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Maryland becomes first state to repeal police Bill of Rights, overriding Hogan veto

Maryland becomes first state to repeal police Bill of Rights, overriding Hogan veto

The state’s now-repealed police Bill of Rights covers due process for officers accused of misconduct.People walk in downtown Annapolis, Md., holding Black Lives Matter signs. | Julio Cortez/AP PhotoMaryland’s Democrat-controlled legislature on Saturday moved to pass a sweeping police reform package that repealed the state’s police Bill of Rights, becoming the first state in the nation to do so and overriding Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes in the process.The state’s police Bill of Rights covered due process for officers accused of misconduct. it "one of the most extreme in the nation.”...

Apr 10
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Rep. Crenshaw says he will be temporarily blind after emergency eye surgery

Rep. Crenshaw says he will be temporarily blind after emergency eye surgery

The Texas Republican said the news was “terrifying” and the prognosis “very bad.”Within the past few days, Rep. Dan Crenshaw said he had begun to experience “dark, blurry spots” that were affecting his sight. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesRep. Dan Crenshaw will be "effectively blind" for about a month and “off the grid” for the coming weeks after emergency eye surgery, the Texas Republican announced Saturday.Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, lost an eye in an IED blast in Afghanistan, which also caused “extensive damage” to his other retina.Within the past few days, Crenshaw said he had begun...

Apr 10
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Fox News hires Pompeo as contributor

Fox News hires Pompeo as contributor

The hiring makes another top Trump administration official a fixture on the network.Then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department. | AP Photo/Andrew HarnikFox News has hired former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a contributor, the network announced Thursday.Fox News’s hiring of Pompeo, already a frequent guest on the network, installs another top Trump administration official and staunch defender of the former president as a fixture on the network, which has also brought on former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. which airs weekdays...

Apr 8
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Gaetz's communications director departs as scandal around Florida congressman intensifies

Gaetz's communications director departs as scandal around Florida congressman intensifies

"The Office of Congressman Matt Gaetz and Luke Ball have agreed that it would be best to part ways,” Gaetz's office said.Rep. Matt Gaetz listens during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on antitrust on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. | Graeme Jennings/Pool via APRep. Matt Gaetz’s communications director, Luke Ball, has left Gaetz’s team, Gaetz's office confirmed Friday.Ball’s departure comes amid reports that the Department of Justice is investigating Gaetz (R-Fla.) for an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and looking into whether he may have...

Apr 2
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Collins avoids state-party censure after voting to convict Trump

Collins avoids state-party censure after voting to convict Trump

“Today’s decision is a testament to the Republican Party’s ‘big tent’ philosophy," Collins said.“Today’s decision is a testament to the Republican Party’s ‘big tent’ philosophy that respects different views but unites around core principles,” Sen. Susan Collins said in a statement. | Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty ImagesSen. Susan Collins avoided censure from her state party on Saturday, escaping the fate of other Republicans who voted to convict former President Donald Trump in his most recent impeachment trial.A 41-19 majority of the Maine Republican Party voted against censuring the moderate...

Mar 27
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Feinstein says Senate should look at reforming the filibuster

Feinstein says Senate should look at reforming the filibuster

Feinstein, who has served in the Senate for nearly three decades and previously backed the filibuster, told POLITICO earlier in the week that she hadn’t made a call on filibuster reform.“I don’t want to turn away from Senate traditions, but I also don’t believe one party should be able to prevent votes on important bills by abusing the filibuster," Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement. | Andrew Caballero-Reynolds, Pool/Getty ImagesAfter President Joe Biden recently suggested he’d favor a return to a "talking filibuster," Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Friday the Senate should weigh...

Mar 20
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Whitmer suggests double standard for Dem, GOP politicians on misconduct allegations

Whitmer suggests double standard for Dem, GOP politicians on misconduct allegations

"We just had a president who lasted all four years with numerous allegations against him,” Whitmer said.Amid sexual misconduct allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer suggested Thursday there’s a double standard for Republican and Democratic politicians facing allegations.“Is there a different standard for different sides of the aisle? We just had a president who lasted all four years with numerous allegations against him, so far as rape. No one on his own side of the aisle was making observations about whether or not he should stay in office,” Whitmer...

Mar 11
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Sanders 'confident' $15 minimum wage would be allowed via reconciliation

Sanders 'confident' $15 minimum wage would be allowed via reconciliation

President Joe Biden has not been as optimistic as the Vermont Independent about the prospects of minimum wage working via reconciliation, though he supports a $15 minimum wage.Sen. Bernie Sanders' argument leans on a Congressional Budget Office report that found the minimum wage increase would drive up the deficit by $54 billion over a decade. | Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty ImagesBernie Sanders is “confident” lawmakers would be able to raise the minimum wage to $15 via the reconciliation process, the Vermont senator said Saturday.With little Republican support for President Joe Biden’s $1.9...

Feb 20
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Party leaders rip Republicans who voted to convict Trump

Party leaders rip Republicans who voted to convict Trump

Several GOP senators came under withering criticism back home for failing to toe the party line.Sen. Bill Cassidy talks with a staff member on the fourth day of the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. | Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via AP, PoolThe seven Republican senators who voted to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection are already feeling the heat back home.Several state Republican parties moved quickly to discipline or criticize home-state senators for breaking with the 43 other Senate Republicans who voted to...

Feb 14
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Biden renews calls for gun reform after Indianapolis shooting

Biden renews calls for gun reform after Indianapolis shooting

“Gun violence is an epidemic in America. But we should not accept it. We must act," Biden said.President Joe Biden speaks at the White House. | Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoPresident Joe Biden on Friday called gun violence an “epidemic” in the U.S. and renewed calls on Congress to bring gun reform legislation to his desk in the wake of yet another mass shooting, this one at a shipping center in Indianapolis.Thursday night left eight people dead and follows mass shootings last month in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo. It was at least the third mass shooting in the city this year, Indianapolis officials...

Apr 16
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