Federal judge says thousands more could be included in lawsuit over family separations

(CNN)Potentially thousands more parents and children the US government split up at the southern border will now be included in a lawsuit over family separations, a judge ruled Friday. The Ms. L et al. vs. Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al. case was initially prompted by the separation of a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter. The American Civil Liberties Union originally filed the case last year and it was later expanded to become a class action lawsuit. Last June, Sabraw issued a preliminary injunction blocking most family separations at the US-Mexico border and ordered the government to reunite the families it had divided. Since then, the administration has provided regular reports to the court on the reunification status of …

Rep. Ilhan Omar blasts GOP over poster linking her with the 9/11 attacks

(CNN)An anti-Muslim poster associating US Rep. Ilhan Omar with the September 11 attacks appeared Friday at a Republican-sponsored public gathering at the West Virginia statehouse, creating a firestorm of controversy that apparently led one official to resign. “No wonder why I am on the ‘Hitlist’ of a domestic terrorist and ‘Assassinate Ilhan Omar’ is written on my local gas stations,” the Somali-American posted to Twitter on Friday. “Look no further, the GOP’s anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them!” Her mention of a hit list refers to recent news in which a US Coast Guard officer was accused of writing a hit list of prominent Democrats and journalists. Court documents …

North Carolina GOP candidate will not run in new congressional election

(CNN)North Carolina Republican Mark Harris will not run in the new election for the 9th Congressional District following November’s disputed result caused by absentee ballot irregularities, his campaign announced Tuesday. “I also owe it to the citizens of the Ninth District to have someone at full strength during the new campaign,” he added. “It is my hope that in the upcoming primary, a solid conservative leader will emerge to articulate the critical issues that face our nation.” This story is breaking and will be updated. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Democrats seek documents from NRA after reported campaign finance violations

Washington (CNN)Democratic lawmakers pressed the National Rifle Association for more information around millions of dollars in donations the group funneled towards the campaigns of President Donald Trump and Republican congressional candidates in a letter to the NRA’s president Wednesday. Advocacy groups, including the gun control legal group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, have filed a number of complaints with the Federal Elections Commission detailing the alleged violations. In their letter, the lawmakers ask the NRA for documentation and communications around the group’s policies to comply with federal and state campaign finance law, as well as communications between the NRA and a number of political consulting firms the group reportedly paid to support the Republican candidates. The lawmakers also wrote …

Congress seeks new ways to prevent shutdowns from happening

Washington (CNN)As the country recovers from the longest government shutdown in United States history, Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike are saying they don’t want a shutdown to happen again. Some are even pushing legislative proposals aimed at preventing the gears of government from grinding to a halt in the future. The threat of a shutdown is currently a deterrent that’s supposed to encourage lawmakers to work together to pass needed, annual spending bills on time to fund the federal government. Some of the proposals that have been introduced in Congress to avert shutdowns would automatically renew funding at existing levels through the implementation of stopgap spending legislation, but would pair that with measures intended to bring lawmakers to the table …

Prosecutors lay out volume of evidence collected from Roger Stone’s hard drives, email accounts

Washington (CNN)Information the Justice Department collected from Roger Stone’s iCloud accounts and email accounts and on computer hardware spans “several years,” special counsel Robert Mueller said Thursday. Mueller wants to place a protective order that would lock down the confidentiality of evidence collected against Stone, as the prosecutors begin sharing the documents with his legal team. DC US Attorney Jessie Liu wrote in the filing. Orders like these are fairly typical in high-profile cases and are meant to prevent leaks of documents in the case. The prosecutors also hope the judge will agree that the amount of evidence in this case should allow for more time before a trial Stone is scheduled to appear Friday afternoon before DC District Judge …

Trump said he has not thought about pardon for Roger Stone

(CNN)President Donald Trump said he has not thought about pardoning his longtime ally and adviser Roger Stone and sought to distance Stone from his 2016 presidential campaign. Stone was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury on charges of obstruction, false statements and witness tampering. The indictment alleged that Stone sought stolen emails from WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign and coordinated his outreach with top Trump campaign officials. Stone pleaded not guilty to the charges last week. Trump told The New York Times in a recent interview that he had “never” spoken with Stone about WikiLeaks. As for the special counsel investigation, the President once again lamented that the Russia probe is a “total witch hunt” and insisted that …

