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‘Scrutiny and double standards’: Katie Hill’s downfall splits Democrats

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“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...
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Trump lures GOP senators on impeachment with cold cash

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Mike Reed, a Republican National Committee spokesman, said Wednesday’s appeal from the Trump campaign brought in “six figures” over the course of the day. “Our supporters stand totally behind President Trump and are eager to support down-ballot candidates who do the same,” he said. Party officials said there are likely...
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Bob Livingston thrust back in impeachment glare after grabbing headlines in Clinton era

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“He characterized Ambassador Yovanovitch as an ‘Obama holdover’ and associated with George Soros,” Croft said in her opening statement. “It was not clear to me at the time — or now — at whose direction or at whose expense Mr. Livingston was seeking the removal of Ambassador Yovanovitch.” Livingston’s lobbying...
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John Bolton scheduled to testify in impeachment inquiry

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Bolton, Eisenberg and Ellis are emerging as key figures in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, which centers on allegations that President Donald Trump sought to leverage U.S. military aid and a White House meeting with Ukraine’s president as part of a pressure campaign for the eastern European country to investigate Trump’s...
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Kamala Harris to slash staff, restructure campaign as she hemorrhages cash

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The major shake-up is the latest strategic maneuver to help rescue a campaign that was still being viewed as a likely early-state juggernaut three months ago after Harris confronted Joe Biden in a debate over school busing. The performance seemed to signal the realization of the promise Harris displayed during...
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Pelosi and McConnell make push on spending deal — but Trump’s wall looms

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And White House officials met with Republican and Democratic aides from both the House and Senate on Tuesday to discuss outstanding issues on spending bills, although there’s no consensus on whether any progress was made or not. Current government funding lasts through Nov. 21. Trump signed into law a two-year...
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Testimony: Nunes acolyte misrepresented himself to Trump as Ukraine expert

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But he was instructed “at the last second” not to attend the debriefing, Vindman told lawmakers, because Trump’s advisers worried it might confuse the president: Trump believed at the time that Kashyap Patel, a longtime Nunes staffer who joined the White House in February and had no discernible Ukraine experience...
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Grassley shoots down White House plan to install Cuccinelli atop DHS

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House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) called on the Trump administration to disavow reports that Cuccinelli may be elevated. “If the White House cannot find anyone qualified and suitable to run the Department of Homeland Security – or even run it in an acting capacity – something is very...
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State Dept officials to offer new details about Trump’s shadow diplomacy with Ukraine

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Croft and Anderson served separately under Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations, and witnessed an unusual effort by non-government officials to influence U.S. foreign policy toward the besieged country as it was facing intensifying aggression from Russia. The impeachment inquiry centers on Trump’s efforts to pressure...
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GOP lawmaker confirms Vindman’s testimony on Ukraine call omissions

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Vindman, who listened in on Trump’s call with Zelensky, told investigators that the president undermined U.S. national security when he pressured his foreign counterpart to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, according to a copy of Vindman’s opening statement obtained by POLITICO. The New York Times and...
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Poll: Voters split on whether country is ready for a gay president

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That gap grew even wider when voters were asked whether they thought their neighbors were ready for a gay president. About a quarter of respondents answered affirmatively, while 46 percent said their neighbors were either definitely or probably not ready for a gay president. Pluralities of both Democrats and Republicans,...

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