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devin nunes threatens to do investigation ‘with or without’ dems


house intelligence committee chairman devin nunes (r-ca) asserted on wednesday that house democrats “aren’t serious” about an investigation into russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.during an interview with nbc news, nunes was asked if he was upset that rep. walter jones of north carolina was the first republican to call for him to recuse himself from the investigation.nunes said no, but added: “we’re beginning to figure out who’s actually serious about the investigation. because it appears like the democrats aren’t really serious about the investigation.”although nunes has essentially ground the investigation to a halt by canceling all scheduled hearings, the committee chairman placed the blame on obstruction by democrats.“they need to give us their witness list because






us government shutdown possible if democrats don’t act better: mulvaney


white house budget director mick mulvaney accused democrats on tuesday of trying to make president donald trump look bad by claiming victory in budget negotiations and added that a government shutdown might be inevitable if they do not act better.asked about trump’s tweet about a possible government shutdown in september, mulvaney said: “i think the president is frustrated with the fact that he negotiated in good faith with the democrats and they went out to try to spike the football and make him look bad.”“we’ve got a lot to do between now and september. i don’t anticipate a shutdown in september, but if the democrats aren’t going to behave any better than they have in the last couple of days, it may be inevitable,” he said.(reporting by jeff mason; writing by david alexander; editing by






poll: both parties in congress draw negative ratings


by jennifer de pinto, fred backus, kabir khanna and anthony salvantothe public is unhappy with the performance of both parties in congress. and the midterms are a long way off, but the democratic party has not persuaded americans that things in the country would be any better if they were in control, instead of the republicans who hold the majority now.independents split on this idea, most republicans (65 percent) not surprisingly think things would become worse, and even a third of democrats don't think things would change.cbs news poll, june 15-18, margin of error: 4 pts. cbs news poll republicans are only a little more positive about how their party in congress is doing than democrats are about their members. neither side gets high marks from independents, or americans on the whole.some






democrats see a winning issue in opposing gop health bill


atlanta — democrats aren't happy about the house republican health care bill, but they are upbeat about the prospect of the measure serving as a millstone around gop necks.the house bill has americans in an uproar over its negative aspects, such as older people facing higher costs and 14 million people losing their insurance in the first year. democrats are positioning health care as the issue that will help them regain control of the house.senate republicans, meanwhile, are assuring voters that they will take up the issue and write their own bill. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says he isn't setting a deadline for that effort but adds that he doesn't expect any help from democrats.democratic fundraising has surged to challenge vulnerable republicans who backed the plan.






californians dislike president trump, but don't want to pick a fight with the fe


californians may decisively disapprove of president donald trump’s performance so far, but a new online poll suggests voters here aren’t so comfortable with the golden state carrying the mantle of the “resistance” — let alone splitting from the rest of the country.a majority of the state’s voters — including nearly one in three democrats — would prefer cooperation over a prolonged fight with washington that could possibly result in funding cuts or other “negative consequences,” according to a new poll released tuesday by uc berkeley’s institute of governmental studies.the survey highlighted another moderate view that has weathered a time of political extremes: californians of every political stripe oppose the idea of california becoming its own nation.“even democrats won’t go that far as t






californians dislike president trump, but don't want to pick a fight with the fe


californians may decisively disapprove of president donald trump’s performance so far, but a new online poll suggests voters here aren’t so comfortable with the golden state carrying the mantle of the “resistance” — let alone splitting from the rest of the country.a majority of the state’s voters — including nearly one in three democrats — would prefer cooperation over a prolonged fight with washington that could possibly result in funding cuts or other “negative consequences,” according to a new poll released tuesday by uc berkeley’s institute of governmental studies.the survey highlighted another moderate view that has weathered a time of political extremes: californians of every political stripe oppose the idea of california becoming its own nation.“even democrats won’t go that far as t






from health care to russia probe, bipartisan group of lawmakers weigh in


senate republicans are trying to bridge differences over the latest version of their health care bill. health care is one of the issues cbs news contributor frank luntz discussed with a bipartisan group of congress members that included three senators and nine representatives. six were democrats and six were republicans."the republicans demonized obamacare. and the democrats are demonizing the republican legislation. is that the way we should be discussing what may be the most important issue you will deal with this year?" luntz asked."some of us probably have philosophical differences. i believe that if you live in america, you've got a right to affordable quality health care. and i think probably everybody agrees on that value. and the difference is how do you get us there," rep. debbie






