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Montana Sen. Jon Tester won his third term in the Senate. He was one of the few Democrats in a red state to survive a reelection bid this cycle and speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about how he did it.
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Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police conducting an investigation of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse.
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In a new letter sent to leaders of the House and Senate, the House Ethics Committee is urging Congress to pass the long-stalled sexual harassment legislation, saying it is "imperative" for Congress to act "quickly."
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Senate Democrats are calling out President Trump for refusing to blame Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the death of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite the CIA's recent finding that the Saudi leader was re...
 
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U.S. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said she would withhold support for Saudi Arabia and urged U.S. sanctions after President Donald Trump's statement earlier on Tuesday pledging to back Riyadh despite the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Beto was no fluke: Democrats ousted two GOP congressmen and picked up 14 seats in the Texas legislature Republicans in Texas are concerned that the previously reliably red state may become a swing state by the 2020 elections. While Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke fell just short in his campaign against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, he came close enough that he now looks like a plausible presidential candidate. More important still, changing demographics caused Republicans to lose more than a dozen federal, state and local seats in Texas in this month's midterm elections.Republicans lost 12 seats in the state House and two in the state Senate in the midterms, primarily in areas around Dallas and Houston.  Voters in Houston’s Harris County also booted a Republican county executive. Republicans had won the straight-ticket vote in Harris County by nearly double-digits in 2010 and 2014, The Hill reported. This year, they lost by 11 points.In Dallas County, Democrats edged Republic...
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U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday the deadly wildfires that scorched areas in California were partly due to lawsuits from environmentalists who have sought to stop forest management practices, such as forest thinning.
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Members of the House Ethics Committee are calling on leaders in both chambers to act on legislation aimed at preventing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and holding members accountable for their actio...
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Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is expected to address a comment she made about a “public hanging” as she debates Mike Espy ahead of next week’s runoff election.
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Walmart is requesting a refund of its $2,000 donation to Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in the race for the US Senate in Mississippi, after actress Debra Messing publicly chastised the retail giant for funding her campaign. Hyde-Smith had been the heavy favorite in the Nov. 27 runoff against Democrat Mike Espy until she made a...
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“We believe that it is imperative that Congress act quickly to pass legislation to reform the congressional Accountability Act,” the committee wrote to House and Senate leaders.
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Except this happens to be Capitol Hill, and these freshmen are the newly-elected members of the 116th Congress. It’s a blunt reminder that serving in Congress, for all its heady glory, is also a real job. Picture a small business owner wrestling with all the usual details of starting a company – but with the rules, regulations, and limitations that apply to a member of the House of Representatives (or the Senate).
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A white Republican senator's casual reference to a "public hanging" has invigorated a special election runoff in Mississippi, fueling Democratic hopes of an upset in a conservative state with an ugly history of racist violence. The U.S. Senate race between appointed Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, a black former congressman and U.S. agriculture sec
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Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith drew national outrage — and now her donors are asking for their money back. The final Senate race in the country, in Mississippi, has exploded onto the national stage following the offensive behavior of GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith as she campaigns for a full term in office.And now, her corporate donors are starting to pull their support over the controversy, thanks in large part to the public pressure as progressive journalist Judd Legum has publicized their contributions.On Monday, freight-hauling railroad giant Union Pacific, which contributed $5,000 to Hyde-Smith's campaign, asked for a refund, saying, "Union Pacific in no way, shape or form condones or supports divisive or perceived to be divisive statements." This was followed shortly by medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific, which said, "We reject the Senator's statements, which are not aligned with our company's core values," and requested the return of their $2,500 donation.So far...
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A transcript of a tape recording of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s final minutes has been leaked, in which one of the alleged killers is heard calling him a “traitor”. The 11-minute audio, the contents of which are revealed for the first time, was released on Monday evening by Turkish news website Haberturk. "Let my hand go. Who do you think you are? Why are you doing this?" the report quotes Khashoggi as saying, as  several members of an alleged 15-man “hit squad” accost him as soon as he enters the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2. "You traitor! Your day of judgment has come!" a man alleged to be Maher Mutreb, the suspected oordinator of the mission who worked for some time in the kingdom’s embassy in London, is quoted as replying to the Washington Post columnist. Khashoggi and four members of the squad are heard quarrelling for at least seven minutes before the audio goes quiet. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, named by Turkish offi...
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Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is calling for an investigation into private conversations acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker had with the White House about special counsel Robert Mueller's investiga...
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The Senate's top Democrat is asking the Justice Department's watchdog to open an investigation into communications between acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and the White House.
