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Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights billTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons who complete their sentences except murderers and felony sex offenders moved another step Tuesday toward passage in the Florida House.



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Trump approved payment of $2 million North Korea bill for care of Warmbier: report

Trump approved payment of $  2 million North Korea bill for care of Warmbier: reportPresident Donald Trump approved payment of a $ 2 million bill presented by North Korea to cover its care of comatose American Otto Warmbier, a college student who died shortly after being returned home from 17 months in a North Korean prison, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. The Post said an invoice was handed to State Department envoy Joseph Yun hours before Warmbier, 22, was flown out of Pyongyang in a coma on June 13, 2017. Warmbier died six days later.



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Bill Barr: I’m Not Giving Congress Full Mueller Report

Bill Barr: I’m Not Giving Congress Full Mueller ReportSaul Loeb/GettyAttorney General Bill Barr said Tuesday that he would be in position to release the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election within the week but that portions of it would be redacted in order to protect ongoing investigations and the privacy and reputation of individuals who have not been charged.Setting up a potentially contentious showdown with lawmakers, Barr added that he had no plans to release a full, unredacted report to Congress, despite their demands for one. “I don’t intend at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the [judiciary] committee,” Barr said. He also said that he would not seek a court order to release grand jury information despite demands by judiciary chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) for such information to be provided. The attorney general answered questions about the Mueller report in a hearing in front of the House Appropriations Committee on the Department of Justice’s 2020 budget. Barr said that his team, along with members of the special counsel’s office, was still in the midst of redacting the report, including material related to grand jury testimonies. When released, the report will be color coded to show why each redacted section was being withheld from public viewing, Barr said.Members of the committee, including the chair, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), pressed Barr on the process he used to write his four-page summary of the report. Barr said that the attorney general’s office consulted with members of the special counsel’s office in the weeks leading up to its submission of the report. He also said that he had offered Mueller a chance to review his summary of Mueller’s findings but that Mueller declined the offer. Since Barr released his four-page memo, it has been reported that investigators in the special counsel’s office felt that the report was more damaging to President Trump than Barr reflected in his summary.Barr’s summary said that the special counsel’s office “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” It went on to say that the special counsel’s office stated in its report that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”Should Barr follow through on his timeline of releasing the redacted version, the report could very well be released next week, when Congress is out on recess. President Donald Trump had initially said that he would welcome the full release of the Mueller report. But in recent days he has taken to Twitter to insist that Democrats would not be satisfied even were a full release of the report to happen, and hinting at his own reservations about some of the report’s details being made public. Lowey asked Barr if he had consulted with the White House before releasing his summary. Barr declined to answer. “I’ve said what I’m going to say about the report today,” he said, adding that he was prepared to testify in front of Congress about the report in May. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) asked Barr if he let anyone outside of the Department of Justice read his March 24 letter to Congress summarizing Mueller’s work. “The answer, I am pretty sure, is no,” Barr said.“You’re not sure?” Crist asked.“I am sure,” Barr said.Later, Barr clarified that before the letter went out to Congress, the attorney general’s office told the White House counsel that the summary was sent out.“I think it may have been read to them,” Barr said, adding that he did not think that the White House actually saw the letter or that saying he doesn’t believe they saw the letter and didn’t get chance to change it.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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Schumer to Reintroduce Bill Naming Senate Building after McCain

Schumer to Reintroduce Bill Naming Senate Building after McCainSenator Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that he plans to reintroduce a bill that would rename the Russell Senate Office Building after the late senator John McCain, amid a rekindled public feud between President Trump and the McCain family."I look forward to soon re-introducing my legislation re-naming the Russell Senate Building after American hero, Senator John McCain," the Senate minority leader wrote in a tweet Wednesday.Schumer's announcement came after Trump said Tuesday at the White House that, "I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be."McCain passed away from brain cancer at 81 years of age last August. The Arizona Republican's daughter, Meghan McCain, has vehemently defended her father from Trump's attacks, saying Monday that the president's focus on her father is a sign of his "pathetic life."Trump's beef with McCain, who lost the presidential election to Barack Obama in 2008, stretches back to the 2016 campaign season, when he criticized McCain for being captured and suffering for more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said at the time of McCain. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”Trump's frustration with McCain was aggravated by the senator's dramatic eleventh-hour vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act in July 2017. The senator "told us hours before that he was going to repeal and replace," Trump said Tuesday. "And then for some reason — I think I understand the reason — he ended up" voting against.“We’ll be talking about the best way to honor Sen. McCain,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said of Schumer's proposal.



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Attorney General Bill Barr set to decide whether or not the Mueller report will be released to the public

Attorney General Bill Barr set to decide whether or not the Mueller report will be released to the publicFormer U.S. Attorney Guy Lewis says he believes AG Bill Barr will make the Mueller report public.



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House passes bill rejecting Trump's border wall emergency

House passes bill rejecting Trump's border wall emergencyIn a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump, the House of Representatives on Tuesday brushed aside veto threats and passed legislation to terminate the emergency he declared at the U.S.-Mexico border in order to build a wall there. By a vote of 245-182, the House passed the resolution, setting up a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate where the resolution’s chances were slimmer, but seemed to be improving. While passage was a victory for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the tally was short of what she would likely need to override a possible veto by Republican Trump.



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Bill Maher says the reason red state voters are so upset is because they want to be the blue states

Bill Maher says the reason red state voters are so upset is because they want to be the blue statesThe blue parts of America are having a prosperity party while that big sea of red feels like their invitation got lost in the mail, says Bill Maher.



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'I know what I'm doing.': Video shows Sen. Dianne Feinstein arguing with kids on climate bill

'I know what I'm doing.': Video shows Sen. Dianne Feinstein arguing with kids on climate billThe children were with the Sunrise Movement, a climate advocacy organization, and asked Senator Feinstein to support the Green New Deal.



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Bill De Blasio Slams Amazon’s ‘Abuse of Corporate Power’

Bill De Blasio Slams Amazon’s ‘Abuse of Corporate Power’“They couldn’t handle the heat in the kitchen,” de Blasio said. Separately, de Blasio said he had not ruled out a 2020 presidential run, but would take his message about corporations nationwide regardless of his decision. Amazon’s announcement has sparked a furious debate over whether local officials and activists should be blamed for losing New York an estimated 25,000 to 40,000 high-paying tech jobs, or whether the firm had reacted too rashly to public concerns.



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Trump set to declare border emergency, sign shutdown-averting bill

Trump set to declare border emergency, sign shutdown-averting billTrump was also expected to sign a bipartisan government spending bill approved by Congress on Thursday that would prevent another federal shutdown by funding several agencies that otherwise would have closed on Saturday morning. The Republican president was scheduled to deliver remarks on the issue at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) in the Rose Garden at the White House. The bill, lacking any money for his wall, is a defeat for Trump in Congress, where his demand for $ 5.7 billion in barrier funding yielded no results, other than a record-long 35-day December-January partial government shutdown that damaged the U.S. economy and his poll numbers.



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