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2020 Dems’ straight-male dilemma and other commentary

Liberal: Can Straight White Male Dems Run in 2020?. Of the 10 Democrats who have officially announced for president, notes Politico’s Bill Scher, only two are heterosexual white males. Yet of the 16 still pondering a White House run, all but one are straight white men. “It’s hard to chalk that up to

NEW YORK POST

Racist comments cost Steve King his House committee roles. He hopes prayer brings them back.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is hoping divine intervention will lead to his serving on House committees again. Last month, House Republican leaders voted unanimously to remove King from his House committee assignments after the New York Times published an interview in which King questioned why terms lik

WASHINGTON POST

Senate Panel Launches Bipartisan Probe Into Think Tank Linked To Butina, Torshin

The Senate Finance Committee is launching a bipartisan investigation into how a conservative think tank aided Maria Butina, the admitted Russian agent who sought political influence through her ties with the National Rifle Association.

NPR

House committee wants to grill Zuckerberg on Facebook data privacy

A House committee wants some answers from Facebook guru Mark Zuckerberg after a complaint that users’ sensitive medical information posted in supposedly private groups could easily be harvested by insurers and “online bullies.”

NEW YORK POST

North Carolina's elections board holds hearing on ballot fraud allegation

North Carolina's elections board is holding a hearing Monday on ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional election. The hearing, slated to last at least two days, will include the results of a monthslong investigation into allegations that a political operative tampered w

CBS NEWS

Senate passes bill to make lynching a federal crime

The Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would make lynching a federal crime, the Washington Post reports. Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for nearly 100 years to pass similar measures, with more than 4,000 black people having been victims of lynching between 1877 and 1950, a

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N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican operative conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina’s elections director said Monday, but the first session of a days-long hearing produced scant evidence that the GOP congressional candidate he worked for knew about it or even

AP

Rep. Who Lost Son In Shooting: Gun Violence, 'Not A Wall,' Is The Emergency

Just before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in an attempt to gain access to billions of dollars for his border wall, a Democratic congresswoman who lost her son in a fatal shooting called gun violence the real crisis.

HUFFINGTONPOST

Rep. Mucarsel-Powell Leads Congressional Oversight Visit Of Homestead Children Detention Facility

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell was in Homestead Tuesday morning, leading a congressional delegation on a visit to the Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Migrant Children.

CBSLOCAL.COM

Trump: I have to 'straighten out' the military before worrying about the $22 trillion debt

President Donald Trump promised to eliminate the national debt during his campaign, but he said Friday that building up the military is more important. Total public debt outstanding topped $22 trillion earlier this week, with nearly $2.1 trillion coming under Trump's watch.

CNBC

Kirk Caldwell’s Side Job At The Bank Would Be Outlawed Under This Bill

The Hawaii Legislature is again considering a bill that would prohibit the governor and county mayors from having other jobs outside of their elected positions. That would include Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who has reported earning at least $200,000 from Territorial Savings Bank in two of the yea

CIVILBEAT.ORG

Tim Griffin named chairman of Republican Lieutenant Governors Association

The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA) announced Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin will serve as the 2019 chairman of the national organization. “It is my honor to serve as the 2019 Chairman for the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association,” Griffin said in a statement. “The RLGA

TALKBUSINESS.NET

Follow the legislative freebies to legislative action

Freebies galore on tap for lawmakers today, notwithstanding the alleged ethics amendment that voters thought would end free lobby wining and dining. And don't think this is just about socializing. Health care, software, corporate welfare and more figure in.

ARKANSAS TIMES

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, intelligence chair and Trump critic, to headline Colorado Democratic dinner

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the congressman leading a bevy of investigations into President Donald Trump’s administration, will headline the Colorado Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner, the party announced Monday.

DENVER POST

Hearing Today Seeks to Throw Out 'List of Potential Non Citizen Voters'

That flawed list which purported to show 'potential non citizen voters,' will be the subject of a court hearing in U.S. District Court in San Antonio today, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

IHEART.COM

U.S. lawmakers warn Trump 'emergency' sets dangerous precedent

Democrats and some Republicans in the U.S. Congress condemned President Donald Trump's attempt to use a national emergency to construct a wall along the border with Mexico. Lisa Bernhad reports.

REUTERS

Did Whitaker give sworn testimony ‘contradicted by other evidence’?

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker appeared before the House Judiciary Committee last week, and by any sensible measure, he did not do well. Former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace after the hearing, “I am not kidding when I say I have interviewed terrorists who

MSNBC

The Four Horsemen of the Cryptocalypse

Although the crypto industry is showing strong adoption and development as we start 2019, there’s Four Horsemen of the Cryptocalypse who would rather watch blockchain bend the knee, or bend it to their will.

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