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Biden may not be the only beneficiary of endorsements he is getting – Roll Call

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Through 2019, most House Democrats facing competitive reelection races kept their attention focused on their own brands at home and stayed away from the crowded and hotly contested battle for their party’s presidential nomination.

Recently, however, a few vulnerable lawmakers have started jumping into the fray and backing former Vice President Joe Biden. Some strategists say those decisions could end up helping the endorsers as much as Biden, and more may follow.

Backing Biden early may help these lawmakers fend off Republican attacks tying them to more liberal lawmakers often…

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A second term for Donald Trump? Michigan is at the center of the political universe – Detroit Free Press

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Donald Trump takes shot at Debbie, John Dingell in Battle Creek rally

Donald Trump made a comment about Debbie Dingell and her late husband, John Dingell, during his “Merry Christmas” rally in Battle Creek.

Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press

WASHINGTON — Tired of politics? Of politicians? Think elections don’t matter? 

Think again. 

This year’s elections will be some of the most consequential in decades and Michigan is set up to be one of the most consequential states on the electoral map.

Consider: 

Not only is it a foregone conclusion…

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Democratic lawmaker rebukes Wells Fargo rebate request – Reuters

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(Reuters) – Democratic Representative Katie Porter, a first-term lawmaker known as a tough Wall Street critic, accused Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) of passing on costs associated with its wide-ranging scandals to third parties, in a scathing letter sent to the bank’s new chief executive on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: A Wells Fargo stagecoach is seen at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

A copy of the letter was viewed by Reuters.

Last summer, Wells Fargo asked 14 of its IT vendors to return 2.5% of revenue…

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FEMA denies individual assistance to residents affected by Halloween storm in Mohawk Valley – WRVO Public Media

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is denying individual assistance to residents in parts of the Mohawk Valley, affected by severe flooding from a devastating Halloween storm that hit last year, which damaged 1,100 homes in Oneida County. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’ll appeal the decision. 

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente called it an unconscionable decision.

“I have to believe when you see a house go down a river, when you see a house hanging over an embankment, when you see homes full of two feet of mud and four feet of water, in their living spaces, when is it enough for…

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Three swing-district Democrats back Joe Biden’s presidential bid – The Straits Times

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WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday (Jan 5) won the support of three politicians who helped Democrats seize control of the House of Representatives in 2018, endorsements that could help bolster arguments he is best positioned to fend off Republicans this year.

The backing by Democratic US Representatives Elaine Luria of Virginia and Chrissy Houlahan and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania is evidence of the support for Biden among Democrats in “swing” districts that were held by Republicans before the 2018 vote.

If Democrats push the wrong message or candidate…

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Former professor says 2020 will be most intense presidential campaign Michigan has seen in 50 years – ABC 12 News

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MICHIGAN (WJRT) (1/1/20) – Michigan voters, get ready for a big year!

Since the 2016 election, we’ve become a swing state, which puts us right at the center of it all.

Between presidential primaries, hosting a presidential debate, and a general election, there’s plenty to look forward to in politics this year.

“This is going to be the most intense and really the most exciting campaign we’ve seen in Michigan probably in fifty…

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Democrats’ Intraparty Strife Dominated in 2019; Expect More of Same in a Major Election Year – NJ Spotlight

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U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ)Credit: Twitter
U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ)

The Assembly election, the fight for chairmanship of the Democratic State Committee and the continuing feud between Gov. Phil Murphy and state Senate President Steve Sweeney dominated New Jersey’s political landscape in 2019. But expect 2020 to be much more contentious.

