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  • Jones on Worley separating Alabama Dems from DNC: ‘Just silly’ – Yellowhammer News

    “It’s from the national group that any state party exists,” he told interviewer Sean Sullivan.

    Jones’ comment stands in opposition to Nancy Worley’s assertion on “Capitol Journal” that the group led by England, and backed by Jones and the DNC, is the “federal Democratic Party.” Worley contends she still leads the “state democratic executive committee.”

    When Sullivan asked Jones about Worley’s remarks, Jones said “it’s just silly, it’s just a silly comment” before listing more evidence for England’s chairmanship over Worley’s.

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Jones on Worley separating Alabama Dems from DNC: ‘Just silly’ – Yellowhammer News
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Jones on Worley separating Alabama Dems from DNC: ‘Just silly’ – Yellowhammer News

“It’s from the national group that any state party exists,” he told interviewer Sean Sullivan. Jones’ comment stands in opposition to Nancy Worley’s assertion on “Capitol Journal” that the group led by England, and backed by Jones and the DNC, is the “federal Democratic Party.” Worley contends she still leads the “state democratic executive committee.” When Sullivan asked Jones about Worley’s remarks, Jones said “it’s just silly, it’s just a silly comment” before listing more evidence for England’s chairmanship over Worley’s. This most recent back-and-forth between Jones and Worley continues a fight that started in August 2018 when Jones backed his ally Peck Fox’s attempt to oust Worley from her position as state chair.
Michigan Democratic Party Bashes Black Senate Contender For ‘Far-Right’ Anti-Abortion Stances – The Daily Caller
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Michigan Democratic Party Bashes Black Senate Contender For ‘Far-Right’ Anti-Abortion Stances – The Daily Caller

A Michigan Democratic spokesman bashed GOP U.S. Senate contender John James for his anti-abortion stances and called James’s opinions on abortion “far-right.” Michigan Democrats have attacked James over his anti-abortion policies and launched a website titled “John James Revealed” that discusses “erasing his toxic record.” James is the top GOP recruit who is running for Senate in 2020, MLive.com reported Saturday, and Michigan is a vital state in deciding which party controls the Senate. James is running against Democratic Michigan Sen. Gary Peters.
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Changes to independent contractor bill could rein in affects of legislation – NJBIZ

New Jersey’s top Senate Democrat is proposing a change to a controversial bill reclassifying freelance-workers that would effectively scale back how many people would qualify as employees. Lawmakers rolled out the measure – Senate Bill 4204 – shortly after November midterm elections. It would reclassify thousands of independent contractors in the state as regular employees.
U.S. Politicians Celebrate Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Landslide: ‘Freedom Wins!’ – Newsweek
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U.S. Politicians Celebrate Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Landslide: ‘Freedom Wins!’ – Newsweek

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists scored a shocking win in local elections this weekend, sweeping the contest to take 17 of 18 district councils and 388 of 452 seats—almost 90 percent. The vote—held amid serious unrest over Chinese government encroachment into the semi-autonomous territory—represented the most significant victory for the anti-government movement since mass anti-Beijing protests began in June.
The Chronicles of Nunes: How His Impeachment Speeches Created an Alternate Reality for GOP – The Daily Beast
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The Chronicles of Nunes: How His Impeachment Speeches Created an Alternate Reality for GOP – The Daily Beast

House Democrats’ public impeachment hearings were designed to each day tell a new chapter in the same story. Over the course of a week, a dozen witnesses paraded through the grand room on Capitol Hill where the inquiry unfolded, each one testifying to different aspects of President Trump’s apparent campaign to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate his political rivals. 
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Christopherson: Utah Democrats Play a Critical Role in Moderating Conservative Leadership – Daily Utah Chronicle

