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  • U.S. Senate advances measure to block Trump administration from easing Russia sanctions

    January 15, 2019 11:05 PM 1521

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to move ahead with a resolution disapproving of a Trump administration plan to ease sanctions on Russian aluminum giant Rusal (0486.HK), its parent En+ and power firm EuroSibEnergo. While the vote did not determine the fate in the Senate of the resolution, it broke with Republican President Donald

  • Jewish groups condemn Rashida Tlaib over ties to radical pro-Hezbollah, anti-Israel activist

    January 15, 2019 6:34 PM 1474

    Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib has been condemned after hosting a private celebratory dinner on Saturday featuring anti-Israel activists who praised terror group Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists, said Israel has no right to exist and called for Israeli “Zionist terrorist” Jews to return to Europe. Over the weekend, Tlaib came under fire for her ties to radical

  • Trump AG nominee Barr says Mueller would not back witch hunt

    January 15, 2019 3:50 PM 1356

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general said on Tuesday he did not believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be involved in a “witch hunt,” a charge often levied by Trump against the Russia probe that Mueller leads. “I don’t believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt,” William Barr told a U.S. Senate

  • Socialist Workers Party's 2016 presidential candidate running for Dallas mayor: report

    January 15, 2019 6:31 AM 180

    Allyson Kennedy, 68, who was a 2016 presidential candidate, is running for mayor of Dallas, a report said on Monday. (U.S. Census Bureau) A 2016 presidential candidate from the Socialist Workers Party is running for mayor of Dallas, a report said Monday. Allyson Kennedy, 68, who was on the ballots in seven states as the Socialist Workers Party candidate

  • Wife of federal worker wins the lottery amid shutdown crisis

    January 14, 2019 8:18 AM 120

    There was a gold lining for one family negatively affected by the government shutdown. Carrie Walls, the wife of a federal worker who isn’t getting a paycheck because of the impasse, picked up a $100,000 check and a brand-new SUV after winning the Virginia lottery. As 800,000 government workers lamented missing pay Friday, Walls, who served in the Air Force

  • South Carolina congressman stopped from entering House floor with 6-pack of beer in hand

    January 11, 2019 8:02 PM 288

    Rep. Joe Cunningham, a newly elected Democrat from South Carolina, was barred from walking onto the House floor Friday as he tried to bring a six-pack of beer with him. The banned brewskis, from the Charleston area, were a gift for Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., a co-chair of the large House Small Brewers Caucus, Cunningham said on Twitter. “Making friends

  • Cher tweets support of Ocasio-Cortez dancing

    January 6, 2019 3:19 AM 144

    The famed singer took to Twitter early Saturday in support of the new lawmaker, saying “Know The Feeling @AOC. SOMETIMES JUST GOT— --TA DANCE.” The tweet came after a clip surfaced earlier this week that showed Ocasio-Cortez dancing while she was a college student, similarly in style to the "Breakfast Club," according to Page Six. The clip reportedly

  • Washington governor to pardon pot crimes, six years after legalization

    January 5, 2019 12:57 AM 120

    (Reuters) - Washington state will create a streamlined system to pardon people convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession before the drug was legal, under an initiative launched on Friday by Governor Jay Inslee, who is considering a run for U.S. president. Voters in Washington state and Colorado in 2012 made their two states the first in the United

  • 15 Democrats defect on speaker vote to oppose Pelosi

    January 3, 2019 7:47 PM 160

    Pelosi, the 78-year-old congresswoman from California, made history when she was first elected House speaker in 2007 as the first woman to serve in the role. While she isn’t the first to regain the speaker’s job, the last time a lawmaker reclaimed the gavel was more than a half-century ago. Pelosi needed an “absolute majority” of votes cast from the House

  • Trump says U.S. officials to make plea for wall in meeting with lawmakers

    January 2, 2019 5:25 PM 108

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said U.S. security officials will make a plea for a southern border wall in a White House meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday and that he was open to working on a path to legal status for so-called Dreamers. Trump’s demand for $5 billion for the border wall to be part of any spending measure triggered a partial