November 13, 2019

Election 2020 Lead

  • We know how the impeachment show ends, but we’re still watching – Politico

    THE HOUSE’S IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS KIND OF LIKE WATCHING the newest season of “Jack Ryan” on Amazon Prime Video. Sure, the twists and turns are exciting. You know the dude is going to get chased, shot at or stabbed — and do it all in exotic locales. Every episode makes you sweat as Jack gets into one pickle or another. In the end, though, you also know the showrunners probably won’t kill him off.

    IMPEACHMENT IS KIND OF SIMILAR. Yes, the hearings these next two weeks are momentous and historic. They will highlight just how unusual this White House is: The president’s personal lawyer was running around the globe trying to get a foreign country to investigate a political rival, and the U.S. government was dangling meetings and money as enticements. We’ll hear from longtime foreign servants, a military official and White House insiders, all of whom have the same view of this administration’s behavior: improper, immoral and wrong-headed.

    BUT, AT THE END OF THE DAY, we all have a pretty good idea how this movie is going to end: a nearly party-line vote, with most every Democrat voting to impeach the president, and nearly all Republicans voting against it. But in the middle — the next nine days — you’ll get nonstop, white-knuckle action.

  • Bill would permanently block rule allowing providers to deny care based on religious beliefs – News – McKnight’s Senior Living

    Three members of Congress planned to introduce a bill Tuesday that would permanently block a federal rule that allows healthcare workers and organizations to decline to provide care that conflicts with their religious and moral beliefs or mission.

    The “conscience rule” had been set to go into effect Nov. 22 but last week was ruled unlawful by two federal courts.

    The Put Patients First Act was to be introduced by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Chris Pappas (D-NH) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).

Election 2020 Features

Senate Republicans plan to ignore impeachment hearings – POLITICO
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Senate Republicans plan to ignore impeachment hearings – POLITICO

As top diplomats William Taylor and George Kent prepare to appear before the House in the first public phase of the inquiry, few senators said they had plans to watch most of the testimony on Wednesday.

And though Democrats and a handful of Republicans said they would try to play catch-up if they couldn’t monitor in real time, a significant portion of the Senate GOP said they have no plans to watch at all.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he’s going to “be paying attention to what we’re doing in the Senate.” Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the No. 3 GOP…

Headlines 2020

  • Trump, Erdogan to meet as thorny issues stress relations – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump will meet as relations between the two NATO allies are at their lowest point in decades, with Turkey rebuffing the U.S. and turning toward Russia on security issues and Ankara facing a Washington backlash over attacks on Kurdish civilians during its incursion into Syria last month.

    Erdogan and Trump have a difficult agenda Wednesday that includes Turkey’s decision to buy a Russian air defense system and its attack on U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Their scheduled afternoon news conference, however, will give…

  • ‘This is my home’: Anchorage woman awaits Supreme Court’s DACA decision – KTVA

    Immigration advocates and young people descended on the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to advocate for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.

    The program, created by the Obama Administration in 2012, was meant to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation. President Donald Trump has ordered an end to the program, arguing that it was created illegally, which is what the justices are considering.

    The decision will have an impact on an estimated 700,000 people who’ve been nicknamed ”

  • Pa. lawmaker apologizes for controversial description of miscarriage – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker issued a new apology over a comment she made about miscarriages that provoked an angry reaction.”An early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin,” Rep. Wendy Ullman said Oct. 29 in a House Health Committee meeting.Ullman, a Democrat from Bucks County, made the remark during a debate that centered on House Bill 1890. The bill would require health facilities to bury or cremate the remains of fetuses that died by abortion or miscarriage.The words drew criticism on social media and from the Harrisburg-based PA Family Institute.

Election Briefs

  • A state law banning the sale and transfer of large-capacity gun magazines has not stopped the sale and transfer of magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

    An undercover investigation by 9Wants to Know found examples of gun stores in Colorado either ignoring the law altogether or finding a loophole to get around the law.

    “It’s shocking to see that people are doing this,” said state Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora.

  • Port director Paul LaMarre III and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., have met with Customs and Border Protections regarding their questions about Port of Monroe.

    When you’re not getting the answers you want, sometimes you have to ask to speak to the manager.

    In the Port of Monroe’s pursuit to more broadly handle international cargo, those managers are Customers and Border Protection’s Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan and Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez.

  • Haywood went on a listening tour through PA and put out a report.

    “Individuals who were really trying hard to get out of poverty, but they were met by what I came to learn as describe as kind of a box that they were put in,” explained Haywood.

    That box is made up of low pay, inadequate childcare and public transportation options, and rent that was too high.

    Then if they ended up on benefits, they might have to choose between a slightly better job and no benefits – which could still have issues, or staying on benefits.

    “We need to figure out a way to smooth that somehow so that people can transition and then be rewarded for work,” added Blake.

  • Wolf is expected to take the helm at the Department of Homeland Security following Kevin McAleenan’s resignation last month. President Donald Trump abruptly named Wolf to succeed McAleenan this month after weeks of uncertainty and speculation over who would lead the third largest department in the federal government.

    Minutes before Tuesday’s procedural vote, Democratic senators expressed their opposition to Wolf’s nomination, noting that the vote carries additional weight given Wolf’s expected ascension to the acting secretary role.

  • The City Club of Chicago is contending with the fallout of its president’s involvement in a federal probe of Commonwealth Edison influence in Springfield. Weeks after Jay Doherty’s City Club offices were raided—and in the wake of disclosures that the prominent public affairs group’s chief was paid more than $3.1 million over a span of years by the utility giant—a growing roster of speakers are canceling upcoming City Club appearances.

  • On a rainy afternoon in early September, Temple Hiatt — a volunteer organizer, military veteran, and Iowa City native — launched into a fundraising pitch to a group composed mostly of Johnson County Democrats.

    Her pitch? Help elect an Iowa House candidate whose district lies outside the borders of Iowa’s bluest county.

    “We know that our elected officials here in Johnson County will get reelected,” she told the 100-or-so people gathered in Iowa City, referencing the two state representatives from Iowa City — Vicki Lensing and Mary Mascher — who haven’t faced a Republican…

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