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    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia will hold a presidential election on Oct. 23 to choose a successor to centrist President Borut Pahor, who has been in office for 10 years, authorities said Wednesday. If no candidate wins more than half of the ballots in the first round, a runoff between the top two will be held three weeks later. Already, several people have said they would run for the presidency, including two female contenders who have been polling strongly — independent lawyer Natasa Pirc Musar and ruling liberal party candidate Marta Kos. Also expected to run is former foreign minister Anze Logar, a candidate of right-wing Slovenian Democratic Party of former Prime Minister Janez Jansa. If a woman wins she will become the first female president of the country since Slovenia became an independent nation in 1991 after splitting from the former Yugoslavia. Pirc Musar has led the polls, with many in Slovenia feeling she could help bridge a divide between the right and left. She is also well known for representing Slovenia-born U.S. former...
    CAIRO (AP) — After two days of U.N.-mediated talks in Geneva, two senior Libyan officials from the country’s rival camps failed to reach an agreement on a constitutional framework for national elections, the United Nations envoy to Libya said Thursday. According to Stephanie Williams, the U.N. special adviser on Libya, the influential speaker of the country’s east-based parliament, Aguila Saleh, and Khaled al-Meshri, head of the government’s Supreme Council of State, based in the west in the capital of Tripoli, could not reach an agreement on the eligibility criteria for presidential nominees. The talks in Geneva were the latest in U.N.-led efforts to bridge the gaps between the factions after the last round of talks in the Egyptian capital of Cairo failed to make headway. “Despite the progress in this week’s negotiations between the heads of the respective chambers, disagreement persists on the eligibility requirements for the candidates in the first presidential elections,” said Williams. Reports in local media in Libya have said that requirements for a presidential candidacy have been the most contentious point in all previous...
    Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani ran a campaign of “racist terror” against two Georgia election workers, a packed CNN panel concluded following Tuesday’s congressional testimonies regarding the January 6 Capitol riot and the election fraud claims pushed beforehand. The last two to give testimonies to the subcommittee were former Georgia election workers Wandrea ‘Shaye’ Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, both of whom said they faced threats and harassment in the wake of the election, especially after Giuliani pushed a video where he claimed the two were part of an election conspiracy. Giuliani said the two were passing a USB drive containing fraudulent votes, but Moss testified it was a ginger mint on Tuesday. Giuliani compared the pass-off to drugs being handed off. “An upsetting and distressing day of testimony today, hearing the personal stories of election officials from Georgia and Arizona whose lives were upended by Donald Trump, by his minions, by his mobs, and by his election lies,” Jake Tapper said in reaction. CNN senior legal correspondent Abby Phillip added the “threats and harassment” detailed by the women showed a “campaign of...
    By MEG KINNARD CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina has been ousted from Congress in his Republican primary after voting to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 insurrection. He is the first of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump to lose a reelection bid. Rice, a five-term congressman, was defeated Tuesday by state Rep. Russell Fry, who was endorsed by Trump. Rice was a strong supporter of Trump’s policies in Washington but said he was left no choice but to impeach Trump over his failure to calm the mob that violently sought to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina also angered Trump, but she sought to make amends and won her GOP primary over her own Trump-backed challenger. In other races Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Dina Titus in Nevada handily defeated her progressive challenger, while Republican Rep. Mark Amodei won his primary against a son of one of the state’s most famous sports figures. In Maine, a former Republican congressman is hoping to reclaim...
    Florence, South Carolina (CNN)Donald Trump on Tuesday will have his first real shot at taking revenge on one of the House Republicans known as the "impeachment 10." While some of the members who voted to impeach the then-President in January 2021 have chosen to retire or have primaries later in the summer, Republican Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina will face a competitive GOP primary with a Trump-endorsed challenger. (In a district next door, another Republican House member who has crossed Trump, Rep. Nancy Mace, has her own Trump-backed opponent.)Trump has been committed to ousting Rice and even held one of his campaign-style rallies here in Florence in March to help state Rep. Russell Fry, the 37-year-old Republican he's chosen to boost in the crowded field.While both campaigns admit it's possible no candidate gets 50% of the vote and the top two will go to a runoff in two weeks, the results will indicate the strength of Trump's influence in the deep-red 7th District.On Monday, during a final campaign event here, the second-largest population center in the district, Fry served...
    A swath of northern Los Angeles County represented by one of the most endangered Republicans in Congress is expected to be among the hottest midterm races in the nation. But first, voters must decide which Democrat they want to challenge GOP Rep. Mike Garcia in the fall — a candidate who lost to Garcia twice or a newcomer to the area. Former Assemblywoman Christy Smith and former Navy intelligence officer John Quaye Quartey are vying for one of the top two spots in Tuesday’s primary election. Under California’s election rules, the top two vote-getters in the primary will move to the November general election regardless of party. Garcia, as the incumbent and only prominent Republican running, is widely expected to get the most votes in the primary, said Fernando Guerra, a political science professor and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. “The battle is between the other two to see who’s going to take on Garcia in November,” Guerra said, before adding of the general election, “It’s going to see...