Democratic anxieties over ‘Medicare for all’ kick off first 2020 primary fight

(CNN)The fight to preserve Obamacare kept ambitious Democrats in near lockstep during the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency. But as the party begins the process of selecting a 2020 nominee, the future of health care in America has emerged as an early flashpoint. The other 2020 contenders have offered more nuanced — or muddled, depending on how you view it — takes on the issue. Though there remains broad agreement among them that health care is a human right — one that the government should guarantee, even if only as a last resort — questions over how to get there have yielded a variety of answers. Sen. Kamala Harris at a CNN town hall a week ago said …

Debunking the utter idiocy of Donald Trump’s global warming tweet

(CNN)On Monday night, President Donald Trump tweeted this: “In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!” Cillizza: Let’s start simple: Does cold weather for a few days — or even a few months — negate global warming? Samenow: Absolutely not. Global warming refers to the trend in rising temperatures over decades. Punishing cold snaps are still expected in a warming world, just fewer of them. And their intensity should tend to ease some over time — but they won’t ever entirely disappear. …

Trump takes on border wall, acknowledges Syria blast in Pentagon speech

Washington (CNN)In his first public appearance since Tuesday — amid a 27-day government shutdown and 24 hours after the death of four Americans in Syria — President Donald Trump delivered a meandering speech at the Pentagon on Thursday. The attack came after the White House announced last month that the US would be pulling troops from Syria, which led to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis. Against the backdrop of a partial government shutdown stemming from disagreements over funding for a US-Mexico border wall, Trump pivoted from the condolences to speaking about the need for a border wall through the lens of national security. “This morning I also would like to briefly address another matter of critical national security …

Trump keeps mum on King’s comments while separately stoking racism

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said Monday that he hasn’t been following news surrounding Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King’s recent comments to The New York Times which were sympathetic to white supremacists. King later condemned “anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology” of white nationalism and white supremacy. Meanwhile, Trump himself engaged in racist dog whistles of his own over the weekend. On Sunday, Trump sent a blatantly racist tweet about Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential 2020 contender, who shared a livestream video from her house. Trump, reprising his racist take on Warren, took aim at her claim to Native American heritage. “If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or …

Read: Democrats’ response to President Trump’s Oval Office address

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave the Democrats’ response to President Donald Trump’s prime-time speech on immigration. Sadly, much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice. The President has chosen fear. We want to start with the facts. The fact is: On the very first day of this Congress, House Democrats passed Senate Republican legislation to re-open government and fund smart, effective border security solutions. But the President is rejecting these bipartisan bills which would re-open government — over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall — a wall he always promised …

California, New York City move to provide health care coverage to undocumented residents

(CNN)The Democratic leaders of California and New York City are taking steps to provide health care coverage to some undocumented residents. NYC Care will start rolling out in coming months and willtake more than two years to be fully implemented, de Blasio said. It will cost at least $100 million, but the mayor said that the city would save a lot because fewer people would go to the emergency room, which provides pricey and inefficient care. De Blasio told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the city would not raise taxes but would instead fund the program through the city’s public health care system, which is now in better financial shape after years of dire straits. “We’re spending a lot of money …

Senate Democrats considering blocking all legislation that doesn’t reopen the government

(CNN)Senate Democrats will try to block action on a Syria sanctions bill when it comes up for a vote Tuesday, an effort to keep the focus on the government shutdown. McConnell has said he won’t make his members vote on a bill to reopen the government without assurances that Trump would sign it, though at least two Republican senators have pushed to reopen the government while wall negotiations continue. The measure in question Tuesday, combines four Middle East-related bills, including new sanctions on the Syrian regime, and is viewed by critics of Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops there as a vehicle to speak out against that move. The government partially shut down late last year following a lapse in …

Tomorrow is the day Donald Trump’s presidency totally changes

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump may not realize it totally yet, but today was the last easy-ish day of his presidency. Check out the latest analysis from The Point with Chris Cillizza: Hillary Clinton 4.0 is a terrible idea Donald Trump has a golf problem 35 most shocking lines from Donald Trump’s Mississippi speech The definitive ranking of 2020 Democrats This week in politics, GIF’d Those days are now over. Democrats can now do Trump real political damage using the official means of their House majority. While they may not be able to, say, force his tax returns into public view (the jury remains out on that), they can make sure the issue is front and center and create major distractions for …