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).
National security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid – Utica Observer Dispatch
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National security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid – Utica Observer Dispatch

The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped. But President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff thought otherwise. As the aid was being blocked this summer, Ukraine officials began quietly asking the State Department about the hold-up. The concern was clear for the young democracy battling an aggressive Russia.
USMCA Inches Forward in Congress, but Time May Be Running Short – JD Supra
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USMCA Inches Forward in Congress, but Time May Be Running Short – JD Supra

With just weeks remaining on the 2019 congressional calendar, a potential House vote on legislation to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) remains in doubt. Negotiations between House Democrats and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) on possible changes to the USMCA remain incomplete, despite weeks of additional talks following an initial exchange of written proposals and counter-proposals in September 2019. Moreover, if the two sides are able to reach agreement in the coming weeks, other procedural hurdles likely will need to be overcome before the House would vote on a USMCA bill, raising the potential for further delays. Opposition from key Democratic constituencies, most notably organized labor, and several Democratic presidential candidates may also have reduced the political incentive for House Democratic leadership to come to an agreement with USTR and to support the final deal. Given the limited time remaining on the 2019 congressional calendar, and the possibility that the presidential election will deter consideration of the Agreement in 2020, there is a significant chance that the USMCA will not be implemented in the near-term. This alert summarizes recent developments regarding the USMCA and the potential obstacles that remain.
In Blue New Jersey, a Conservative Backlash on Immigration – The New York Times
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In Blue New Jersey, a Conservative Backlash on Immigration – The New York Times

A referendum on Tuesday’s ballot in New Jersey’s northernmost county asked whether voters wanted local officials to cooperate with federal immigration agents. It passed by a lopsided 2-to-1 margin. Nearly 200 miles away, along the state’s southern swath, a directive by the state attorney general that in part bars county sheriff officers from doing the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has led two counties to file federal lawsuits. A third county has threatened legal action.
Illinois Restaurant Tried to Reseat Over Skin Color – Black Voice News
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Illinois Restaurant Tried to Reseat Over Skin Color – Black Voice News

A group of mostly African-American people celebrating a birthday party at a Buffalo Wild Wings in suburban Chicago allege they were asked to change tables because of their skin color. Justin Vahl says he was at a Naperville restaurant last month with children and adults when a host asked him about his ethnicity. Later, a manager asked the group to move because a regular customer didn’t want to sit near Black people. Vahl, of nearby Montgomery, says he’s multiracial. His wife, Mary, first shared the story on social media.
In Trump’s Shadow, Republican Suburban Slide Shows Little Sign of Slowing – The New York Times
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In Trump’s Shadow, Republican Suburban Slide Shows Little Sign of Slowing – The New York Times

The last time Democrats controlled the government in Delaware County, a suburb of Philadelphia, the U.S. Civil War had just ended. But on Tuesday, Democrats ended a century and a half of Republican dominance. In two other Philadelphia-area suburbs, they captured Chester County's board of commissioners for the first time in history and seized control of Bucks County's board of commissioners for the first time since the 1980s. The Democratic gains in Pennsylvania, a state crucial to U.S. President Donald Trump's election in 2016, suggest Republicans have yet to staunch the bleeding...
US Congress Initiative May Launch a Political Crisis in Ukraine – SF Bay Area Indymedia
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US Congress Initiative May Launch a Political Crisis in Ukraine – SF Bay Area Indymedia

Ukraine's permanent cooperation with the international community makes it impossible to imagine that changes in the Ukrainian policy wouldn't affect the US and the EU foreign agenda. The political situation in Kyiv, in its turn, is directly dependent on the climate in both the White House and the European Parliament. Thus, the financial and political support in its struggle against Russian aggressive policy forces Kyiv to constantly meet the world's democracy standards. This also applies to the fight against corruption, and the observance of human rights and freedoms, and the implementation of modern reforms.
Minneapolis Pays $772K For Sculpture Despite City’s Severe Police Shortage – Blue Lives Matter
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Minneapolis Pays $772K For Sculpture Despite City’s Severe Police Shortage – Blue Lives Matter

Minneapolis city leaders have unanimously voted to dump over $772,000 into a moving sculpture for the new Public Service Building even though the city’s police force doesn’t have enough officers to respond to 911 calls. The Minneapolis City Council adopted the plan without any discussion on Oct. 25, KMSP reported. The sculpture itself came with a $394,517 price tag, plus another $377,590 for electrical, ceiling and programmable lighting components associated with the artwork.
State lawmaker wants to ban 3D printed firearms – WNMU-FM
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State lawmaker wants to ban 3D printed firearms – WNMU-FM

A state lawmaker says he wants to get ahead of technological improvements in 3D printing. A new bill would ban 3D printed firearms. It was introduced by Democratic Representative Abdullah Hammoud. He says the technology to print components of firearms and then assemble them with other parts into guns is still new and 3D printers are expensive, but they’ve gotten cheaper over the years. He says as technology improvements make the printers more accessible, the Legislature needs to think ahead.
Cornyn Introduces Bill To Curb Mass Shootings – KFI AM 640
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Cornyn Introduces Bill To Curb Mass Shootings – KFI AM 640