 
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The top Democrat in the Senate, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, wants the Justice Department's inspector general to look into whether acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker had "unlawful or improper communications" with the White House, the latest sign Democrats are sharply scrutinizing the man leading DOJ.
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“Most rural white voters still support Trumpism,” Paul Krugman wrote. “But they aren’t a majority." The United States’ 2018 midterms found Trumpism being vehemently rejected in urban and suburban areas while prevailing to a large degree in rural areas. Democrats recaptured the House of Representatives with a net gain of at least 37 seats, yet a strong turnout among white rural voters enabled Republicans to slightly increase their majority in the U.S. Senate. And in his most recent column for the New York Times, liberal economist Paul Krugman asserts that the midterms underscored that “bitter” divide between urban and suburban Democratic voters on one hand and rural white Republicans voters on the other. Krugman opens his article by noting that Amazon’s recent search for its new HQ2 offices—which will be in Long Island City, Queens and Arlington, Virginia—was, for all intents and purposes, a search in urban/suburban Democratic America and not in Rural Ame...
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The Senate minority leader asked the DOJ’s watchdog to review the acting attorney general’s contacts with the president and others to find out if he has been planning to compromise the Russia probe.
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Democrats are going all out to win next Tuesday's runoff election for the Mississippi Senate seat in which incumbent Sen. Cyndi Hyde-Smith (R-MS) faces former Clinton administration cabinet official Mike Espy.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat is asking the Justice Department’s watchdog to open an investigation into communications between acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and the White House. Sen. Charles Schumer says Tuesday the Justice Department’s inspector general should look into communications beginning when Whitaker was appointed chief of staff to former Attorney General […]
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Florida on Tuesday certified the results of its elections, officially declaring Republican Rick Scott the winner of the state’s Senate race and Republican Ron DeSantis the victor of the governor’s contest after two weeks of contentious recounts.
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Much of today’s incivility and contempt for personal liberty has its roots on college campuses, and most of the uncivil and contemptuous are people with college backgrounds. Let’s look at a few highly publicized recent examples of incivility and attacks on free speech. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, […]
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The US Senate contest between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke drew most of the headlines, but the real story was how voters hit the gerrymandering wall.
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Alarm bells understandably rang earlier this month when Matthew G. Whitaker, the chief of staff to fired Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, leapfrogged over more senior — and Senate-confirmed — Justice Department officials to become President Trump’s acting attorney general. It’s hard to imagine a less...
 
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A white Republican senator's casual reference to a "public hanging" has invigorated a special election runoff in Mississippi, fueling Democratic hopes of an upset in a conservative state with an ugly history of racist violence.
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A white Republican senator's casual reference to a "public hanging" has invigorated a special election runoff in Mississippi, fueling Democratic hopes of an upset in a conservative state with an ugly history of racist violence.
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A white Republican senator's casual reference to a "public hanging" has invigorated a special election runoff in Mississippi, fueling Democratic hopes of an upset in a conservative state with an ugly history of racist violence.
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Florida's recount process was marred by accusations of incompetence, antiquated voting technology and even a ballot design issue that some Democrats believe cost them a Senate seat.
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and her Democratic challenger, Mike Espy, meet for their only debate Tuesday night in a contest where the incumbent’s verbal gaffes have dredged up strong emotions about Mississippi’s history of racial violence. Senate races rarely gain national attention in this deeply conservative state. But this matchup […]
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s election results will be certified Tuesday, two weeks after close races for governor, U.S. Senate and a Cabinet position set up an unprecedented three statewide recounts. The Elections Canvassing Commission will meet at 9 a.m. to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election, after two weeks of contention and […]
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The final twist in the US midterm elections may emerge in Mississippi, where a Senate race that should have been easy winnings for Donald Trump's party is headed to a runoff, after multiple stumbles by the Republican incumbent. The president is counting on the reliably Republican stronghold in the Deep South, where political battles are rarely on the national radar, to give him some breathing room with his majority in the 100-member Senate. The runoff is looking increasingly important for Trump.
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It's much simpler than its opponents make it out to be. Though it will likely remain out of reach for the foreseeable future, Medicare-for-All — and progressive dream for an expansive health insurance system run by the government — has become a central goal for left-wing of the Democratic Party.Critics of the idea, which includes one-time advocate of government-run health insurance President Donald Trump, still warn that the project will bankrupt the country and destroy the American health care system. But as economist Paul Krugman pointed out Monday in a q-and-a with Quora, this fear-mongering about single-payer health careis completely baseless."Single payer has always been economically feasible!" he wrote. "Lots of countries do it; we do it for everyone 65 and older. It’s really quite weird that we talk as if single-payer would be a huge, radical departure from American practice when so many people are on Medicare and Medicaid."He continued: "In fact, the government...
