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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...

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Jan 23, 2018
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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...

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Ryan Grim
Mar 15
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Let’s Be Honest About What Trump Wanted on January 6

Let’s Be Honest About What Trump Wanted on January 6

A handful of Republican members of Congress stared into Medusa’s face and refused to blink. The rest looked away.

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Ryan Grim
Feb 13
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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,...

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Ryan Grim
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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Ryan Grim
Mar 2
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Son of Wall Street Mogul Running for Wisconsin Senate Seat Was Pleasantly Surprised Milwaukee Is a Normal City

Son of Wall Street Mogul Running for Wisconsin Senate Seat Was Pleasantly Surprised Milwaukee Is a Normal City

, This week, Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry announced a 2022 run for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, a seat currently held by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Lasry, son of private equity billionaire and major Democratic Party donor Marc Lasry, is the second Democratic candidate to jump in the race.Lasry’s father owns the Bucks, and the 33-year-old Lasry said recently that his relocation to Wisconsin to work for the basketball team had come with the pleasant surprise that the state turns out to have many of the same cultural amenities as the cities on the coasts he had previously...

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Ryan Grim
Feb 21
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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,...

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Ryan Grim
Mar 12
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Gulf Ambassador Yelled at Member of Congress Pushing to End Yemen War

Gulf Ambassador Yelled at Member of Congress Pushing to End Yemen War

United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba was so angry about Rep. Ro Khanna’s push to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen that he shouted at him during a meeting, said Khanna.Khanna, the lead sponsor of a war powers resolution aimed at ending U.S. involvement in the Yemen war, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, said that he was startled by the diplomat’s approach. “I’ve never had an ambassador of another country come to my office and literally yell at me, but that’s what I had with the ambassador to UAE,” Khanna said during an interview for The Intercept’s podcast Deconstructed,...

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Ryan Grim
Feb 12
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Democrats Actually Learned From the Failures of 2009

Democrats Actually Learned From the Failures of 2009

On Wednesday, Sen. Joe Manchin appeared on to talk about the state of negotiations over President Joe Biden’s Covid relief package. The network posted the video with a misleading headline: “Sen. Manchin calls for bipartisanship on Covid relief plan.”The headline isn’t technically inaccurate. Manchin did profess a desire for Republicans to have an opportunity to shape the coming legislation, saying that he would oppose efforts to abolish the filibuster. “I’ve been in the minority when they’re jammed. It’s not the way this place is supposed to work,” he said.But the real message Manchin...

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Ryan Grim
Feb 4
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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...

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Ryan Grim
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