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Ben and Jerry’s co-founders serve up support for Democrats’ efforts to flip the House

Washington (CNN)It might be a rocky road for seven Democratic House candidates in their respective races, but the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream are hoping to float them to Congress. The two co-founders said in a press release on MoveOn.org that they want candidates who will push “Medicare for All, protect clean air and water, and get big money out of politics.” Cohen and Greenfield have dipped into politics before. During the 2016 election, Cohen invented an ice cream flavor called “Bernie’s Yearning” to honor Vermont independent Sen.…

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Trump’s trade war with China is about to get a whole lot bigger

(CNN)The trade fight between the United States and China is set to intensify Monday when the two economic superpowers hit each other with their biggest round of tariffs yet. From Monday, President Donald Trump’s waves of new tariffs on China will cover roughly half the goods the country sells to the United States. The latest round affects thousands of products bought by US consumers, including hundreds of millions of dollars of furniture and electronics imports. The US tariffs imposed earlier in the year mostly hit industrial goods. This is what…

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Spanish foreign minister claims Trump told him to build wall across the Sahara desert to stop migrants

Madrid (CNN)Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell claims that US President Donald Trump suggested Spain should build a wall across the Sahara desert to deal with the issue of migration from Africa. “While we can confirm that the President has discussed migration challenges with Spanish interlocutors, we do not have record of this specific comment,” a senior White House official told CNN. According to the Spanish foreign minister, Trump, asked if he was aware of the size of the Sahara, replied: “It can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.” Borrell…

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Republicans and Democrats grapple with Kavanaugh political fallout 7 weeks from midterms

Washington (CNN)As Republicans and Democrats reckoned Monday with new sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, both parties began to process how the rapidly shifting politics of the nomination fight might upend the midterm elections less than two months away. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee planned hearings next Monday in which Ford and Kavanaugh would testify under oath. Those hearings come as early voting will begin in four states Friday. Other states will quickly follow, with voters in key states like California and New Jersey, both with…

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Donald Trump’s hurricane tweets show he can always go lower

(CNN)On Thursday morning, Donald Trump tweeted: This should not surprise us, but it should serve as a reminder that there is not a bottom here. There is no depth that Trump will not explore in order to further his own narcissism and victimhood. There is no conspiracy he will not embrace — or, in this case, start — in order to improve his own personal brand or further his own political narrative. Let’s talk about the facts. In late August, the Puerto Rican government acknowledged that the death toll from…

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Rep. Mia Love’s campaign admits to improperly raising primary election funds

(CNN)Rep. Mia Love’s campaign has informed the Federal Election Commission that it will refund or redesignate less than half of what the government says was more than a million dollars improperly raised for a primary that was never expected to happen, according to documents reviewed by CNN. But Love raised $1,153,624 and designated that money for a primary, according to the letter from the FEC to Love. Even after Love secured the nomination at the convention, she raised an additional $372,468 specifically designated for the primary that her campaign knew…

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ICE, Justice subpoena voter records from North Carolina

Washington (CNN)Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice have gotten a court order for North Carolina to turn over eight years of voter registration records from the state. The list of documents include voter registration forms, absentee ballots, early voting application forms, provisional voting forms, “Admission or Denial of Non-Citizen Return” forms and voter cancellation or revocation forms. A separate subpoena issued to Pitt County requests poll books, voting records, voting authorization documents and “executed official ballots,” including absentees, from August 30, 2013 through August 30, 2018. It’s…

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It’s shaping up to be a tight race for Florida governor

(CNN)A new poll out by Quinnipiac University shows Florida governor’s race within to be basically neck and neck, with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat, up by three points against Republican rep. Rob DeSantis. The poll suggests and extreme divide along party lines. Ninety-two percent of Republicans plan to vote for DeSantis and 93% of Democrats said the same of Gillum. But Gillum does hold an advantage among independents, with a majority (55%) saying they plan to vote for him in November. However, Gillum doesn’t have great name identification. One…

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New Yorker readers threaten to cancel subscriptions over Steve Bannon appearance

No, it's not a nightmare: Steve Bannon is really back in the spotlight.Image: Getty Images Update: The New Yorker has disinvited Steve Bannon from the New Yorker Festival.  Proving time is a flat circle and no one ever learns anything, a scheduled appearance by former Donald Trump advisor and Breitbart mastermind Steve Bannon has generated huge backlash for the organizers of an event. SEE ALSO: Milo Yiannopoulos’ Facebook rant shows that de-platforming actually works This time, though, the culprit is The New Yorker, the traditionally staid publication which has slated…

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Shutdown deadline looms as Congress returns to fight over funding

(CNN)Lawmakers return to work Tuesday facing a deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown at the end of the month, something Republicans leaders are anxious to avoid as they brace for what could be a tough midterm election in November. “1999 was the last time the Senate passed nine appropriations bills by the end of August,” said Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican and chairman of the Appropriations Committee. The appetite to pass appropriations bills grew after the spring, when Trump threatened to veto a must-pass spending bill…

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Who is Sam Patten?

(CNN)Political operative W. Samuel Patten, who was charged Friday with acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainians, has an extensive rsum that includes ties to other individuals caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and work with the controversial political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Patten’s personal website describes him as a “strategic advisor” who has worked in politics on four continents. He has taken on numerous roles for campaigns and organizations over the last two decades, including as Eurasia director for the pro-democracy organization Freedom House in Washington,…

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CBS News faces the wrath of Twitter for misleading Beto O’Rourke tweet

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) eloquently defended NFL players who kneel. CBS News drew viral outrage when it completely mischaracterized O'Rourke's words.Image: Chris Covatta/Getty Images If you bothered to log onto your Twitter account at least once this week, you almost definitely saw the viral video of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke responding thoughtfully to a question about whether he finds it disrespectful when NFL players kneel during the national anthem. The clip drew wide praise, including from LeBron James, Ellen DeGeneres, and Janelle Monáe.  SEE ALSO: EA censored Colin Kaepernick’s…

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‘Have people inspected’ at Irish border after Brexit, says Rees-Mogg

Critics deride suggestion of return to arrangements as we had during the Troubles Jacob Rees-Mogg has sparked a fresh row about the status of the Irish border after Brexit after a video emerged in which he suggests a return to checks as we had during the Troubles. The Conservative MP is seen on the footage from the public meeting suggesting the government could keep an eye on the border. Ireland would not be a free for all. It would be perfectly possible to continue with historic arrangements to ensure that…

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Ex-Trump campaign aide: We’re closer to impeachment after Cohen guilty plea

(CNN)A former adviser to the Trump campaign issued a grim warning Wednesday night to President Donald Trump and his supporters: The President could be months away from facing impeachment because of his former lawyer Michael Cohen. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump “did nothing wrong” in relation to the hush money, and Caputo suggested Cohen is not credible in what amounts to a he-said, he-said case. Asked if Trump was closer to impeachment than he was 48 hours ago, before Cohen pleaded guilty, Caputo said, “I believe so,”…

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