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Comments from two U.S. senators — one a Democrat and the other a Republican — appeared to illustrate Tuesday how far apart the two parties are on the proposal of reparations for the descendants of American slaves.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., one of three African-Americans in the U.S. Senate, is expected to argue Wednesday that the nation hasn’t fully come to grips with “the racism and white supremacy that tainted” the nation’s founding, according to remarks prepared for his scheduled Wednesday appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.

“As a nation, we have yet to truly acknowledge and grapple with the racism and white supremacy that tainted this country’s founding and continues to cause persistent and deep racial disparities and inequality,” Booker’s remarks – which CBS News obtained – reportedly say. “These disparities don’t just harm black communities, they harm all communities.”

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“As a nation, we have yet to truly acknowledge and grapple with the racism and white supremacy that tainted this country’s founding.”

— U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Associated Press)

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Celebration, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Associated Press)

But during a news conference Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he was not in favor of reparations.

“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea,” McConnell said. “We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African-American president.”

“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea.”

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Associated Press)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Associated Press)

McConnell continued: “I think we’re always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate. … No, I don’t think reparations are a good idea.”

At Wednesday’s hearing, Booker, who has made the issue a focal point of his 2020 presidential campaign, will be joined by actor Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates – both of whom have been outspoken advocates for reparations.

Central to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties’ hearing will be a bill written by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, which proposes to create a commission for studying and recommending proposals for reparations.

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Booker introduced a Senate version of Jackson Lee’s reparations bill earlier this year. Similar to Jackson’s legislation, Booker’s proposal, which has 12 co-sponsors, would form a commission but makes no mention of payments. It is the only Senate legislation to address reparations in the post-Reconstruction era.

The divisive issue has gained traction in recent months as a crowded list of Democratic contenders outbid one another for the spotlight. Several candidates have thrown their support behind reparations, albeit, in varying degrees – a marked turnabout from past election cycles. Few, however, have gone into specifics about how such a proposal would be implemented.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has wielded her power to quash a faction of Democrats rallying for President Trump’s impeachment, but frustrated members within the party say the president is one misstep away from “that dam collapsing,” according to a Sunday report.

Since reassuming leadership over the house, Pelosi has thwarted her party’s liberal wing from going forward with impeachment proceedings, encouraging them to instead focus on other issues like health care.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reflects on President Donald Trump's statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reflects on President Donald Trump’s statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power.  (AP)

“I don’t think there’s anything more divisive we can do than to impeach a president of the United States, and so you have to handle it with great care,” Pelosi told CNN on Sunday. “It has to be about the truth and the facts to take you to whatever decision has to be there.”

Some lawmakers say their deference to Pelosi is out of respect for the speaker’s political expertise, and agree that impeachment would do more harm than good.

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“She is the single smartest strategist that we’ve ever had…People are not wanting to second guess her because she’s been right on so many fronts,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., told the Washington Post.

But other Democratic lawmakers, like Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., admit they toe the party line out of fear.

“One, you want to be a team player and support the leader’s position, but secondly you’re worried about your own self and…what can happen if you don’t follow along,” Schrader told the paper.

Some argue that President Trump’s defiance of congressional investigators will eventually break the divide between moderate Democrats and its liberal wing.

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Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., described Pelosi’s hold over Democrats as “fragile” because “we’re kind of one event, one piece of explosive testimony, one action by Trump away from that dam collapsing.”

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The Democrats’ pro-impeachment camp howled this week after Trump said in an interview with ABC that he’d be willing to listen if a foreign government had dirt on an opponent. Yet despite the familiar refrain of impeachment, Pelosi didn’t budge an inch on impeachment after Trump’s comments.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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President Trump was apparently so perturbed by his chief of staff coughing during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in the Oval Office last week, that he asked his staffer to leave the room, according to a transcript from the station.

Trump had been asked a question about his tax returns when someone off camera – identified as Mulvaney – reportedly begins coughing.

“I hope they get it, because it’s a fantastic financial statement,” Trump said Stephanopoulos amid apparent coughing before saying: “And let’s do that over, he’s coughing in the middle of my answer.”

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“I don’t like that, you know, I don’t like that,” Trump reportedly said of Mulvaney’s coughing. “If you’re going to couch, please leave the room. You just can’t, you just can’t cough. Boy oh boy.”

“Your chief of staff,” Stephanopoulos reportedly clarified.

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The interview, which was broadcast Sunday, proceeded with Trump saying although he wanted people to see his “phenomenal” financial statement, it’s “not up to me, it’s up to my lawyers.”

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The Trump Organization has sold a Beverly Hills, Calif., home, one of its two remaining properties in Los Angeles County, for $13.5 million in an off-market sale, property records show.

The 5,400-square-foot home, which the organization bought in 2007 for $7 million, sits at 809 N. Canon Dr., near Sunset Blvd. L.A. County records list the buyer as an entity named Hillcrest Asia Limited.

The Trump Organization has sold one of its properties in Los Angeles County for $13.5 million, records show. (Google Maps)

The Trump Organization has sold one of its properties in Los Angeles County for $13.5 million, records show. (Google Maps)

The company had also purchased a neighboring Greek Revival-inspired mansion in 2008 for $10.35 million, the Los Angeles Times reported. It then sold that property a year later at an $850,000 loss, the report said.

Eric Trump, who along with his brother Donald Trump Jr. run the family’s organization while their father is in office, released a statement explaining that the family decided to sell the Beverly Hills property because of their “hectic schedules.”

“[O]ur family has not had the chance to enjoy the property in recent years and it has seen minimal use,” Eric Trump said. “As such, it simply made sense to sell.”

“[O]ur family has not had the chance to enjoy the property in recent years and it has seen minimal use. As such, it simply made sense to sell.”

— Eric Trump

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The property has reportedly been a nuisance for the organization. Beverly Hills has reportedly issued multiple fines on the home since Trump took office. Records show the Trump Organization paid more than $1,100 in fines throughout 2017 over some hedges that supposedly violated city code.

Though Trump has not occupied the home much, the neighborhood was the only voting bloc in the area to vote for him the 2016 presidential election, according to the Real Deal. Election data cited by the website showed Trump won the area with 54 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 42 percent.

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The sale effectively leaves the Trump Organization with one remaining property in Los Angeles County: the 250-acre Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Joe Biden told an Iowa crowd Tuesday that he had spent the weekend with his buddy former President Barack Obama to celebrate the high school graduation of his granddaughter and Obama’s daughter.

Maisy Biden graduated from the same elite D.C. high school as Sasha Obama. The girls, like the former president and former vice president, are reportedly best friends.

Biden revealed that the celebration was the reason for his absence from the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Hall of Fame dinner on Sunday – a detail pounced on by his fellow Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential election.

“When I saw the program for today, I thought the same thing you all did, which is this: Joe Biden must really not like to travel,” said entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a Democratic candidate.

But Biden shrugged off the criticism Tuesday, admitting that he would “skip inauguration” to be with his family.

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“One of my competitors criticized me got not going to Iowa to talk for 5 minutes,” Biden said in Davenport on Tuesday. “My granddaughter was graduating. It was my daughter’s birthday. I would skip inauguration for that.”