    The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld previous decisions to keep several Republican primary candidates for governor off the ballot due to invalid petition signatures. Two of the candidates filed lawsuits after the state's Board of Canvassers, which comprises two Republicans and two Democrats, deadlocked last week, sustaining the Michigan Bureau of Elections's previous decision to remove five candidates from the ballot for invalid signatures. Appeals from businessman Perry Johnson and financial adviser Michael Markey were rejected on Wednesday, and former Detroit Police Chief James Craig's appeal was rejected Thursday morning. INVALID SIGNATURES COULD THIN GOP FIELD IN MICHIGAN GUBERNATORIAL RACE "We are disappointed by today's decision, but there is so much at stake here that we cannot afford to sit down and let this miscarriage of justice stand," Markey said in a statement. "This clearly needs to be reviewed by the Supreme Court, because the Michigan Court of Appeals just decided that the Secretary of State can be an unchecked body of government serving as judge, jury, and executioner in deciding who gets to be on the...
    By Zachary Cohen | CNN A top Trump appointee at the US State Department met on January 6, 2021, with two activists who were pushing false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. The meeting took place on the same day that thousands of Donald Trump supporters descended on the US Capitol. It also occurred as allies of the former President were advocating for Trump to use his presidential powers and seize election equipment in the name of national security, citing theories that voting machines had been compromised by foreign adversaries as a pretext. Robert A. Destro, a law professor at Catholic University of America who served as an assistant secretary of state during the Trump administration, confirmed to CNN that he met with the two activists on January 6, 2021 around the same time as the chaos was unfolding on Capitol Hill. The two activists who met with Destro — Colorado podcaster Joe Oltmann and Michigan lawyer Matthew DePerno — had been working behind the scenes to help promote Trump’s false election claims in the lead-up to January...
    (CNN)A top Trump appointee at the US State Department met on January 6, 2021, with two activists who were pushing false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.The meeting took place on the same day that thousands of Donald Trump supporters descended on the US Capitol. It also occurred as allies of the former President were advocating for Trump to use his presidential powers and seize election equipment in the name of national security, citing theories that voting machines had been compromised by foreign adversaries as a pretext.Robert A. Destro, a law professor at Catholic University of America who served as an assistant secretary of state during the Trump administration, confirmed to CNN that he met with the two activists on January 6, 2021 around the same time as the chaos was unfolding on Capitol Hill.The two activists who met with Destro -- Colorado podcaster Joe Oltmann and Michigan lawyer Matthew DePerno -- had been working behind the scenes to help promote Trump's false election claims in the lead-up to January 6 and both have previously alluded to high-level...
    A federal jury in Washington, D.C. returned guilty verdicts on all six counts facing Thomas Robertson, a former Virginia police sergeant who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot. The charges included impeding law enforcement officers, obstructing an official proceeding, entering and remaining in restricted grounds, and tampering with evidence. Robertson’s trial took place last week, when jurors heard testimony describing his actions that day. One D.C. Metropolitan police officer described how he and another officer were struck by a stick being wielded by a man prosecutors said was Robertson. About a month before the attack on the Capitol, Robertson called for “open armed rebellion” in a post online. A sentencing date has yet to be set. Robertson was initially arrested in January 2021 and was released pending trial. However, he was jailed after investigators found bomb-making material in his home last July. Jacob Fracker, a former coworker of Robertson’s who also stormed the Capitol, testified for the prosecution that the two men hoped to “overturn” the 2020 presidential election. He pleaded to one felony charge in March...
    Share this: Labor organizers always knew it would be tough to convince Amazon workers to unionize. But a surprisingly strong early showing in a New York election and a still-uncertain outcome in an Alabama election are giving them hope. In Staten Island, New York, 1,518 warehouse workers have so far voted “yes” to forming a union while 1,154 have voted “no,” according to an early tally Thursday evening by the National Labor Relations Board, which is overseeing both elections. Ballots continue to be counted Friday morning. Meanwhile, Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, appear to have rejected a union bid but outstanding challenged ballots could change the outcome. The votes were 993-to-875 against the union. A hearing to review 416 challenged ballots is expected to begin in the next few days.
    (CNN)The House select committee investigating the insurrection at the US Capitol plans to vote Monday night on criminal referrals for two former Trump advisers who have not cooperated with their investigation.The votes on Trump White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and Trump's onetime trade adviser, Peter Navarro, come after the committee filed reports Sunday night outlining the ways in which both men evaded investigators. The panel claims it granted Scavino six extensions of his deadline to sit for an interview and hand over documents and noted that several of the issues Navarro said he could not discuss he had previously written about in his book.The committee is expected to advance the contempt report Monday evening during a public business meeting. The referral would then go to the full House for a vote, where it would then be sent to the Department of Justice, which will decide if there is enough evidence to prosecute. The committee has advanced three previous criminal referrals.The first, for former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, was picked up by DOJ and has led to an...
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Wednesday asked for unanimous consent to call up and pass his bill to effectively end forced masking in schools, pointing to the mask hypocrisy of his Democrat colleagues and noting that “the science hasn’t changed.” “For the past two years, our nation’s kids have suffered. They’ve suffered socially, academically, and psychologically, at the hands of the Biden administration and their political bosses in the teachers’ unions,” Cotton said on the Senate floor, explaining that children have suffered perhaps the most “excessive, extreme and suffocating COVID restrictions of any population in our country.” Throughout the pandemic, Cotton said, children, became “hostages” for teachers’ union bosses as schools remained shut down. And when children did go back, he said, children faced “insane coronavirus protocols.” While the Republican senator said some parents believe masks work, he ultimately said every parent should be able to choose whether or not to force their child to wear a mask. “But under the forced mask policies, parents have no choice at all,” he said, noting the “absurd policies have had severe psychological...
