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Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released the first volume of its bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Helmed by Select Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the Republican from North Carolina, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who serves as Vice Chairman, the committee’s report Russian Efforts Against Election InfrastructureThrough two and a half years the committee has held 15 open hearings, interviewed over 200 witnesses, and reviewed nearly 400,000 documents, according to a statement and will be publishing other volumes from its investigation…

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While You Were Offline: Cats Caused the Facebook Outage (jkjk)

It’s been a seven-day seesaw that has seen Fox News host Tucker Carlson complain of bullying, actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin indicted in a college bribery scandal, North Korea threaten to suspend talks with the US, climate change officially claim the Arctic, a terrible mass shooting in New Zealand, Paul Manafort getting an additional 43 months and then charged with 16 more crimes, Congress voting unanimously to release the Mueller report publicly only for Lindsey Graham to singlehandedly shut it down in the Senate and, of course, yet another…

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Bernie Sanders Ramps Up Amazon Battle With New Bill Demanding Living Wage for Workers

Sanders said in a statement. [Amazon CEO] Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person on earth, has become a symbol of that inequality and greed, the statement continued. While Mr. Bezos is worth $155 billion and while his wealth has increased $260 million every single day this year, he continues to pay many Amazon employees wages that are so low that they are forced to depend on taxpayer funded programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing just to get by. The announcement comes after the Vermont senator The proposed legislation,…

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Ted Cruz Now Running Against Beto ORourkes Viral NFL Comments

Rep. Beto ORourke (D-TX) explaining his thoughts on NFL protests against killings of unarmed citizens by police officers. ORourke said in part. I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, anytime, anywhere, or any place. Cruzs ad notes that liberal Hollywood was thrilled, featuring tweets from Ellen DeGeneres, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and singer Khalid (who lived in El Paso, where ORourke is from). The rest of the ad incorporates a speech from Vietnam combat veteran Marine Corps. Sgt. Tim Lee,…

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You dont think you have a monopoly? Read Sen. Grahams delightful grilling of Zuckerberg

Today’s testimony by Mark Zuckerberg in front of a Senate joint committee was often boring or redundant with previous statements. But there was an exchange near the two-hour mark that was pleasantly refreshing: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) doggedly pursuing a common-sense answer from Zuckerberg on the question of whether it had any real competition. Graham doesn’t let Zuckerberg employ his spin on the admittedly complex question of what Facebook’s competitors are. Demanding a simpler answer by employing a folksy car-buying metaphor, he makes it clear that at least from one…

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Senator Al Frankens Resignation Is Deeply Unfair

Sometime today, Al Franken will resign his Senate seat. The Democrats are hoping for a banner year, and from all indicators it looks like theyll have one, and I hope they doif they take back one house, this horrid Trump/GOP agenda is done for. But the Democrats 2018 is sure getting off to a dubious start. Franken should not be going. When he announced his resignation on December 7, I wrote a column saying that Democrats would come to regret what theyd done to him. Nevertheless, I wrote, his resignation…

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Senators share photos of GOP tax bill pages, and they’re pretty illegible

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to his office in the Capitol as he awaits the vote on his party's tax plan.Image: alex wong/Getty Images We’ve all been there. You have your assignment printed and ready to go, but are frantically scribbling down last minute additions in the desperate hope that you’ll get a passing grade. This was OK in high school English class, but what about in the U.S. Senate?  After several failed attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Republicans are really doing everything they can get a…

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