Biden and Obama’s friendship is well documented and, at the times, the subject of mockery. Most recently, Biden was ridiculed for tweeting an image of an interlocking “friendship bracelet,” baring his and the former president’s name in honor of Best Friends Day.

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David Axelrod, Obama’s former senior adviser, responded to the tweeting, writing: “This is a joke, right?”

“Fraid not,” read a reply from Bill Kristol.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed a bill that forces sex offenders convicted of crimes involving pre-teens to be chemically castrated before their parole.

Under the measure, HB 379, certain offenders must receive medication that blocks testosterone production before they are paroled from prison. A judge would decide when the medication could be stopped.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed a new bill into law that will require certain sex offenders to be chemically castrated before their parole. 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed a new bill into law that will require certain sex offenders to be chemically castrated before their parole.  (lsa.state.al.us)

According to the new law, offenders must pay for the treatment, and they can’t be denied parole solely based on an inability to pay.

Republican Rep. Steve Hurst had proposed the measure for more than a decade.

“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” Hurst told WIAT-TV in Birmingham.

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Though authorized by several states, chemical castration remains highly controversial. Critics argue that forcing the procedure is a violation of human rights. It’s unclear how often the procedure is used throughout the U.S.

“This bill is a step toward protecting children in Alabama,” Ivey said.

According to the law, if a given offender chooses to stop receiving the treatment, they will be in violation of parole and forced to return to custody.

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Ivey’s press office said the bill will take effect later this year.

Fox News Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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If you can’t properly wear a tux, you’re going to have a lot of problems in life, according to Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan.

Her 965-word, June 5 article dresses down President Trump, the First Lady– and to a lesser extent– his family – for what she called poor fashion sensibilities during an appearance the Buckingham Palace Banquet this week.

Givhan goes on to equate fashion with diplomacy. With this equation, Givhan’s concludes, we can gain subtle insights into the president’s mind.

From left, US President Donald Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall pose for the media ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace. 

From left, US President Donald Trump, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall pose for the media ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace.  (AP)

“For any man to bungle white-tie dress – something so regimented, so steeped in tradition, so well-documented – he must be a man who doesn’t bother with the details, who doesn’t avail himself of ready expertise, who refuses to be a student of history or even of Google,” Givhan writes. “White-tie attire is more science than art.”

She goes on in pain-staking detail to lay out how a white-tie outfit should be properly worn, and how, in her view, the “president’s iteration of white tie at the state banquet at Buckingham Palace was, in a word, a mess.”

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Givhan then turned her critiques to First Lady Melania Trump’s outfits. Though her descriptions were far less critical, Givhan surmises that the First Lady’s choices told “a deliberate fashion story, not one rooted in historical truth.”

“(Melania) Trump often looked like she was a fashion trooper on a stealth mission,” Givhan writes.

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And though Trump’s “adult” children” looked “slightly better” in their white tie than their father did, they looked equally as uncomfortable in Givhan’s view.

In short, Givhan says, President Trump “could have done so much better.”

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort will get no special treatment beyond basic security measures at Rikers Island.

De Blasio’s comments come after a New York State judge ordered Manafort be transferred to the notorious island later this week to serve the remainder of his sentence for bank and tax fraud charges. A source close to Manafort told Fox News he will be held in solitary confinement for his own protection.

FILE: Democratic presidential candidate New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at an event with veterans and military families in Las Vegas. 

FILE: Democratic presidential candidate New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at an event with veterans and military families in Las Vegas.  (AP)

“He is going to be treated, as much as humanly possible, like any other inmate, and would have the same rights and responsibilities,” de Blasio, 2020 presidential candidate, said during a press conference. “Obviously there are safety questions that have to be attended to.”

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Manafort was convicted in August of various financial crimes as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. In September, he pleaded guilty to additional charges, including witness tampering.

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In March, he was sentenced to 7 ½ years in federal prison, which he’s been serving in Pennsylvania. His transfer to Rikers is expected as early as Thursday.

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Rikers Island is so bad, that not even Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort deserves to go there, Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King said on Twitter.

King tweeted his thoughts Tuesday after Fox News reported that Manafort, who is serving a federal prison sentence for bank and tax fraud charges, will be transferred to Riker’s Island later this week.

“I see people excited to see Paul Manafort sent to Rikers Island and put in solitary confinement,” King tweeted. “We must be so principled in our calls for reform that we want them even for our enemies.”

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Rikers, which holds nine of New York City’s 13 jails, is renowned for its brutal violence, corruption, and gang rivalries. Rikers’ inmates have included some of the 20th century’s most notorious criminals including the “Son of Sam” and Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon. Despite millions poured into reform efforts, violence has escalated in recent years.

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Though it may be “exciting” to see someone of “privilege” being sent to a place where “hundreds of thousands of us have been sent to,” Rikers is still a “hell hole that nobody should have to go to. Even Paul Manafort,” King added.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Monday revealed which Hollywood actor he thought would best portray him in a film biopic.

Asked by Now This News which actor should play him in the movies, Buttigieg, 37, said after some thought: “Let’s go with Matt Damon. I think he could do a good job.”

The question was among 20 asked for the media outlets new series: “20 Questions for 2020.” Other hard-hitting questions included whether a hot dog was really a sandwich and “what is your go-to karaoke song?” (Hotel California)

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The 48-year-old “Jason Bourne” actor has publicly commented on Buttigieg’s response. Damon hasn’t mentioned Buttiegieg among his top choices for Democratic presidential contenders, The Hill reported.

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The Buttigieg/Damon comparison comes a month after President Trump compared the democratic candidate to Alfred E. Neuman, the longtime mascot for Mad magazine.

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Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman who is serving a 7 ½-year prison sentence on bank and tax fraud charges in a minimum-security facility in Pennsylvania will be transferred to New York City’s infamous Riker’s Island later this week, a source close to Manafort told Fox News.

Since its inception in 1932, the 400-acre island situated behind LaGuardia Airport, has housed some of the 20th century’s most violent criminals including David Berkowitz and Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon.

Rikers Island, located behind LaGuardia airport, contains 9 of New York City's 13 jail facilities. 

Rikers Island, located behind LaGuardia airport, contains 9 of New York City’s 13 jail facilities.  (cuny.edu)

Rikers, which accounts for nine of the 13 facilities in New York City’s jail system, holds roughly 10,000 inmates daily but nearly 80,000 cycle through all year, according to the New York Times. At the height of the crack epidemic in the 1980s and early 1990s, the inmate population was nearly double what it is today, the paper said.

But despite millions dedicated to either reforming Rikers — or shutting it down altogether – violence and corruption have climbed in recent years.

Data from the New York City Department of Corrections shows an increase in jail guard use of force (UOF) in its facilities. Between January and June of 2016, the UOF rate was 3.75 per 1,000 inmates. Two years later, that rate stood at 6.17.

Meanwhile, fights across all of New York City’s jail — of which Rikers Island contains the majority – grew by 207 percent between Fiscal 2008 and 2018, according to department data. Between Fiscal 2015 and Fiscal 2018, fights and assaults grew by 47 percent.