    Despite opposition from within their own party, Senate Democrats plan to vote on requiring a “talking filibuster” for who want to block voting and election overhaul legislation, leadership announced Tuesday. "If Republicans block cloture on legislation before us, I will put forward a proposal to change the rules to allow for a talking filibuster on this legislation,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said at a press conference. Democrats say they’ll bring up the rule because of Republican opposition to two election and voting overhaul bills now up for debate on the Senate floor. The two bills would increase federal oversight of changes to election laws and realignment of voting districts in some states and would roll back voter integrity laws passed by GOP state legislatures that Democrats believe would hinder access to the polls. The rule change would require senators who oppose ending debate on the measure to engage in a real filibuster, which is essentially nonstop talking on the Senate floor. “It’s switching a secret filibuster into a public...
    Senate Democrats Tuesday began consideration of dual election and voting overhaul bills despite lacking enough support to overcome a GOP filibuster. The action sets up a vote later in the week on changing the long-standing filibuster rules that is also set to fail due to opposition from centrist Democrats. Lawmakers will debate the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, which Democrats say would ensure fair elections and provide voters adequate access to the polls. While all 50 Democrats support the legislation, Republicans say the two measures are partisan and would federalize elections, lessen voter integrity, and provide Democrats with a political advantage. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Unanimous opposition from the GOP means Democrats lack the 60 votes needed to end debate and pass the two bills, which are combined into one measure. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer nonetheless canceled a planned recess and summoned senators to publicly debate and vote on the two bills in a bid to portray the GOP as opponents...
    # Kolkata: The Behala East Assembly constituency was under the control of Sovan Chatterjee. Today Ratna Chatterjee is the MLA in that seat. However, even after that, Showon Chatterjee was the councilor of Ward No. 131. But Tuesday’s results (KMC election 2021) show that Ratna Shovan’s circle of occupying paradise is over. Read more: BJP Vokata, CPM no Patta! After defeating Kolkata, Mamta moved to Kamakya. Shovan-Jaya has been in the lead since the start of the polls (KMC election 2021) this morning. Declaration of Success is the rule of law. Ratna Chatterjee returned to her old memories when the results were announced. Before leaving the house, Shovan Chatterjee told my daughter that I’m going to see how your mother goes without me. Today I stand on my own two feet. Read more: Debashis Kumar gives ‘word’ to leader, wins Calcutta by-election! Sovan Chatterjee left his family and left Behala to marry his wife Ratna and live with his girlfriend Baishaki. But the grassroots people have occupied the east of the violin. Ratna Chatterjee won. Meanwhile, Kerua Shibir did not...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Voters head to the polls on Tuesday for Election Day 2021.While several races and questions will be decided by voters, all eyes are on are who will be elected the 110th mayor of New York City and if Phil Murphy will defeat challenger Jack Ciattarelli for reelection as governor of New Jersey.Eyewitness News is your source for Election Night coverage. We will have live updates throughout the evening, election results plus expanded coverage on ABC7NY and our streaming platforms (Roku, Apple TV, etc.).WHEN DO POLLS OPEN AND CLOSE?In New Jersey, polls will be open from 6:00a.m. - 8:00p.m. Click here to find your polling location.In New York, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here to find your polling location.NEW YORK CITYNYC MAYORAL RACEFormer New York City police captain and Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams, a Democrat, is heavily favored over Republican Curtis Sliwa in Tuesday's race to become the next mayor of the biggest U.S. city.Adams, who would be the city's second Black mayor, ran as a moderate in a crowded...
    Two longtime Democratic congressmen announced Monday they will not seek re-election next year, putting the pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to keep control of the House in her party's hands.  Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle and North Carolina Congressman David Price will retire.  The two men each have more than 20 years experience on Capitol Hill.  'While it is time for me to retire, it is no time to flag in our efforts to secure a 'more perfect union' and to protect and expand our democracy. I am deeply grateful to the people of the Fourth District for making my service possible and for what we have been able to achieve together. And I promise, in the fifteen months remaining and beyond, to continue fighting for the just and inclusive country we believe in,' Price said in a statement. 'I believe the time had come to pass the torch to the next generation,' Doyle said. 'This was not an easy decision and I spent the most of this year going back and forth.'  Price first won election in 1996. Doyle was...
