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After Facebook comes under fire, Twitter’s CEO announces ban on political ads – Yahoo News
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After Facebook comes under fire, Twitter’s CEO announces ban on political ads – Yahoo News

Twitter announced on Wednesday that it would no longer allow political ads on its service, in an implicit response to Facebook’s policy of allowing political ads even if they contain false information. “We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally,” wrote CEO Jack Dorsey in a series of messages Wednesday. “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons. A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet. Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people. We believe this decision should not be compromised by money. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions. Internet political ads present entirely new challenges to civic discourse: machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes. All at increasing velocity, sophistication, and overwhelming scale.”
Senate turns back challenge to short-term health insurance extensions – Star Tribune
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Senate turns back challenge to short-term health insurance extensions – Star Tribune

The Senate defeated a resolution Wednesday that would have overturned a Trump administration rule that lets states extend short-term health insurance policies for up to three years as a substitute for traditional coverage. The short-term policies do not cover pre-existing conditions and require no minimal protections and place no limits on deductibles or copays. Fifty-two senators, all Republicans, voted to leave the rule in place after a debate over how it would affect Americans. Only Maine Sen. Susan Collins broke ranks with her party.
Near party-line vote expected on impeachment ground rules – Middletown Press
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Near party-line vote expected on impeachment ground rules – Middletown Press

Democrats have set the stage for certain House approval of the ground rules lawmakers will use when they consider impeaching President Donald Trump as the chamber braced for its first showdown over the inquiry. There was no doubt that the Democratic-controlled body would approve the eight pages of procedures on Thursday, with each side likely to lose a handful of defectors, if any. "As much as this president flaunts the Constitution, we are going to protect it," House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern, D-Mass., said Wednesday as his panel debated the procedures.
GOP senators warn quick dismissal of impeachment trial would be bad for everyone – WBAP News/Talk
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GOP senators warn quick dismissal of impeachment trial would be bad for everyone – WBAP News/Talk

Key Republican senators told CNN the Senate should conduct a fulsome trial of President Donald Trump — assuming the House soon sends over articles of impeachment, as expected — and not try to jam through a motion that would allow them to dismiss the case quickly on a partisan vote. A motion of dismissal was attempted in the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton when his Democratic allies in the Senate, led by the powerful institutionalist Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, tried and failed to get that case dismissed. Even though Byrd rounded up some support from Republicans who controlled the chamber, his effort fell short and the trial went on for about three more weeks before Clinton was acquitted.
Kamala Harris 2020 campaign cutting costs and realigning staff in major shakeup – CBS News
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Kamala Harris 2020 campaign cutting costs and realigning staff in major shakeup – CBS News

Senator Kamala Harris is significantly curtailing and reshaping her presidential campaign in a bid to cut costs and boost her standing ahead of the the first-in-the-nation state of Iowa. A memo sent Wednesday to campaign staffers and top donors and obtained by CBS News outlines plans to slash salaries, reduce staff size at the campaign's national headquarters in Baltimore and
Georgia Plans to Purge 300,000 Names From Its Voter Rolls – The New York Times
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Georgia Plans to Purge 300,000 Names From Its Voter Rolls – The New York Times

Those voters had received a notice asking them to confirm that they still lived at their addresses, and they were given two additional election cycles to respond. Next week, those who have failed to do so will receive a final notice along with a card they must return to avoid being purged. If they do not respond, their names will be removed. Fair Fight Action, an advocacy organization founded by Ms. Abrams, said Georgia’s removal of registered voters who had not cast recent ballots was wrong. “Voters should not lose their right to vote simply because they have decided not to express that...
‘Scrutiny and double standards’: Katie Hill’s downfall splits Democrats – POLITICO
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‘Scrutiny and double standards’: Katie Hill’s downfall splits Democrats – POLITICO

“I’ve only been here for 10 months, but it’s unbelievable, the kind of scrutiny and double standards that I’ve seen,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), said in an interview, adding that it is particularly difficult for a woman or a person of color. “This place can be extremely defeating. You’re coming as your unapologetic self. You’re coming as a real person,” Tlaib added. “They’re not ready for people like Katie and I, for people who are different... We needed Katie here and I hope she changes her mind.”
House Foreign Affairs Committee passes Spanberger bill to build national 5G strategy – Augusta Free Press
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House Foreign Affairs Committee passes Spanberger bill to build national 5G strategy – Augusta Free Press

Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission announced its intention to place greater restrictions on Chinese telecommunications companies like Huawei and ZTE due to widespread security concerns. According to a 2018 North Atlantic Treaty Organization report, Huawei’s growing influence as a leading supplier of 5G technology could be exploited by China to engage in espionage, monitor foreign corporations and governments, and support Chinese military operations. The Spanberger-led Secure 5G and Beyond Act would require the administration to develop an unclassified, national strategy to protect U.S. consumers and assist allies in maximizing the security of their 5G telecommunications systems. The strategy would also identify additional ways to spur research and development by U.S. companies in a way that maintains access for all Americans.
Privacy advocates express concerns over neighborhood-police partnerships as doorbell cams proliferate – SecurityInfoWatch
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Privacy advocates express concerns over neighborhood-police partnerships as doorbell cams proliferate – SecurityInfoWatch

.....Amazon's Ring app (and others like it) and the idea of law enforcement joining the “real-time crime and safety alerts” community is raising concerns about privacy, profiling, less than transparent public-private partnerships and what critics see is another step closer to a Big Brother police state. Among the worries of some critics is video captured by Ring and other security systems being stored online by Amazon and other companies, adding to the mass of personal information being collected from all of us. “If people (want to) have alarm systems, that’s fine. A centrally-connected alarm system beyond property and on driveways and streets into Amazon’s cloud, that’s different than on your property or door,” said Chris Gilliard, a Macomb Community College professor.
House passes bill banning future Grand Canyon uranium mining – Arizona Public Media
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House passes bill banning future Grand Canyon uranium mining – Arizona Public Media

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 236-185 to pass a bill banning the construction of new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon. The proposal sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva would make permanent a 20-year ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2012. "This bill is a critical safeguard for the Grand Canyon, one of the most iconic landscapes in the world and the vital Colorado River watershed that supplies drinking water for communities throughout the
Roy Moore to file paperwork to qualify for U.S. Senate race – WSFA
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Roy Moore to file paperwork to qualify for U.S. Senate race – WSFA

Former Ala. Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore announced Wednesday he will be filing the necessary paperwork to qualify to run for the U.S. Senate. Moore said he will file the paperwork with the Alabama Republican Party on Thursday. He officially announced his intent to run in June. He lost the senate seat to Democrat Doug Jones in a 2017 special election.
Virginia Beach Human Rights Commissioner Kenick El announces resignation following anti-LGBTQ Facebook posts – Metro Weekly
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Virginia Beach Human Rights Commissioner Kenick El announces resignation following anti-LGBTQ Facebook posts – Metro Weekly

A member of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission has announced he’ll step down tomorrow following outcry over comments he made on Facebook disparaging the LGBTQ community. Brother LaKendrick Coburn El, also known as Kenick El, took to Facebook to share a story about a transgender sex offender, calling being transgender a “mental illness.” He accused the LGBTQ community of “promoting” homosexuality to children, adding that homosexuality is a “mental illness” and an “abomination to the Human Race.”
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Trump Rally in Mpls Stirs Passion on Both Sides – KDUZ/KARP Radio

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(Learfield News Service/Mpls, MN) “Thank you Minnesota, this is a great state, we are going to win this state in a very short period of time, thank you.” And with that, President Donald Trump began what would be a 90-plus minute rally speech Thursday night at Target Center to thousands of supporters.

Trump said draining the swamp has “energized” him. And he said in the coming 2020 election”the Democrats brazen attempt to overthrow the government will produce a backlash at the ballot box the likes of which they have…

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Senate confirms Arizona’s Barbara Barrett as next Air Force Secretary – AZCentral

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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Barbara Barrett as the next secretary of the Air Force.

The Senate voted 85 to 7 on her nomination, delivering bipartisan support for President Donald Trump’s pick of the nation’s 25th Air Force secretary. Barrett is a longtime Arizona businesswoman and former diplomat who has a long history in aviation and politics.

Barrett suggested that she will bring a Western perspective to her new office.

“We think often that decisions in Washington are made with an East Coast perspective,” Barrett told The Arizona Republic shortly after the vote.