A Times investigation published in 2014 found that nearly 130 inmates were hospitalized after fights with correction officers in less than one year. And in 2017, The Times reported that at least 40 percent of the inmates had been diagnosed with an untreated mental illness of some kind.

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Citing these problems, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed in 2017 to shutter Rikers Island and replace it with “at least a few new facilities” within the next decade.

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Manafort’s transfer – which is expected as early as Thursday – was ordered by a New York State judge at the request of New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. Manafort will be held in solitary confinement for his own protection, the source told Fox News.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Jake Gibson, and Eddie DeMarche contributed to this report.

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Speculation abounded Sunday after President Trump was photographed with what appeared to be a new hairstyle during a surprise visit Sunday to a Virginia church.

Trump’s slicked-back hair was a far cry from his usual look, which has been the subject of mockery in the pages of The New Yorker and “Saturday Night Live.”

Some assumed it was simply a case of “hat hair,” given that Trump had just stepped off the golf course. Others speculated it may have been a makeover ahead of the president’s trip to the U.K. this week.

The White House said Trump stopped at the church to visit with the pastor and pray for the victims of Friday’s deadly mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

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The new hairstyle was short-lived. Trump spoke to reporters later in the day wearing his usual hairdo ahead of his departure for the U.K.

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Poor taxpayers are far more likely to be audited by the IRS than high-income taxpayers – and the trend has only increased in the last decade, according to data released by the agency last week.

Americans who receive the earned income tax credit – the U.S.’ largest anti-poverty program – are audited at a higher rate than all but the top 1%, ProPublica reported, citing the data.

A new study suggests the IRS targets lower-income taxpayers at a higher rate than millionaires. 

A new study suggests the IRS targets lower-income taxpayers at a higher rate than millionaires.  (gsa.gov)

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called the double standard an “open invitation to cheat, low-income taxpayers are receiving heightened scrutiny because they can be audited far more easily. All it takes is a letter instead of a team of investigators and lawyers.”

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Dean Patterson, IRS spokesman, blamed the poor being audited more frequently on huge swaths of agents going into retirement because of budget cuts. With the IRS’ limited resources, Patterson said, “Correspondence audits are also the most efficient use of IRS’ limited examination resources.”

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On top of that, the response rate of the poorest taxpayers is dismally low. According to another study, only 34% of those with annual wages under $10,000 responded to EITC audits – a statistics blamed on their hard-to-reach residencies.

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President Trump stayed after his commencement speech at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Thursday to shake hands with nearly 1,000 graduating cadets.

Trump, who wasn’t scheduled to return to Washington until late evening, said he would stick around, despite his advisors telling him he didn’t have to.

“They gave me a choice. They said, ‘Sir, you don’t have to shake any hands, some people do that,’” Trump told the audience.

“You can shake one hand, to the one person, top of the class. You can shake 10, 50 or 100, and you could also stay for 1,000, OK?” Trump said to cheers.

During his commencement, Trump told the graduating cadets: “To dominate the future, America must rule the skies. And that is what your time at this great academy has been all about – preparing you to do whatever it takes to learn, to adapt and to win, win, win.”

Trump also pardoned the pranksters and mischief makers, a tradition for presidents speaking to graduating cadets.

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“So keeping with tradition and as your commander-in-chief, I hereby absolve and pardon, all cadets serving restrictions and confinements,” Trump said. “And that you earned, you earned it.”

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U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday that ships sabotaged off the United Arab Emirates coast were attacked “almost certainly by Iran.”

Bolton made the comments to journalists in Abu Dhabi ahead of planned meetings with to Emirati officials. He did not offer evidence to support his comments.

The U.S. recently deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over a still-unexplained threat it perceives from Tehran. The U.S. also pulled nonessential diplomats out of Iraq.

Emirati officials also say four ships off their coast were sabotaged. Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have also launched drone attacks on Saudi Arabia.

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Bolton dismissed the idea that there was any difference between his positions and Trump, saying: “I am the national security adviser, not the national security decider.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Democrats’ fixation on taking down President Trump ahead of the 2020 election is not in the country’s best interest and ultimately overlooks his accomplishments, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Wednesday.

Jordan’s comments came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s earlier remarks that Democrats “believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”

“When entire your focus is on attacking and stopping the president, you can’t do what’s best for the country,” Jordan said during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“When entire your focus is on attacking and stopping the president, you can’t do what’s best for the country.”

— U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

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Reacting to a comment by NBC’s Chuck Todd that Republicans’ only accomplishment is protecting Trump, Jordan touted the president’s list of accomplishments:

Despite the Democrats’ persistent efforts to attack Trump until the 2020 election, he said, the president has had an “unbelievable” record of achievement during his two-and-a-half years in office, including reducing regulations, cutting taxes, appointing conservative judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, and getting the U.S. out of the Iran deal, among other achievements.

“I think it’s a pretty good record to run on,” Jordan told host Laura Ingraham. “The only thing the Democrats are going to have to run on is attacking the president, who’s responsible for all those good things.”

Jordan then speculated that the Democrats’ concerted effort on Trump was a ploy to cover up Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, in which Barr said intelligence officials spied on the Trump campaign.

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“All the evidence is seeming to point to, the FBI was out to get the president,” Jordan said. “That’s the investigation that counts, and that’s the one that scares all these people.”

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New York Assembly Democrats on Tuesday blocked a bill that proposed expanding college tuition aid for children of deceased and disabled military veterans after– having a week earlier– approved a state budget that set aside $27 million in college tuition aid for illegal immigrants.

The Assembly’s Higher Education Committee voted 15 to 11 on Tuesday to shelve the bill, effectively quashing its chances of going to the floor, the Post-Standard reported.

The decision came after committee chair Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan, and Speaker Carl Heastie said $27 million from the state’s budget would go towards supporting the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act, which allows illegal immigrants to qualify for state aid for higher education, Newsweek reported.

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Glick said any expansion of college tuition aid to Gold Star families was not within the state’s budget and pointed to an already-existing program that provides $2.7 million to 145 students who are dependents of vets who served in combat zones, the New York Post reported.

“Assemblywoman Glick should be ashamed of herself,” said State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-Niagara. “We set aside $27 million dollars for college for people that are here illegally… Apparently, $2.7 million is all that the families of soldiers who are killed, get. If you’re a child of a fallen soldier, you do not rank as high and you know that by the money.”

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Mike Whyland, a spokesman for Assembly Democrats, said the Republican-led bill “would have expanded the eligibility beyond the scope and should be considered within the context of the budget.”

When asked about objections by GOP lawmakers, he said: “It’s purely political and it’s unfortunate that they are using children as pawns.”

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Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski, surmised that the Democrats’ refusal had less to do with budget restraints and more to do with the bill’s author: a Republican, Steve Hawley, R-Batavia.

“We get so caught up in majority and minority issues here, we can’t see the forest through the trees,” Barclay said. “I don’t know how they don’t justify this.”

