by on February 12, 2018
A look at the long-shot districts that Democrats are targeting in the midterms. Welcome back to House Party, our column looking at the 2018 House of Representative races as midterms approach. Welcome to the final installment of our intro series, where we’re really getting into the weeds. These are traditionally Republican districts with entrenched incumbents. Democrats can win the House without winning any of these, and right now only a few are on national radars. But there a...
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by on February 9, 2018
Hurricane Maria left her atelier without power. Her seamstresses lost everything and her house flooded. But Puerto Rican designer Stella Nolasco put tragedy behind her to bring a color and optimism to New York Fashion Week, laced with a clear political message. She was just starting to prepare for her fall/winter 2018 collection when the monster storm tore through the island on September 20, devastating the US territory and leaving Puerto Rico without power or telecommunications for months. ...
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by on February 10, 2018
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused the White House of politicizing U.S. intelligence and national security after President Trumpblocked the release of a Democratic memo, saying that the president "has something to hide." "President Trump’s refusal to release Intelligence Committee Democrats’ memo is a stunningly brazen attempt to cover up the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal from the American people," Pelosi said in a statement. "The President’s decision to block t...
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by on January 19, 2018
Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Appleton, Wisconsin on March 30th, 2016. The latest congressional testimony from the co-founder of a firm tasked with investigating Donald Trump is full of explosive allegations. Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS says in the November testimony that much of the president's wealth had come from trusts and investments set up by his late father. Simpson also testifies that money from Russian sources was funneled to Trump properties in Toronto, Panama and...
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by on January 27, 2018
The president targeted three bureau officials who could provide key testimony in the Mueller probe. U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with then-FBI Director James Comey at the White House on Jan. 22, 2017. President Donald Trump pressed senior aides last June to devise and carry out a campaign to discredit senior FBI officials after learning that those specific employees were likely to be witnesses against him as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, acco...
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by on February 15, 2018
The Senate failed at several attempts to pass different solutions to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program alongside bolstered border security on Thursday, effectively ending debate on the issue for the foreseeable future. The White House threatened to veto the bipartisan amendments in a telephone briefing with reporters, calling the proposal from the so-called Common Sense Coalition dead on arrival. A White House official also said they were requesting that Senate offices...
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by on February 1, 2018
Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati [official bio] on Wednesday refused [letter, PDF] to produce legislative district data to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website]. On Monday, the Supreme Court had ordered [text, PDF] the parties in League of Women Voters v. Pennsylvania [case materials] to produce "ESRI shape files that contain the current boundaries of all Pennsylvania municipalities and precincts" to facilitate it's plan to produce a legislative district ...
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by on February 2, 2018
What happens after #ReleaseTheMemo. US Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of House Intelligence Committee, listens to President Donald Trump's remarks during a lunch at the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference February 1, 2018, at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia Over continued objections from the FBI, the White House declassified a version of Republican Rep. Devin Nunes’s four-page memo on Friday, which alleges serious abuses of power by the ...
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by on February 9, 2018
We now have a vague idea of why Paul Manafort associate Richard Gates‘ attorneys want off his case: irreconcilable differences. This doesn’t do much to explain things, however, as available court filings don’t describe what these irreconcilable differences are. Also, there’s a gag order on the case, which is based on charges brought against Gates and Manafort by Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s office. “As a basis for counsel’s motion to withdraw as counsel of record, undersigned coun...
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by on January 22, 2018
FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to resign after Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressured him to remove Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Axios reported Monday. Wray reportedly told Sessions that he would resign if McCabe was removed from his post, explosive allegations that will only increase attention on President Trump's interactions with the Justice Department. Sessions also allegedly told White House counsel Don McGahn about Wray’s response to the pressure for him to fire...
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by on February 9, 2018
President Trump on Friday refused to authorize the release of a Democratic rebuttal to a controversial Republican memo alleging that the FBI and Department of Justice abused their power to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. In a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the White House said it could not release the Democrats' memo because the Justice Department "has identified portions...which it believes would create especially sig...
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by on February 14, 2018
After increased pressure from inmate advocates and Gov. Cuomo, the de Blasio administration Wednesday announced a plan to build a new jail in the Bronx and renovate three existing facilities off of Rikers Island. The NYPD Tow Pound in Mott Haven will be home to a new facility as part of the city’s plan to create smaller and safer jails. The other sites are: Queens Detention Center, Brooklyn Detention Center and the Manhattan Detention Center. De Blasio said that there will be one pu...
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