    As California’s recall election continues, campaigns are pouring millions into ads on Google and its world-leading video site, YouTube. More than $3.6 million has been spent on ads about the recall, according to spending data released by the internet giant. The majority of that has come from a political fundraising group organized to defend Gov. Gavin Newsom, which has invested $3.03 million in ads urging voters to reject the recall. Among Newsom’s opponents, the top spender is conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder. As his campaign has gathered steam, he has poured more than $400,000 into ads. Nearly two-thirds of the ads aired by groups backing Newsom and Elder only appeared for users in specific ZIP Codes. The “Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom” group aired ads on the coast in the state’s densely populated Democratic strongholds, while Elder’s campaign committee has opted for inland areas where Republicans are more common. A Times analysis of records from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, released by the Google Transparency Project, shows the rival camps are using the platform’s vast...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia’s elections board expects to vote Friday on whether to reject a Republican state senator’s request for access to its voting machines for a “forensic investigation” into former President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection defeat. The Office of the City Commissioners posted a draft letter on its website ahead of the morning meeting that, if approved, would tell Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, that Philadelphia “will not participate in your proposed analysis.” READ MORE: Residents Begin To Clean Up, Assess Damage After Two Tornadoes Touch Down In Bucks County Leaving Path Of Destruction Omar Sabir, one of two Democrats on the three-person board, said Friday morning he expects the vote to pass and the three-page letter to be sent out. Mastriano, a leading proponent of Trump’s efforts to overturn his narrow loss in the state to Joe Biden in November, did not respond to a phone message seeking comment. READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: School District Of Philadelphia Superintendent To Provide Update On 2021-2022 School Year It would be the second rejection in two days for Mastriano’s effort to get...
    CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R- ND) on Monday about the political back-and-forth over the January 6th select committee. Armstrong was one of the five Republicans House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy selected for the committee. After Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of his picks, McCarthy pulled all five. Armstrong told Tapper the Capitol Police officers testifying Tuesday deserve to be heard, but added, “I wish they were being heard in a less partisan forum.” Tapper asked if he believes Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney should be punished by House GOP leadership. Armstrong said no before hitting the credibility of the committee with only those two Republicans. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, Tapper noted, “had been putting forward the election lie that Donald Trump actually won the election.” “If the purpose of the committee is to get to the truth of what happened and you have these two members that are constantly spewing these lies about the election, how much can you actually rely on them to be effective members of Congress in terms of the mission of the...
    A sixth Texas Democrat tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, their caucus confirmed, meaning that more than 10 per cent of those who fled the state a week ago to prevent the passage of an election bill are now infected. Rhetta Bowers of Dallas told The Dallas Morning News of the politician's diagnosis, and said that she and others have brought food to those quarantining in their hotel rooms in Washington DC. The six are all continuing to work remotely, she said.  The first of the 55 tested positive on Friday, then two more on Saturday and two more on Sunday.  Rhetta Bowers, in red, confirmed on Monday that six of the 55 Texas Democrats have now tested positive for COVID-19, since fleeing to Washington DC a week ago on a private jet The Democrats are seen fleeing Austin on a private jet. None are wearing their face masks, and now six of the 55 have tested positive for COVID-19. All are fully vaccinated The group began wearing masks and adjusting their plans on Saturday after they learnt of...
    Doug Mastriano Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano wants President Joe Biden to meet with him on Biden’s Tuesday visit to Pennsylvania. To say that this is presumptuous doesn’t begin to describe it. Biden is visiting Pennsylvania to talk about voting rights. What does Mastriano want Biden to sit down with him and discuss? Donald Trump’s Big Lie, which Mastriano has been avidly promoting. “Millions of Pennsylvanians have serious doubts about the accuracy of the 2020 General Election,” Mastriano writes in his request for a meeting, before going on to call for a “full forensic investigation”—translation: a Pennsylvania fraudit. In other words, he wants Biden to take time out of a visit intended to boost the fight for voting rights to talk about an effort to undermine the legitimacy of U.S. elections.  Mastriano has been using his position as the chair of the state Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee to try to kick off an investigation of specific counties with results he didn’t like. As Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, put it, “Although two legal audits have already been completed in Pennsylvania, Senator Mastriano is...
    Paul Gosar, the Arizona Republican, is currently getting a bit of media scrutiny for his white supremacy ties. Benjy Sarlin/NBC: What's keeping democracy experts up most at night? An overturned election Analysis: Amid all the voting changes in state laws, giving more power to partisan officials to overturn an election is at the top of the list of concerns. Congress is just beginning a new investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, but the movement behind it remains as active as ever. Former President Donald Trump is frequently repeating false claims of victory, plotting revenge against politicians who opposed his efforts to overturn the election, attacking key Republicans who refuse to back him up now and hinting at a return to power, either through another presidential run or some other means. There’s no legal avenue for Trump to reverse the 2020 results. But a half-dozen scholars who study democracy and election laws told NBC News they are increasingly worried that 2024 could be a repeat of 2020, only with a party further remade in the former president’s image and better equipped to sow disorder during...
    The husband suspected of killing missing Colorado mother Suzanne Morphew has now been charged with voter fraud after he submitted a mail-in ballot voting for President Trump in his wife's name five months after she vanished.  Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested last week on suspicion of murdering his 49-year-old wife after she vanished near their home in Poncha Springs in southern Colorado on Mother's Day in 2020. Morphew, who is already being held without bail, has now been charged with forgery over the mail-in ballot he allegedly submitted in his wife's name for last year's election.  A Chaffee County Clerk had alerted authorities in October last year that they had received a voting ballot in Suzanne's name even though she was missing.  The ballot was submitted five months after Suzanne, a mother of two adult daughters, went missing. Her body still has not been found.   Barry Morphew, 53, was arrested last week on suspicion of murdering his wife Suzanne Morphew, 49, after she vanished in Colorado in May 2020 Authorities say the ballot did not have Suzanne's signature on it but listed...
