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House Democrats Are Coming For Brett Kavanaugh

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee asked the National Archives Tuesday to release a cache of documents from Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s service in the George W. Bush White House. The request tracks Democratic promises to scrutinize Kavanaugh even after his confirmation to the Supreme Court. “The Senate Judiciary Committee received only a small fraction of Justice Kavanaugh’s White House records ...

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Hawley Seeks To Ban Certain Social Media Features In Effort To Curb ‘Addiction’

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation Monday that would ban autoplay and endless scrolling on social media in an effort to curb what he called addiction. The Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act would also require social media companies to restrict users to 30 minutes per day unless the user manually changes the time limit. The legislation would ...

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Ted Budd Introduces Bill That Would Allow Victims Of Crimes By Illegal Immigrants To Sue Sanctuary Cities

Republican North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd introduced a bill Thursday that would allow victims of illegal immigrants to sue sanctuary cities if that is where the crime occurred. The Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act allows for victims of any crimes up until 10 years ago to file a lawsuit with a sanctuary city. Illegal immigrants with past criminal ...

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Schiff ‘Not Convinced’ On Impeachment: 2020 Is ‘The Only Way’ To Remove Trump From Office

Adam Schiff is “not convinced” Democrats should follow through with impeachment proceedings. He told CNN that the only way Trump will be removed from office is if he is “voted out” in 2020. Schiff has spoken positively of the possibility of impeachment in the past, first blaming Trump for colluding with Russians and then for obstructing justice. House Intelligence Committee ...

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House Democrats Caught Pushing Fake News About Mueller Testimony

Robert Mueller

House Democrats’ official campaign arm spread misinformation in a fundraising blast about former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony Wednesday. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) falsely claimed that Mueller testified that he would charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice, if he weren’t president. During his morning testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Mueller appeared to agree with Democratic California ...

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House Democrats Reveal Climate Change Agenda, Ding Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Socialist Climate Policies’

House Democrats rolled out a climate agenda Tuesday as their caucus attempts to draw a distinction between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s approach to tackling global warming and a more moderate plan. Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee announced they would pursue legislation calling for zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a far less ambitious plan than the ill-fated Green New ...

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Dem Rep: Boycotting Israel Is Anti-Semitic, Won’t Condemn Omar, Tlaib For Supporting It

Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider said boycotting Israel is anti-Semitic on CNN Tuesday, but the Democrat would not condemn Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota or Rashida Tlaib of Michigan for supporting divestment of the Jewish state. Schneider agreed “100%” with a clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel was bigoted and anti-Semitic. ...

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Josh Hawley Faced Accusations Of Anti-Semitism For Using The Word ‘Cosmopolitan.’ Here’s Video Of Obama Saying The Same Thing

After facing accusations of anti-Semitism for using the phrase “cosmopolitan” in a speech earlier in July, Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley posted a video Tuesday of former President Barack Obama using similar phrasing in a 2018 speech. “Now, it should be noted that this new international elite, the professional class that supports them, differs in important respects from the ruling ...

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Eating Their Own: Left Primaries Democrat Who Refuses to Request Trump’s Taxes

Alex Morse, 30, announced Monday plans to challenge the powerful House Ways & Means Chairman Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal in 2020. Morse, the mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is being encouraged to run by progressive Democrats who are frustrated by Neal’s delay in obtaining Trump’s state tax returns under the law passed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NBC News reported. “There’s an ...

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Kyrsten Sinema, Eight Other Senators Sign Letter To Speed Up Removal Of Certain Migrants

Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is aiming to implement a pilot program at the U.S.-Mexico border that would speed up the screening process and remove migrant families that don’t have a legal asylum claim. Sinema joined eight other senators in signing a letter Wednesday evening to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, The Arizona Republic reported. The letter detailed how ...

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Ilhan Omar Stonewalling Hometown Paper On Marriage Controversy, Editor Says

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has been uncooperative with her hometown paper’s efforts to get to the bottom of accusations that she committed marriage fraud, the paper’s political editor said. Omar’s brief congressional career has been dogged by accusations — which she has denied — that she married a male relative, possibly her brother. Omar and her current husband, Ahmed ...

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Omar’s Resolution To Support BDS Cites Nazi Boycotts, Boston Tea Party

Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced legislation Wednesday that supports the anti-Israel BDS movement. The bill cites the First Amendment, the Boston Tea Party and boycotts against Nazi Germany to support its cause. A statement from Omar’s office says the bill is a response to a “widespread campaign being waged by the Israeli government … to silence Americans who choose to engage ...

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‘Words Matter’: Democratic Congressman Wants To Officially Abolish The Words ‘Illegal Alien’ 

Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro wants to strike the words “alien” and “illegal alien” from government’s legal code, arguing that the terms are hurtful to the immigrant community. “Words matter. It’s vital that we respect the dignity of immigrants fleeing violence and prosecution in our language. The words ‘alien’ and ‘illegal alien’ work to demonize and dehumanize the migrant community. ...

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