The presidential campaign and battles for the state’s dozen seats in the U.S. House of Representatives were set to dominate even before the defection of Rep. Jeff Van Drew to the Republican Party made national headlines late last month. One of four Democrats elected in the…

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Anti-Semitism Grows in Jewish Communities in NYC Suburbs – NBC New York

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What to Know

  • With the expansion of Orthodox communities outside NYC has come civic sparring, and some fear the recent violence may be an outgrowth of that conflict
  • Hasidic Jewish families have flocked to the suburbs over the past few decades in pursuit of open spaces, safer streets and more affordable housing
  • Orthodox Jewish leaders say the anti-semitic rhetoric has been tolerated for too long and needs to be denounced at the highest level

For years, ultra-Orthodox Jewish families pushed out of increasingly expensive Brooklyn neighborhoods have been turning to the suburbs, where they…

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Sanders raises largest single-quarter haul in Democratic primary race to date – live – The Guardian

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Julián Castro drops out of Democratic presidential race

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DNR Expert Cautions People About ‘Zombie Tree’ Season – WHO TV Des Moines
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DNR Expert Cautions People About ‘Zombie Tree’ Season – WHO TV Des Moines

Zombies are not something you typically associate with the winter season. But local arborists want zombie trees to be on everyone’s mind before more snow comes our way. “Zombie trees are kind of a unique term, it basically means that a tree like this burr oak right here is starting to decay on the inside and right now that wouldn’t be extremely obvious, you might have decay which would be rotten and the inside would be rotten but the tree could be completely healthy,” DNR Forest Health Program Leader Tivon Feeley said.
Federal Judge Blocks Diversion Of Military Construction Money For Border Wall – WBHM
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Federal Judge Blocks Diversion Of Military Construction Money For Border Wall – WBHM

A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion in funds allocated by Congress for military construction projects to help pay for a wall on the southern border. U.S. District Judge David Briones of El Paso ruled the administration’s use of an emergency proclamation last February to divert those funds to the border wall is unlawful. The ruling found the administration was within the law in using an additional $2.5 billion intended for drug interdiction efforts for border wall construction.
Report: LANL lost track of 250 barrels containing nuclear waste – KRQE News 13
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Report: LANL lost track of 250 barrels containing nuclear waste – KRQE News 13

A state report is claiming the Los Alamos National Laboratory lost track of 250 barrels filled with nuclear waste. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the contractor who has been in charge of lab operations for the past year. The New Mexico Environment Department listed 19 violations of Triad National Security LLC’s permit. One of which involved the shipment of 250 barrels of predominantly mixed waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad without tracking them. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the mixed waste contains low-level radioactive waste...
Pete Buttigieg Backs Supervised Injection Facilities For Illegal Drugs – Marijuana Moment
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Pete Buttigieg Backs Supervised Injection Facilities For Illegal Drugs – Marijuana Moment

Speaking at a town hall event in Iowa on Friday, Buttigieg was asked about his plans to combat the opioid crisis. The mayor said that while harm reduction policies may be “divisive” in the U.S., “it’s a good example where leadership is going to get us in the right direction—specifically my presidential leadership will seek to get us in the right direction.” He said restrictions on medication-assisted therapy such as caps on how much methadone a physician can prescribe should be lifted, needle exchange programs should be expanded and states should be able to experiment with supervised injection facilities. “Many states are looking into supervised injection,” he said. “I don’t think we should stop states from looking at that because I think they should have a chance to prove—it’s very controversial, I get that—but they should have a chance to prove that it can save lives and, if they do, we shouldn’t stand in the way.”
Peters, Stabenow sign letter telling Trump to fire Stephen Miller – Michigan Advance
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Peters, Stabenow sign letter telling Trump to fire Stephen Miller – Michigan Advance

oth of Michigan’s Democratic U.S. senators joined 26 of their colleagues on Monday demanding that President Donald Trump fire White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller. As the Advance reported last month, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) called for Miller to resign. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who dropped out of the presidential race last week, led this letter formally asking Trump to remove him.
Bloomberg trying to win the White House from a distance (opinion) – SILive.com
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Bloomberg trying to win the White House from a distance (opinion) – SILive.com