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Lara and Eric Trump are expecting their second child later this year, effectively making President Trump a grandfather of 10.

Lara Trump, 36, who is the president’s 2020 senior campaign adviser, made the announcement on her Instagram page early Wednesday.

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“BIG NEWS: (Luke & Charlie & Ben) can’t wait to become brothers this August!!” she wrote in a post that accompanied an image of her family. “We’re all very excited to add one more to our family!”

Eric Trump, 35, who is the president’s younger son with his ex-wife, Ivana, also shared the news on his Twitter account, writing: “Lara and I are excited to announce that we will be adding another member to our family in August”

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He added that Luke, the Trump’s first son who was born in September 2017, “will be a great big brother!”

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California Democrats approved a bill last week that will force health clinics on college campuses to provide abortion pills.

Senate Bill 24, or the “College Student Right to Access Act,” was approved in a 7-3 vote last Wednesday by the California State Senate Health Committee.

Former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the same bill in October. He argued that abortion services were already “widely available off-campus,” making the bill unnecessary.

But state Sen. Connie Leyva, the bill’s chief sponsor, argued that “students should not have to travel off campus or miss class or work responsibilities in order to receive care that can easily be provided at a student health center.”

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At the time, Gavin Newsom, the former lieutenant governor who succeeded Brown as governor in January, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he “would have supported that [bill]” and subscribes to “Planned Parenthood and NARAL’s position on that.”

Newsom’s outspoken position has assured the bill’s proponents of its guaranteed passage.

According to the legislation, the bill would kick in beginning 2023 and would require $10.2 million in private funds to cover equipment and training, the Washington Times reported.

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Per California law, abortion is covered by health insurance policies. Health clinics on college campuses offer birth control services but not the abortion pill itself.

Opponents argue that the bill will turn colleges into “abortion vendors,” and that students will inevitably go up to cover the costs. Others are concerned about the health risks involved.

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To become law, the bill must pass through the state Senate’s education and appropriations committees before a full Senate vote. But with Democrats controlling both chambers, the bill’s passage is all but guaranteed.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has opened an investigation into Yale Law School over a decision to expand its nondiscrimination policy to certain organizations’ hiring practices – a move he contends may be aimed against Christians.

Per the school’s “nondiscrimination policy,” students who are affiliated with or work for organizations deemed discriminatory will not gain access to certain funds. The policy was recently expanded to cover summer public interest fellowships, post-graduate public interest fellowships, and loan forgiveness for careers in public interest, according to LifeSite News.

In February, members of the Yale Federalist Society invited a lawyer from the Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom to speak on campus, a move that enraged Yale’s LGBT group “Outlaws.”

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Outlaws wrote to school administrators demanding that it expand its discrimination policy to Christian groups, given some Christian groups’ stance on gay rights.

“[W]e are asking the Yale Law School administration to clarify its [Summer Public Interest Fellowship (‘SPIF’)] and admissions policies regarding organizations that discriminate against members of its community,” the group wrote.

On March 25, the school sent an email to its students announcing an expansion of nondiscrimination policy.

In a letter last Thursday to Yale Law’s Dean Heather Gerken, Cruz wrote: “(It) appears that the policy arose from unconstitutional animus and a specific discriminatory intent both to blacklist Christian organizations like the Alliance Defending Freedom and to punish Yale students whose values or religious faith lead them to work there.”

Cruz told Gerken that the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution is opening an investigation, a possible “referral to the Department of Justice for action against the law school.”

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According to the Yale Daily News, administrators insisted that the policy applies solely to organizations’ “hiring practices” and not its “values,” adding that it “enthusiastically supports the efforts of Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, liberal, and conservative groups to hire our students.”

Cruz said the investigation may include a subpoena or a referral to the Department of Justice for action against Yale Law School.

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As outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen looks for her next job following her resignation Sunday, she may find herself battling a liberal blacklisting effort against those who’ve served in the Trump administration.

Nielsen’s name appears on a list that a cabal of immigration and civil rights groups recently sent to the CEOs of American companies, urging them not to hire Trump officials who were involved in last year’s separation of migrant children from their families.

Other current and former Trump administration officials targeted include John Kelly, the former White House chief of staff, and Sarah Sanders, the current White House press secretary.

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“Some of these individuals have left the administration in recent months,” the letter to the CEOs states. “Regardless of when they leave, they should not be allowed to seek refuge in your boardrooms or corner offices. Allowing them to step off the revolving door and into your welcoming arms should be a nonstarter.”

The letter was made public Friday, but was dated Saturday to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the “zero tolerance” border policy announced by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

That policy led to the separation of more than 2,000 migrant children from their families at the border — as well as an outpouring of condemnation. Ultimately, the Trump administration reversed the policy.

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The letter was signed by 41 immigration and civil rights groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has targeted Nielsen in the past.

That Montgomery, Ala., organization, which frequently targets conservative organizations and individuals, has itself come under fire in recent months over allegations of sexual misconduct and racial discrimination within its ranks that have prompted the resignations of several top executives.

The coalition targeting the Trump administration officials also purchased an ad in Sunday’s New York Times that read: Attention Corporate America: Don’t let hate into your boardroom.” The ad features a MAGA-like hat emblazoned with the slogan “Put Kids In Cages.”

The campaign was organized by Restore Public Trust, a predominantly Democratic public-interest group. Spokesman Karl Frisch told Bloomberg that the letter serves as a warning to corporations that hire former Trump administration officials.

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He said that companies “need to think twice about what that will mean for their brand to be associating with somebody who is responsible for one of the most horrific policies this administration put forward and that speaks volumes.”

The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke got an unusual invite while on the campaign trail in Iowa on Thursday: A high school student asked him to be her date for the prom.

During a campaign rally in Sioux City, 17-year-old Claire Campbell asked O’Rourke: “It’s OK if you say no, but will you go to prom with me?”

O’Rourke said he was “really touched,” given that he did not attend his own prom when he was in high school.

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“This means more to me than you know,” he told her, before making a request of his own.

“[S]omebody told me about your sign, so we came up with a counter-proposal,” O’Rourke said, before lifting up a sign that said, “Will you caucus for me?” — referring to the Iowa caucuses that will be held in early 2020 to determine the state’s picks for president.

Campbell later told the Des Moines Register that she was disappointed with O’Rourke’s answer “because, like, I need a prom date. But his counter offer was pretty good.”

However, Campbell couldn’t accept O’Rourke’s invitation because she is from South Dakota, which bars her from participating in the Iowa caucuses.

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The light-hearted exchange was a sharp contrast to O’Rourke’s earlier response to a reporter in which he compared President Trump’s rhetoric to Nazi Germany.

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The U.S. relies heavily on immigrant labor, and if President Trump’s policies aren’t reversed, the U.S. may find itself “begging for immigrants” in the future, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro argued Tuesday.

“Several of the industries in this country benefit already from their labor,” Castro told MSNBC. “We need a young and vibrant workforce. And if we’re not careful, if we don’t get this right, in 20 or 30 years this nation is going to be begging for immigrants to come to this country.”

Castro argued further that illegal immigration should be treated as a civil, rather than criminal matter.