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Election Gazette – Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
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Polls: Impeachment, Removal of President Unpopular in Battleground States – Breitbart
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Polls: Impeachment, Removal of President Unpopular in Battleground States – Breitbart

Two recent polls show that the effort by Democrats to impeach and remove President Trump from office is unpopular with a majority of voters in several key battleground states. Those results may loom large in the minds of Democrat members of the House of Representatives from those states as they consider how they will cast their ballots when a vote on impeachment proceedings comes to the floor of the House on Thursday. One poll, conducted by Marquette Law, measured voter sentiment on impeachment in Wisconsin, while a second poll, conducted by The New York Times Upshot/Siena College,...
Republicans accuse Schiff of ‘coaching’ Trump impeachment witness; Democrat won’t support impeachment – Fox News
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Republicans accuse Schiff of ‘coaching’ Trump impeachment witness; Democrat won’t support impeachment – Fox News

Top House Republicans accuse Schiff of preventing impeachment witness from answering certain GOP questions House Republican leaders, in a fiery news conference Tuesday, said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was almost acting like a "lawyer" for a witness in the latest impeachment hearing and kept him from answering certain questions from Republican members.
Rubio Plans Bill to Block Federal Pensions Investing in China – Yahoo News
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Rubio Plans Bill to Block Federal Pensions Investing in China – Yahoo News

Senator Marco Rubio plans legislation to block U.S. government pensions from investing in Chinese stocks after the board overseeing the funds put off a decision that would add exposure to China. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board on Monday addressed concerns that switching the benchmark for its $50 billion TSP I Fund to mirror an index with Chinese assets would undermine U.S. economic and national security. A decision was delayed for at least two weeks, according to Kim Weaver, the board’s spokeswoman.
Arizonans give Trump low marks, oppose impeachment, poll says – AZCentral.com
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Arizonans give Trump low marks, oppose impeachment, poll says – AZCentral.com

The Emerson College poll shows why both parties see Arizona as a ... Arizonans give Trump low marks, oppose impeachment, poll says. Slightly more Arizona voters disapprove of President Donald Trump than say they approve of him, but overwhelmingly they don't want to see him impeached, according to a new Suffolk University/Arizona Republic poll. ... Even so, a clear majority of respondents, 58 percent, do not want ...
Florida Republicans Want to Hold FBI More Accountable When Dealing With Intelligence on Mass Violence | – Florida Daily
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Florida Republicans Want to Hold FBI More Accountable When Dealing With Intelligence on Mass Violence | – Florida Daily

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., have teamed up on a bill to “hold the FBI accountable for its failures to address critical deficiencies in its handling of actionable intelligence on the perpetrators of mass violence.” Scott announced this week he has reeled in the support of two members of the U.S. Senate for the bill. U.S. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., threw their support behind Scott’s “Threat Information Protocol for Sharing (TIPS) Act.”
NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness – Kokomo Tribune
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NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness – Kokomo Tribune

The United States' largest governing body for college athletics took the first step Tuesday toward allowing amateur athletes to cash in on their fame, voting unanimously to permit them to "benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness." The NCAA and its member schools now must figure out how to allow athletes to profit while still maintaining rules regarding amateurism. The body's Board of Governors, meeting at Emory University in Atlanta, directed each of the NCAA's three divisions to create the necessary new rules immediately and have them in...
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SAFE Banking Act could facilitate financial services for cannabis – Colorado Springs Independent

Financial institutions are watching the progress of a bill in the U.S. Senate that would allow banks and credit unions to provide services to cannabis businesses. Most banks and credit unions have shied away from offering these services, but passage of the SAFE Banking Act in the Senate and signing of the bill by President Trump would open access to the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry. Although some financial institutions, such as Partner Colorado Credit Union and Safe Harbor Credit Union, have been providing banking services to Colorado marijuana businesses, many others have been unable to establish banking relationships because marijuana is illegal at the federal level.
Data at forefront of congressional hearing on anti-LGBT bias in housing, credit – Washington Blade
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Data at forefront of congressional hearing on anti-LGBT bias in housing, credit – Washington Blade

As LGBT rights advocates continue to press the Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination, data was at the forefront of a congressional hearing Tuesday as evidence that anti-LGBT discrimination in housing and credit continues to exist. Among the key statistics that emerged in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee: About half of LGBT adults own their homes compared to 70...
House passes Rep. Katie Porter’s bill to help people of all incomes run for office – OCRegister
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House passes Rep. Katie Porter’s bill to help people of all incomes run for office – OCRegister

A bill that passed the House of Representatives today with unanimous, bipartisan support aims to chip away at that gap by making it easier for everyday people — particularly working mothers and fathers with young children — to run for office in the United States: This bill allows an authorized committee of a candidate who is not a federal officeholder to pay for certain personal use services, including child care and health insurance, if the services are necessary to enable the candidate to participate in campaign-connected activities. The amount such a committee may pay a candidate as salary is reduced by the amount paid for personal services.
Maine Democratic Party failed to release illegal contributions from Collins challenger, group claims – Fox News
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Maine Democratic Party failed to release illegal contributions from Collins challenger, group claims – Fox News

