• Cruz Fires Back After Omar Suggests Latinos Would Struggle in ‘Merit-Based’ Immigration System

    Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar suggested on Tuesday that individuals from Latin America would not be competitive if the U.S. immigration system was based on merit.

    “A ‘merit based’ immigration policy is fueled toward the Latinx community,” Omar said in a now-deleted tweet. “Our immigration policies shouldn’t be based on discrimination, fear, or bigotry.”

    “We should welcome immigrants to our country and offer a simple pathway to citizenship,” she added.

    Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz fired back at Omar for implying that people immigrating from Central and South America were not as smart or skilled as people immigrating from other countries.… Read More...

  • Rep. Cheney Criticizes Rep. Tlaib Over Holocaust ‘Calming’ Remark

    Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney fired back on Tuesday after Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib defended her false Holocaust claims and questioned the intelligence of her critics.

    “I think most fourth graders know what the Holocaust was and she apparently doesn’t,” Cheney replied while appearing on “Fox & Friends.” “We have a situation today where those of us who are elected officials, in particularly elected officials in the House of Representatives where this anti-Semitism is rising within our body, have an obligation to stand up and stop it.”

    Cheney’s comments were in response to Tlaib’s appearance on the “Skullduggery” podcast where she revealed that when she envisions the Holocaust, she gets a “calming feeling” because her Palestinian ancestors provided a “safe haven” for Jewish people.… Read More...

  • Noncitizen Sentenced for Illegally Voting in Presidential Election

    Noncitizen Sentenced for Illegally Voting in Presidential Election

    A Mexican national was sentenced to one month in prison for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election, a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced Monday.

    Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, 61, pleaded guilty to illegally voting in the 2016 general election in North Carolina. He was consequently sentenced to one month in prison followed by a supervised release for one year.

    Espinosa-Pena is a lawful permanent resident in Wake County, however, his application for United States citizenship had been denied. He had attempted to register to vote prior to the election but was initially denied since he was not a U.S.… Read More...

  • Sen. Mike Lee Slams Senate Judiciary Democrats

    Sen. Mike Lee Slams Senate Judiciary Democrats

    Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee condemned the Senate Judiciary Democrats on Thursday for questioning judicial nominees’ religious beliefs before the committee.

    Democratic Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono denied ever instituting a religious test and scolded Lee for what she believed was censuring her.

    “You can’t openly, publicly question a nominee about that nominee’s religious beliefs, about what he or she believes to be sinful conduct without subjecting that nominee to ridicule and simultaneously demeaning some of the fundamental tenets of our constitutional republic,” Lee said. “You can’t ask a nominee questions like those to which Neomi Rao was subjected just the other day and those that I’ve seen asked of some of our other nominees and then later ask the question ‘How did we get here?’”

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  • Ocasio-Cortez Praises UK Leader Jeremy Corbyn, Accused of Anti-Semitism

    Ocasio-Cortez Praises UK Leader Jeremy Corbyn, Accused of Anti-Semitism

    Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expressed her gratitude on Sunday for a conversation she had earlier in the day with the leader of U.K.’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

    “Great to speak to [Ocasio-Cortez] on the phone this evening and hear first hand how she’s challenging the status quo,” Corbyn tweeted. “Let’s build a movement across borders to take on the billionaires, polluters and migrant baiters, and support a happier, freer and cleaner planet.”

    “It was an honor to share such a lovely and wide-reaching conversation with you, [Jeremy Corbyn]!” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “Also honored to share a great hope in the peace, prosperity, + justice that everyday people can create when we uplift one another across class, race, + identity both at home & abroad.”

    It was an honor to share such a lovely and wide-reaching conversation with you, @jeremycorbyn!… Read More...

  • Trump’s Shutdown Differs Greatly From Obama's

    Trump’s Shutdown Differs Greatly From Obama’s

    Services typically suspended during government shutdowns have continued to operate under the Trump administration, with insiders pointing to acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought as the reason why.

    Agencies impacted by government shutdowns are forced to severely cut back on operations, suspend services, and often send workers home without pay. The Office of Management and Budget has been using creative solutions to blunt the burden, according to a senior administration official and several prominent Republicans.

    Vought joined the OMB in early 2018 and assumed the role of acting director Jan. 3 after Director Mick Mulvaney became President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff.

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  • Elizabeth Warren Introduces Legislation to Create a Government-Run Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

    Elizabeth Warren Introduces Legislation to Create a Government-Run Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

    Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation on Tuesday that would establish a government-run pharmaceutical manufacturer to effectively compete with the private market.

    The Affordable Drug Manufacturing Act seeks to address the increasing prices of prescription drugs by injecting competition into the marketplace, consequently lowering the cost of mass-produced generic drugs. The bill would create the Office of Drug Manufacturing, which would be housed within the Department of Health and Human Services.

    Warren said adding the agency would increase competition.

