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Beto: ‘I Think There’s a Lot of Wisdom in’ Abolishing Electoral College

Beto: ‘I Think There’s a Lot of Wisdom in’ Abolishing Electoral CollegeBeto O'Rourke endorsed fellow Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren's call for the abolition of the Electoral College during a Tuesday campaign stop in Pennsylvania.“I think there's a lot to that. Because you had an election in 2016 where the loser got 3 million more votes than the victor. It puts some states out of play altogether, they don't feel like their vote really counts,” O'Rourke told MSNBC's Garrett Haake when asked about Warren's opposition to the Electoral College. “So if we really want every person to vote and give them every reason to vote, we need to make sure their votes count and go to the candidate of their choosing. So I think there's a lot of wisdom to that and it's something we talked about during that last senate race in Texas.”> Asked about the idea of getting rid of the electoral college, Beto O’Rourke tells @GarrettHaake today: “I think there’s a lot of wisdom in that.” pic.twitter.com/k5yUiL2gmb> > — Kailani Koenig (@kailanikm) March 19, 2019O'Rourke's comments come one day after Warren, citing the outsize influence of voters in battleground states, advocated the abolition of the Electoral College during a Monday night CNN town hall.“My view is that every vote matters and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College,” Warren told the audience at Mississippi’s Jackson State University.The Massachusetts Democrat went on to accuse Republicans of seeking to disenfranchise minority communities through voter-ID laws and called for a constitutional amendment that “protects the right to vote for every American citizen and makes sure that vote gets counted.”The notion of the Electoral College as a means by which the votes of rural, white Americans enjoy greater influence than those cast by the diverse, urban majority has gained popularity among liberal lawmakers and activists since the 2016 election.The vast majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (81 percent) prefer to maintain the status quo, while the same percentage of Democrats would like to see a constitutional amendment passed to transition to a national popular vote, according to a Gallup poll taken weeks after Election Day 2016.



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Chris Matthews Predicts Trump Could Resign ‘In The Coming Weeks’

Chris Matthews Predicts Trump Could Resign ‘In The Coming Weeks’MSNBC's Chris Matthews said Monday that President Donald Trump could resign as



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Stravridis: Best responses in Syria likely ‘in the hard power basket’

Stravridis: Best responses in Syria likely ‘in the hard power basket’Admiral James Stravridis, former NATO supreme allied commander and NBC chief international security and diplomacy contributor, explores the options that President Trump has to respond to an alleged poison gas attack in Syria.



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Mike Pence Suggests Legal Abortions In U.S. Could End ‘In Our Time’

Mike Pence Suggests Legal Abortions In U.S. Could End ‘In Our Time’Standing before a roomful of anti-abortion activists in Nashville on Tuesday, Mike Pence described the “great progress” made under President Donald Trump to limit women’s access to legal abortions in the U.S. and abroad. Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List and Life Institute, an anti-abortion group, the vice president announced that “life is winning in America once again,” before ticking off the many policies enacted under Trump aimed at limiting access to abortions.



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Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’

Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’A woman who pleaded guilty over her fiance’s kayaking death has argued that she was in “the wrong place at the wrong time” when he drowned in rough waters after plunging overboard. “I was in danger, too, just as much as he was.



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U.S. forces Russia to close three diplomatic offices ‘in the spirit of parity’

U.S. forces Russia to close three diplomatic offices ‘in the spirit of parity’Last month, the United States was ordered to cut in half its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia. Now Russia is being asked to close its consulate in San Francisco and annex buildings in Washington, D.C., and New York City.



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GOP senator: Health care vote now ‘in jeopardy’ due to McConnell’s ‘breach of trust’

GOP senator: Health care vote now ‘in jeopardy’ due to McConnell’s ‘breach of trust’Sen. Ron Johnson says the Republican health care bill is in “jeopardy” due to comments Mitch McConnell made to moderate senators behind closed doors.



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Rep. Adam Schiff says Trump Jr.’s meeting was ‘in violation of the oaths of citizenship’

Rep. Adam Schiff says Trump Jr.’s meeting was ‘in violation of the oaths of citizenship’Rep. Adam Schiff told reporters that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer was ‘unethical’ and ‘in violation of the oaths of citizenship.’ Schiff added that the House intel committee wants Trump Jr. to appear in front of the panel.



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Feinstein: Trump ‘in for a rude awakening’ if he tries to shut down Russia probe

Feinstein: Trump ‘in for a rude awakening’ if he tries to shut down Russia probeSen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., unleashed a blistering message in response to President Trump’s early morning Twitter tirade in which he both dismissed the Russia probe as a “witch hunt” and appeared to confirm he was being investigated as part of that inquiry. Feinstein raised the possibility that Trump would try to dismiss Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, the special counsel Rosenstein appointed to oversee the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.



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Trump: Mexico will pay for the border wall — ‘eventually’ and ‘in some form’

Trump: Mexico will pay for the border wall — ‘eventually’ and ‘in some form’The president says he may not approve a government funding bill this week if it does not include funding for a “badly needed border wall” that he claims Mexico, “in some form,” will “eventually” pay for.



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