    Texas Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez (with sign) campaigning with supporters. Texas' 6th Congressional District will kick off this year's first competitive special election for the House on Saturday, though we'll almost certainly have to wait until an as yet unscheduled runoff before we know the winner. That's because under state law, all candidates from all parties are running together on a single ballot. In the event that no one captures a majority—which is all but certain, given the enormous 23-person field—the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will advance to a second round. Exactly who that lucky twosome might be is difficult to say given the paucity of recent polling and, in any event, the difficulty of accurately surveying the electorate in a special election like this one. The few polls we have seen have all found the same two contenders at the top of the heap: Republican Susan Wright, the widow of the late Rep. Ron Wright (whose death in February triggered this election), and Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez, the party's 2018 nominee who lost to the former congressman by a...
    MARINE Le Pen could BEAT Emmanuel Macron at the next French election as voters continue to turn on the ‘arrogant’ leader, new polling suggests The far-right leader is predicted to capitalise on the President’s shambolic handling of the Covid pandemic, with France continuing to record some of highest infections rates in Europe. 5Marine Le Pen is considered to be "on course to beat Macron at next election"Credit: Getty 5It comes as people turn on the "arrogant" president Emmanuel MacronCredit: AP The pair went head to head in a run-off in 2017, in which Macron won by a decisive margin. Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, also suffered defeat in a runoff election after losing against Jacques Chirac in 2002. However, there is now a growing consensus in the political world that a Le Pen victory is no longer unthinkable if such a situation would occur in next years election. According to the Jean-Jaurès Foundation, Le Pen, 52, has succeeded in detoxifying her image enough to attract mainstream conservative voters who now see her as a preferable alternative to Macron. The foundation...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains confident that she can pass major items through her chamber even though she leads the Democrats' most fragile majority in the House of Representatives since the 1940s. "It's not going to be a problem," Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters a month ago when asked about advancing her party's agenda through the House without the help of the minority Republicans. PELOSI SAYS BIDEN'S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS IN HANDS OF CAPITOL PHYSICIAN But the task facing Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., isn't getting any easier. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 19, 2021. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP) (AP) The death Tuesday of 84-year-old Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida further reduces the Democrats' already perilous majority. What started out at the beginning of the year as a slim 222-213 margin is now temporarily down to 218-212. That means the Democrats can currently lose just two votes and still be able to pass legislation along party lines. Even before the start of the 117th Congress, Hoyer expressed reservations, telling reporters in...
    Former President Donald Trump is facing potential 'criminal exposure' in Georgia and two grand juries could be getting close to issuing subpoenas for information, in the latest chapter in Trump's legal woes. Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis is probing Trump's alleged interference in the state's election, where state officials certified Joe Biden's win.  The DailyBeast reported two separate grand juries are investigating there, and that the secret proceedings would soon issue subpoenas. Two grand juries in Fulton County, Georgia are reportedly investigating Trump, and could issue subpoenas soon 'I suspect that's in the very near future,' Willis said. On Monday night, former acting U.S. solicitor general told MSNBC said Trump is 'certainly is looking at criminal exposure.' 'Donald Trump is the only president to have more open grand juries than election wins,' he quipped.  Katyal called the grand juries 'a very serious prosecutorial step.' And the next step may be even more significant. 'It looks like, according to the news reports, that they're on the verge of using their inquisitive powers to subpoena ― that is, get documents...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate next month will vote on expanding background checks for gun purchases, overhauling federal elections, and reversing a Trump-era policy deregulating methane. “We’ve accomplished a lot, but we are just getting started,” the New York Democrat said Thursday. Schumer addressed the spring agenda as lawmakers prepared to depart the Capitol for a two-week recess. HOUSE REPUBLICANS BOYCOTT 'SHAM' DEMOCRATIC HEARING ON BILL PROPOSALS Two mass shootings this month have prompted calls for the Senate to take up House-passed legislation expanding and enhancing background check requirements for gun purchases immediately. But Schumer told reporters he is working with key Senate lawmakers to craft legislation that can pass the Senate. “I’m speaking with my colleagues,” Schumer said, “to discuss the best path forward.” Democrats will instead vote on a special resolution that would reverse a Trump administration rule that eliminated the regulation of methane as a greenhouse gas. Schumer said they will also work on a major infrastructure legislation that will also be used to incorporate the party’s climate change agenda and...
    By Joan Faus BARCELONA (Reuters) - For close to a decade, campaigning for parliamentary elections in Catalonia has been dominated by its push for independence. But for Sunday's regional ballot, healthcare and the economy have taken centre stage as candidates, including those representing the outgoing - and increasingly divided - pro-secession governing coalition, spar over how best to contain one of Europe's worst coronavirus epidemics. The wealthy northeastern region has the second-highest regional death toll in Spain, where more than 63,000 have succumbed to the disease. In 2017, just two months after a chaotic and short-lived declaration of independence thrust Catalonia into the global spotlight and triggered Spain's deepest political crisis for decades, two separatist parties garnered enough votes in parliament to form a coalition. This time, with fears over the pandemic potentially leading to record-high voter abstention rates, the outcome is wide open. The two main separatist parties - centre-right Junts and leftist Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya - are neck and neck in opinion polls with the Socialists, whose campaign is being led by Spain's former health minister. The...
