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Top Republican Warns That Under New Spending Bill "the Intelligence Community Could Expend Funds as It Sees Fit"

Top Republican Warns That Under New Spending Bill "the Intelligence Community Could Expend Funds as It Sees Fit"

In a dramatic moment on the Senate floor Monday afternoon, as the upper chamber rushed a spending bill through to end the government shutdown, the top Republican and Democrat on the Intelligence Committee warned that the bill contains language that would kneecap Congress’s ability to oversee secret covert actions and surveillance programs. Their effort to amend the language was rebuffed.The intelligence community, in its latest grasp, has gone too far even for Richard Burr. The Republican chair of the Senate Intelligence committee has long been one of the Senate’s staunchest advocates for...

January 23, 2018
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Primaries Matter: Why This Time Is Different for Andrew Cuomo

Primaries Matter: Why This Time Is Different for Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo has survived than any other sitting governor in the country. He shut down the Moreland Commission — set up to investigate corruption by politicians — when it started getting too close to home. His as part of a sweeping corruption probe. And he’s come out of them largely unscathed.Yet this time is different for the New York governor. At a news conference on Friday afternoon, a defiant Cuomo rejected the weekslong drumbeat of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations. But all around him, New York politicians at both the state and federal level are demanding his resignation,...

Mar 12
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Republicans Are Poised to Gerrymander Their Way Back to the Majority

Republicans Are Poised to Gerrymander Their Way Back to the Majority

If Democrats manage to escape the traditional midterm curse and don’t drop a single vote from 2020 to 2022, they would still lose control of the House of Representatives simply as a consequence of Republican gerrymandering following the census. Unless, that is, there’s a change to current laws or an overwhelming Democratic wave on par with 2006 or 2018.The decisive impact of gerrymandering is well understood by campaign operatives and party leaders but is barely acknowledged in national political conversations — the elephant’s weapon in the room, so to speak — even as analytic focus narrows...

Apr 8
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Rep. Veronica Escobar: “Stephen Miller Should be Behind Bars” for Role in Trump Immigration Policy

Rep. Veronica Escobar: “Stephen Miller Should be Behind Bars” for Role in Trump Immigration Policy

The architect of the Trump administration’s immigration policy, Stephen Miller, “belongs in prison,” Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat from Texas, said during .Miller, a White House adviser and longtime aide to former Sen. Jeff Sessions, was instrumental in implementing President Donald Trump’s child separation policy, which drew international outrage in 2018. Escobar was responding to a question as to whether prosecutions of Trump administration officials ought to be pursued, and at what point Democrats should similarly call for prosecutions of Biden administration officials if the crisis...

Apr 8
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Cuomo’s “Women’s Equality Party” Might Just Be the Most Cynical Political Move of His Career

Cuomo’s “Women’s Equality Party” Might Just Be the Most Cynical Political Move of His Career

In 2018, Liuba Grechen Shirley was one of thousands of women across the country galvanized by the election of Donald Trump to jump into the political ring — but first, she had to grapple with child care. She couldn’t simultaneously stop working, run for Congress, and also pay for someone to watch her two kids, ages 3 and 1 at the time. Since child care was essential to her ability to campaign, she appealed to the Federal Election Commission to allow her to use campaign funds to put the kiddos away for the day.Her Democratic opponent in the Long Island primary, DuWayne Gregory, argued that...

Mar 15
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House and Senate Democrats Plan Bill to Add Four Justices to Supreme Court

House and Senate Democrats Plan Bill to Add Four Justices to Supreme Court

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Apr 14
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Entire Staff of Nevada Democratic Party Quits After Democratic Socialist Slate Won Every Seat

Entire Staff of Nevada Democratic Party Quits After Democratic Socialist Slate Won Every Seat

, Not long after Judith Whitmer won her election on Saturday to become chair of the Nevada Democratic Party, she got an email from the party’s executive director, Alana Mounce. The message from Mounce began with a note of congratulations, before getting to her main point.She was quitting. So was every other . And so were all the consultants. And the staff would be taking severance checks with them, thank you very much.On March 6, a coalition of progressive candidates backed by the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America took over the leadership of the Nevada Democratic Party,...

Mar 9
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Andrew Cuomo Is Living to Regret the Deal He Pushed on Letitia James

Andrew Cuomo Is Living to Regret the Deal He Pushed on Letitia James

In 2003, Letitia “Tish” James shook the New York Democratic political establishment, becoming the first City Council candidate to win office solely as a nominee of the Working Families Party. James spent the next 15 years as an outspoken, independent-minded progressive and a leading voice for the city’s social movements. In 2013, despite being vastly outspent, she won a tight race for New York City public advocate, a stepping stone to mayor.Her close alliance with the city’s grassroots was considered by political observers to be both a benefit and an obstacle. She had people behind her, but...

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Senate Preparing $10 Billion Bailout Fund for Jeff Bezos Space Firm

Senate Preparing $10 Billion Bailout Fund for Jeff Bezos Space Firm

Now that Jeff Bezos’s space flight company Blue Origin has lost a multibillion contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Congress is prepping the ground for Bezos to win a contract anyway, ordering NASA to make not one but two awards. The order would come through the Endless Frontier Act, a bill to beef up resources for science and technology research that’s being debated on the Senate floor this week. An amendment was added to that legislation by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., to hand over $10 billion to NASA — money that most likely would go to Blue Origin, a company that’s headquartered in...

May 25
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