Mike Bloomberg got tripped by some Democratic Party identity politics over the weekend. It’s something that Bloomberg’s billions won’t be able to shield him from as he runs for president. Bloomberg in an interview was asked about criticism from Sen. Cory Booker that there are now “more billionaires than black people” in the 2020 presidential race. This after California Sen. Kamala Harris folded her White House tent.
Schiff’s report is 100% empty when it comes to evidence – New York Post
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Schiff’s report is 100% empty when it comes to evidence – New York Post

House Democrats are stampeding to impeach President Trump without evidence of any crime. On Monday, Dems will make their case based on Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s impeachment report. It claims to present “stark evidence of misconduct.” In reality, the report plays tricks to frame Trump and damage his re-electability, while bending over backward to inoculate Joe Biden from accusations of foreign scandal. This isn’t a fact-finding report. It’s a Democratic campaign plan. Democrats can’t undo 2016, but they are determined to rig 2020.
Farmers’ Despair Pushes States to Act – The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Farmers’ Despair Pushes States to Act – The Pew Charitable Trusts

On most days, therapist Becky Kopp-Dunham counsels farmers and other clients across 10 North Dakota towns from her home office on a crop and cattle farm in Morehead, Minnesota.  With a reliable internet connection and videoconferencing service, Kopp-Dunham can inform and treat patients in rural and remote places. “I’m a hands-on therapist, so I do a lot of art and games and music and movement, and I thought, ‘How am I going to be able to pull this off? We’re just on a screen. But I’ll try it,’” Kopp-Dunham said.
Conservative Group Drops $150K in Ad Buy Targeting Axne on Impeachment – Caffeinated Thoughts
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Conservative Group Drops $150K in Ad Buy Targeting Axne on Impeachment – Caffeinated Thoughts

The American Action Network announced on Monday that they would spend $150,000 on television and digital ad buys for an ad that targets U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The ad, titled “Didn’t,” cites a Caffeinated Thoughts report of a meet and greet Axne held in Mount Ayr, Iowa last month. During that event when she was pressed about impeachment she said, “I didn’t run for this seat to impeach the president.”
Trade deal presents political conundrum for Democrats – Virginia Mercury
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Trade deal presents political conundrum for Democrats – Virginia Mercury

A massive trade deal represents their best shot at showing they can do so — but passing it would hand Trump a major political victory as he heads into the election year. Blocking the deal, on the other hand, would also exact a heavy political toll. If Congress doesn’t ratify the “new NAFTA,” Democrats may not have a major legislative achievement to point to on the campaign trail next year — which could open them up to GOP charges of inaction and an “obsession” with impeachment.
2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump gives Bloomberg reporters the boot – CBS News
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2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump gives Bloomberg reporters the boot – CBS News

President Trump's reelection campaign announced Monday it will not credential Bloomberg News reporters after the news outlet said it would not investigate owner and presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg and his fellow Democratic competitors. At the same time, Bloomberg News' editor-in-chief John Micklethwait said that it does plan to "continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the government of the day." "As President Trump's campaign, we are accustomed to unfair reporting practices, but most news organizations don't announce their biases so publicly,"
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. 
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.
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.
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.
Congresswoman clutches Hebrew Bible in video backing impeachment inquiry – The Times of Israel
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Congresswoman clutches Hebrew Bible in video backing impeachment inquiry – The Times of Israel

Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., released a video explaining why she supports the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump. It’s a big deal because Luria is part of a group of moderate, centrist Democrats with national security backgrounds who have changed their minds about the impeachment scandal over time. For Jews, the video is a big deal for another reason: in it, Luria is seen multiple times clearly holding a Hebrew Bible as she recites the oath of office. The book is white and has her name inscribed on it.
ICE attempts to deport student’s mother – Yale Daily News
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ICE attempts to deport student’s mother – Yale Daily News

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers removed Tania Romero from the Irwin County Detention Center in southern Georgia early Monday morning in an attempt to deport her from the United States, according to the Honduran consulate in Atlanta. Shortly after midnight on Monday, Cristian Padilla Romero GRD ’24 received a phone call from one of his mother’s fellow detainees at the detention center where Romero has been held since mid-August, he said.
Conservative writer says Senate Republicans who stick by Trump ‘should pay a steep price’ – AlterNet
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Conservative writer says Senate Republicans who stick by Trump ‘should pay a steep price’ – AlterNet

