<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Politics and Political News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego https://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSun, 17 Dec 2017 12:23:05 -0800Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:23:05 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Half of Voters Prefer Democratic-Controlled Congress: Poll]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:31:52 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/atthepolls.jpg

Half of all registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, signaling a dangerous political environment for Republicans entering next year’s midterm elections.

Fifty percent of registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 39 percent who want Republicans in charge.

The last time Democrats both held a double-digit lead and hit 50 percent on this question in the NBC/WSJ poll was September 2008, right before the party won the White House and picked up a substantial number of House and Senate seats.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Dec. 13-15 of 900 adults – nearly half reached by cell phone – and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points. The margin of error among the 736 registered voters is plus-minus 3.6 percentage points.

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<![CDATA['Fetus,' 'Transgender' Among 7 Banned Words at CDC: Report]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:28:07 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CDC+GettyImages-456691996.jpg

The Trump administration reportedly banned staff of the nation's top health protection agency from using seven words or phrases in budget-related documents. But federal health officials on Saturday pushed back on the report as members of the science community publicly denounced the idea of such a directive, NBC News reported.

Policy analysts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told during a meeting Thursday that they couldn't use the words "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based," The Washington Post reported Friday.

The meeting was led by Alison Kelly, a senior leader in the agency's Office of Financial Services, The Post reported. She gave no reason for the ban, according to an anonymous analyst who spoke with the newspaper.

In a statement provided to NBC News, a spokesman with the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, said the assertion that there are "'banned words' had mischaracterized actual discussions."

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<![CDATA[What’s Next for Net Neutrality; When Will We See Change?]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:00:08 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-892296992.jpg

After years of playing what internet service providers have likened to "regulatory ping-pong" with net neutrality rules, the game is still far from finished, NBC News reported.

The attorneys general of New York and Washington state have already announced they plan to sue. However, it's likely that Congress may hold the key to ending the expensive and time-consuming back-and-forth over net neutrality.

"That is the only way you are going to have sustainable net neutrality," Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told NBC News.

Since 2015, net neutrality rules have required internet service providers to be regulated under Title II, like a utility, helping to control what consumers are charged and ensuring all traffic is treated equally.

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<![CDATA[Former Aide Accuses Virginia Rep. Scott of Sexual Misconduct]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:52:44 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_163068116341251.jpg

A former aide to Rep. Bobby Scott on Friday accused the Virginia Democrat of sexual misconduct and said he fired her after she rebuffed his alleged advances, NBC News reported.

At a press conference, Macherie Reese Everson, who goes by Reese, said that Scott touched her inappropriately on two occasions in 2013 and that he flirted with her. Everson said that when she declined the overtures, she was "retaliated against" by being fired.

Everson said the conduct occurred when she was a Congressional Black Caucus Fellow working in Scott's office, when she was "touched inappropriately" by the lawmaker on her back and knee on two separate occasions and that he once invited her to join him at an event in California.

Scott strongly denied Everson's allegations in a statement: "I absolutely deny this allegation of misconduct. I have never sexually harassed anyone in my 25 years of service in the United States Congress, or in my 40 years of public service, or at any other time."

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<![CDATA[Rubio Says He Won't Support Current Tax Bill Without Changes]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:45:46 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_taxesam1215_1920x1080.jpg

Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes, and five are in question.

Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio are holding out to make more of the child tax credit refundable to low and middle income families.

"Unless they can figure out a way to add to the $1100 figure, I won't support the bill," Rubio says.

<![CDATA[House Ethics Committee Investigating Nev. Rep. Kihuen]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:55:09 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16319813812226.jpg

The House Ethics Committee said Friday that it has opened an investigation into Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen after reports of sexual harassment against the Nevada congressman. 

"The Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publically disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee," a statement from the committee said.

Two women have accused the Democrat of misconduct. His former finance director told Buzzfeed in a Dec. 2 story that Kihuen repeatedly propositioned her for dates and sex during the 2016 congressional campaign, offers she rejected. The woman, who withheld her last name, also claimed he touched her thighs without her consent on two occasions.

A second woman spoke to The Nevada Independent in a Dec. 13 story, claiming Kihuen made repeated sexual advances while he was a state senator in 2015 and she was a lobbyist. The woman, who remained anonymous, also said he touched her thighs and buttocks on several occasions.

In a statement to the Independent, Kihuen said he would not discuss the allegations.

"During my 10 years in the legislature, I dated several different women. Out of respect for their privacy, I won't discuss my communications or any other details of those relationships," the statement said.

In a statement to NBC, Kihuen said, "I intend to fully cooperate, and I welcome an opportunity to clear my name."

Both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called for Kihuen's resignation.