“The truth is, immigrants seeking refuge in our country aren’t a threat to national security. Migration shouldn’t be a criminal justice issue. It’s time to end this draconian policy and return to treating immigration as a civil — not a criminal — issue,” he said.

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Castro, 44, one of a crowded field of Democrats seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, has made immigration central to his platform. In a proposal published on Medium, he vowed to reverse the travel ban on migration from certain countries, cuts in refugee numbers and what he calls “wasteful spending on a pointless wall.”

Castro was the youngest member of former President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, serving as secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017. He previously served as mayor of San Antonio, Texas.

Castro’s twin brother is U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democrat who represents Texas’s 20th Congressional District.

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Julian Castro is likely to return to the topic of immigration later this month when he is scheduled to hold a rally in his hometown of San Antonio at the same time Trump is expected to appear in Texas for fundraising events.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Senate Republicans on Monday blasted their Democratic colleagues for blocking a disaster relief bill that was intended to help Midwestern regions affected by flooding because it supposedly didn’t go far enough to help Puerto Rico.

The bill, originally sponsored by Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., proposed $13.5 billion in relief funding for areas recently hit by natural disasters. The 44-49 vote fell short of a majority, and far short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster.

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Democrats want to add almost $700 million more to unlock further disaster aid for Puerto Rico and several states, including help to rebuild badly damaged water systems. Democrats are also trying to force the Trump administration to release billions of dollars in rebuilding funds that have already been approved.

Republicans accused Democrats of playing partisan politics.

“Disaster funding should not be a partisan issue, yet for months, Congress has repeatedly played politics with much-needed aid at the expense of local communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, and around the nation that are struggling to recover,” tweeted Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the proposed funding “would not have left anyone in the lurch from Iowa to Puerto Rico.” He accused the Democrats of being hypocritical for decrying “Washington political games while on the campaign trail in Iowa, but then return to the Capitol only to play political games themselves.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused Democrats of holding up relief funds and argued that another relief package passed in the House earlier this year would be vetoed by the president.

“This is no time for my colleagues across the aisle to prioritize a political fight with the president ahead of the urgent needs of communities across America,” McConnell said before the vote Monday.

“This is no time for my colleagues across the aisle to prioritize a political fight with the president ahead of the urgent needs of communities across America.”

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

FILE: An aerial view of Offutt Air Force Base and surrounding areas in Nebraska affected by flood waters. 

FILE: An aerial view of Offutt Air Force Base and surrounding areas in Nebraska affected by flood waters.  (Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake/U.S. Air Force via AP)

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President Trump, who has openly criticized Puerto Rico’s government, has denied Democratic demands for more aid to the U.S. territory, which was slammed by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.

Trump fired off a round of tweets Monday in which he criticized Puerto Rico’s government for incompetence and corruption.

“The people of Puerto Rico are GREAT, but the politicians are incompetent or corrupt. Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined, yet their government can’t do anything right, the place is a mess – nothing works.”

Trump said last week that his administration had sent $91 billion to Puerto Rico, while only $29 billion had gone to Texas and $12 billion to Florida for the hurricane.

“(Puerto Rico) has to spend the money wisely,” Trump said. “They don’t know how to spend the money and they’re not spending it wisely.”

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The path forward is not clear, but a leading option is for the Senate to pass a much more narrowly drawn bill simply to get the issue into a House-Senate conference committee. House Democrats insist the talks must produce a final measure with help for Puerto Rico.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative stalwart, is rumored to be President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court should Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat become available, according to an Axios report that cited close confidants of the president.

Barrett, 46, was considered to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy last year, but the president said he was “saving her for Ginsburg,” the report said.

Trump reportedly told people “I’m saving her for Ginsburg” as recently as two days before he nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, according to Axios. The report could not be independently verified by Fox News, but Barrett has been mentioned as a favorite by Trump in the past.

Trump advisers were concerned that Barrett, who staunchly opposes abortion, would alienate GOP moderates like Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the report said. They were also confident that Republicans would maintain their control of the Senate and nominating another conservative judge to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be necessary at the time, the report said.

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Ginsburg, who turned 86 last month, is unlikely to retire while Trump is in office. Health problems — including undergoing lung cancer surgery in December — kept her away from the bench for several months. She returned in February and is reportedly now in good health.

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Trump appointed Barrett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017. Barrett, who is open about her Catholicism, was grilled by Democrats during her Senate confirmation. Should Barrett be nominated to the Supreme Court, a contentious confirmation process would undoubtedly play out.

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Multiple Democratic lawmakers this week replaced POW/MIA flags outside their Capitol Hill offices with a Transgender Equality flag to commemorate “Trans Visibility Week,” photos show. 

The move reportedly came at the behest of the “National Center for Transgender Equality.” The group tweeted Tuesday that it had delivered the flags to every member of Congress – even Republicans – with the request that they be flown outside their offices.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted a photo of his office with the transgender flag displayed, writing: “Discrimination has no place in our society. I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country. We must stand with transgender people in all of our community.”

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Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., was among multiple Democratic lawmakers whose office was pictured this week with the transgender pride flag in lieu of the POW/MIA flag.

“As a proud member of the @LGBTEqCaucus,” Schrier tweeted late Wednesday morning, “I will do everything I can to make sure transgender people #WontBeErased by violence, fear or prejudice. I am committed to safety and equality for all. #TransVisibilityWeek”

A report from the Washington Free Beacon included a photo shot outside Schrier’s office in January with the POW/MIA flag displayed. Her office has reportedly informed the Free Beacon that the switch is only temporary.

Some Democrats, like Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., displayed the transgender pride flag alongside the POW/MIA flag.

The displays coincide with the House’s rebuke on Thursday to President Trump’s move to ban transgender people from serving in the military. A non-binding resolution opposing the ban passed 238-185, nearly along party lines. Only five Republicans sided with the Democrats to vote in the ban’s favor.

The Trump administration’s policy bars people who have undergone gender transition from enlisting and requires military personnel to serve as their biological gender.

Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., said the policy amounted to “targeted discrimination.” Armed Services Chair Adam Smith, D-Wash., said the Trump policy is “primarily based on ignorance and bias against the transgender community.”

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Speaking from the floor in support of the resolution, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had also placed a transgender pride flag outside her office, said: “There is no moral justification for this ban which violates every value of our American democracy.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis unveiled a new state logo Tuesday, but reactions on social media were widely negative, with many questioning the necessity of such a move and others ridiculing the Democrat for his choice of attire.

Polis described the new logo, which includes a multicolored “C” next to an evergreen tree, as an update of the “state brand.”

"The tree represents Colorado’s natural resources and spirit," Polis said. "The red symbolizes Colorado’s red soil and rocks. … Yellow represents the state’s abundant sunshine and wheat of the Great Plains. Our dual peaks represent the many mountains in our state. And our rich blue base represents water, which is absolutely critical to our state."

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The state’s previous logo, which debuted in 2013 under former Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who is now running for president, cost the state more than $2 million and was widely panned for its likeness to a carbon monoxide warning label, according to KKTV-TV of Colorado Springs.

