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'Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct,' says Rep Justin Amash
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Justin Amash has become the first congressional Republican to call for the president's impeachment based on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The self-identifying libertarian Republican and frequent Trump critic shared his "principal conclusions" on Saturday, including his assertion that "President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct" in a Twitter thread on Saturday after reading the full redacted report. Here are my principal conclusions:1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.4. Few members of Congress have read the...
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg gives 11-year-old advice on bullying at Iowa campaign stop
Ethan Miller/Getty Images (IOWA CITY, IA) -- During a town hall in Iowa City, Mayor Pete Buttigieg went beyond his normal campaign talking points to give an 11-year-old advice on how to deal with bullying. In a swipe at President Trump, Mayor Pete said it also matters that “we have a president that doesn’t show that type of behavior.” Buttigieg drew 11-year-old Rebecca Johanns' question from a fishbowl. Johanns later told ABC News that she has been bullied and wanted to hear from the mayor about how to handle it. Buttigieg opened up about his own experiences with bullying in...
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Joe Biden gives pitch on uniting the country in Philadelphia
Spencer Platt/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden made his pitch to unite the country in Philadelphia on Saturday, for the third and final phase of his presidential campaign roll out. Biden held his first campaign rally in Eakin’s Oval near the famous "Rocky steps" of the Philadelphia Art Museum on Saturday afternoon. The rally, which was announced the same day Biden officially entered the race in April, was intended to focus on his vision “for unifying America with respected leadership on the world stage -- and dignified leadership at home,” according to a press release from the...
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Mike Pence in Indiana: Proud of Trump admin for standing for the 'sanctity of human life'
Shannon Finney/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Speaking at a commencement ceremony in his home state of Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence said he was proud of the Trump administration for standing “without a apology” for the “sanctity of human life,” but avoided any mention of the controversial anti-abortion measures approved in several states in recent weeks. “I couldn’t be more proud to be part of an administration that stood strong on the timeless values that have made this nation great, stood without apology for the sanctity of human life,” Pence told graduating students at Taylor University. While the vice president has...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders' education plan nixes for-profit charter school funding
Mark Makela/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- One day after the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision, Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for a temporary halt to public funding directed toward nonprofit charter school expansion and an outright ban on for-profit charter institutions.Under his plan, financial disbursements could be restored after schools are audited to probe the impact of their growth, but no public money will be directed toward new schools.The proposal is a significant break from a signature Trump administration education policy that some critics say disproportionately impacts minority school districts.The timing of Sanders'...
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Pete Buttigieg says Donald Trump 'paying lip service' to LGBT rights
Scott Olson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg fired back at President Donald Trump’s recent comment about being "absolutely fine" with the mayor's gay marriage, sarcastically saying "that’s nice" while pointing out the administration’s poor record on LGBT citizens.Buttigieg was on the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday evening at an event labeled as a book club discussion about "Shortest Way Home," which he released earlier this year.But it was his comments on the Trump administration's record on LGBT rights that might spark the most interest."Even though they’re paying lip service to the idea of -- like the...
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Democrats continue extended talks with Mueller, DOJ over special counsel's testimony
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- House Democrats have waited for weeks to hear from special counsel Robert Mueller since the release of his report – and they’re going to have to keep waiting. On Friday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., told ABC News it was unlikely that Mueller would appear before his panel by the end of next week, when the House wraps up its legislative business for the month ahead of the week-long Memorial Day recess. Initially, the committee had hoped to hear from Mueller this past Wednesday, May 15, but that tentative hearing date came...
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Trump pushes back on reports of conflict between Pompeo, Bolton amid Iran tensions
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Friday pushed back against reports of conflict between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton amid tensions between the United States and Iran -- calling sourcing cited by reporters "bull----" “Mike Pompeo is doing a great job. Bolton is doing a great job. They make it sound like it’s a conflict," the president said in a speech to the National Association of Realtors. The president took issue with the "confidential sources" cited in news articles. “They say confidential sources. You ever notice they don’t write the names...
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Treasury expected to ignore Friday subpoena deadline seeking Trump tax returns
SammiStock/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Friday rejected a Democratic subpoena for President Donald Trump's tax returns and the showdown appeared headed for court. In a letter to the Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mnuchin repeated his previous argument that the Justice Department had advised him that the Democratic demand had no "legitimate legislative purpose." Earlier Friday, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., said the showdown with the Trump administration could end up in in a legal battle in just a matter of days. Neal told reporters he anticipates “they won’t meet that deadline, and the...
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Trump claims 'treason,' Barr vows 'whole' review. But what started the Russia probe?
Alex Wong/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Both President Donald Trump and his attorney general, Bill Barr, on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the FBI's investigation into whether Russia secretly co-opted members of Trump's campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential election. On Twitter, Trump was characteristically dramatic, accusing federal investigators of "treason." And in an interview with Fox News, Barr deployed the types of phrases Trump often uses, wondering whether investigators had "abused their power" or "put their thumb on the scale." Despite using those terms, Barr insisted, "I'm not saying that happened ... It's something we have to look at."...
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House Democrats unanimously pass 'Equality Act' to protect LGBTQ rights
iStock/Luka Banda (WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives on Friday passed the Equality Act -– sweeping legislation that protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace, housing, service, and public accommodations. It’s the first time a chamber of Congress has approved a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill that would provide clear, nationwide protections for LGBTQ people throughout daily life, according to the Human Rights Campaign. BREAKING: The House of Representatives has passed the historic #EqualityAct.It’s the first time a chamber of Congress has approved a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill that would finally provide clear, nationwide protections for LGBTQ people...
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Abortion bans like Alabama's pose another hurdle to lower-income Americans
iStock/Viktorcvetkovic (NEW YORK) -- The law signed in Alabama banning most abortions has been seen by many opponents as an attack on women's bodies. But experts say there is a certain subset of people who are being further impacted: lower income individuals. Angela Ferrell-Zabala, the national director of strategic partnerships at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said restrictive bans are particularly "devastating" for lower-income individuals. "People of color and LGBTQ people are disproportionately likely to be low income and depend on federally-funded insurance like Medicaid, so it's pretty hard to ignore the impact that these bans will have on these...
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