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Democrats and Republicans in last-ditch attempt to avert shutdown – live Democrats and Republicans in last-ditch attempt to avert shutdown – live
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Representative Ilhan Omar issued an apology for comments that were widely condemned as anti-Semitic.
CNN will host a town hall with Senator Amy Klobuchar next Monday in New Hampshire.
Articles of impeachment will not be filed yet against Virginia. Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who is facing two different allegations of sexual assault.
President Donald Trump will hold his first rally of 2019 later tonight in El Paso.
Questions are being raised about a new MRE “meals ready to eat” pack distributed to troops. The image on the front is said to look like a silhouette Donald Trump sitting with Kanye West.
The Iowa Democratic Party has unveiled its new process for running the caucuses in 2020. There are some key changes including the addition of an absentee element to the caucuses.The Iowa Democratic Party has unveiled its new process for running the caucuses in 2020. There are some key changes including the addition of an absentee element to the caucuses.
A number of staffers for Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax have resigned.A number of staffers for Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax have resigned.
Two of Fairfax’s three staffers on government payroll as well as two staffers at his political action committee have moved on after the allegations of sexual assault against Fairfax.Two of Fairfax’s three staffers on government payroll as well as two staffers at his political action committee have moved on after the allegations of sexual assault against Fairfax.
Former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen has postponed his appearance before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday for medical reasons.Former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen has postponed his appearance before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday for medical reasons.
NEW: Lanny Davis: “The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has accepted Mr. Cohen’s request for postponement of tomorrow’s hearing due to post surgery medical needs. A future date will be announced by the Committee.”NEW: Lanny Davis: “The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has accepted Mr. Cohen’s request for postponement of tomorrow’s hearing due to post surgery medical needs. A future date will be announced by the Committee.”
Congressional negotiators are meeting today in an effort to salvage a deal to keep the federal government open.Congressional negotiators are meeting today in an effort to salvage a deal to keep the federal government open.
Fights on immigration policy have imperiled the prospect of a deal that would avoid second partial government shutdown.Fights on immigration policy have imperiled the prospect of a deal that would avoid second partial government shutdown.
As Politico notes:As Politico notes:
The confab carries with it significant urgency: Negotiators have hoped to post compromise legislation that funds the government and gives President Donald Trump new money for border security by Monday evening to meet the House Democratic majority’s new rules and allow passage of the legislation through the Senate by Friday evening, the new shutdown deadline.The confab carries with it significant urgency: Negotiators have hoped to post compromise legislation that funds the government and gives President Donald Trump new money for border security by Monday evening to meet the House Democratic majority’s new rules and allow passage of the legislation through the Senate by Friday evening, the new shutdown deadline.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo is going to Washington DC on Tuesday to meet with Donald Trump about reinstating state and local income tax deductibility for federal income tax.New York governor Andrew Cuomo is going to Washington DC on Tuesday to meet with Donald Trump about reinstating state and local income tax deductibility for federal income tax.
The 2017 Republican tax cut bill capped the deduction at $10,000 which had a major impact on residents of high tax states like New York.The 2017 Republican tax cut bill capped the deduction at $10,000 which had a major impact on residents of high tax states like New York.
Ilhan Omar has now issued an apology for her tweets last night which have been almost universally condemned as antisemitic.Ilhan Omar has now issued an apology for her tweets last night which have been almost universally condemned as antisemitic.
Listening and learning, but standing strong ?? pic.twitter.com/7TSroSf8h1Listening and learning, but standing strong ?? pic.twitter.com/7TSroSf8h1
A Democratic Super Pac has filed an FEC complaint against billionaire Howard Schultz.A Democratic Super Pac has filed an FEC complaint against billionaire Howard Schultz.
The Huffington Post reports:The Huffington Post reports:
American Bridge 21st Century – which primarily focuses on obtaining opposition research on Republicans – argues in its complaint that Schultz is pushing the limits of an exemption in the Federal Election Campaign Act that allows potential candidates to “test the waters” before officially deciding to run for office, during which time they adhere to less stringent election rules. The complaint has been sent but not yet officially received by the FEC.American Bridge 21st Century – which primarily focuses on obtaining opposition research on Republicans – argues in its complaint that Schultz is pushing the limits of an exemption in the Federal Election Campaign Act that allows potential candidates to “test the waters” before officially deciding to run for office, during which time they adhere to less stringent election rules. The complaint has been sent but not yet officially received by the FEC.
“Mr Schultz cannot continue to skirt the Act’s disclosure requirements by publicly stating that he has not made a final decision regarding his candidacy if such a decision has already been made,” the complaint reads.“Mr Schultz cannot continue to skirt the Act’s disclosure requirements by publicly stating that he has not made a final decision regarding his candidacy if such a decision has already been made,” the complaint reads.
Schultz has become anathema for Democrats since he started floating a third-party presidential bid which they fear would divide the anti-Trump vote and give an opportunity for Trump to win re-election.Schultz has become anathema for Democrats since he started floating a third-party presidential bid which they fear would divide the anti-Trump vote and give an opportunity for Trump to win re-election.
In other news today in Virginia, the House of Delegates just voted to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21.In other news today in Virginia, the House of Delegates just voted to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21.
In a state where tobacco dominated the economy for three centuries, it represents a major shift.In a state where tobacco dominated the economy for three centuries, it represents a major shift.
ALSO HAPPENING: The House just voted 66-31 to increase the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21. Would’ve once been a hugely controversial move in a tobacco state.ALSO HAPPENING: The House just voted 66-31 to increase the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21. Would’ve once been a hugely controversial move in a tobacco state.
Both Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar and California senator Kamala Harris consulted with Hillary Clinton before launching their presidential bids.Both Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar and California senator Kamala Harris consulted with Hillary Clinton before launching their presidential bids.
The Daily Mail reports that Clinton had conversations with both women in recent weeks.The Daily Mail reports that Clinton had conversations with both women in recent weeks.
California governor Gavin Newsom will withdraw national guardsmen deployed to the US-Mexico border and deploy them elsewhere.California governor Gavin Newsom will withdraw national guardsmen deployed to the US-Mexico border and deploy them elsewhere.
The California Democrat will shift 400 troops away from the border as Donald Trump escalates his rhetoric about illegal immigration and the need for a wall.The California Democrat will shift 400 troops away from the border as Donald Trump escalates his rhetoric about illegal immigration and the need for a wall.