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, have been taking numerous actions that would depress the vote for the upcoming election, which Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is currently favored to win. Here are some of the ways Trump and his GOP allies...
    Washington — Former FBI Director James Comey will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 30 to testify about his role in the bureau's investigation into possible ties between Russian officials and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, committee Chairman Lindsey Graham announced on Thursday. Graham said Comey had agreed to testify before the committee voluntarily. "The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane," Graham said in an interview on Fox News, referring to the FBI code name for the investigation. "I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee. He will be respectfully treated, but asked hard questions. I look forward to this hearing. I think it will be important to the American...
    Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) called the Hunter Biden-Burisma investigation was “not the legitimate role of government,” during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting on Wednesday. Homeland Security Committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has defended the investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s dealings with Ukraine and his role on the board of energy company Burisma. Romney said, “I’ll call it the Biden-Burisma investigation and that I think from the outset had the earmarks of a political exercise. I’m fearful that comments made in the media recently have only confirmed that perspective.” He continued, “Obviously, it is the province of campaigns and political parties’ opposition research, the media, to carry out political endeavors — to learn about...
    Bradley Cortright September 17, 2020 0 Comments Former FBI Director James Comey will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his agency’s Russia probe, the committee’s chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says. Graham has been investigating the origins of the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” probe – which looked into whether members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign coordinated with Russian operatives to swing the election. “The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane,” Graham said during an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday night. He noted that Comey will appear before his committee on September 30.  He continued, “I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee, and he will be respectfully treated but asked hard questions. We are negotiating...
    Snapchat is launching a new original series called The Solution Committee, starring Jaden Smith as the host and a trailer of it has now been dropped. The unscripted show will feature young activists and celebrities discussing important issues that plague America such as voting access, racial justice, criminal justice reform and so on. The show will premiere exclusively on Snapchat on September 21, one day before National Voter Registration Day and has been produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Are Jaden Smith And Sofia Richie Dating? The Former Breaks His Silence On The Rumours. The trailer of the show also gives us a glimpse of all the guests on the show which including, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Common,...
    Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, pauses while speaking during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesDow Jones Industrial Average rises 36 points The Dow rose 36.78 points, or 0.1%, to 28,032.38. The S&P 500 slid 0.5% to 3,385.49. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.25% to 11,050.47. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq pulled back as shares of major tech companies declined. Traders also digested the latest monetary policy decision from the Federal Reserve. Fed to keep rates low for yearsThe U.S. central bank kept interest rates near zero. Members of the Fed's policymaking committee also indicated the overnight rate could stay near zero through 2023. "With inflation running persistently below...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended: The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world. Economic activity and employment have picked up in recent months but remain well below their levels at the beginning of the year. Weaker demand and significantly lower oil prices are holding down consumer price inflation. Overall financial conditions have improved in recent months, in part reflecting policy measures to support the economy and the flow of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended: The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world. Economic activity and employment have picked up in recent months but remain well below their levels at the beginning of the year. Weaker demand and significantly lower oil prices are holding down consumer price inflation. Overall financial conditions have improved in recent months, in part reflecting policy measures to support the economy and the flow of...
    Two Boeing plane crashes that killed 346 people in five months were the 'horrific culmination' of design flaws, poor government oversight and a lack of action by the planemaker, US investigators have said.  Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration were both criticized in a scathing report by the House Transportation Committee after the crashes in Indonesia in October 2018 and Ethiopia in March 2019.  Both the stricken planes were Boeing 737 Max 8 jets - a model which met FAA requirements but was grounded around the world in the wake of the second disaster 18 months ago.  'The fact that a compliant airplane suffered from two deadly crashes in less than five months is clear evidence that the current regulatory...
    Courtesy of the office of Rep. Collin PetersonRep. Collin Peterson, left, is a conservative Democrat who frames himself as a political independent.In Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District, Michelle Fischbach isn’t just running against 15-term U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. She’s running against the agricultural sector. The Seventh, one of the most competitive districts in the country, is represented by Peterson, a Democrat in a district that overwhelmingly voted for Trump. But the race isn’t just along party lines: While Fischbach is supportive of agriculture, the sector will be collectively spending millions of dollars to keep Peterson in office (and her out of it). Peterson is a conservative Democrat who frames himself as a political independent. But he is also the powerful Chair...
    A recent digital ad for President Trump’s reelection campaign calling for the public to “support our troops” reportedly used a stock image of Russian-made fighter jets and weapons, Politico reported Monday, citing experts who identified the image.  “That’s definitely a MiG-29,” Pierre Sprey, who helped design both the F-16 and A-10 planes for the U.S. Air Force, told Politico regarding the photo in the ad.  “I’m glad to see it’s supporting our troops.” Ruslan Pukhov of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow also confirmed to Politico that the planes are Russian MiG-29s and said the soldier on the far right carries an AK-74 assault rifle.  The digital ad was made by the Trump Make America Great Again...
