Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helps recruit a new wave of Democrats

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off a stunning upset over longtime Congressman Joe Crowley and now she’s helping the progressive group that recruited her to find others to challenge

“Everybody knows someone in their life that is already an amazing public servant,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a nine-minute video released Wednesday by Justice Democrats.

“Nominate that amazing public servant to take their service to the halls of Congress. Give them that nudge,” she said, adding that “my brother did it for me.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Crowley in the Democratic primary last June, talked about how she became disenchanted with politics but then became energized after President Trump’s election.

Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helps recruit a new wave of Democrats

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Susan Rice ordered by judge to answer questions in Clinton email case

Last month, Judge Royce Lamberth said the case of Clinton’s email server involved “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Tuesday that Obama administration officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, must answer written questions as part of a conservative judicial advocacy group’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department over Clinton’s emails.

The lawsuit by Judicial Watch – now with the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit – was first filed in 2014 in an effort to obtain records related to Clinton and her staff’s response to the Benghazi attack. Specifically, the group sought documents about Rice’s explanation immediately after the attack on the U.S. compound that characterized it as a protest turned violent instead of a deliberate terrorist assault. At the time of the attack, Rice was serving as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

“But the case has since expanded to question the motives behind Clinton’s private email use while Secretary and behind the government’s conduct in this litigation,” Lamberth wrote in his Tuesday order.

Judicial Watch claims that Clinton intentionally used her private email server in an attempt to shield her communications from FOIA requests and that the State Department acted deceptively and did not really try to complete the request.

Source: Susan Rice ordered by judge to answer questions in Clinton email case

Pelosi shuts outspoken critic out of Judiciary slot – POLITICO

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exacted revenge against one of her most outspoken detractors Tuesday night, blocking Rep. Kathleen Rice from landing a seat on the high-profile House Judiciary Committee.

Pelosi lobbied for other members to join the panel over Rice, leaving the third-term New York Democrat off a list of her preferred members for the committee during a tense closed-door meeting Tuesday night, according to multiple sources. The effort came despite a full-court push from the New York delegation to secure a spot for Rice, a former prosecutor, on the panel that oversees everything from impeachment to guns to immigration.

Source: Pelosi shuts outspoken critic out of Judiciary slot – POLITICO

AG nominee Barr backs Trump on border wall, but parts with president on Russia probe questions

President Trump’s nominee for attorney general William Barr told senators during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he supports the president’s call for new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, while departing from the president’s public stances on the Russia probe.

Source: AG nominee Barr backs Trump on border wall, but parts with president on Russia probe questions

Pelosi urges Trump to delay State of the Union until government shutdown ends | Fox News

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the extraordinary step Wednesday of urging President Trump to delay his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, or submit the address in writing.

The president has been slated to deliver his televised annual address to a Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 29. But with no compromise in sight to resolve the standoff over government funding — a stalemate that extended into its 26th day, with the impact deepening for furloughed federal workers and others — Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested Trump put those plans on hold.

Source: Pelosi urges Trump to delay State of the Union until government shutdown ends | Fox News

Where is the collusion? Was the investigation a waste of government money? Mueller report to be ‘almost certain to be anti-climactic,’ sources tell ABC’s Karl | Fox News

Mueller just got a bit older and wasted a lot of government money. “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report may not be as shocking as it has been built up to be” – at least according to ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl.

Karl’s comments come two days after the New York Times reported that the FBI opened an investigation into whether Trump was working on behalf of Russia in 2017 following the president’s dismissal of former FBI director James Comey.

Source: Mueller report to be ‘almost certain to be anti-climactic,’ sources tell ABC’s Karl | Fox News

Trump touts shutdown plan, but advisers say ‘no one knows what he will do’ – POLITICO

The president was slated to spend the day speaking by phone to staff and lawmakers, and he took to Twitter to demand Democrats come back to Washington.

“No one knows what he will do, and the president has not decided yet, so it keeps everyone guessing,” said one Republican close to the White House. “This could go on another week and he could declare an emergency, or this will go on until February.”

The president did not have any public events listed on his schedule for Saturday and Sunday. With weather forecasters predicting several inches of snow in Washington, golf — one of Trump’s favorite past times — seemed out of the question.

Source: Trump touts shutdown plan, but advisers say ‘no one knows what he will do’ – POLITICO

Renewed yellow vest protests hit with police water cannon, tear gas in Paris | Reuters

Central Paris was in lockdown against another feared eruption of violence by radical elements in the “gilets jaunes” (yellow vest) movement, with bridges across the Seine river closed and official buildings such as parliament and the Elysee presidential palace protected by police barriers.

Groups of protesters also gathered on and around Paris’s famous Champs Elysees boulevard, the scene of disturbances in recent weeks, many of them calling loudly for Macron to resign.

Source: Renewed yellow vest protests hit with police water cannon, tear gas in Paris | Reuters

Ocasio-Cortez slammed for ‘hypocrisy’ after her campaign fined for not providing worker’s compensation coverage

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ campaign has been fined by the state for not providing workers’ compensation coverage for a month last year.

Source: Ocasio-Cortez slammed for ‘hypocrisy’ after her campaign fined for not providing worker’s compensation coverage

Trump says he has ‘absolute right to declare a national emergency’ in Fox News interview | Fox News

President Donald Trump told Fox News on Thursday that he has “the absolute right to declare a national emergency” if he can’t reach an agreement with congressional Democrats to provide funding for his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Source: Trump says he has ‘absolute right to declare a national emergency’ in Fox News interview | Fox News

Steel prototype for border wall cut through with saw, photo shows

A photo demonstrated that the steel columns could breached with a common industrial tool.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as “absolutely critical to border security” in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.

A photo exclusively obtained by NBC News shows the results of the test after military and Border Patrol personnel were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools.

Source: Steel prototype for border wall cut through with saw, photo shows

Fox’s Levin slams Schumer, Pelosi response to Trump address: ‘They are pathological liars’

Fox News host Mark Levin called Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) “pathological liars” and “scam artists” late Tuesday night following their response to President Trump’s Oval Office addres

Source: Fox’s Levin slams Schumer, Pelosi response to Trump address: ‘They are pathological liars’

More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get their right to vote back today – CNN

A new state law takes effect in Florida Tuesday that is expected to restore voting rights to more than 1 million people with felony convictions — despite questions from state officials about its implementation.

Source: More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions get their right to vote back today – CNN

Tax Refunds 2019 to Go Out Despite Government Shutdown: Official – Bloomberg

The Internal Revenue Service will issue refunds to taxpayers even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the filing season, a decision that may reduce political pressure on Congress and President Donald Trump to reach a deal to reopen the federal government.

Source: Tax Refunds 2019 to Go Out Despite Government Shutdown: Official – Bloomberg

City officials don’t expect gun rally to cause major disruptions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Police are ready to close down Grant Street in front of the City-County Building but are not planning to do so from the start.

Ahead of Monday’s open carry protest outside the City-County Building, public officials say they are ready for anything, but do not currently expect major disruptions in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Justin Dillon, 31, of Erie, Pa.,organized the protest in response to Pittsburgh City Council legislation introduced last month to ban assault-style weapons and types of ammunition, following the Oct. 27 mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

Mr. Dillon, who in 2014 won a court battle against the City of Erie over an ordinance banning guns in city parks, said the proposed legislation violates state law, which bans counties and municipalities from enacting gun regulations beyond those the state enacts.

Mr. Dillon initially applied for a permit for “fewer than 200” to protest but said he now expects many more — possibly in excess of 600 people — to attend the demonstration.

Source: City officials don’t expect gun rally to cause major disruptions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette