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GOP endorsement eludes indicted California congressman

GOP endorsement eludes indicted California congressmanIn a sign of a turbulent campaign to come, indicted U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter failed to win the endorsement Monday of his local Republican Party after arguing that he is the best candidate for the job despite his approaching federal trial. Hunter faced significant odds of winning the two-third support he needed for the nod from the San Diego Republican Party, with several other GOP candidates dividing the vote, including former Rep. Darrell Issa. “I’ve got this seat,” Hunter said, with three other candidates seated beside him.



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New York congressman resigns ahead of insider trading plea

New York congressman resigns ahead of insider trading pleaA senior Democratic aide speaking on condition of anonymity said Monday that the office of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi had received Collins’ letter of resignation, and that it would become effective Tuesday. Collins, 69, is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal that day to enter his guilty plea, court records show. Collins’ son, Cameron Collins, and another man, Stephen Zarsky, are also scheduled to plead guilty in the case on Thursday.



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Flores becomes 5th Texas GOP congressman retiring in 2020

Flores becomes 5th Texas GOP congressman retiring in 2020A fifth Texas Republican congressman added his name Wednesday to the list of House GOP retirements in the nation's biggest conservative state. Five-term Rep. Bill Flores is the 14th House Republican so far to announce plans to depart this year, compared with three House Democrats who have said they are leaving. Another GOP incumbent, Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania, resigned earlier this year but the party retained the seat.



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A former Republican congressman just apologized for helping put 'an unfit con man in the White House'

A former Republican congressman just apologized for helping put 'an unfit con man in the White House'Former GOP congressman Joe Walsh also called for a Republican primary challenger to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.



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Ohio GOP congressman Mike Turner backs ban on 'military-style' guns, magazine limits

Ohio GOP congressman Mike Turner backs ban on 'military-style' guns, magazine limitsRep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said he supports banning sales of military-style firearms, magazine limits and "red-flag" legislation.



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'Serving under Trump is embarrassing': Fifth Republican congressman retires in just two weeks as GOP fears more exits

'Serving under Trump is embarrassing': Fifth Republican congressman retires in just two weeks as GOP fears more exitsThe fifth Republican congressman in two weeks is set to step down as the GOP reportedly fears a wave of retirements amid ongoing tension in the party over Donald Trump’s presidency.Representative Mike Conaway will not seek re-election to his Texas seat in 2020, according to Politico, but has not confirmed his decision or his reason for retiring.However, House Republicans are reportedly worried that the difficulties of serving under Mr Trump and working with a Democratic majority in Congress will lead to more exits.“Serving in the era of Trump has few rewards. He has made an already hostile political environment worse,” Tom Davis, a former senior Republican congressman, told The Hill.“Every day there is some indefensible tweet or comment to defend or explain. It is exhausting and often embarrassing.”Mr Conaway, who has served in Congress for 15 years, will join Republican representatives Paul Mitchell, Pete Olson, Martha Roby and Rob Bishop in announcing his retirement.Mr Mitchell's resignation was spurred by his frustration with partisan fighting and the "rhetoric and vitriol" in US politics, according to The Hill.However, he did not explicitly attribute blame to the president.Ms Roby said she would not vote for Mr Trump in 2016 as his behaviour had been "unacceptable as a candidate for president" but has since improved their relationship and received an endorsement from him in 2018.The Republican Party is facing a difficult task in reclaiming the House in 2020 after Democrats were victorious in last year’s midterm elections.Mr Trump’s approval ratings remain low, currently at about 43 per cent on average, and his divisive political agenda could prove costly in congressional elections next year.Mr Conaway, Mr Mitchell, Ms Roby and Mr Bishop all represent safe Republican districts that are expected to pick GOP candidates in 2020.However, Mr Olson’s district could be competitive, as the Texas congressman saw his majority cut to 5 per cent in 2018.Even in safe districts, the prospect of returning to the House in 2020 may be unappealing for many conservative representatives as Democrats are expected to win a majority again next year.In a general ballot, recent polling has shown Democrats lead Republicans by 5.6 per cent for the 2020 election, according to an average by political analysis website FiveThirtyEight.All 435 voting seats in the House of Representatives will be up for election in 2020, along with 34 seats in the US Senate.