from health care to russia probe, bipartisan group of lawmakers weigh in


senate republicans are trying to bridge differences over the latest version of their health care bill. health care is one of the issues cbs news contributor frank luntz discussed with a bipartisan group of congress members that included three senators and nine representatives. six were democrats and six were republicans."the republicans demonized obamacare. and the democrats are demonizing the republican legislation. is that the way we should be discussing what may be the most important issue you will deal with this year?" luntz asked."some of us probably have philosophical differences. i believe that if you live in america, you've got a right to affordable quality health care. and i think probably everybody agrees on that value. and the difference is how do you get us there," rep. debbie






these democrats feel guilty for sitting out the 2016 elections, and they aren't


dan henrickson rapped on the door of a stucco townhouse perched on a cul-de-sac in the north los angeles county suburb of santa clarita and awaited his fate.as a volunteer for the democratic party on l.a.’s westside, the 63-year-old information technology consultant was still getting used to the awkward art of door-knocking — earlier in the afternoon, he choked on a sip of water just as a voter opened his door.the man who answered this time looked henrickson and his door-knocking partner up and down as they started their spiel. he asked them a single question: “are you democrats?”the man shut the door when he got the answer.california is mostly a friendly place for democrats, but this patch of the state — where the suburban sprawl of los angeles comes to an end and the mojave desert begins






pennsylvania senate democrats say they are being held cyber-hostage


harrisburg, pa. -- pennsylvania’s senate democrats say they are in contact with the fbi and state attorney general’s office after a “ransomware” cyberattack shut down their computer systems. the attack friday left lawmakers and staff in the caucus unable to access their computer network or data. state sen. jay costa says the ransomware attack was discovered friday morning. citing the investigation, caucus officials aren’t saying what, if any, ransom was demanded. a ransomware attack is typically aimed at stealing sensitive information in an attempt to be paid for the data’s return, often in a digital currency.    at this time, all senate democrat offices remain open, cbs affiliate whp reports.democratic gov. tom wolf’s office says the attack hasn’t affected the state’s networks, which are






senate democrats hold ‘talkathon’ to blast gop’s secretive trumpcare plans


senate democrats are holding a floor filibuster monday night to protest the gop’s secretive meetings to create their version of trumpcare.the democrats are expected to to hold their late-night talkathon on the senate floor until at least midnight, excoriating the gop for planning to force a vote on the bill without any public hearings or an opportunity for 48 democrats to offer any amendments.you can watch the livefeed below via facebook:






how senate democrats could get what they want from comey’s firing


washington — so, democrats are hinting to president donald trump, want a new fbi director? then agree to an independent investigation of your campaign’s possible ties to russia. democrats control only 48 senate seats, meaning they need to pull three republicans over to their side. the bipartisan angst over the abrupt firing of james comey on…






how much trouble is nancy pelosi worth for democrats?


this article originally appeared on the conversation. democrats in congress are struggling to keep up a unified front. as the minority party, democrats have spent the past six months standing by, mostly powerless, as president donald trump has made haphazard progress toward dismantling many of former president barack obama’s key accomplishments. last week the party suffered…






these democrats feel guilty for sitting out the 2016 elections, and they aren't


dan henrickson rapped on the door of a stucco townhouse perched on a cul-de-sac in the north los angeles county suburb of santa clarita and awaited his fate.the 63-year-old information technology consultant from los angeles was volunteering for the democratic party’s local club and still getting used to the awkward art of door-knocking — earlier in the afternoon, he choked on a sip of water just as a voter opened his door.the man who answered this time looked henrickson and his door-knocking partner up and down as they started their spiel. he asked them a single question: “are you democrats?”the man shut the door when he got the answer.california may offer democrats a lopsided advantage as a whole, but this patch of the state — where the suburban sprawl of los angeles comes to an end and t






these democrats feel guilty for sitting out the 2016 elections, and they aren't


dan henrickson rapped on the door of a stucco townhouse perched on a cul-de-sac in the north los angeles county suburb of santa clarita and awaited his fate.the 63-year-old information technology consultant from los angeles was volunteering for the democratic party’s local club and still getting used to the awkward art of door-knocking — earlier in the afternoon, he choked on a sip of water just as a voter opened his door.the man who answered this time looked henrickson and his door-knocking partner up and down as they started their spiel. he asked them a single question: “are you democrats?”the man shut the door when he got the answer.california may offer democrats a lopsided advantage as a whole, but this patch of the state — where the suburban sprawl of los angeles comes to an end and t






