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House hearing on reparations for slavery is set for first time in more than a decade

A House hearing on reparations for slavery is set for next Wednesday, which marks the first time in more than a decade that a panel will consider slavery’s “continuing impact” on the country and the next steps to “restorative justice.” The scheduled hearing held before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties will feature testimonies… READ MORE

Democratic rep says she’s tired of ‘sex-starved males’ talking about abortion rights

Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she’s tired of hearing “so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman’s right to choose” while debating legislation that includes language related to Title X funding on the House floor on Wednesday. The California Democrat’s remarks followed Rep. Ross Spano (R-Fla.) blasting the bill for allowing federal funding to be used for… READ MORE

Ilhan Omar filed joint tax returns with husband while married to another man


MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man. The revelation put the freshman representative under more… READ MORE

Firearms industry girds for fight over silencers

The firearms industry is braced for a state-level fight over access to gun suppressors, which were thrust into the national discussion following last month’s shooting at a municipal building in Virginia. The massacre, which left 12 dead, has given way to calls for silencers to be outlawed, as police said a handgun used by the shooter was outfitted with the… READ MORE

California Dems agree to full health benefits for many low-income illegal immigrants, in swipe at Trump

In a stance to distance itself from President Trump’s administration, California is set to become the first state in the country to pay for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to have full health benefits. Under an agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California… READ MORE

BIDEN BUCKLES, FLIPS ON HYDE AMENDMENT UNDER PRESSURE FROM DEMOCRATS

Former Vice President Joe Biden reversed his position on the Hyde Amendment Thursday after facing intense backlash from within his own party. Biden, while speaking in Atlanta, first reaffirmed his support for Roe v. Wade. He was noted saying the following at the DNC’s IWillVote Gala in Atlanta, Georgia: But then he took things a step further, saying that the… READ MORE

Trump, Macron hail D-Day veterans at ceremony in Normandy


President Trump on Thursday joined French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders in Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, offering praise for those who stormed the beaches, dozens of whom were in attendance. “To more than 170 veterans of the second World War who join us today, you are among the very greatest Americans who… READ MORE

Democrats fail to mollify impeachment crowd

Democratic leaders hoping to mollify restive liberals through aggressive oversight of the Trump administration are facing early warning signs from the pro-impeachment crowd that it’s simply not enough. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has signed off on a strategy for the House to hold Attorney General William Barr and others in contempt of Congress. And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler… READ MORE

Democrats keep censure for Trump on the table

House Democrats are eyeing a move to censure President Trump as a possible alternative to impeaching a president they have accused of gross wrongdoing while in office. A censure resolution — essentially a public reprimand — lacks the teeth of impeachment’s intrinsic threat to remove a sitting president. But supporters say it would send a clear and immediate message to… READ MORE

U.S. moving toward major antitrust probe of tech giants

The U.S. government is gearing up to investigate whether Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google misuse their massive market power, sources told Reuters on Monday, setting up what could be an unprecedented, wide-ranging probe of some of the world’s largest companies. The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, which enforce antitrust laws in the United States, have divided oversight… READ MORE

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