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<![CDATA[Trump Blasts FBI an Hour Before Graduation Speech]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:38:07 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump_FBI_Split.jpg

President Donald Trump sent conflicting messages on the FBI Friday morning, ripping the agency outside the White House just an hour before he praised the 2018 graduating class in Quantico, Virginia. 

<![CDATA['We'll See': Trump Doesn't Rule Out Michael Flynn Pardon]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:55:25 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17349543819533.jpg

President Donald Trump on Friday refused to directly say whether he would pardon former national security adviser Michael Flynn, NBC News reported.

"I don't want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We'll see what happens," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House to deliver a speech to FBI academy graduates.

"Let's see. I can say this: When you look at what's gone on with the FBI and with the Justice Department, people are very, very angry."

Flynn, who pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of making false statements to the FBI about his communications with Russia earlier this month, is the first senior White House official to be charged in the special counsel’s investigation into Moscow's alleged meddling into the 2016 presidential election and the first to officially agree to cooperate.

"For the record there is no consideration at all for a pardon for Michael Flynn at this time," White House lawyer Ty Cobb told NBC News following the comments.

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<![CDATA[Trump Doesn't Rule Out Pardon for Michael Flynn]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:36:42 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trump+speaks.jpg

When asked if he would pardon former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, President Donald Trump said, "We'll see what happens."

<![CDATA[8-Year-Old Spoken Word Poet: 'Please, Mr. Trump, Stop Tweeting']]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:12:10 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/121417+kid+poet+dc.jpg

An 8-year-old poet from D.C. has a request: "Please, Mr. Trump, stop tweeting. Stop teasing America." 

Christian Alvarado, a member of a youth spoken word program, performed his poem aimed at President Donald Trump live on News4 Thursday morning. 

"The poem that I wrote is called 'Disaster, Pain and Suffering,'" he began. 

"Immigrants fear deportation, Trump wants to build a wall. Trump tweets." Christian said. "A shooting in Las Vegas, 58 dead. You got it. Trump tweets."

"Puerto Ricans are homeless and suffering because of a hurricane. Trump tweets. Disaster, pain and suffering. Please, Mr. Trump, stop tweeting. Stop teasing America," the elementary school student continued. 

Then, he repeated the poem in Spanish.

“Señor Trump, no más tweeting, por favor," he said. 

Christian is a student at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus in Northeast D.C. and participates in a program with the nonprofit DC Scores that introduces children to spoken word. 

Christian was joined on News4 by 10-year-old Uniyah Campbell. She performed a poem called "Bravery." 

"This is how I'm brave: I know I'm short, but I have something special on the inside of me that allows me to be brave," she said, flexing her left arm.

"So, everyone: stand up! I know you're at home and you're watching this. Stand up! Get out the bed. Put a fist in the air to show how brave we are," Uniyah ordered. 

Both students performed at DC Scores' 20th annual poetry slam last month. 

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<![CDATA[Omarosa’s Departure Raises Questions About WH Diversity]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:39:48 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Omarosa-file.jpg

Before her departure this week, Omarosa Manigault Newman, along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, stood as the only black voices among more than 30 Cabinet secretaries and senior White House staff around President Donald Trump.

The announcement Wednesday that Newman, a former "Apprentice" contestant and aide to the president, was leaving her post has brought with it new questions about diversity — or lack of it — in the Trump White House.

Asked by NBC News on Thursday how many black senior staffers remained at the White House in the wake of Newman's departure, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to cite a number or specify who would take over Newman's outreach to African-American communities.

In a Thursday interview with ABC, Newman referred to herself as "the only African American woman in this White House," adding that she had "quite a story to tell" in the future about her time in an administration that has struggled with racial issues and outreach to minority communities.

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<![CDATA[Breaking Down the New GOP Tax Plan]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:15:14 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/taxplan.jpg

The Senate and House have an agreement upon new tax legislation. AP Reporter Stephen Ohlemacher looks at some of the key takeaways.

<![CDATA[Why Black Women Voters Stepped Up for Doug Jones]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:14:28 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/voter-doug-jonnes.jpg

#BlackWomen trended on Twitter as many hailed African American women for playing a major role in driving Democrat Doug Jones' projected victory against Roy Moore in deep-red Alabama.

NBC News exit polls showed 96 percent of black voters supported Jones, with 98 percent of black women and 93 percent of black men backing him. One of the factors that motivated black women was the protection of their communities, DeJuana Thompson, co-founder of strategy firm Think Rubix, told NBC News.

“When you have rhetoric coming out about possible pedophilia, and when you’ve got rhetoric coming out about slashing critical resources to education and the programs that help sustain homes in the African-American community, black women are always going to show up for their communities,” Thompson said.

