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Louisianas Democratic governor an ally at influential rightwing conference

Alec, the organization that links corporate lobbyists with state lawmakers to draft laws, holds its annual meeting in New Orleans Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the south, might seem like an awkward fit for the 45th annual meeting of the damage to so called critical infrastructure, which in Louisiana includes oil pipelines. Thats a big deal to environmental activists here who see the bill, which several other states have adopted, as a play to crack down on the kind of sustained demonstration that occurred at…

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Trump responds to Mueller indictments by blaming Obama

President preparing to meet Vladimir Putin in Helsinki after special counsels indictment of 12 Russian spies Donald Trump has commented for the first time on the tweeted: The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didnt they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election? According to widespread vice-president Joe Biden, chief of staff Denis McDonough and senior adviser watered down by Republican Senate…

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Child separations: Trump faces extreme backlash from public and his own party

Public reaction to the border policy is disquieting many Republicans facing midterm elections Donald Trump heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon facing an extraordinary backlash from his own party and the American public over his policy of quotes from the Bible nor get-tough talk can soften the images of Why are families being separated at the southern US border? video explainer One issue does cross the divide. Four in five voters support allowing undocumented migrants brought to the US as children, so-called Dreamers, to remain and apply for citizenship.…

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Spygate’ is Trump PR tactic against Robert Mueller

Presidents lawyer gives meandering Sunday show interviews, saying claims of campaign informant are for public opinion Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that his repeated imputations of a supposed scandal at the heart of the Robert Mueller investigation which Donald Trump calls Spygate amounted to a tactic to sway public opinion and limit the risk of the president being impeached. Of course we have to do it to defend the president, Trumps lawyer told CNN State of the Union host Dana Bash, who accused him of…

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Paul Ryan sold shares on same day as private briefing of banking crisis

Vice-presidential candidate denies he profited from a 2008 meeting with Fed chairman in which officials outlined fears for financial crisis Paul Ryan, Mitt Romneys vice-presidential running mate, sold stock in US banks on the same day he attended a confidential meeting where top level officials disclosed the sector was heading for a deep crisis. The congressman on Monday denied profiting from information gleaned from the meeting on 18 September 2008 when Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, then treasury secretary Hank Paulson and others outlined their fears for the banking sector.…

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Holocaust denier to become Republican nominee for Illinois congressional seat

Art Jones the sole GOP candidate for states third congressional district, according to Chicago Sun-Times Holocaust denier to become Republican nominee for Illinois congressional seat Art Jones the sole GOP candidate for third congressional district Anti-Defamation League calls Jones a long-time neo-Nazi Lois Beckett @loisbeckett Last modified on Sun 4 Feb 2018 22.17EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp reported on Sunday. The prospective candidate, Art Jones, is not a steadfast supporter of the Republican president. Ten months ago, in remarks filmed at none of the voter…

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Trump mounts extraordinary defence of his ‘mental stability’

President boasts of being a very stable genius and calls Michael Wolff a fraud but author says his explosive book will finally end this presidency In an extraordinary public defence of his own mental stability, Donald Trump issued a volley of tweets that seemed guaranteed to add fuel to a raging political fire. Suggestions in a new tell-all book that he was mentally unfit to be president were out of the old Ronald Reagan playbook, Trump added, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being,…

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The seven Republican super-donors who keep money in tax havens

Paradise Papers show these men, who invest heavily in Super Pacs, share a presence offshore if not a love of Trump Seven Republican super-donors helped bankroll the conservative push for power in the 2016 election cycle, between them pumping more than $350m (264m) into federal and state races. The Stop Trump movement last year, while Geoff Palmer was among the then Republican nominees Super Pacs with names including Rebuilding America now, Right to rise USA and American unity: are their political principles undermined by their offshore practices? Warren Stephens Warren…

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Bob Corker: White House is ‘adult day care center’ and Trump may start WWIII

Trump blasts chair of Senate foreign relations committee over Iran and endorsement begging as Corker warns Trumps threats risk global conflict Donald Trumps fractious relationship with the Republican establishment reached a bizarre new level on Sunday when Senator Bob Corker described the White House as an adult day care center and warned that the president risked setting the US on the path to World War III. An extraordinary exchange between Trump and the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee began when Trump accused Corker, who is retiring, of not…

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Alabama Republican Senate primary: Roy Moore defeats Trump-backed Luther Strange

Socially conservative former Alabama chief justice, one of the most controversial US politicians, was removed from state supreme court post twice The former Alabama judge Roy Moore, one of the most controversial figures in Republican politics, is on course to become a US senator in spite of opposition from Donald Trump. With 95%of the vote in on Tuesday night, Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court was ahead of appointed incumbent Luther Strange by 55% to 45% in the Republican Senate runoff. Moores victory comes despite being…

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Bernie Sanders unveils universal healthcare bill: ‘We will win this struggle’

Senators Medicare for All bill, which is gaining steam among Democrats, would cover 323 million Americans under single system Battle lines have been drawn as Bernie Sanders launches his latest attempt to establish a healthcare system that covers all 323 million Americans. Standing in opposition to Sanders plan are what he calls the most powerful and greedy forces in American society: the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, Wall Street and the Republican party. The opposition to this will be extraordinary, Sanders said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office, prior…

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David Clarke, Milwaukee sheriff and outspoken Trump backer, resigns

County clerk says resignation letter gives no reason for early departure of sheriff, who claimed in May that he was taking a job in the Trump administration David Clarke, the outspoken Milwaukee County sheriff who built a following among conservatives nationally with his provocative social media presence and strong support of Donald Trump, has resigned. The Milwaukee County clerk, George Christenson, said he had received a resignation letter from Clarke, but the letter did not say why the sheriff was leaving office more than a year before his term is…

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The conservatives turning against Donald Trump

After 200 days of Trumps presidency, his awkward marriage of convenience with Republicans has increasingly come under severe stress More Republicans will turn against Republicans have flexed their muscles of late over threats from the White House against Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Trump and Russia, and Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, and passing fresh sanctions against Moscow that Trump was reluctantly obliged to sign. In addition, high-profile Republicans at various levels of government have been accused of mounting shadow campaigns for 2020 including Mike Pence, the vice-president, who…

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John McCain had the chance to do the right thing on healthcare. He failed | Lucia Graves

There are many reasons to respect the Arizona senator, but his remarkable stoicism and service cant excuse his yes vote in the Senate John McCain often gets cast as a truth-teller to Donald Trump, but his voting record says otherwise. And nowhere was that more clear than on Tuesday when, despite his own ill health, when it came to the decision of whether to take other peoples healthcare away, he cast a decisive vote in the wrong direction. Addressing his fellow lawmakers, McCain dreamed up entirely by men. Politics appears…

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Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort tells Senate panel of Russia meeting

Committee rescinds subpoena after Manafort agrees to turn over notes, while Jared Kushner returns to Capitol Hill for second day of private testimony Donald Trumps former campaign chairman met Senate investigators Tuesday, providing his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and agreeing to turn over contemporaneous notes of the gathering last year, according to people familiar with the closed-door interview. Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Dianne Feinstein had also issued a subpoena for Paul Manafort to testify publicly during a Wednesday hearing before the committee. But…

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