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Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view (Associated Press)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:30

Associated Press:
Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was in full deflection mode.  —  The Democrats had blamed Russia for the hacking and release of damaging material on his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.  Trump wasn't buying it.

An Italian Expose Documents Moscow Money Allegedly Funding Italy's Far-Right Salvini (Barbie Latza Nadeau/The Daily Beast)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:20

Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
An Italian Expose Documents Moscow Money Allegedly Funding Italy's Far-Right Salvini  —  An exposé claims that Vladimir Putin is funneling $3 million to Matteo Salvini through dirty diesel to help swing European elections towards Russia-friendly candidates.

Why the U.K. Condemned Facebook for Fuelling Fake News (Sue Halpern/New Yorker)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:20

Sue Halpern / New Yorker:
Why the U.K. Condemned Facebook for Fuelling Fake News  —  If there remained any doubt that Facebook's business practices intentionally compromise users' privacy and recklessly undermine democratic norms, it was put to rest on Monday, when the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee …

Judge tosses North Carolina mandatory voter ID amendment citing gerrymandering (John Bowden/The Hill)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:10

John Bowden / The Hill:
Judge tosses North Carolina mandatory voter ID amendment citing gerrymandering  —  A judge in North Carolina on Friday tossed out the state's constitutional amendment requiring a voter ID, citing prevalent gerrymandering in the state's General Assembly.  —  Wake County Superior Court Judge …

Republican Cries Against Voter Fraud Go Mostly Quiet After Scheme Tied to Party (New York Times)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:10

New York Times:
Republican Cries Against Voter Fraud Go Mostly Quiet After Scheme Tied to Party  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican politicians across the country have for years railed against the threat of voter fraud.  Some have made unproven claims about how rampant it has become in order to pass voter ID laws and open sweeping investigations.

Access to Mueller's report and evidence may be guided by Congress, Clinton email case (Washington Post)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:50

Washington Post:
Access to Mueller's report and evidence may be guided by Congress, Clinton email case  —  The Justice Department and Democratic lawmakers are bracing for a fight over access to the evidence uncovered by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III during his nearly two-year investigation …

Gallup: Liberals outnumber conservatives in only 6 states, down from 9 (Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:40

Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Gallup: Liberals outnumber conservatives in only 6 states, down from 9  —  The number of states where liberals outnumber conservatives has dropped more than 30 percent, with just six now in that category: Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Washington, New York, and New Hampshire.

Even if Mueller's probe concludes soon, things are far from over (Deanna Paul/Washington Post)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:25

Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Even if Mueller's probe concludes soon, things are far from over  —  Predictions for when special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will deliver his much-anticipated report to the attorney general have yo-yoed between days and weeks.  —  Two things are more definitive: In January …

The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates of 2020, ranked (Aaron Blake/Washington Post)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:50

Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates of 2020, ranked  —  It's just February 2019 and we already have 10 declared well-known 2020 Democratic candidates for president.  The 2016 runner-up for the nomination just got in.  Others are set to decide within days or weeks.  The debates start in three months.

2020 Democrats' progressive gamble is about to get real (Adam Cancryn/Politico)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:50

Adam Cancryn / Politico:
2020 Democrats' progressive gamble is about to get real  —  Democrats' embrace of sweeping progressive ideas like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal is about to get its first reality check on Capitol Hill — as both parties make huge bets about which message will sway voters in 2020.

Average tax refund down 17 percent, IRS reports (Politico)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 04:40

Politico:
Average tax refund down 17 percent, IRS reports  —  The average tax refund issued so far this year is down by 17 percent, the IRS said, a steep decline that promises more headaches for Republican lawmakers.  —  The agency released data late Friday showing refunds are down for the third consecutive week …

Trump's Trade Chief Lectures His Boss and Gets an Earful in Return (Bloomberg)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 04:05

Bloomberg:
Trump's Trade Chief Lectures His Boss and Gets an Earful in Return  — Lighthizer tries to shape debate on key element in China talks  — Trump rejects Lighthizer case for memorandums of understanding  —  An exasperated Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative …

The $15 Minimum Wage Doesn't Just Improve Lives. It Saves Them. (Matthew Desmond/New York Times)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 03:35

Matthew Desmond / New York Times:
The $15 Minimum Wage Doesn't Just Improve Lives.  It Saves Them.  —  A living wage is an antidepressant.  It is a sleep aid.  A diet.  A stress reliever.  It is a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy.  It prevents premature death.  It shields children from neglect.

Watch: Jupiter Police speak about human trafficking ring at spa; Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution (TCPalm.com)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 03:20

TCPalm.com:
Watch: Jupiter Police speak about human trafficking ring at spa; Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution  —  11:55 a.m.: The news conference ends.  —  11:54 a.m.: Kraft's active warrant is being handled by the state attorney's office.  —  11:52 a..m.: Police say Kraft was the driven to the spa …

Florida human trafficking: Billionaire equity firm owner John Childs wanted on prostitution charge in Vero Beach (Ali Schmitz/TCPalm.com)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 02:55

Ali Schmitz / TCPalm.com:
Florida human trafficking: Billionaire equity firm owner John Childs wanted on prostitution charge in Vero Beach  —  Billionaire equity firm owner John Childs is one of several men accused of soliciting prostitution in connection with a Florida spa tied to an international human trafficking ring, police said Thursday.

ICE: Armed suspect shot, killed by Napa sheriff's deputy deported 3 times, had lengthy arrest record, multiple aliases (Wayne Freedman/abc7news.com)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 02:50

Wayne Freedman / abc7news.com:
ICE: Armed suspect shot, killed by Napa sheriff's deputy deported 3 times, had lengthy arrest record, multiple aliases  —  ICE is reporting new details about an armed suspect who was shot and killed by a Napa County sheriff's deputy earlier this week.  —  “Javier Hernandez-Morales …

YouTube Just Demonetized Anti-Vax Channels (Caroline O'Donovan/BuzzFeed News)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 02:40

Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:
YouTube Just Demonetized Anti-Vax Channels  —  YouTube on Friday said it would prevent channels that promote anti-vax content from running advertising, saying explicitly that such videos fall under its policy prohibiting the monetization of videos with “dangerous and harmful” content.

A teen was told her MAGA hat violates school code. She's fighting back. (Deanna Paul/Washington Post)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 02:25

Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
A teen was told her MAGA hat violates school code.  She's fighting back.  —  A California high schooler is challenging her school district, alleging that its decision to ban her from wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat on campus impinges on her First Amendment rights.

Strategy Isn't Everything - Sean Trende, one of my favorite analysts ... (Jonah Goldberg/National Review)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 01:40

Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Strategy Isn't Everything  —  Sean Trende, one of my favorite analysts, has an interesting thread expressing his consternation at the folks at the Bulwark and what they are up to. … I understand what Trende is getting at, and he certainly makes some plausible points about how ugly things will be for a while.

Exposing Amy Klobuchar's Mistreatment Of Staff Is Not Sexist (Amanda Terkel/HuffPost)

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 01:30

Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Exposing Amy Klobuchar's Mistreatment Of Staff Is Not Sexist  —  Former staffers say they're frustrated that many Democrats and journalists have dismissed reports of her behavior.  —  Since launching her presidential campaign, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has faced questions about her mistreatment …

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