    What do some people do when they gain power over you? If it’s the party of the new McCarthyism, they shut you up. That's why leftists try to ban books, muzzle conservatives and protest the inclusion of non-liberal voices. They silence businesses, drop entire media platforms, trash careers and toss folks off social networks. VIVEK RAMASWAMY: BIG TECH'S RISE THREATENS COUNTRY'S FUTURE – BEWARE THE WOKE-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX The Dems crow "oh, oh, oh, oh,  these are private companies." Well, so are health care companies. If I were banned from hospitals, I guess I could freelance prostate exams. The claim that private companies can do whatever they want is based on the idea that they’re private. Free speech be damned. But sorry, no, you can't build a Twitter in your backyard. Instead, it’s really about a new fascist mob out to silence all dissent, using the "private business" as another excuse. And it’s genius. JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO: FREE SPEECH, THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND OUR MODERN TECH-FILLED WORLD The First Amendment can't protect you when tech is in business with Uncle Sam. And...
    Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP The US and Russia have agreed to extend an arms control treaty limiting their deployed nuclear warheads after Joe Biden’s first phone call as president with Vladimir Putin. At the same time, Biden took a firm position on Russian actions that Donald Trump largely ignored, raising concerns about the poisoning and arrest of the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, warning Putin that the US supported Ukraine against Russian “aggression”, complaining about Russian interference in last year’s US presidential election, and the “Solar Winds” cyber attack on US government agencies last year. Biden challenged Putin on US intelligence reports that Russia had offered bounties to the Taliban and other extremist groups in Afghanistan for the killing of US soldiers. The White House account of the call said: “President Biden made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies.” The two leaders formally exchanged notes extending the 2010 New Start agreement by five years, assuring the survival of the last remaining...
    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is calling on CNN anchor Jake Tapper to apologize for a comment he made about disabled veteran Rep. Brian Mast’s “commitment to democracy.” "That was a disgraceful comment," Scalise told Fox News on Thursday. “Jake Tapper needs to just apologize and admit what he said was wrong. I'm dear friends with Brian Mast. Brian last night went to Walter Reed Hospital and worked out with wounded warriors.” "Brian lost two legs fighting for this country," Scalise continued. "To question his love for this country, and his commitment to this country, when he literally lost his two legs and lost some fingers as a bomb squad technician fighting for our freedoms, he [Tapper] owes Brian Mast an apology." "Brian Mast is the kind of person that makes this country great," Scalise added. "He's an American hero, and Jake really should just apologize and drop it." Earlier in the week, Tapper was covering the impeachment process launched against President Trump in the aftermath of the recent riot on Capitol Hill and openly questioned Mast’s commitment to democracy...
    The storming of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday by a group of fired-up Trump supporters was a tragedy for the Republican party, for conservatives and populist nationalists, and for Donald Trump and his legacy. It has bestowed the great gift of the moral high ground on the most undeserving people in the world: Joe Biden and the left. They now have a free pass to persecute their ideological enemies while enacting their pet cultural Marxist projects and changing this country irrevocably for the worst. They will be unimpeded by a Senate now in Democratic control, thanks to Tuesday’s Georgia runoff debacle. KARL ROVE: PROTESTORS STORM CAPITOL -- THIS IS HOW MOBS ACT, NOT PATRIOTS AND ALL AMERICAN HEARTS SHOULD ACHE For Georgia, we can blame Trump’s irrational efforts to overturn the November election result, and a clueless GOP establishment that offered Peach State voters two candidates so cartoonishly wrong for the times they may as well have begged the MAGA base to stay home. A guy who made his money outsourcing jobs to China, and a wealthy elitist with a fake southern accent....
    More from: Miranda Devine A not-so-loony look at 2020 election results in battleground states: Devine US companies riddled with members of Chinese Communist Party: Devine The Biden family put national security at risk: Devine Georgia Republicans have no choice — they must vote in Senate runoff: Devine CNN liberal apologists caught burying The Posts Hunter Biden exposé: Devine The storming of the US Capitol yesterday by a group of fired-up Trump supporters was a tragedy for the Republican party, for conservatives and populist nationalists, and for Donald Trump and his legacy. It has bestowed the great gift of the moral high ground on the most undeserving people in the world: Joe Biden and the left. They now have a free pass to persecute their ideological enemies while enacting their pet cultural Marxist projects and changing this country irrevocably for the worst. They will be unimpeded by a Senate now in Democratic control, thanks to Tuesday’s Georgia runoff debacle. For Georgia, we can blame Trump’s irrational efforts to overturn the November election result, and a clueless GOP establishment which offered...