    Republicans in California’s 48th Congressional District see an opportunity to take back the seat they lost in 2018 by running a stronger candidate against freshman Democrat Rep. Harley Rouda. Rouda, a former real estate executive, was among seven House Democrats in 2018 to flip Republican seats. Rouda represents the state’s coastal region of Orange County, including Huntington Beach. He beat 30-year Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican, by 7 points, largely due to Rohrabacher's political baggage relating to his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Rouda’s race against Rohrabacher was one of three in the state that billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s organization spent over $10 million combined to support. Rouda currently serves on the House Oversight Committee and the Committee on...
    The Atlantic magazine raised eyebrows on Friday when it published a piece calling for the abolition of the Nobel Peace Prize after President Trump was nominated for the prestigious honor. The president's name was submitted for the 2021 prize by Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who cited Trump's role in brokering a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Trump has since earned a second nomination from Swedish lawmaker Magnus Jacobsson for overseeing an economic deal between Kosovo and Serbia. The nominations, however, apparently didn't sit well with the liberal magazine, which declared Friday that "peace had its chance, and blew it." ANONYMOUS SOURCES IN THE ATLANTIC'S DONALD TRUMP BOMBSHELL URGED TO GO ON THE RECORD "If Trump wins the prize, it will be the fourth Nobel awarded for...
    The Atlantic, a leftist magazine that recently published a widely disputed story claiming that President Donald Trump mocked dead American soldiers, wrote on Friday that the Nobel Peace Prize should be abolished after Trump was nominated to win the award. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this week after the administration helped facilitate a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde, who also serves as chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, told Fox News. “I’m not a big Trump supporter. The committee should...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis police called early for help from the National Guard during the unrest following George Floyd’s death, according to new evidence released by a Minnesota Senate committee. The Republican-controlled Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee says a Minneapolis police commander sent a detailed request on May 27, just after 9 p.m. The administration of Gov. Tim Walz has said there was no formal request, so the National Guard was not called until Thursday. The committee also reports there was a plan to hold the Third Precinct without loss of life, but Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey overruled that plan. The Third Precinct was overrun and burned.
    Thursday, disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok appeared on CNN’s “New Day” to discuss his new book, “Compromised.” Host Alisyn Camerota asked Strzok about the text messages between him and his extramarital lover Lisa Page in which he vowed the FBI would “stop” then-candidate Donald Trump from becoming president. Strzok downplayed the text message, saying his comment about stopping Trump “was an off the cuff moment made outside of any work context whatsoever.” “[I]n 2018 you testified that you couldn’t remember what you were referring to in terms of the ‘No, we’ll stop it.’ Do you have any more context now about that?” “Absolutely,” Strzok replied. “I mean, this was an off the cuff comment made outside of any work...
    PHOTO VIA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNORFor the fifth month in a row, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee was largely idle in August amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee Friends of Ron DeSantis brought in only $276.18 --- all from interest on a bank account --- during the month and spent $9,098.50 on consulting and accounting services, according to a newly filed finance report. The committee also had a similar lack of activity in April, May, June and July, but it continued to have about $7 million in cash on hand as of Friday. Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you up to the minute news on how...
    Getty This image taken on December 10, 2010 exhibits the entrance of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese language dissident Liu Xiabo. President Donald Trump is nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize “for a peace settlement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for potential peace within the Center East,” in line with the member of Norwegian Parliament who nominated him, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, the Related Press reported. Tybring-Gjedde helps far-right politics, however there’s a vast swath of people that can nominate others for Nobel Peace Prizes, which can clarify why leaders from Adolph Hitler to Nelson Mandela have all been...
    Getty This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. President Donald Trump is nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize “for a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East,” according to the member of Norwegian Parliament who nominated him, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, the Associated Press reported. Tybring-Gjedde supports far-right politics, but there is a wide swath of people who can nominate others for Nobel Peace Prizes, which may explain why leaders from Adolph Hitler to Nelson Mandela have all been nominated for the prize (Mandela won with...
    Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee, led by ranking member Jim Jordan (Ohio), are going after the committee's Democratic chairman for downplaying Antifa violence and are demanding that he call for hearings into the radical group's actions in cities across the U.S. What's going on? Far-left House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has earned himself a reputation for minimizing the violent riots and chaos instigated by Antifa. In June committee hearing, the New York Democrat declared Antifa to be "imaginary" as he accused Republican lawmakers of ignoring racial injustices and police reform and instead prioritizing "arrant nonsense." "They couldn't utter the phrase 'black lives matter' and could barely [broach] the subject...
    As evidence mounts that the Donald Trump campaign is going broke, you might be wondering just how the heck a presidential incumbent could manage to churn through a nine-figure amount of donations and be coming up short only weeks after its own national convention. We don’t know, but this might be a clue: The New York Times and Campaign Finance Institute counted up the latest totals of just how much Republican “donation” money is being spent not on Trump’s campaigning, but Trump’s lawyers. The new total? At least $58.4 million. Trump, his allies, and the Republican National Committee have spent nearly $60 million, since 2015, on Dear Leader’s lawyering. Yikes. The Times‘ report makes it clear that this level of legal spending is absolutely not normal. In addition to...