As a resident of Salt Lake City and a student at the University of Utah, I’m constantly surrounded by people who share my liberal values — in school, at my job and even within my religious congregation. While canvassing for Ben McAdams last fall, it seemed everyone whose door I knocked was planning to vote for him or already had. Dozens of the yards I approached had signs reading “In This House We Believe: Black Lives Matter. Women’s Rights Are Human Rights. No Human is Illegal. Science is...
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Two North Texas congressional races could chart new political course – The Dallas Morning News

North Texas will feature two intriguing congressional races that will determine if Democrats are truly gaining ground on the GOP. One of the biggest contests in the country is the fight to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ken Marchant of Carrollton. That district, which includes parts of Denton, Tarrant and Dallas counties, has been undergoing population shifts that make it attractive to Democratic candidates.
On Trump impeachment, divisions between urban and rural Democrats – Reuters
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On Trump impeachment, divisions between urban and rural Democrats – Reuters

Axne, 54, avoided any mention of impeachment until one of her constituents, a Democrat who voted for her, said he views the investigation as a waste of time and money: “Let’s not vote for impeachment. Let’s get stuff done. I’m sick of it!”, he bellowed. Others nodded in agreement. Meanwhile, 1,000 miles away in the old industrial town of Wharton, New Jersey, freshman U.S. congressman Tom Malinowksi was treated like a rock star when he told a crowd of about 150 he believed the evidence to impeach Trump was overwhelming. With each mention of impeachment and denunciation of Trump, Malinowski was greeted with loud applause from voters packed into a tiny library basement, where the room hummed with talk of ousting the president. These two freshman lawmakers flipped districts from Republican control in the 2018 midterm congressional elections, two of the 41 net gains that helped Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2011. Yet on impeachment, as they face close fights for their seats again next November, their approach is starkly different. Axne avoids any mention of it; Malinowski leans into the topic.
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Illinois Supreme Court disbars four in latest disciplinary orders – Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

The Illinois Supreme Court suspended seven attorneys, disbarred four and reprimanded one in its latest round of disciplinary orders entered Tuesday.Disbarred on consentWilliam Keith Bulmer II of Minneapolis was disbarred on consent for having sexual relations with a client’s wife and making false statements about the relationship to the prosecutor in the client’s criminal case.
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‘Quid pro quo’ testimony doesn’t change any minds among Ohioans in Congress – The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Near the end of Wednesday’s first impeachment hearing, Ambassador Gordon Sondland clashed with New York Rep. Sean Maloney about who would benefit from a Ukraine investigation of the Bidens. Sondland’s reticent answer: President Donald Trump. (Nov. 20)
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Even after Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified that President Donald Trump engaged in a “quid pro quo” arrangement with Ukraine, several Republicans in Ohio and elsewhere seized on a statement he…

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Manhunt continues for Marine deserter wanted in murder; Facebook group supporting him hits 1,000 members – Marine Corps Times

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As a Marine charged with desertion and wanted in connection with the murder of his mother’s boyfriend continues to elude authorities, a group of more than 1,050 followers have established a Facebook page in support of him.

We Support Justice for Michael Brown,” has a string of supportive comments, some of which question the official version of events but most of which want to see the 22-year-old Marine continue his run or at least to avoid a tragic ending.

“Anyone who supports Michael Brown and believes he is innocent and wants to wish him well in this chaos here is a…

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Video shows Lewiston’s mayor-elect hit pedestrian in crosswalk – NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ

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LEWISTON, Maine — WARNING: The video may be disturbing to some viewers. 

Lewiston Police Department released a video of Mayor-elect Mark Cayer hitting a woman in a crosswalk with his van. 

The accident happened on October 24, at the intersection of Pine and Bartlett Streets in Lewiston. Lewiston Police say the pedestrian is Julianne Dawson who was taken to the hospital and released a day later. 

Cayer was issued a traffic citation and paid it, according to police.