An ethics watchdog is calling on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate the Maine Democratic Party, alleging that it failed to release funds that were illegally donated to it by 2020 Senate candidate Sara Gideon. Gideon, who is running to replace Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, received reimbursements from her Gideon Leadership PAC after she donated thousands of dollars to both the state's Democratic Party and a congressional campaign -- indicating she violated campaign finance law by serving as a proxy for a PAC's contribution.
Biden Holds Edge Over Warren and Sanders With Arizona Democrats – Courthouse News Service
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Biden Holds Edge Over Warren and Sanders With Arizona Democrats – Courthouse News Service

Former Vice President Joe Biden has a distinct edge over his nearest Democratic rivals, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, in a poll of likely Arizona voters released Tuesday. Biden was the choice of 28% of voters in the Emerson Polling questionnaire, conducted Oct. 25-28 online and via landlines. Warren and Sanders polled at 21% each, while South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Buttigieg drew 12% support among Democrats. Warren and Biden tied President Donald Trump at 50% in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, while Sanders polled 49% to Trump’s 51%.
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Federal Judge Blocks Alabama Abortion Law – WBHM

A federal judge blocked Alabama’s strict abortion ban Tuesday, which was set to go into effect next month. U.S District Judge Myron Thompson issued a primary injunction Tuesday against the law, which would have made performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases. Abortion providers would face a sentence of up to 99 years in prison with no exception for rape or incest. The only exception is when there’s a serious...
Election Gazette – Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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Democrats Will Vote To Formalize Their Impeachment Inquiry, And Hearings Will Be Public Soon – BuzzFeed News
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Democrats Will Vote To Formalize Their Impeachment Inquiry, And Hearings Will Be Public Soon – BuzzFeed News

The House of Representatives will vote on a resolution formalizing its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump this week, following attacks from Republicans and the White House and just days after a judge ruled there was no legal requirement to do so. “For weeks, the President, his Counsel in the White House, and his allies in Congress have made the baseless claim that the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry ‘lacks the necessary authorization for a valid impeachment proceeding,’” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to her caucus...
Political Risk In China’s State-Owned Enterprises Is Rising – Seeking Alpha
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Political Risk In China’s State-Owned Enterprises Is Rising – Seeking Alpha

Western politicians are out in force with harsh China rhetoric. Among those making hardline comments on Twitter are Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren - a top candidate for the Democratic nomination - and Republican senator Marco Rubio from Florida. One of the reasons U.S. politicians feel as if they have carte blanche to attack China is public sentiment. I can't be the only one who has been surprised by how much Western attitudes toward the country have deteriorated in the last year
Illness linked to tick bite kills ex-N. Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan at 66 – NBC News
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Illness linked to tick bite kills ex-N. Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan at 66 – NBC News

Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan died Monday at the age of 66, NBC News has confirmed. Hagan, a Democrat, served one term in the Senate from 2009 to 2015 after defeating Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008. She lost her seat in her first re-election race, in 2014, to Thom Tillis. Prior to her time in Congress, she served a decade in the North Carolina state Senate. In a statement to NBC News, Hagan’s family said Hagan had died after a three-year battle with encephalitis, a brain inflammation that can be fatal.
Indiana Supreme Court sets excessiveness standard for forfeiture of property used in crimes – Kokomo Perspective
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Indiana Supreme Court sets excessiveness standard for forfeiture of property used in crimes – Kokomo Perspective

The Indiana Supreme Court is clarifying how property used in crimes can be seized by the government, following a Feb. 20 U.S. Supreme Court ruling advising the Hoosier high court that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states. Chief Justice Loretta Rush said Monday in a 33-page, 4-1 decision by Indiana's top court that lower courts now must evaluate the excessiveness of possible forfeitures by determining both the extent to which the seized property was used in a crime and the personal impact of the seizure relative to the severity of the offense and the owner's culpability.
Pashinski bill could spell trouble for the vaping industry – Citizens Voice
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Pashinski bill could spell trouble for the vaping industry – Citizens Voice

f state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski gets his way, the flavored vaping industry will go up in smoke. The Wilkes-Barre Democrat on Friday introduced a bill, the “Ban on Flavored Vapor Products Act,” that would prohibit stores from selling flavored vaping products in Pennsylvania. “Vapor products have been repeatedly called ‘safe’ or ‘less dangerous’ than cigarettes,” Pashinski said. “While it is true that vapor products contain far fewer carcinogens and toxicants, they still contain significant amounts of nicotine — the drug that makes cigarettes addictive in the first place.”
Sessions Said to Be Mulling Run for Former Alabama Senate Seat – TIME
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Sessions Said to Be Mulling Run for Former Alabama Senate Seat – TIME