    Freakin' grifter As evidence mounts that the Donald Trump campaign is going broke, you might be wondering just how the heck a presidential incumbent could manage to churn through a nine-figure amount of donations and be coming up short only weeks after its own national convention. We don't know, but this might be a clue: The New York Times and Campaign Finance Institute counted up the latest totals of just how much Republican "donation" money is being spent not on Trump's campaigning, but Trump's lawyers. The new total? At least $58.4 million. Trump, his allies, and the Republican National Committee have spent nearly $60 million, since 2015, on Dear Leader's lawyering. Yikes. The Times' report makes it clear that this level...
              NASHVILLE, Tennessee – In Thursday’s meeting of the Joint Ad Hoc Committee to Study Emergency Powers, two experts on constitutional law said, that with the deference the courts afford the executive branch, it is up to the Tennessee General Assembly to put checks on the broad powers of the governor during an emergency. In the second of three meetings, committee members heard testimony from seven individuals:  Glenn Reynolds, Professor of Law, University of Tennessee; Larry L. Crain, Crain Law Group; Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General of the State of Tennessee; Patrick Sheehan, Director TEMA; Dr. Lisa Piercey, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health; Clark Milner, Deputy Counsel to Governor Bill Lee; Brent Easley,...
    The mayor of Washington DC has been mocked online after a committee she founded to review the cities' monuments and statues recommended the removal of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. Muriel Browser formed DCFACES in July, amid a nationwide discussion about how America's history should be represented, and who should be commemorated. She said their job was 'evaluating public spaces to ensure the namesake's legacy is consistent with DC values'. On Monday the 34 members of the working group delivered their report, which will now be reviewed and potentially implemented by the mayor.   The Washington Monument was identified as problematic by a committee in the US capital  The 34-member DCFACES committee also said the Jefferson Memorial should be...
    "She wasn't really my friend. In fact, I wish I had never met her," Wolkoff says about the first lady, a former fashion model. Wolkoff, a New York-based event planner, said the pair first met in 2003 in the hallways of Vogue magazine, where Wolkoff worked. Stephanie Grisham, a spokesperson for Mrs. Trump, blasted the book in an emailed statement as "full of mistruths and paranoia" based on an "imagined need for revenge." Wolkoff also writes about frostiness in the relationship between the first lady and the president's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump. She said she and the first lady both once "bellied over with laughter" after Mrs. Trump referred to Ivanka Trump — long seen as her father's favorite child...
    Igor Derysh September 1, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) The House Oversight Committee is preparing to issue a subpoena to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for documents related to the nationwide mail delays that he is "withholding from Congress," Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said Monday. The committee said in a memo that it intends to issue a subpoena for documents related to "nationwide delays caused by changes to postal operations" after DeJoy, a top Trump and Republican Party donor, refused to cooperate with the panel's requests. : Maloney said DeJoy has not turned over additional documents after he appeared before the committee last week. Maloney plans to issue the subpoena on Wednesday. DeJoy said in a letter to the committee on Friday that he believes his...
    We read with considerable interest the recent open letter published in Politico Magazine by 103 signatories who called for a “rethinking” of U.S. policy toward Russia. The U.S. presidential campaign is a good time to rethink America’s foreign policy, and in doing so, the United States reminds other countries of the importance of open, inclusive debate. All of the letter’s signatories are people of distinction; many of them are personal friends. But we believe that this debate will be deficient if it does not incorporate the perspective of U.S. allies in Central and East-Central Europe. We read the rebuke to the letter that POLITICO published, authored by David J. Kramer and signed by 32 others. While we share many of...
    Representative Val Demings (D-FL) on Sunday’s broadcast of CBS’s “Face the Nation” accused President Donald Trump of violating the law more than anyone in 2020. Partial transcript as follows: DEMINGS: However, we are a nation of laws, and anyone on any side in any place who violates the law has to be held accountable. We don’t condemn people who are obeying the law because of those who do not obey the law. We can do both and we have done both in this America, and that’s what we need to do. And again, we need the president of the United States to show some leadership during this situation. But that may be asking for too much from President Trump. BRENNAN:...
    Washington (CNN)America's most senior general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, told members of Congress that the military will not play a role in November's election and won't help settle any disputes if the results are contested."The Constitution and laws of the US and the states establish procedures for carrying out elections, and for resolving disputes over the outcome of elections. ... I do not see the US military as part of this process," Milley said in a letter released on Friday responding to questions from two members of the House Armed Services Committee."In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to...
    House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Eliot Engel of New York announced Friday his panel would carry out contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he accused of showing 'disdain' for failing to comply with a subpoena. In a stinging letter, the retiring Engel blasted the nation's top diplomat for refusing to hand over documents about Ukraine that the committee first sought more than a yea ago as part of the impeachment inquiry. He also blasted Pompeo for turning over thousands of documents to Senate Republicans as part of their own separate investigation, which he said was designed to push Russia's 'debunked conspiracy theories.'  The House Foreign Affairs Committee will begin contempt proceedings against Secretary of State...