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro released another report on Tuesday documenting what he considers evidence of the Democratic Party's yearslong effort to "steal" the election from outgoing President Trump, following up on his December report detailing 379,000 "possible illegal votes." Having exhausted his search for illegal votes in the first report, in which he assessed "the fairness and integrity of the 2020 Presidential Election by examining six dimensions of alleged election irregularities across six key battleground states," Navarro used his sequel to describe a two-pronged approach taken by Democrats to effect President-elect Joe Biden's "narrow and illegitimate 'victory'" by more than 7 million votes in the general election, which earned him the same 306 Electoral College votes Trump won in his "landslide" 2016 win. "Volume Two," titled the Art of the Steal, was released one day before Congress meets to certify the Electoral Colleges results, and Republicans in both the House and Senate are planning a long-odds bid at overturning the election. Navarro and others in Trump's inner circle have been instrumental in analyzing and sharing with lawmakers...
    Shortly after the November election, a lawyer went on Fox News Channel and stunned an anchor by disregarding that the 2020 election had been statistically called by the network for Joe Biden. Two months later, that same lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, was revealed by the Washington Post to have been on a phone call in which President Donald Trump threatened criminal liability against Georgia’s Secretary of State unless the state official could “find” enough votes for Trump to win the Peach State. (Even if that happened, it would not reverse the election outcome.) Sandra Smith, off-air, reacts to her colleague Trace Gallagher indulging a nutjob who denies the outcome of the election even after Fox News had called it for Joe Biden: pic.twitter.com/gZ4nrnVHab — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 9, 2020 During the phone call between Trump and the Georgia Secretary of State, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows described “attorneys that represent the president, Kurt and Alex” as also being on the line along with several Georgia officials. Meadows then said “Cleta Mitchell” was also part of the call, whom...
    ATLANTA — Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler likes to say she’s in lockstep with President Trump, but she’s sidestepping questions about his call with GOP state officials in which he urged them to find enough votes to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the once-conservative stronghold. “My sole focus is on tomorrow, Jan. 5. This election, everything's at stake for this country. I am focused on that exclusively because this affects every single Georgian, and that's been my focus the entire time I've been in the Senate,” Loeffler told reporters on Monday during a limited press availability. When asked whether Trump’s surreptitiously recorded conversation with Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was appropriate, the senator, who was appointed last January, didn’t directly answer the question. “Look, my sole focus is on getting Georgians out to vote on Jan. 5 because we are the firewall to stopping socialism. We have to hold the line in Georgia,” she said. Loeffler is spending election eve crisscrossing Georgia with former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, also the...
    Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., defended President Trump's leaked phone call where he urged Georgia's top election official to "find" votes that would flip the state to his column and dismissed the idea that accusations of fraud would dampen Republican turnout in Tuesday's two Senate runoffs. "That's what the Democrats want," Perdue told "America's Newsroom on Monday. "That's what they've been talking and that's why this is so confusing ... It would give them total control if they win these two seats. My logic is this. If you voted in November for Donald Trump you need to stand up and fight. Fight with the rest of us trying to get him a fair accounting in the state and vote tomorrow." Perdue said Trump's Saturday phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, where he insisted he had won the state by "hundreds of thousands of votes," was aboveboard, and he called the leak of the call to the Washington Post "disgusting." Perdue and fellow Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, also a Republican, previously called for Raffensperger to resign his position and have backed Trump's claims that the 2020 election in Georgia has integrity issues. TRUMP URGED...
    The New York Post's editorial board, which long supported President Donald Trump, has blasted his longshot attempts to overturn the election in a scathing editorial. The Post, which endorsed Trump in 2016 and 2020, issued the blistering rebuke in a front-page editorial for Monday's edition, calling his continued election fraud claims a 'dark charade.' The blaring front-page 'wood,' as it is known in tabloid parlance, pleaded for Trump to 'stop the insanity' and told him bluntly: 'You lost the election.'  The editorial said Trump was 'cheering for an undemocratic coup' with his call for Republicans in Congress to prevent the certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6. The New York Post's editorial board, which long supported President Donald Trump, has blasted his longshot attempts to overturn the election in a scathing editorial Trump is seen returning to Mar-a-Lago on Sunday following a day at the golf course RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'Republicans may lose because of what the president is... Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood suggests Georgia's Gov. Brian... Share...
    Michael Reynolds/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Outgoing Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday said he saw no reason to appoint special counsels to investigate two of President Trump’s current obsessions: Hunter Biden and false claims of election fraud in the 2020 election. Barr also said that he agreed with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assessment that Russia is behind the massive cyberattacks on US federal agencies, an indirect rejection of Trump’s efforts to downplay the attack.  “If I thought a special counsel at this stage was the right tool, I would name one, but I haven’t, and I’m not going to,” Barr said during his final press conference before leaving the Justice Department. Barr also said he saw “no basis” for the federal government to seize states’ voting machines in an effort to identify fraud—a move reportedly being pushed by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. The remarks are almost certain to infuriate the president. But while they add to the apparent falling out...
    President Donald Trump yet again tore into Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for failing to acquiesce to his demands involving the 2020 general election results. “Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia still has not called a Special Session,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “So easy to do, why is he not doing it? It will give us the State. MUST ACT NOW!” Governor @BrianKempGA of Georgia still has not called a Special Session. So easy to do, why is he not doing it? It will give us the State. MUST ACT NOW! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2020 Early voting in the state’s Senate runoff elections is already underway, with the Republican majority stake. (RELATED: Will Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Claims Hurt The GOP’s Chances In Georgia’s Senate Runoffs?) WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 12: U.S. President Donald Trump greets visitors as he departs on the South Lawn of the White House, on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump is traveling to the Army versus Navy Football Game at the United States Military Academy...
