The Breitbart Universe Unites For Roy Moore

FAIRHOPE, Alabama — There was the Avengers. There was the X-Men. There was the Suicide Squad. And then there was Steve Bannon, Nigel Farage, Phil Robertson, Chris McDaniel, Paul Nehlen, and Roy Moore. Monday night in the Mobile Bay town of Fairhope, the stars of the Breitbart universe assembled for Moore’s closing rally ahead of Tuesday’s Senate special primary to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old seat. On the other side from the aforementioned A-team: Luther Strange and millions of dollars connected to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—and, though it was barely mentioned, President Trump. The crew in town for Moore’s rally, despite a mixed record of electoral success and… Read More

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Mike de Jong enters B.C. Liberal leadership race

VICTORIA — Former finance minister Mike de Jong has joined his party’s crowded leadership race, saying he brings the best mix of prudent fiscal management, and targeted spending, to defeat the New Democrat government. De Jong will announce his candidacy Tuesday, with endorsements from MLAs Teresa Wat, Simon Gibson, John Martin and former MLA Pat Bell. He’ll join a race of around eight candidates, including already-declared contenders Sam Sullivan, Andrew Wilkinson, Lucy Sager, Dianne Watts and Mike Bernier. Also expected to enter are MLAs Todd Stone and Michael Lee. “I’ve tried to serve loyally under two leaders for almost 24 years now and along the way have developed some specific… Read More

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Stone sets tone trying to stand out in Liberal leadership crowd

VICTORIA — As the field of rivals for the B.C. Liberal leadership fills up, undeclared candidate Todd Stone has thrown out a challenge to contenders and would-be contenders alike. “Under my leadership, the B.C. Liberal Party will not accept taxpayer subsidies, as proposed by the NDP,” vowed the Kamloops MLA in a YouTube video posted over the weekend. “Political parties should be expected to stand on their own and be supported financially by those that want to support them, not by taxpayers.” Other Liberals have hedged their stand on the twin subsidies in the NDP campaign finance reform bill now before the legislature. Declared candidates Andrew Wilkinson, Dianne Watts and… Read More

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Latest GOP effort to dismantle Obamacare fails

By Sean Sullivan and Juliet Eilperin | Washington Post WASHINGTON — The latest Republican effort to unwind the Affordable Care Act collapsed on Monday, as a third GOP senator announced her opposition to the proposal and left it short of the votes it would need to win passage. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced she could not back the measure authored by Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy, La., and Lindsey Graham, S.C., moments after a much-anticipated partial analysis of the measure by the Congressional Budget Office forecast that “millions” of Americans would lose coverage by 2026 if it was enacted. Two GOP senators – and Rand Paul, Ky., and John McCain, Ariz.… Read More

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Manning says she was denied entry to Canada

Associated Press OTTAWA, Ontario — Chelsea Manning said Monday she was denied entry into Canada because of her criminal record in the United States. The transgender woman was known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. She was released after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, which was commuted by President Barack Obama in his final days in office. On Monday, she posted a letter from Canadian immigration officials to her Twitter account that said she was not admitted because she was convicted of offenses deemed equivalent to treason in Canada. She had tried to cross at the official border… Read More

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Former Rep. McDade of Pennsylvania dies at 85

Associated Press FAIRFAX, Va. — Joseph M. McDade, an 18-term Republican congressman who was known for bringing federal dollars home to his northeastern Pennsylvania district and who was acquitted in 1996 on a bribery charge, has died. He was 85. A statement from his family says he died Sunday at his home in Fairfax, Virginia. McDade was the longest-serving Republican in the House when he was indicted in 1992 on charges he accepted gifts from defense companies in exchange for helping them win lucrative contracts. He was acquitted after a seven-week trial, but not before losing the opportunity to become chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Get top headlines in… Read More

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Analysis: Trump’s flag fight is different this time

By Michael Scherer, Robert Barnes and Devlin Barrett | Washington Post As a businessman, Donald Trump erected unauthorized flags on his properties to embarrass local officials who were trying to uphold zoning ordinances. As a presidential candidate, he told the first football player who sat in protest during the national anthem to “find another country.” And as president-elect, he attempted unsuccessfully to revive the decades-old debate about the constitutionality of flag burning, after a single incident at a small college in Massachusetts. So when he decided, out of the blue, to attack the National Football League over its players’ protest of the national anthem to the stars and stripes, the… Read More

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The Brazenness of Jared and Ivanka’s Personal Email Server

Late Sunday night, Josh Dawsey of Politico dropped a story that, in any other administration, would have been cause for concern but hardly surprise. “Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December,” Dawsey wrote. “ Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, set up their private family domain late last year before moving to Washington from New York, according to people with knowledge of events as well as publicly available internet registration records.” Related Story Why Is Jared Kushner Still in the White House? On Monday, Newsweek reported that Ivanka… Read More

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America’s Uneven Crime Spike

The FBI’s latest crime report isn’t heartening. Murders in the United States rose by almost 9 percent last year, the FBI reported Monday, mirroring similar increases in other forms of violent crime. The homicide spike is one of the sharpest one-year upticks since the Great American Crime Decline in the 1990s, and, when combined with 2015’s numbers, marks only the second two-year increase since the 1980s. But a deeper dive into Monday’s stats doesn’t suggest that the United States is backsliding to the high-crime years of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Instead, the FBI’s data points to sharp geographic disparities in violent crimes in American society, with a few… Read More

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Randstanding

Today in 5 Lines Protesters disrupted the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill. Despite new revisions to the legislation, Republican Senator Rand Paul said he remains opposed to the measure. Former New York Representative Anthony Weiner, who pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor, was sentenced to 21 months in prison. The Supreme Court canceled oral arguments for two cases related to President Trump’s travel ban, after the administration issued a new update to the ban. Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy will debate Senators Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar on health care at 9 p.m. ET on CNN. Today on The… Read More

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