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Comey: ‘Real Sloppiness’ in Russia Probe But No Misconduct

Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified “real sloppiness” in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been “overconfident” about how the Russia investigation was handled. But Comey also insisted he was right to feel some measure of vindication because the report did not find

  • Anti-Semitism order Dec 13

    Anti-Semitism Order Raises Tough Issue of Defining Prejudice

    President Donald Trump signed an order this week that expands the potential scope of anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses. At the heart of the debate around the issue are two thorny questions: when speech about Israel crosses the line into anti-Semitism, and whether the Trump administration is equipped to effectively draw that line.

  • Twitter Dec 13

    Twitter Brings Back Election Labels for 2020 US Candidates

    Twitter is bringing back special labels to help users identify accounts and tweets from U.S. political candidates.

    The company, which first used such labels for the midterms last year, said it is trying to provide users with original sources of information and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling voters.

    Many political candidates already have blue checkmarks to indicate that Twitter has

  • Armenian Genocide Dec 12

    Senate Votes to Recognize Armenian Genocide

    A resolution to recognize as a genocide the mass killings of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago was passed by the Senate on Thursday. The recognition was blocked three times at the request of the White House but was approved unanimously on its fourth try.

  • CONGRESS Dec 12

    Congress Reaches Tentative Deal on Spending Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

    Senior lawmakers announced a tentative agreement Thursday on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill that would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues.

    The handshake agreement was announced by the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and other top members of Congress.

  • Medicare Dec 12

    Eyeing 2020, House Empowers Medicare to Negotiate Drug Costs

    Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill would cap Medicare recipients’ out-of-pocket costs for medicines at $2,000 a year. It would use about $360 billion of its projected 10-year savings from lower drug costs to establish

  • Armenian Genocide Dec 13

    Senate Backs Measure Affirming Century-Old Armenian Genocide

    Mass killings of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago were genocide, the Senate declared Thursday in a vote that prompted angry denunciations by Turkey and accusations that the U.S. was undermining its relations with a key NATO ally.

    The Senate action follows a vote by a Senate committee to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive

  • politics Dec 12

    ‘Move to Strike the Last Word’

    Members of the House Judiciary Committee took turns moving “to strike the last word” during Thursday’s impeachment hearing.

  • Elizabeth Warren Dec 12

    Warren Slams Moderate Rivals, Laying Bare Ideological Divide

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Warren is lashing out at her moderate Democratic rivals seeking the White House. She says they naively accept Republican calls for unity instead of standing up to the rich and too quickly bend to the whims of their own wealthy donors. Warren didn’t name-drop former Vice President Joe Biden or South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete

  • Pentagon Dec 12

    Pentagon Watchdog Investigating $400M Border Wall Contract

    The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon’s inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson telling him the contract awarded to North Dakota-based firm Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. would be

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 12

    ‘Pot Calling the Kettle Black’: Rep. Gaetz Called Out for Bringing Up Hunter Biden’s Past Substance Abuse

    Impeachment debate surrounding the next amendment to be introduced quickly divulged into a tit-for-tat involving allegations of cocaine usage and driving under the influence charges.

    It began with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introducing an amendment to strike former Vice President Joe Biden from the articles of impeachment as the subject of an investigation Trump wanted Ukraine to launch and replace him

  • impeachment Dec 12

    Johnson on Gaetz’s Hunter Biden Comments: ‘Pot Calling Kettle Black’

    Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., called out Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., for bringing up Hunter Biden’s past drug use amid the House Judiciary Committee’s debate over the article of impeachment. In 2008, Gaetz was charged with driving under the influence in Florida. Those charges were later dropped.

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 12

    If ‘Strike the Last Word’ Was an Impeachment Drinking Game, No One Would Survive

    As members of the House Judiciary Committee debated the two proposed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Thursday morning, one phrase kept popping up: “I move to strike the last word.”
    Why were they saying that?
    Turns out, they were using a parliamentary procedure to keep talking longer than a five-minute rule would allow.

  • politics Dec 12

    Rep. Jayapal Challenges GOP To Answer 2 Questions, Reps Jordan and Gaetz Respond

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., argued that President Donald Trump’s actions would not be permitted by her colleagues if he were not a Republican. Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., responded that the president didn’t do anything wrong in his dealings with Ukraine.

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 12

    Watch: Reps. Swalwell, Chabot Debate Whether Trump Committed Crimes

    Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., responds to Rep. Steve Chabot’s, R-Ohio, comments that President Donald Trump should not be impeached because there is no evidence of a crime having been committed. Swalwell argues crimes were committed against the Constitution.

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 13

    Judiciary Panel Presses Toward Historic Vote

    The House Judiciary Committee has debated into the evening, moving deliberately toward a historic vote to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Though split sharply along party lines, the panel is expected to send the charges to the full House for it to take pre-Christmas action next week.

  • British Elections Dec 13

    UK’s Johnson Claims Brexit Mandate With New Conservative Majority

    Britain’s Conservative Party has secured a majority by winning 326 seats out of 650 in the House of Commons. While results are still coming in, the decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election means Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be able to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month. The victory makes Johnson the

  • DONALD TRUMP Dec 12

    Appeals Court to Rehear Arguments in Trump Hotel Lawsuit

    A federal appeals court is set to rehear a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. Earlier this year, a three-judge panel threw out a lawsuit alleging Trump of violating the Constitution by accepting profits through officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel. On Thursday, the state of Maryland

  • DONALD TRUMP Dec 12

    Trump Signs Order Targeting College Anti-Semitism

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday targeting what his administration describes as a growing problem with anti-Semitic harassment on college campuses. Trump has sought to closely align himself with Israel, a move that appeals to many evangelical voters, too. He said Wednesday that the order sends a message to universities: “If you want to accept the tremendous amount…

  • North Korea Dec 12

    US: North Korea Missile Tests Are ‘Deeply Counterproductive’

    The United States warned North Korea Wednesday that its “deeply counterproductive” ballistic missile tests risk closing the door on prospects for negotiating peace but said it is “prepared to be flexible” and take concrete, parallel steps with Pyongyang toward an agreement.

    U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft delivered the message at a Security Council meeting less than three weeks before North Korean leader

  • impeachment Dec 12

    Judiciary Panel Takes First Steps Toward Impeachment Vote

    The House Judiciary Committee has taken the first steps toward voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, beginning a marathon two-day session to consider the historic charges with a lively prime-time hearing at the Capitol.

    Democrats and Republicans used the otherwise procedural meeting Wednesday evening to deliver sharp, poignant and, at times, personal arguments for and against impeachment. Both

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