    A top Democratic congressman is demanding that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy hand over any and all of his “secret communications with the Trump campaign” after he admitted in testimony before the House Oversight Committee earlier this week that he has been in contact with people associated with the president’s reelection bid since taking charge of the U.S. Postal Service. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, wrote in a letter (pdf) to DeJoy Wednesday that “when confronted with additional facts and information” during the Oversight Committee hearing Monday, the postmaster general “appeared to change” testimony he gave under oath last week to the Republican-controlled Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. DeJoy, a Republican megadonor to President Donald Trump,...
    Entertainment : Anaëlle Guimbi, disqualified the day before the Miss Guadeloupe 2020 election because of an awareness campaign for breast cancer for which she appears dressed in paint, but her torso nonetheless naked, would have been denounced by a competitor. Explanations. Thursday August 20 The day before the election of Miss Guadeloupe, pictures of Anaëlle Guimbi, the favorite of the six candidates competing for the scarf, suddenly resurface disqualifying her from the competition. The Miss France committee will have made no exception to its conservative rules although the chest of the eliminated candidate was dressed in paint, as part of an awareness campaign against breast cancer, or because they have been transmitted to the Committee to get rid...
    The chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm expressed confidence Wednesday that the party will retain control of the upper chamber after this fall’s elections, during which it must defend several seats in competitive races. “There’s no doubt that Republicans will control the Senate,” National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Executive Director Kevin McLaughlin said in a livestreamed interview with Politico. McLaughlin’s confidence comes as polling shows Republican incumbents trailing their Democratic challengers in a slate of key races, including in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina. Handicappers have either said that control of the Senate is a toss-up or leans Democratic. The GOP currently holds a 53-47 majority in the Senate, meaning Democrats must pick up a net of three seats...
    Top-seeded Bucks looking to eliminate Magic 14 Actors Who Looked Unrecognizable in Major Movies The Dows Pending Changes Show Why the Dow Should Be Ignored If investors looking to quickly gauge how U.S. equities are performing needed more reasons to ignore the Dow Jones Industrial Average in favor of the S&P 500 and Russell 2000, the Dow's selection committee provided them on Monday. © TheStreet The Dow's Pending Changes Show Why the Dow Should Be Ignored On Monday evening, S&P Dow Jones said that Salesforce.com will replace Exxon Mobil , Amgen will replace Pfizer and Honeywell will replace Raytheon in the Dow. The changes take effect prior to the start of trading on Monday, Aug. 31. Load...
    A Note from Bill The evidence is spread across nearly 1,000 pages, proving that Russia, with top Trump henchmen playing right along, sought to spread confusion and distrust among American voters, influence the outcome of the election, and undermine the legitimacy of our democracy. Vladimir Putin, according to the report – the same Putin before whom Trump groveled long before he became president – even ordered the hacking of Democratic organizations. And the Russians are up to some of the same tricks in the 2020 election now underway.   The report is indeed long and detailed.  Its implications are potent. A bombshell explodes in our midst and few people seem to notice or care. It sinks out of sight, and...
    Bradley Cortright August 25, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign is blasting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ahead of his scheduled speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Pompeo is scheduled to deliver remarks from Israel, a move that has drawn criticism from some who have noted that the sitting secretary of state usually does not participate in a political convention. Additionally, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) tweeted on Monday that his committee had found an internal document that showed Pompeo had approved new restrictions that prohibit Senate-confirmed appointees from participating in political events. "Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees may not even attend a political party convention or convention-related event."Just last month, in a cable...
    TikTok : TikTok is the fashion app. Whether or not you have it installed, you are sure a video of the app has reached you, or maybe a close relative has noticed and is glued to the news all day. However, the app is not having as much fun as expected and it is all due to the latest moves by the Trump administration. And this has been the consequence of TikTok denounces the United States for its strong restrictions. TikTok denounces the US blockade One of the things Donald Trump will be remembered for will be his protectionist foreign policy. His “America first” was one of the campaign slogans and he has carried it to the letter,...
    It’s never a good sign when someone gives a speech and people’s reaction is to talk about something other than the words. And this is what happened Monday night to the president’s large adult son, who came to the speaker’s podium on night one of the Republican convention with very red shrunken eyes that did not escape the Internet's notice. People wondered and wondered what was up with Junior’s eyes. In fact, after the speech, #cocaine started trending. As for the words, Junior accused the left of “trying to “cancel” all of those Founders.” He also said that this election would be “church, work, and school” versus “rioting, looting, and vandalism.” And then Junior, who set up the Trump Tower...
    Q: When Highway 85 opened in 1994, I read that a citizens’ committee had taken over the project from Caltrans because Caltrans was taking too long after decades of delay and growing cost. Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. The committee saved a lot of money on the Highway 17 flyover overpass by using dirt foundation ramps as much as possible instead of building the elevated concrete ramps that Caltrans wanted. In the end, the committee dissolved itself when the project was complete. Alas, I can’t find anything about it, some 25 years later. Do you remember anything about this group? I think this Highway 85 committee had...
