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Maxine Waters Finds Her First Target As House Financial Services Committee Chair

In her first major policy speech since taking the reins of a powerful House committee, California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters announced that she will be targeting acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. “The time for accountability for his actions is about to begin,” Waters said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank. ...

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China’s Top Economic Official Is Coming To The US In Hopes Of Ending Trump’s Tariff War

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is officially set to visit the United States to help negotiate an end to the long-lasting trade war between both countries. Liu has accepted an invitation to visit Washington, D.C., on January 30 and 31, where he will speak with both U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. As China’s top economic ...

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US Looking Into Smacking Venezuela Right Where It Hurts

In the wake of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s controversial re-election, the Trump administration is looking to increase pressure on the socialist government with harsher sanctions. The United States currently employs a mild amount of sanctions against Venezuela for its continued democratic abuses. The White House, for example, has penalized a number of the country’s government leaders; taken a swipe at ...

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Ocasio-Cortez Shames News Outlet For Not Hiring A Black Journalist To Cover 2020 Elections

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shamed a news outlet on Twitter for not including a “single black journalist” to cover the 2020 election season. With the 2018 midterms already in the rearview mirror, newsrooms across the country are already preparing for the presidential elections less than two years away. Ben Mitchell, an associate producer for CBS News, publicly announced on ...

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Details Emerging On Money Behind Influential Environmentalist Group

A recent profile piece has identified several progressive institutions that are funding the Sunrise Movement, a nascent environmentalist organization that is quickly wielding influence in Washington, D.C. Founded in April 2017, the Sunrise Movement is a newcomer among the many green organizations that have already been established for generations. However, the youth-led climate group has quickly garnered national attention and high-dollar ...

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‘Justice Democrats’ Set Sights On First Primary Target

Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee, announced its first primary target for the 2020 elections: Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar. Cuellar, a seven-term congressman representing Texas’ 28th Congressional District, stands out as one of the few remaining pro-life Democrats left on Capitol Hill. However, Justice Democrats believe the Hispanic Democrat is too bipartisan on a number of other issues, ...

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Here’s Exactly What Trump Wants For The Border

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Trump has asked for $5.7 billion to fund construction of a wall on the country’s southern border.  The White House is also asking for a few billion dollars more to bolster immigration enforcement and humanitarian care for illegals already in custody.  Democrats and Republicans could possibly make a DACA-wall deal, or Trump could circumvent congressional authority altogether by declaring an emergency.  President ...

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Fiat Chrysler Slapped With $650 Million Fine For Emissions Scandal

Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay over half a million dollars in fines for using illegal software that produced inaccurate emissions tests results. In a massive settlement Thursday that involves the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the state of California, Fiat Chrysler will adhere to a number of penalties for violating the Clean Air Act and California state ...

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Trump Officially Nominated An EPA Head. Get Ready For Another Confirmation Fight

In a move that was long expected, President Donald Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The White House announced Wednesday the president has sent Wheeler’s nomination to the Senate. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee — which must pass Wheeler before he can get a vote on the Senate floor — ...

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The Next Phase Of The US-China Trade Negotiations Begins

One tumultuous chapter of trade deliberations between the U.S. and China has ended, with both sides now hopeful that a far-reaching deal can be made before an imminent tariff deadline. Negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade officials, which began Monday in the Commerce Ministry in Beijing, finally concluded on Wednesday as both sides sought to inch closer to an understanding ...

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Border Patrol Hit A Record In December On Families Detained In The Border

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After steadily climbing for months, the number of migrant families arrested at the United States border have now reached their highest number in history. U.S. border agents apprehended 27,518 members of “family units” in the month of December, according to the most recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report. The numbers make it the highest monthly total on record. ...

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Murder Charges, Sell Off Or Bankruptcy Are All On Table For California’s Biggest Utility After Deadly Wildfires

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), California’s largest electric utility, faces a range of consequences as a result of deadly wildfires that have ravaged the state. In the last two years, California has been hit with a number of destructive wildfires — resulting in a high number of deaths. One of these fires — the Camp Fire — burned around ...

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After Breaking ‘No Fossil Fuel Pledge,’ Beto Shows Support For Green New Deal Concept

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After violating a public pledge not to accept fossil fuel money, possible 2020 presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is warming up to an aggressive environmentalist proposal being pushed by other members of his party. “Beto is supportive of the concept and how it invests in green jobs, and is looking forward to engaging more on the issue as it continues ...

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Americans Have Become Dramatically More Concerned About Immigration

A significantly higher percentage of Americans have listed immigration as an issue that they hope the federal government will work to address in 2019. Forty-nine percent of Americans have chosen immigration as a top priority. The numbers are a far climb from the same poll last year where only 27 percent of respondents singled out immigration as a top concern. ...

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Ocasio-Cortez Wants To Fund Her Green New Deal By Taxing People At The ‘Tippy Tops’ At 70 Percent

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-identified democratic socialist, claimed that the United States can implement her environmental agenda if the government taxes the super rich by as much as 70 percent. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Ocasio-Cortez explained how her Green New Deal proposal — which consists of fully decarbonizing the U.S. power market within just ...

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