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  • Virtual Caucus at Risk After Hack
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 07:51 PM

    “The Democratic National Committee has raised substantial cybersecurity concerns over virtual caucusing, potentially dooming the effort just five months before Iowa begins its process of choosing a presidential nominee,” Bloomberg reports.

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  • Trump Could Save Millions With Interest Rate Cut
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 12:55 PM

    “President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • Crazy Day Shows How Chaos Threatens World Economy
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 07:53 AM

    “The series of economic and financial developments on Friday was a strange, bewildering, exhausting microcosm of why the global economy is at risk of a meltdown,” the New York Times reports.

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  • Trump Says He Can Order U.S. Companies Out of China
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 08:03 AM

    President Trump asserted that a 1977 law authorizes him, unilaterally, to punish businesses which continue to manufacture their goods in China.
    Said Trump: “For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump Promises Middle Class Tax Cut If He Wins
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 12:41 PM

    President Trump tweeted that he would push a “major middle income tax cut” if Republicans keep the Senate and presidency and take back the House in the 2020 elections.
    Said Trump: “If Republicans take back the House, and keep the Senate and Presidency, one of our first acts will be to approve a major middle income Tax Cut!More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump’s Volatile Approach Raises Alarms
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 09:31 PM

    New York Times: “In the space of a few hours, he declared that his own central bank chief was an ‘enemy,’ claimed sweeping powers not explicitly envisioned by the Constitution to ‘order’ American businesses to leave China and, when stock markets predictably tumbled, made a joke of it.”

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  • Office Vandalized Inside Education Department
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 04:13 PM

    “The office of an African American employee of the U.S. Department of Education was vandalized earlier this week, and other employees have expressed concern that the attack may have been racially motivated,” NBC News reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Joe Walsh Wants George Conway to Join Campaign
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 05:20 PM

    Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), “who is expected to announce a long shot primary challenge to President Trump in the coming days, is wooing the husband of Kellyanne Conway, Mr.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Biden Asks Audience to Imagine Obama Assassination
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 07:50 PM

    Joe Biden “took a series of unusual rhetorical detours at the end of a town-hall-style campaign event nominally dedicated to health care, speculating about how a political assassination of Barack Obama might have affected the country in 2008 and recalling that he was accused of being gay because of his support of women’s rights in the 1970s,” the New York Times reports.

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  • A Turbulent Twenty Years In Politics
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 09:13 AM

    First Read: “As political observer Bruce Mehlman notes, eight of the last 10 election cycles — from 2000 to 2018 — have resulted in a change of party control in the House, Senate or White House.”

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  • The Great Crackup
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 09:24 PM

    Rick Wilson: “The subtle meter in Americans’ brains that tracks the degree to which the universe seems off its axis has been in a state of constant flux since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, but this week the needle slammed hard into the peg on the right side of the gauge.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump Aides Slam French for Focus on ‘Niche Issues’
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 04:14 PM

    New York Times: “Senior administration officials said that the agenda would center too much on issues designed to play well with Mr. Macron’s domestic audience — like climate change, income and gender equality, and African development — and was engineered to highlight disagreements with Mr.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Haley-Pence Rivalry Heats Up
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 07:58 AM

    “When top Republicans convened at the St. Regis resort in Aspen, Colo. last month for an exclusive donor retreat, several attendees said there was palpable tension in the room as the gathering’s two headliners prepared to speak: Vice President Mike Pence and former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley,” Politico reports.

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  • Amazon Fires Become a Global Political Crisis
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 10:21 AM

    “As an ecological disaster in the Amazon escalated into a global political crisis, Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, took the rare step on Friday of mobilizing the armed forces to help contain blazes of a scale not seen in nearly a decade,” the New York Times reports.

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  • Is Trump’s Economic Team Ready for a Trade War?
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 09:25 PM

    “Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office,” the AP reports.

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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Treated Again For Cancer
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 03:41 PM

    “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has just completed three weeks of radiation treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York,” NPR reports.

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  • How Trump Will Tank the Economy and His Presidency
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 04:56 PM

    Josh Barro: “It’s also worth considering the possibility that we have gotten too far down the trade-war road for the president to unwind the problems he’s caused. To the extent there are signs of weakness in the domestic economy, they are largely on the producer side.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump Escalates Tariffs on China
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 05:21 PM

    “President Trump said he would raise tariffs against China from 10% to 15% on Friday, in the aftermath of a steep stock market drop following his earlier tweets denigrating Fed chair Jerome Powell and China,” Axios reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Seth Moulton Ends Presidential Bid
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 09:10 AM

    “Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), a Harvard-educated Marine veteran who struggled to gain traction in a crowded Democratic presidential field, announced Friday that he would leave the campaign, making him the third candidate to depart the race this week,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • Does Pelosi Have a Plan on Impeachment?
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 09:56 AM

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  • Alabama GOP Calls for Expulsion of Ilhan Omar
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 07:56 PM

    The Alabama Republican Party passed a resolution calling for Alabama’s congressional delegation to seek the expulsion of their colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Yellowhammer News reports.

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  • Democrats Can’t Just Unwind Trump’s Foreign Policy
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 07:51 AM

    Politico: “Through executive orders, regulatory changes, political maneuvers and sometimes mere neglect, Trump has overseen major, possibly permanent, shifts in U.S. foreign policy that will be on full display this weekend in France as the president meets with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit.”

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  • Disruption Takes Over the G7
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 07:56 AM

    “President Trump has generally been outnumbered at summits like the G7 — the disrupter-in-chief in a room of more sober-minded leaders. This time around, disruption is the rule,” Axios reports.

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  • Boris Johnson Will Tell Trump to Stop His Trade War
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 10:26 AM

    “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would be telling President Trump at this weekend’s G7 summit to pull back from a trade war which is already destabilizing economic growth around the world,” Reuters reports.

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  • Quote of the Day
    Saturday - 08/24/2019 - 12:45 PM

    “If there is a Supreme Court vacancy next year and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell carries through on his extraordinary promise to fill it — despite his own previous precedent in blocking Merrick Garland — it will tear this country apart.”
    — David Axelrod, on Twitter.

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  • Al Franken Seeks Return to Public Eye
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 03:43 PM

    After resigning from the U.S. Senate at the beginning of 2018 due to sexual-harassment allegations, Al Franken is working with a Hollywood firm to make paid public speeches, Bloomberg reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Administration Seeks To Legalize Firing Gay Workers
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 04:16 PM

    “The Trump administration took its hardest line yet to legalize anti-gay discrimination on Friday when it asked the Supreme Court to declare that federal law allows private companies to fire workers based only on their sexual orientation,” BuzzFeed News reports.

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  • Trump Clarification Syndrome
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 05:42 PM

    David Remnick: “As perilous and unnerving as things are, any form of political despair at such a moment remains unforgivable. Despair is a form of self-indulgence, a dodge. Trump’s derangements in policy and character should instead instill a kind of Trump Clarification Syndrome, a reckoning with what confronts us.”

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  • Pelosi Asks Democrats to Slow Calls for Impeachment
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 07:53 PM

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “suggested that House Democrats should refrain from pushing for President Trump’s impeachment, warning that a premature effort to oust the president could undermine her case for doing so down the road,” The Hill reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Quote of the Day
    Friday - 08/23/2019 - 10:03 AM

    “I think it’s evident that this is now a three-way race between Biden, Warren and Sanders, and really it’s a debate about how far left the party should go.”
    — Rep.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share