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Monday, February 18, 2019

There was a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme" to steal a Congressional House race in North Carolina, investigators for the state election board said Monday. A political operative hired by GOP candidate Mark Harris picked up 1,019 absentee ballots from voters in two counties in an illegal way and in some cases filled out those ballots for Republican candidates. Harris operative Leslie McRae Dowless paid workers $150 for every 50 absentee ballot requests they collected and another $125 for every 50 ballots collected. Harris was leading by 905 votes when he declared victory in November over Democratic rival Dan McCready, but election officials have not certified a winner.


"I didn't need to do this," Trump said about the emergency declaration on Friday. The morning after declaring a national emergency, President Donald Trump was spotted at the omelette bar of his West Palm Beach golf club. Trump has no publicly scheduled events this weekend. Trump owns the venue and tax payers pay him exorbitant rates for him to not work there. read more


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday defended the possibility of taking money away from building a middle school in Kentucky in order to erect President Donald Trump's border wall, saying children need a "secure border" before a school. read more


A new survey has found that most Americans trust special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election -- although opinion is sharply split along partisan lines. ... According to a Washington Post-Schar School poll released this week, 51 percent of adults approve of the way Mueller is handling the investigation, while 34 percent disapprove. Similarly, 57 percent think Mueller is mostly interested in uncovering the truth, while 36 percent think he's out to hurt President Trump politically. By contrast, a majority of Americans thought [Kenneth] Starr was mainly interested in hurting then-President Bill Clinton politically in the Whitewater investigation. read more


Sunday, February 17, 2019

A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica - confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation. He added that she was assisting other US congressional and legal investigations into the company's activities and had voluntarily turned over documents and data. The news came to light in a new Netflix documentary, The Great Hack, which premiered at the Sundance film festival last month and is expected to be released later this spring. Film-makers followed Kaiser for months after she approached the Guardian, including moments after she received the subpoena.


Texas Rep. Will Hurd, the sole Republican representing a congressional district along the southern border, said more than 1,000 farmers in his state are at risk of having their land seized by the federal government to facilitate the construction of President Trump's long-promised wall. "In the great state of Texas, we care about a little thing called private property, and there's going to be over 1,000 ranchers and farmers potentially impacted if the government comes in and takes their land," Hurd said on "Face the Nation" Sunday.


A student from a Tampa suburb is facing misdemeanor charges after an apparent confrontation with his teacher who wanted him to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The 11-year-old refused to recite the pledge, telling his teacher that he believes the flag is racist and America's national anthem is offensive to black people, according to a Bay News 9 report that cited a statement that the teacher gave to district officials.


House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Sunday that the evidence that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia is "in plain sight." "Look, you can see evidence in plain sight on the issue of collusion," Schiff said on CNN's State of the Union, adding: "Now, there's a difference between seeing evidence of collusion and being able to prove a criminal conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt." read more


The U.S.-led liberal world order is falling apart, according to the organizers of a gathering of world leaders and defense chiefs in Germany that has met annually since the Cold War. The Munich Security Conference report said the Trump administration displays an "irritating enthusiasm for strongmen across the globe" and "disdain for international institutions and agreements." For much of this past week, the growing rift between the U.S. and its traditional European allies has been on display. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the security conference with several critiques of U.S. foreign policy -- and received a sustained standing ovation. She resisted Pence's calls to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, arguing the deal can help countries pressure Iran over issues that concern the U.S.: Iran's ballistic missile development and its role in wars in Syria and Yemen.


Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps into getting patients on higher doses. The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston of wealthy Insys Therapeutics Inc. Founder John Kapoor and four other onetime executives, including a former exotic dancer who prosecutors say was hired as a regional sales manager even though she had no pharmaceutical experience. read more


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after receiving a request from the U.S. government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reported Sunday. The report follows Trump's claim Friday that Abe had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize for opening talks and easing tensions with North Korea. The Japanese leader had given him "the most beautiful copy" of a five-page nomination letter, Trump said at a White House news conference.


On Sunday morning [Trump] tweeted: Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion! read more


President Donald Trump's inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey, the second subpoena the group has received in as many weeks as its fundraising and spending draws mounting scrutiny.


Conor Sen: Opponents of New York's deal with Amazon are surely cheering today's news, but they're on shaky ground politically, given that the arrival of Amazon has consistently polled well with voters. Support for the Amazon deal has been highest among black and Latino voters, with white voters considerably more mixed, largely over concerns about overcrowding infrastructure and aggravating a housing crisis. It's not a stretch to argue that the political divide on the Amazon deal mirrors that of New York's Democratic gubernatorial primary last year, with Governor Andrew Cuomo's voters supporting the deal and challenger Cynthia Nixon's voters more divided on it.


Deeply troubled by military housing conditions exposed by Reuters reporting, the U.S. Army's top leadership vowed Friday to renegotiate its housing contracts with private real estate firms, test tens of thousands of homes for toxins and hold its own commanders responsible for protecting Army base residents from dangerous homes.


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