Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Politics A.M.: Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots, undisclosed funders paid Matthew Whitaker $1.2 million

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Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots and undisclosed funders paid Matthew Whitaker $1.2 million
The acting attorney general worked for the group for three years.
As U.S. attorney, Whitaker imposed longer-than-usual drug sentences
Now he takes over as acting attorney general as Trump advocates shorter sentences.
 
How to influence campaigns: Take inexperienced staffers, stir in a small amount of money, Democrats find
A digital test in two House districts finds that even affordable web ads can move voters, a potential boon to underfinanced candidates in future races.
 
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Power Up: One is the loneliest number for GOP women in the House
And get Thanksgiving recipes from Karen Pence's mom and Joni Ernst.
 
Democrat edges out Republican Rep. Mia Love in Utah
Trump had criticized Love and other defeated Republicans, suggesting they lost because they did not sufficiently "embrace" him.
 
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith apologizes to anyone 'offended' by comments about public hanging
The Mississippi Republican offered the partial apology during a debate with Mike Espy, but she sought to blame her Democratic opponent for the controversy generated by her words.
 
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For Trump, the bottom line on Saudi Arabia takes precedence over human rights
The president's declaration that he won't hold Riyadh accountable for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi shows his transactional, personalized approach to foreign affairs.
 
Trump ally says Saudi sanctions must be in budget, as lawmakers rip Trump's defense of crown prince
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham's warning comes as both parties excoriate Trump for defending Saudi denials that the crown prince ordered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing.
 
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The recurring GOP myth about John McCain's 'no' on Obamacare repeal
Republicans often suggest they were just one vote from victory. But there were negotiations and many more votes to come, with the outcome in doubt.
 
 
Sarah Palin mocks Ocasio-Cortez's 'basic civics' knowledge, falls into Twitter ratio abyss
A ratio is what happens when a tweet's endorsements — as measured in retweets and likes — are vastly outnumbered by criticism in the form of replies.
 
Trump says he can't imagine anyone but himself as Time Person of the Year
"I can't imagine anybody else other than Trump, can you imagine anybody else other than Trump?" he said.
 
Pelosi sidelines challenger, wins praise from Obama amid speakership fight
The former president said he was "not going to wade into House Democratic caucus politics" but proceeded to deliver what amounted to an unqualified endorsement.
 
 
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