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Booker, Gillibrand, Warren call on Fairfax to resign after rape allegation | TheHill – The Hill

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling on Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) to resign after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPolitical world mourns Dingell, longest serving member of Congress Dems accused of MeToo hypocrisy in Virginia Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Trump official says agency would not have supported family separations | 2020 Dems walk fine line on…

The battle is on between Trump and his Democratic foes – CNN

Saturday, February 09, 2019

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Netflix Acquires Sundance Documentary Featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – HuffPost

Saturday, February 09, 2019

The streaming giant announced its worldwide distribution rights for the documentary, directed by Rachel Lears, on Thursday. “Knock Down The House” documents the campaigns of four progressive candidates: Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin and Ocasio-Cortez.

Fairfax is starting to look more guilty – Washington Examiner

Friday, February 08, 2019

A day ago, Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax looked like he might survive politically. Now, his odds look much weaker. Until today, Fairfax faced one compelling, but not contemporaneously corroborated, allegation of sexual assault from Vanessa Tyson, a liberal feminist professor whom he met at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Given that he was sandwiched in the gubernatorial succession between two separate Democrats accused of wearing blackface, he might have…

Between Acting AG Whitaker and House Dems, Trump-Mueller hearing turns testy – Fox News

Friday, February 08, 2019

Video Highlights from Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee What was pitched as an oversight hearing with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday quickly morphed into recriminations and barbed exchanges as Democrats pressed him for hours on his dealings with FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — and Whitaker, in turn, angered committee lawmakers with his equally fiery comebacks. The grilling amounted to a confirmation-style hearing for an…

Virginia governor to learn black sensitivity by going back to somebody else’s Roots – Washington Examiner

Friday, February 08, 2019

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s aides want him to read his way out of trouble. If you can believe it, the aides’ strategy for helping him survive his “blackface scandal” involves assigned reading, including Alex Haley’s book Roots and an essay written by the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, according to BuzzFeed News. It’s the whitest solution to a blackface problem that only the whitest of whites could have devised. Northam stands…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ would run up massive debt. That’s how we already pay for perpetual war – Washington Examiner

Friday, February 08, 2019

When self-described socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., released her “Green New Deal” Thursday, it was a full-blown leftist buffet. “The new Green Deal isn’t a plan. It’s a socialist Christmas list,” explained the Washington Examiner’s Phil Klein. “The Green New Deal, so far as it exists in the form of a nonbinding resolution, isn’t merely confined to addressing climate change; it also calls for tackling jobs, food, healthcare, housing, employment,…

Facility where severely disabled Arizona woman was impregnated, gave birth will stay open – CNN

Friday, February 08, 2019

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Second woman accuses Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault – The Washington Post

Friday, February 08, 2019

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Matthew Whitaker Hearing Updates: He Declines to Defend the Russia Inquiry – The New York Times

Friday, February 08, 2019

After accusing Mr. Nadler of wasting time, Mr. Collins ended his fiery opening remarks by calling for the committee to adjourn. Mr. Nadler objected, but the request forced a committee vote to keep the hearing going before Mr. Whitaker was even sworn in. Welcome to the Hill. Now about those documents. Democrats’ antagonizing of Mr. Whitaker began before he was even in the hearing room on Friday. Four Democratic committee…

Virginia’s Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring scandals, explained – Vox.com

Friday, February 08, 2019

The crisis in Virginia state politics hasn’t subsided, but Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam won’t be stepping down. Northam has been under pressure to resign after photos from his 1984 medical school yearbook surfaced, showing people in blackface and KKK robes. But the governor told his staff on Friday that he would not resign over the scandal, according to reports from Talking Points Memo and the Associated Press. A spokesperson confirmed…

Early Data Show Slower Start to Tax Season – The Wall Street Journal

Friday, February 08, 2019

WASHINGTON—The first tax-filing season under the new tax law got off to a slower start than last year and filers so far are seeing smaller average refunds, according to early Internal Revenue Service data released Friday. With about 10% of households filing their returns, the percentage of households getting tax refunds is similar to last year, but average refund size is down 8%, to $1,865. The number of returns filed…

Jeff Bezos faces off against National Enquirer publisher—Watch five experts break it down – CNBC

Friday, February 08, 2019

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House Democrats claim Whitaker owes money to ‘scam’ company so its victims can be repaid – CNN

Friday, February 08, 2019

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Thailand’s king condemns bid by sister to become PM – BBC News

Friday, February 08, 2019

Image copyright AFP Image caption Princess Ubolratana Mahidol pictured in 2010 Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn has denounced as “inappropriate” his sister’s unprecedented bid to run for prime minister in March’s election. In a palace statement, he said such an act would “defy the nation’s culture”. Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, 67, has been nominated as a candidate for a party allied to divisive former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. Such a move would break with…

House Democrats claim Whitaker owes money to ‘scam’ company so its victims can be repaid – CNN

Friday, February 08, 2019

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Thailand’s king condemns bid by sister to become PM – BBC News

Friday, February 08, 2019

Image copyright AFP Image caption Princess Ubolratana Mahidol pictured in 2010 Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn has denounced as “inappropriate” his sister’s unprecedented bid to run for prime minister in March’s election. In a palace statement, he said such an act would “defy the nation’s culture”. Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, 67, has been nominated as a candidate for a party allied to divisive former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. Such a move would break with…

House Democrats claim Whitaker owes money to ‘scam’ company so its victims can be repaid – CNN

Friday, February 08, 2019

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Thailand’s king condemns bid by sister to become PM – BBC News

Friday, February 08, 2019

Image copyright AFP Image caption Princess Ubolratana Mahidol pictured in 2010 Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn has denounced as “inappropriate” his sister’s unprecedented bid to run for prime minister in March’s election. In a palace statement, he said such an act would “defy the nation’s culture”. Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, 67, has been nominated as a candidate for a party allied to divisive former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. Such a move would break with…

With Abortion in Spotlight, States Seek to Pass New Laws – The New York Times

Friday, February 08, 2019

This week, lawmakers in Tennessee introduced a bill that would ban abortion in the state if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe. Similarly, in South Carolina, state lawmakers have introduced so-called personhood legislation, which would establish that the “right to life” and the rights of due process and equal protection “vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being.” Lawmakers in Arkansas are further along. On Thursday, the…