This week, the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is entering a new phase in the U.S. House of Representatives: three witnesses are getting ready to testify publicly (all of the previous testimony and depositions have occurred in closed-door hearings). And the response of some far-right Republicans in the House is to echo a goofy conspiracy theory: that the real interference in the 2016 presidential election came from Ukraine, not Russia
Illinois appellate court won’t bar CPS runners from meet – Chicago Tribune
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Illinois appellate court won’t bar CPS runners from meet – Chicago Tribune

The Illinois Appellate Court says it won't immediately rule on a lower court decision allowing Chicago Public Schools cross-country runners to compete at the state championship meet Saturday. The Illinois High School Association is seeking to overturn an order allowing the runners to compete in the postseason. The IHSA blocked their participation because a teachers' strike prevented their attendance at the regional meet.
Giuliani Lawyer Advised Company Shut Down Over Fraud Complaints – The Wall Street Journal
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Giuliani Lawyer Advised Company Shut Down Over Fraud Complaints – The Wall Street Journal

RUDY GIULIANI’S NEW LAWYER Eric Creizman is no stranger to Washington controversy. He advised an invention-promotion company that federal regulators shut down in 2017 for allegedly defrauding customers. The company, World Patent Marketing, also employed former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The Federal Trade Commission said the company “deceived customers” and used “threats, intimidation, and gag clauses.”
Michigan House Democrats say impeachment inquiry could end by Christmas – MLive.com
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Michigan House Democrats say impeachment inquiry could end by Christmas – MLive.com

Two Michigan Democratic members of Congress are hopeful the ongoing impeachment inquiry could be wrapped up in time for Christmas. U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, and Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, discussed the inquiry with MLive before a scheduled forum at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Both said the inquiry, which seeks to determine whether President Donald Trump abused his power by soliciting a foreign government to investigate his top political rival, should be narrowly focused and move relatively quickly.
Online Extra: LGBTQ Agenda: NY federal judge strikes down health care ‘refusal rule’ – Bay Area Reporter, America’s highest circulation LGBT newspaper
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Online Extra: LGBTQ Agenda: NY federal judge strikes down health care ‘refusal rule’ – Bay Area Reporter, America’s highest circulation LGBT newspaper

A federal judge in New York struck down the Trump administration's health care "refusal rule" that was going to take effect November 22, even as another judge has yet to rule on a California lawsuit against the federal government on the same matter. Judge Paul Engelmayer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York handed down his ruling Wednesday, November 6, in the case of State of New York v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services vacating the rule.... The Trump administration's Department of Health and Human Services originally announced the refusal rule May 2. It would have allowed individuals, entities, or health providers to refuse care to anyone if they found a religious objection to it. "It gives people a right to refuse essential care to Americans," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, October 29. "Your ambulance driver could refuse to give that emergency care in your time of critical need." The implementation of the rule was originally scheduled for July 22, but was pushed back four months after lawsuits.
The Democrats’ Senate strategy has a red state problem – The Week
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The Democrats’ Senate strategy has a red state problem – The Week

.....Democrats shouldn't get ahead of themselves in their celebration, because these results don't reveal any material change in the overall landscape. Virginia has become a must-win for Democrats, not a swing state, and Kentucky is still emphatically Trump country. These victories confirmed the main pattern of 2018: The Democrats are gaining increasing support in once Republican suburban areas, but they are making little or no headway in rural white counties..
Iowa, city to pay $80K for illegal search of parolee’s home – La Crosse Tribune
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Iowa, city to pay $80K for illegal search of parolee’s home – La Crosse Tribune