los angeles mayor rallies democrats in wisconsin


middleton, wis. — los angeles mayor eric garcetti says he came to wisconsin to send a message that democrats must fight everywhere, not just where they live.garcetti spoke friday at the wisconsin democratic party convention outside of the state capital in madison. he is considered a rising star in the party.garcetti says, "democrats across america need to remember we cannot win without wisconsin."hillary clinton did not campaign in wisconsin and lost the state. president donald trump was the first republican presidential candidate to win wisconsin since 1984.garcetti is also criticizing wisconsin gov. scott walker, praising union workers and public employees and saying that "democrats must lead the american agenda."he says that while democrats are feeling pessimistic after 2016's losses, t






if democrats aren't careful, russia could become their benghazi


maybe some in the white house thought making former general michael flynn walk the plank would end speculation about possible collusion between donald trump’s campaign and the russians. but two weeks after flynn was forced out of his post as national security adviser, the debate isn’t so much about whether an investigation will take place, but about how far they will go and whether a special prosecutor will eventually be named.the latest claims about attorney general jeff sessions meeting with the russian ambassador have given new life to the story, prompting another round of reasonable questions about his comments and possible recusal from any investigation as well as more unsubstantiated speculation about a conspiracy.with even republicans covering themselves with statements about wantin






united against 'trumpcare', democrats divided on next steps


sen. bernie sanders' call for a single-payer system divides democrats and is being used against them by republicans.        






democrats use trump's populism against him in fight over gorsuch nomination


democrats cast opposition as "part of a populist movement" that transcends party       






rauner touts gop support for pension plan that includes cps aid, but its future


republican gov. bruce rauner summoned reporters to his office friday to announce more than two dozen house republicans are willing to vote for pension legislation that would include money for chicago public schools but faces an uncertain future in springfield.rauner and democrats have traded insults for months after the governor's veto late last year of a pension plan that would have sent $215 million to cps. the plan he touted friday would both cut pension benefits for state workers and teachers while providing that aid to chicago schools.the governor said he had not spoken to house speaker michael madigan or senate president john cullerton — the chicago democrats whose cooperation would be needed to pass the legislation — about the development. still, rauner said he wanted to make a publ






supreme court nominee neil gorsuch clears committee as democrats vow filibuster


democrats have the votes to block confirmation -- unless republicans change the rules.       






if democrats aren't careful, russia could become their benghazi


maybe some in the white house thought making former general michael flynn walk the plank would end speculation about possible collusion between donald trump’s campaign and the russians. but two weeks after flynn was forced out of his post as national security adviser, the debate isn’t so much about whether an investigation will take place, but about how far they will go and whether a special prosecutor will eventually be named.with even republicans covering themselves with statements about wanting to get to the bottom of the case, democrats are confident of support for congressional probes. they are even sending the fbi not-so-subtle warnings that their work will be scrutinized if they are perceived as going soft on trump.but as eager as they may be to take a deep dive into alleged ties be






wall street is taking over trump’s brain — and media wants you to think that’s a


with steve bannon on way out, official washington is jumping for joy that gary cohn – the former president of goldman sachs who’s now running trump’s national economic council, along with dina powell, another influential goldman sachs alumnus,  – seems to be taking over trump’s brain.as cnbc puts it, cohn will push “more moderate, business-friendly economic policies.” the washington post says cohn is advocating “a centrist vision.” the post goes on to describe “the growing strength of cohn and like-minded moderates” as revealed in trump’s endorsement of government subsidies for exports, and of corporate tax cuts. says the post: “the president’s new positions move him much closer to the views of … mainstream republicans and democrats.”in reality, cohn, powell, and other wall streeters in th






seth meyers looks at how democrats are responding to trump


trump’s first weeks in office are causing a huge ruckus amongst opponents, democrats, and even some republicans. there have been protests and emails and petitions. in this clip, seth meyers looks at what democrats are actually doing.full story at youtube.more politics. posted by josh urich






what senate seats are up for grabs in 2018?