The mayor-elect took to social media to explain what had happened a day…

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Marva Sue (Bradley) Harvey, d. Nov. 3, 2019 – The Hutchinson News

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Marva Sue (Bradley) Harvey, age 76, passed away surrounded by family at Hospice, Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, AZ on Sunday, November 3, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on July 30, 1943 in Pratt, KS to Edward Melton and Gladys Agnes (Silvers) Bradley.

Marva was reared on a farm near Preston, KS, where she graduated from high school in 1961. In her childhood she enjoyed participating in Girl Scouts, taking voice lessons and playing the clarinet, and traveling throughout Kansas as a representative of the Methodist Youth Fellowship. She was recruited and…

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Deputy Ag Secretary: It Would Be Unfortunate if Speaker Pelosi Delayed Trade Pact Vote – DTN The Progressive Farmer

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“The longer we wait, [the more] it increases the pain the folks in Iowa like our farmers are getting right now,” she said.

President Donald Trump, in his defense against impeachment, has also frequently brought up that Pelosi has not made enough effort to pass USMCA.

MEXICO APPROVED DEAL

USMCA was signed last Nov. 30 by President Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Canada. Mexico’s…

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Mazzeo & Armato Bill to Expand Casino Job Opportunities for People in Recovery from Substance Abuse Clears Full Assembly – InsiderNJ

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Mazzeo & Armato Bill to Expand Casino Job Opportunities for People in Recovery from Substance Abuse Clears Full Assembly

 

 

(TRENTON) – Individuals who have successfully completed a special probation program after being convicted of certain drug offenses would be eligible for casino key employee licenses or casino employee registration under a bill approved Monday by the full Assembly, 63-8-1. The legislation is sponsored by Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato (both D-Atlantic).

“Substance abuse can lead to a vicious circle,” said Mazzeo. “With a drug conviction on…

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Bloomberg, now Democratic candidate, resigns UN climate post – WFMZ Allentown

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who just joined the crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination, has resigned his post as the United Nations special envoy for climate action.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Bloomberg sent a letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Nov. 11 saying he was stepping down from the U.N. post.

A longtime climate activist, the billionaire media mogul was initially appointed U.N. special envoy on cities and climate change by then U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon in January…

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House introduces resolution supporting Israel’s right to defend itself – The Jerusalem Post

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WASHINGTON – Following the recent rocket attack by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), in which terrorists from Gaza fired hundreds of rockets into Israel two weeks ago, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced on Friday House Resolution 727, condemning terrorist rocket attacks on Israel and supporting Israel’s right to defend itself.Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1) spearheaded the resolution.“When heinous terrorist groups like Palestinian Islamic Jihad fire hundreds of rockets at innocent civilians in Israel, there should be no…

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Listen: Columnists Phil Gianficaro & JD Mullane on the Sean Kratz trial – The Intelligencer

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In their newest podcast, columnists Phil Gianficaro and JD Mullane are joined by reporter Marion Callahan to talk about the outcome of Sean Kratz’s murder trial, and why Cosmo DiNardo is serving life in a medium-security prison.

Phil and JD welcome reporter Marion Callahan to discuss one of the most notorious murders in living memory in Bucks County — four young men killed by Cosmo DiNardo and his cousin Sean Kratz.

Callahan covered the Kratz trial, and discusses…

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China Closes in On The Office Chair Catapult Revolution
Hundreds of Hong Kong college students are making their own weapons out of school materials in a final showdown with the Hong Kong police, who appear committed to take the last school standing in an effort to cement the control that Chairman Xi has on the city.
Watching these kids hold out for what is ultimately a lost cause is heartbreaking. China, the red fascist version, is already fully entangled in Hong Kong from without and from within. These protests just forced the Chinese to reveal the control they already had, the freedoms these students had already lost before the protests ever began.

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Election Gazette – Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
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Election Gazette – Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

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  • Moore sues Democratic PACs for their role in the 2017 election – alreporter.com

    Former chief justice and current Senate candidate Roy Moore filed suit against two Democratic PACs, their vendors, and the chairman of one of the PACs for defamation, defamation by implication, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and collaborating to create an elaborate disinformation campaign against him in the 2017 special election for U.S. Senate.
    In the complaint, Moore outlined his case against the defendants, whom he claims are responsible for spreading and financing scandalous accusations against his character and person, as well as making intimidating advertisements that would be used on digital media platforms.

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Moore sues Democratic PACs for their role in the 2017 election – alreporter.com
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Moore sues Democratic PACs for their role in the 2017 election – alreporter.com

Former chief justice and current Senate candidate Roy Moore filed suit against two Democratic PACs, their vendors, and the chairman of one of the PACs for defamation, defamation by implication, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and collaborating to create an elaborate disinformation campaign against him in the 2017 special election for U.S. Senate. In the complaint, Moore outlined his case against the defendants, whom he claims are responsible for spreading and financing scandalous accusations against his character and person, as well as making intimidating advertisements that would be used on digital media platforms. The ads falsely stated that voting records were public knowledge and would be used against individuals voting for Judge Moore instead of his opponent.
GOP Targeting Vulnerable Pro-Impeachment Democrats in Trump-Won Districts with $7 Million Ad Blitz – Breitbart
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GOP Targeting Vulnerable Pro-Impeachment Democrats in Trump-Won Districts with $7 Million Ad Blitz – Breitbart

The GOP is aiming to expose the Democrat impeachment inquiry as a partisan bust, launching a coordinated, multimillion-dollar ad blitz targeting pro-impeachment lawmakers serving in districts that President Trump won in 2016. The GOP is, figuratively, dropping bombs on House Democrats, launching a $7 million coordinated anti-impeachment campaign spanning across 37 vulnerable districts. The massive campaign, which brands impeachment as a “politically motivated charade,” is coordinated by the American Action Network. The group works with other “like-minded groups” and describes its mission as putting “center-right ideas into action by engaging the hearts and minds of the American people and spurring them into active participation in our democracy.”
Revamping N.J. labor law to protect workers in ‘gig economy,’ boost state taxes – WHYY
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Revamping N.J. labor law to protect workers in ‘gig economy,’ boost state taxes – WHYY

State lawmakers are considering updating New Jersey labor law to boost worker protections and prevent companies in the so-called gig economy from misclassifying workers as independent contractors. Legislation cleared a Senate committee last week seeking to expand the state’s definition of what constitutes an official “employee” of a company to include those who aren’t typically in the office or “place of business” of the employer. That is intended to keep companies from misclassifying their workers as “independent contractors.”
Group launches seven-figure ad buy boosting vulnerable Dems on drug prices | TheHill – The Hill
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Group launches seven-figure ad buy boosting vulnerable Dems on drug prices – The Hill

A Democratic group is launching $2 million in new digital ads highlighting vulnerable House Democrats’ efforts to lower drug prices. The ads from the group Protect Our Care illustrate how Democrats are seeking to keep their momentum going on health care after they focused on the issue in winning back the House last year. The ad buy shows that even as the impeachment inquiry into President Trump gains focus, Democrats are still trying to focus on kitchen-table issues like lowering drug prices. The new spending will bring the ads to 10 new districts of House freshmen, on top of the 10 districts that were part of an earlier $2 million buy in September focused on pre-existing conditions.
GOP West: could Republicans have an Arizona advantage? – The Spectator USA
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GOP West: could Republicans have an Arizona advantage? – The Spectator USA

Arizona is a Democratic target in 2020, not only in the presidential race but also in the struggle for the Senate. Martha McSally — the nominee who lost Flake’s seat, only to be appointed to fill the one left vacant by John McCain’s death — is up for re-election and one of the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents. Yet what happened in Tucson suggests that the Republicans still have an advantage in the state, if they only know what to do with it. What happened is that Tucson, with a population 47.2 percent non-Hispanic white and 41.6 percent Hispanic, defeated a proposition to become a ‘sanctuary city’ for illegal immigrants with a landslide 71 percent of the vote. The Democrats’ key message — Trump put our immigrant ‘kids in cages’ — failed to resonate in a city with almost as many Hispanics as whites. (Those figures are from the 2010 census, and the city has probably become more Hispanic since then.) Tolerating illegal immigration might not be the winning issue Democrats have long assumed it to be.
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Clock Ticking In Congress As Russia Presses Ahead With Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline – Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty

As the impeachment inquiry hogs the spotlight in Washington, another drama in which Ukraine has a role is playing out more quietly -- and causing concern in Kyiv, which is watching warily as Russia brings its Nord Stream 2 pipeline closer to completion. Members of the U.S. Congress appear unified on the need to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin's $11 billion project to deliver natural gas to Europe via a new pipeline beneath the Baltic Sea.
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Chicago casino bill to lower taxation fails – Yogonet International

Illinois passed legislation to require casino and sports wagering licenses applicants to be fingerprinted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s drive to revive plans for the proposed Chicago casino by restructuring the tax load on the gambling center came up short Thursday as the Illinois General Assembly adjourned until next year without voting on the measure.
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Alabama U.S. Senate candidates look to Trump, what can be learned from recent Deep South elections? – AL Reporter – alreporter.com

Moderate Democrat gubernatorial candidates in Kentucky and Louisiana beat back firebrand Republicans who nationalized their state’s elections by tying their political fortunes to President Donald Trump. Here in Alabama, most of the Republicans running for the U.S. Senate are following a similar playbook linking their campaigns to the popular president, but is it enough? In the 2016 general election, Trump easily carried Kentucky with 62.52 percent, Louisiana, with nearly 60 percent and Alabama with just over 62 percent of the vote.
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Do we need more gun control after NJ’s football game shooting? – New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

This past Saturday, the day after a tragic shooting at a Pleasantville High School shooting, NJ Congressman Jeff Van Drew said "we must act on a common sense solution for this recurring issue." We already have the some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. If we forced every legal gun owner in the county to give up their guns, only people like the ones who did this Friday night would have them.
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Pennsylvania agrees to upgrade inmates’ death row conditions – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

The three Republicans running for the party’s nomination for Pennsylvania governor say they will not release copies of their tax returns, documents that can shed important light on a candidate’s personal priorities and financial standing. The man they want to beat, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, will release the first two pages of his 2017 tax return and open the rest of it to inspection by reporters, his campaign said.
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Democratic donors still ‘feeling the Bern’ in C-U area – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Less than a year out from Election Day, the favorite local presidential candidate — based on campaign donations — remains Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders. Of the more than $60,000 that has been contributed from Champaign, Urbana and Danville this year to 14 presidential candidates, Sanders has close to a third of all the money. The Vermont senator has received $18,578 from donors in the three cities, led by more than $9,000 from two dozen Urbana...
Edwards wins in Louisiana – Politico
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Edwards wins in Louisiana – Politico

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards won reelection in Louisiana, defeating Republican Eddie Rispone, even after President Donald Trump went all out for the Republican candidate.
Election Gazette – Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
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We know how the impeachment show ends, but we’re still watching – Politico
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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
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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).
Trump, Erdogan to meet as thorny issues stress relations – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
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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
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‘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.
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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.
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Covering Colorado Despite ban, high-capacity magazines still sold in Colorado Associated Press 3:56 PM – KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

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.
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Federal officials to study port trade inequities – News – Monroe Evening News

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.
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State senator releases report, recommendations on poverty in PA – fox56.com

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.
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Chad Wolf moves one step closer to becoming acting DHS chief – CNN

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.
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As fed probe deepens, City Club grapples with fallout – Crain’s Chicago Business

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.
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Dispatching outside the ‘blue bubble’, Flip It Iowa aims to turn Iowa House to Democrats – UI The Daily Iowan

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...