    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on his election victory, after U.S. state electors voted Monday to make Biden’s election official.   Speaking at his daily news conference in Mexico City on Tuesday, López Obrador told reporters he intentionally waited until after the Electoral College vote before writing Biden. The Mexican leader read the letter as it was displayed behind him, in which he called for good bilateral relations with the United States and the Biden administration “based on collaboration, friendship and respect for our sovereignty.”  López Obrador said he was certain that with Biden as president it will be possible to continue to apply “basic principles of foreign policy established in our Constitution; especially that of non-intervention and self-determination of the peoples.”  The comment appeared to be a warning about U.S. involvement in Mexico’s internal affairs. The Mexican government has reacted angrily to perceived slights and U.S. intervention in the country's drug corruption problem.  The letter praised Biden’s pro-immigration stance, which López Obrador said he hoped would allow the two nations to “continue with the...
    Candidates in one of the two Senate races in Georgia that will determine the makeup of the chamber for at least the next two years will face off during a debate on Sunday — one month before the runoff election. Who are the Senate candidates? Kelly Loeffler, the Republican incumbent, is being challenged by the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat. Candidates in the other Senate race — Democrat Jon Ossoff and GOP Sen. David Perdue — were also asked to participate, but only Ossoff accepted. Perdue will be represented by an empty podium. What time is the Georgia debate? It will run from 7 to 8 p.m. ET. Where is the debate being held? It will be broadcast from Georgia Public Broadcasting’s studios in Atlanta. Who is moderating the debate? WAGA-TV/Fox5 Anchor Russ Spencer will moderate and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Political Writer Greg Bluestein and WABE Radio Morning Edition Host Lisa Rayam will participate as panelists. What is the format? Candidates will not be allowed to make opening statements, according to the Atlanta Press Club​ , which is hosting the event​....
    More On: editorial NYC must downsize its government and other commentary NY small businesses can’t handle another minimum wage hike right now On ‘defund the police,’ Obama clearly right — Squad is bitterly wrong Cuomo’s political vaccine games are now endangering New Yorkers’ lives Few Trump administration figures have been vilified by the left as much as Attorney General Bill Barr, but he’s a complete professional — as his two latest moves prove. Barr revealed Tuesday that he’s made John Durham, the former US attorney he’d previously put in charge of examining the origins of the FBI “Russiagate” probe, a special counsel. That ensures a President Joe Biden can’t easily kill the investigation of serious Justice Department abuses. The AG made the appointment Oct. 19 but kept it quiet so as not to be seen as interfering with the election. He said Tuesday he opted to use “the same regulation that covered Bob Mueller, to provide Durham and his team some assurance that they’d be able to complete their work regardless of the outcome of the election.” Under that...
    Florida attorney Bill Price was shown in a since-deleted Facebook Live video detailing an attempt to break Georgia law. Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler really have a way of attracting the lowest of low GOP support. This time, it came in the form of Florida attorney Bill Price admitting in a Facebook Live video that he plans to move to Georgia to fraudulently vote in the upcoming Senate runoff. “I’m changing my voter registration right now, and I’m inviting 2 million people to be my roommate if they want,” Price said in since-deleted video initially discovered by Channel 2 Action News. “We’ll make room for you at the dinner table, but we have to win that election in Georgia. And so I’m moving to my brother’s house in Hiram, Georgia, and I’m registering to vote.” The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Click here to request an absentee ballot. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7. Price was speaking to Bay County GOP members about 30 minutes after the election was called for President-elect Joe Biden on Nov. 7,...
    Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue appeared to accept that President-elect Joe Biden won the election in a conference call with a GOP group even though he has yet to do so publicly. Perdue, who, along with Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the other senator from Georgia, is facing a runoff election next month with the Senate majority on the line, and President Trump is heading down to the Peach State this weekend to campaign for them. Neither incumbent has publicly addressed Biden as the president-elect, as President Trump has refused to concede, but the Washington Post obtained and published a Zoom video of the two of them in which Perdue implicitly acknowledged a Biden presidency. “We know what this change of command at the top will mean with our foreign relations,” Perdue said in the video, adding: “If we can keep the majority in the Senate, we can at least be a buffer on some of the things that the Biden camp has been talking about in terms of their foreign policy.” The video was recorded Wednesday. It was a conversation between...
    Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue arrive at a campaign stop with Vice President Mike Pence, not pictured, at the Cherokee Conference Center in Canton, Georgia, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.Elijah Nouvelage | Bloomberg | Getty Images With weeks until two critical Senate runoff elections in Georgia, both races appear centered on accusations of improper equity trading and President Donald Trump's mixed messaging about the integrity of the state's ballots. The contests pit two incumbent Republicans — David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler — against two Democratic challengers, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. At stake are not only two Senate seats long held by the GOP, but party control of the upper house of the U.S. Congress. In a real sense, Georgia voters will singlehandedly decide on the course of congressional policy for 2021. On the ballot will be the size of President-elect Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" economic plan, the odds of meaningful tax reform, the balance of progressives and moderates in the cabinet and the composition of federal courts throughout the country. It's "impossible to overstate the importance"...
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