    Kids, teachers, administrators, other school employees, and their loved ones are deeply concerned with how the new school year will work in light of COVID-19. In much of the country, the coronavirus is simply too widespread to allow a return to in-person education with any reasonable degree of safety. That reality hasn’t stopped some absurdly irresponsible Republican officials from pushing hard to do so anyway (here’s looking at you, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott). New York City, however, has gone from being the pandemic’s American epicenter to the one very large city with infection rates low enough to—according to the current plan—offer at least some regular in-person instruction at every public school, including the ones my children attend. No one knows how it’s...
    Sports writing, Aug 23 . .- “The Tokyo Games without an audience are not discussed at this time.” This is how resounding the president of the International Paralympic Committee, Andrew Parsons, is shown in an interview with EFE, in which he says he is “positive” in the face of its celebration because “there is time” to find a vaccine and that the coronavirus pandemic remits Worldwide. Parsons (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 1971) “is not that I am optimistic, although I am positive” with the Paralympic Games in Tokyo one year from now. They will be a special appointment for everything that is being lived and that will serve to “talk about integration” and take “a new attitude for the future.”...
    It’s a red-letter, if sad, day on the hypocrisy beat when after three years a Republican-majority Senate Intelligence Committee comes out with a 1,000-page report finding there was a whole lot of direct contact between the Trump 2016 campaign with Russian intelligence operators. You know, the opposite of what Donald Trump has argued forcefully over and over again is a hoax. Even Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the new committee chairman, says while it does not represent “collusion” — a conclusion that prompted Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) to say Rubio was not reading the same report he did — he did acknowledge a whole lot of interaction between Team Trump and Team Russia. Of course,  Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III also...
    The 2020 Republican National Convention starts its celebratory programming Monday as Republicans officially renominate President Trump and will get four nights to provide a counterpunch to Democrats' convention from the previous week, rally their base and try to get swing voters to side with them in November. The party conventions, held every four years, have had their plans blown up by the coronavirus pandemic and have had to adjust how they'll take care of business. The GOP convention will still have a footprint in Charlotte, N.C., where a large celebration was initially planned -- six delegates from each state are set to travel to the city to take care of the party's official business. But due to the coronavirus and restrictions put in...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images The House Ethics Committee on Friday released a report disclosing that it declined a request to take action against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for a message he wrote on Twitter, writing it “is not the social media police.” Gaetz wrote a message directed at President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in February 2019, two months after Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison on charges related to tax evasion and campaign finance violations. “Hey @MichaelCohen212 – Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot,” Gaetz wrote...
    Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Friday, aiming to reassure Democrats and Americans who are concerned that the U.S. Postal Service may not be able to deliver their mail-in ballots in time for the presidential election. DeJoy’s testimony in the Senate comes ahead of what is expected to be a fiery hearing for the postmaster general on Monday before the House Oversight Committee amid the controversy over the security of mail-in voting and changes that DeJoy has made in his short tenure as postmaster general. DEJOY, IN SENATE HEARING, AIMS TO CALM FEARS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS BEING DELIVERED LATE Here’s what you need to know about Louis DeJoy: DeJoy became postmaster general this summer DeJoy was...
    Alex Henderson August 20, 2020 6:00PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Rusal, a Russian aluminum company, has invested heavily in a mill that the North American company Braidy Industries has planned for Eastern Kentucky — and according to a Senate Intelligence report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Rusal is a "proxy for the Kremlin." In 2019,  journalist Morgan Watkins reports in the Louisville Courier Journal, Rusal agreed to invest $200 million in Braidy's mill. And the bipartisan Senate Intelligence report, released on August 18, describes Russian oligarch and Rusal co-owner Oleg Deripaska's ties to the Kremlin. : According to the report, "Deripaska's companies, including Rusal, are proxies for the Kremlin, including for Russian government...
    On August 18, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its bipartisan report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. One of the things addressed in the report is Donald Trump’s phone conversations with veteran GOP operative Roger Stone during the election — and according to an August 19 article by New York Times reporter Julian E. Barnes, the Senate Intelligence report sheds even more light on those interactions than the Mueller report and Stone’s criminal trial. Barnes notes that according to court records, Stone and Trump had 39 phone conversations from March-November 2016 — one of which Barnes describes as “an intriguing phone call, on October 6, 2016, to Mr. Trump.” “According to the Senate report,” Barnes explains, “Mr. Stone...
    For The Daily Beast’s membership drive, we're asking our reporters and editors to tell the stories behind some of their biggest stories. There was no shortage of underground Trumpworld figures for reporters to dig into during the years-long Russia investigation. But in 2018, we got a tip about a controversial donor who’d flown so far under the radar that he’d escaped public detection. The Imaad Zuberi story came to us in a way these stories usually come to reporters. We’d been investigating Trump’s inauguration in an attempt to try to determine who in that orbit had paid for access, and then some, and whether any donor had contributed foreign funds to the committee.  For months we spoke with people...
