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Judge finds longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone in violation of gag order
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- A federal judge has banned Roger Stone, the longtime confidant to President Donald Trump, from using social media after finding him in violation of a court-issued gag order on Tuesday.In doing so, U.S. Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Stone not to "post or communicate on Instagram Twitter or Facebook in any way or any subject.""It seems as if once again I am wrestling with behavior that has to do more with middle school than a court of law," Jackson said Tuesday. "Whether the problem is that you can't follow simple orders or...
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Trump refuses to walk back attacks on freshmen Democrats as calls for impeachment grow
Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump is not backing down from his attacks on several female lawmakers as House Democrats call for his impeachment.“The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party. Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist & public shouting of the F...word, among many other terrible things, and the petrified Dems run for the hills. Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the...
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Here's how the second 2020 Democratic presidential debates work
liveslow/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Ahead of the second of the Democratic 2020 presidential primary debates, candidates are redoubling efforts to ensure they meet critical fundraising and polling thresholds to make it on stage in the hopes of distinguishing themselves from their competitors and pitching their campaigns to millions of voters. The debates are just two weeks away, and the candidates find out Wednesday if they'll make it onstage.Here's what you need to know about the upcoming debates: When and where are the second DNC debates?The second of the Democratic party's 2020 primary presidential primary debates are at 8 p.m. ET July...
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Defense secretary nominee faces confirmation hearing, one day after formal nomination
Department of Defense (WASHINGTON) -- A day after his formal nomination, Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next secretary of Defense, will face questions from senators at his confirmation hearing. Esper, who's served as Trump's Army secretary, became acting Defense secretary on June 24 after his acting predecessor, Patrick Shanahan, withdrew his name from nomination following reports of domestic violence in his family's past.He will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday morning, more than 200 days after former defense secretary James Mattis resigned over policy differences with the president.During Esper's confirmation process, he cannot...
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Presidential candidate Seth Moulton says time for impeachment hearings is now
Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Presidential hopeful Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., said it's time to move forward with impeaching President Donald Trump in light of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, which did not render a judgment on whether he committed obstruction of justice. When asked by ABC News' "The Investigation" podcast whether the country has lost interest in Mueller's findings from his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Moulton replied: "I don't know, and I don't care.""I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not the politics of my...
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In fundraising plea, John Delaney says he’s at risk of debate cut. He’s not
ABC (WASHINGTON) -- A fundraising email on behalf of 2020 candidate John Delaney crossed a harried line on Monday when the campaign issued a plea to supporters to donate to the candidate or risk his place in the upcoming debate, despite the candidate’s already solid place on the stage.Asked to clarify, the campaign blamed the dramatized request to supporters on their mail service vendor, who they said sent the email without approval. But the blast raised questions over whether the campaign went a step too far in utilizing the complex Democratic National Committee rules to push supporters to donate. The...
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'Do not take the bait': Democratic lawmakers respond to Trump's 'go back' remarks
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump extended his online attacks of progressive Democratic congresswomen on Monday, asking when they will apologize to the U.S., adding a host of new and unsubstantiated charges as the four progressive lawmakers at the center of the storm urged Americans to "not take the bait." "When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting...
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Meghan McCain slams 'cowardice' GOP response to Trump's Democrat congresswomen tweets
Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Conservative co-host of The View Meghan McCain spoke out against Sen. Lindsey Graham's support of President Donald Trump's attacks against progressive Democratic congresswomen on Monday."This is what people think all conservatives are now, and we are not," McCain said, adding that "the cowardice" she's seeing from Republicans not speaking out "is embarrassing."On Sunday, Trump tweeted that "'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen" "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe," adding that those female lawmakers should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from...
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Beto O'Rourke reveals he and his wife are descended from slave owners
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has revealed that he and his wife Amy are descended from slave owners.In a Medium post published on Sunday titled "Rose and Eliza," O'Rourke released old documents showing the names of two female slaves listed as property owned by his distant relatives in the mid-1800s. "I was recently given documents showing that both Amy and I are descended from people who owned slaves. Along with other possessions listed in their property log were two human beings, Rose and Eliza," O’Rourke wrote. The disclosure came after a freelance reporter from...
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Trump administration issues new rule on asylum seekers from Central America
Phototreat/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration announced on Monday it would limit who could apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that would almost certainly be challenged in court. The changes were aimed at enabling the U.S. to more quickly reject people's asylum claims, allowing for quicker deportations. Administration officials said the goal was to deter people from trying. Now, if migrants pass through a country on the way to the United States and don't apply for asylum there, then they are ineligible to seek asylum in the United States, according to the rule. In a statement, Attorney...
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Former VP Joe Biden rolls out expanded Affordable Care Act health plan
JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden has released a plan his campaign said would make the Affordable Care Act easier to navigate with more choices for Americans.The plan would expand upon the Affordable Care Act passed under the Obama-Biden administration and provide a public option for patients to buy into, rather than a "Medicare-for-all" system that several of Biden's 2020 rivals advocate for -- a contrast Biden has already started to draw on the campaign trail."We should not be starting from scratch. We should be building from what we have. There is no time to wait....
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Pelosi slams 'xenophobic' Trump tweets telling Democrat congresswomen to go back where they 'came from'
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- After President Trump tweeted that "'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen" should stop criticizing the government and “go back” to where they came from, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the tweets as “xenophobic.” I reject @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids - #FamiliesBelongTogether! — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 14, 2019 The president did not explicitly name the congresswomen he was referring to, but said they "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete...
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