there are 33 senators up for reelection in the 2018 midterms, with 23 of the senators being democrats and the remaining 10 seats being republicans. the current makeup of the senate includes 52 republicans and 46 democrats, with two independents that are considered liberals. chances that democrats would win back control of the senate are slim.…






trump remarks could sidetrack democrats from other issues


atlanta — democrats face an uncertain path as they ponder their response to president donald trump's widely criticized remarks about white supremacist violence in virginia.democrats have denounced trump for blaming "both sides" for the deadly protests in charlottesville and for defending confederate monuments.but trump and the controversy swirling around him could sidetrack democrats from issues that resonate with voters ahead of the 2018 midterm election, like jobs and the economy.andrew young is a georgia democrat as well as a civil rights leader and a former u.n. ambassador. he warns that confederate monuments are "a distraction" and says it's "too costly to refight the civil war."in south carolina, former state lawmaker boyd brown says democrats should criticize trump's remarks but als






white house assures democrats it will continue to pay obamacare subsidies: sourc


the white house has assured democrats it will keep paying subsidies for low-income americans receiving healthcare coverage under obamacare, removing a key sticking point in talks over a government funding bill, a source familiar with the negotiations said on wednesday.the trump administration had threatened to cut off the payments unless democrats agreed to provide funding for a wall on the border with mexico, but democrats made clear they would not support a bill that funded the wall.(reporting by richard cowan; writing by tim ahmann; editing by peter cooney)






can democrats claw their way back to power in the house? they're counting on tru


looking at the numbers, democrats seem to have a better chance seizing control of the senate in 2018 than winning a majority and clawing their way back to power in the house.republicans hold a mere 52-48 senate majority while outnumbering democrats in the house by 44 seats, with five vacancies.but elections are not about mathematics, or determined by probability.






andy puzder blames democrats for collapse of his labor secretary nomination


washington — southern california fast-food executive andy puzder on thursday blamed democrats for the collapse of his nomination to be labor secretary, even though he admitted he withdrew after being informed there was not enough support among senate republicans to confirm him. “i think the big problem here was the left and the democrats really didn’t…






dan rather wants to see democrats battle issues — not just trump


democrats don’t do enough to tie republicans to donald trump, according to veteran newsman dan rather. that is one of many reasons he thinks jon ossoff lost in georgia tuesday. in a facebook post, rather said that the loss doesn’t reflect that democrats can’t win in 2018, it just means they need to work harder and smarter. “the way the districts are drawn make that even more difficult,” he said. “however, democrats have overperformed in heavily republican districts in every special election, even if they haven’t won. that is a big deal.”he explained that democrats will likely continue to be demoralized after the national party spent years intentionally not wanting to win elections. the election will “embolden the republicans and president trump” to claim a mandate but that the republicans






if trump wants to work with democrats, he’ll have to be a totally different pres


analysiswashington — after wooing conservative republicans on health care blew up in his face, president donald trump is considering doing a total 180 and reaching out to congressional democrats to get the rest of his agenda done.“i think it’s time for our folks to come together, and i also think it’s time to potentially get a few moderate democrats on board as well,” trump’s chief of staff, reince priebus, told chris wallace on “fox news sunday.”except, that’s easier said than done. to have democrats’ ear, trump will need to change pretty much everything about him — his tone, his substance, his policy — since he became president, say those very same democrats in congress.“if he changes,” senate minority leader chuck schumer, d-n.y., said on abc’s “this week,” “he could have a different pr






the democrats aren't being honest about health care


alex wong, getty imageshouse minority leader nancy pelosi speaks during a rally against the american health care act last thursday in front of the u.s. capitol.the democrats and their allies in the media want you to believe two conflicting “certainties” about the recently passed house republican health care bill.first, they want you to think that this bill doesn’t amount to anything — that it’s not a victory for trump, will never become law, and has been completely disregarded by the senate. second, they want you to think that republicans’ repeal-and-replace bill is a catastrophic development for the gop and the nation — that it will cost republicans their majority, is certainly political suicide for the party as a whole, and is already adversely affecting the health of many americans.but






democrats say they must show how tax cuts may put social security, medicare at r


democrats say they need to do more than cast tax cuts as a giveaway to the rich.        






deputy ag rod rosenstein in hot seat with democrats over comey's firing


democrats seek more details on deputy attorney general's role, demand a briefing.        






sanders, democrats see deaths from gop health care bill


senator bernie sanders and leading democrats are calling the republican health care bill a death sentence for thousands of americans. the republicans’ proposed replacement for obamacare narrowly passed the house thursday, with all 193 democrats voting no. related: trump and ryan face risks after health care win following the passing of the gop’s american health care…






why you see things that aren't really there


have you ever wondered why you see stars sometimes, or other things that aren’t there? this scishow explains why you might sometimes see things. posted by josh urich






priebus: no regrets holocaust statement didn’t refer to jews


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