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Bernie Sanders: I’m ready ‘to go full blast’ following heart attack

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday said he was prepared to rejoin the Democratic presidential campaign at “full blast” after experiencing a heart attack last week, with trips to Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire on his post-debate itinerary. “Well, what I mean is probably next week I’m not going to do four rallies a day,” Sanders said. “I think I’ve done more rallies than any other candidate who’s currently running for president of the United States. But I’m feeling great and we’re going to run a vigorous campaign. We’re working on…

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Democrats plot next phase in impeachment, including new wave of subpoenas

(CNN)House Democrats are preparing a flurry of subpoenas in the face of the Trump administration’s stonewalling of their impeachment investigation, amid a new debate within their caucus over holding a vote to formally authorize the inquiry in order to call the White House’s bluff, according to Democratic sources. At the same time, a small but influential group of Democrats privately and publicly tell CNN that it makes sense to hold an impeachment inquiry vote — something House Republicans have demanded — arguing it would derail the White House’s declaration that…

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Here’s the latest on the quickly escalating impeachment inquiry

(CNN)It was a day in which the White House declared it outright won’t cooperate in the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry and the efforts by White House staff to contain the fallout around the July 25 call between the American and Ukrainian Presidents became clearer. Key points: Sitting in his private quarters, Trump wasn’t surrounded by the clutch of aides who would usually join him in person during a call with a foreign leader made from the Oval Office Concerns of White House and NSC aides were independent of the whistleblower…

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Here’s the latest on the fast-moving impeachment inquiry

(CNN)A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Impeachment Tracker newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. That’s as the New York Times reported that there may be a potential second whistleblower. A second intelligence official with concerns and more direct knowledge regarding President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine is considering filing a complaint, The New York Times reported Friday. The texts say it all Don’t listen to Trump. Don’t listen to Democrats. Just read the transcripts. We went through the release of Kurt…

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The New American Gothic by Criselda Vasquez (Oil on Canvas 72 x 48)

In this oil on canvas painting by Criselda Vasquez, she uses her parents to reinterpret and contemporize the iconic 1930 painting by Grant Wood, American Gothic. Completed in 2017 and measuring 72 inches tall and 48 inches wide, Vasquez adds: As the American-born daughter of two Mexican immigrants, I illustrate their plight and the plight of many in my community with my art. I want to expose the heart-breaking pain of what a Mexican immigrant’s family goes through. I focus on bringing my family’s world into the light and out…

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DOJ officials ask judge to temporarily block subpoena in Trump tax lawsuit

(CNN)Officials from the US Department of Justice and Manhattan US attorney’s office asked a federal judge Wednesday to temporarily block a subpoena by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for eight years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns to allow time for “appropriate briefing of the weighty constitutional issues involved.” Prosecutors are looking at whether the Trump Organization violated any New York state laws — including potentially filing false business records — in its effort to reimburse Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, who paid some of the hush money on Trump’s…

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Trump ratchets up anti-impeachment rhetoric as troubles mount

(CNN)The Trump administration is frenetically throwing up road blocks in a belated grasp for a strategy to slow a Democratic impeachment machine the President is now branding a “coup.” But the sharp Democratic response to Pompeo’s claims of bullying against potential witnesses, and a key source’s decision to show up anyway, suggested that the added gravity of a formal impeachment process could shift Washington’s balance of power. It is only a week since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally announced an impeachment probe into evidence that Trump pressured Ukraine to dig…

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Fish puns and testicles: the strangest moments from Johnson’s speech

In his first conference speech as leader, PM offered a clutch of unusual analogies plus brain fades With Theresa Mays legacy of being handed a P45 and having letters fall off a promotional board behind her, Boris Johnson had a low hurdle to clear in his first speech to Conservative party conference as prime minister. Here are seven times he failed the task. Kangaroo testicles for Bercow Johnson may well have been the first British prime minister to use the words kangaroo testicle in a conference speech. In a segment…

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Brexit divisions threaten to plunge Labour party conference into chaos

Senior shadow ministers publicly defy Jeremy Corbyn with calls for Labour to back remain Jeremy Corbyn was struggling to contain an open revolt by some of his most senior shadow ministers, MPs and party activists last night as anger over his refusal to back a policy of remaining in the EU threatened to wreck the Labour conference. With delegates already reeling from a failed attempt by Corbyn supporters to Labours head of policy, Andrew Fisher, a key Corbyn aide who masterminded the 2017 election campaign, had resigned, reportedly telling colleagues…

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The racial politics of gun control

Washington (CNN)When Americans talk about guns, what’s arguably most interesting isn’t what we say about the devices themselves. It’s what we betray about whose voices — and lives — matter when it comes to our country’s virulent gun culture. “Shooting up schools is a white kid’s game. I hated school, too. It never occurred to me — kill everybody in school? It’s f***ing crazy,” Chappelle says. Decades ago, when Congress actually passed an assault weapons ban (that, notably, was allowed to expire in 2004), the broad concern was around guns…

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I left Russia to escape Putins assault on reason. Now I fear the UK is on the same path | Peter Pomarentsev

We need to develop a more collaborative political discourse, built on facts, not spin Nothing is true and everything is possible. That was my one-line attempt to sum up the politics and propaganda that enveloped Russia at the start of the 21st century. It was a world where politicians no longer cared whether they were caught lying; where old ideologies were dead and conspiracy thinking had become the new way to explain the world; where all the old political categories (socialist and liberal, conservative and communist) seemed utterly meaningless and…

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Pompeo blames Iran for drone attacks on Saudi oil field

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pinned the blame on Iran for an attack at a Saudi oil field in a pair of tweets Saturday. Saudi Arabia has been leading a military campaign to quash the Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015. The conflict is widely seen as a proxy war between the Saudis and Iran, which has been backing the Houthis. Pompeo also called for other countries to denounce Iran and promised American efforts to help support the energy market. “We call on all nations to publicly and…

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Exclusive: US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017

Washington (CNN)In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN. The disclosure to the Russians by the President, though not about the Russian spy specifically, prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure, according to the source directly involved in the matter. At the time, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo told other senior Trump administration officials that too much information was…

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Biden remains dominant over Dems nationwide, but early state poll shows stiff competition

Washington (CNN)A new national poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden holding a comfortable lead over the rest of the Democratic field, but a separate survey of early voting states shows a closer contest between Biden and his two top progressive challengers. Among 18 states that will hold primaries or caucuses early in 2020, including those on Super Tuesday, Warren stands at 26% about even with Biden at 25%, with Sanders in third place at 19%. Harris trails behind with 8% along with Buttigieg (6%) and former Texas Rep. Beto…

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Top GOP senator says Trump needs to ‘step up’ in gun debate

Washington (CNN)Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate’s Republican leadership, called on President Donald Trump Sunday to make clear what he would support on gun control legislation. Blunt, who also serves as the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, told Todd that he’s worried Congress will “take this silly ‘if we don’t get everything we won’t do anything’” approach to the issue, and that there should be particular action taken on legislation concerning mental health. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/08/politics/roy-blunt-gun-legislation-donald-trump-mitch-mcconnell/index.html

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