Monday, September 16, 2019

MixedTimes - Politics

DOJ uses Democrats’ impeachment confusion against them in court

The Justice Department, in new court filings, sought to block congressional Democrats' bid for secret grand jury material from the Robert Mueller investigation by citing theconfusion inside the caucus over whether or not they're pursuing an "impeachment investigation.

Sanders shakes up campaign leadership in New Hampshire

Facing discontent and unheeded warningsfrom longtime supporters that he could lose the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermonton Sunday replaced the director of his presidential campaign operations in the Granite State.

NYT updates Kavanaugh 'bombshell' to note accuser doesn't recall alleged assault

The New York Times late Sunday made a major revision to a supposed bombshell piece concerning a new allegation of alleged sexual assault bySupreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh -- hours after virtually all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates had cited the original article as a reason to impeach Kavanaugh.

US political discourse needs more 'flying flamingos'

I don’t claim to be an expert on parliamentary procedure and precedence in the British House of Commons. But I can say one thing: Congress would sure be a helluva lot more fun if the U.S.

McCarthy promises accountability as Barr reviews IG’s FISA report: ‘The closest we’ve ever seen to a coup’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., promised that guilty parties will be held accountable afterJustice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz releases his report on the FBI's alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in the Russia investigation, and predicted that former bureau leaders James Comey and Andrew McCabe will face criminal charges after what he described as an attempted "coup" to take down President Trump.

Trump suggests 'innocent' Kavanaugh should sue, blasts media for 'lies'

President Trump saidSupreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh should sue or get backing from the Department of Justice, after a New York Times piece claimed that new accounts support one claim of alleged sexual misconduct from when Kavanaugh was in college.

DOJ watchdog submits draft report on alleged FISA abuses to Barr

The Justice Department’s inspector general told lawmakers Friday his team is nearly finished with its long-awaited review of alleged surveillance abuses by the DOJ and FBI during the Russia investigation, saying they have submitted a draft to the attorney general and are “finalizing” the report ahead of its public release.

McCabe team pressures DOJ to show cards amid grand jury speculation

A lawyer for Andrew McCabe, the former FBI official facing the possibility of federal charges, is making a fresh attempt to pressure prosecutors to drop the case against him – citing supposed "rumors" that a grand jury has already declined to indict him.

Pension funds in Iran on brink of collapse amid US ‘maximum pressure’ campaign

EXCLUSIVE: Crippling sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran since President Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal last year have left pension funds throughout the country on the brink of collapse, according to documents reviewed by National Security Council officials and obtained by Fox News.

Protesters shout down Biden in Dem debate disruption

Protests erupted late intoThursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, interrupting former Vice President Joe Biden moments before he delivered a heartfelt response about his personal hardships.

Buttigieg alleges Trump voters are 'supporting racism'

Democratic presidential candidatePete Buttigiegsuggested during Thursday night's debate that those who back President Trump and hisimmigration policies are “supporting racism."

Debate turns into melee over health care, Obama, socialism as Dems struggle to show unity

Long-simmering policy disputes between Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and a slew of other candidates exploded into the open during Thursday night's Democratic primary debate, as the candidates -- often with raised voices -- laid bare their fundamental disagreements on "Medicare-for-all," immigration and more.

US to share name of Saudi suspected of aiding 9/11 attackers

The Justice Department decided Thursday that it would reveal a key newdevelopment in a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia for its alleged involvement in the 9/11 attacks - the previously redacted identity of an individual believed to be connected to the Saudi government who aided the hijackers.

Knives were out for Bolton at all levels, from Mulvaney aide on up

The departure of national security adviser John Bolton this week was the culmination ofmonths of sharp-elbowed conflicts between the foreign policy hawk and officials at all levels of the administration-- with sources revealing even a quietly influential aide to the White House chief of staff was lobbying for his ouster.

House votes to ban drilling in Arctic refuge

The House on Thursday voted 225-193 to reinstate adecades-long ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a move meant to stymie President Trump’s plan to open up the wilderness to commercial interests.

Warren, on debate day, proposes Social Security boost of $200 per month

Declaring that “it’s getting harder to save enough for a decent retirement,” Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday unveiled a plan to increase monthly Social Security benefits by $200 for every current and future beneficiary.

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