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Trump renews attack on black congressman Elijah Cummings and says he should ‘investigate himself’

Trump renews attack on black congressman Elijah Cummings and says he should ‘investigate himself’Donald Trump has attacked a black US congressman about the city of Baltimore for the second time in less than a week.Elijah Cummings, whose congressional district covers approximately half of the Maryland city, should use his role as House Oversight Committee chairman to “investigate himself”, the US president claimed. Billions of dollars sent to tackle crime and boost Baltimore’s economy had been “stolen or wasted”, Mr Trump tweeted. He wrote that the city’s “numbers are the worst in the United States on Crime and the Economy.”He added: “Billions of dollars have been pumped in over the years, but to no avail. The money was stolen or wasted. Ask Elijah Cummings where it went. He should investigate himself with his Oversight Committee!”Mr Trump was criticised over the weekend for saying the congressman’s majority-black district in the Baltimore area was a “rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live”.But when he was accused of race-baiting, the president insisted there was nothing racist about his comments.Instead, he accused Mr Cummings of racism.“If racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess that he has helped to create over many years of incompetent leadership,” he tweeted. He added: “His radical ‘oversight’ is a joke!”The remarks followed a weekend of attacks against Mr Cummings, who is leading number of congressional investigations into Mr Trump and his administration.Mr Trump claimed that the congressman’s district, which includes Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Social Security Administration and the national headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is “considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States”.He later accused rival Democrats of trying to “play the race card”.He tweeted: “There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself.“Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!”Mr Trump has been repeatedly accused of racism in recent weeks after he attacked four Democratic congresswomen of colour known as “the squad”. He said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan should leave the US “right now”. He added that if they “hate our country” they can go back to their “broken and crime-infested” countries.All four Democrats are American citizens and only Ms Omar, who arrived in the US from Somalia at the age of seven, was not born in the US. He has also repeatedly attacked Mr Cummings. Earlier this week, he tweeted: “If the Democrats are going to defend the Radical Left ‘Squad’ and King Elijah’s Baltimore Fail, it will be a long road to 2020.”



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Trump attacks black congressman for second day in a row amid growing anger over racist use of 'infested'

Trump attacks black congressman for second day in a row amid growing anger over racist use of 'infested'Donald Trump has attacked a senior Democratic congressman of colour for the second day in a row, after sparking backlash over claims Elijah Cummings represented a “rodent infested” district in tweets widely viewed as racist.The president continued his criticism of the Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings on Sunday after tweeting that he “does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district” a day prior.He also attacked Nancy Pelosi and her San Francisco district on Sunday morning, while insinuating it was the House speaker with racial issues rather than the president himself, writing.It came amid mounting criticism of his attacks against a growing list of minority politicians. Many people noted how the president has often used the term “infested” to describe cities and entire countries with large black populations, including CNN anchor Victor Blackwell, who delivered a tearful defence of his hometown of Baltimore in response to the president’s attacks. “There are challenges, no doubt, but people are proud of their community,” he said, speaking of Mr Cummings’ hometown and the district he grew up in. “I don’t want to sound self-righteous, but people get up and go to work there. They care for their families there. They love their children who pledge allegiance to the flag just like people who live in districts of congressmen who support you, sir. They are Americans too.”The president’s incendiary tweets were just the latest in a weeks-long series of insults he has used against minority members of Congress. Mr Trump used an old, racist trope against freshmen Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar just last week when he said to “go back” to their countries — despite all of them being US citizens and only one having been born outside of the country.> Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > July 27, 2019This weekend, it was Mr Cummings turn. The president shared videos posted by other Twitter users alleging to show run-down portions of the congressman’s district, adding tweets that read, “why don’t you focus on your district?!” and “Cummings has done nothing but milk Baltimore dry”. Mr Trump said Mr Cummings was a “brutal bully shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous".The criticism drew sharp, immediate backlash nationwide and on Capitol Hill, where Ms Pelosi described Mr Cummings as “a beloved leader in Baltimore” and a “deeply valued colleague”.“We all reject racist attacks against [Mr Cummings] and support his steadfast leadership,” she wrote, adding the hashtag ElijahCummingsIsAPatriot. Mr Trump, who was reportedly golfing on Sunday, also attacked Democrats over former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public testimony last week, writing: “The Democrats are still doing the Russians dirty work as they continue to push the fake crime”.The former special counsel described in detail the extent of Russian interference in the 2016 election, adding that the Kremlin was continuing its operations “as we sit here” and that Mr Trump was not cleared of obstruction of justice and other potentially criminal wrongdoings in the nearly 448-page report.



