Monday, March 18, 2019

MixedTimes - Adam Shaw

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.

Clintons face new accusations of nepotism, retribution politics in tell-all

Bill and Hillary Clinton are facing fresh accusations of nepotism and revenge politics after a Democratic foreign policy adviser claimed they tried to obtain a scholarship for Chelsea Clinton’s boyfriend, and later punished the adviser for backing then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008.

From reparations to Green New Deal, liberal litmus tests put 2020 Dems in risky territory

The Democrats'2020 presidential hopefuls are latching on to an array offar-leftideasat a quickening pace months before the primaries even start -- stirring hope from Republicans that theeagerness to endorse proposals with limited appeal beyond the hardcore base could turnoff voters in the general election and hand President Trump a second term.

Pence, at CPAC, slams Dems over Green New Deal: 'That system is socialism'

Vice President Pence, addressing theConservative Political Action Conferenceon Friday, accused Democrats of openly advocating for socialism with far-left policies such as "Medicare-for-all" and the Green New Deal -- a system he said had “impoverished millions of people around the world.

New ‘Medicare-for-all’ bill would largely outlaw private insurance

House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled their latest “Medicare-for-all” bill -- a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health care system that would largely outlaw privateinsurance as part of what critics call a one-size-fits-all government takeover.

Ocasio-Cortez lashes out at 'dude' who 'creepily' took photo of burger meal

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.,lashed out at an anonymous shutterbug who “creepily” snapped a picture of her at a restaurant with an aide who was feasting on a juicyburger -- an image that soon made the rounds on social media, as it was taken days after she questioned whether Americans needed to eat so much meat.

Cohen says Trump asked him to threaten people ‘500 times’

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on Wednesday said that President Trump had asked him to threaten people on his behalf approximately 500 times, as he also expressed his own fears about the safety of his family.

Cohen says he ‘threatened’ Trump’s schools over possible release of grades

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told a House committee Wednesdaythat he threatened schools President Trump attended over the possible release of his grades during the 2016 campaign -- promising to hold them liable “to the fullest extent of the law” if they made then-candidate Trump’s records public.

Trump lands in Vietnam for Kim Jong Un summit

President Trump landed Tuesday in Vietnam for his crucial summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- the second such meeting as part of a bold push to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Amy Klobuchar tried to torpedo staff’s future job prospects: report

2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is facing yet more reports that she mistreated staff working in her Senate office, including claims that she attempted to torpedo departing employee’s future job opportunities -- an allegation the senator denies.

Vintage Bernie footage shows now-presidential candidate praising breadlines, communist nations

Presidential hopeful Sen.Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has never shied away from his embrace of a hard-left agenda, but the democratic socialist is facing renewed scrutiny over a catalog of comments he made in the 1980spraising the Soviet Union, offering advice to Nicaragua's socialist government -- and even saying breadlines in communist countries are a "good thing.

Lifestyles of the rich and socialist: Bernie Sanders has 3 houses, makes millions

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., entered the 2020 presidential race this week promising to transform America with a left-wing visionof economicand environmental justice. But the self-described democratic socialist’s high-end income, multiple houses and fondness for air travel have already opened him up tocriticism that his lifestyle doesn't always match the rhetoric.

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.

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