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Matt Gaetz Sought a Pre-emptive Pardon From Trump: Report

Matt Gaetz Sought a Pre-emptive Pardon From Trump: Report

An act of pre-emptive clemency must sound nice to right now, as the faces a Department of Justice investigation into whether or not he by allegedly paying for a minor to cross state lines to have sex with him. According to the , that’s what he may have been thinking back in the final weeks of Donald Trump’s term, when he reportedly asked the White House for a blanket pardon for himself and unnamed allies in Congress.At the time, Gaetz was publicly calling for widespread pardons for Trump allies to protect against “bloodlust” in the new administration. But in private, DOJ investigators were...

April 7, 2021
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New York to Legalize Mobile Sports Betting

New York to Legalize Mobile Sports Betting

To help fill New York’s revenue shortfall and provide the aid to bounce back from the pandemic, the state budget for the fiscal year 2022 contains an impressive combination of , proposals to make , and plans to do things New Jersey has already done. Included in those last two categories: Lawmakers and the have reached a to legalize mobile sports betting.According to , the plan will be implemented by the New York State Gaming Commission, which will accept bids for proposals for up to two providers to run mobile sports gambling in the state. Because that operator would need to be partnered...

April 6, 2021
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Biden Dog Bites Again

Biden Dog Bites Again

On March 24, the Biden family dogs returned to the White House after a few weeks of rest, relaxation, and behavior retraining for , the younger of their two German shepherds, after he was involved in a “biting incident” involving a Secret Service member earlier this month.The homecoming was celebrated, , as a homecoming for Champ and Major, the latter of which was both by White House press secretary Jen Psaki and the president himself. But less than a week after their return, Major has struck again: On Tuesday, CNN that the three-year-old rescue bit another person, this time a National Park...

March 30, 2021
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Judge Rules That New York Must Vaccinate Prisoners Immediately

Judge Rules That New York Must Vaccinate Prisoners Immediately

On Monday, New York Supreme Court Judge Alison Y. Tuitt ruled that all people in state-run prisons and jails must be made immediately eligible for vaccinations, describing the decision to of the public-health campaign as “unfair and unjust” and an “abuse of discretion.”While other New Yorkers living in crowded facilities, such as group homes and shelters, were able to get vaccinated in the of eligibility, public defenders the state in early February to ensure shot access for inmates. At the time, New York had authorized correction officers for vaccinations, but not prisoners, despite...

March 30, 2021
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Deb Haaland Confirmed As First Native American Interior Secretary

Deb Haaland Confirmed As First Native American Interior Secretary

The Senate has confirmed Representative as President Biden’s Secretary of the Interior, making her the first Native American to oversee the department that manages federal and tribal lands. A member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe of her home state of New Mexico, Haaland is now the first Indigenous person to serve in a presidential cabinet — a development that comes less than three years after she became one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress.Haaland’s nomination marked a considerable shift for the agency that oversees around a fifth of the total land in the United...

March 16, 2021
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Biden to Deploy FEMA at the Border Amid Child-Migrant Surge

Biden to Deploy FEMA at the Border Amid Child-Migrant Surge

Since the beginning of the year, thousands of unaccompanied children have crossed the southern border of the United States, creating what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a “humanitarian crisis.” To help address the escalating situation, the Biden administration has FEMA to the border to help care for the detained children, including around 8,500 migrant children in Department of Health and Human Services custody who are awaiting placement with family sponsors in the U.S.Over the weekend, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would aide...

March 15, 2021
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Feds Investigate Communications Between Lawmakers and Capitol Rioters: Report

Feds Investigate Communications Between Lawmakers and Capitol Rioters: Report

On the day that the House canceled its session due to the of a “possible” attack by a pro-Trump militia, CNN that federal investigators are examining communications between lawmakers and the who on January 6. The inquiry aims to determine if lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the rioters prepare and execute the attack, according to one U.S. official briefed on the matter.The data gathered so far includes contact between lawmakers and insurrectionists in the period surrounding the attack, as well as comms between alleged rioters discussing their purported connections to those inside...

March 5, 2021
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Democrats Bail on Backup Plan for $15 Minimum Wage As Part of Biden Stimulus

Democrats Bail on Backup Plan for $15 Minimum Wage As Part of Biden Stimulus

Last week, Senate Democrats the ruling of the body’s parliamentarian, who determined they were not allowed to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 as part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. According to parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, tacking on the proposal to President Biden’s stimulus plan would violate the rules of budget reconciliation, the process Democrats are using to pass the $1.9 trillion package with just 51 votes. While one previous administration had the legislative rule-keeper as a simple workaround, Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris wanted to “” the...

March 1, 2021
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Ted Cruz Wasn’t the Only Texas Republican Who Left During the Freeze

Ted Cruz Wasn’t the Only Texas Republican Who Left During the Freeze

Texas Senator faced an avalanche of last week when he was seen on a plane heading to the beach destination of Cancún while his state suffered through a massive energy crisis caused by freezing weather. But Cruz wasn’t the state’s only elected Republican to skip town for warmer temperatures, or at least reliable power. Late last week, the Houston Chronicle that state representative Gary Gates flew to Orlando on a private jet after his home lost power. And on Monday, the Dallas Morning News that Texas Attorney General and his wife, state senator Angela Paxton, traveled to Utah last week amid...

February 23, 2021
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House Republicans Double Down on Scammy Trump Fundraising Tactic

House Republicans Double Down on Scammy Trump Fundraising Tactic

has long demanded from those who wish serve in the high ranks of his administration and golf courses, but House Republicans made that requirement explicit in a fundraising email to supporters this week:UPDATE: The has an even worse alternate prechecked recurring donation box that says they will "tell Trump you are a DEFECTOR" if unchecked. h/t cc — Tim Miller (@Timodc)The language itself is eye-catching, but consistent with the trajectory of a party which sees to ditch Trump in order to return to power. But while Republican supporters probably don’t expect the National Republican...

April 8, 2021
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