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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.

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.

Trump-shaped 9th Circuit hands White House major win on asylum policy

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- long a liberal bastion that has been aggressively reshapedinto a more moderate court by the Trump administration -- handed the president a major win late Monday, lifting a nationwide injunction on his asylum policy.

Buoyed by Trump, GOP candidates sweep North Carolina special elections

In a major victory for both President Trump and national Republicans,North Carolina GOP state Sen. Dan Bishop was projected to win a fiercely contestedspecial U.S. House electionthat was widely seen as a possible bellwether for the president's chances in the 2020 election.

Dems admit Trump helped GOP candidates sweep North Carolina special elections

In a major victory for both President Trump and national Republicans,North Carolina GOP state Sen. Dan Bishop was projected to win a fiercely contestedspecial U.S. House electionthat was widely seen as a possible bellwether for the president's chances in the 2020 election.

Texas leads charge against Google in massive antitrust probe

Less than two months after the Justice Department initiated a wide-ranging antitrust review of big tech companies, 50 U.S. states and territories, led by Texas, Monday announced their owninvestigation into Google's "potential monopolistic behavior.

Guns, impeachment push, border wall: What's in store as Congress returns from recess

As Congress heads back to work on Monday in Washington after a six-week recess, lawmakers who already have struggled to pass substantive legislation this term are set to grapple with a slew of combustible issues, ranging from trade deals andborder wall funding to gun controland impeachment proceedings.

North Carolina judges throw out districts drawn for GOP advantage

Just more than a month after the Supreme Court effectively punted the partisan fight over gerrymandering to state courts, aNorth Carolina trial court has rejected state legislative district maps, saying lawmakers took extreme advantage from drawing districts to help elect a maximum number of Republicans.

White House, DOJ working to expedite death penalty for mass shooters

The White House said Monday it has drafted legislation with the Justice Department that would expedite the death penalty for people found guilty of committing mass shootings, following Saturday's attack in West Texas that left seven dead, according to a pool report.

Steep new US, China tariffs go into effect, as companies warn of higher consumer prices

Despite multiple indications last month of a possible breakthrough in trade negotiations, the United States and China went ahead with their latest tariff increases on each other's goods Sunday, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer items in advance of the holiday shopping season.

IG report highlights apparent inconsistencies in Comey's testimony about Trump memos

Findings by the Department of Justice Inspector General released Thursdayare raising new questions about former FBI Director James Comey's 2017 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, as President Trump and his congressional allies slammed Comey's "dishonest" and "disgraceful" actions described in the watchdog's report.

Heritage Foundation bewildered by Biden claim about Trump tax cuts

The conservative Heritage Foundation reacted with bewilderment on Wednesdayafter Joe Biden claimed that the think tank had condemned the 2017 Trump-GOP tax cuts, saying theformer vice president's claim simply has no basis in reality.

Barr books holiday party at Trump hotel, stoking ethics concerns

Attorney General Bill Barrhaspersonally booked a200-person holiday party, complete with a four-hour open bar and buffet, at theTrump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. for Dec. 8 -- drawing ethics concerns from observers, even though Barr is using his own money for the event.

Sanders slams McConnell's 'cowardice' in fiery visit to top Republican's home state of Kentucky

Bernie Sanders renewed his attacks on Senate Majority LeaderMitch McConnell at a fiery rally in the top Republican'shome state ofKentuckyon Sunday afternoon, demanding that McConnellstop his "cowardice" and "have the guts" to immediately take up legislation aimed at reducing gun violence, strengthening election security and raising the federal minimum wage.

Protests erupt after DNC puts kibosh on climate change-focused debate

The Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco erupted into a hail of protests on Thursday, as unruly environmentalist activists condemned the party's decision not to hold a presidential primary debate focused exclusively on climate change —a demandlong sought by left-wing activists.

Beto O'Rourke says he opposes death penalty for El Paso mass shooter

On his way to the site of the Oklahoma City bombing on Monday, Beto O'Rourke affirmed that he categorically opposes the death penalty -- even in the cases of convicted terrorist Timothy McVeigh and the El Paso mass shooter who killed 22Wal-Mart shoppersearlier this month in the city he once represented in Congress.

FBI 'indifferent' to possible China hack of Hillary Clinton's server, as State Department fought to protect her, interviews suggest

Interviews with intelligence community officials have revealed that senior FBI leaders "seemed indifferent to evidence of a possible intrusion by a foreign adversary" into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s non-government server,and that State Department officials allegedly sought to "downgradeclassified material found on the server," according to Senate investigators still probing the matter.

Twitter locks out McConnell's campaign for posting video of calls for violence at his home

Twitter locked accounts belonging to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign and one prominent conservative reporter on Monday, after they posted videos of left-wing protesters gathered outside McConnell's Kentucky home -- with one demonstrator calling for someone to stab McConnell "in the heart" and for McConnell to break his "raggedy" neck.

Nadler slammed for 'harassment' after fresh Kavanaugh doc requests

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday accused the panel's Democratic chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, of "harassment" and unethical conduct,after Nadler moved to seekrecords from Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh'stime in the George W.

California sued over law blocking Trump from ballot unless he releases tax returns

Four voters in California, along with the conservative transparency group Judicial Watch, announced Monday they havefiled a federal lawsuit against the left-wing state, alleging its new lawaimed at strong-arming President Trump into releasing his income tax returns is patently unconstitutional.

Castro says 'one person' is responsible for El Paso massacre: 'the shooter'

Shortly after Beto O'Rourke claimedSunday thatPresident Trump's "racism" is what "leads to" violent shootings, another Democratic presidential contender, Julian Castro said "there's one person that's responsible directly" for Saturday's deadly mass shooting in El Paso, Texas-- "and that's the shooter.

Democratic socialists convention erupts due to 'sensory overload,' gendered pronoun usage

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend came to a screeching halt when one delegate formally complained of "sensory overload" from "guys" whispering in the room -- prompting another "comrade" to grab the microphone to angrily demand an end to the use of "gendered language.

Trump decries 'wasted money' on inner cities at Ohio campaign rally

President Trump took the stage at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday night, in his first "Keep America Great Again" event since his supporters drew bipartisan condemnation by engagingin an impromptu"Send her back!" chant directed at Somali-born Rep.

Biden prompts confusion with bungled pitch for supporters to text campaign

Joe Biden ended Wednesday night's Democratic presidential primary debate by issuing a vexing call for supportersvisit "Joe 30330" -- leading to confusion as to whether the former vide president promoting a website, text messaging number, or even the next millennium.

FBI agents went to Comey's house, retrieved secret memo written after his termination

FBI agents went to James Comey's residence and retrieved a secret, previously unreported memo he drafted the night before agents arrived, well after he was fired as FBI Director,according to bureau documents released Wednesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the transparency group Judicial Watch.

Budget deal is 'death of the Tea Party movement,' Rand Paul says

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that thehard-won, warts-and-all budget pact between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump "marks the death of the Tea Party movement in America," and will uncontrollably balloon the national debt, which now stands at$22 trillion.

Tim Ryan called out for not placing hand on heart for national anthem at Dem debate

Democratic presidential contender Tim Ryan stood out as the only candidate who didn't put his hand on his heart during a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the opening of Tuesday night's debate in Detroit, prompting commentators to zing the marginal candidate even before opening statements began.

Daines introduces resolution condemning socialism, saying 'pivotal' moment has arrived

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines was expected to introduce a resolution forcefully condemning what he called the "failed experiment" of socialism on Monday, warning that the United States had "two paths to take" -- with one leading to "freedom," and the other, "totalitarianism, complete government control, and the abolition of our constitution and our American way of life.

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