But Polis insisted that the new logo wouldn’t cost taxpayers a dime. He said he used "internal resources" and did not commission an outside firm to design the logo, which will supposedly be phased in over time, the Denver Post reported.

Twitter users were quick to cast doubt on Polis’ claims, with many ridiculing the logo and comparing it to the drawing of a child.

"Governor Polis’ vanity project of replacing Colorado’s traditional logo is just another way to put his stamp on our state. A logo change is a huge waste of money, replacing the old one on documents, signage, checks, etc.," Twitter user Deb Moorland wrote. "There is no good reason for it."

“How many tax dollars were wasted in adding a tree and mountains to the C logo that’s been around for a long time?” one user wrote.

“Gov. Polis borrowed his kids’ crayons to design this logo,” another Twitter user wrote.

Polis was also mocked for wearing a wool knit cap emblazoned with the new logo during the press conference.

“Unfortunately, Polis looks like a doofus,” wrote one Twitter user. “He thinks he can pull this sort of this off. He can’t. He reminds me of Dukakis in his tank helmet.”

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Polis, 43, a five-term congressman and technology entrepreneur, took office last October after defeating Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton. Polis made history for being the first openly gay person elected to the governor’s office.

Fox News’ Perry Chiaramonte contributed to this report.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will put the Green New Deal to a vote on Tuesday in a move that will force Democrats to take an official stand on the measure and thus pit the party’s moderates from its progressive wing.

“I could not be more glad that the American people will have the opportunity to learn precisely where each one of their senators stand on the “Green New Deal,” McConnell tweeted. “A radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire U.S. economy.”

The resolution, which amounts to an ambitious overhaul of the U.S. to combat climate change, undoubtedly will not pass in the GOP-controlled Senate. But Republicans say that the vote will allow them to better gauge Democrats’ commitment to its radical proposals.

U.S.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has called the derided the planned vote a political stunt and accused Republicans on Saturday of “wasting votes in Congress.”

“Stop wasting the American peoples’ time + learn to govern,” the freshman lawmaker tweeted. “Our jobs aren’t for campaigning, & that’s exactly what these bluff-votes are for.”

Republicans have resoundingly lambasted the Green New Deal for its socialist implications and hefty price tag. Sen. Charles E Grassley, R-Iowa, has liked the proposal to a “utopian manifesto,” while Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., called it a “socialist fantasy.”

J. Scott Jennings, McConnell’s former campaign adviser, said the Green New Deal is dividing Democrats, but that moderates are afraid to speak out because the party’s base “is demanding this sort of extremely out-of-the-mainstream stuff.”

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By contrast, said Republican political consultant Joseph Pinion, the Green New Deal has united Republicans – both Trumpers and never-Trumpers alike – “in the idea that the policies of a Green New Deal would be disastrous for America.”

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The New York Times reports that most Democrats will vote present on Tuesday because the terms of the resolution have not been fully flushed out or discussed among the party.

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Rudy Giuliani on Monday called on CNN to apologize for its two-year coverage of alleged collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign after a summary of Robert Mueller’s report was released.

Giuliani likened the coverage to “torture” during an appearance on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time.

“You guys on this network have tortured this man for two years with collusion and nobody’s apologizing,” Giuliani said. “Before we talk about obstruction, apologize.

Chris Cuomo, the host, refused to apologize. Giuliani fired back: “Of course you’re not because you’re not being fair.”

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Cuomo insisted that he and his colleagues were asking questions that needed to be asked. He asked Giuliani: “Do I ask you to apologize for everything the president says that isn’t true?”

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Giuliani, who is the president’s personal attorney, repeatedly blasted CNN for doubling down on “collusion,” before adding that the New York Times, the Washington Post and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ought to apologize as well.

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President Trump, in an extensive interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, accused Democrats embracing ideas like court-packing and the Green New Deal of becoming "radicalized" — while voicing confidence as he sized up the ever-expanding field of potential 2020 opponents.

The president mocked the Democratic contenders for “saying a lot of weird things,” calling the Green New Deal “the most preposterous thing” and blasting Beto O’Rourke’s idea of taking down sections of border wall.

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But asked which candidate in the massive field he’d truly like to run against in 2020, Trump threw out a few names:

"I mean, I’d love to have [Joe] Biden. I’d love to have Bernie [Sanders], I’d love to have Beto," he said, adding: "I mean, Beto seems to be the one the press has chosen. The press seems to have chosen Beto. … When I watch Beto, I say we could dream about that."

The comments amount to an early read from the president on which candidates he’d delight in tarring on the campaign trail, with the field growing every week and increasingly running to the left on issues ranging from immigration to taxes.

In the same interview, Trump alleged "the Democrats actually are becoming a far left party, I mean, they’re becoming a radical party. You look at what they want to do with the Supreme Court. You look at what they want to do with the voting age. Where did that come all of the sudden? The voting age at 16 — they’re becoming radical. They are radicalized."

He was referring to calls by Democrats, including 2020 candidates, to stack more justices onto the Supreme Court and lower the voting age to 16.

Trump discussed a range of other hot-button issues, including the economy and his controversial criticism of the late Sen. John McCain that has led to rebukes from his own party.

Bartiromo began by pointing out that while the U.S. economy has grown under Trump’s administration, the rest of the world seems to be slowing. Asked how he would keep the momentum, Trump said trade deals made during his presidency will continue to be enforced and expressed high hopes for an impending trade deal with China. He added that that tariffs on Chinese imports have already brought in billions in additional revenue.

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“[I]f you look at technology and the first $50 billion of goods, we want to keep that … because we need that.”

Trump also lavished praised on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as a remedy to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — or as he frequently calls it: “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.” He then blasted the European Union for what he regarded as a double standard. Countries like Germany, he said, are sending their cars virtually untaxed, while not accepting U.S.-made cars in return.

It’s hard to believe I won. If you think about it, I had Facebook, Google, Twitter, everybody against me … the media is almost totally against me.

— President Donald Trump

“The numbers are just smaller by a lot — but you know, we lost, over the course of the last five, six, seven years, $150 billion a year with European Union,” Trump said. “They don’t take our product. They tax us tremendously. They tariff us tremendously. Almost every country has taken advantage of the United States — and we’re straightening it out.”

Trump appeared unconcerned that slapping tariffs on auto imports might disrupt the global economy, insisting that the “end game” is for companies to “build their plants in the United States” with no tariffs.

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The interview touched on social media’s alleged censorship of conservative voices, like Rep. Devin Nunes, who earlier this week opened a lawsuit against Twitter. Asked what regulation he would like to see imposed on social media companies, Trump said he hates “the concept of regulation on media,” but claimed apparent “collusion between Democrats.”

“It’s hard to believe I won,” he said. “If you think about it, I had Facebook, Google, Twitter, everybody against me.  I have — the media is almost totally against me.  And yet I won. 306 to 223; people can’t even believe it. I won. Because I’m able to get the word out through my social media, because I have great social media — but I’ll tell you, it’s much tougher than it should be.”

