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House to vote on Trump impeachment resolution over 'racist' tweets
Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour (WASHINGTON) -- The House is expected to vote on an impeachment measure against President Donald Trump Wednesday evening over the objections of Democratic leaders, the first time the chamber will take up the divisive topic under Democratic control.Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, forced consideration of the measure after introducing articles of impeachment Tuesday evening in the form of a privileged resolution, requiring the House to take up the measure within two legislative days.Democratic leaders oppose the effort, and aides said it's unclear how the chamber will consider the resolution. Under House rules, the House...
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Man who lost entire family in 737 Max crash testifies before Congress as Boeing dedicates $50 million
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- On March 10, Paul Njoroge woke up to the "horrible nightmare" that the Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying his wife, three children and mother-in-law crashed six minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers and crew members on board -- the second fatal crash involving the Boeing 737 Max aircraft in five months.On Wednesday, Njoroge testified before the House aviation subcommittee to discuss aviation safety, and he brought with him blown-up pictures of the loved ones he had lost."I stay up nights thinking of the horror that they must have endured," Njoroge told lawmakers. "As pilots struggled...
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Construction fences going up around White House for a long-planned renovation project
lucky-photographer/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The White House will begin new construction this month to build a taller fence -- part of a long-planned renovation project for increased security.The existing fence will be replaced by an approximately 13-foot-tall barrier -- almost double the current size -- with wider and stronger fence posts. The new design will incorporate anti-climb intrusion detection technology, according to a National Park Service news release.This project will cover the 18-acre White House complex and use more than 3,500 feet of steel fencing.In June, a man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a police officer and tried to jump...
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Trump heads to NC rally standing firm on criticism of freshman Democrats
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (WASHINGTON) -- Amid criticism for attacks on four Democratic congresswoman of color, President Donald Trump is expected to continue to weigh in on the controversy at a campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, his campaign aides told ABC News. It's the first time Trump will address supporters after his weekend Twitter attack on progressive Democratic congresswomen for, as he described it, their "horrible and disgusting actions." The president said they should stop criticizing the government and "go back" to where they came from. The rally on Wednesday night, originally scheduled on the...
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Beto O'Rourke hires Aisha McClendon as director of African American outreach
Josh Brasted/FilmMagic (WASHINGTON) -- Beto O'Rourke's campaign announced on Tuesday that it's hired Aisha McClendon as national director of African American outreach amid increased efforts to reach out to the pivotal minority voting bloc.The fellow Texas native is a seasoned Democratic political strategist who worked in the Clinton White House and has more than two decades of experience. McClendon stepped down as chief of staff to Rep. Toni Rose, D-Texas, to join O'Rourke's 2020 presidential bid."I totally believe that Beto is the best candidate and the best person to be the next president of the United States," McClendon said. "As...
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Five takeaways from recent 2020 fundraising figures
NoDerog/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Between President Donald Trump posting record-shattering fundraising numbers, a formerly little-known mayor setting a high bar for the Democratic field and a swath of campaigns making significant investments in digital operations in the early stages, the Federal Election Commission reports filed on Monday offered a glimpse at the shifting fates for the campaigns as they prepare for the long race ahead. This early, a strong showing in a single quarter does not always translate to early-state votes or even define viability -- and the uncertainty of it all will continue to loom over the competition as they...
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Trump condemned by House for Twitter attacks against congresswomen
Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The House of Representatives voted largely along party lines Tuesday to formally condemn President Donald Trump's Twitter attacks against four Democratic congresswoman of color, with just four House Republicans and one independent lawmaker siding with Democrats to adopt the measure. The resolution rebuking Trump's attacks against four House Democrats passed in a 240-187 vote on Tuesday evening after raucous debate on the House floor. Republicans argued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's criticisms of Trump's comments ran afoul of House rules prohibiting lawmakers from saying the president made a "bigoted or racist"...
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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99
Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images (FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99, ABC News has confirmed."Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Paul Stevens, died this evening at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, of complications following a stroke he suffered on July 15. He passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side. He was 99 years old," the Supreme Court confirmed.Stevens was nominated to the high court by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1975 and retired in 2010 after...
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House Judiciary subcommittee meets to discuss growing population of women behind bars
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Like 80% of women incarcerated in the U.S., Cynthia Shank was a mother when she went to prison.Shank was pregnant when she was indicted and like many incarcerated women, she served time for nonviolent offenses -- in her case, she was sentenced to 15-years for federal conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend. Nearly 150,000 women are pregnant when they are admitted into prison.Shank, along with other prison reform advocates, appeared in front of the House Judiciary subcommittee for a hearing on women in the criminal justice system to discuss ways to make...
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Judge finds longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone in violation of gag order
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- A federal judge has banned Roger Stone, the longtime confidant to President Donald Trump, from using social media after finding him in violation of a court-issued gag order on Tuesday.In doing so, U.S. Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Stone not to "post or communicate on Instagram Twitter or Facebook in any way or any subject.""It seems as if once again I am wrestling with behavior that has to do more with middle school than a court of law," Jackson said Tuesday. "Whether the problem is that you can't follow simple orders or...
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Trump refuses to walk back attacks on freshmen Democrats as calls for impeachment grow
Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump is not backing down from his attacks on several female lawmakers as House Democrats call for his impeachment.“The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party. Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist & public shouting of the F...word, among many other terrible things, and the petrified Dems run for the hills. Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the...
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Here's how the second 2020 Democratic presidential debates work
liveslow/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Ahead of the second of the Democratic 2020 presidential primary debates, candidates are redoubling efforts to ensure they meet critical fundraising and polling thresholds to make it on stage in the hopes of distinguishing themselves from their competitors and pitching their campaigns to millions of voters. The debates are just two weeks away, and the candidates find out Wednesday if they'll make it onstage.Here's what you need to know about the upcoming debates: When and where are the second DNC debates?The second of the Democratic party's 2020 primary presidential primary debates are at 8 p.m. ET July...
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