Through Woke Vote, a program Thompson founded to get millennials out to vote, she went to historically black colleges and universities and churches across the state to mobilize students and black women to vote.

“If you focus on African-American women you will bring along the men," Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels said. 

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<![CDATA[Obamacare Sign-Ups Surge; Enrollment Likely Down Next Year]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:51:31 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Healthcare.gov-website.jpg

Over 1 million people chose insurance through the federal health care exchange last week as open enrollment approaches its Dec. 15 deadline. But the total number is likely to fall short of last year, which featured both a longer enrollment period and a far more robust outreach campaign from the White House, NBC News reported.

According to the latest figures, released Wednesday by the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), 388,984 new customers signed up between Dec. 3 and Dec. 9 while an additional 684,937 renewed existing coverage. The numbers are likely to surge again in the home stretch as customers finalize selections and others who have existing coverage, but have not chosen plans, are auto-enrolled.

Just under 4.7 million people have signed up since open enrollment began Nov. 1, up from 4 million at a comparable point last year. But the previous enrollment period was longer and continued through Jan. 31, reaching a total of 9.2 million. 

Top Trump administration officials have made little public mention of the enrollment period in contrast to the previous White House, where President Barack Obama participated in interviews and events to encourage signups.

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<![CDATA[Trump Pitches Tax Bill for Families, Businesses]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:04:20 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump_Pitch_Tax_Cut_Bill_For_Families_Corporations-151319062153300002.jpg

President Donald Trump pitched a tax cut bill drafted by GOP lawmakers, claiming it will bring money back from offshore accounts while giving families a modest tax cut of $2,000. Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, are criticizing the bill for favoring the wealthy and large corporations. 

<![CDATA[Anderson Cooper: Trump Taunt on Twitter Wasn't From Me]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:59:31 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/anderson-cooper-trump.jpg

CNN's Anderson Cooper said Wednesday that someone had "gained access" to his Twitter account and sent out a tweet calling President Donald Trump a "pathetic loser."

The taunt from Cooper's verified account came after Trump had tweeted in the wake of Doug Jones' projected win in Alabama's Senate election. Trump noted that he had first backed Roy Moore's primary opponent, Luther Strange.

"Oh Really? You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser," Cooper's Twitter account replied.

Cooper later posted that he "just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account" and was investigating.

Until Wednesday, no messages had been posted to his account since Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Reported Schumer Sex Suit Is 'Completely False': Ex-Staffer]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:19:32 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17318739073690.jpg

A former staffer for Sen. Chuck Schumer said a draft of a sexual harassment lawsuit naming the Senate minority leader and purporting that she was the accuser is "completely false."

Schumer also described the documents and allegations against him as a "phony" smear.

In a statement to NBC News, the staffer named in the document said "the claims in this document are completely false, my signature is forged, and even basic facts about me are wrong.” The development came hours after news site Axios reported the existence of the document and that Schumer's team had turned it over to Capitol Police.

"I have contacted law enforcement to determine who is responsible," the staffer said. "I parted with Senator Schumer’s office on good terms and have nothing but the fondest memories of my time there."

NBC News is protecting the staffer's anonymity at her request, as she says she's a victim of a crime.

"It was a phony allegation, forged from start to finish," Schumer said Wednesday during a news conference.

He did not say who he believed was behind the document but said his office would pursue "every legal path" on the issue. 

Axios earlier reported that Schumer's office disputed basic facts in the documents, including Schumer's whereabouts during two purported allegations in 2011.

”We have turned it over to the Capitol Police and asked them to investigate and pursue criminal charges because it is clear the law has been broken," a spokesman for Schumer told Axios.

He added, "We believe the individual responsible for forging the document should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to prevent other malicious actors from doing the same."

Several media outlets were shopped the document, according to The Associated Press. 

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<![CDATA[Black Voter Turnout, Allegations Doomed Moore: Exit Poll]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:29:08 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/election-line.jpg

The allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore and a Democratic surge boosted by high African-Americans turnout led Doug Jones to his projected election upset win in Alabama, NBC News' exit polls showed.

African Americans made up 29 percent of all Alabama voters, and they broke for Jones by a 96 percent-to-4 percent margin. That essentially matched Barack Obama’s performance with African Americans in the state in 2012.

Ninety-eight percent of black women supported Jones, compared with 34 percent of white women. Still, even that support among white women was more than twice the 16 percent of white women who voted for President Barack Obama in 2012, NBC News reported. Overall, 58 percent of Alabama women voted for Jones. 

Meanwhile, 52 percent of voters in Alabama said allegations against Moore were either "definitely" or "probably" true, and they broke for Jones, 89 percent to 8 percent.

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