Wednesday, November 25, 2020

MixedTimes - Joseph Weber

Blankenship launches third-party bid in West Virginia Senate race

West Virginia coal baron Don Blankenship on Monday announced a third-party Senate bid, vowing to keep fighting despite losing in the recent GOP primary -- and posing another obstacle in Republicans’ bid to take the Democrat-held seat.

Freedom Caucus leader Meadows says farm bill not dead

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who led House conservatives’ successful effort Friday to nix the GOP-controlled chamber’s farm bill, thinks detractors will eventually come around to supporting the measure.

Former WWE stars run for office as Trump-style outsiders

Two former pro wrestlers are running for office this year on the kind of conservative and outsider ticket that helped President Trump get elected but with slightly different political styles -- or at least different decibel levels.

Pompeo backs Trump's vow on Europe helping Iran pursue nuclear weapon

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made clear Sunday that President Trump’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal didn’t target Europe, but he backed the president’s vow to keep European allies or companies from helping Iran pursue a nuclear weapon.

To flip House, a perfect campaign is more an ideal than a reality

Democrats and Republicans have plotted for months -- and years -- to find a winning midterm strategy to control the House. But with the races now in full swing, some upsets, another ex-con candidate and a few low-profile contests have emerged to perhaps decide which party leads the chamber after November.

Trump won't testify in 'bad faith' Mueller probe: DiGenova

Joseph diGenova, a former Trump personal lawyer and U.S. attorney, said Sunday that the president will not agree to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller in his Russia collusion probe because it has devolved into a “bad faith” investigation.

In Ohio, Trump touts GOP tax cuts ahead of key primaries next week

President Trump visited Ohio on Saturday for a roundtable discussion with small-business owners about the recent GOP tax cuts. But as often the case, Trump turned the public event into a freewheeling discourse on such key issues as illegal immigration and U.S.

Tester feeling heat from Trump in Montana Senate race

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is now feeling the full weight of Washington Republicans’ drive to unseat him in the midterms, on the heels of President Trump's attacks for helping derail his pick to lead Veterans Affairs.

Left Battles Itself: Sanders, Warren wings face off in Ohio primary

Democrats’ fight to win key gubernatorial races has produced primary battles splitting the liberal base -- and the first test will play out next week in Ohio, where candidates backed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders supporters are facing off.

DNC's Perez on defense amid criticism of 'sham' Russia-Trump lawsuit

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez found himself on defense Sunday responding to criticism that his party's lawsuit against Russia, President Trump and other 2016 campaign figures is a "sham" that contradicts his push to let Special Counsel Robert Mueller complete his probe.

Corker: Democrats blocking Pompeo nomination to appease base that 'abhors' Trump

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker on Sunday dismissed criticism about Republicans “ramming” Mike Pompeo’s nomination as secretary of state through the chamber, saying Senate Democrats have blocked the “highly qualified” Pompeo from getting the post just to appease their anti-Trump base.

France's Macron speaks to 'very special relationship' with Trump

French President Emmanuel Macron says he has a “very special relationship” with President Trump, suggesting they’re political “mavericks” mutually committed to fighting terrorism and that he will ask Congress during his U.S.

France's Macron suggests Trump cannot 'make war' against everybody, everything

French President Emmanuel Macron insisted Sunday that he has a solid relationship with President Trump, ahead of his Washington visit this week, but also appeared to caution the president about his aggressive stances on Iran, climate change and international trade, in an exclusive “Fox News Sunday” interview.

Trump says NY Times trying to 'destroy' Cohen, newspaper fires back

President Trump on Saturday criticized The New York Times for stories that he says attempt to “destroy” personal lawyer Michael Cohen and suggested he will betray Trump to avoid prison -- particularly singling out reporter Maggie Haberman, who the president called “third rate” and a Hillary Clinton “flunkie.

Trump says New York Times stories trying to 'destroy' Cohen

President Trump on Saturday criticized The New York Times for stories that he says attempt to “destroy” personal lawyer Michael Cohen and suggested he will betray Trump to avoid prison -- particularly singling out reporter Maggie Haberman, who the president called “third rate” and a Hillary Clinton “flunkie.

Dem leaders take heat for ramping up push to repeal tax cuts

Top congressional Democrats used this week’s IRS filing deadline to ramp up calls to repeal GOP tax cuts -- drawing jeers from Republicans who say the package is helping working Americans and putting some rank-and-file members in a difficult spot.

RNC fact-checks Comey's story: 'No credibility'

The Republican National Committee is ripping into James Comey’s comments during his TV appearance Sunday touting his forthcoming book with a fact-check picking apart the former FBI director's claims.

Haley warns Assad: Trump 'watching,' US work in Syria 'not done'

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday defended President Trump’s declaration of “mission accomplished” in the Syria missile strikes, saying the president was talking in military terms about a singular task, not about foreign policy, while reinforcing that the “United States’ work in Syria is not done.

House lawmakers take their turn grilling Facebook's Zuckerberg

House members took their turn Wednesday grilling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the social-networking site’s failed to protect the personal information of 87 million users, calling on him to explain the "alarming reports" about the data security and urging him to help fix the industry's problems.

Congress demands answers from Zuckerberg over handling of Facebook users' data

Congress on Tuesday grilled Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for failing to safeguard the personal information of roughly 87 million users on the social-networking behemoth, suggesting that “sorry” is no longer enough and demanding answers about how he intends to prevent future problems.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg issues mea culpa before Capitol Hill grilling

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives Monday on Capitol Hill for a series of expected private meetings with lawmakers -- ahead of his much-anticipated testimony this week on how the social media giant allowed a data-mining company to get personal information from at least 87 million users.

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify on Capitol Hill in days

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify next week on Capitol Hill regarding recent revelations about how the world’s most popular social media site collects and uses people's data, a House committee said Wednesday.

Issa thinks special counsel ultimately will lead FBI-Justice probe

California Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday that existing probes into the former Obama administration’s FBI and Justice Department “could and will likely lead” to a special investigator, while fellow Republican and South Carolina Sen.

California Rep. Sherman defends 'hysteria' over citizenship, census question

California Rep. Brad Sherman on Sunday defended against criticism about his and fellow Democrats' “hysteria” over President Trump adding a “citizenship” question to the 2020 census, saying that getting immigrants from oppressive Latin American countries to fill out the federal questionnaire is “going to be difficult.

Graham lauds Trump on North Korea, but says Russia 'running wild'

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a military hawk and solid President Trump supporter, on Sunday gave the president a mixed review on recent foreign policy decisions -- suggesting the president indeed brought North Korea to the negotiating table, while disapproving of Trump’s plan to remove troops from Syria to allow Russia to run “wild.

Trump rips California governor for pardoning ex-cons facing deportation

President Trump on Saturday slammed California Gov. Jerry Brown for pardoned five ex-convicts facing deportation, referring to Brown by his throwback nickname “Moonbeam” and questioning whether Californians “really want” such policies for criminal immigrants.

Maryland Senate Dem hopeful takes on Cardin, AIPAC, NRA, gun march

A first-time candidate is launch a quixotic bid to unseat Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin in which he also intends to “fundamentally realign” party politics by taking aim at the recent March for Our Lives rallies and the powerful AIPAC lobby group -- while also trying to make a deal with the NRA.