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Trump calls Ohio Republicans in effort to oust state GOP chairman

Source: Politico

Donald Trump called roughly a dozen Ohio Republicans Thursday in an attempt to oust the state GOP chairman, a highly unusual exercise in political score-settling against a party leader who’s been accused of being disloyal to the president-elect.

According to multiple sources familiar with the calls, Trump urged Ohio Republican Party Central Committee members to unseat Matt Borges, the state’s current GOP leader, in Friday’s election for the party post and conveyed his support for Jane Timken, a prominent Ohio Republican who raised money for his campaign.

The president’s personal intervention — which came on a day in which Trump spent several hours sitting for a sworn, videotaped deposition in Trump Tower — has roiled the low-profile party contest, will be decided by Ohio’s 66 central committee members.

A Trump transition aide said the president-elect had phoned around a dozen committee members.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-ohio-republicans-233261

Texas Democrat: I'm 'very likely' to run against Cruz

Source: The Hill

Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke expects to challenge Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in 2018, the Texas Tribune reported.

"It's very likely that I will run for Senate in 2018," the 44-year-old El Paso representative told the outlet.

O'Rourke added that he feels "encouraged" by the feedback he's received as he considers a bid.

While Cruz has enjoyed conservative darling status since he joined the Senate after the 2012 election, rumblings about a potential Senate challenge have grown louder on both the left and the right since Cruz dropped out of the 2016 presidential race.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/312990-texas-democrat-im-very-likely-to-run-against-cruz

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
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