Though not having the same inclination as Sen. Elizabeth Warren to break up these tech companies, he criticized them for being stricter on conservatives than Democrats – who, he added, are becoming increasingly radicalized.

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Trump also addressed the heat he’s taken this week for criticizing McCain — who died last August – during a speech to workers at an Army tank plant in Ohio, saying: “I never liked him much. I really probably never will."

Trump blasted McCain for voting against a bid to roll back ObamaCare, being involved in handing over the so-called Steele Dossier to the FBI, and supporting military intervention in Iraq.

“[W]hat he did to the Republican Party and to the nation and to sick people that could have had great health care, it’s not good. So I’m not a fan of John McCain, and that’s fine,” Trump said.

With the long-awaited Mueller report rumored to be wrapping up soon, Trump dismissed the notion that anything substantial would be revealed regarding supposed Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential election.

“If you look over the past two years, how many breaking news stories was there about me that turned out to be nonexistent?  So many of them,” he said.

Despite battling on multiple fronts, Trump was still optimistic that common ground could be reached with Democrats — who he suggested appear more invested in infrastructure than Republicans.

“I like, frankly, owning our own roads, owning our bridges. I don’t like selling them to other countries,” he said, adding: “I think it’s very feasible because I think [Democrats] want to do it. I mean, Nancy Pelosi told me very strongly they want to do infrastructure.”

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He then shifted gears to immigration, which he derided as a “total disaster in this country.”

“We have laws that are so bad; people pouring in,” Trump said. He lavished praise on immigration officials but said that their working conditions would be remarkably improved with a wall – which he insisted he was committed to building.

“We’re building the wall and it’s going up fast, big, strong, looks good, not the horrible thing that they were building before I got here.  We’re building the wall now.  We’re going to have a lot of wall built pretty soon.  But if you don’t have that, you can’t have border security,” he said.

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President Trump, in an extensive interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, accused Democrats embracing ideas like court-packing and the Green New Deal of becoming "radicalized" — while voicing confidence as he sized up the ever-expanding field of potential 2020 opponents.

The president mocked the Democratic contenders for “saying a lot of weird things,” calling the Green New Deal “the most preposterous thing” and blasting Beto O’Rourke’s idea of taking down sections of border wall.

TRUMP AMASSING HUGE WAR CHEST FOR 2020

But asked which candidate in the massive field he’d truly like to run against in 2020, Trump threw out a few names:

"I mean, I’d love to have [Joe] Biden. I’d love to have Bernie [Sanders], I’d love to have Beto," he said, adding: "I mean, Beto seems to be the one the press has chosen. The press seems to have chosen Beto. … When I watch Beto, I say we could dream about that."

The comments amount to an early read from the president on which candidates he’d delight in tarring on the campaign trail, with the field growing every week and increasingly running to the left on issues ranging from immigration to taxes.

In the same interview, Trump alleged "the Democrats actually are becoming a far left party, I mean, they’re becoming a radical party. You look at what they want to do with the Supreme Court. You look at what they want to do with the voting age. Where did that come all of the sudden? The voting age at 16 — they’re becoming radical. They are radicalized."

He was referring to calls by Democrats, including 2020 candidates, to stack more justices onto the Supreme Court and lower the voting age to 16.

Trump discussed a range of other hot-button issues, including the economy and his controversial criticism of the late Sen. John McCain that has led to rebukes from his own party.

Bartiromo began by pointing out that while the U.S. economy has grown under Trump’s administration, the rest of the world seems to be slowing. Asked how he would keep the momentum, Trump said trade deals made during his presidency will continue to be enforced and expressed high hopes for an impending trade deal with China. He added that that tariffs on Chinese imports have already brought in billions in additional revenue.

US, CHINA CLOSE IN ON TRADE DEAL THAT WOULD REMOVE SANCTIONS ON CHINESE PRODUCTS: REPORT

“[I]f you look at technology and the first $50 billion of goods, we want to keep that … because we need that.”

Trump also lavished praised on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as a remedy to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — or as he frequently calls it: “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.” He then blasted the European Union for what he regarded as a double standard. Countries like Germany, he said, are sending their cars virtually untaxed, while not accepting U.S.-made cars in return.

It’s hard to believe I won. If you think about it, I had Facebook, Google, Twitter, everybody against me … the media is almost totally against me.

— President Donald Trump

“The numbers are just smaller by a lot — but you know, we lost, over the course of the last five, six, seven years, $150 billion a year with European Union,” Trump said. “They don’t take our product. They tax us tremendously. They tariff us tremendously. Almost every country has taken advantage of the United States — and we’re straightening it out.”

Trump appeared unconcerned that slapping tariffs on auto imports might disrupt the global economy, insisting that the “end game” is for companies to “build their plants in the United States” with no tariffs.

CNN PANEL MOCKS DEVIN NUNES, CONSERVATIVES’ CLAIMS THAT TWITTER IS SHADOW-BANNING THEM AS ‘CONSPIRATORIAL LIE’

The interview touched on social media’s alleged censorship of conservative voices, like Rep. Devin Nunes, who earlier this week opened a lawsuit against Twitter. Asked what regulation he would like to see imposed on social media companies, Trump said he hates “the concept of regulation on media,” but claimed apparent “collusion between Democrats.”

“It’s hard to believe I won,” he said. “If you think about it, I had Facebook, Google, Twitter, everybody against me.  I have — the media is almost totally against me.  And yet I won. 306 to 223; people can’t even believe it. I won. Because I’m able to get the word out through my social media, because I have great social media — but I’ll tell you, it’s much tougher than it should be.”

Though not having the same inclination as Sen. Elizabeth Warren to break up these tech companies, he criticized them for being stricter on conservatives than Democrats – who, he added, are becoming increasingly radicalized.

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Trump also addressed the heat he’s taken this week for criticizing McCain — who died last August – during a speech to workers at an Army tank plant in Ohio, saying: “I never liked him much. I really probably never will."

Trump blasted McCain for voting against a bid to roll back ObamaCare, being involved in handing over the so-called Steele Dossier to the FBI, and supporting military intervention in Iraq.

“[W]hat he did to the Republican Party and to the nation and to sick people that could have had great health care, it’s not good. So I’m not a fan of John McCain, and that’s fine,” Trump said.

With the long-awaited Mueller report rumored to be wrapping up soon, Trump dismissed the notion that anything substantial would be revealed regarding supposed Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential election.

“If you look over the past two years, how many breaking news stories was there about me that turned out to be nonexistent?  So many of them,” he said.

Despite battling on multiple fronts, Trump was still optimistic that common ground could be reached with Democrats — who he suggested appear more invested in infrastructure than Republicans.

“I like, frankly, owning our own roads, owning our bridges. I don’t like selling them to other countries,” he said, adding: “I think it’s very feasible because I think [Democrats] want to do it. I mean, Nancy Pelosi told me very strongly they want to do infrastructure.”

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He then shifted gears to immigration, which he derided as a “total disaster in this country.”

“We have laws that are so bad; people pouring in,” Trump said. He lavished praise on immigration officials but said that their working conditions would be remarkably improved with a wall – which he insisted he was committed to building.

