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Senate confirms William Barr as next attorney general

The Senate confirmed William Barr to be the next attorney general Thursday by a 54-45 vote, mostly along party lines. Barr will now be tasked with oversight of the special counsel's probe into Russian...

Moderate Democrat Tom Suozzi Backs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.

Tom Suozzi, a moderate Democrat on the important House Economic Committee and representing New York’s 3rd Congressional District on Long Island’s north shore, which is vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by Climate Change, has embraced AOC’s “Green New Deal” which she has proposed to help combat future flooding. Huffington Post   “On Monday the moderate Long Island Democrat told HuffPost he plans to add his name to the nearly 70 House Democrats co-sponsoring the sweeping resolution that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) released last Thursday. “Rep. Suozzi supports the Green New Deal,” said Jay Bhargava, Suozzi’s press secretary. Suozzi’s support is notable because he occupies a seat on the influential House Committee on Ways and Means, the oldest congressional decision-making panel, with jurisdiction over taxation, international trade agreements and social insurance programs like Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits. The joint resolution stakes out an ambitious agenda for any Green New Deal legislation, calling for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every major sector of the economy, providing clean energy jobs to millions of Americans and vastly expanding the social safety net. Suozzi is also the vice chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, meaning he could help woo Republican support for a Green New Deal.”  So far more than 70 House Democrats, approximately a third of the caucus, and a handful of Senators have come out in support of Cortez’s GND, quite a coup for the Freshman Congress woman from Brooklyn. With polls showing 70% of Americans backing legislation to mitigate the effects of global warming, we should expect more to follow. Perhaps Suozzi’s endorsement will open….ahem…the flood gates. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… This article is exclusive content for PolitiZoom, created by Dino Durrati.
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Matthew Whitaker – Trump’s Next Chief of Staff?

Soon to be Former Acting Attorney General, a man who has been continually forthright in his disdain for the Mueller investigation, who just yesterday would not rescind his agreement with the “president” that it...
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First Tweets: worried about “hot-tub” Whitaker, Individual-1 raves on

Trump repeats the same lies because he was worried about AG Matt Whitaker appearing before the House Intel Committee. He deflects the message by mentioning the Senate Intel committee because it is GOP-controlled. Then he tries another...
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Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker claims he has taken no action on Mueller investigation

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday morning and stated that he had been briefed on the status of the special counsel investigation under Robert Mueller. However, Whitaker...
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This Mitch McConnell tweet will make you spit coffee, nails, what-have-you

Mitch McConnell, ladies and gentlemen: "As I’ve said time and time again: Mindless obstruction is unacceptable. The only way this divided Congress will be able to choose greatness and deliver significant legislation is by focusing on...
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Have Trump and his loyal minion Lindsey Graham accepted that Nancy Pelosi won’t budge...

As the February 15th government funding deadline nears for another crippling Trump Shutdown, it appears that the Donald Trump wall-funding pivot has begun. Check out this little nugget from CNN reporter Manu Raju. https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1093586020103323649 Today it’s a “good down payment” for border...
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Trump goes ‘nuts’ after learning Schiff is hiring former national security council officials

Now we know why Donald Trump accused Democrats of "stealing people who work at White House" in his latest early morning rant. House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff is reportedly hiring former career officials...
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Matthew Whitaker refuses to appear unless Democrats put away their subpoena

The news from the Department of Justice on Thursday seems to indicate that noted scam attorney, peddler of male-enhancement toilets, and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker may just not understand how subpoenas works. CNN...

Rick Wilson Exposes Trump’s ‘Protection Racket: Either Mueller Gets It Or The Economy Does’

Rick Wilson does his usual colorful savaging of Trump’s SOTU address, before getting to Trump channeling his inner Nixon, possibly the only moment of color in a predictably boring speech, certainly the only moment worth revisiting, let alone contemplating. Daily Beast: Because Trump is bleeding politically, and under rising legal pressure from every quarter, last night’s State of the Union speech contained his usual pastiche of Trumpian paranoia about the border, dick-waving braggadocio, outright lies, and movie-script ideas passed off as intelligence reports. Coyotes! Duct tape! Mad Max caravans! Then to the Nixon channeling, the moment Trump “set the Wayback Machine to 1974.” That was the year that Richard Nixon stood in the same spot Donald Trump stood on Tuesday night and made a last gamble to save his presidency. Nixon, a man orders of magnitude smarter and more astute than Trump could ever dream of being, rolled the dice that night and lost. Pinned down by Watergate, Nixon used what would turn out to be his final State of the Union in a failed attempt to leverage the majesty of the moment to pry off political peril… “I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end. One year of Watergate is enough.” […] “An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous, partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way,” said Trump, consciously or unconsciously echoing Nixon’s fateful remarks. “Nice country we’ve got going here. Either Mueller gets it, or the economy does.” Trump can tout economic miracles, but the plain fact of the matter is that his followers are going to be either receiving less income tax back in their refund checks, or having to pay more to the government. That’s the event that they’re going to recall in a concrete and personal way, not Trump spinning fables of infrastructure and job creation, that have as much tangible reality as his wall. At the rate that Trump’s going, he may be seen not only as Nixon redux, but as a combination of Nixon and Hoover. Bottom line, Trump’s ticky tacky administration barely functions at all, and while he’s busy touting an age of economic miracles, (which presumably he has wrought) there’s nothing to say that a new economic crisis isn’t on the horizon, and it may not devolve along the same lines as the 2008 crisis; in which case that playbook won’t do us a damn bit of good. Financial News: But what if the next crisis is completely different, resulting from say, a severe cyberattack, or an unexpectedly rapid rise in global real interest rates, which rocks fragile markets for high-risk debt? Can anyone honestly say that US President Donald Trump’s administration has the skill and experience to deal with a major collapse? It is hard to know, because the only real crisis the United States has experienced so far during Trump’s presidency is, well, Trump’s presidency. US Federal Reserve chair Jay Powell and his team are first-rate, but who will be the other adults in the room if an externally generated financial crisis threatens? The Fed cannot begin to do […]

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