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Ocasio-Cortez goes on tear defending role in Amazon’s New York exit

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezvigorously defended her role in sinking Amazon’s move to New York City on Tuesday in the face of bipartisan criticism, claiming the deal would have been “one of the biggest giveaways in state history” and would have priced people out of the local community.

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over inflammatory Instagram post

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered former Trump adviser Roger Stone to appear in court to consider whether his bail will be revoked after he posted a pictureof her on Instagram showing what appeared to be crosshairs in the background.

Texas lawmakers propose funding border wall on their own

AsWashington, D.C. debates a budget deal that would getPresident Trump barely 1/20th of the border wall funding he requested, and with significant strings attached, two local Texas lawmakers are proposing dipping into the state’s "rainy day" fund to finance the border barrier on their own.

Between Acting AG Whitaker and House Dems, Trump-Mueller hearing turns testy

What was pitched as an oversight hearing with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday quickly descended into heated rounds of recriminations as Democrats pressed him for hours on his dealings with FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation -- and Whitaker in turn angered committee lawmakers with equally fiery comebacks.

Dems reject Trump call to end ‘partisan’ probes, come together on border wall

President Trump’s State of the Union appeals for Democrats to end “partisan” probes into his White House, as well as his callfor cooperation on border security to prevent another partial government shutdown, met with a prickly response Wednesday from the other side of the aisle -- as the push for unity quickly gave way to new rounds of Washington rancor.

As Trump makes border wall pitch, other countries say theirs work

As President Trump seeks to fulfill his promise to build a wall on the southern border, he is getting support from leaders in countries that have erected their own border barriers -- and who hail those projects as criticalto battling illegal immigration.

Ocasio-Cortez, Markey to unveil Green New Deal legislation

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., are preparing to introduce "Green NewDeal”legislation -- marking a big step forward in the push to implement a massive package of big-government programs aimed at radically transforming the American economy.

Texas says it found 95,000 non-citizens on voter rolls; 58,000 have voted

The Texas secretary of state's officeannounced Friday that the state has discovered 95,000 non-citizens on the voter rolls going back to 1996, 58,000 of whom have voted in at least one election -- an announcement likely to raisefresh concerns about the prospect of voter fraud.

Trump to make announcement on partial government shutdown from Rose Garden

President Trump will speak in the Rose Garden about the partial government shutdownat 1:30 p.m ET on Friday -- an indicationthat a possible short-term deal may have been reached to end the stalemate, even as reports emerged that there is no fundingfor a border wall in the deal.

Elizabeth Warren to call for ‘wealth tax’ on richest Americans: report

2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is reportedly set to propose a new “wealth tax” on Americans with more than $50 million in assets, as well as other measures that include a significant hike in funding for the Internal Revenue Service.

Elizabeth Warren calls for ‘wealth tax’ on richest Americans

2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is reportedly set to propose a new “wealth tax” on Americans with more than $50 million in assets, as well as other measures that include a significant hike in funding for the Internal Revenue Service.

Twitter shuts down Beto O’Rourke parody account

Twitter has shut down a parody account of formerTexas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke’s meandering blog posts -- even though parody accounts of President Trump and other politiciansremainactive.

Trump rallies for border wall as McConnell moves new bill: ‘No Cave!’

President Trump on Tuesday urged Republicans not to “cave” on border security and the partial government shutdownas Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., lines up a vote on legislation to fund a border wall and the government -- and challenge Democrats in the process.

Trump says he appreciates Mueller’s statement disputing BuzzFeed report

President Trump on Saturday said he appreciates FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller releasing a statement disputing parts of a BuzzFeed news report claiming Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the timing of discussions over a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.

Sen. Bob Casey rules out 2020 presidential bid

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has decided not to run for president in 2020, saying in a statement that the best way for him to fight for Americais to remain in the Senate.

Pelosi says Trump administration derailed trip plans again, with leak and security warning

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office accused the Trump administration on Friday of leaking plans for a congressional delegation to fly commercial to Afghanistan after they were denied military aircraft, saying the related security risks have forced them to postpone the trip -- in the latest escalation of the bitter feud over the partial government shutdown.

Pelosi says Trump derailed trip plans again with leak; White House calls claim 'flat out lie'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office accused the Trump administration on Friday of leaking plans for a congressional delegation to fly commercial to Afghanistan after they were denied military aircraft, saying the related security risks have forced them to postpone the trip -- in the latest escalation of the bitter feud over the partial government shutdown.

Women’s March losing steam, supporters amid anti-Semitism concerns

The Women’s March, which was hailed as an international rebuke ofPresident Trump in 2017when throngs of activists took the streets the day after his inauguration, is steadily losing supporters amid an anti-Semitism scandalthat won't go away.

Congressional leaders meet at White House as shutdown stances harden

Congressional leaders met at the White House on Friday for the second time this week as the partial government shutdown drags on with no end in sight -- with Democrats refusing to fund a wall on the southern border, and Republicans warning “if there’s no wall, there’s no deal.

Pelosi claims gavel vowing focus on gun legislation, Dreamers, 'checks and balances'

Speaker Nancy Pelosi,reclaiming the gavel on Thursday, described her party's majority in the House of Representatives as part of a "new dawn" -- and outlined an agenda that includes expanded gun background checks, protections for some illegal immigrants, anda check on the Trump administration's power.

Pompeo warns Iran over plans to launch rockets into space

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned Iran over plans to launch rockets into space, saying the move would violate theU.N. resolution that enshrined the Obama-era nuclear deal -- the latest push by the U.S.

Socialism Rising: Dems take House pushing massive government expansion, as party lurches left

The growing socialist wing of the Democratic Party will flex its muscle Thursday with the seating of the new Congress, as more self-described Democratic Socialists join the ranks and dozens of sitting and incoming members – including likely 2020 hopefuls – embrace a massive government expansion that would make FDR look like a penny pincher.

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