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McConnell says Trump is 'not a racist' and calls for Washington to 'tone down' rhetoric

17.07.2019 9:28


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe Donald Trump is a racist despite the president’s calls for four Democratic lawmakers to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came.”

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Geraldo Rivera on Trump's controversial tweets: It pains me to watch Trump take the low road

17.07.2019 9:28


Trump embroiled in feud with progressive Democrats following tweet about congresswomen of color; reaction from Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera and Fox News contributor David Webb.

From: news.yahoo.com

House Votes to Allow Pelosi to Call Trump’s Comments ‘Racist’ After Floor Fight

17.07.2019 9:28


House Democrats blocked an attempt to have Speaker Nancy Pelosi's speech in which she called several of President Trump's tweets "racist" stricken from the House record after fireworks erupted on the floor over her remarks excoriating the president."Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president's racist tweets," Pelosi said in an impassioned speech, referring to a resolution condemning Trump's tweets in which he tells several progressive congresswomen of color to "go back" to where they came from if they are unhappy with the U.S."Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color," the resolution reads.Democrats have rallied around the four Democratic congresswomen in question, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, who have shot back at the president that he is a racist."To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people. I urge a unanimous vote," Pelosi said on the floor.Republican congressman Doug Collins immediately asked the speaker if she would care to "rephrase her comment," to which Pelosi responded she had "cleared my remarks with the parliamentarian before I read them."Collins then requested a point of order that Pelosi's remarks were "unparliamentary and her words be taken down."After over an hour of consideration, Democratic presiding chair Emanuel Cleaver abandoned the chair in frustration."We don't ever, ever want to pass up, it seems, an opportunity to escalate, and that's what this is," Cleaver said. "We want to just fight. I abandon the chair."House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer eventually took over the chair and said Pelosi's remarks were found "not in order," but Democrats prevailed in a subsequent vote on striking them from the House record, meaning they will remain."Characterization characterizing an action as racist … should not be used in debate," Hoyer said.Pelosi doubled down on her remarks before the vote."I stand by my statement," she told reporters. "I’m proud of the attention that’s being called to it because what the president said was completely inappropriate against our colleagues, but not just against them, against so many people in our country."

From: news.yahoo.com

Beto O'Rourke says he is descended from slave owners, supports reparations to unite 'two Americas'

17.07.2019 9:28


The Democratic presidential hopeful from Texas published a blog post in which he discussed his family's history and his support for reparations.

From: news.yahoo.com

Trump shares false information about AOC and Ilhan Omar's polling figures

17.07.2019 9:28


Donald Trump has been accused of “mass distortion of reality” after he shared misleading polling data on the two of the Democratic congresswomen of colour he targeted in a series of racist tweets.He tweeted that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had an approval rating of 21 per cent, while Ilhan Omar had a rating of just eight per cent. It came as the US president insisted that he did not have a “racist bone” in his body and called the vote to condemn his racist attacks directed at the four congresswomen as a “Democrat con game”.Mr Trump had said that some Democratic congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” in a series of tweets on Sunday.While the US president did not name the targets of his attack, the context of his tweet made it clear it was aimed at a group of four progressive Democratic women of colour – Ms Omar, Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. Defending his previous remarks, Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country.” “Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said”He added: "Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!"However, the data he cited was based on a poll by news website Axios which only surveyed “white non-college voters” who supported Mr Trump in 2016.In response to Mr Trump’ tweet citing the data, Ms Ocasio-Cortez wrote: ”Authoritarians rely on mass distortion of reality to further concentrate their power, and they will take advantage of anyone and anything to meet that end.”The polling data has since been criticised eviscerated by polling experts.Ariel Edwards-Levy, the Huffington Post’s polling editor, said: “Readers have no way of knowing who commissioned the poll, who conducted it, how they identified the voters they surveyed, what methodology they used to interview them or what exactly respondents were asked.”“That makes it basically impossible to evaluate the survey in any meaningful way.”The House of Representatives voted in favour of the resolution condemning Mr Trump’s racist tweets on Tuesday night.The vote was largely along partisan lines with only four Republican congressmen voting against the resolution.

Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke raises a lackluster $3.7 million in second quarter

17.07.2019 9:22

The figure raises the stakes for his debate performance at the end of the month.

From: www.washingtonpost.com

Does public support for democracy defend a country from autocrats? Not necessarily.

17.07.2019 9:22

Here’s what decades of survey data from 151 countries can tell us.

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From: www.washingtonpost.com

More than 3 million people gave to Democrats via ActBlue, signaling another big year for online small-dollar donations

17.07.2019 9:22

The figures show that the money raised in 2019 is on track to surpass record-breaking amounts in 2018.

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Congressman files articles of impeachment against Trump despite pushback

17.07.2019 9:22

The move by Texas congressman Al Green will force House Democrats to confront the issue in the near term. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has resisted calls to launch an impeachment inquiry.

From: www.seattletimes.com

McMorris Rodgers: Trump ‘wrong’ to tell four Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countries

17.07.2019 9:22

Other Republican members of Congress representing the Inland Northwest were mostly silent about the president's Sunday tweet when asked for a reaction.

From: www.seattletimes.com

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