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House Intel Votes To Release Dozens Of Interview Transcripts From Russia Probe

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The House Intelligence Committee voted Tuesday to release dozens of interview transcripts from the panel’s Russia probe, nearly a year after the committee voted to send the documents to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as part of a review for classified information. The committee interviewed 73 witnesses as part of its broad investigation into Russian interference in ...

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Lewandowski Slams Hillary During Impeachment Hearing: I ‘Didn’t Delete’ My Emails

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski slammed Hillary Clinton during Tuesday’s testimony on the congressional impeachment inquiry, noting that he “didn’t delete” his emails. Lewandowski testified before the House Judiciary CommitteeTuesday regarding an impeachment inquiry about President Donald Trump’s potential obstruction of justice. He was ordered by the White House not to speak about any conversation with the president or senior presidential ...

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House Democrats Must Find Seven More Votes to Pass Assault Weapons Ban

The majority of House Democrats oppose an assault weapons ban and they are still seven cosponsors short of passing legislation. Democrats have been critical of the president’s changing stance on stronger background-check legislation since mass shootings killed over 50 people in the month of August alone. Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie said House Democrats “want to take your guns,” but ...

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Pelosi Walks Out On Reporters After More Impeachment Questions

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked out on reporters Thursday after being asked about conducting a formal impeachment inquiry, adding that she won’t answer any more questions on the topic. The weekly press conference was cut short when Pelosi walked away after telling the press to focus on other topics, such as the Democratic House proposal, which has been dismissed ...

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Schiff ‘Commands’ Michael Flynn To Appear Before House Intel Committee Sept 25

Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, demanded that Michael Flynn appear before the committee for testimony Sept. 25, after the former national security adviser failed to provide documents and said he would plead the Fifth. The committee subpoenaed Flynn on June 12 for personal and business records as part of an ongoing investigation of the Trump ...

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Democratic Support For Medicare-For-All In The House Just Crossed A Major Hurdle

The majority of House Democrats now support a Medicare-for-all bill following an endorsement by the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus on Thursday. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, considered the fifth most powerful Democrat in the House, became the 118th member of the House to sign onto Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare-for-all bill, which has been described as the ...

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Democratic Staffer Booted From Congressional Trip For ‘Malicious Behavior’

A House Democratic staffer was summarily kicked out of a congressional trip to Nevada after he “harassed and bullied” a Department of Interior employee. The Bureau of Land Management is currently hosting a week-long trip in Nevada for members of the House Appropriations Committee. The purpose of the trip is to give committee staffers a tour of the lands managed ...

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Nadler Requests Impeachment Docs From House Committees

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler asked House panels investigating President Donald Trump to share impeachment documents Thursday. Nadler requested the documents in a Thursday letter to Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff, Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters, Democratic Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, and Democratic New York Rep. Elliot Engel. The House Judiciary Committee Chairman asks in the letter that committees ...

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Lindsey Graham: Democrats ‘Can’t Have It Both Ways’ On Immigration Reform

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South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized Democrats for their across-the-board opposition to immigration proposals by the Trump administration. “Democrats can’t have it both ways,” the lawmaker tweeted Thursday. “They object to immigrant family separation because minors can only be held by [the Department of Homeland Security] for 20 days. But when [President Donald] Trump tries to keep families together ...

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Rashida Tlaib Blames ‘Senior’ Democrats After Partnership With Terror-Linked Group Draws Backlash

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib blamed senior members of her party after she and Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar faced a backlash for partnering with a terror-linked group for their cancelled trip to Israel. Tlaib and Omar held a joint press conference on Monday to address the cancelled trip, which Israel barred the lawmakers from making on account of their ...

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Schumer Tells Trump To Spend Border Wall Funds Fighting Domestic Terrorism

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told President Donald Trump in a written letter Wednesday to spend his requested $5 billion for a border wall on efforts to combat domestic terrorism. Schumer, alongside Sen. Patrick Leahy, argued in the latter that programs with more direct links to public safety should be prioritized when allocating federal funds, and that a border wall ...

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‘It’s Dangerous’: McCarthy Demands Investigation Into California’s Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel Curriculum

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California is demanding an investigation into a proposed California Department of Education curriculum that is “blatantly anti-Semitic” and “anti-Israel.” Several people involved in making the high school curriculum have been anti-Israel, and some are Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists who have tried to start an economic war on Israel, The Washington Free Beacon reported ...

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‘The World Is Watching’: US Senators Warn China Against Military Crackdown In Hong Kong

Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin and Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner issued stern warnings to China on Tuesday and Wednesday against military intervention in Hong Kong. The senators’ notices come amid threats from China to send military personnel into Hong Kong in retaliation for the violent protests there that have been ongoing since Sunday. Troops have already been sent to ...

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Demands Answers On Record-Breaking ICE Raids

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Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus asked two top immigration officials for details about the illegal immigration raids that led to the arrest of 680 people. “This raid, which is the largest [Immigration and Customs and Enforcement] raid in our nation’s history, is a continuation of the Trump Administration’s politically driven immigration agenda and efforts to target Latino families,” read ...

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