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Top Dem challenges WH adviser Stephen Miller to testify on immigration

Top Dem challenges WH adviser Stephen Miller to testify on immigrationA top Democrat in Congress on Wednesday challenged White House aide Stephen Miller to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee and defend the hardline anti-illegal immigration policies he has championed and, in some cases, engineered. ….. Read More.FOX NEWS – Politics | Politics & GovernmentWed, April 17, 20199 hours ago


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Some U.S. lawmakers to see less-redacted version of Mueller report: prosecutor

Some U.S. lawmakers to see less-redacted version of Mueller report: prosecutorCertain members of Congress will be able to see a less-redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report after the initial public release on Thursday of a more heavily edited version of the document, a U.S. prosecutor said on Wednesday. ….. Read More.REUTERS – Politics | Politics & GovernmentWed, April 17, 201913 hours ago


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Elizabeth Warren Raises the Pressure on the Military to Take Climate Change Seriously

Elizabeth Warren Raises the Pressure on the Military to Take Climate Change SeriouslyOf all the federal agencies in Trump’s Washington, the Department of Defense might be the one least equipped to dismiss climate change given its obvious danger to the safety of coastal bases and troops. But the military’s tendency to prioritize more immediate threats has been a recurring problem, especially when the current commander in chief believes the scientific consensus around global warming is a hoax. Among the many congressional Democrats concerned by this lack of progress is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a 2020 presidential candidate and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. At least six times in the last two years, Warren has asked senior military leaders to acknowledge the threat posed by climate change. None denied the threat, but unsatisfied with the Pentagon’s follow-through, she called on Gen. Joseph Dunford, outgoing chair of the Joint Chiefs…


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Winning is not enough

Winning is not enoughOne of the worst things about modern politics is how it’s been professionalized. An industry full of paid consultants and career political operatives has commandeered elections. They sell candidates the way cars and mobile phones and breakfast cereal are sold. Their candidates duck and cover, keeping their guard up and pulling punches. A few of them get elected and keep right on playing it safe, not proposing or voting for anything politically risky for fear of putting re-election in peril. And big problems keep going unsolved. To hell with that. Amateurs — regular citizens with lives outside of politics — have been pushed out. Actual democracy requires their involvement. Our country needs amateurs involved. We need people running for office who don’t obsess over what they could say or do to get elected but rather focus entirely on what needs to be said and done to rescue our…


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Trump’s Second Veto Keeps America Involved in Yemen’s Bloody Civil War

Trump’s Second Veto Keeps America Involved in Yemen’s Bloody Civil WarDespite President Donald Trump’s vocal opposition to America’s longstanding wars—”great nations do not fight endless wars,” he said in his State of the Union in February—yesterday he vetoed bipartisan legislation that would have ended US support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen, a conflict the United Nations says has caused the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Trump’s second-ever veto strikes down legislation that would have invoked the War Powers Resolution to pull the United States out of a foreign conflict for the first time the resolution was passed in 1973.  “From a president elected on the promise of putting a stop to our endless wars, this veto is a painful missed opportunity,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) in a statement following the veto. Khanna’s War Powers Resolution passed in the House earlier this month, and a version of which the Senate…


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How the Kremlin Shapes the Trump-Putin Relationship

How the Kremlin Shapes the Trump-Putin RelationshipIn December 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with President Donald Trump at least twice by phone, ostensibly about economic and counterintelligence issues. Americans first learned about both calls from the Kremlin. When then–CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Russian intelligence officials subjected to sanctions in January 2018 at Langley, Americans learned about it first from the Russian Embassy—via Twitter.A couple of months later, when Trump congratulated Putin on an election victory widely deemed a sham, the Kremlin disclosed the conversation first. And in July and November 2018, in Finland and then Argentina, Trump and Putin reportedly met with no U.S. aides or interpreters present. A leaked Russian document said they discussed arms control at the private meeting in Finland, forcing the White House to respond. “There were no commitments to undertake any action,” a spokesman said at the time.Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded…


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