    “In market after market, competition is dying as a handful of giant companies spend millions to rig the rules, insulate themselves from accountability, and line their pockets at the expense of American families,” Warren said in a statement.

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  • Grassley Scraps Votes on Judges as Flake Balks to Protect Mueller Probe

    Grassley Scraps Votes on Judges as Flake Balks to Protect Mueller Probe

    The Senate Judiciary Committee late on Wednesday canceled the committee’s votes on nearly two dozen judicial nominees scheduled for later in the week.

    The committee was expected to vote to advance six of President Donald Trump’s nominees to the circuit courts and 15 to district courts, as well as multiple bipartisan pieces of legislation, according to Politico.

    The cancellation is occurring as outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., pledged to oppose all judicial nominations until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell schedules a vote on Flake’s bill protecting special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, however, has not explicitly said if the cancellation is due to Flake’s resistance.

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  • Trump’s Supreme Court List Down to Final Three

    Trump’s Supreme Court List Down to Final Three

    President Donald Trump has narrowed down his list of potential Supreme Court nominations to three candidates.

    With days remaining until Trump makes an expected selection announcement, his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy is down to three federal appeals judges: Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, reported The Associated Press.

    The candidate interview process has been complete as of Thursday morning, according to Fox News. Trump has personally interviewed at least six of the his list’s 25 individuals, speaking to one of the candidates twice.

    Fox New’s John Roberts tweeted of the short-list and Kethledge of the 6th U.S.

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  • Massachusetts Governor Signs Gun Seizure Bill

    Massachusetts Governor Signs Gun Seizure Bill

    Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill on Tuesday allowing for temporary gun confiscation without any due process in Massachusetts.

    Bill H4670 enables a family or household member, which includes roommates, relatives or significant others, to remove firearms, firearm identification cards and ammunition from any individual deemed to be a danger to oneself or others.

    Surrendered goods can be confiscated for up to one year, with the ability to renew the order, but an individual can try to appeal the ruling.

    Baker defended the so-called ‘red flag law’ over twitter calling it a “model for the nation.”

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  • Ted Cruz Introduces Legislation Expanding School Choice

    Ted Cruz Introduces Legislation Expanding School Choice

    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz introduced legislation on Thursday that would expand school choice and access to tax-free savings plans.

    The Student Empowerment Act further broadens 529 accounts, also known as college savings plans, to include “K-12 elementary and secondary school expenses for public, private, and religious schools, including homeschool students.” These expenses can include things such as tutoring costs, books, fees associated with standardized tests, and educational therapies for students with disabilities.

    The bill amends the Student Opportunity Amendment, which was signed into law in December 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and expanded 529 accounts to include tuition for the aforementioned institutions.

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  • Shareholder Grills CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods for Anti-Gun Policies

    Shareholder Grills CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods for Anti-Gun Policies

    An investor confronted the CEO of the Dick’s Sporting Goods chain at an annual shareholders meeting in Pittsburgh, blasting the retailer’s recent restrictions on gun sales and its anti-gun advocacy.

    David Almasi, a vice president at the National Center for Public Policy Research, attended the meeting Wednesday representing the think tank’s Free Enterprise Project, according to a report by Fox Business. Almasi accused Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack of violating fiduciary duties by knowingly and purposely giving up money.

    “[Dick’s] has damaged its reputation by lending its voice and its resources to those who want to abolish the Second Amendment,” Almasi told Stack.

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  • Gun Shop Gives Teachers Free Firearm Training

    Gun Shop Gives Teachers Free Firearm Training

    Educators were treated to a free firearms training session in San Diego on Sunday for “Train a Teacher Day.”

    The five hour course consisted of smaller classes aimed at teaching “safety, proficiency, and familiarity” with firearms.

    The event was complimentary for anyone across the country affiliated with a school, which included teachers, support staff, administrators, and even board members. It was co-hosted by Discount Gun Mart and Indoor Range, a local gun shop, and San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a gun rights political action committee.

    “The overall purpose is to give back to those who care and educate our children,” said Wendy Hauffen, executive administrator for SDCGO.

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  • NRA to Fight Oregon’s Semi-Automatic Firearm Ban

    NRA to Fight Oregon’s Semi-Automatic Firearm Ban

    The National Rifle Association announced Thursday that it will challenge Oregon’s petition to ban assault weapons.

    Although Initiative Petition-43 has not yet been passed, the NRA released a press release disclosing the organization’s joint challenge with the Oregon Hunters Association.

    The petition was filed on March 22, 2018 by a Portland interfaith group, Lift Every Voice Oregon.

    The measure gives a lengthy definition of assault weapons, which includes semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a detachable magazine and one of several modification, semi-automatic firearm with a fixed magazine holding over ten rounds, semi-automatic rifles with an overall length less than 30 inches, semi-automatic shotguns with a grip and stock, a semi-automatic shotgun with either a fixed magazine in excess of ten rounds or a detachable magazine, a shotgun with a revolving cylinder, or a conversion kit.

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