    (CNN)On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee dropped a bombshell about Russia's interference in the 2016 election -- and its ongoing efforts to disrupt the 2020 contest as well. And most people just sort of shrugged.Maybe that reaction was because the country is still in the midst of a fight against the coronavirus. Or that the focus of the political world is on the virtual Democratic National Convention. Or that people are just plain sick of all the back-and-forth on the Russia story.Whatever the reason, the public's reaction (or lack thereof) was entirely out of step with the details that were contained in the fifth (and final) release of the Intelligence Committee's report. What was in those documents was deeply damning...
    Imagine for a moment that you were working for U.S. intelligence when you learned the following about some of the people working on the Trump presidential campaign. Paul Manafort, who was the campaign manager, passed sensitive campaign data to a known Russian agent, Konstantin Kilimnik, who was acting as the go-between for Manafort with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Manafort’s presence on the campaign and proximity to Trump created opportunities for Russian intelligence services to exert influence over, and acquire confidential information on, the Trump campaign. That presented a “grave counterintelligence threat.” The candidate and senior campaign officials attempted to obtain advance information about the release of damaging DNC and Clinton emails by WikiLeaks (an organization that was knowingly collaborating with...
    Republican Sen. Ron Johnson announced Tuesday that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy—a major donor to the GOP—will testify at a virtual Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Friday, just days ahead of DeJoy’s scheduled appearance before the Democrat-controlled House Oversight Committee. The timing of the planned Senate hearing—and Johnson’s stated reasons for inviting DeJoy to testify—immediately sparked concerns that the GOP is attempting preempt the House panel’s questioning and put its own spin on the postmaster general’s disruptive and possibly illegal changes to the U.S. Postal Service’s operations ahead of the November elections. Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, warned in a tweet Tuesday that “Senate Republicans scheduled the hearing with DeJoy before his appearance on...
    The nearly thousand-page Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee report released Tuesday, the culmination of a three-year bipartisan investigation, leaves no room for doubt: Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign exposed our country to significant counterintelligence risks.  While partisans can argue about whether or its report’s findings constitute “collusion” with the Kremlin, the report flatly states that the Trump campaign “presented attractive targets for foreign influence, creating notable counterintelligence vulnerabilities.” One operative who exploited the chaos was Paul Manafort, who had worked closely with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska between 2004 and 2009. The Intelligence Committee found that Deripaska “conducts influence operations,” in coordination with and under the direction of the Russian government. Manafort, who had run multi-million dollar influence campaigns for Deripaska “in numerous...
    Washington — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will testify before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Friday, amid rising concerns about recent operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service which have led to delays in mail delivery. "I am pleased to have secured an oversight hearing on Friday with Postmaster General DeJoy in order to address urgent questions on the Postal Service delays that are causing massive disruptions across the country," Democratic Senator Gary Peters said in a statement on Tuesday. "As Ranking Member on the only Senate Committee with oversight of the Postal Service, I will continue pressing for answers on Mr. DeJoy's recent directives and their impacts on all Americans, who rely on the Postal Service for prescriptions, running...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee concluded that the Kremlin launched an aggressive effort to meddle in the 2016 presidential contest on behalf of Donald Trump as the Republican-led panel on Tuesday released its fifth and final report in its investigation into election interference. The Senate panel described its report, totaling more than 1,300 pages, as “the most comprehensive description to date of Russia’s activities and the threat they posed.” The bipartisan investigation lasted almost three and a half years, much longer than the other probes. The report purposely does not come to a final conclusion, as the other reports did, about whether there is enough evidence that Trump’s campaign coordinated or colluded with Russia to sway the election...
    Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (2nd R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will testify Friday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as lawmakers speak out against his overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service.  The hearing, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET before the Republican-led panel, will mark DeJoy's first time directly answering questions from Congress about the post office, which has come under intense scrutiny in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. "I...
    (CNN)As the United States faces multiple crises, Americans need a specific kind of leader -- a forward-looking, empathetic one. After working with Joe Biden in Congress for several decades, I have no doubt that he not only meets, but exemplifies, these character traits. He has proven himself to be a politician who cares about the pain of others and who deftly consoles those in need by encouraging them to dream of a better tomorrow. While Joe has demonstrated such concern on countless of occasions, I'll share two instances that stand out in my memory.Barbara BoxerWhen I was in the House of Representatives in 1994, a former colleague of mine, Illinois Rep. Marty Russo, had a terrifying health scare. His son,...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. On Sunday, the House Oversight Committee urged Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to move up his scheduled testimony before the committee to August 24, nearly a month before planned, citing the “starling new revelations” about the “scope and gravity of operational changes you are implementing at hundreds of postal facilities.” “Your testimony is particularly urgent,” writes the committee’s chair, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), “given the troubling influx of reports of widespread delays at postal facilities across the country—as well as President Trump’s explicit admission last week that he has been blocking critical coronavirus funding for the Postal Service in order to impair mail-in voting efforts for the...
