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Loeffler self-isolates after positive Covid test

Loeffler self-isolates after positive Covid test

The Georgia Republican has been actively campaigning ahead of the state’s Jan. 5 runoff, appearing with Vice President Mike Pence at a rally on Friday.Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. | Tami Chappell/AP PhotoSen. Kelly Loeffler is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus, her campaign announced on Saturday, though a second test was inconclusive and a rapid test came back negative.The Georgia Republican, who has been actively campaigning for the state’s Jan. 5 runoff against Democrat Raphael Warnock, took two Covid-19 tests on Friday morning before appearing with Vice President...

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Senate Republicans urge Trump to keep Gina Haspel atop CIA

Senate Republicans urge Trump to keep Gina Haspel atop CIA

The spy chief has drawn the president’s ire amid her refusal to carry out some of his demands related to the Russia investigation.CIA Director Gina Haspel arrives for a briefing with members of the U.S. House of Representatives about the situation with Iran, at the U.S. Capitol on January 8, 2020. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAs President Donald Trump considers a of top administration officials, Senate Republicans are urging him to spare at least one: CIA Director Gina Haspel.Interviews with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday revealed broad support for the embattled spy...

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How 'Obamagate' and Hunter’s 'laptop from hell' fizzled

How 'Obamagate' and Hunter’s 'laptop from hell' fizzled

The Logan Act. Burisma. Tony Bobulinski. John Brennan. Unmasking. The Durham probe. They were all on Trump’s last-ditch Bingo card, flummoxing voters.In the end, “” and “” turned out to be neither.President Donald Trump’s eleventh-hour efforts to impart a stain of criminality onto President-elect Joe Biden through a series of vague, circuitous and often false allegations, did little but inflame his committed supporters. And the months-long investigations by his Republican allies in the Senate failed to gain traction outside of the Trumpworld echo chamber as Trump hurtled toward an Election...

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Hunter Biden, Rudy Giuliani and the ‘hard drive from hell’

Hunter Biden, Rudy Giuliani and the ‘hard drive from hell’

President Donald Trump is preparing to level a fusillade of allegations against Joe Biden and his son during Thursday's debate. Here's what we know.Rudy Giuliani has been at the center of the controversy over Hunter Biden’s laptop. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesIt’s 2016 all over again: Donald Trump and his allies are touting a set of purloined documents to accuse his Democratic opponent of corruption, and the specter of foreign interference hangs over the waning days of the race.This time, it’s Joe Biden in Trump’s sights. And it’s the president’s own allies controlling the timing and...

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Barrett avoids Democrats' questions on Obamacare, abortion

Barrett avoids Democrats' questions on Obamacare, abortion

“These are life or death questions for people,” says Sen. Dianne Feinstein.Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 13.President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, repeatedly declined to answer questions on Tuesday about her views on abortion and Obamacare, frustrating Democrats at the beginning of the second day of her confirmation hearings.Appearing in-person before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett emphasized that she had no political agenda and frequently cited her current role...

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Trump hits Barr for not delivering Russia probe bombshells

Trump hits Barr for not delivering Russia probe bombshells

Republican senators have been told not to expect any more indictments from U.S. Attorney John Durham before the election.Attorney General William Barr listens to President Donald Trump during a meeting with Republican state attorneys general at the White House on Sept. 23. | AP Photo/Evan Vucci, FilePresident Donald Trump lashed out at Attorney General William Barr on Friday after it was revealed that the U.S. attorney investigating the origins of the Russia probe is not expected to release any information related to his inquiry before the election.“If that’s the case, I’m very...

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National Intelligence chief gave little notice for briefing on Russian assessment

National Intelligence chief gave little notice for briefing on Russian assessment

The hastily assembled gathering on Tuesday night, led by John Ratcliffe, caught Senate staffers off-guard and heightened unease about the possible deployment of disinformation.The episode also revived allegations from Democrats that Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe is abusing his position to aid President Donald Trump politically. | Gabriella Demczuk /The New York Times via APThe nation’s top intelligence official raced to arrange a briefing for senators on Tuesday night, according to three congressional sources, after what he acknowledged was an unverified Russian...

