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Warren announces shes running for re-election

Source: The Boston Globe

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren announced this morning that she is running for reelection in 2018, seeking a second term as US Senator from Massachusetts.

“I am running for re-election in Massachusetts in 2018,” she wrote in an email to her network of supporters.

She began the note saying that “nobody expected 2017 to start this way,” and that “this isn’t the fight we were expecting to fight.”

“The people of Massachusetts didn’t send me to Washington to roll over and play dead while Donald Trump and his team of billionaires, bigots, and Wall Street bankers crush the working people of our Commonwealth and this country,” she wrote. “This is no time to quit.”

Read more: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2017/01/06/elizabeth-warren-announces-she-running-for-election-massachusetts/e7916Kf6ncAFajK7JD7SMO/story.html

New Senator from California can't explain why she didn't prosecute Trump's Treasury pick

Source: Boing Boing

New Senator from California can't explain why she didn't prosecute Trump's Treasury pick when she was AG

Kamala Harris was just sworn in as a senator from California, but her last gig was as California's Attorney General, and in that role, she decided not to prosecute Trump Treasury Secretary pick Steve Mnuchin, whom her office had identified as presiding over "widespread misconduct" in foreclosing on Californians -- that is, stealing their houses.

Harris's campaign received large donations from Mnuchin and from shareholders in Onewest, the crooked bank that Mnuchin ran.

After a leaked memo from Harris's office showed that her staff believed there was "widespread misconduct," The Hill asked Harris why she didn't take action. She had no explanation, apart from, "It’s a decision my office made" and "We pursued it just like any other case. We go and we take a case wherever the facts lead us."

Mnuchin's bank ordered its contractors not to comply with California subpoenas about its foreclosure mills.

Read more: http://boingboing.net/2017/01/06/new-senator-from-california-ca.html

Arrest Made in Murder of Testers Nephew

Source: Roll Call

A suspect has been arrested in the murder of Robert Tester, the nephew of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in Washington state.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, Spokane County Sheriff's Major Crimes detectives arrested 22-year old John A. Radavich in Spokane Valley with the assistance of U.S. marshals on Thursday.

On Sept. 6, Robert Tester, 35, was found dead and lying in a pool of blood 18 miles south of Spokane, Wash. Deputies found his daughter uninjured.

An wood-splitting ax stained with blood was found nearby and bags of marijuana were found near the body. Robert Tester's mother said her son grew marijuana for dispensaries.



Read more: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/arrest-made-in-murder-of-testers-nephew?utm_content=buffer314e2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Charlie Crist misses vote condemning UN resolution on Israel settlements

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Charlie Crist tonight missed a key House vote condemning a UN resolution seen as anti-Israel, and issued a statement quoting another lawmaker, an usual move, to say the least.

Here is Crist's news release, which does not specify why he missed the vote.

Tonight, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) made the following statement regarding the vote held in the U.S. House of Representatives on H. Res. 11, a resolution objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace:

"This evening, I planned to vote in favor of H. Res. 11, but was unfortunately delayed in arriving to the House floor," said Congressman Crist. "As a cosponsor of this measure, I believe it is vital that the United Nations Security Council be sent a clear message that biased, one-sided resolutions targeting Israel are unacceptable and only make it more difficult for negotiations to resume between Israelis and Palestinians.

more: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/crist-misses-pro-israel-vote/2308613

Dem rep says she's skipping Trump's inauguration

Source: The Hill

Democratic Rep. Katherine Clark (Mass.) plans to skip the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, the Boston Globe reports.

Clark, who was elected in 2013, said she believes attending the inauguration would "normalize" Trump's “bigoted, misogynist, anti-Semitic, and racist claims.”

Clark is breaking with the rest of the Massachusetts delegation, as all the other members from the state plan to attend the inauguration, the Globe notes.

“I support the peaceful transition of power, but I don’t feel that I need to attend the pageantry associated with and for this President,” she said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/312875-dem-rep-says-she-will-skip-trumps-inauguration

McConnell, Schumer sign onto resolution condemning UN Israel vote

Source: The Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are signing on to a resolution objecting to a United Nations Security Council vote that condemned Israeli settlements.

The resolution urges all U.S. presidents to "uphold the practice of vetoing all United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to insert the Council into the peace process, recognize unilateral Palestinian actions including declaration of a Palestinian state, or dictate terms and a timeline for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to a draft, obtained by Politico.

It was authored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee, and comes on the heels of a controversial Security Council vote on Dec. 24 condemning Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Obama administration abstained from the vote and declined to use its veto power on the Security Council to block it. That move sparked criticism of the administration from lawmakers in both parties and from President-elect Donald Trump.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/international/312708-mcconnell-schumer-sign-onto-resolution-condemning-un-israel-vote

New questions complicate Ellison's bid for DNC chair

Source: The Hill

Opponents of Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid to be the next Democratic National Committee chairman are raising new questions about the Minnesota Democrat’s past to make the case that he’s unfit to be the party’s next leader.

Ellison's critics in the DNC and some supporters of Labor secretary Tom Perez, the other top candidate, are pointing to the Minnesota Democrat’s past tax troubles, campaign finance violations and minor legal issues that once led to his driver’s license being suspended as evidence that he’s ill-equipped to lead the DNC.

Some of those instances date back to the 1990s. All of the issues have been rectified and were previously used in attacks against Ellison during his first run for House in 2006.

That year, Ellison’s then-wife, Kim Ellison, who acted as his campaign treasurer, wrote to the Minneapolis Star Tribune to accept responsibility for all of the violations.


Read more: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/311270-old-finance-woes-haunt-ellisons-dnc-bid

Maine elector has vote for Sanders ruled improper, switches vote to Clinton

Source: Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Democratic Maine elector’s vote for US Sen. Bernie Sanders was ruled improper Monday and he switched his vote to Hillary Clinton.

Earlier in the day, it appeared that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to get at least one of Maine’s four electoral votes.

Democratic elector David Bright originally said he’d vote for Sanders only under the unlikely scenario in which Republican President-elect Donald Trump failed to get the necessary 270 votes.

But he said Monday he intends to vote for Sanders anyway to acknowledge the efforts of the young supporters of Sanders, who beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Maine’s presidential caucuses.

Read more: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2016/12/19/maine-elector-says-vote-for-sanders-maine-elector-says-vote-for-sanders/rzVD3ijtgKObvn5dbvzddN/story.html

Chief Justice Roberts denies bid to force Senate action on Garland nomination

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts has denied a lawyer’s bid to get the Supreme Court to force the Senate to consider the high court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

Roberts on Monday did not comment in rejecting an emergency appeal by lawyer Steven Michel of New Mexico. Michel argued that Senate Republicans’ obstruction of President Barack Obama’s nomination of Garland violates Michel’s rights as a voter under the provision of the Constitution that provides for popular election of senators.

Lower courts had previously dismissed Michel’s case. He filed his suit in the summer, well before the election of Donald Trump seemingly doomed Garland’s nomination.

Meanwhile, Garland soon will resume hearing cases on the federal appeals court in Washington, where he serves as chief judge.

Read more: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/chief-justice-roberts-denies-bid-force-senate-action-garland-nomination/

Minnesota doesn't f**k around with with faithless electors

Apparently they threw out the ballot of an elector who would not promise to vote for Hillary and replaced him with an alternate.
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