    The Senate Intelligence Committee last year called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, it emerged Friday.  The committee sent a bipartisan letter in July 2019 asking federal prosecutors to question Bannon, a former Trump confident, about potentially lying to lawmakers during its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. It also voiced concerns that Trump family members such as his son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner lied about their dealings with the Russians.   The Senate Intelligence Committee last year called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, pictured, fearing he lied to lawmakers during its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016...
    The College Football Playoff committee is moving forward and plans on crowning a champion for the 2020 season. The committee announced Thursday that they had met “in preparation for the upcoming season” as multiple conferences have dropped out during the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) “We don’t know right now what the season will bring, but as a committee, we are ready to use the protocol and the expertise of the 13 people who have been charged with selecting the teams,” Committee Chair Gary Barta said. CFP is preparing for the 2020 season. A reminder that four of the 10 FBS conference are not playing. pic.twitter.com/rAxDOjGZaH — Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 13,...
    (CNN)A small town in Georgia has voted to move a former slave market out of the center of town. Louisville, located about 45 miles southwest of Augusta, was the first capital of the state and has been home of the Old Market House since 1795. The structure was a former slave market and sits in the middle of downtown. "We're trying our best to do what's right here," Mayor Larry Morgan told CNN affiliate WJBF.The city establishes a committee to determine the futureThe city established a 14-member advisory committee for the Market House in July to help decide the future of the structure in July. Advisory committee member Lillian Easterlin, executive administrative director of Jefferson County, told CNN that at...
    LOS ANGELES -- Here's a look at Sen. Kamala Harris' career.Harris has long been active in local and state politicsHarris, who grew up in Oakland, has represented California in the U.S. Senate alongside fellow Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein since 2017. She currently serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Select Committee On Intelligence and the Committee On Budget.Before she was elected to the Senate, Harris served two terms as the district attorney in San Francisco and was California's attorney general, the first woman of color to hold that office. She previously worked in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.Harris announced her run for the presidency in January 2019....
    Downtown Chicago reopens in wake of widespread looting A 17-year-old Sesame Place employee was brutally attacked after asking a visitor to wear a mask, revealing a crisis for workers across America One chart shows how well the last stimulus package worked — and how badly we need another one © Provided by Business Insider Fiscal stimulus filled the gap in aggregate incomes, per this Bank of America Research chart, citing the White House budget. Bank of America Research Investment Committee; Bureau of Economic Analysis Bank of America released a chart that shows how significant the pandemic stimulus package was in filling the American compensation gap brought on by the pandemic.   Now, the same aggregate income data shows how...
              The first day of the Tennessee General Assembly’s special session Monday called by Governor Bill Lee, revealed the legislation related to COVID-19 liability, telemedicine expansion and protesting that will be considered. Only legislation related to the topics specifically contained in the governor’s proclamation can be considered during the special session, which began at 4 p.m. on Monday with both the House and Senate going into a floor session. The floor sessions, which lasted less than 30 minutes each, dispensed quickly with the formality of the respective speakers assigning two committees each to notify the governor and the other chamber that it has “perfected its organization and is ready to conduct business.” The Senate...
    The FBI under Director Christopher Wray's leadership deceived lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee during a 2018 briefing on the Russia investigation, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told "Hannity" Monday, citing a document he obtained from the Department of Justice. "This is really unbelievable ... " said Graham, R-S.C. "A year after they knew the Russian dossier was no longer reliable, they told the same lies to the Congress, not just the [FISA] court, as a completely new front of legal liability, and I'm going to find out what happened." DECLASSIFIED SENATE INTELLIGENCE REPORT SHOWS STRONG DOUBTS ABOUT STEELE DOSSIER IN DECEMBER 2016 According to Graham, the committee called the FBI to testify on the reliability of the notorious Steele Dossier. The dossier was pivotal to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants the bureau obtained for...
    PHOTO VIA NSFGov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee remained on the sidelines in July, marking the fourth consecutive month it has had little financial activity, according to a newly filed finance report. The Friends of Ron DeSantis committee did not receive any contributions during the month and only collected $276.17 in interest on a bank account. It spent $10,423 during the month on consulting, accounting and software expenses. The committee, which had a similar lack of activity in April, May and June, has remained largely idle since the coronavirus pandemic hit the state. Nevertheless, it had about $7 million in cash on hand as of July 31, the report shows... Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our...
    South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham claimed in a Sunday interview that “someone” at the Federal Bureau of Investigations “needs to go to jail” after he accused the body of misleading the Senate Intelligence Committee during its probe of the Steele Dossier in 2018. Graham made the comments in an interview on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo following the release of previously redacted FBI documents. Graham claimed that the files showed that the law enforcement agency had established that most of the contents of the source information — which was the catalyst for an investigation into President Donald Trump’s links with Russia — were likely false. “The subsource said, it was all bar talk, hearsay speculation, and conjecture, and the whole...