The state and the city of Boone have agreed to pay $80,000 to an Iowa drug suspect who was arrested after an illegal search. The State Appeal Board on Monday approved the payout under a legal settlement with Daniel Vinnece. The state and the city will split the cost. The Associated Press has reported that parole officer Kari White was fired over the April 2018 search. An investigation by the Department of Correctional Services found that White conspired with a Boone detective to search Vinnece's home without a warrant, days before he was to be released from parole.
Pension costs hitting home across the state — hard – OCRegister
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Pension costs hitting home across the state — hard – OCRegister

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District came into being 14 years ago when four small fire departments serving farms and small towns east of Modesto merged. The district now flirts with insolvency, a case study in how rapidly growing costs for pensions and other employee benefits are clobbering local governments. Four years ago, Stanislaus Consolidated had 80 employees, most of them firefighters, and more than $13 million in revenues. However, as budget documents reveal, its expenses, mostly for salaries, were already beginning to outstrip income.
Bacon’s bipartisan bill increases jail time, fines for straw firearm purchasers – Ripon Advance
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Bacon’s bipartisan bill increases jail time, fines for straw firearm purchasers – Ripon Advance

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) on Oct. 31 introduced bipartisan legislation that would impose stricter penalties for anyone who buys a firearm for someone else who isn’t legally permitted to have it, otherwise known as straw purchasers. “By closing loopholes and increasing maximum punishments for violators,” Rep. Bacon said, “this legislation will help to deter criminals from illegally obtaining firearms and bring justice and safety to our affected communities.”
Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman voted out of office – Alabama’s News Leader
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Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman voted out of office – Alabama’s News Leader

During a meeting of the Alabama Democratic Party on Saturday, a faction of the Executive Committee voted to remove Nancy Worley as chairwoman by a 172-0 margin. Shortly afterward they elected Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa to replace her. England is the first African-American chairperson in the Alabama Democratic Party's history. Randy Kelley was also removed as vice-chairman on Saturday. Former state Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham was elected to replace Kelley. The faction that voted today is supported by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Senator Doug Jones.
Arizona used to be a Republican stronghold — but Democrats have a chance to win it in 2020 – AlterNet
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Arizona used to be a Republican stronghold — but Democrats have a chance to win it in 2020 – AlterNet

The term “swing state” was seldom used in connection with Arizona in the 1980s and 1990s. Associated with Sen. Barry Goldwater and, after that, Sen. John McCain, the southwestern state usually went Republican — and when centrist Democrat Janet Napolitano served as Arizona governor in the 2000s, she stressed her willingness to work with Arizona Republicans. But in 2019, the term “swing state” is being used more and more in connection with Arizona.
Liberal group sues to stop signature reviews in bellwether Michigan – The Fulcrum
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Liberal group sues to stop signature reviews in bellwether Michigan – The Fulcrum

Michigan has become the latest battleground over state laws that allow local election officials to discard mail-in ballots when signatures aren't similar enough to the handwriting on file. A lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court by Priorities USA, a liberal super PAC, claims "the state's arbitrary and standardless signature-matching laws" have disenfranchised "hundreds of voters in recent elections for no other reason than an election official's subjective and arbitrary determination that a voter's signature on an absentee ballot (or ballot application) did not match a prior signature that the voter provided to election officials." Michigan has the potential to produce several pivotal contests next fall, underscoring the truism that every vote will count. President Trump won the state by fewer than 11,000 votes last time, the first Republican to carry it in seven elections. Democratic Sen. Gary Peters faces a stiff challenge and so do a pair of House members from each party.
Van Drew one of 2 Dems to vote against impeachment rules – Burlington County Times
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Van Drew one of 2 Dems to vote against impeachment rules – Burlington County Times

Reps. Andy Kim, D-3 of Moorestown, and Donald Norcross, D-1 of Camden, voted with the Democratic majority in support of the inquiry and Rep. Chris Smith, R-4 of Hamilton, who is the lone Republican remaining in the delegation, voted against the measure. His opposition wasn’t exactly a surprise, but New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew is now on record as being one of only two Democrats in the U.S. House to vote against the ongoing impeachment inquiry.