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Monday on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) discussed joining Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)  in a lawsuit arguing acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s appointment was unconstitutional. Whitehouse said, “There’s a much more specific provision as a matter of law, statutory law, that provides a distinct order of succession in the Department of Justice. And when Rod Rosenstein, who was next on the order of succession, was reviewed and confirmed by the Senate, it was with the prospect in mind that part of the deputy attorney general’s responsibilities are to take over and fill in those spots. Nobody had heard of this fellow Whitaker at the time. Moreover, the Constitution ultimately controls and says the principal offices of the United States shall be filled with advice and consent of the Senate. The way the president has gone about this creates not only is a violation in this case, but a roadma...
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Martha McSally lost her Senate race to Kyrsten Sinema. But Mitch McConnell wants to give her a Senate seat anyway. Here's how. Democrats made history in Arizona this year by electing Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to the Senate seat vacated by departing GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. She will be the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Arizona in 30 years, the first woman elected to the Senate in Arizona ever, and the first openly bisexual senator elected anywhere.In the process, Sinema beat a top-tier Republican recruit in Rep. Martha McSally. But incredibly, even though McSally lost her race, she could still end up representing Arizona in the Senate — at least, if Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gets his way.According to a report from CNN, McConnell is now pressuring GOP Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who just won a second term handily in his race against Democrat David Garcia, to appoint McSally to Arizona's other Senate seat.This seat was previously held by Sen. John McCain, who pass...
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Here’s another test of the Democratic Party’s rush to new extremes: Will any other 2020 candidates join Sen. Cory Booker in support of the bipartisan Israel Anti-Boycott Act? So far, his fellow White House hopefuls in the Senate refuse, from New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand to Vermont’s Bernie Sanders to California’s Kamala Harris. With 57 co-sponsors,...
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A new court filing says the appointment has "no effect on this case." In a new filing with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Special Counsel Robert Mueller argued Monday that despite the dubious appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, he retains the full powers of a U.S. attorney granted him under the regulations governing special counsels.When President Donald Trump appointed Whitaker, many plausibly argued that it was a blatant attempt to undermine the Russia investigation led by Mueller. But because Whitaker was never approved by the Senate — and others at the Justice Department in line to be attorney general were — many have argued that his appointment is unconstitutional. If the courts agree, it could invalidate anything he does in the role.However, Mueller is claiming that his powers have not been diminished as a result. For the particular case in question, a subpoena of Roger Stone ally Andrew Miller, the brief argued that since the investig...
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The reported finding was the most definitive link made yet to the de facto Saudi ruler's direct involvement and contradicts Saudi government assertions that he was not. Senate intelligence committee member Ron Wyden, in a statement to Reuters, called on U.S. spy chiefs to "come out and provide the American people and the Congress with a public assessment of who ordered the killing." Khashoggi, a U.S.-based Washington Post columnist who was a critic of the Saudi government, was murdered on Oct. 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he went to collect documents needed for a planned marriage. After offering contradictory explanations for Khashoggi's disappearance, Riyadh said last week that Khashoggi was killed and his body dismembered when "negotiations" to convince him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.
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In what is the last battle of the 2018 midterm season, a special runoff election is taking place in just over a week to decide who will fill Mississippi’s second seat in the Senate. The run-off pits Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith against her Democratic challenger, former Secretary of Agriculture and ex-Democratic Rep. Mike Espy.
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NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., one of three senators who are suing to block Matthew Whitaker from serving as acting U.S. attorney general.
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An election that seemed a sure win for the Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith has become competitive after she made widely criticized remarks referencing “a public hanging.”
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Monday on CNN’s “Right Now,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said it was “pretty obvious” acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is not qualified for the job. On her colleagues challenging the appointment in court, Klobuchar said, “I actually am supportive of what they’re doing. You see two similar cases. One, a Maryland case, and another one heading their way up to the Supreme Court. Basically the argument is that first of all, for such a high-ranking official as the attorney general, the Senate is supposed to advise and consent under the Constitution. The second argument is that the president used this vacancy statute as a reason that he could put in someone who I don’t consider qualified for this job. In fact, there is a more specific law that should apply and that’s a succession statute that basically says you go next to Rod Rosenstein because he’s the deputy.” She continued, “I think the answer for why Mr. Whitaker is not qualifi...