    The temporary chain link fence that was put up around the Minnesota State Capitol might not be as temporary as hoped. Two weeks after the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration said the fence would soon be gone, she is now recommending that it remain in place with no date for removal. A meeting is scheduled today by the Advisory Committee on Capitol Area Security to discuss the proposal. The fence was installed by the state at the request of the Department of Public Safety after it discovered what it considered credible threats to the Capitol building following the homicide of George Floyd. The fence seals the building from visitors. Only credentialed lawmakers, staff and news media can currently...
    Lindsey Graham said Sunday that the FBI 'misled' the Senate Intelligence Committee during a March 2018 briefing where they bolstered up the reliability of the infamous Steele Dossier even though the primary sub-source said most of the information is 'hearsay.' New redacted documents released Sunday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Graham is chairman, reveal that the primary sub-source of the dossier told the FBI that all the information included came from 'word of mouth and hearsay.' This runs contrary to what the FBI represented to the panel during the 2018 briefing, when the committee was told there was no reason to doubt the dossier Graham said Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz decided to call the FBI in...
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham said on "Sunday Morning Futures" that the FBI deceived his counterparts in the Senate Intelligence Committee during a 2018 interview on the investigation into Russian election interference, citing a newly released he obtained through the Department of Justice. According to Graham, R-S.C., the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2018 called in the FBI to testify on the reliability of the notorious Steele Dossier. The dossier was pivotal to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants the bureau obtained for former Trump aide Carter Page as part of its "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into Russian election interference. The senator said that the FBI then told the committee there was no reason to doubt the dossier and primary subsource that...
    Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates did not want to answer questions or admit to her negligence in the Russia probe during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Thursday. “From her, I learned she didn’t want to answer the questions, she wouldn’t even admit that neither the president nor anyone associated with his campaign had been found to be in violation of law or found to be colluding with the Russians,” Kennedy told “The Brian Kilmeade Show.” “That’s in the Mueller report and she wouldn’t even admit that that was true." SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM ON FBI USE OF DISCREDITED STEELE DOSSIER, QUESTIONS FOR SALLY YATES Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that when the FBI...
    The Daily Caller has taken tens of thousands of dollars to help Republican campaigns raise money while performing political fact-check services for Facebook. Federal election filings from the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee show that the two organizations rented email lists from the publication this year, paying $40,213.75 and $18,171.40, respectively. The Caller, a right-wing publication co-founded by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson, has also since 2016 sent dozens of emails “paid for by Trump Make America Great Again Committee,” a joint fundraising vehicle shared by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to Media Matters. Media Matters also revealed that The Daily Caller has sent sponsored emails on behalf of a number of Republican candidates this year. Media Matters posted screenshots of the emails, from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; the Senate Conservatives Fund;...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution that the nightly assaults on the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, required government intervention, because local law enforcement refused to quell the attacks on the building and the federal officers already stationed on the property. Graham asked Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli about the fate of the courthouse if additional officers had not been deployed. “If we’d done nothing, what would have happened to the courthouse, Mr. Cuccinelli, in Portland?” Graham asked.  “That courthouse wouldn’t be there in any functional ….” Cuccinelli said. “So I challenge anybody on the other side to say different,” Graham said, interrupting Cuccinelli and challenging...
    A new HBO documentary that follows three Republican members of Congress exposes how special interest groups wield immense influence over federal lawmakers. “The Swamp” reveals an open secret in D.C. that prominent committee seats are doled out to members of Congress not based on their merit but on their ability to raise huge sums of cash for their party. “The Swamp” premiers on HBO on Aug. 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET. A new HBO documentary follows three Republican members of Congress as they offer a behind-the-curtain look into the power big money special interest groups and lobbyists wield in Washington D.C. “The Swamp,” set to premiere Tuesday evening on HBO, follows Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Thomas...
    NASA The US has taken on grand challenges that required complicated coordination earlier than, together with Challenge Apollo. Coping with the social and financial upheaval from the coronavirus pandemic would require the abilities and abilities of many varieties of professions – medical personnel, public well being specialists, mother and father, college students, educators, legislators, enforcement authorities and lots of others. Till now, although, the U.S. has struggled to mount a coordinated nationwide response to successfully stamp out COVID-19, whilst different international locations in Europe and East Asia have proven that the illness may be managed. Prior to now, the US has efficiently mobilized to deal with deeply complicated challenges and I imagine a type...
    NASA The US has taken on grand challenges that required complex coordination before, including Project Apollo. Dealing with the social and economic upheaval from the coronavirus pandemic will require the skills and talents of many types of professions – medical personnel, public health experts, parents, students, educators, legislators, enforcement authorities and many others. Until now, though, the U.S. has struggled to mount a coordinated national response to effectively stamp out COVID-19, even as other countries in Europe and East Asia have shown that the disease can be controlled. In the past, the United States has successfully mobilized to address deeply complex challenges and I believe one of those – sending astronauts to the Moon – can be...