“We’re building the wall and it’s going up fast, big, strong, looks good, not the horrible thing that they were building before I got here.  We’re building the wall now.  We’re going to have a lot of wall built pretty soon.  But if you don’t have that, you can’t have border security,” he said.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told a group of supporters on Tuesday that he is planning to run for president in the 2020 and needs help securing contributions from donors, according to a report.

Biden, who ranks high in polls among Democratic favorites, said he wanted to raise enough donations that were comparable to what Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., raised shortly after announcing their candidacy, a source knowledgeable on the matter told the Wall Street Journal.

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Within 24 hours after launching his bid, O’Rourke had raised more than $6 million, while Sanders had amassed nearly the same amount in roughly the same timeframe. Biden told his supporters on Tuesday that his candidacy would be judged by how quickly it could raise donations, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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But despite signs indicating that Biden is prepping for a presidential bid, he has yet to make a formal announcement. Biden seemingly slipped during a speech in Delaware on Saturday, telling the audience: “I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the — anybody who would run.”

President Donald Trump on Monday morning pounced on the apparent gaffe, tweeting: “Joe Biden got tongue-tied over the weekend when he was unable to properly deliver a very simple line about his decision to run for President. Get used to it, another low I.Q. individual!”

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President Trump’s two appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – were expected to help bring about a "conservative revolution” on the nation’s highest court. But in two out of three rulings by the court Tuesday, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh found themselves on opposing sides.

The two cases in which the justices did not agree involved an Indian tribe and Washington state taxes, and another involving maritime law.

Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump in 2017 to fill the seat Senate Republicans held open for more than a year after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016, sided with the liberal justices in ruling that the Yakama Nation doesn’t have to pay a Washington state fuel tax. He cited an 1855 treaty that made a “handful of modest promises” to the tribe, including the right to move goods to market freely.

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Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy praised the ruling. In a statement cited by NW News Network, he wrote: “Today marks a decision that reinforces the Yakama way of life, both in historical context as well as modern interpretation."

Gorsuch’s opinion was joined only by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leader of the court’s liberal wing. The other three liberal justices voted for the same outcome, but for different reasons.

Kavanaugh dissented from the Gorsuch and the liberals. He argued that the 1855 treaty merely gave tribal members equal rights to travel.

The other case that saw Kavanaugh and Gorsuch at odds addressed a lawsuit brought by two Navy veterans who had been exposed to asbestos. Writing the court’s opinion, Kavanaugh said that the makers of pumps, turbines and blowers that required asbestos insulation to operate properly should have warned about the health dangers of asbestos exposure. This is so, Kavanaugh wrote, even though the companies did not manufacture or sell the asbestos to the Navy. The liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts also were in the majority.

Gorsuch, whose dissent was joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, wrote that the manufacturers "are at risk of being held responsible retrospectively for failing to warn about other people’s products."

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Tuesday’s third case demonstrated the more common alliance of the conservative justices. The court’s decision, which saw Gorsuch and Kavanaugh in lockstep with the other conservatives, gave the federal government broader power to detain immigrants who are awaiting deportation anytime after they have been released from prison on criminal charges. The four liberal justices dissented.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale took a swipe at George Conway on Twitter Monday, accusing the Republican lawyer and frequent Trump critic of being “jealous” of his wife’s success.

“We all know that @realDonaldTrump turned down Mr. Kellyanne Conway for a job he desperately wanted,” Parscale tweeted. “He barely worked @TheJusticeDept and was either fired/quit, didn’t want the scrutiny? Now he hurts his wife because he is jealous of her success. POTUS doesn’t even know him!”

An email from Fox News to the attorney inquiring about the purported job was not immediately returned

George Conway has been critical of Trump on Twitter and has questioned the president’s mental health. Earlier in the week, he had tweeted that Trump has a problem with “pathological” lying.

Conway elaborated early Monday, saying that Trump’s barrage of Tweets over the weekend – including critiques of the late Sen. John McCain and “Saturday Night Live” – were a “product of his pathologies” rather than a “rational plan or strategy.”

He then retweeted a post from "Duty To Warn," which tried to demonstrate that Trump’s activities matched the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder.

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Later Monday, Parscale attributed Conway’s critique of the president to supposed resentment for not being offered a job and hurting his wife because he is “jealous” of her success.

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California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, who has opened a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter alleging that the social media company negligently failed to remove defamatory and malicious tweets against him and his family, told Fox News on Monday that the lawsuit will be "the first of many."

Appearing on Fox News’ "Hannity," Nunes said he was going after Twitter first because they “are the main proliferator” of “fake” and “slanderous” news.

“The case we’re basically making is this was an orchestrated effort. So people were targeting me, there were anonymous accounts that were developed … and these accounts are not supposed to exist. Twitter says that they don’t have accounts that do this,” he said.

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Nunes’ lawsuit accuses Twitter and a handful of its users of "shadow-banning conservatives" — including himself — to influence the 2018 election by censoring opposing viewpoints. Acknowledging the role that Twitter plays in modern politics, Nunes accused the social media platform of “gaslighting” for all of the news and “proliferating” only the content they supposedly agree with.

“And when they’re regulating us, they’re regulating what people can see on my tweets – which they’ve done – and then they’re proliferating out things that they agree with the algorithms that they develop," he said. "They need to come clean. They’re not a public square. They are content developers.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress last year that his platform is a kind of "digital public square," although he has insisted that Twitter, as a private company, retains the right to censor speech.

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Nunes, accused Twitter of a double standard, questioning why the company would allow certain accounts — which, by its own terms of service, he said shouldn’t exist in the first place — to attack him "hundreds of times a day."

"I guarantee you, if I put something out that was sexually explicit or attacked someone personally they would stop it," Nunes said. "They never did that to any of the people that were coming after me or other conservatives."

Twitter did not comment on the suit when reached earlier by Fox News.

Nunes’ lawsuit alleges defamation, conspiracy and negligence, seeking not only damages, but also an injunction compelling Twitter to turn over the identities behind numerous accounts he says harassed him and deliberately interfered in his investigation as House Intelligence Committee chair into corruption and Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election.

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"This is part of the continuing Russia investigation. We’re not going to just let all these fake news stories that were written about this investigation, about this hoax — that were lies — we’re going to challenge every single one of them in court. We’re just starting with Twitter," Nunes said.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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The New York attorney general’s office on Monday handed subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records involving Trump’s failed bid to buy the Buffalo Bills and other business dealings with the Trump Organization, according to a report.

The inquiry, spearheaded by the recently-elected Letitia James, was prompted by the congressional testimony of Trump’s ex-attorney Michal Cohen, who alleged that Trump deliberately inflated his assets to improve his chances of buying the NFL team, the New York Times reported, citing a person who was briefed on the subpoenas.

The request to Deutsche Bank specifically sought records on loans, mortgages, lines of credit, and financial transactions in connection with multiple Trump properties, the report said.

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Deutsche Bank, which is already under two separate congressional investigations, is one of the few financial lenders that has been willing to work with Trump in recent years, according to the Times.

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