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is exploring the possibility of a run for his old Senate seat in Alabama, according to three Republicans with knowledge of the situation. They say Sessions has made telephone calls discussing a potential bid to return to the Senate. The Republicans spoke on condition of anonymity so they could speak more freely about closely held conversations. It was not immediately clear how close Sessions was to making a decision or the seriousness of the exploration. He has until 5 p.m. Nov. 8 to decide whether to be a last-minute entry into the 2020 race. The Alabama Republican Party sets the deadline.
Democrats see hopes rise in Senate with impeachment | TheHill – The Hill
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Democrats see hopes rise in Senate with impeachment | TheHill – The Hill

.....Democratic hopes are rising given the steady series of negative headlines surrounding President Trump, which have put Republicans on the back foot. GOP senators are likely to have to vote on Trump’s impeachment before voters go to the polls next November, which could be a problem for vulnerable incumbents such as Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Thom Tillis (N.C.).
Georgia’s AG joins Republicans assailing Trump impeachment – Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Georgia’s AG joins Republicans assailing Trump impeachment – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia’s top law enforcement official has joined the chorus of Republicans who oppose the Democratic-led impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Attorney General Chris Carr said on social media on Monday that the House is “setting a bad precedent” with its push to oust Trump after he pressured Ukraine’s leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his top political rivals. “Impeachment should only ever be pursued with extreme caution, must follow due process & must be open & transparent,” wrote Carr.
McSally co-sponsors resolution condemning impeachment inquiry | complementary – Eastern Arizona Courier
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McSally co-sponsors resolution condemning impeachment inquiry | complementary – Eastern Arizona Courier

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., signed onto a resolution condemning House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, a move that could have ramifications in her bruising 2020 campaign. McSally was one of 43 Senate Republicans to sign onto a resolution sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. That resolution calls on Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to hold a formal vote to open an impeachment inquiry; to allow Trump to call witnesses and face his accusers; and to allow Republican members to...
Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries – Foodmarket
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries – Foodmarket

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation’s food supply and agricultural industries at the border. The Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 would ensure the safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across our nation’s borders by authorizing U.S. Customs and Border...
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What’s this ‘we’: How involved was Amy Klobuchar in the campaign to defeat the marriage amendment? – MinnPost

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In 2012, 51 percent of Minnesota voters voted “no” on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

In 2012, voters in Minnesota decided against amending the Minnesota Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

The month before the election, polling for the marriage amendment was neck and neck. Forty-eight in favor. Forty-seven against. A week later, forty-seven in favor. Forty-eight against. Minnesota did become the first state to defeat a ballot initiative of this kind. But the defeat wasn’t by a large margin: 51 percent voted “no.”

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Prep Roundup: Underwood topples AHSTW; Riverside moves on – The Daily Nonpareil

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UNDERWOOD — Underwood improved to 29-5 with a sweep over AHSTW in their Class 2-A, Region 4 quarterfinals match. Underwood won 25-18, 25-19 and 25-11.

“Really happy with the work the girls have put in this week,” Underwood coach Paula Carman said. “Some of the specific things that we worked to improve on over the last couple weeks, they really applied it tonight.”

Macy Vanfossan led the offense for Underwood with 12 kills on the night. Zoe Rus and Lauren Brown each chipped in with seven kills, while Peyton Cook added 26 set assists. Vanfossan also…

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Thornton ready to ‘finish the job’ in 5th District race – Terre Haute Tribune Star

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ANDERSON — Two years ago, Democrat Dee Thornton surprised many political observers by getting 43% of the vote in the heavily Republican 5th Congressional District.

Thornton is one of four announced candidates for the party’s nomination in 2020 following the decision of incumbent Republican Susan Brooks to not seek re-election.

“It’s an open seat, which is supposed to give the challenger a 7% advantage,” Thornton said during a Wednesday interview with The Herald Bulletin. “I…

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Letter to the Editor: Passage of the Not Invisible Act would help reduce violence against indigenous women – Tulsa World

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Hesci (Hello), I am a proud member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. I am writing on the heels of Indigenous People’s Day, which was recently celebrated in Tulsa and other communities across the U.S.

As a native woman, I am proud to see native people being acknowledged. While there is so much beauty in our culture, there is also a more insidious crisis in present day Indian Country: missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

Native women are more likely to be victims of violent acts and murder than any other demographic in the U.S. When native girls and…

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