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Democrats Who Won’t Support Ousting Venezuela’s Socialist Dictator Pile On Brazil’s Democratically Elected Leader

Progressive lawmakers who decried the U.S. decision to remove recognition from Venezuela’s socialist dictator piled on the criticism of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsanaro Wednesday. Bolsonaro and President Donald Trump met in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. The progressives’ position on Venezuela is very different from that of more seasoned Democratic lawmakers including Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who agrees with the Trump administration ...

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Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Support The Green New Deal, Rashida Tlaib Says

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t support the Green New Deal resolution that’s backed by Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates, according to Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Tlaib, a Democrat and Green New Deal supporter, told Fox 2 Detroit that Pelosi’s lack of support for the Green New Deal and Medicare for All hadn’t stopped progressives from pushing those bills. “What’s incredible ...

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Electoral College Was ‘Conceived In Sin’ And Meant To Keep Black People Down, Says Steve Cohen

Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee said the electoral college was “conceived in sin” and claimed it was invented to keep black people down. “This is all conceived in sin and perpetuating slavery on the American people and on the African-American people, directly,” Cohen said on “CNN Right Now” Tuesday. “We need to give the people who understand from town ...

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Ted Cruz Slams The UN For Defending Hamas Over Israel: It’s ‘Absurd And Dishonest’

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized a newly released United Nations report on Monday that concluded Israel committed war crimes against Palestinians during a 2018 protest despite Hamas’s use of human shields. “This U.N. report is on its face absurd and dishonest and we know because they have been doing it for a long time,” Cruz said on a telephone ...

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Minnesota Democrats Reportedly Want Ilhan Omar Out — She Blames Trump

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar blamed President Donald Trump on Sunday after reports surfaced that members of the Minnesota Democratic Party are considering removing her from congressional office for her repeated anti-Semitic statements. “I’m sorry Mr. [Donald Trump],” Omar tweeted in response to the reports. “I am for real, you can’t #MuslimBan us from Congress!” I am sorry Mr. @realDonaldTrump ...

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Lindsey Graham Pledges FISA Abuse Hearings

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham pledged Thursday that he will hold hearings to get to the bottom of whether the FBI misled surveillance court judges by using the Steele dossier to obtain spy warrants against a former Trump campaign adviser. “I promise, everybody in the country, that in the Senate, we’re going to have hearings about the FISA process,” ...

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House Passes Resolution To Make Mueller Report Public

The House of Representatives passed a resolution which would make Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into President Donald Trump’s campaign public when it is completed. The resolution was passed unanimously in a 420-0 vote Thursday. There were four members who voted “present.” “I’ve said to millions of Americans on television that I support releasing the Mueller report,”  Florida Republican Matt Gaetz ...

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Ranking GOP House Members Reveal Plan To Bypass Pelosi On Anti-Infanticide Bill

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives gathered outside the Capitol Building on Wednesday to announce the party’s strategy to bring anti-infanticide legislation to the floor after House Democrats rejected a vote 17 times. “There are some issues you really can’t believe that you have to have a debate about and this is certainly one of those,” GOP Conference Chair ...

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Al Green Breaks With Pelosi — Vows To Force Impeachment Vote

Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green broke with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, vowing to force a vote to impeach President Donald Trump Tuesday. Green, who has previously had two bills to impeach Trump overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Representatives, said in an interview with C-SPAN that he is pushing for a third impeachment vote. This comes one day after Pelosi said ...

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Josh Hawley Explains Why He’ll Take To The Senate Floor To Defend Trump’s National Emergency

GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said he will stand with President Donald Trump and vote “no” on the Senate’s resolution of disapproval of his national emergency. “Look, first of all, we have a crisis at the border. And it’s clear to anybody who’s looked at the situation,” Hawley said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.” “Congress has heard testimony on this over ...

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There’s Enough Evidence To Open A Criminal Investigation Into Ocasio-Cortez, Former FEC Commissioner Says

Former FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky called for an investigation into alleged campaign finance violations by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her top aide. “There seems to be enough evidence here to justify opening a criminal investigation,” von Spakovsky wrote in a Fox News op-ed Sunday. Ocasio-Cortez and her top aide Saikat Chakrabarti have since December 2017 controlled the outside PAC ...

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Ocasio-Cortez Trashes Ronald Reagan: Pitted White Americans Against Brown And Black Americans

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed Saturday that former President Ronald Reagan used certain rhetoric to pit white working class Americans against brown and black working class Americans. “A perfect example of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working class Americans against brown and black working class Americans is Reaganism in the ’80s when he started talking about welfare queens,” ...

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Ocasio-Cortez Has Racked Up Three Major Ethics Complaints During Her First Months In Congress

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has compiled a slew of ethics complaints during her first few months in Congress without providing much in the way of a response for any of them Watchdog groups have leveled ethics complaints at Ocasio-Cortez over her use of social media and alleged willingness to set up a million-dollar slush fund Ocasio-Cortez has not yet fully responded ...

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