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Intel chief releases Russian disinfo on Hillary Clinton that was rejected by bipartisan Senate panel

Intel chief releases Russian disinfo on Hillary Clinton that was rejected by bipartisan Senate panel

Former top officials were aghast at the move by John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence.The assessment claims that Hillary Clinton personally approved an effort during the 2016 election “to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the Democratic National Committee.” | Jeenah Moon/Getty ImagesDirector of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday declassified a Russian intelligence assessment that was previously rejected by Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee as having...

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Senate Dems ready tactics to muck up Supreme Court confirmation

Senate Dems ready tactics to muck up Supreme Court confirmation

Here's how Democrats can make life hard for Mitch McConnell.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has his caucus on board with an effort to disrupt and obstruct Senate Republicans. | Win McNamee/Getty ImagesSenate Democrats can’t stop Mitch McConnell from confirming a new Supreme Court justice, but they are already planning to make it as painful as possible.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has his caucus on board with an effort to disrupt and obstruct Senate Republicans, using a wide range of procedural tools to try to make it difficult for the Senate majority...

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McConnell vows Senate will hold vote on Ginsburg’s replacement

McConnell vows Senate will hold vote on Ginsburg’s replacement

His decision has outraged Democrats, who have already called for McConnell to delay a confirmation fight until next year.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Friday that President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will be put to the Senate floor for a vote, setting off a titanic political clash over the future of the high court and plunging the Senate into a crisis less than 45 days before the voters head to the polls to pick the next president.The upcoming confirmation...

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Senate panel authorizes subpoenas in Republican probe targeting Obama officials

Senate panel authorizes subpoenas in Republican probe targeting Obama officials

The vote represents a significant escalation of the GOP-led Senate Homeland Security panel's probe targeting Trump’s political foes.Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Ron Johnson. | Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoA Senate committee voted on Wednesday to authorize more than three dozen subpoenas and depositions as part of a highly partisan, Republican-led investigation targeting former Obama administration officials’ role in the presidential transition period.But in a last-minute twist, the GOP-controlled panel decided to scrap a separate vote authorizing a subpoena to...

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Toxic intel feud dooms pre-election hearing on global threats

Toxic intel feud dooms pre-election hearing on global threats

A clash between Trump's intelligence chief and Congress will leave the public in the dark.In recent weeks, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has significantly scaled back in-person election security briefings for lawmakers. | Gabriella Demczuk /The New York Times via APThe intensifying hostility between the intelligence community and Capitol Hill is poised to deprive the public of its best shot to learn of global dangers facing the country ahead of the 2020 election.Amid a toxic political atmosphere and with only a handful of legislative days remaining before Congress leaves...

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'So much noise': Brawl over 2020 intel leaves voters in the dark

'So much noise': Brawl over 2020 intel leaves voters in the dark

Democrats and intelligence experts say Russia is the most acute threat. Republicans want to focus on China instead.Trump officials like Attorney General William Barr have used media appearances to tout findings on election interference by China. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFor months, Americans have been served conflicting pronouncements from the Trump administration and lawmakers about foreign efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election — complicating matters for voters seeking a reliable understanding of which countries are actively meddling, and on whose behalf.President Donald...

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Cummings: 2 Trump attorneys may have lied about Cohen payments

Cummings: 2 Trump attorneys may have lied about Cohen payments

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said on Friday that his panel received new documents showing that two attorneys for President Donald Trump may have lied to government ethics officials about Trump fixer Michael Cohen’s payments to women alleging affairs with the president ahead of the 2016 election.“It now appears that President Trump’s other attorneys — at the White House and in private practice — may have provided false information about these payments to federal officials,” Cummings (D-Md.) wrote in a to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.Story Continued BelowCummings...

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