Monday, May 20, 2019

MixedTimes - Adam Shaw

Barr says DOJ has ‘multiple criminal leak’ probes underway

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday told lawmakers that the Department of Justice has “multiple criminal leak investigations” underway in response to unauthorized media contact by department officials during the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation.

'Medicare-for-all' battle kicks off with tense and emotional House hearing

Liberal Democrats’ ambitious plan to transfer Americans to a government-run “Medicare-for-all” system took a step forward Tuesday as the House held an emotionalfirst hearing for the proposal -- and Republicans vigorously pushed back, warning the program would offer inferior health care at tremendous cost.

Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says she is a ‘no’ on Trump impeachment

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., said this week that she does not support launching impeachment hearings against President Trump in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report -- the latest wrinkle in left-wing Democrats’ plans to push impeachment.

‘Shadowy’ dark money network behind left-wing causes exposed in new report

An expansive network of“shadowy” dark moneydonors has grown to rival the influence of theconservative Koch brothers --pumping millionsinto left-wing causes ranging from health care toclimate change to abortion -- all while flying well under the radar of public scrutiny, according to an explosive new report obtained by Fox News.

Elizabeth Warren described as ‘diehard conservative’ in school

2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is known for her left-wing views on issues from healthcare-for-all to taxing the super-wealthy. But a new deep dive into the left-wing firebrand’s past finds that she was known as a “diehard conservative” in school.

Nancy Pelosi grapples with her own 'Tea Party' as liberal wing flexes muscle

House Speaker Nancy Pelosiattemptedto present a united Democratic Party on Friday as lawmakers closed out a Washington-area retreat, despite suggestions that she is grappling with her ownversion of the "Tea Party" that roiled the Republican Party establishment during the Obama years.

US denies entry to founder of anti-Israel BDS movement

A founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement was barred from entering the U.S. on Thursday, amid an escalating pushback against the anti-Israel movement in Congress.

Julian Assange not a ‘hero,’ Obama DHS chief Jeh Johnson says

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is not a “hero” andthat it was a "complex" question as to whether Assange'srole publishing classified documents on the Iraq War counted as legitimate journalistic activity.

Trump calls Russia probe ‘a big hoax,’ says Dems have ‘done a lousy job’

President Trump, in an interview that aired Saturday on “Fox & Friends”, called the FBI Special Counsel’s Russia investigation “a big hoax” and claimed that Democrats are keeping up pressure on the Justice Department to release the report sooner because “they’ve done a lousy job.

Ocasio-Cortez calls for ‘agenda of reparations’ as 2020 Dems get on board

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called Friday for “examining and pursuing an agenda of reparations” as part of a lengthy list of proposalsdelivered before an Al Sharpton-sponsored conference in New York -- touting a controversial policy that's increasingly gained support from the 2020 field of Democratic presidential candidates.

Pelosi's office sought to sabotage 'Medicare-for-all' push: report

An adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reportedly urged health policy groups to raise their concerns about “Medicare-for-all” proposals, just as the plan was beginning to be embraced by top 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Booker takes swipe at Harris for ‘bragging’ about marijuana use

2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., on Monday took a swipeat his Democratic rivals, including Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., for "bragging" aboutpast marijuana use --while ordinary Americans have seen their lives derailed for the same thing.

Democrats Abrams, Gillum question legitimacy of 2018 election defeats

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum this week questioned the legitimacy of the outcomes of their respective races -- suggesting that they, rather than their Republican opponents, should be in the governors seats.

Beto O’Rourke apologizes for joke about wife, teenage murder fiction

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was forced Friday to offer two apologies, one for a campaign joke about how he and his wife raise their children, and another about an edgy short story about running over kids that he wrote when he was 15.

GOP leaders call on Pelosi to hold Green New Deal hearings

GOP leaders in the House are calling onHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to hold hearings on the Green New Deal-- part of a broader Republican push to bring more attention to the sweeping plan embraced by the Democratic Party's left flank and derided as socialism by the right.

Pelosi works to derail bid to spare Trump from border emergency rebuff

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday that she would not allow the House to take up legislation that would potentially spare President Trump from an embarrassing rebuff from Congress over his decision to declare a national emergency on the border.

Cheney challenges Pence face-to-face over Trump foreign policy

Former Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly challenged Vice President Pence over President Trump’s foreign policy on Saturday, with Cheney even comparing Trump's approach to that of former President Barack Obama.

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