Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Democratic brand is pretty bad’

June 23, 2017

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he agreed with Democratic congressman Tim Ryan‘s claim that the Democratic brand is worse than President Donald Trump’s in some parts of the country. “I think the Trump brand is also pretty bad as is the Republican brand. That’s why so many people are giving up on politics.” The former Democratic presidential candidate added that the Democrats have the momentum, but the party has to do some “internal soul …

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New US sanctions on Russia inflame old tensions

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)Russia’s frustration with the Trump administration boiled over Wednesday, with Moscow abruptly canceling talks designed to improve ties with the US and threatening retaliation for sanctions the White House renewed Tuesday. Analysts say that Russia’s leaders also want to convey in no uncertain terms that, after waiting for Trump to establish warmer ties, they’re now ready to get more adversarial if need be. …

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Rep. Quigley: Kushner’s clearance ‘absolutely’ should be suspended

June 23, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner should “absolutely” have his security clearance suspended, Rep. Mike Quigley told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview Wednesday afternoon. Cummings’ letter criticized the White House for allowing fired national security adviser Michael Flynn to keep a security clearance despite concerns raised by then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates that he could be vulnerable to blackmail based on intelligence …

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Democratic lawmaker: Pelosi is worse than Trump in some areas of the country

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Jon Ossoff’s defeat in Georgia’s special House election — an election Democrats hoped would have been a referendum on President Donald Trump — has renewed some soul searching among its members. “The honest answer is in some areas of the country — yes, she is,” Ryan said. ” I think that in certain areas, like in some of these special election districts, it doesn’t benefit our candidates to be tied to her. “ Ryan …

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Michael Bloomberg to Trump: Stop tweeting and run the government

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some advice for how President Donald Trump can remove the cloud of the Russia investigation over his presidency. Clinton ‘never got a real message out’ Bloomberg has been associated with both the Democratic and Republican parties, but now identifies as an independent. “I didn’t vote for Donald Trump, who is a very nice guy, but I don’t think he’s the right person to be President of the …

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House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

June 22, 2017

(CNN)House investigators will examine on Wednesday Russia’s attempts to hack into state elections systems with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson before the House intelligence committee. The coordinated hacking effort from Russian-aligned hackers has received minimal attention in the congressional probes into Russia’s interference in the election. President Donald Trump and his supporters have regularly noted that no votes were ever changed by Russian …

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Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?

June 21, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)Democrats tried an inoffensive moderate message in Georgia. They ran a banjo-strumming populist in Montana. They called in the cavalry in South Carolina and tried to catch their foe sleeping through a long-shot in Kansas. In the special elections for House seats vacated by Republicans who wound up in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Democrats went 0-for-4. …

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Democrats seek first big win of Trump era today in Georgia

June 20, 2017

(CNN)Progressives poured $23 million into Jon Ossoff’s campaign. House Democrats’ campaign arm sent a team to Georgia to organize the sixth congressional district months ahead of the special election there. Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are facing off Tuesday in what has become the most expensive House race in history, with the candidates, their parties and super PACs pouring more than $50 million combined into the effort to win a single House seat in the northern Atlanta …

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5 things to watch in Georgia’s high-stakes House special election

June 20, 2017

(CNN)Democrats have been desperate to deal President Donald Trump a real setback at the ballot box for months — and all their hopes are riding on Tuesday’s House election in Georgia. A win by Democrat Jon Ossoff will give his party a crucial proof point that Trump’s unpopularity is damaging Republicans up and down the ballot — and make it much harder GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to tie their own political fortunes to Trump on health care, tax reform and more. It would …

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Trump defiant as pressure grows

June 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)America is edging ever closer to a new long, national nightmare, given President Donald Trump’s explosive response to signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is approaching the epicenter of White House power. Trump appears willing to test the bounds of convention and his own powers against a legal and political establishment that he believes is conspiring against him. The higher the pressure, the more defiant the President becomes. The tweet sparked …

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Early vote tally foretells soaring turnout in most expensive House race ever

June 19, 2017

(CNN)More than 140,000 voters had cast their ballots by the time early voting in Georgia closed Friday — another indication of sky-high turnout in the closely watched runoff for a House seat between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel. The pool of early voters includes more than 36,000 who did not participate in the April primary contest for the seat, which was vacated when former Rep. Tom Price became President Donald Trump’s health and human services secretary, …

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

… revenue and stores in 16 states plus D.C. provides her a much bigger platform to influence their lives than anyone in her family had two generations ago. Its also why shes decided to take on the president of the United States to stop him from rolling back decades of public land protections. We have to fight like hell to keep every inch of public land, Marcario, 52, told HuffPost last month. I dont have a lot of faith in politics and politicians right now. Ventura, California-based …

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Why we still really need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns

June 18, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump released a 98-page financial disclosure form Friday, detailing the broad outlines of his wealth but still leaving a number of unanswered questions about the specifics of not only Trump’s income but also the details of his vast holdings. Trump raked in $288 million from his golf courses alone; he made at least $37 million from Mar-a-Lago, his Florida resort and a frequent weekend stomping ground for the first family. The big problem with financial …

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Trump family makes first visit to Camp David

June 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)Think “Trump orbit” in a recreational sense, and it’s likely golf or gilded interiors come to mind — a vision of uber-comfortable playgrounds replete with ribeye steaks and crystal chandeliers. It’s an unusual decision for the President, who is widely known as someone who doesn’t like to disrupt his daily routine or spend weekends anywhere except at Trump-branded properties. …

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

… Arizona Republican Rep. Martha McSally said that the rhetoric in the country had reached such levels that civil debate was all but impossible. “Things are enflamed to such a hot point right now,” she said, bemoaning the “rhetoric, the hatred, the vitriol, the inability to have a discussion about sincerely held beliefs and debate them but not be disagreeable with each other.” But is there any real reason to believe anything will change? After all, when normal politics …

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Trevor Noah’s Plea For Unity: ‘Don’t Forget, At Your Core You’re Americans’

June 16, 2017

Noah appeared on The Late Show Wednesday evening and praised how politicians had set aside partisan politics to deal with the attack. The South African comic also pointed out that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was actually friendly with Attorney General Jeff Sessions when he served in the Senate. Noah even praised House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for their show of unity,but urged them to do more. …

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Chuck Todd Calls Out Partisan Toxic Stew After Shooter Targets Congressmen

June 15, 2017

Folks, some want to blame the left or the right or us in the media, he said on Meet the Press Daily on MSNBC.But heres who it seems too many folks dont want to blame: themselves. We are all to blame. This toxic stew that passes for political discourse seems beyond repair in the current moment. Just look at social media. For too long, our collective politics has demonized the other side for caustic behavior while rationalizing that same behavior when it comes from someone who shares their …

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Source: Investigators for special counsel will soon speak to senior intelligence officials

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)Investigators for the special counsel investigating questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election will soon speak to senior intelligence officials, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN. Investigators have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett, according to the source. Ledgett wrote a memo, according to the source, documenting a conversation in which President Donald Trump allegedly urged Rogers to help get the FBI to …

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Senate approves new Russia sanctions

June 15, 2017

(CNN)The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to enact new sanctions against Russia and make it difficult for President Donald Trump to lift them. The Russia sanctions amendment was added to an Iranian sanctions bill on the Senate floor after a deal was struck earlier this week between the Republican and Democratic heads of the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committees. …

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It’d be shocking if the Warriors went to the White House

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)It would be quite a shock and seriously awkward if the Golden State Warriors went to the White House for the customary congratulations from the President. He went on a post-election rant at a team news conference where expressed his disappointment that “the man who’s going to lead you has used racist, misogynist words.” …

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Nearly 200 Congressional Dems Sue Trump For Violating Constitution

June 14, 2017

… provides governments an incentive to give Trump-owned businesses special treatment. Carlos Barria / Reuters RARE TO SUE PRESIDENT On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said partisan politics was behind the lawsuit by the Maryland and District of Columbia officials. But the constitutional provision theyre suing to enforce gives them a role in how its carried out, and that gives them a powerful standing argument, Litman said. …

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No one knows what the GOP health plan is, even Republicans

June 14, 2017

(CNN)Senate Republican leaders say they still hope to vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare before lawmakers leave town for the July 4th recess. Since House Republicans passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare last month after much hand-wringing and drama, a “working group” of Senate Republicans have been meeting to share their preferences for a health care bill. It is now up to the Senate Budget Committee — in consultation with key senators and leadership — to draft …

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Air Force needs new wings for 110 A-10 Warthogs

June 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)The US Air Force is telling Congress to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to upgrading the venerable A-10 Warthog fleet. The Air Force has warned Congress that more than a third of the 283 A-10 attack aircraft fleet may have to be permanently grounded unless Congress increases the Air Force’s budget to restart the production line that makes new wings for the planes. …

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Dennis Rodman hopes to do ‘something pretty positive’ in North Korea

June 13, 2017

Beijing (CNN)NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman told CNN he was hoping to do “something that’s pretty positive,” as he prepared to board a plane for a trip to North Korea Tuesday. Four Americans are currently being detained in North Korea. When asked if he planned to raise their detention with North Korean officials, Rodman said: “Well that’s not my purpose right now… My purpose is to go over there and try to see if I can keep bringing sports to North …

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It’s Jeff Sessions’ turn in the hot seat

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)It’s the biggest blockbuster Washington drama since … last week. But his testimony will be a dramatic sequel to the fired FBI chief’s tour de force that twisted a knife in President Donald Trump’s administration over the Russia investigation and still has Washington buzzing. Paul: Look at facts, but Russia investigation all ‘sour grapes’ But Trump’s subsequent statement on NBC that he was thinking of the …

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