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Trump attacks black congressman for second day in a row amid growing anger over racist use of 'infested'

Trump attacks black congressman for second day in a row amid growing anger over racist use of 'infested'Donald Trump has attacked a senior Democratic congressman of colour for the second day in a row, after sparking backlash over claims Elijah Cummings represented a “rodent infested” district in tweets widely viewed as racist.The president continued his criticism of the Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings on Sunday after tweeting that he “does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district” a day prior.He also attacked Nancy Pelosi and her San Francisco district on Sunday morning, while insinuating it was the House speaker with racial issues rather than the president himself, writing.It came amid mounting criticism of his attacks against a growing list of minority politicians. Many people noted how the president has often used the term “infested” to describe cities and entire countries with large black populations, including CNN anchor Victor Blackwell, who delivered a tearful defence of his hometown of Baltimore in response to the president’s attacks. “There are challenges, no doubt, but people are proud of their community,” he said, speaking of Mr Cummings’ hometown and the district he grew up in. “I don’t want to sound self-righteous, but people get up and go to work there. They care for their families there. They love their children who pledge allegiance to the flag just like people who live in districts of congressmen who support you, sir. They are Americans too.”The president’s incendiary tweets were just the latest in a weeks-long series of insults he has used against minority members of Congress. Mr Trump used an old, racist trope against freshmen Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar just last week when he said to “go back” to their countries — despite all of them being US citizens and only one having been born outside of the country.> Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > July 27, 2019This weekend, it was Mr Cummings turn. The president shared videos posted by other Twitter users alleging to show run-down portions of the congressman’s district, adding tweets that read, “why don’t you focus on your district?!” and “Cummings has done nothing but milk Baltimore dry”. Mr Trump said Mr Cummings was a “brutal bully shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous".The criticism drew sharp, immediate backlash nationwide and on Capitol Hill, where Ms Pelosi described Mr Cummings as “a beloved leader in Baltimore” and a “deeply valued colleague”.“We all reject racist attacks against [Mr Cummings] and support his steadfast leadership,” she wrote, adding the hashtag ElijahCummingsIsAPatriot. Mr Trump, who was reportedly golfing on Sunday, also attacked Democrats over former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public testimony last week, writing: “The Democrats are still doing the Russians dirty work as they continue to push the fake crime”.The former special counsel described in detail the extent of Russian interference in the 2016 election, adding that the Kremlin was continuing its operations “as we sit here” and that Mr Trump was not cleared of obstruction of justice and other potentially criminal wrongdoings in the nearly 448-page report.



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Former U.S. congressman Sanford considers challenge to Trump

Former U.S. congressman Sanford considers challenge to TrumpMark Sanford, a Republican former U.S. congressman from South Carolina, said on Tuesday he is considering mounting a primary challenge to President Donald Trump over the rising federal debt. Sanford, 59, a longtime Trump critic who lost his seat in the House of Representatives last year after he was challenged by a Trump supporter in the Republican primary, will decide in the next month whether to make a long-shot bid against Trump for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, he told Reuters. Watching last month’s Democratic debates pushed him to consider taking on Trump, Sanford said.



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