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AOC's first congressional endorsements reflect subtle shift away from outsider status

AOC's first congressional endorsements reflect subtle shift away from outsider statusRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to be playing more of an insider game in some of her recent endorsements. But she's insisting her insurgency is focused on policy, not merely disruption.



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Republican Rep Spars with Al Sharpton over Past Anti-Semitic, Racist Remarks during Congressional Hearing

Republican Rep Spars with Al Sharpton over Past Anti-Semitic, Racist Remarks during Congressional HearingSparks flew at a House Judiciary Committee on policing last Thursday as Representative Matt Gaetz (R., Flo.) questioned witness Al Sharpton regarding derogatory comments he allegedly made about Jews, whites and African Americans.Gaetz posted a shortened version of the exchange on YouTube, which nevertheless runs to almost a quarter of an hour. Gaetz, like Sharpton, is known for his combative style.Reading from a Congressional resolution introduced in 2000 by then-congressman Joe Scarborough, Gaetz asked Sharpton, “Have you ever referred to members of the Jewish faith as ‘white interlopers’ or ‘diamond merchants?'”Sharpton, who now appears regularly on Scarborough's MSNBC program Morning Joe, replied that he had referred to one person in Harlem as an "interloper," but that he didn't know the person was Jewish at the time.At one point Gaetz asked Sharpton whether he made the statement, "We [Africans] taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it."After Gaetz pressed him on whether or not he made this and other bigoted statements, Sharpton responded "I think that any statement I've made that was wrong…I have clearly said that we should not make bigoted statements, including me."Gaetz then jumped at Sharpton's possible admission, asking repeatedly "Have you made bigoted statements?" before the hearing descended into chaos.Sharpton meets frequently with prominent Democratic politicians as part of his work running the progressive political advocacy group National Action Network. Gaetz



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Iowa National Guard members stayed at Trump Turnberry, Scotland, resort now part of congressional investigation

Iowa National Guard members stayed at Trump Turnberry, Scotland, resort now part of congressional investigationThe Iowa National Guard's stay at President Donald Trump's Turnberry resort in Scotland is one of multiple trips under congressional investigation



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AOC reveals her student loan balance and makes payment during congressional hearing

AOC reveals her student loan balance and makes payment during congressional hearingAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a payment towards her student loan debt during a committee meeting and called on Congress to take swift action on the issue.“I literally made a student loan payment while I was sitting here at this chair, and I looked at my balance and it was $ 20,237.16 (£16,410.62),” the New York Democrat said at a meeting of the financial services committee focusing on student debt.



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The Latest: N Carolina polls close for 2 congressional seats

The Latest: N Carolina polls close for 2 congressional seatsPolls have closed in North Carolina where voters are filling two vacant congressional seats — one because of an absentee-ballot scandal and the other because a U.S. House member died in office. Voters in roughly one-quarter of the state’s counties had the chance to cast ballots Tuesday for the 3rd or 9th congressional districts. Millions of campaign dollars have been spent in the south-central 9th district race between Republican Dan Bishop and Democrat Dan McCready.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff, spokesman leave her congressional office

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff, spokesman leave her congressional officeRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff was previously criticized by some Democrats for posts on Twitter that attacked centrist members of the party.



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Key takeaways from Robert Mueller's congressional testimony

Key takeaways from Robert Mueller's congressional testimonyRobert Mueller refused to play the part. In back-to-back hearings before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, the former special counsel in the investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 presidential elections largely honored his pledge to stick to his 448-page report . Republicans tried to get Mueller to spell out the findings that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove any criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.



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Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway becomes latest to defy congressional subpoena

Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway becomes latest to defy congressional subpoenaWhite House counselor Kellyanne Conway will ignore a subpoena demanding she answer questions about whether she broke the law, Trump aides said Monday.



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Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House reveals

Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House revealsA former White House official has agreed to answer questions over allegations that the Trump administration improperly granted security clearances to some of the president’s advisers.Carl Kline, the former White House Personnel Security Director, has offered to appear before the House oversight committee for an on-the-record interview, accompanied by his lawyers.“We understand the scope of the interview will be limited to White House personnel security policies and practices, consistent with our prior offers for Mr. Kline’s voluntary cooperation with the Committee,” Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, wrote in a letter to Jim Jordan, a Republican member of the committee.He added that Mr Kline was available to appear before the House of Representatives panel on 1 May.The White House’s agreement comes after a whistleblower told the committee that officials had acted questionably while granting security clearances.Tricia Newbold, a manager in the Personnel Security Office, told the oversight committee earlier this month that 25 individuals including two current senior White House officials, and contractors and employees working for Donald Trump were granted clearances after being denied them initially.She said the reasons the applications were rejected included “foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct.”The committee is scrutinising the security clearances obtained by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to two Reuters sources.The president’s daughter and son-in-law allegedly obtained high level clearances despite security officials advising against the move.Ms Newbold was suspended from her job in January after making the allegations.Her former boss, Mr Kline, agreed to appear before the oversight committee only after Mr Jordan wrote to the Trump administration and urged the White House to agree to a voluntary interview.The committee has already subpoenaed Mr Kline, compelling him to testify under oath, but on Friday the White House appeared to ignore the subpoena.In his letter, Mr Cipollone said the subpoena was ”unnecessary” in light of the “additional accommodation offer made over three weeks ago” for the voluntary appearance.The White House had earlier advised Mr Kline to defy the subpoena.The oversight committee then responded by threatening to hold the former official in contempt of CongressIt is unclear if Democrats on the oversight committee, including its chair Elijah Cummings, will accept the Trump administration’s new terms. Additional reporting by agencies



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Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House reveals

Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House revealsA former White House official has agreed to answer questions over allegations that the Trump administration improperly granted security clearances to some of the president’s advisers.Carl Kline, the former White House Personnel Security Director, has offered to appear before the House oversight committee for an on-the-record interview, accompanied by his lawyers.“We understand the scope of the interview will be limited to White House personnel security policies and practices, consistent with our prior offers for Mr. Kline’s voluntary cooperation with the Committee,” Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, wrote in a letter to Jim Jordan, a Republican member of the committee.He added that Mr Kline was available to appear before the House of Representatives panel on 1 May.The White House’s agreement comes after a whistleblower told the committee that officials had acted questionably while granting security clearances.Tricia Newbold, a manager in the Personnel Security Office, told the oversight committee earlier this month that 25 individuals including two current senior White House officials, and contractors and employees working for Donald Trump were granted clearances after being denied them initially.She said the reasons the applications were rejected included “foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct.”The committee is scrutinising the security clearances obtained by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to two Reuters sources.The president’s daughter and son-in-law allegedly obtained high level clearances despite security officials advising against the move.Ms Newbold was suspended from her job in January after making the allegations.Her former boss, Mr Kline, agreed to appear before the oversight committee only after Mr Jordan wrote to the Trump administration and urged the White House to agree to a voluntary interview.The committee has already subpoenaed Mr Kline, compelling him to testify under oath, but on Friday the White House appeared to ignore the subpoena.In his letter, Mr Cipollone said the subpoena was ”unnecessary” in light of the “additional accommodation offer made over three weeks ago” for the voluntary appearance.The White House had earlier advised Mr Kline to defy the subpoena.The oversight committee then responded by threatening to hold the former official in contempt of CongressIt is unclear if Democrats on the oversight committee, including its chair Elijah Cummings, will accept the Trump administration’s new terms. Additional reporting by agencies



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