U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas and other Senate Republicans are backing a bill to reduce mass shootings and improve public safety. Cornyn introduced the Response Act following recent shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa. The bill is endorsed by numerous mental health and police organizations. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tim Scott (R-SC) are cosponsors.
‘Dangerous rhetoric’ and ‘anarchy’: Officials react to anti-police messages at Brooklyn protest – SILive.com
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‘Dangerous rhetoric’ and ‘anarchy’: Officials react to anti-police messages at Brooklyn protest – SILive.com

Two elected officials expressed concern Saturday morning in response to anti-police slogans -- some encouraging violent challenges to cops -- that were among the messages carried by hundreds of protestors who marched in Brooklyn on Friday. The protest came days after two controversial encounters between police and youth in Brooklyn subway stations, and the NYPD’s decision to tackle fare evasion in the subway system.
Georgia Supreme Court upholds election despite alleged missing votes – New York Daily News
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Georgia Supreme Court upholds election despite alleged missing votes – New York Daily News

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that there wasn't enough evidence to further dispute last year's election for lieutenant governor, which had inexplicably low vote totals. An election can't be overturned based solely on unusual vote counts in the lieutenant governor's race tens of thousands fewer than in every other statewide election the court wrote in its 94-page decision upholding a lower court's dismissal of the case. Specific evidence of illegal or improper votes is required, it said. The plaintiffs in the case alleged there were about 127,000 fewer votes than expected compared with previous elections, a larger disparity than the 123,172-vote margin of victory for Republican Geoff Duncan over Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico. "A party contesting an election must therefore offer evidence not merely theories or conjecture that places in doubt the result of an election," according to the court's 8-0 ruling, written by Justice Sarah Warren. "The petitioners in this case have not carried that burden."
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.
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.
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.
Rashida Tlaib joins Ocasio-Cortez, Omar in endorsing Bernie Sanders – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
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Rashida Tlaib joins Ocasio-Cortez, Omar in endorsing Bernie Sanders – WKMG News 6

Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president at a rally in Detroit on Sunday night. She joins Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Minnesota Rep. Ihan Omar in backing the Vermont independent. With Tlaib's decision, which CNN first reported earlier this month, Sanders now has the support of the first two Muslim women to serve in the US House of Representatives....
President Trump: Islamic State group leader dead in US military assault – WWAY NewsChannel 3
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President Trump: Islamic State group leader dead in US military assault – WWAY NewsChannel 3

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy leader of the Islamic State group who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world’s most wanted man, is believed dead after being targeted by a U.S. military raid in Syria. President Trump said in a statement to the nation from the White House’s Diplomatic Room that on-site DNA confirmed “al-Baghdadi is dead” — fulfilling the top national security priority of his administration.
While Trump rakes in cash, some Senate Republicans lagging – SF Gate
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While Trump rakes in cash, some Senate Republicans lagging – SF Gate

President Donald Trump is raising record amounts of cash for his 2020 reelection. But that fundraising might isn't spilling over to the most vulnerable Republicans fighting to hold onto their seats in a narrowly divided Senate. During the third quarter, former astronaut Mark Kelly took in $2.5 million more than Republican Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona. In Maine, state House Speaker Sara Gideon bested longtime Republican Sen. Susan Collins by over $1 million. And in Colorado, Cory Gardner, who led Senate Republicans' campaign arm in 2018, barely outraised former Gov. John Hickenlooper, who had been in the race just five weeks before the quarter ended.
Cape May County sheriff sues NJ over immigration ‘interference’ – New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
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Cape May County sheriff sues NJ over immigration ‘interference’ – New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

New Jersey faces a second federal lawsuit challenging its statewide Immigrant Trust Directive, as Cape May County officials call the policy a violation of the U.S. Constitution. In the federal complaint filed Oct. 15 in U.S. District Court in Camden, Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan said the directive is "intentional interference" by state Attorney General Grubir Grewal, which Nolan said impedes his ability to do his job and keep county residents safe.
Michigan Dem Booed By Constituents for Supporting Impeachment – Washington Free Beacon
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Michigan Dem Booed By Constituents for Supporting Impeachment – Washington Free Beacon

Freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.) was greeted with jeers for publicly backing the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Several constituents gathered at the American Legion Hall in Rochester, Mich. could be heard booing as she spoke. Some in the audience then began chanting, "Four more years," according to a clip flagged by the pro-Trump Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC.
Mostly smoke, and little fire, from Republicans to Democrats on impeachment – Roll Call
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Mostly smoke, and little fire, from Republicans to Democrats on impeachment – Roll Call

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ANALYSIS — Republicans are publicly celebrating impeachment as a political boon and trying to hold House Democrats’ feet to the fire with television ads and protests. But without credible challengers, it’s little more than expensive hot air.

Last week, President Donald Trump’s campaign manager bragged about turning up the heat on a freshman Democrat who supports the impeachment inquiry, and the Republican National Committee is on television targeting a dozen Democratic members for supporting it. But in most instances, there’s a lot of smoke and little fire, considering…

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