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Fake news is a massive problem on the right — as even GOP Sen. Mike Lee is apparently realizing. Lies are the currency of the American right wing, so ubiquitous in politics and media that many have dubbed the phenomenon a "post-truth" crisis.So it was genuinely surprising Monday when Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) — himself a hard-line member of the conservative movement and is in many ways a radical figure in his own right — called out a member of his own party for spreading fake news. His denunciation of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) came in response to tweet thread about the pending criminal justice reform bill in the Senate, which is spurring divisions among members of the Republican caucus.In his own tweet about the bill over the weekend, Cotton had spread fears about the bill, saying "it gives early release to 'low level, nonviolent' criminals like those convicted of assaulting police, even with deadly weapons," and to "criminals who steal passports & immigration docs from aliens...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is leveraging his political power to try to convince Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to choose Rep. Martha McSally to replace Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, who is considering leaving his seat before his term ends, several Republican sources familiar with the conversations tell CNN.
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Although Republicans won the closely watched contests for Senate and governor, Democrats saw hope in Nikki Fried’s victory as agriculture commissioner.
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A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: Public anger in Haiti over allegations of government pilfering of foreign aid; how the $1.6 billion Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project aims to energize remote northern Ontario communities.
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The measure could reduce thousands of sentences and save the federal government millions of dollars in incarceration costs. Still, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the bill is unlikely to be put up for a vote this year.
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"If [Matt] Whitaker acts to shut down [Robert] Muller, he too will be guilty of obstruction of justice and a conspirator in that crime." When Tim Weiner’s book “Enemies: A History of the FBI” was published in 2012, he may not have envisioned that one day it would inspire a documentary series meant to place the erratic actions of Donald Trump into context.Another president? Sure. But not a guy best known as the host of “The Apprentice” when “Enemies” first came out.“Let’s examine reality television,” Weiner mused in a recent phone interview, in support of Showtime’s four-part series “Enemies: The President, Justice & the FBI.”  "That is fake news. I grew up in New York, you know. I've been watching Trump since the '70s and everybody within the realm of reason knows that he is a grifter and a con man. He is now also the most powerful man on Earth.”A week after Trump asked for the resignation of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions...
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Three Democratic senators launched a new legal challenge on Monday to President Donald Trump's naming of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, accusing Trump of depriving the U.S. Senate of its constitutional power to act on such appointments.
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Three Democratic senators launched a new legal challenge on Monday to President Donald Trump's naming of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, accusing Trump of depriving the U.S. Senate of its constitutional power to act on such appointments.
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"The stakes are too high to allow the president to install an unconfirmed lackey to lead the Department of Justice." Denouncing President Donald Trump's appointment of acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker—a fervent critic of the Russia probe—as a blatant effort to "subvert the Constitution to protect himself and evade accountability," three Democratic senators on Monday filed suit against the White House and demanded that Whitaker be barred from temporarily serving as the nation's top law enforcement official."The stakes are too high to allow the president to install an unconfirmed lackey to lead the Department of Justice—a lackey whose stated purpose, apparently, is undermining a major investigation into the president," declared Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who joined fellow Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) in filing the lawsuit."We want the court to make clear that the Senate must confirm Matthew Whitaker's appoi...
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republicans have maintained control of the Alaska Senate and chosen Anchorage Sen. Cathy Giessel to be the new Senate president. Giessel would replace Fairbanks Sen. Pete Kelly in that role. Kelly appears to have lost his re-election bid to Democratic state Rep. Scott Kawasaki. The announced Senate majority includes all 13 […]
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The rising Democratic star is privately engaging with his donors and supporters about his next move. Two of the options on the table include either running for president in 2020 or a move for John Cornyn's Senate seat. 
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Three Democrats file lawsuit arguing acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional.
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A criminal justice reform bill passed the House on a bipartisan basis, but problems loom in the Senate.
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“Installing Matthew Whitaker so flagrantly defies constitutional law that any viewer of School House Rock would recognize it,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said in a statement.
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Three Democratic senators have filed a lawsuit accusing U.S. President Donald Trump of illegally appointing Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, saying Trump violated the Constitution and denied the Senate its right to approve the nomination.
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On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said President Trump’s involvement in the last week before the election “really made the difference” in the victories by Rick Scott (R) and Ron DeSantis (R) in Florida’s races for Senate and governor. Conway said, “[T]he president made a big difference. I think that Governor Scott and Congressman DeSantis ran excellent campaigns, but this president getting in there, several times in those last six, seven days really made the difference, and also, him encouraging them not to bail on their clear victories.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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